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This new Disney Vacation Club property opened in the fall of 2013. The 200-room T-shaped building sits with the main hotel along the shore of Seven Seas Lagoon. The Villas offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom accommodations that sleep 5–12 adults. (among DVCs, the studios are the only ones to accommodate a maximum of 5).
Rooms are decorated in neutral tones with mostly green accents and are the nicest of any DVC property. Most have vaulted living-room ceilings and faux-wood balconies or porches. Those balconies stretch the entire length of the room, allowing everyone enough room for a good view
The studios have a kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, sink and coffee maker, while the larger rooms have full kitchens. Those feature a stainless-steel oven range, with the dishwasher and refrigerator tucked behind white wood panels which match the glass door cabinets. Other amenities in the full kitchens include a full-size coffee maker, toaster, frying pans, and the usual set of plates, glasses, cups, and cutlery. Also in the kitchen is a banquette seat and table with room for 6.
The living room has a sofa that seats 3 comfortably, an upholstered chair and ottoman, coffee table, and large, flat-panel television. The sofa converts into a bad that sleeps 2, and a cabinet below the television hides a small pull-down bed. We'd use these for children, not adults.
Studio rooms have a queen bed in addition to the folding options listed above. One-bedroom villas have a king bed plus the folding options; 2-bedroom villas have a king mattress in one bedroom and 2 queen mattresses in the other, plus the folding options; the Grand Villa's third bedroom has an additional 2 queen mattresses.
The 1- and 2-bedroom units and the Grand Villa bedrooms include a large writing desk, flat-panel television with DVD player, two night stands with convenient electric plugs, and a side chair. They've also got large walk-in closets.
Bathrooms are large and have marble tile and televisions in the mirrors. Studio bathrooms have a separate toilet and shower area. In the 1-bedroom configuration, a tub and dressing area sits adjacent to the bedroom. The bathroom and shower are connected through a sliding, pocket door. This allows two groups of people to get dressed at the same time. The tiled shower looks like it could comfortably hold 8 people, should the need arise. (We're not kidding - it's large enough that if you stand outside and yell "echo," it'll echo.)
There are no restaurants located inside the Villas building. Within walking distance, however, are the restaurants of both the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, so you've got a bit more variety than other Magic Kingdom resorts. Room service is available at the Villas, from the Grand Floridian's in-room dining menu.
Rates at the Villas are high, but renting points makes it slightly more reasonable. The Villas have their own parking lot next to the building, but no restaurants or dining. It's almost as easy to walk to the Polynesian as to the Grand Floridian, so you've got access to a bunch of good sit-down and counter-service options.
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Even-numbered rooms XX02-XX12 face west, toward the Polynesian Resort and the Seven Seas Lagoon, and have a good view of the nightly water pageant as it floats by. Until the Polynesian construction is done in 2015, however, construction equipment and partially-finished buildings will be a part of the view from these rooms.
Rooms XX14, XX16 and XX18 face the Magic Kingdom and have a view of Space Mountain, the castle and fireworks; XX14 probably has the best views.
Rooms XX15, XX17, XX19-XX22, XX24, XX26, and XX28 face the Wedding Chapel, parking lot, monorail and landscaping.
Odd-numbered rooms XX03-XX13, and XX25, XX27, and XX29 have views of the pool facilities and landscaping.
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