Top 5 Deluxe Studios Among the DVC Resorts

Studios can be found at every DVC resort and are very popular among DVC members for their low point values.  While the amenities are similar among studios, they are certainly not identical. They not only differ in theming and views but also in layout, size, and capacity.  In no particular order, here is my top 5 list of DVC studios based on their unique features:

Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Lake View Deluxe Studio

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Layout of a Deluxe Studio at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

The studios at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are the largest DVC studios at 447 square feet and have two showers.  As a bonus, you can get the Twilight Feast for room service, which is basically like having your own ‘Ohana feast in your villa.  You don’t even need to worry about snagging a reservation! Some of the Lake View studios even provide a view of Cinderella’s Castle.

Bay Lake Tower Theme Park View Deluxe Studio

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Layout of a Deluxe Studio at Bay Lake Tower

Yes, these are among the smallest studios, but they have a different layout from the other studios.  Rather than having the kitchenette along the wall as in most other resorts, the Bay Lake Tower kitchenettes are in their own alcove, which makes it feel more like a kitchen.  With this layout, there is more counter space and more storage for groceries, so everything feels less cluttered. With the Theme Park View, you can easily watch Happily Ever After from your own balcony and pipe in the music through your TV.  It’s like having your own private fireworks viewing!  

Old Key West Deluxe Studio

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Two Queen size beds in an Old Key West Deluxe Studio (before the latest round of renovations)

While I’m not the biggest Old Key West fan due to the sprawling layout of the resort, I have to say that their studios are hard to beat when it comes to space.  At Old Key West, the studios are 390 square feet. You even get 2 Queen size beds (neither of which is a pullout bed), which you won’t find in any other resort.  

Animal Kingdom Villas Value Deluxe Studio

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2021 Animal Kingdom Villas Points Chart

This studio is nearly impossible to book if Animal Kingdom Villas is not your home resort (and still challenging to get even if it is your home resort), but if you can ever get it, this is an awesome point value!  Value studios now go for as few as 7 points a night in early September the new 2021 points chart. Any way to get more nights at Walt Disney World out of your points is a win in my book.  

BoardWalk Villas Boardwalk View Deluxe Studio

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The view from a Boardwalk View Deluxe Studio

I may be a bit biased here as a BoardWalk Villas owner, but I really love the Boardwalk View studio for its beautiful view of the Crescent Lake area.  You can not only see the nightlife and sideshows from your balcony, but you can also see Spaceship Earth and some of the fireworks from Epcot. Also, considering that the Boardwalk View is a preferred view, the point values are very reasonable, ranging from 14 to 29 points a night, depending on the travel period.

What are your favorite DVC studios, and why?

8 thoughts on “Top 5 Deluxe Studios Among the DVC Resorts

  • February 20, 2020 at 8:05 am
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    Nice article but I completely disagree with BLT. Personally, it’s the worst studio on WDW property. I much prefer the new rooms at Pop Century than a studio at BLT. The layout is horrible and a terrible use of space.

  • February 20, 2020 at 9:19 am
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    Meant to add that I agree with the rest. Love BWV studios and if you can snag a standard, the point cost is great. Poly studios are great with the split bath and a great use of
    Space. OKW doesn’t work for our family but I think they are a great option for those families who want 2 real beds and I’m glad they left the layout with the recent refurb. Great article showing the different options in just the studio option.

  • February 20, 2020 at 10:43 am
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    The Riviera deluxe studios are amazing. It felt more like a one bedroom than a studio. I think that DVC finally hit the nail on the head with Riviera.

    • February 21, 2020 at 5:57 pm
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      That’s great to hear. I’m hoping to try it out!

  • February 21, 2020 at 1:43 am
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    Love all of these choices!! We own at BLT and CCV! Love the separate area of the kitchen at BLT and the separate area where I can get ready! We also love BWV in any type of room! Thanks for your opinions! Always appreciated!

    • February 21, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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      Thanks so much! We own at BLT too, and I’m looking forward to a stay there in June! I know CCV didn’t make this list, but we love it too–it was nearly our home resort, but that may be a story for another time!

  • February 21, 2020 at 5:28 am
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    Love the BLT studios, not sure why so many complain about them. I’d go with lake view though, sunrise over Bay Lake or the electric water pageant from my balcony can’t be beat.

  • February 21, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    I have to agree with the first 3
    Polynesian Lake View Deluxe Studio, Preferably an upper floor from Moorea. Plenty of room for 4-5. Great view of the castle.
    Bay Lake Tower studio Views either of the Lake or Park from the balcony what a great site…
    Old Key West Studios 2 Queen beds plenty of space. We enjoy it as a complete getaway from the hustle of life.
    Plus
    Villas at Grand Floridian Studios Love our VGF. Always enjoy our time there. Location. Charm just breathtaking.
    Finally, Our first home resort for nearly 15 years SSR at Congress Park We love the views of Disney Springs

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