We all have our favorite spots to relax when it comes to Disney Vacation Club resorts. Most often, the balcony of your villa is a great location and it’s hard not to love some of the beautiful grand lobbies of the hotels where many DVC resorts reside. Despite this, there are some great spaces tucked away or even in plain sight at many DVC resorts that are often overlooked. These spaces offer a quiet respite away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. I thought it would be fun to discover my top five underrated DVC resort spaces.
1. BoardWalk Porch
While these are in no particular order, this one is my favorite. The giant porch off the back of the BoardWalk lobby is so often overlooked. I almost never see anyone sitting out there which is surprising because it is really stunning. Overlooking Village Green, the boardwalk, and Crescent lake, the porch is well covered from the sun and sits high enough for a great view. Plus, I love the ceiling fans, wicker furniture, and comfy cushions. BoardWalk has always had this all-American seaside resort feel to me and this big porch reminds me of the many bed & breakfast resorts along the shores of Cape May, NJ. Of course, the resort itself is reminiscent of boardwalks along the Atlantic coast and there are nods to Cape May over at Beach Club. Next time you’re hanging around BoardWalk, grab yourself some ice cream (or a margarita from Joe’s) and have a seat on the BoardWalk porch.
2. Beach Club Solarium
This is another location that I usually find to be pretty quiet. The Solarium at Beach Club is located towards the back of the building near the entrance to the Beach Club Marketplace. There are usually plenty of seats from couches to tables and chairs. My favorite section is the entrance hall area as it has lots of windows and is always bright and sunny. We have found this to be a great place to enjoy our quick service or just relax in the comfy seating.
3. Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby Balconies
While BoardWalk has a fantastic porch, we can’t forget the balcony/porch areas at Animal Kingdom Villas. Both Kidani Village and Jambo House have areas off of the lobbies that overlook the savannas where you can sit and relax in a rocking chair and watch the animals graze. There are a variety of these areas so be sure to explore each one to find your favorite. They can certainly be some of the most relaxing spaces on property.
4. Copper Creek Third Floor Lobby Area
Heading over to Copper Creek, the main lobby fireplace is great. However, if you hop on the elevator or take a quick jaunt up the steps, you will find a quiet retreat and an additional fireplace. Especially during the holidays when Wilderness Lodge’s lobby is so busy, you may want to seek out these quieter spots on the other floors. On the third floor (the floor just above the lobby) you will find a smaller fireplace area. There are also small seating spaces that overlook the lobby on higher floors. These a great places to watch the people and activity below.
5. Saratoga Springs-Disney Springs Overlook
I wasn’t sure what to call this particular area so I made up a name. I’ve not been shy about my love for Saratoga Springs and there is really no shortage of quiet areas around the resort. Along the walking path in Congress Park, you will find areas with rocking chairs overlooking the lake and Disney Springs. It’s a peaceful area and if you hang out long enough, you may get to watch some otters play in the water or the amphicars drive by. It’s a great place to take a snack and just enjoy the scenery.
I’m interested to know what some of your favorite overlooked areas are at DVC resorts. Where do you like to relax and get away from the crowds? Let us know in the comments below and as always, stay tuned to DVCFan.com and our YouTube Channel for the latest news, insights, and information on all things DVC.