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LaurieN
02-21-2010, 03:25 PM
We are planning our next trip:woohoo: and I am trying to decide between the Beach Club & Boardwalk? I love the location of both as well as the feel so, any advantages/disadvantages of one over the other? I know the pool at Beach Club is amazing, but aside from that is there anything else?
Thanks in advance for your help,
Laurie:goodvibes

camdensmom
02-21-2010, 03:33 PM
To me, BC is a no brainer. The pool alone would sell me. If you will have a car then I would go with bc for that reason too. The parking situation at bw isn't great. I also like having some dining options inside the hotel. Also we did a lot of walking into Epcot each night and (while I'm sure it's not) bw just feels that much further away to me.

plus the clown pool at bw scares me. lol

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-21-2010, 03:45 PM
I would go with the Boardwalk because in my opinion it has a much better theme and atmosphere.

NJ2Boardwalk
02-21-2010, 03:53 PM
Having stayed at both...here's my 2 cents. If you are going in the summer or warmer months....the pool is great, but it is VERY difficult to find a seat from late morning until 5pm. Other than the pool, you get the benefits of both resorts cause they are across the lake from each other. You can eat in the restaurants, enjoy the resorts and activities. We are the type that like to come back to the pool after being at park opening and finding a seat to relax was difficult.
If you are looking to spend a lot of time at the pool....the Beach Club is great - just get there early!

rie'smom
02-21-2010, 03:57 PM
We stayed at the BC a couple of years ago. My teenaged daughter and 3 of her friends came with us. I really thought that she'd love the BC especially the pool but she didn't. She said that it was too crowded and the pool was not fabulous. Rie preferred the Boardwalk. I like the themeing and the elegance of the BWV over the BC.

teacher2525
02-21-2010, 04:11 PM
I am on my moms acount but I want to tell you what I think I prefere the bw because it has more of a variety for shoping and dining.

LaurieN
02-21-2010, 07:27 PM
Thanks everyone for all your thoughts!!!! I'm still not sure especially now that I know how crowded to pool at BC gets:confused3. I think I am going to let DS8 decide (that's what we've done in the past).

NJ2Boardwalk; I see you are just a few miles from me, I'm in Lake Hopatcong, NJ, small world.
Thanks again,
Laurie:goodvibes

2Tiggers
02-21-2010, 07:56 PM
Isn't BW right next to the BC? If she want's to stay at the BC she will still have easy access to the BW and all of it's ammenities...right? I mean I haven't stayed there yet but that is what I learned when doing all of my research. Now I will have to go back and double check...

TinkerbellinLouisian
02-21-2010, 08:02 PM
BC BC BC !!!

We are BC Lovers...as you can see from my sig...

We love being able to walk to BW for dining, shopping, renting surrey bikes, etc....

Agree w/ PP... The Clown at BW SCARES US! YES! EVEN my 3 teenagers !:scared1:

Agree w/ PP...feel closer to Epcot at BC...

We do LOVE SAB...never had a problem with crowds there ! and we go in JULY !!!:lovestruc

LOL!

Hugs
Mary

4HOLIDAYS
02-21-2010, 10:11 PM
We love them both. The big plus at BC/YC is SAB. The pool is nice at BW is nice but it's not a mini water park. I like the feel of the BW, all the diff things to do or eat. BW is a little more elegant, BC/YC more casual. They are so close to each other, you can enjoy them both.

janetanne
02-21-2010, 10:25 PM
I especially like the boardwalk view rooms.. at the bw. You can catch a glimpse of illuminations at night on your balcony. SAB is too crazy busy for my liking .. but you know your 8 year old better than anyone..

And honestly ... they are both very nice resorts.

christinec68
02-22-2010, 12:08 AM
I prefer BW to the BC. Stormalong Bay does not appeal to me at all - it always looks crowded, it's exposed along the walkway and you have to cross the walkway to get to the slide entrance.

honeydiane1953
02-22-2010, 01:08 AM
Boardwalk is so classy. Hands down.:snooty::snooty::snooty::snooty:

traydog
02-22-2010, 04:07 PM
I am going to BWV in 2 weeks and i promise to come back and give my $.02 about what i think. I'm hoping more people who posted they stayed there will come on and do the same.

LaurieN
02-22-2010, 06:37 PM
Thanks everyone for all the imput!!! I have to agree that the clown pool is a little freaky looking:scared1: Still torn between the 2 though...decisions decisions:confused3 This is why I love planning soooooo much;)
Laurie:goodvibes

Perditamarie
02-22-2010, 07:01 PM
We love them both, but have to tip the favor to BC.

* Beach Club is breezy and comfortable...the Boardwalk is more sophisticated and romantic.

* The BC pool is fantastic...but you must be "on" at the pool as it really requires constant supervision...funt if you jump in and play too!

* The quick serve options here are very convenient....there is a small but good quick service in the Marketplace and Hurricane Hannas at the pool. Both places are also very
convenient for mug refills.

* The walk/boatride to Epcot and DHS is very close to both.

* The Boardwalk pool is also a lot of fun...very compact so you don't have to supervise so viligantly. We have many great photos of feet shooting out of the clown's mouth.

* A bit tricky to get a quick bite....the bakery is good, but just about the only place for a bite, so there are lines. The pizza window is pricey and not that great...not sure if that or the hot dog stand are on the dining plan. Believe there is a much longer commute to refill a mug here...would be better to have a stash of soda in your room fridge.

Both are great choices tho!

Oh, you can enjoy the campfire/smores/movie on the beach from either resort, but you are that much closer at BC.

Monk_&_Duck
02-22-2010, 08:56 PM
Just booked BWI today using 40% pin code :banana: We've stayed at YC so I can say we loved SAB but we can't wait to try BWI.

LisaPisa
02-23-2010, 01:15 AM
We just got back from Boardwalk and loved it! Rooms were spacious and simply beautiful! The main reason I liked BW is because it was a smaller hotel with less rooms, so that no matter where your room is your 'commute' to the bus stop, food/snacks/drinks, nightly entertainment, shops, lobby, pool, etc., was only a short walk.

Someone mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again. We had a 4th floor room with a garden view (I heard the rooms actually overlooking the boards can be loud) and had an absolutely PERFECT view of the Epcot fireworks, not only from our balcony but when sitting on the bed in the room!

My only complaint about BW was that we were on the dining plan and casual breakfast options were limited. Boardwalk Bakery has delicious food, but there are only so many pastries, bagels and egg sandwiches one can eat in a week. Unsure if BC/YC has more options.

LUVDZNY2008
02-23-2010, 06:18 AM
I'm pretty sure the rooms at the Boardwalk have balconies..most at the BC are standing room only.

mster425
02-23-2010, 12:45 PM
WTH- now I want to switch from BC to BWI!!! :lmao:

Dreamer24
02-23-2010, 01:07 PM
Lisa Pisa, can I ask what room number you were in?

JohnnyB2
02-23-2010, 01:51 PM
I like the BW better than the BC.Although we stayed at the BC only once we stayed at the YC over 10 times.If you are going during a school break time the pool (SAB) can become quite crowded with little chance of finding a chair.
The BW has balconys which we use and enjoy.The walk difference to Epcot dosen't bother us as we were at the YC alot.They are both great resorts but IMHO we prefer the BW:thumbsup2:cool1::cool1::cool1:

skeeterfoot
02-23-2010, 05:25 PM
It's pretty simple:

Warm weather kids under 14 - Beach Club hands down

14 and over Boardwalk

Adults only Boardwalk

My sons over 21 loved the boardwalk inn and it does serve a continental breakfast in the belle vue lounge. They enjoyed the atmosphere and luxury. Surprised me that they prefered this hotel over the poly.

Stitch2244314
02-23-2010, 06:59 PM
Glad to hear all the great reviews about the BW! It's kind of a relief, since we were planning to book BC, but it was sold out and we booked BW instead. I'm looking forward to trying it!

floridascgirl
02-23-2010, 07:59 PM
We just got back from Boardwalk and loved it! Rooms were spacious and simply beautiful! The main reason I liked BW is because it was a smaller hotel with less rooms, so that no matter where your room is your 'commute' to the bus stop, food/snacks/drinks, nightly entertainment, shops, lobby, pool, etc., was only a short walk.

Someone mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again. We had a 4th floor room with a garden view (I heard the rooms actually overlooking the boards can be loud) and had an absolutely PERFECT view of the Epcot fireworks, not only from our balcony but when sitting on the bed in the room!

My only complaint about BW was that we were on the dining plan and casual breakfast options were limited. Boardwalk Bakery has delicious food, but there are only so many pastries, bagels and egg sandwiches one can eat in a week. Unsure if BC/YC has more options.

Do you recall your room # or did you make any special request on your reservation? :)

LisaPisa
02-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Our room was #4296. Nope, no special request. Matter of fact we were supposed to have a standard view, and I believe the garden was an upgrade. It was a very slow week at Disney, guess that's why.

I assume everybody's asking b/c of the fireworks view, so I'll add this: Judging from the location of our room I would guess rooms #4298 and #4300 (at least) would also have good firework views. #4294 may have been blocked by a tree that was just to the left of our view.

campingdawgs
02-23-2010, 08:55 PM
My kids loved SAB when we stayed at YC, but were creeped out by the BW pool when we visited BW. We all find the clown thing a little disturbing.

auntie
02-23-2010, 10:53 PM
Thanks everyone for all the imput!!! I have to agree that the clown pool is a little freaky looking:scared1: Still torn between the 2 though...decisions decisions:confused3 This is why I love planning soooooo much;)
Laurie:goodvibes

The clown slide totally freaks me out. Damn thing looks like it's throwing up people. :crazy:

I prefer the theme at the Beach Club much better.
New England seaside resort. No vomiting clowns.:rolleyes1
I've never stayed at the BW...but have stayed at the BC. You also have the shared amenties and dining facilities of the Yacht Club. I've visited the BW..and I don't believe they actually have on site..in the resort dining. I believe you have to venture out to the boardwalk to eat.

TinkerbellinLouisian
02-23-2010, 10:56 PM
My kids loved SAB when we stayed at YC, but were creeped out by the BW pool when we visited BW. We all find the clown thing a little disturbing.

DITTO! The Clown Pool scares my teenagers!

They LOVE the BC... I'd LIKE to go elsewhere (just to TRY so I can talk about it on the DIS)...but they have begged for BC every visit....

We have gone typically in JULY...and really enjoy SAB....not had a problem with finding chairs...however we do spend a lot of time in the pool... so we aren't always looking for chairs...

You CAN see the Illuminations Fireworks from BC....but I'm an "Illuminations Purist" and I don't recommend viewing from anywhere but right at Epcot...so you can see everything....:rotfl:

Hugs,
Mary

scottmel
02-24-2010, 08:31 AM
DD11 loves SAB and she votes for YC in the summer months b/c of pool but BWI in the cooler months when we don't really swim. She doesn't care for the slide although according to DH, the slide at BWI is better than SAB slide but she isnt' a real slide lover so once you take the slid away from BWI, it is simply a pool where SAB is like a beach. if that makes sense....I soooo love BWI. We stayed CL last summer and it was beyond terrific. Ihope I feel that way about YC CL this summer.....I already warned DH if I get to YC CL and don't like the view, Iam taking it as a sign and putting in a BWI transfer request if available!!! :) (Last summer we had best of both worlds, pool was down a bit at BWI so we got to use SAB!!!)

floridascgirl
02-24-2010, 07:25 PM
Our room was #4296. Nope, no special request. Matter of fact we were supposed to have a standard view, and I believe the garden was an upgrade. It was a very slow week at Disney, guess that's why.

I assume everybody's asking b/c of the fireworks view, so I'll add this: Judging from the location of our room I would guess rooms #4298 and #4300 (at least) would also have good firework views. #4294 may have been blocked by a tree that was just to the left of our view.


Thank you so much. :)

clarkmichelle
02-25-2010, 04:14 AM
In my opinion Boardwalk tends to be more of a party atmosphere, especially if you're overlooking the Boardwalk. The Beach Club seems more geared for families. I like them both, but for a family I would do the Beach Club. Good luck! :woohoo:

LaurieN
02-25-2010, 07:04 AM
Wow I can't believe all the responses:thumbsup2 Thank you all SO much, it's great to hear all the different points of view. I think we are going to go with BC, since it was my 1st choice. I love the laid back feeling of BC and if we want action we can stroll on over to the Boardwalk:) I'm getting so excited for planning this next trip (even though it's not till next March). Our last trip was in Nov/Dec '09 and although it was just beautiful I couldn't fully enjoy myself as my mom's health went down hill while we were there. I only wish we could go back this year!
Thanks again everyone,
Laurie:goodvibes

GaSleepingBeautyFan
02-25-2010, 09:02 AM
I've been trying to figure out which deluxe I'd like to stay at for my Dec. trip (hopefully I can swing it!).

It was between BC and BW. Finally I decided on the BW. I was really impressed with the room pictures I saw and I think I'd like the atmosphere better.

Plus it'll remind me of going to the Boardwalk with my Grandmother when I was a little girl.

LSchrow
02-25-2010, 10:13 AM
we are dvc ownwers, at both bwvs and bcvs.
we only use our bcv points at the bwvs, or rent them out now. my kids and nephews (ages 6yo-teens) didn't care for sab as it was sooooo crowded .(swimming was impossible), room views were poor compared to the bw, and all of us were not thrilled with the constant high noise level (in the lobby, hallways, and outdoors).

bc is great if you have little ones, but about 6 through adult will enjoy the amazing variety of uncrowded things to do at the bw much more, imho.

hth:)