This Disney Deluxe Villa property supposedly inspired by the grand Atlantic seaside homes of the early 20th century . We'll bet the villas don't resemble any seaside home you ever saw. Thematically, there's little to differentiate the Beach Club Villas from the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, or from the parts of the BoardWalk Inn & Villas that don't front the BoardWalk.
Configured roughly in the shape of a fat Y or slingshot, the Beach Club Villas are away from the lake adjoining the front of the Beach Club Resort. Arrayed in connected four- and five-story taffy-blue sections topped with cupolas, the villas are festooned with white woodwork and slat-railed balconies. The effect is clean, breezy, and evocative, though we're not certain of what. Accommodations include studios, with a kitchenette, one queen bed, and a sofa sleeper; and one- and two-bedroom villas with full kitchens. The rooms are a bit small but attractively furnished in pastels with New England-style summer-home furniture. Patterned carpets and seashore-themed art complete the package.
We don't like the Beach Villas as well as the Wilderness Lodge Villas (more visually interesting) or the villas of Disney's Old Key West Resort (roomier, more luxurious, more private). Beach Club Villas has its own modest pool but otherwise shares the restaurants, facilities, and transportation options of the adjoining Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The Beach Club Villas' strengths and weaknesses include all of those listed for the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Additional strengths at the villas include laundry and kitchen facilities in the one- and two-bedroom units, and self-parking directly adjacent to the building. The villas' one additional weakness is that they offer no lake view .
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Beach Club Villas
Though the studios and villas are attractive and livable, the location of the Beach Club Villas, between parking lots, roads, and canals, leaves much to be desired. Rooms facing the pool offer a limited view of a small canal but are subject to traffic noise. Ditto the rooms on the northeast side, but they don't face the pool. Only southeast-facing rooms provide both a scenic landscape (woods) and relative relief from traffic noise. The nearby road is only two-lane, and traffic noise probably won't bother you if you're indoors with the balcony door closed, but for the bucks you shell out to stay at the villas, you can find nicer, quieter accommodations elsewhere on Disney property. If you elect to stay at the Beach Club Villas, go for odd-numbered rooms 229-251, 329-351, 429-451, and 529-551.
|Nautical/New England theme||No transportation to Epcot main entrance except by taxi|
|Attractive guest rooms||No convenient counter-service food|
|Good on-site dining||Poor room-to-hall soundproofing|
|Kids' programs, character meals|
|Excellent selection of nearby off-site dining|
|Boat service to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot|
|10-minute walk to rear entrance of Epcot|
|10-minute walk to Boardwalk|
|15-minute walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios|
|Best resort swimming complex at WDW|
|Health and fitness center|
|View from waterside guest rooms|
|On-site child care|
|Magic Kingdom||7 minutes|
|Animal Kingdom||7 minutes|
|Disney's Hollywood Studios||4 minutes|
|Quietness of Room||B|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|