Thanks to everyone who voted and shared their thoughts on the recent Beach Club vs. BoardWalk debate that Amy and I posted a few weeks ago!

With over 1,400 votes tallied in six days, Team Beach Club has squeaked out a small victory as of writing this post.

In chatting with folks in the comments, on DISboards, and on the DVC Fan Facebook Group, Amy and I quickly realized that we would both be extremely happy with points at either resort. There were, however, a few comments that brought up some good points when considering owning at either Disney’s BoardWalk Villas or Disney’s Beach Club Villas:

  • One theme that was brought up multiple times is the availability factor with owning either of these resorts. With 530 units, DVC Members looking to book at BoardWalk Villas can frequently find rooms available at the 7-month mark for reservations. This, as of late, has become practically impossible for members looking to stay at one of Beach Club’s 282 units. From this standpoint, owning at Beach Club would provide more value in the flexibility of our points and the ability to have home resort priority at 11 months.
  • Pools and Entertainment options were a large factor in many choosing their side of the debate. Many commenters emphasized that if Amy and I had children or plan to have children, access to Beach Club‘s Stormalong Bay should be the deciding factor. Otherwise, access to evening entertainment for a date night to Jellyrolls or a nice dinner at Flying Fish makes BoardWalk a more appealing property.

To make a long story short, Amy and I finally had the opportunity this past week to stay at Beach Club and BoardWalk on the same trip. While we really enjoyed our stay at both resorts, we both realized there were a few things at BoardWalk we personally found to be a more enjoyable such as the room size and decor, balcony views, dining options, and the ability to get to the lobby without going outside (this was especially helpful in bad weather conditions).

In the end, we decided on that trip we didn’t want to wait any longer to add BoardWalk on as our third home resort. We are both very happy with our decision, although Amy says she isn’t totally ruling out buying into Beach Club someday.

Paul Krieger

Amy and I are new Orlando, Florida residents where we live with our dogs Odie the greyhound and Hermès the Spanish galgo. We are DVC owners at Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk Villas, Grand Californian, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian, Disney World Annual Passholders, and love educating Disney Vacation Club members on how to both use and maximize the value of their DVC points!

4 thoughts on “Team Beach Club vs. Team BoardWalk – The Results

  • Team Beach Club here. I have stayed at both and had better experiences at BC

  • How do you get to dining at the Boardwalk without getting wet when it’s raining? Oops 🙂

    • Although you can’t get to Big River Grille and Brew Pub or the Bakery from inside, you can walk into Belle Vue Lounge. We love it for breakfast and a late night drink. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxing.

  • Simple fact is, you cannot go wrong with any of these resorts. Unfortunately I don’t own there- only because the contracts end too soon, otherwise I’d have bought Boardwalk for the standard rooms, which are amazing points value (1 beds same as Old Key West). Access to those standard cheap rooms tips it in Boardwalk’s favour to me.

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