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backyardponder
12-06-2010, 03:28 PM
This thread is a continuation of starbox's original thread of 2007 and continued by MiaSRN62 and DisDaydreamer. I'd appreciate any updates to the information in this first post, especially on restaurants.

****UPDATE**** Emily921 has provided an update with the 2010 rack rates... Here's a link to starbox's 2010 incredible 35+ day TR in the VB area (requested by madcocco).
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2475631

Please feel free to ask questions, answer questions, or pose questions to be added to the FAQ. Also feel free to post some fresh (or favorite) photos.

Here are the links to the past threads..

2010 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344361
2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1969415
2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1713110
2007 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1431524]

Anyone having any updates for the FAQ or anything to do with VB please post here or PM me.

If you would like to add the Vero Beach Adoration Club Icon to your signature or as an avatar you can follow this link http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/vdac_thumb.jpg This is a 100 x 100 pixel image.


Roll Call.... 2011 and 2012


2011
1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
2/20-2/24 MELSMICE
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/15 amandamcallister
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/13 – 3/19 papertraveller
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/23- 3/26 dizzneebabe
3/23 – 3/30 IggyLans
3/25 – 3/30 knothead180
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/3 – 4/6 dznystar
4/10 – 4/14 CFedor1
4/12 – 4/18 glnrcker
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
4/20 – 4/22 job09
4/21 – 4/27 macphrsn
4/26 – 4/28 tlynk
5/3 – 5/5 MiaSRN62
5/28 – 6/1 PammyK
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/22 – 5/26 mmmagic7754
5/22 – 5/27 jlmasl
5/22 – 5/29 csidisney
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/5 – 6/10 srp1103
6/7 – 6/11 wigdoutdismom
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/13 – 6/15 Arthur27
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
6/18 – 6/22 codyvt
6-19 – 6/22 TinkerbellLuvr7
6/23 – 6/26 DVC Jen
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/26 - 7/1 ddiva
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
6/30 – 7/1 SFD998 & Cheloconnell
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/10 - ??? AKV707
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
7/20 – 7/22 SabresFan
7/30 – 8/5 LoverofDisney
7/31 – 8/3 Lindabelle
8/1 – 8/5 sadiespicks
8/3 – 8-6 Tink-n-Peter
8/4 – 8/8 IrenicMom
8/5 – 8-7 gabriellyn
8/5 – 8/12 aggiemullins
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky
8/12 – 8/15 kritter
8/13 – 8/16 TiggerAllie
8/29 – 9/1 smacky1
8/13 – 8/16 TiggerAllie
8/14 – 8/19 ellynsoh
9/5 – 9/9 Tennesotans
9/6 – 9/10 Fonzy13
9/6 – 9/12 Peddler
9/7 – 9/14 delaneyc52
9/9 – 9/11 amblackmon
9/15 – 9/19 keliblue
9/18 – 9/22 goofy4mykids
9/22 – 9/23 dawne98
9/22 – 9/24 EeyoreJMH
9/23 – 9/27 Joyciemc
9/28 - ??? alldiz
10/3 – 10/6 cemeb4dk
10/3 – 10-7 mic_KY_mouses
10/4 – 10/9 kimkreis
10/5 – 10/9 LittleBoPeep
10/14 – 10/16 ChrisMouse
10/16 – 10/22 treehugnmama
10/19 – 10/22 CruznLexi
10/21 – 10/27 hopefully
10/25 – 10-31 Leanne1977
10/27 – 10/29 gortman65
10/29 – 11/3 glokitty
10/30 – 11/2 Muushka
11/3 – 11/6 wyodan
11/10 – 11/15 chepic
12/18 – 12/22 lilwitch646
12/23 – 12/28 conciergekelly
12/24 – 12/30 Pattiwig

2012
1/13 – 1/16 dmurphy42
1/14 – 1/15 CruznLexi
1/15 – 1/21 bobbiwoz
2/12 – 2/15 auntsue
2/12 – 2/27 festus105
2/16 – 2/19 backyardponder
2/17 – 2/25 robhawk
2/20 – 2/26 smacky1
3/9 – 3/16 tink1969
3/10 – 3/19 iloveokw
3/11 – 3/17 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/16 debaudrn
3/12 – 3/17 2gr8DisneyKids
3/18 – 3/20 TiszBear
3/18 – 3/23 BernW
4/1 – 4/5 job09
4/3 – 4/5 starbox
5/4 -5/11 obsesseddisplanner
5/10 – 5/14 JMTStone
5/11 – 5/13 Princess_Runner
5/25 – 6/1 lauralooneyfordisney
5/27 – 6/1 PammyK
6/9 – 6/13 anonymousegirl
6/12 – 6/14 S’sMom
6/14 – 6/17 loadsapixiedust
6/14 – 6/21 uicbear
6/15 – 6/17 bobbiwoz
6/19 – 6/23 glennbo123
6/20 – 6/24 wigdoutdismom




FAQ's ARCHIVE
NOTE: I am in the process of re-organizing this information. While I am
doing it, I will leave this for your reference. Most of the information used
in the re-organization is from this section

VERO BEACH FAQ ARCHIVE


Contributors: starbox, MiaSRN62, mbhoxie, DisDaydreamer, Lisareniff,
DVCconvert, Sorcerer's Dad, floridaFam, nzdisneymom, DisDaydreamer.

Vero Beach area travel information:
http://www.verobeach.com/
http://www.visitflorida.com/vero_beach


How many rooms does VB have?
VB has 18 dedicated 2 BR's; 36 Lockoffs (each of which can be divided
into a studio and a 1BR); 6 3BR Beach Cottages; and 112 Inn rooms.

How do I get to Vero Beach?
Do you have to be a DVC member to stay there?

No you do not. You can make a reservation through a travel agent or by
calling the resort.

What is rack rate for the resort?

2010 VB Rates (Provided by Emily921)
Value 1-1 to 2-11, 8-15 to 12-16
Regular 4-11 to 5-27
Summer 5-28 to 8-14
Peak 2-12 to 3-20
Holiday 3-21 to 4-10 & 12-17 to 12-31
Studio V $185, R $240, S $250 wkdy $265 wknd Juy 4,Peak $310 and Holiday $335.
Inn Std same as Studio
Inn Ocean View, V $205, R $295, S $300 wkdy $315 wknd, P $350, H $395.
1BR V $285, R $370, S $375 wkdy $390 wknd, P $460,
H $480.
2BR V $370, R $495, S $505 wkdy, $520 wknd, peak
$680 and H $720.
3 BR Beach Cottage - V $805, R $980, S $1000 wkdy
$1015 wknd, P $1100, H $1245

Tax is 11%. wkend included July 4th.
What is the difference between an Inn Room and a Studio?
With an Inn room you'll get 2 queen beds and it is about 360 sq ft. You also
will have a small frig, wet bar, and microwave. Select corner Inn rooms are
slightly larger and L-shaped. So as you enter the room through the door, you
see a narrow walk space and the kitchenette is right there. As you turn the corner,
you have the main space with the beds.

A studio is about 375 sq ft and also has a frig, wet bar and microwave. The
difference is you will get one queen bed and one double sleeper sofa. So if
only two people are staying in the room and sharing the bed, you can keep
the sofa closed and allows more floor space. The Vero Beach studio room is
the same shape as the OKW studio so the floor space is optimized in my opinion.

Studios (particularily ground and 2st floor), don't offer much of a view. There
is a lot of very lush tropical foilage surrounding the ground floor studio and
larger villas. Ocean View Inn rooms are a reservation option.

What does availiability typically look like?
Peak season at South Florida beaches is in the Spring, with March and April
(Spring Break) being the most popular. Summer is typically not as difficult to
reserve as Spring is. By calling at 7 months, you can likely get any week you
want. I've had luck getting summer time calling only a few months prior.

What is the beach like?
The beach is on the "wild" side, with lots of waves and a pretty sharp drop off.
Children should be closely supervised.
Rob describes it here:
"It is not a big beach, but it is never crowded so size, in this case, doesn't matter.
Vero beach is an ocean playground. The waves on most days are formiddable and
great for boogie or surf boarding.

The sand is brown and coarse, and gets hot in the summer. For me the hot sand is
a sensory awakening and I find myself thinking... "yes, I really am here... ouch,
damn that's hot... ow, ow, ow".

I love the ocean waves. VB receives the gulf stream flow so the water temps are
pretty steady for much of the year. I like to think that sharks don't like waves and
stay out further than I venture. I have never seen a shark at VB, but PamOKW
posted a story about a shark bite incident at VB in 2006. Thanks, Pam.

Jelly Fish? Hah.... VB has PORTUGESE MAN-O-WAR! Actually, I have been to
VB almost all the months from March to November and only once have I
encountered these slimey creatures of pain. Yes, I was stung. Not too bad though...
just felt like a thousand bee stings.

There is never a problem finding a spot to set up beach camp at VB.

One real nice thing about the beach is the proximity to the Pool bar & grill, and
your room. So If you have hankering for a Margarita or a hamburger, OR nature
is suddenly calling (#2, you can do #1 in the ocean), your remedy is very close by.
We typically will set up early in the morning and go back and forth between the
pool, the room, and the beach throughout the day.

The beach doesn't have much in the way of shelling, but it does have turtle nests."

Is there a lifeguard on duty?
There are lifeguards at the pool at peak times, but not on the beach.

Is there internet service at the resort?
Yes. They currently have Wireless in the lobby and sitting areas of the main
building. They also have a public access computer off of the lobby area.
Cost is $9.95/30 minutes.

What sort of activities does the resort offer? Is there a fee?
There are a number of planned recreational activities. Some have age-limits
and/or fees. These include (but are not limited to):
Fishing Fundamentals (age 7+): 30.00/35.00
Lagoon Adventure (age 7-17): fee ???
Kayak Adventure (age 8+):40.00/45.00
Pelican Island Bike Tour (age 12+) 8.00/10.00
Seaside Chefs (age 4+) fee?????
Unbirthday Parties (age 4-12): No fee
Campfire (all ages): No fee - Monday/Wed/Fri/Sat nights
SnorkelEars: 30.00/35.00
Turtle Troop Adventure 20.00/25.00
Discovery Scuba: 30.00/35.00
Cel Painting: 10.00/15.00
Faux Gyataku Craft: 7.00/10.00
Sand Casting: 3.00/5.00
Tennis Lessons
30 min: 27.00/30.00
60 min: 50.00/55.00
Garden and Museum Tour: 15.00/20.00
Beginning Birding (seasonal): 8.00/10.00
Surf School: 90.00/95.00

What is the temperature like?
See the temperature chart below.


Is there a supervised kid's club?
There is a 3-hour 3DC Discovery Club for kids age 4-12 on Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Price is 35.00 per child for non-members
and 30.00 for DVC members. Dinner and supervised activities are included and
advance reservations are required.

What is availiable for rental at the resort?
There are a number of items availible for rental. Prices are as follows
(DVC Member/Non-Member)
2 Chairs and Umbrella: 24.00/30.00
Umbrella: 10.00/12.00
Beach Chair: 7.00/9.00
Cushioned Lounge Chair: 9.00/12.00
2 Lounges and Umbrella: 28.00/36.00
Body Board: 9.00/12.00
Cabanas: 12.00/15.00
Bikes (hourly): 5.00/7.00
Bikes: 14.00/17.00
Tennis Racket: Complimentary/5.00
Miniature Golf Rental Equipment
Hourly: 1.00/2.00
Entire Stay: 5.00/7.00
Kayak (30 minutes): 20.00/25.00
Jet Ski (30 minutes): 55.00/60.00


What dining options exist at the resort?
VB offers more dining options than most Disney resorts: Shutters is a
casual table service restaurant featuring American cuisine, fresh seafood,
and a wood-brick oven. Character dining is offered Saturday morning,
reservations are suggested. The Green Cabin Room offers specialty
drinks, a light lunch and appetizer menu, and both indoor and outdoor
dining areas. There is nightly entertainment. Sonya's is open select
evening and features signature dining with steaks and seafood. Brunch
is availiable on Sunday. Bleacher's offers pool-side counter service with
hot dogs, hamburgers, subs, and salads. Alcoholic speciality beverages
are also offered. There is also the option of Inn Room Private Dining,
including the option to pre-order breakfast with a selected delivery time.
Prices seem to be on par with all Disney resorts in terms of CS,TS and
Signature Dining experiences. The Disney Dining Experience card (DDE)
is accepted at VB.
Please Note: The DDP is NOT accepted at VB but the TIW card is.
Menus: Shutters:http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm

Does the resort do anything special for holidays?
4th of July is pretty cool. For a while, there were fireworks in Orchid just
North of the resort. They were fantastic. There are also fireworks in
Sebastian which you can watch from A1A.

VB throws a pool-party on New Year's Eve complete with party hats,
noise-makers, live DJ, and guest appearances by the likes of Goofy,
Chip, and Dale. There are family activities, dancing, and the night
ends with the "Pool Drop" where at the stroke of midnight, everyone
who wants to, jumps into the pool.

The resort always does something for most holidays. We really enjoy
Halloween at the resort. They have costume contests, pumpkin carving
contests, trick or treating, etc.

What are my dining/grocery options outside of the resort?
Orchid Island Pizzeria right next to DVBR on the corner of A1A and 510.
They serve a thin crust style pizzia with choice of lots of toppings, pasta
dinners, and hot and cold subs. They will also deliver to the lobby of the
resort. 772-388-5151 .

The closest shopping is a short distance away. Go North from the resort
to the 1st light and turn left onto CR- 510. Go 2.7 miles and Walgreens
will be on your left at the intersection of US-1. If you want to go to Publix
(groceries), make a right turn on US1 and Publix will be 1.6 miles ahead on
your left. As you head to Publix, on your right will be Hale Indian River Fruit
Stand. Try their fresh-squeezed orange juice...yummy!

There is commercial strip in Vero Beach about 11 miles/20 min away.
Includes just about everything you can think of - Super Walmart, Sams Club,
Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears, - complete mall. Plenty
of places to spend money! The outlet malls are a few more miles past that
out to the west.

There is also a Super Walmart in Sebastian approx 9 miles to the north,
along with some smaller strip malls - Publix etc. Sebastian is a smaller city,
home of Pelican Island, Capt Hirams restaurant and bar (think tables in the sand),
Squid Lips restaurant. -


DINING OPTIONS IN THE VB AREA :

Lobster Shanty in Vero Beach ( http://www.verobeachlobstershanty.com/ )

Mamma Mia's: http://www.mamamiaskitchen.net/

Mr. Manatee's in Vero Beach ( http://www.planetvero.com/mrmanatees.htm )
also, I believe this is the main website for Mr Manatee's :
( http://www.mrmanatees.com/ )
Capt Hiram's for lunch in Sebastian http://www.hirams.com/

http://www.riversidecafe.com/ (Riverside Cafe)

Ozzie's Crabhouse
6060 US Hwy. 1 South
Grant, FL 32949
(321) 724-0009 -----> what I read was "go for the food...not the decor".
So I'm assuming this place is very casual ? But the food is supposed to be great.


Waldo's at the Driftwood
3150 Ocean Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963-1954
Phone: 772-231-0550
Fax: 772-234-1981
Website: http://www.thedriftwoodresort.com/rest.html


http://www.bellanapoli-verobeach.com/


TOOJAYS : http://www.toojays.com/locationsnew/...onlist_tc.html


Ay Jalisco Inc
1909 20th St, Vero Beach, FL
Tel: (772) 978-0661 (good Mexican food)

Outback Steakhouse
1475 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL
Tel: (772) 567-5222



Patio Restaurant
1103 Miracle Mile, Vero Beach, FL
Tel: (772) 567-7215
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PIZZA :
Orchid Island Pizzeria right next to DVBR on the corner of A1A and 510.
They serve a thin crust style pizzia with choice of lots of toppings, pasta
dinners, and hot and cold subs. They will also deliver to the lobby of the
resort. 772-388-5151
http://www.orchidislandpizzeria.com/



Nino's Italian Restaurant
1006 Easter Lily Ln
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 231-9311
http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/118.pdf
Note : Does NOT deliver to VB
Payment options
No credit cards accepted
All checks
Business hours
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Giorgio's New York Pizzeria
955 17th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 778-3800
NOTE : Does NOT deliver to VB
Payment options
Visa
Mastercard
No checks accepted
Business hours
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/107.pdf


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Ocean Grill :
http://www.ocean-grill.com/index.php...WebPageID=7227 (Ocean Grill)


Boardwalk Cafe & Ice Cream CO 4079 Ocean Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-9570

Apples Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor486 21st St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-5877


Squid Lips Grill : http://www.squidlipsgrill.com/

MoBay Grill in the Publix Plaza near Wal-Mart (Sebastian). A small
Jamaican inspired restaurant. http://www.mo-baygrill.com/


Tangos Restaurant---good for steak :
http://www.realpagessites.com/tangos...ant/page5.html

And not a steakhouse....but another cool sounding restaurant I'd like
to add to the list :
http://www.rjgators.com/

also some mentioned on this link :
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1764324


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Where Can I Get A Massage?
Massages are availiable on-site, but there are a few full-service
spas in the area:

Studio Gabriel Full Service Salon and Spa
772 -234-8105
http://www.studiogabriel.com/services.asp

Yulin's Day Spa:
http://yulinsdayspa.com/index.php?ac...WebPageID=5761

What is there to do in the surrounding area?

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/

Sebastion Inlet State Park http://www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/

Port Canaveral (where the Magic & Wonder dock)
http://www.portcanaveral.org/cruising/ships.php#disney

Kennedy Space Center http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (a part of KSC)
http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/

The Manateer Observation Center http://www.manateecenter.com/

Mckee Bonatinical Gardens (really cool) http://www.mckeegarden.org/

Another place to check out..especially with Pirates of the Caribbean being
so popular. It's maybe 15 minutes from the Vero Beach resort. Here's some more info :
http://www.atocha1622.com/mclarty.htm:
Mc Clarty Treasure Museum
13180 Highway A1a
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 589-2147

Paleo Discoveries (paleodiscoveries.com).Fossil Hunting.

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What are NoSeeUms and how do I deter them?
No-See-Ums are tiny insects, closely related to the mosquito, officially
called Biting Midges. They only fly in temperatures over 70 degress, so
they are more of a problem during summer months. They are most active
during sunrise/sunset, so it is recommended that you keep your patio
doors closed during these times. Common insect repellants (DEET) do
not deter No-See-Ums. The best way to avoid them is to wear long
pants/sleeves at sunrise and sunset. Products such as Cutter Advanced
and Cactus Juice have been recommended by many VB veterans.

How can I see sea turtles?
Sea turtle nesting and hatching season runs May-October. Most of the turtle
nesting takes place from June-August, and hatchlings emerge about 60 days
after the nest is made. There are a number of night-time walks organized that
allow small numbers of the public to view the nesting phase, but the hatchling
phase is far too dangerous to view and there are no legal public walks to
view hatchlings. If you would like to see a hatchling, there are morning
"Turtle Troops" at the resort three times a week where the naturalist takes
you to look at the nests. Once hatchlings begin emerging, it is not uncommon
for there to be hatchlings that did not make it left behind, and you may get a
chance to see one of those.

If you are at Vero during nesting, there are various places to arrange for a
turtle walk. First, the resort offers a turtle walk lottery on Wednesdays and
Thursdays. Guests can place their room keys in a lottery at 10am, and enough
keys are drawn to fill 20 slots on the tour. There is no charge, but space is very
limited and the walk takes place on the beach @ the resort where there is about
a 50% chance that you will see a turtle.

On Tuesdays, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation hosts a free turtle walk
through Sebastian Inlet State Park. (321-985-4852) You must reserve a spot
ahead of time, and a total of 20 people are allowed on the beach. This takes
place in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a few miles down from
Disney's Vero Beach Resort and has a 80% success rate for finding and viewing turtles.

The Caribbean Conservation Corporation also sponsors an "Adopt-A-Turtle"
program on Monday nights. There is a charge for this (I believe it is 20$ plus
10$ for each additional person in the group). This also takes place in the
Archie Carr Refuge and you must make reservations. Contact number is 1-800-678-7853.

I personally recommend one of the CCC walks, since you can make
reservations ahead of time and have a much higher chance of seeing a turtle nesting.


What sort of other ameneties are offered at Vero Beach?
Anchors A Weigh Fitness Center, Rub Dub's Massage, Blinker's Arcade,
Nightly Live Music in the Green cabin Room, Hair Beading and Hair Wraps,
Valet, Video Rentals, BBQ Grills, Steamer's Sauna

Why are Vero Beach points cheaper than other resorts on the resale market?
Should I just buy there to save money?
The most expensive annual dues make VB one of the most expenive locations to
own over the long term. Mbhoxie breaks it down here:
"VB points tend to be cheaper for a number of reasons...

1. Dues are higher there than any other resort... Partially due to the remote
location, and partially due to the fact that the place has been smacked by two
hurricanes and is heavily insured.

2. To some, the resort is in a fairly remote location, not known traditionally
known as a resort/timeshare area.. You have to either drive or rent a car to
get there. The surrounding towns have some activities but its not setup as a
tourist area... Some people buy in with the expectaton of being entertained
like they are at the parks... Not going to happen.

Bottom line.. NEVER buy points at a place that you don't intend to stay at...
Bad business, and it will be stressful."

What's the address/phone number for the resort?
Disney's Vero Beach Resort (a DVC resort)
9250 Island Grove Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 234-2000




The sections below are placeholders

The sections below are placeholders while the information in the
FAQ section is re-organized. You will see some of them populated
but they may not be complete until I’m done with the reorganization.


VB RESORT - Basics
ROOMS
VB has 18 dedicated 2 BR's; 36 Lockoffs (each of which can be divided
into a studio and a 1BR); 6 3BR Beach Cottages; and 112 Inn rooms.
The Inn rooms designated as Garden View (vegetation and parking views)
and Ocean View. (If you know how many Inn roms are in each category
please let me know)

There are a total of 10 buildings with rooms. The 6 3BR Beach Cottages,
the Inn, and 3 other buildings, each containing 6 dedicated 2BRs,
and 12 Lockoffs. The studios are part of a lockoff and are in these 3 buildings.

VB is a very small resort. Everything is a very, very easy walk.

PARKING
There is under-building parking under the Inn and the 3 buildings with
the 2BR’s and lockoffs. There are small parking lots next to the buildings.
There is not parking next to the 3BR Beach Cottages but there is adequate
Parking in the other locations. Overflow parking is available across
Highway A1A which is connected to the resort via an underground
Passage.
TRANSPORTATION
Many folks ask if Disney provides transportation, like the Disney Magic
Express. The answer is no.
You can arrange transportation using one of the VB transportation companies
but you will probably find it to be very expensive. Aditionally, the resort
is very small and almost everybody wants to go see some of the sights
or go to off-site restaurants. For these reasons everybody recommends
having a car. OK, I suppose there is someone out there who doesn’t!
Most folks fly into Orlando (95 miles). Other options are North
Palm Beach (81 miles), Sanford (114 miles), Fort Lauderdale (130 miles).
AVAILABILITY
Peak season at South Florida beaches is in the Spring, with March and April
(Spring Break) being the most popular. Summer is typically not as difficult to
reserve as Spring is. By calling at 7 months, you can likely get any week you
want. Although I haven’t been to VB over the Christmas/New Years
holidays, I assume getting a room might be tough…call right at the 7 month
timeframe. If VB is your home resort, you should not have trouble calling at
11 months.
CASH RESERVATIONS
ADDRESS and PHONE
Disney's Vero Beach Resort (a DVC resort)
9250 Island Grove Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 234-2000

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VB RESORT – Restaurants and Lounge
VB RESORT – Restaurants and Lounge
VB offers more dining options than most Disney resorts: Shutters is a
casual table service restaurant featuring American cuisine, fresh seafood,
and a wood-brick oven. Character dining is offered Saturday morning,
reservations are suggested.
The Green Cabin Room offers specialty
drinks, a light lunch and appetizer menu, and both indoor and outdoor
dining areas. There is nightly entertainment (Actually I think the
entertainment is Wednesday – Sunday. Let me know if you know).
Sonya's is open select evening and features signature dining with
steaks and seafood.
Brunch is availiable on Sunday. Bleacher's offers pool-side counter service
with hot dogs, hamburgers, subs, and salads. Alcoholic speciality beverages
are also offered.
There is also the option of Inn Room Private Dining,
including the option to pre-order breakfast with a selected delivery time.
Prices seem to be on par with all Disney resorts in terms of counter
service, table service, and Signature Dining experiences.
Please Note: The DDP is NOT accepted at VB but the TIW card is.
Menus: Shutters:http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm



VB RESORT - Recreation
VB RESORT - Recreation


VB RESORT – Rentals at VB Beach & Pool
VB RESORT – Rentals at VB Beach & Pool
There are a number of items available for rental. Prices are as follows
(NEED TO VERIFY)
(DVC Member/Non-Member)
2 Chairs and Umbrella: 24.00/30.00
Umbrella: 10.00/12.00
Beach Chair: 7.00/9.00
Cushioned Lounge Chair: 9.00/12.00
2 Lounges and Umbrella: 28.00/36.00
Body Board: 9.00/12.00
Cabanas: 12.00/15.00
Bikes (hourly): 5.00/7.00
Bikes: 14.00/17.00
Tennis Racket: Complimentary/5.00
Miniature Golf Rental Equipment
Hourly: 1.00/2.00
Entire Stay: 5.00/7.00
Kayak (30 minutes): 20.00/25.00
Jet Ski (30 minutes): 55.00/60.00


VB RESORT - Beach
VB RESORT - Beach


VB RESORT - Pool
VB RESORT - Pool


VB RESORT – Other Services
VB RESORT – Other Services
[code] On Site SPA
Disney Signature Package: $435. Signature VichyTreatment, Signature Massage and Signature Facial or Signature Mani Pedi.

Citrus Package $180 Citrus Vichy Shower scrub, 50 min Aroma Therapy Massage, or your choice of Facial (excludes Signature Facial).

Tropical Package $180 Same as Citrus only with Tropical...
cost in dollars
15 mi 25 min 30/35 min 50 min 80 min
Massage
Signature Massage 175
Hot Stone 125 165
Swedish Relaxation 105 145
Personalized Aromatherapy 115 155
Pressure Release 120 160
Maternity 110 150
Couples Price varies with selected treatment
Verandah Chair 45
Facials
Signature Facial 165
Coconut Hydrating 105
Blueberry Soy Firming 105
Strawberry Rhubarb Replenishing 105
Aloe Mint Soothing 105
Citrus C Deep Cleansing 105
A LA Carte
Lip Exfoiliation and voluminzing 25
Soothing eye treatment 30
Vichy Shower Treatments
Signature Vichy Treatment 165
Tropical Vichy Shower scrub 85
Citrus Vichy Shower scrub 85
Body Therapies
Mango Enzyme Exfoilating Wrap 75
Cucumber Mint Hydrating Wrap 75
Hand and Foot Treatments
Signature Spa Manicure 75
Signature Spa Pedicure 95
Traditions Manicure 45
Traditions Pedicure 45
Traditions Mani-Pedi Combo 100
add French to mani or pedi for 10.00
Tween Services
Clean Tween Facial 65
Calming Massage 65
Ice Cream Manicure 35
Ice Cream Pedicure 45


VB RESORT – Cost of DVC Points and Dues
RESORT – Cost of DVC Points and Dues


WILDLIFE
WILDLIFE


LOCAL SHOPPING
LOCAL SHOPPING


WEATHER
WEATHER


NON-RESORT Restaurants
NON-RESORT Restaurants


NON-RESORT Spas
NON-RESORT SPAS


NON-RESORT Activities
NON-RESORT Activities



Resort Document Scans
Area Restaurants
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Daily Activity Sheets
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Massage Information
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Room Service Menu
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Shutters Menu for Breakfast
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Lunch
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Dinner
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Dinner at Upscale Sonya's
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Special Member pricing
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Map of Surrounding area and interests
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VB resort map
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Restaurant Reviews and Recommendations

Please send me reviews and recommendations. Please keep them to 3 lines or less.



Average Temps
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:beach:

DisDaydreamer
12-06-2010, 04:48 PM
:yay:

I'm first reply :p


Thank You, John!

dreamlinda
12-06-2010, 05:11 PM
Yippee - a new year and a wonderful new thread :banana::dance3::dance3::banana:

bobbiwoz
12-06-2010, 05:14 PM
Thank you, thank you!

We'll be in VB, June 10th and 11th!

Bobbi:goodvibes

lisareniff
12-06-2010, 06:40 PM
Thanks John!

I need to hang out with my VB friends a little more. Here's a few pics (circa 2008) to get us in the VB mood....

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gojoe
12-06-2010, 06:41 PM
Love the Thread

photobob
12-06-2010, 07:56 PM
OK I'll dive in too, not going to VB this year but love the resort. Here are a few of my photos:

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lisareniff
12-06-2010, 08:28 PM
Lovely pictures Bob. Boy, it sure makes me want go to VB and leave all this snow in WNY.

AnnaS
12-06-2010, 08:55 PM
Thank you for starting this thread for 2011. Great info and pictures.

We stayed at VB for the first time this past August and we loved it. Can't wait to stay here again.

WAWDWLUVER
12-07-2010, 09:10 AM
Thank you sooooo much for starting/continuing this thread!! We'll be there April 28th & 29th for the first time!:cool1:

backyardponder
12-07-2010, 10:07 AM
Thanks to everyone for their encouragement. Unfortunately we won't be able to make it to VB this year. We borrowed all our points to do a 12 person 10 night stay at BWV a few months ago and we are doing HHI with some friends late in 2011.

Looking at the photos makes me want to re-look at things!

John

Hopefully
12-07-2010, 03:17 PM
Thank You for stepping up and continuing the Vero Beach thread John!!
Our first trip was this past October and DH loved it so much we are going back again this year.
Thank You again

Belle and Rella's Dad
12-07-2010, 06:51 PM
Just wanted to say thanks for doing this, I am pretty much a lurker on this, but it is my escape from the winter, we will be there from April 3rd to April 9th this year. Rob, awesome job and John thanks again.

Tom

gojoe
12-08-2010, 04:20 AM
Can't wait to go back
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katdocnorf
12-08-2010, 05:05 AM
I am so glad for this post. I have been looking for more information on Vero Beach as I am starting deep planning for our first trip to Vero. We will be there 4/18/11-4/23/11. Can't wait... I have been looking for menus and other items. This is great... THANKS

hpygrll
12-08-2010, 09:18 AM
Love the pictures! We'll be there from June 11 - 18!

Jenny:)

debaudrn
12-08-2010, 10:21 AM
Thanks for taking this on. I am also an occaisional poster. We will be in a 2 BR on 3/17 - 3/20. I would be interested in taking beach chairs off anyones hands if they have them. If I have to purchase some I would be willing to leave them with someone coming in after us too.

smacky1
12-08-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks for taking over!! We are heading to Vero in Feb and I am so torn about what to do. The dates I want 2/20 and 2/21 do not have an OVIR available which is my first choice. They do have Studio's and garden views. I booked the following week instead 2/27 and 2/28 to get the OVIR, but those dates dont work as well for us. Im torn between the ocean view room or a better schedule. Its just DH and I and it will be our first trip with no kids. (our kids are 4 and 6). We are also sailing the dream with the kids and have a balcony room so part of me thinks, Ill be ok with out an OV room at Vero. Ahhh, what to do????? Any input from anyone. Ive only stayed at Vero once and it was in an OVIR. Will I still love it in a studio?

Starr W.
12-08-2010, 04:11 PM
We'll be down to VB 4/2-4/8 in a BEACH COTTAGE!:banana::banana:

amblackmon
12-08-2010, 05:25 PM
I am so excited to find this thread. We are planning on going to VB around9/15/11-9/18/11 before we head to WDW. We have never been to VB and have no idea what to expect. I can't wait to plan...

bus driver
12-08-2010, 06:56 PM
just came back stayed in the ovir 11/25-11/28 wife and myself room was fine for us we don't need a lot.as far as ocean view if you lean over the rail you will see the beach other than that you see water far away. it is not disney but was great way to relax pool was great. hard to get on beach big hill of sand to climb. beach was great, not a whole lot of shells there is 2 stores just at the end of the resort a pizza shop gooood stake samwitch, next to it sub shop it sell supplys and beer and wine fair price .if you go to camp fire there is a gate right there go out gate and at end make left you will see them hope it helps ps landed in orlando drove 528 to 95south took 1.30 hours

AKV707
12-08-2010, 07:32 PM
Calling on Friday at the 7 month window to try to get an OVIR for 3 nights in July. Possible? This will be our first trip to Vero.

vbarry
12-09-2010, 04:25 AM
Very excited! Will be there July 1-4! Then checking in at Bay Lake Tower!!:thumbsup2

backyardponder
12-09-2010, 06:51 PM
I have posted to the FAQ section of this thread the number of rooms at VB. The information I have is: VB has 18 dedicated 2BR's; 36 Lockoffs (each of which can be divided into a studio and a 1BR); 6 3BR Beach Cottages; and 112 Inn rooms.

Does anybody know how many of the Inn rooms are OVIR?

Thanks!

John

backyardponder
12-09-2010, 07:21 PM
Thanks for taking over!! We are heading to Vero in Feb and I am so torn about what to do. The dates I want 2/20 and 2/21 do not have an OVIR available which is my first choice. They do have Studio's and garden views. I booked the following week instead 2/27 and 2/28 to get the OVIR, but those dates dont work as well for us. Im torn between the ocean view room or a better schedule. Its just DH and I and it will be our first trip with no kids. (our kids are 4 and 6). We are also sailing the dream with the kids and have a balcony room so part of me thinks, Ill be ok with out an OV room at Vero. Ahhh, what to do????? Any input from anyone. Ive only stayed at Vero once and it was in an OVIR. Will I still love it in a studio?

The last time I was at VB I had a 1br, first floor, with a view of vegetation. Although I missed the ocean view, just being at VB was good enough. Personally I'd take what I can get and wait list for the OVIR. Good Luck!

John

backyardponder
12-09-2010, 07:23 PM
I am so excited to find this thread. We are planning on going to VB around9/15/11-9/18/11 before we head to WDW. We have never been to VB and have no idea what to expect. I can't wait to plan...

amblackmon: As soon as you firm up your dates, post them and I'll add you to the roll call.

John

smacky1
12-10-2010, 02:38 PM
The last time I was at VB I had a 1br, first floor, with a view of vegetation. Although I missed the ocean view, just being at VB was good enough. Personally I'd take what I can get and wait list for the OVIR. Good Luck!

John

Thanks for the advice! I did just that. I took the garden view inn room so we could be in the Inn and wait listed for the Ocean View. We are just thrilled to have a few nights away by ourselves! Our dates are Feb 20-Feb 22. Thanks again!

ont/ohana
12-11-2010, 06:55 AM
Count us in for 2011, March 12 to March 18 OVIR

Sorcerer's Dad
12-11-2010, 01:30 PM
Stopped by the resort today 11 Dec to see what had been done to the sand at the beach. Local paper had article a week or so ago saying that the "cliff" was going to be knocked down and the beach smoothed out. For those wondering what I'm referring to, earlier storms had moved the sand around, causing a real cliff of sand in front of the resort - over eight feet high.

To the north they've planted some beach grasses to help hold the sand in. All the beach in front of the resort is in good shape - no more cliffs, just gentle slope to the water. I don't have a place to post the pics I took.

If someone can post pics - drop me a pm with an email address and I'll send the pics. I took two from the boardwalk - one north and one south.

Lots of people out today at the pool - local temp close to 70 - slight breeze - barely a cloud in the sky.

briangib
12-11-2010, 03:22 PM
Great photos all around. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

starbox
12-12-2010, 02:03 PM
Thanks for continuing the thread!!!! We'll be back in Vero for the entire month of June this year. I'd love to meet some Disers.

In a crazy twist, recently found out I'm related by marriage to the owner of the Driftwood Inn - it's a small world. I think this means moving to Vero is my destiny!

backyardponder
12-12-2010, 05:42 PM
Thanks for continuing the thread!!!! We'll be back in Vero for the entire month of June this year. I'd love to meet some Disers.

In a crazy twist, recently found out I'm related by marriage to the owner of the Driftwood Inn - it's a small world. I think this means moving to Vero is my destiny!

Is that June 1 - 30? Wow, that's quite a trip!

starbox
12-12-2010, 05:50 PM
Is that June 1 - 30? Wow, that's quite a trip!

Yes - we will be in the same house we rented last year - in Sea Oaks which is next door to Disney's VBR. :cool1: I'm writing now when I'm not teaching, and there's nothing quite like writing while you watch the turtles pop their heads out of the ocean and contemplate coming ashore.

DVCconvert
12-13-2010, 07:41 AM
First off -- a huge THANK YOU to you John for taking over the thread!
As I told Rob, I'm very busy and traveling alot this year, but if I can be of any help, I'd be happy too.

Secondly, a huge THANK YOU to Rob for all his hard work! We're all thinking of you!

I hope to get back to VB next fall....time permitting!
Great photos! Keep 'em coming!!

DisDaydreamer
12-13-2010, 05:10 PM
Is that June 1 - 30? Wow, that's quite a trip!

Pay no attention to starbox... she drank the Kool-aid years ago and DVC points (at VB) can't satisfy her needs now. She has to rent entire homes for entire months now. :sad2:

I'm guessing maybe one more year (2012) of this and they'll be moving down there soon after. :)

dort
12-13-2010, 06:39 PM
Pay no attention to starbox... she drank the Kool-aid years ago and DVC points (at VB) can't satisfy her needs now. She has to rent entire homes for entire months now. :sad2:

I'm guessing maybe one more year (2012) of this and they'll be moving down there soon after. :)


Whatever the koolaid was that Starbox had I must have had it someplace along the way, DH and I are renting for the month of May down there too!!! :banana::banana: Can't wait!!! Ten days just wasn't enough!!

dreamlinda
12-13-2010, 06:44 PM
Whatever the koolaid was that Starbox had I must have had it someplace along the way, DH and I are renting for the month of May down there too!!! :banana::banana: Can't wait!!! Ten days just wasn't enough!!

Ok, stop - I am Christmas Green with envy!! DH and I were just discussing yesterday if we could somehow swing purchasing "something" in the VB area. We do love it there!!!:love:

starbox
12-13-2010, 07:11 PM
Whatever the koolaid was that Starbox had I must have had it someplace along the way, DH and I are renting for the month of May down there too!!! :banana::banana: Can't wait!!! Ten days just wasn't enough!!

Woo-hoo! Are you renting the same house as us?

starbox
12-13-2010, 07:13 PM
I'm guessing maybe one more year (2012) of this and they'll be moving down there soon after. :)

ETA Summer 2014. Standing guest-room invite for you and MB.:goodvibes

dort
12-13-2010, 07:35 PM
Woo-hoo! Are you renting the same house as us?

No, we're down the road a bit at Ocean Club, Sea Oaks didn't work for us, tried but no go, just the two of us, unless we can talk some friends into visiting! If the condo is anything like the pics, we should be very happy :banana::banana:

backyardponder
12-14-2010, 09:31 AM
Dort: I'll add you to the roll call.

Everybody else: There is a roll call in the 1st post of the 1st page of this thread. Post the dates you'll be at VB and I'll add you to it.

John

DisDaydreamer
12-14-2010, 05:21 PM
ETA Summer 2014. Standing guest-room invite for you and MB.:goodvibes

I'll remember this :goodvibes

No joke, Really. :eek:

DisDaydreamer
12-14-2010, 05:24 PM
No, we're down the road a bit at Ocean Club, Sea Oaks didn't work for us, tried but no go, just the two of us, unless we can talk some friends into visiting! If the condo is anything like the pics, we should be very happy :banana::banana:

Hope all is well... Have a wonderful time.

dort
12-14-2010, 06:10 PM
Hope all is well... Have a wonderful time.

Rob, all is well, Happy Holidays to you and MB!! :santa:
I'm sure we will have a great time, how can you not at VERO:thumbsup2!!
dort

dort
12-14-2010, 06:11 PM
Dort: I'll add you to the roll call.

Everybody else: There is a roll call in the 1st post of the 1st page of this thread. Post the dates you'll be at VB and I'll add you to it.

John

Thank you!!

DisDaydreamer
12-15-2010, 07:12 PM
Rob, all is well, Happy Holidays to you and MB!! :santa:
I'm sure we will have a great time, how can you not at VERO:thumbsup2!!
dort

Happy Holidays to you, Deb. :santa:

hmillerbarilla
12-15-2010, 11:25 PM
Hello Everyone! I'm new to the Vero thread... so here goes.:rolleyes1

We're planning an OKW trip in Aug 2011 (currently booked at BCV but switching at 7 mo if available) and I'd love to add some days at Vero to this trip since we're driving from Chicago and will have a car.

Thought we'd do it on the front end of the trip (if you think that's a good idea) and enjoy relaxing before the "fun" of a planned Disney trip begins!;)

Where do I want to stay? We're 8 people: my parents, my sister (single) and my husband and me with our 3 kiddies (the youngest will be 1). Do we want a 2 Bd? Is that impossible to book? or do we want these inn rooms that you all keep talking about? I'm very confused and need some guidance! Thank you!

:goodvibes

backyardponder
12-16-2010, 08:32 AM
Getting into VB in August is not impossible. Call right at the 7 month window when they open. Be willing to wait list and be flexible on the dates you want to be there.

If your group is comfortable in a 2BR at WDW, you'll be comfortable in a 2BR at VB. I'd go for that since you will then have the full kitchen.

If you can't get into the 2BR, then go for the Inn rooms and wait list the 2BR. The Inn rooms are like a very nice motel room with 2 queen size beds in each one.

hmillerbarilla
12-16-2010, 09:09 AM
Getting into VB in August is not impossible. Call right at the 7 month window when they open. Be willing to wait list and be flexible on the dates you want to be there.

If your group is comfortable in a 2BR at WDW, you'll be comfortable in a 2BR at VB. I'd go for that since you will then have the full kitchen.

If you can't get into the 2BR, then go for the Inn rooms and wait list the 2BR. The Inn rooms are like a very nice motel room with 2 queen size beds in each one.

Thanks for the info. We do usually stay in a 2 BD at WDW so I think that would be fine here too. Are those villas located in the main building? Or is that only the inn rooms? The beach cottages are out of the question, right? Those get booked by owners I assume.

backyardponder
12-16-2010, 01:00 PM
If you have enough points, I'd try for the beach cottage. I've never been in one, but they look fantastic.

The only rooms in the main building are the Inn rooms. The 2BR's, 1BR's, and studios are all in separate buildings. VB is a very small resort, especially compared to those at WDW. All the buildings are really close to each other. You'll be happy where ever you stay there.

hmillerbarilla
12-17-2010, 12:01 AM
The beach cottage sounds wonderful, but I looked up the points and they are a bit too high for right now. Maybe if we stay there and LOVE it we'd try it in the future.

So, are all the restaurants in the main building? I'll have to look up a map of the property to figure out the location of everything. Being in the main building sounds really nice, but my sister is pushing for a 2 BD since she likes the extra space.:thumbsup2

This will be fun to plan! Thanks for your help. Plus, I just noticed you're in Naperville. We're in Wheaton!:goodvibes

dreamlinda
12-17-2010, 08:10 AM
The beach cottage sounds wonderful, but I looked up the points and they are a bit too high for right now. Maybe if we stay there and LOVE it we'd try it in the future.

So, are all the restaurants in the main building? I'll have to look up a map of the property to figure out the location of everything. Being in the main building sounds really nice, but my sister is pushing for a 2 BD since she likes the extra space.:thumbsup2

This will be fun to plan! Thanks for your help. Plus, I just noticed you're in Naperville. We're in Wheaton!:goodvibes

I hope you love this resort, my DH and I certainly do!! Back on page one you will find a description of the property restaurants and links to them. Yes, they are all in the main building, with one QS at the pool. Check out this page, it is loaded with great information, and have a great tinme!!

backyardponder
12-17-2010, 01:27 PM
I just noticed you're in Naperville. We're in Wheaton!:goodvibes

Hi neighbor! Did you see me just wave? We're on the far SE side of Naperville (87th & Naper Blvd).

primecap
12-17-2010, 04:35 PM
small world. we're at 87th and rte 59.

backyardponder
12-18-2010, 07:38 AM
small world. we're at 87th and rte 59.

Waving that way too!

backyardponder
12-19-2010, 10:46 AM
Here's the current 2011 Roll Call:

2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/11 bobbiwoz
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry

bobbiwoz
12-19-2010, 06:13 PM
We actually leave the resort on June 12th. The 2 nights will be better than none. In 2012, I'm hoping for a 5 night BC stay!:goodvibes We added 50 extra VB points this year to make it possible!

DisDaydreamer
12-24-2010, 04:14 PM
Bump... Page 2 is not acceptable. :santa:

iloveokw
12-28-2010, 05:32 PM
We are staying for two nights before our Disney Dream 5 night cruise. We love relaxing at Vero!:banana:

MrShiny
12-28-2010, 09:57 PM
We will be there for the first time July 13-15, between a stay at AKL Concierge and Disney Dream 4 night. CANNOT WAIT! Youngest loves nature so i am sure she will want to stay there forever!

And for you Naperville/Wheaton folks I see, I work in Lisle on Warrenville right by Yackley (live a bit away in the city near Oak Park).

smacky1
12-29-2010, 06:58 AM
Can anyone tell me about the running path at the resort. I saw it listed somewhere, but I cant find any other information on it. Is it a dirt path or paved and about how long is it. Thanks. Also, is the main road in front of the resort too busy to run on? Id be looking to run about a 5 mile loop.

DisneyDuo
12-29-2010, 08:53 AM
We'll be at VB OVIR for the first time, staying for a few days before the Dream Maiden Voyage.

Will arrive Jan 23rd, leave the 26th. Looking forward to a few relaxing days to get into vacation mode :goodvibes

Praying for warm weather - it's too cold up here in PA!!!!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Lin

byejou
12-29-2010, 03:02 PM
We are cruising on the Dream May 1 and want to do 2 nights either wdw or Vero. We have Jambo booked and plan to take limo to port. We are cruising with neighbors so its 4 adults and 4 children. We would like to stay at Vero before but the transfer/car rental is challenging us. Anyone with travel ideas from MCO to Vero then to Port. :)

Mahusky
12-29-2010, 06:53 PM
Thanks for this starting this thread up again!

Bummed we won't be heading back agian in Feb this year (breaks a 8 year stretch :headache:) ... on bright side we will be back in August (8/6 - 8/13)and we got a beach cottage!:cool1:

Maybe a long weekend in March.... we will see how bad our winter here is this year and how desperate I am to find HOT weather.

backyardponder
01-01-2011, 11:46 AM
We are staying for two nights before our Disney Dream 5 night cruise. We love relaxing at Vero!:banana:

If you'll post your dates, I'll add them to the roll call.

Edited: Never mind, I see you sent me a PM. I"ve added you to the rollcall!

John

backyardponder
01-01-2011, 11:54 AM
We are cruising on the Dream May 1 and want to do 2 nights either wdw or Vero. We have Jambo booked and plan to take limo to port. We are cruising with neighbors so its 4 adults and 4 children. We would like to stay at Vero before but the transfer/car rental is challenging us. Anyone with travel ideas from MCO to Vero then to Port. :)

Whenever I've cruised and had a rental car I've been able to drop the car off near the port and gotten a free shuttle from the car rental place to the ship. I've never cruised out of the Disney port, but you might want to check into it. Seems like a mini van or 2 cars for your group.

backyardponder
01-01-2011, 11:59 AM
Can anyone tell me about the running path at the resort. I saw it listed somewhere, but I cant find any other information on it. Is it a dirt path or paved and about how long is it. Thanks. Also, is the main road in front of the resort too busy to run on? Id be looking to run about a 5 mile loop.

Anybody able to answer this? Our son, who runs marathons and is a professional soccer referee (MLS AR) in addition to his real job, does all the running for our family!

backyardponder
01-01-2011, 12:00 PM
Updated Roll Call:

1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

Silly Little Pixie
01-01-2011, 06:29 PM
Can anyone tell me about the running path at the resort. I saw it listed somewhere, but I cant find any other information on it. Is it a dirt path or paved and about how long is it. Thanks. Also, is the main road in front of the resort too busy to run on? Id be looking to run about a 5 mile loop.

I ran 8 miles on Thanksgiving day at Vero. I couldn't find anything about a running path, so I just went out to the main road (A1A) and ran down that. It has a sidewalk well away from the road so it was safe. I saw plenty of runners and bicyclists. Just run early because it got HOT and there was no shade! I ended up cutting back to a beach access, and running out the rest of my run in the ocean. Darn. :rotfl2:

We are cruising on the Dream May 1 and want to do 2 nights either wdw or Vero. We have Jambo booked and plan to take limo to port. We are cruising with neighbors so its 4 adults and 4 children. We would like to stay at Vero before but the transfer/car rental is challenging us. Anyone with travel ideas from MCO to Vero then to Port. :)

Do Vero! Do Vero! We did 2 nights there after our b2b on the Wonder and it was fantastic. We rented a car when we left the ship and kept it at Vero. That was nice because we stopped and got groceries after checking in. Bell services kept them cold for us while we waited for our room to be ready. We returned the car at MCO when we flew out. Look for coupon codes, I got a good one and kept the rental to a minimum. Budget was quick and easy to deal with at the Port. They pick you all up from the ship on the shuttle, take you to the rental agency just a mile or two away. Get in your car and go! they even have car seats for rent if you need those.

mickeywho?
01-01-2011, 06:57 PM
A new year and a new trip to look forward to. You can add us to the ROLLCALL PLEASE! Myself, DH, DS13 & DS9 will be there March 12-19!!! Can't wait!
It'll be our first trip to Vero and we are soooo looking forward to it! I'll have to start looking at all the restaurant reviews and enjoy not having to plan all of our days at parks!
We're staying in a OVIR as we were tight on points (just had a big trip with the inlaws in October). But if it's as great as everyone says we may end up buying a contract or looking for a house there for a trip this summer.
Anyone have any must-do recommendations for activities for our boys on their own or for the four of us together?

ont/ohana
01-02-2011, 09:08 AM
A new year and a new trip to look forward to. You can add us to the ROLLCALL PLEASE! Myself, DH, DS13 & DS9 will be there March 12-19!!! Can't wait!
It'll be our first trip to Vero and we are soooo looking forward to it! I'll have to start looking at all the restaurant reviews and enjoy not having to plan all of our days at parks!
We're staying in a OVIR as we were tight on points (just had a big trip with the inlaws in October). But if it's as great as everyone says we may end up buying a contract or looking for a house there for a trip this summer.
Anyone have any must-do recommendations for activities for our boys on their own or for the four of us together?

See you there. We will be there from the 12th to 18th of March. Just up the QEW in Stoney Creek. 3 famlies all in OVIR. :thumbsup2

ont/ohana
01-02-2011, 09:14 AM
Our DD13 and DD10 both love Vero activities. They spend the week doing everything they can. They do archery, play tennis, basketball and soccer. This year DD13 will do the introduction to SCUBA if they still offer it in the pool. DD10 enjoys the mini golf and ping pong.

March will not come soon enough for all of us :goodvibes

mickeywho?
01-02-2011, 04:37 PM
See you there. We will be there from the 12th to 18th of March. Just up the QEW in Stoney Creek. 3 famlies all in OVIR. :thumbsup2

Yay! Some fellow Canucks to chat with by the pool! March Break can't get here fast enough!!!:cool1:

BernW
01-03-2011, 10:35 AM
We will also be at Vero Beach from March 11-15 then heading over to AKV. We will be staying in an OVIR also. Hope to see some of my fellow Ontarian's there. Can't wait.

:banana:

backyardponder
01-03-2011, 04:00 PM
Rollcall updated with the March invasion by the Canadians!

1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

smacky1
01-03-2011, 05:25 PM
I ran 8 miles on Thanksgiving day at Vero. I couldn't find anything about a running path, so I just went out to the main road (A1A) and ran down that. It has a sidewalk well away from the road so it was safe. I saw plenty of runners and bicyclists. Just run early because it got HOT and there was no shade! I ended up cutting back to a beach access, and running out the rest of my run in the ocean. Darn. :rotfl2:


Perfect! Thanks so much!

dis2cruise
01-05-2011, 09:01 AM
We're going thursday, may 26 to Tuesday, may 31 we booked a one bedroom!

TinklednPants
01-05-2011, 10:06 AM
Has any business taken over Boppys Beach Market or is it laying vacant?

mittelst
01-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Count us in for 6/27-7/6!

This will be our first trip to Vero (mom and 15yo daughter). Hoping we can handle the July heat and humidity.

I've got a Studio for 3 nights, then a 1 bdrm. There were ocean view inn rooms available (same number of points as studio). I chose the studio for the extra room (especially when sofa bed is folded up). Any strong recommendations to switch to OVIR?

Do they really still charge for internet? That would be kind of a bummer.

Thanks!

KAT4DISNEY
01-05-2011, 12:22 PM
Any strong recommendations to switch to OVIR?

Do they really still charge for internet? That would be kind of a bummer.

Thanks!

The VIEW!!! :love: I am not a VB expert and have only stayed once but that was in an OVIR and the views are wonderful. I have my second stay coming this weekend and had a choice of rooms. I took the OVIR again even though the studio layout would work a bit better for me. You can't get that view from a studio.

No charge for internet. It's wireless and you will be given an access code at check in. No DVC resort charges its members for internet but they do charge cash stays (non-members).

backyardponder
01-05-2011, 07:18 PM
I have my second stay coming this weekend and had a choice of rooms. I took the OVIR again even though the studio layout would work a bit better for me. You can't get that view from a studio.


If you would like to be added to the roll call, please post or PM me the exact dates.

Updated rollcall:
1/21 1/26 bethsg
1/23 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/20 2/22 smacky1
3/11 3/15 BernW
3/12 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 3/19 mickeywho?
3/17 3/20 debaudrn
4/2 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 5/30 dort (off site)
5/26 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/11 6/18 hpygrll
6/24 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 7/6 mittelst
7/1 7/4 vbarry
7/13 7/15 MrShiny
8/6 8/13 Mahusky

mic_KY_mouses
01-05-2011, 09:23 PM
When we were there in October they changed the wireless passcode every few days........FYI in case they forget to tell you. We are members and it was free, but we had to call for the new passcode midway through our stay.

Lenc324
01-06-2011, 12:31 AM
Will be there 6-12 :thumbsup2

KAT4DISNEY
01-06-2011, 12:39 AM
If you would like to be added to the roll call, please post or PM me the exact dates.



I'll be there the 7th-9th! :yay:

ELKHUNTER
01-06-2011, 01:15 AM
After three winter trips to the world just departed on 12/27, its time for a warm weather venture. In june of 2012 if plans change on Aulani we will be heading to VB for the first time, probably pre WDW. Its eighteen months away and already getting anxious. How hard is it to get a beach cottage for the last days of May, first days of June? TIA.

Brandis
01-06-2011, 04:10 AM
Two Swiss guys being there from Jan. 15 to 18, 2011. We're booked in a Ocean View Inn Room. Before, we stay 3 nights at AKV. We'll be there in 6 days! :yay:

First visit to Vero and looking forward to a relaxing stay!

BTW, could someone repost the complete link to the Google map with local attractions from Page 1? Tried to copy it out and it looks like it wasn't complete.

Any recommendations for good breakfast / dinner places in the area?

Marc & Walter

gojoe
01-06-2011, 04:19 AM
http://www.visitflorida.com/vero_beach

http://www.verobeach.com/

backyardponder
01-06-2011, 08:36 AM
Will be there 6-12 :thumbsup2

I've put you down as arriving 6-12. When do you leave?

I've updated the roll call on post #1 of this thread.

John

mittelst
01-06-2011, 08:44 AM
When we were there in October they changed the wireless passcode every few days........FYI in case they forget to tell you. We are members and it was free, but we had to call for the new passcode midway through our stay.

Perhaps the FAQ on page 1 of this post could be modified to note that there is not charge for internet for DVC members?

ajkmom3
01-07-2011, 06:04 PM
We'll be there 2/18-2/21/11!

DisDaydreamer
01-08-2011, 07:37 PM
Here is a LINK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39044557&postcount=12)to a thread posted by Melynny listing the current SPA prices at VB for those who missed it.

DisDaydreamer
01-09-2011, 07:50 PM
I FOUND IT!

starbox's original VB Adoration thread from 5 years ago. :banana:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1431524&highlight=vero+beach+adoration+thread

jjharts
01-10-2011, 09:22 AM
We will be there 3/28 - 4/1....can't wait!!:woohoo:

backyardponder
01-10-2011, 09:32 AM
I FOUND IT!

starbox's original VB Adoration thread from 5 years ago. :banana:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1431524&highlight=vero+beach+adoration+thread

Wow, thanks Rob! I've put it onto post 1.

John

backyardponder
01-10-2011, 09:58 AM
HELP NEEDED!!!:thumbsup2

Over the next couple of weeks I will be working to update and reformat some of the information on post #1 of this thread. I plan to break apart the FAQ section into multiple sections, like Restaurant Reviews, Internet access, local activities, spa, etc.

Right now I need lots of input from visitors on Restaurant Reviews and Internet access.

For Restaurant Reviews, please post or send me a PM with a short (no more than 2 or 3 lines) review. A couple of examples might be "Great Seafood, wonderful view, service good but not great, reservations needed" or "The menu called it steak but I called it shoe leather".

For Internet access, since VB is wireless, the quality of the wireless signal plus either your room number or an approximate location of your room.

Also approximately when you were at VB. The more current the reports, the better.

THANKS!

John

backyardponder
01-13-2011, 09:13 AM
Updated Rollcall:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

sarahk0204
01-14-2011, 11:53 AM
We're going to try the Goofy's character breakfast at Shutters. Just made an ADR.

We will be there 6/10-6/12.:cool1:

JanDave
01-14-2011, 12:07 PM
Hello All! First time I have posted on the DVC boards! Glad it's on this thread. My DH, DD, Ds-i-l, and I will be at VB 5/25-5/28 to celebrate my
60th birthday! Can't wait to spend time at this beautiful resort. We stopped by VB and had lunch there the day we got off the Disney Wonder last November. Fell in love with the resort, views and atmosphere.

Jan

Jump4Joy8390
01-18-2011, 01:27 PM
We will be at Vero Beach from 3/7 to 3/10! Just a short stay before we embark on the Disney Dream! We were at VB in 2009, loved it, and can't wait to be there again!

backyardponder
01-18-2011, 04:53 PM
Updated Rollcall:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

hardingk
01-18-2011, 05:27 PM
Add us too! We'll be there 3/26-3/28!

DisDaydreamer
01-21-2011, 04:09 PM
Bump :beach:

FormrCastMbr
01-22-2011, 07:25 AM
Hi. We are going to Vero for the first time 7/15 - 7/22 staying in an OVIR. Yay! Thank you for compiling all this wonderful information. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned during my trip here as well. I have been looking into the different restaurants in the area and have become a fan of several on Facebook and they have wonderful daily specials. Can't wait to try them!

Mahusky
01-22-2011, 08:39 AM
Ok I have a VB problem... we broke our Feb tradition not going this year...... buuuuttttt couldn't stand it any longer. We will be going Apr 16 - 21st!!!!

:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

delauzons
01-23-2011, 03:31 PM
Please add my family to the rollcall. We will be at VB from 2/16-2/23. Can't wait! Really had fun last year! Hoping for warmer weather though!
The delauzon family screen name delauzons. Thanks!

floridafam
01-23-2011, 07:34 PM
Not sure if this will impact anyone driving from WDW to Vero.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/26585150/detail.html

scootert
01-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Anyone know if you can store refrigerated items if you check in and your room isn't ready? I seem to remember reading somewhere that they didn't do that at Vero. Thanks

backyardponder
01-24-2011, 05:02 PM
Not sure if this will impact anyone driving from WDW to Vero.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/26585150/detail.html

Thanks for the information floridafam.

Looking at other reports, the bridge impacted is on HWY 528 which runs between Orlando and Port Canaveral. This could impact folks who want to drive along the coast on A1A. It does appear, however, they have made one of the spans 2 way, so there are both east and west bound lanes available, although traffic may be delayed.

Floridafam: As you hear of other things, please let us know!

Thanks,

John

backyardponder
01-24-2011, 05:03 PM
I've been sick for a few days...here's the updated rollcall:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

DisDaydreamer
01-24-2011, 06:56 PM
Anyone know if you can store refrigerated items if you check in and your room isn't ready? I seem to remember reading somewhere that they didn't do that at Vero. Thanks

Yes, they have one or two refrigerators available in the Bell's storage area to store groceries and such. We always check in and then head to the Publix to get groceries. If our room isn't ready by the time we get back they put the cold goods in the fridge/freezer and store the rest for us.

:beach:

scootert
01-24-2011, 07:13 PM
Yes, they have one or two refrigerators available in the Bell's storage area to store groceries and such. We always check in and then head to the Publix to get groceries. If our room isn't ready by the time we get back they put the cold goods in the fridge/freezer and store the rest for us.

:beach:

Thanks so much -- that's great news. This means we can get all our grocery shopping done and check in without worrying about the cold stuff.

Bose
01-24-2011, 10:59 PM
We have a beach cottage from March 12 until March 20, 2011. Does anyone have any recommendations for public golf courses in close proximity to Disney Vero Beach Resort? Any deals?

Muushka
01-25-2011, 11:16 AM
Wow!! Quite a thread! And I see some good friends of mine over here.:goodvibes

We are contemplating a first time stay at your lovely resort in early November. We are going on a cruise first and thought this might be fun afterwards. Probably going to get a 1 BR provided we can book in the 7 month window. Hopefully it won't be full! I look forward to gathering information. And thank you to the Thread Starter extraordinaire for such a fine thread!

Just wondering, OVIR ?ocean view inn rooms? Are these always studios? With the 1 BR where are these typically located? Views? Thanks!

hardingk
01-25-2011, 12:27 PM
Thanks for all the great information! Looking forward to our trip!

Famvaca
01-25-2011, 01:08 PM
Thanks

DisDaydreamer
01-25-2011, 05:27 PM
Just wondering, OVIR ?ocean view inn rooms? Are these always studios? With the 1 BR where are these typically located? Views? Thanks!

The OVIRs are similar to a studio, but they are only in the "Inn" bulding and they have two queen beds instead of a king bed and sleeper sofa in the studios.

The 1 bdrms are in the three villa buildings. These buildings are U shaped with the bottom of the U facing the ocean. Views are limited by vegetation for sure, and also beach cottages block some view... third floor is best. Here is the layout.

There are three floors per building (elevators are included). The blue units are dedicated 2 bdrm. The pinks are 1 bdrm units and the purple are studios. The combination of a 1 bdrm and a studio makes a 2 bdrm lock-off unit.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/VB2bdrm.jpg

Thought I would add the resort layout too.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/VBMap.jpg



Hope that helps :beach:

backyardponder
01-25-2011, 07:27 PM
We have a beach cottage from March 12 until March 20, 2011. Does anyone have any recommendations for public golf courses in close proximity to Disney Vero Beach Resort? Any deals?

Here's a couple of links to local information. Lots of golf information in them.

http://www.verobeach.com/
http://www.visitflorida.com/vero_beach

canals68
01-25-2011, 07:41 PM
Thanks for keeping the string alive. I always reference it before Vero trips. We always have a great time at Vero. It might be #1 on our list.:thumbsup2

Muushka
01-26-2011, 07:26 AM
snip.....
Hope that helps :beach:

It sure does, thank you very much!:thumbsup2

conciergekelly
01-28-2011, 12:35 PM
Add me to the Roll call. We are going in April for my dd spring break for a week and the week after Christmas! I have a great local photographer lined up to get dd senior pictures done there!. I'm sure that she will find some great locations! We love it there!:beach:

Lenc324
01-28-2011, 12:38 PM
June 12th :cool1:

backyardponder
01-28-2011, 05:03 PM
Add me to the Roll call. We are going in April for my dd spring break for a week and the week after Christmas! I have a great local photographer lined up to get dd senior pictures done there!. I'm sure that she will find some great locations! We love it there!:beach:

Could you post the dates you'll be there?

Thanks!

John

backyardponder
01-28-2011, 05:04 PM
June 12th :cool1:

I'll put you down for 1 night. If you are going to be there longer, please post the dates.

Thanks!

John

conciergekelly
01-28-2011, 05:08 PM
4/3-4/9. Thanks

irish dancer
01-29-2011, 10:39 PM
Please add us to the roll call, we'll be in Vero 6/11-15 in a 1br. This will be our first time at the resort and we're all very excited!! :goodvibes

pit303
01-30-2011, 04:01 PM
Please add us to the roll call, we will be at VB Mar 9-13 in GVIR we are waitlisted for a OVIR. This will also be our 1st time at VB :):)

ajkmom3
01-30-2011, 04:14 PM
Hi, this will be our second visit to VB--first time w/ kids. My question is how do you know what type of room you will have? My reservation printout says dedicated 2-bedroom. So, does that mean we will be in the inn or in the cottages? Not a big deal because we'll be thrilled to see sand instead of snow, but just wondering.

Also, we realized a couple of weeks ago that the Daytona 500 was the weekend we were coming (duh, busy planning other stuff and completely missed it). So, DH & DS11 got tickets and are driving up to Daytona from VB on Sunday. Any tips on driving to Daytona--is it really bad on race weekend? Also praying no rain so I'm not left with DD7 & DS3 at resort with little to do and no car. DS3 is too young for a lot of the activities. Most say 4 and up.

Any tips would be great! Thanks!

DisDaydreamer
01-30-2011, 05:52 PM
Hi, this will be our second visit to VB--first time w/ kids. My question is how do you know what type of room you will have? My reservation printout says dedicated 2-bedroom. So, does that mean we will be in the inn or in the cottages? Not a big deal because we'll be thrilled to see sand instead of snow, but just wondering.

Also, we realized a couple of weeks ago that the Daytona 500 was the weekend we were coming (duh, busy planning other stuff and completely missed it). So, DH & DS11 got tickets and are driving up to Daytona from VB on Sunday. Any tips on driving to Daytona--is it really bad on race weekend? Also praying no rain so I'm not left with DD7 & DS3 at resort with little to do and no car. DS3 is too young for a lot of the activities. Most say 4 and up.

Any tips would be great! Thanks!

You will be in one of the villa buildings. Go back to POST #116 to see the layout.

Driving tips.... Leave early? I don't really know.

:beach:

ajkmom3
01-30-2011, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the info.

DisneyDuo
01-30-2011, 07:48 PM
Just back from our first trip to Vero (for 3 days preceding the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream) :cool1:

Loved Vero, it's our new favorite non-WDW resort!!! Had a OVIR, definitely worth the points, what a view! We never left the resort, ate all our meals there. Great food, and the friendliest Disney Cast Members we've ever met.

We'll be back :lovestruc

Blessings - Lin

MrShiny
01-31-2011, 06:52 AM
Just back from our first trip to Vero (for 3 days preceding the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream) :cool1:

Loved Vero, it's our new favorite non-WDW resort!!! Had a OVIR, definitely worth the points, what a view! We never left the resort, ate all our meals there. Great food, and the friendliest Disney Cast Members we've ever met.

We'll be back :lovestruc

Blessings - Lin

I'm doing that in July! AKV, VB OVIR, Dream. How long did it take you to get from VB to Port Canaveral? What time did you get to the port?

bobbiwoz
01-31-2011, 08:30 AM
Just back from our first trip to Vero (for 3 days preceding the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream) :cool1:

Loved Vero, it's our new favorite non-WDW resort!!! Had a OVIR, definitely worth the points, what a view! We never left the resort, ate all our meals there. Great food, and the friendliest Disney Cast Members we've ever met.

We'll be back :lovestruc

Blessings - Lin

Have you done a Trip Report on the Disney Dream! We have a long way to go before our Dream Cruise, but I enjoy reading what others have to say!

Even DH, who is not a beach person, loves VB resort because he relaxes there more than at any of the other DVCs!He was the motivation for us buying points there. We love to take our family there and stay in a BC!

Bobbi:goodvibes

backyardponder
01-31-2011, 07:52 PM
Updated roll call:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

DisneyDuo
01-31-2011, 08:46 PM
It took just over an hour to get to the port going straight up A1A. We got there about 9:30 - had to wait in line because they didn't start letting us in until almost 10:30!

No trip report yet, we're at the parks now and don't have time for more than a quick check in. I'll be glad to answer any specific questions on the Dream, though :goodvibes

Blessings - Lin

Kadorto
02-01-2011, 11:03 AM
We'll be there 3/27-4/1.. our last visit was in 2008... it's been way too long!!

bfrosty
02-01-2011, 11:05 AM
Is Vero Beach for kids? The wife wants to visit and we've heard a lot of great things about. My feelings are that it's a very relaxing resort like HHI....which we visited a couple years ago and luv'd it!!!

Thanks,
Bfrosty

Kadorto
02-01-2011, 11:10 AM
Can anyone tell me about the running path at the resort. I saw it listed somewhere, but I cant find any other information on it. Is it a dirt path or paved and about how long is it. Thanks. Also, is the main road in front of the resort too busy to run on? Id be looking to run about a 5 mile loop.

Check at Eb and Flo's.. they have a recommended bike route that's perfect for running. It goes about a mile or so, south of the resort and then cuts back west to a loop that takes you along a small canal, and then back to the resort. It's probably close to five miles.. Another good run is through the bird sanctuary north of the resort.

tinkerfan1
02-01-2011, 08:17 PM
We will be there June 18 through 21, checking out on the 22nd, for our first visit to Vero Beach. We are REALLY looking forward to it. We (DH and I) grew up in South Florida but haven't been to a beach in years and our teenagers haven't been since they were little boys. We are going to BLT for a few days after this trip. A relaxing, stress free vacation is so very much needed for this family!!!

tinkerfan1
02-01-2011, 08:21 PM
Also, I meant to ask... You say that reservations are suggested for Shutters. Is that something you need to make months in advance like the dining reservations at the parks? How far in advance should we make them?

Bose
02-02-2011, 04:28 PM
We have a beach cottage from March 12 until March 20, 2011. Does anyone have any recommendations for public golf courses in close proximity to Disney Vero Beach Resort? Any deals?

I have found a few public 18 hole golf courses within an hours drive of Disney's Vero Beach Resort. I have listed them below. If anyone else has any other suggestions, let me know.

Sandridge Golf Club
5300 73rd Street
Vero Beach, FL 32967
772-770-5000
www.sandridgegc.com
Lakes Course
Dunes Course
5 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Sebastian Municipal Golf Course
101 Airport Drive East
Sebastian, FL 32958
772-589-6801
www.sebastiangolfcourse.org
10 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

The Club At Pointe West
7510 14th Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32966
772-770-3401
www.theclubatpointewest.com
18 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Fairwinds Golf Course
4400 Fairwinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
772-462-1955
www.stlucieco.gov/fairwinds
21 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

St. James Golf Club
7900 Selvitz Road
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34983
772- 336-4653
www.stjamesgolfclub.net
33 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

PGA Village at Port St. Lucie
1916 Perfect Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
800-800-4653
www.pgavillage.com/stlucie
Wanamaker Course
Dye Course
Ryder Course
37 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Hammock Creek Golf Club
2400 SW Golden Bear Way
Palm City, Florida 34990
772-220-2599
www.hammockcreekgolfclub.com
49 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club
2363 SW Carriage Hill Terrace
Palm City, FL 34990
772-287-5605
www.palmcovegyc.com
51 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

The Florida Club
9005 SW Old Royal Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
772-287-3680
www.floridaclubgolf.com
57 miles from Disney's Vero Beach Resort

DisDaydreamer
02-02-2011, 04:40 PM
Also, I meant to ask... You say that reservations are suggested for Shutters. Is that something you need to make months in advance like the dining reservations at the parks? How far in advance should we make them?

Unless it is a popular holiday you can likely makes reservations same day. :thumbsup2

DisDaydreamer
02-02-2011, 05:01 PM
I have found a few public 18 hole golf courses within an hours drive of Disney's Vero Beach Resort. I have listed them below. If anyone else has any other suggestions, let me know.




I found these at http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/city.aspx?dest=vero+beach+FL

I have not edited out the private courses, but they are indicated as such. Probably some duplicates of yours too.

Vero Beach Country Club, Vero Beach Course
18 holes over 6,303 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)
800 30th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960-4983
(772) 567-3320
2 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Oak Harbor Country Club, Oak Harbor Course
9 holes (Private Non-Equity)
4755 S Harbor Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32967-7326
(772) 562-3808
2 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Grand Harbor Country Club, River Course
18 holes over 6,787 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
4985 Club Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32967-7295
(800) 826-8293
3 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Vista Plantation Golf Club, Vista Plantation Course
18 holes over 3,657 yards with a par of 62 (Public)
48 Plantation Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32966-8030
(772) 569-2223
3 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Hawks Nest Golf Club, Hawks Nest Course
18 holes over 6,661 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
6005 Old Dixie Hwy
Vero Beach, FL 32967-7528
(772) 569-9402
3 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Bent Pine Golf Club, Bent Pine Course
18 holes over 6,735 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)
6001 Clubhouse Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32967-7556
(772) 567-6838
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Riomar Country Club, Riomar Course
18 holes over 5,830 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity)
2100 Club Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-2135
(772) 231-6888
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Lynx At Vista Golf Course, Gator Course
9 holes over 2,748 yards with a par of 36 (Public)
100 Woodland Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32962-3058
(772) 562-1221
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Lynx At Vista Golf Course, Heron Course
9 holes over 2,442 yards with a par of 33 (Public)
100 Woodland Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32962-3058
This location is closed for business.
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Lynx At Vista Golf Course, Eagle Course
9 holes over 2,952 yards with a par of 36 (Public)
100 Woodland Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32962-3058
(772) 562-1221
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

The Club At Pointe West, Pointe West Course
18 holes over 6,951 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)
7500 14th Ln
Vero Beach, FL 32966-1200
(772) 770-4653
4 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

John's Island Club Inc., West Course
18 holes over 6,828 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
3 Johns Island Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-3234
(772) 231-1700
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

John's Island Club Inc., North Course
Vero Beach
18 holes over 6,782 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity)
3 Johns Island Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-3234
(772) 231-1700
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

John's Island Club Inc., South Course
18 holes over 6,567 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
3 Johns Island Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-3234
(772) 231-1700
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Quail Valley Golf Club, Quail Valley Course
18 holes over 7,350 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)
6545 Pinnacle Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32967-4915
(772) 299-0093
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Sandridge Golf Club, Dunes Course
18 holes over 6,817 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
5300 73rd St
Vero Beach, FL 32967-5462
(772) 770-5003
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Sandridge Golf Club, Lakes Course
18 holes over 6,152 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
5300 73rd St
Vero Beach, FL 32967-5462
(772) 770-5003
5 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Indian River Club, Indian River Course
18 holes over 7,013 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)
800 Carolina Cir SW
Vero Beach, FL 32962-6900
(800) 575-0005
6 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Moorings Golf Club, Moorings Course
18 holes over 4,338 yards with a par of 64 (Private Equity)
100 Harbour Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-2826
(772) 231-5990
7 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

RedStick Golf Club, RedStick Course
18 holes over 7,100 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
8350 58th Ave
Vero Beach, FL 32967-5535
(772) 388-3200
7 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Orchid Island Course
18 holes over 7,131 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
1 Indies Dr
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9545
(772) 388-9393
8 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Windsor Country Club, Windsor Course
18 holes over 7,060 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
3125 Windsor Blvd
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9430
(772) 388-8440
10 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Spanish Lakes Country Club, Spanish Lakes Course
9 holes over 951 yards with a par of 27 (Private Non-Equity)
1 Las Casitas
Fort Pierce, FL 34951-2865
(772) 466-0777
8 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Island Pines Golf Club, Island Pines Course
18 holes over 6,440 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
5700 Indian Pines Blvd
Fort Pierce, FL 34951-2302
(772) 464-7018
8 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Spanish Lakes Fairways, Spanish Lakes Fairways Course
18 holes over 2,276 yards with a par of 54 (Private Non-Equity)
6200 Spanish Lakes Blvd
Fort Pierce, FL 34951-4238
(800) 634-9735
9 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Fairwinds Golf Course, Fairwinds Course
18 holes over 6,783 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
4400 Fairwinds Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34946-8407
(800) 894-1781
11 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Meadowood Golf & Tennis Club, Panther Woods Course
18 holes over 6,808 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
9425 Meadowood Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34951-2900
(772) 466-4000
11 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Sebastian Municipal Golf Course, Sebastian Course
18 holes over 6,717 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
101 Airport Dr E
Sebastian, FL 32958-3924
(772) 589-6801
12 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Indian Hills Golf Course, Indian Hills Course
18 holes over 6,041 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)
1600 S 3rd St
Fort Pierce, FL 34950-5170
(772) 461-9620
16 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Ocean Village Golf Course, Ocean Village Course
9 holes over 1,080 yards with a par of 27 (Private Non-Equity)
2400 S Ocean Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34949-8018
(772) 467-0102
17 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Barefoot Bay Golf Course, Barefoot Bay Course
18 holes over 3,688 yards with a par of 60 (Public)
1225 Barefoot Blvd
Barefoot Bay, FL 32976-7001
(772) 664-3174
18 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Aquarina Beach & Country Club, Aquarina Course
18 holes over 4,302 yards with a par of 62 (Public)
7500 S Highway A1a
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3903
(321) 728-0600
19 miles from the center of Vero Beach.

Gator Trace Golf & Country Club, Gator Trace Course
18 holes over 6,136 yards with a par of 70 (Public)
4302 Gator Trace Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34982-6805
(772) 464-0407
19 miles from the center of Vero Beach

I think we have enough for a "Golf Courses" section :beach:

Starr W.
02-02-2011, 05:34 PM
Also, I meant to ask... You say that reservations are suggested for Shutters. Is that something you need to make months in advance like the dining reservations at the parks? How far in advance should we make them?

About 2 weeks out from our last VB trip, Easter 2009, I called up and made a reservation for an "adults" dinner for the Saturday before Easter. No problem.

Now if you are interested in the Sunday Brunch I would call up about a month out, maybe a tad earlier for a holiday like Easter Sunday. It seemed pretty popular with the locals, as is the character breakfast at holidays.

smacky1
02-04-2011, 07:53 AM
Is there a place to grab just a cup of coffee to go early in the morning...6 am? I am an early riser and DH is not. Id love to grab a hot cup of coffee to go from the resort and walk along the ocean by myself.

Brandis
02-04-2011, 07:56 AM
In the morning they have coffee available in front of the restaurants, don't know how early though, they have both regular and decaf.

It's only for refillable mugs.

RumpleMom
02-04-2011, 07:57 AM
Could someone tell us about the current condition of the beach, including the walkway to the beach?

backyardponder
02-04-2011, 08:50 AM
Is Vero Beach for kids? The wife wants to visit and we've heard a lot of great things about. My feelings are that it's a very relaxing resort like HHI....which we visited a couple years ago and luv'd it!!!

Thanks,
Bfrosty

Absolutely...great pool, lots of kids' activities, fantastic beach.

backyardponder
02-04-2011, 08:53 AM
Here's the latest roll call. Rob has agreed to keep the roll call up to date for the next couple of weeks while I am on a cruise (Celebrity Equinox). I promise to get the first post on this thread re-formatted when I get back...to include the golf information recently posted.

John

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky

SerinaShelby
02-04-2011, 10:16 AM
Great info - thanks! Are there any pictures and specifics for the 3 bedroom beach cottages? We've not been to VB but were thinking about going this year. Love any pics and info on the 3 b-room beach cottages.

Starr W.
02-04-2011, 10:49 AM
Great info - thanks! Are there any pictures and specifics for the 3 bedroom beach cottages? We've not been to VB but were thinking about going this year. Love any pics and info on the 3 b-room beach cottages.

There are only 6 Beach Cottages and I think they are pretty hard to come by at the 7 month window. In all my years on the DIS boards I've not heard of too many people nabbing one at the 7 month mark.

I'm pretty sure Bobbiwoz has VB points so she can book one at the 11 month mark.

I was on the phone a 9am at the 11 month window to book ours for spring break.

DisDaydreamer
02-07-2011, 04:53 PM
bump :)

MrShiny
02-07-2011, 07:30 PM
Has anyone done VB before a Disney cruise? If so, about how long is the drive to the port and what time will they let you on the ship?

ont/ohana
02-08-2011, 12:37 PM
Post 134 (page 8)said just over an hour going up A1A.

smacky1
02-10-2011, 12:45 PM
WOOHOO! Our wait list for an OVIR came through for our 2 nights next weekend! We are 10 days out and I just went to check in online and noticed it had switched over from GVIR, to OVIR! It wasnt there 2 days ago when I made ressies for Labor Day weekend so the switch must have come yesterday or this morning. I am SOOOOO Happy!!!!!! Cant wait to escape the snow and see the ocean out my window! 2 days at Vero Beach then on to the Dream 24-27!

jjharts
02-12-2011, 11:10 AM
Staying for 4 days in March. Had to waitlist the first day for OVIR -it came thru a few days ago!! DH is very happy that we won't have to change rooms!!!! :woohoo:

Kadorto
02-12-2011, 03:37 PM
[QUOTE=Kadorto;39783520]Check at Eb and Flo's.. they have a recommended bike route that's perfect for running. It goes about a mile or so, south of the resort and then cuts back west to a loop that takes you along a small canal, and then back to the resort. It's probably close to five miles.. Another good run is through the bird sanctuary north of the resort.[/QUOTE


I tried mapping it out... Hopefully this link will work: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/28167246/?open_ive_done=1

scootert
02-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Anyone know if Hales is open on Sundays??? Thanks

DisDaydreamer
02-12-2011, 08:13 PM
Anyone know if Hales is open on Sundays??? Thanks

Yes. They are open like 10am - 4pm. Use to be they would shut down for a couple of the summer months. I don't know if the still do.

DznyDreamz
02-13-2011, 04:02 PM
Great thread!!

DH and I will be staying at VB from 5/14-5/17 before heading to BCV. I need some quiet days by the pool/beach to unwind before the chaos of the parks and this looks like just the place!

Has anyone ever been to the spa?

I read that you have to rent the beachchairs for the entire week. I assume if you are just staying a few days you can rent chairs for only those days? If we have enough room in the car we may toss in some chairs or pick some up at WalMart. Anyone arriving on 5/17 that might need chairs if we go that route?

I will be celebrating my 40th :rotfl2: birthday while there (I'm finally starting to accept I'm not really 29 anymore!) and am really looking forward to some R&R!

smacky1
02-13-2011, 05:12 PM
[QUOTE=Kadorto;39783520]Check at Eb and Flo's.. they have a recommended bike route that's perfect for running. It goes about a mile or so, south of the resort and then cuts back west to a loop that takes you along a small canal, and then back to the resort. It's probably close to five miles.. Another good run is through the bird sanctuary north of the resort.[/QUOTE


I tried mapping it out... Hopefully this link will work: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/28167246/?open_ive_done=1

Great map! Thanks so much! One more week!!!

MELSMICE
02-13-2011, 05:42 PM
We will be there beginning 2-20. Any good restaurant recommendations around the area?

scootert
02-13-2011, 07:39 PM
[QUOTE=DznyDreamz;39938343]Great thread!!

I read that you have to rent the beachchairs for the entire week. I assume if you are just staying a few days you can rent chairs for only those days? QUOTE]

Not sure what they're doing now ... we've gone annually for 6 years, always at the same time (early May). In the past it was always "first come first served", day to day basis. Last year we discovered the hard way that they were allowing people to reserve chairs and umbrellas -- not requiring payment at the time. That would be okay, but they kept running out of umbrellas (which seemed crazy to us). We soon learned we had to be there when they opened if we wanted an umbrella.

I mentioned it in a survey we received when we got home and got a call from Vero management saying they were discontinuing the practice. About a month later, I read a post that said the person had reserved her umbrella and chairs.

I'm interested to learn what policy they're following now. For the first time, we're seriously considering just buying chairs and umbrella.

smacky1
02-14-2011, 01:01 PM
I was just checking out restaurant.com and noticed a few places near Disneys resort that: Riverside Cafe, Capt. Hirams, Mobay Grill, Riverfront Chill and Grill. Im thinking of purchasing one for Capt. Hirams. Id like to get on to the riverside cafe, but they are sold out of the $25 ones. Just be sure to check out the requirements for each restaurant. They are all different.

Sorcerer's Dad
02-14-2011, 09:35 PM
I was just checking out restaurant.com and noticed a few places near Disneys resort that: Riverside Cafe, Capt. Hirams, Mobay Grill, Riverfront Chill and Grill. Im thinking of purchasing one for Capt. Hirams. Id like to get on to the riverside cafe, but they are sold out of the $25 ones. Just be sure to check out the requirements for each restaurant. They are all different.

Thanks for the heads up on coupons for Capt Hirams. We only live about five miles from there. It has been a while since I checked for local participating restaurants and I have not seen them on the list before. We enjoy lunch at Mobay Grill. Using the coupons makes a decent meal even better.

sarahk0204
02-16-2011, 08:15 AM
Yes. They are open like 10am - 4pm. Use to be they would shut down for a couple of the summer months. I don't know if the still do.

Here's a link to the current hours.

http://www.halegroves.com/index.cfm?method=AboutUs_RetailLocations

I am guessing since they have the gifts, they might be open during the summer? :confused3

I hope so, because we'll be there in June. :thumbsup2

Starr W.
02-16-2011, 03:02 PM
[QUOTE=DznyDreamz;39938343]Great thread!!

I read that you have to rent the beachchairs for the entire week. I assume if you are just staying a few days you can rent chairs for only those days? QUOTE]

Not sure what they're doing now ... we've gone annually for 6 years, always at the same time (early May). In the past it was always "first come first served", day to day basis. Last year we discovered the hard way that they were allowing people to reserve chairs and umbrellas -- not requiring payment at the time. That would be okay, but they kept running out of umbrellas (which seemed crazy to us). We soon learned we had to be there when they opened if we wanted an umbrella.

I mentioned it in a survey we received when we got home and got a call from Vero management saying they were discontinuing the practice. About a month later, I read a post that said the person had reserved her umbrella and chairs.

I'm interested to learn what policy they're following now. For the first time, we're seriously considering just buying chairs and umbrella.

I just stop off at Wall Mart and get chairs and umbrella. We had no problem on our first trip getting chairs/umbrellas reserved, but if we stay for a week it's cheaper to buy them.

If anyone is coming in on 4/7 or 4/8 I'll probably have chairs/umbrella and a couple of boogie boards I'd like to give to someone.

DisDaydreamer
02-16-2011, 07:08 PM
I told John I'd periodically post roll call updates. Just 2 additions. MELSMICE & DznyDreamz. Hey Mel how long are you staying?

1/7 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 1/18 Brandis
1/21 1/26 bethsg
1/23 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 2/23 delauzons
2/18 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 2/22 smacky1
2/20-?? MELSMICE
3/7 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 3/13 pit303
3/11 3/15 BernW
3/12 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 3/20 Bose
3/17 3/20 debaudrn
3/26 3/28 hardingk
3/27 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 4/1 jjharts
4/2 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 4/21 Mahusky
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/25 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 5/28 JanDave
5/26 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/18 6/21 tinkerfan1
6/24 6/25 iloveokw
6/27 7/6 mittelst
7/1 7/4 vbarry
7/13 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 8/13 Mahusky

:beach:

debaudrn
02-16-2011, 09:34 PM
We will be at Vero Beach 3/17 - 3/10. I f anyone would like to chair share please PM me. We will gladly take chairs off your hands or l-leave for your use when we leave. Hope we can make this work.

MELSMICE
02-16-2011, 09:55 PM
I told John I'd periodically post roll call updates. Just 2 additions. MELSMICE & DznyDreamz. Hey Mel how long are you staying?
We will be checking out & heading to OKW on Feb. 24.

I am so excited to go to Vero. It will be our first time there. Can't wait! :cool1:

DVC Jen
02-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Please add me to the roll call

June 23-26th

I am sooo looking forward to this trip. We didn't get to vacation at all last year and the year before we didn't make it to Vero. We haven't been since 2008 and I love it. Looking so forward to sitting on the balcony of our OVIR - drinking coffee and watching the sunrise! :thumbsup2

Can anyone tell me how Shutters food is right now? When we were there in June of 08 we were VERY disappointed - not one of my family of 4 like anything we ordered. Not sure if it was a bad day or what - but it kind of scared us.

We are really hoping things are back to normal and the food is as good as we remember it (minus june of 08).

Hopefully
02-18-2011, 12:25 PM
[QUOTE=scootert;39940577]

I just stop off at Wall Mart and get chairs and umbrella. We had no problem on our first trip getting chairs/umbrellas reserved, but if we stay for a week it's cheaper to buy them.

If anyone is coming in on 4/7 or 4/8 I'll probably have chairs/umbrella and a couple of boogie boards I'd like to give to someone.

We went the second week in October last year, and neither Walmart nor Walgreens still had beach chairs and umbrellas. We did find some (the last ones on clearance, mixed in with the Christmas stuff :rotfl:) at CVS.
We are going a week later this year and I am worried that we won't find any chairs and an umbrella.
Last year we were lucky to "inheret" chairs first purchased by TreeHuggingMama. We were the 3rd couple to use them, and we passed them on when we left. I purchased an umbrella for our use and passed that on as well.
DH likes sitting near the water and I need the umbrella to shield me from the sun
Enjoy

FormrCastMbr
02-18-2011, 01:20 PM
Hello, Can someone please let me know if I call Disney Dining to make a reservation for the character breakfast? I can't get through the phone lines right now and I thought that you all would know! Thanks!

DVCconvert
02-18-2011, 04:24 PM
[Hello, Can someone please let me know if I call Disney Dining to make a reservation for the character breakfast? I can't get through the phone lines right now and I thought that you all would know! Thanks!

For dining ressies at DVB, call: (772)234-2180

HTH

FormrCastMbr
02-19-2011, 06:18 AM
Thanks! I got through and made a reservation for the Saturday character breakfast and the Pirate dinner on Monday. I am still thinking about the Sunday brunch and seafood buffet on Thursday.

Does anyone have any reviews of these? Thanks!

ellynsoh
02-19-2011, 10:01 AM
We will be there August 14-19 in an oceanview inn room. My summers are never complete without the turtles!

pit303
02-19-2011, 10:08 AM
We got our waitlist request:dance3::dance3: we now are in OVIR for our March trip so excitied this will be our first trip to Vero.

diding
02-19-2011, 02:08 PM
I am planning a vacation @ this resort. Does anybody know which is the closest major airport and are there any golfing facilities around?

DisDaydreamer
02-19-2011, 03:11 PM
I am planning a vacation @ this resort. Does anybody know which is the closest major airport and are there any golfing facilities around?

Closest Major airport is MCO (Orlando), but many people use Melbourne. See posts 140 & 142 (on the right end of pink bar) in this thread for golf course info :)

cemeb4dk
02-20-2011, 10:03 PM
This is a great thread.

I am planning our first trip here last week of Sept into first week of Oct. we are doing a split stay here and with WDW. I was thinking of doing Vero last, just to relax before back to reality. But was thinking of the transportation issues and doing Vero first almost seems like more sense.

Here is my thoughts can anyone tell me if this will or wont work.

Since I am booking a split stay I will have 2 reservations. If I do Vero first I will rent a car from MCO and drive to Vero. Once that stay ends I will take care back to MCO. Then that willl begin my WDW resort vacation. Can I use the magical express to take me to resort just as if I arrived then. I know I would have to take my bags on bus and what not. But my worry is I will have no incoming flight info to give them.

Thanks for any help.

Also has anyone regretted doing Vero first and pluses or minuses doing it this way?

wigdoutdismom
02-21-2011, 12:33 AM
So happy to find this thread! :wave2:
We will be arriving for our first stay at our Vero Beach "home" June 7th/11th.
This will be in the middle of our 5 nights at Beach Club, then 4 nights Disney Dream cruise, VB, then 3 nights at back at Disney staying at Bay Lake.

We'll be staying in a 1br. I'm in serious need of advice about dining and everything else!

In our group will be me and dh, DISfriend, and ds 12.

Please add us to the Roll Call! :flower3:

MELSMICE
02-21-2011, 08:21 AM
This is a great thread.

I am planning our first trip here last week of Sept into first week of Oct. we are doing a split stay here and with WDW. I was thinking of doing Vero last, just to relax before back to reality. But was thinking of the transportation issues and doing Vero first almost seems like more sense.

Here is my thoughts can anyone tell me if this will or wont work.

Since I am booking a split stay I will have 2 reservations. If I do Vero first I will rent a car from MCO and drive to Vero. Once that stay ends I will take care back to MCO. Then that willl begin my WDW resort vacation. Can I use the magical express to take me to resort just as if I arrived then. I know I would have to take my bags on bus and what not. But my worry is I will have no incoming flight info to give them.

Thanks for any help.

Also has anyone regretted doing Vero first and pluses or minuses doing it this way?
I would probably do the opposite, especially because of the relaxation factor after being at WDW. I would do WDW first, rent a car from one of the 2 car companies on-site & then drive to Vero.

Drive to the airport from Vero & return the car on-site at the airport.

I've never done it, but I don't believe you could get ME from a resort if you are not staying there on WDW property.

dizzneebabe
02-21-2011, 09:07 AM
So excited!!! We'll be there for the first time 3/23-3/26, then off to BWV for a week!:yay:

Now back to page 1 to read through the entire thread!!!

ddiva
02-21-2011, 01:24 PM
OVIR 6/26 - 7/1...Can't Wait!!!

DisDaydreamer
02-21-2011, 05:34 PM
Final update until John returns.

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
2/20-2/24 MELSMICE
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/23- 3/26 dizzneebabe
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/6 – 6/11 wigdoutdismom
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/23 – 6/26 DVC Jen
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/26 7/1 ddiva
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky
8/14 – 8/19 ellynsoh

:beach:

Sunshine22
02-22-2011, 03:02 PM
I am planning a vacation @ this resort. Does anybody know which is the closest major airport and are there any golfing facilities around?


Check airfares at Orlando (MCO), West Palm Beach (PBI), Melbourne (MLB), and Daytona Beach (DAB). All of these airports are within 2 hours of Vero Beach. We just flew into DAB last week since the airfare was lowest. It took approx. 2 hours and was a pleasant drive. Have fun!!

WebmasterCricket
02-22-2011, 03:14 PM
I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't find it...

If you check in and your room isn't ready yet, can you still get pool towels?

papertraveller
02-22-2011, 04:35 PM
We're arriving for our very first visit March 13 and cannot wait!

Thanks! I got through and made a reservation for the Saturday character breakfast and the Pirate dinner on Monday. I am still thinking about the Sunday brunch and seafood buffet on Thursday.

Does anyone have any reviews of these? Thanks!

We would also like to know this, if anyone can share. Didn't realize there were more theme meals during the week. We're heading off on the Magic March 19, so I guess we'll miss the character breakfast. No worries - there are some of those onboard too!

This is a great thread.

I am planning our first trip here last week of Sept into first week of Oct. we are doing a split stay here and with WDW. I was thinking of doing Vero last, just to relax before back to reality. But was thinking of the transportation issues and doing Vero first almost seems like more sense.

Here is my thoughts can anyone tell me if this will or wont work.

Since I am booking a split stay I will have 2 reservations. If I do Vero first I will rent a car from MCO and drive to Vero. Once that stay ends I will take care back to MCO. Then that willl begin my WDW resort vacation. Can I use the magical express to take me to resort just as if I arrived then. I know I would have to take my bags on bus and what not. But my worry is I will have no incoming flight info to give them.

Thanks for any help.

Also has anyone regretted doing Vero first and pluses or minuses doing it this way?

You have a couple of options. First, you could book with Alamo and simply return the car to the WDW location. The shuttle service is quick and efficient. We have done it differently each time - sometimes we check in first, sometimes we return the car and take the shuttle with our luggage to our resort. always easy. You can book ME for the one-way return journey to MCO.

We have also done a "dummy" flight number after dropping the car off at MCO, and taken ME to our resort. And honestly, dropping off onsite was a lot quicker. Way, way less hassle.

DVCconvert
02-22-2011, 06:47 PM
I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't find it...

If you check in and your room isn't ready yet, can you still get pool towels?



Yes, I'm 99 44/100th sure they'll "ok" you to pick some up at Ebb & Flo's.

MiaSRN62
02-22-2011, 06:48 PM
I will be at VB OVIR for only 2 nights....but they will be a glorious two nights......May 3-5 for me ! :cool1::banana::goodvibes

starbox
02-22-2011, 06:49 PM
Yes, I'm 99 44/100th sure they'll "ok" you to pick some up at Ebb & Flo's.

Yup, you get a KTTW just like at WDW and will have room charge privileges and etc.

DVCconvert
02-22-2011, 06:51 PM
Originally Posted by FormrCastMbr
..... I am still thinking about the Sunday brunch and seafood buffet on Thursday.

Does anyone have any reviews of these? Thanks!


I haven't done the seafood buffet, but I won't miss the Brunch!
It's a massive, excellent feast! All manner and sorts of food -- everything from fresh made omlets to carved meats....dozens of chaffing dishes filled with everything from mac 'n cheese to warm cherry tarts!! I'm a "foodie" but I'd highly recommend it. Do make ressies as this is quite popular with the locals, especially after the churches let out.

HTH

DznyDreamz
02-22-2011, 09:15 PM
I would probably do the opposite, especially because of the relaxation factor after being at WDW. I would do WDW first, rent a car from one of the 2 car companies on-site & then drive to Vero.

Drive to the airport from Vero & return the car on-site at the airport.

I've never done it, but I don't believe you could get ME from a resort if you are not staying there on WDW property.

I am doing the opposite and this is why. I really, truly NEED a vacation! I need a few days to unwind from just regular hectic life. So, I thought if we did VB first (after driving from CT) I could have my time to relax, sit by the pool, walk on the beach, sleep. When I get to WDW, regardless of how many times I have been, I always feel like I'm "missing out" if I sit in the room. I figured if we spend our time relaxing first, I will be able to simmer down and tackle WDW and really enjoy it.

I've done the opposite - we left our wedding reception, hopped on a plane and went to WDW for our honeymoon and then went to the beach. We really wished we had chilled first. We will try doing that this May!!!

PammyK
02-22-2011, 11:01 PM
Heading down to Vero over Memorial Day weekend (5/28-6/1) but only have enough points for a GVIR. I've mostly stayed in OVIRs in the past so this will be new for me. Is anybody willing to share their favorite GVIR numbers and the reason why it is your favorite? I'm thinking of having a request noted on my reservation, and I'm not sure what to request.

Thanks!

MiaSRN62
02-23-2011, 06:57 AM
Heading down to Vero over Memorial Day weekend (5/28-6/1) but only have enough points for a GVIR. I've mostly stayed in OVIRs in the past so this will be new for me. Is anybody willing to share their favorite GVIR numbers and the reason why it is your favorite? I'm thinking of having a request noted on my reservation, and I'm not sure what to request.

Thanks!

Hi Pammy....
I had a GVIR in Aug 2008 (2236 on 2nd floor). I loved this room because it was HUGE !!!!! It is a corner, very large L-shaped configuration. I honestly think it must be the biggest Inn room there though I don't know this for sure. Check out my pics from our 2008 thread (post # 740) :
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1713110&page=50

Hopefully
02-23-2011, 07:19 AM
This is a great thread.

I am planning our first trip here last week of Sept into first week of Oct. we are doing a split stay here and with WDW. I was thinking of doing Vero last, just to relax before back to reality. But was thinking of the transportation issues and doing Vero first almost seems like more sense.

Here is my thoughts can anyone tell me if this will or wont work.

Since I am booking a split stay I will have 2 reservations. If I do Vero first I will rent a car from MCO and drive to Vero. Once that stay ends I will take care back to MCO. Then that willl begin my WDW resort vacation. Can I use the magical express to take me to resort just as if I arrived then. I know I would have to take my bags on bus and what not. But my worry is I will have no incoming flight info to give them.

Thanks for any help.

Also has anyone regretted doing Vero first and pluses or minuses doing it this way?

We are planning a split stay in October (waiting for my 7 month window to open to book Vero)
We are staying 5 nights at the BCV first. We will take DME to the BCV on our arrival day. I was going to take ME back to the airport on BCV check out and pick up a car. But I rented a car from National at the Dolphin Resort for pickup there and drop off 7 days later at MCO on our way home.
It was only $25 more to pick up at the Dolphin and drop off at MCO, versus pickup and drop off both at MCO.
Well worth it to us.

cemeb4dk
02-23-2011, 09:24 AM
Thanks everyone. Well the wife decided to the the beach part at the end, she knows I"m always on the go at WDW so she thinks the beach will help wind down the trip. Not sure how it will work out, but we will try, I"m not a beach person.

I have looked at several rental car options, like all the ones mentioned above (thanks again) I was shocked to find out with National/Alamo it was only $20 more to have the car for the entire 9 day trip than just the 3 days for the beach. So for the $20 I will probably just get the car for the entire stay. But I have plenty of time to shop.

Now I just have to wait til Sat to try and book. Our home resort is Beach club and always are on the phone at the 11 month window, we have changed at the 7month, but we always wanted to guarantee a stay for us. This is uncharted territory for us with just trying to book at the 7 month window. Sad thing is we were there last Oct for 11 nights, and I asked the wife several times are we going in '11, and she said no. So I did not buy the annual pass, and now I stuck paying for another 6 day pass. Oh Well we are heading to Disney so all is good.

MELSMICE
02-23-2011, 09:27 AM
Thanks everyone. Well the wife decided to the the beach part at the end, she knows I"m always on the go at WDW so she thinks the beach will help wind down the trip. Not sure how it will work out, but we will try, I"m not a beach person.

I have looked at several rental car options, like all the ones mentioned above (thanks again) I was shocked to find out with National/Alamo it was only $20 more to have the car for the entire 9 day trip than just the 3 days for the beach. So for the $20 I will probably just get the car for the entire stay. But I have plenty of time to shop.

Now I just have to wait til Sat to try and book. Our home resort is Beach club and always are on the phone at the 11 month window, we have changed at the 7month, but we always wanted to guarantee a stay for us. This is uncharted territory for us with just trying to book at the 7 month window. Sad thing is we were there last Oct for 11 nights, and I asked the wife several times are we going in '11, and she said no. So I did not buy the annual pass, and now I stuck paying for another 6 day pass. Oh Well we are heading to Disney so all is good.
Have fun. Your biggest decision at Vero is whether to do the beach or the pool for the day.

We just went to a restaurant called Ocean Grill last night which was outstanding. Someone recommended it on another thread where I had asked about good local restaurants.

We are headed to the pool again today. I love relaxing vacations! I could sit for hours & just read!

WebmasterCricket
02-23-2011, 09:33 AM
Yes, I'm 99 44/100th sure they'll "ok" you to pick some up at Ebb & Flo's.

Shame on you! Reduce that fraction!

Thanks much!

I think Starbox should be on the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce or something. Never had any desire to go there ever (lived in Sarasota for a few years) but now I'm going for a night to give it a shot.
:mickeybar

papertraveller
02-23-2011, 05:17 PM
Can anyone offer advice on spring training tickets? While we're in Vero we thought we'd take a look at the prospects.

We are looking at a game in Melbourne, but not sure that any tickets we order now would be delivered before we leave. We are wondering about buying at the box office on game day? (We'd be looking at Detroit at Washington, March 14.) Or can we buy online and pick up at Will Call? That option is not clear from the website.

TIA!

Starr W.
02-23-2011, 06:06 PM
Can anyone offer advice on spring training tickets? While we're in Vero we thought we'd take a look at the prospects.

We are looking at a game in Melbourne, but not sure that any tickets we order now would be delivered before we leave. We are wondering about buying at the box office on game day? (We'd be looking at Detroit at Washington, March 14.) Or can we buy online and pick up at Will Call? That option is not clear from the website.

TIA!

We did a Tigers/Washington game a few years ago with a VB trip. DH got them off MLB.com and had them sent. I can't see why Will Call wouldn't be an option. Even the Toledo Mud Hens have Will Call pick up for online orders.

backyardponder
02-24-2011, 09:22 AM
I'm back from our 11 night cruise on Celebrity's Equinox. What a beautiful ship!!!! Thanks to Rob for keeping up the roll call. I see there were quite a few additions. I've added some more. Here's the latest:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
2/20-2/24 MELSMICE
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/13 – 3/19 papertraveller
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/23- 3/26 dizzneebabe
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
5/3 – 5/5 MiaSRN62
5/28 – 6/1 PammyK
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/7 – 6/11 wigdoutdismom
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/23 – 6/26 DVC Jen
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/26 - 7/1 ddiva
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky
8/14 – 8/19 ellynsoh


John

IggyLans
02-24-2011, 09:46 AM
Add me, add me! 3/23-3/30!

FormrCastMbr
02-24-2011, 10:28 AM
I haven't done the seafood buffet, but I won't miss the Brunch!
It's a massive, excellent feast! All manner and sorts of food -- everything from fresh made omlets to carved meats....dozens of chaffing dishes filled with everything from mac 'n cheese to warm cherry tarts!! I'm a "foodie" but I'd highly recommend it. Do make ressies as this is quite popular with the locals, especially after the churches let out.

HTH

For dining ressies at DVB, call: (772)234-2180

HTH

Thank you! I just made an ADR for the brunch too! I couldn't get through on that number so I called the main line at 772-234-2000, option #5.

Thanks again! Can't wait!

papertraveller
02-24-2011, 05:00 PM
We did a Tigers/Washington game a few years ago with a VB trip. DH got them off MLB.com and had them sent. I can't see why Will Call wouldn't be an option. Even the Toledo Mud Hens have Will Call pick up for online orders.

Thanks - We are also seeing the Tigers & Washington. Detroit is DD's favourite, so that's just made his vacation.
We ordered from the Nationals' website, and set it for will call. This will be great!

ont/ohana
02-24-2011, 05:33 PM
Only 11 more days, booked Sunday Brunch, Seafood buffet.
Has anyone done the pirate buffet?

Florida weather can't come soon enough to escape Ontario snow :cool1:

ont/ohana
02-25-2011, 07:12 PM
Have fun. Your biggest decision at Vero is whether to do the beach or the pool for the day.

We just went to a restaurant called Ocean Grill last night which was outstanding. Someone recommended it on another thread where I had asked about good local restaurants.

We are headed to the pool again today. I love relaxing vacations! I could sit for hours & just read!

I am reading a book right now by stuart woods, it is set in Vero beach and they frequent Ocean Grill!!
Can't wait to go 12 more sleeps till SSR and Vero!!

floridafam
02-25-2011, 07:19 PM
This is the course that DH goes to regularly. There are other courses in the area but Sandridge is pretty popular and close to the resort.
http://www.sandridgegc.com/

You can sometimes find golf coupons in the Sunday paper (Press Journal.)

Visited the spa again today. The resort was really busy. I hope the spa does well. It really is one of the nicest in the area.

FormrCastMbr
02-25-2011, 07:25 PM
There are a few restaurants on Facebook and they list their daily specials, etc. I cannot wait to try them.

If you are on FB check them out:

Ocean Grill
Capt Hirams
El Toro Tacos and Tequila

Happy Travels!

Cheloconnell
02-26-2011, 10:44 AM
SFD998 and Cheloconnell will be there for one night, first time, on June 30th before our Dream cruise! Can you please add us to the roll call - thanks :cool1:

mickeywho?
02-27-2011, 09:30 AM
Nearly time to go!! We're so excited! I'm sorting through the boys' shorts and swimsuits to see what we have to pickup before we pack and then it's really time!
We booked the sunday brunch and the monday night pirate dinner. I'm putting my shortlist together of other restaurants to try off-property. Everyone seems to love Ocean Grill so that is top of the list. Any others to not miss??
I'm wondering about where our room will be and if I need to make any requests....We're in a OVIR so are they all pretty much the same?

Bose
02-27-2011, 09:55 AM
We are renting a 3 bedroom cottage in March and was wondering if anyone could let us know how many barbeque grills there are throughout the resort and the location of them. Also, is it accurate that you are able to get barbeque utensils from Eb & Flos?

bobbiwoz
02-27-2011, 10:14 AM
We are renting a 3 bedroom cottage in March and was wondering if anyone could let us know how many barbeque grills there are throughout the resort and the location of them. Also, is it accurate that you are able to get barbeque utensils from Eb & Flos?

The only one I know of is on the other side of the road as you exit the walking tunnel. In my mind, it's not particularly convenient.

CruznLexi
02-27-2011, 11:01 AM
We are hoping to get in for Oct about another week to call though. I know they have a Sunday brunch I have heard about pirate anything else like s'mores or other fun eats? Anyone eaten at Mr Manatees?

Starr W.
02-27-2011, 11:13 AM
The only one I know of is on the other side of the road as you exit the walking tunnel. In my mind, it's not particularly convenient.

Those are the only ones that I know of too, and no they are not convenient.

I was going to call next month to double check before our April trip. It's been 2 yrs since our last VB visit. Maybe they put some "resort side"

mickeywho?
02-27-2011, 11:55 AM
We're watching the extended weather forecast...looks like we need some rainy day plans for around the resort or in the local area. Any ideas?

floridafam
02-27-2011, 02:42 PM
mickeywho?

Vero Bowl just reopened after completely renovating and it is beautiful. I don't know if bowling is what you had in mind but that might be a good rainy day activity. We went there on a field trip with my DD's class and it was a lot of fun.

It is located off US1 in Vero.

mickeywho?
02-27-2011, 03:28 PM
mickeywho?

Vero Bowl just reopened after completely renovating and it is beautiful. I don't know if bowling is what you had in mind but that might be a good rainy day activity. We went there on a field trip with my DD's class and it was a lot of fun.

It is located off US1 in Vero.

Thanks!! That is exactly the idea I'm looking for! I'll look them up - thank you for the suggestion!

bobbiwoz
02-27-2011, 04:45 PM
We are hoping to get in for Oct about another week to call though. I know they have a Sunday brunch I have heard about pirate anything else like s'mores or other fun eats? Anyone eaten at Mr Manatees?

Are you asking if they have campfires with s'mores? Yes they do!

Bobbi:goodvibes

perfectyears
02-27-2011, 05:13 PM
cool thread :hippie:. we went to vb a couple of years ago for couple of days at the start of our trip beautiful place nice rooms and staff. great to wake up in the morning looking out our room and having the sun come up out of the sea. listening to the wave crash in and smelling the sea air. i think it`s has to be the place to go to end your holiday. very relaxing:love:

DznyDreamz
02-27-2011, 08:06 PM
There are a few restaurants on Facebook and they list their daily specials, etc. I cannot wait to try them.

If you are on FB check them out:

Ocean Grill
Capt Hirams
El Toro Tacos and Tequila

Happy Travels!

I got a $25 gift certificate for Capt Hirams on Restaurant.com for $3. I'm hoping the food is good there, we will probably check it out at some point.

floridafam
02-28-2011, 10:58 AM
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/feb/28/delta-use-bigger-jets-add-flight-melbourne-airport/



I really hope Captain Hiram's has made some improvements. We stopped eating there after they had numerous health violations from the health department. I haven't checked their latest inspection. Hopefully, it's better.

Mulligan's is open now in Sebastian (South of Capt. Hiram's.) We haven't been there yet but they seem busy all the time.

smacky1
03-01-2011, 05:46 AM
We just had a wonderful stay at the resort. We had a second floor ocean view room and everything was very clean. We had a great dinner at the Citrus Grill House in Vero Beach. They have a verandah that is ocean side. We ate at 5 so we had a nice view up until sunset. We are thinking about adding a few days to our August trip to the world so we can spend a few days in Vero before.

backyardponder
03-01-2011, 08:58 AM
Updated Rollcall:

1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
2/20-2/24 MELSMICE
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/13 – 3/19 papertraveller
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/23- 3/26 dizzneebabe
3/23 – 3/30 IggyLans
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
5/3 – 5/5 MiaSRN62
5/28 – 6/1 PammyK
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/7 – 6/11 wigdoutdismom
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/23 – 6/26 DVC Jen
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/26 - 7/1 ddiva
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
6/30 – 7/1 SFD998 & Cheloconnell
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky
8/14 – 8/19 ellynsoh

DisDaydreamer
03-01-2011, 07:23 PM
great to wake up in the morning looking out our room and having the sun come up out of the sea. listening to the wave crash in and smelling the sea air.

Nicely said... :cloud9:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/P1010123.jpg

DVCconvert
03-01-2011, 07:44 PM
Ahhhh...........great photo Rob!

I wish that's what I was waking up to in the morning!!!

knothead180
03-01-2011, 08:15 PM
Great thread! Thanks to all who contribute. My wife and I are looking forward to our 4th (I think) trip to VB. We will be there 3/25 - 3/30. Can't wait to get some sand between my toes!

MiaSRN62
03-01-2011, 10:29 PM
Nicely said... :cloud9:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/P1010123.jpg

Beautiful photo Rob.....almost feel like I'm there...........

CFedor1
03-02-2011, 06:11 AM
We were going to try Marco Island using HHonors points, but cancelled that to go back home to Vero 4/10-4/14. Can't wait.
Cathy

perfectyears
03-02-2011, 07:42 AM
Nicely said... :cloud9:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/P1010123.jpg

thank you nice picture, brings back memories (good ones :goodvibes). cant figure out how to put pictures in yet.

Belle and Rella's Dad
03-02-2011, 07:59 AM
We are exactly 4 weeks away from leaving for Vero and getting pretty excited, last year we were a little surprised when we got to the resort and found the beach a mess, and are hoping for a much better beach and time this year.

Does anyone by chance have a recent update on the condition of the beach or maybe even pictures?

Here is a picture from last year
http://www.kodakgallery.com/imaging-site/services/doc/5213:466497023506/jpeg/BG

I know it won't be like this since they are not working on it this year, but just wondering if there is still a big drop off or not?

Thanks in advance everyone

Tom

MELSMICE
03-02-2011, 08:30 AM
We are exactly 4 weeks away from leaving for Vero and getting pretty excited, last year we were a little surprised when we got to the resort and found the beach a mess, and are hoping for a much better beach and time this year.

Does anyone by chance have a recent update on the condition of the beach or maybe even pictures?

Here is a picture from last year
http://www.kodakgallery.com/imaging-site/services/doc/5213:466497023506/jpeg/BG

I know it won't be like this since they are not working on it this year, but just wondering if there is still a big drop off or not?

Thanks in advance everyone

Tom
We thought the beach was nice when we were there last week. No big drop offs. It was pretty level.

I've been on nicer beaches as far as the sand "texture" but all in all we thought it was a nice beach.

DisDaydreamer
03-02-2011, 07:06 PM
We are exactly 4 weeks away from leaving for Vero and getting pretty excited, last year we were a little surprised when we got to the resort and found the beach a mess, and are hoping for a much better beach and time this year.

Does anyone by chance have a recent update on the condition of the beach or maybe even pictures?

Here is a picture from last year
http://www.kodakgallery.com/imaging-site/services/doc/5213:466497023506/jpeg/BG

I know it won't be like this since they are not working on it this year, but just wondering if there is still a big drop off or not?

Thanks in advance everyone

Tom

Ahhh, Yes..... good memories. I went down and volunteered to help with that replenishment project

:beach:


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/zaiz7-1.jpg

backyardponder
03-02-2011, 07:18 PM
Ahhh, Yes..... good memories. I went down and volunteered to help with that replenishment project

:beach:


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/zaiz7-1.jpg

Thanks Rob. That brought back happy memories and I have a big smile on my face.:goodvibes

John

alldiz
03-02-2011, 07:49 PM
Figured I'd ask here before I started a thread......just starting to read this.

1. Thinking Combined Vero/wdw ....Arriving Vero 9/28. Does it rain most of the time then? Should I not pick this time of year for 1st Vero experience?

2. How wide is the beach....meaning can i take a long walk and find myself looking at the beautiful ocean with noone around me? And would that be safe.
Love to walk the beach....look at stars etc.....But not with a million others.....if beach is small.

3. Any bars or restaurants on walking distance on the beach?

4. Do pools close early at resort at this time of year?? Any bars on site at nightime.

5. How convenient is it to rent car from MCO....and approximately from landing SWA.....rent the car....drive to Vero....How many hours?
Thanks:goodvibes
Kerri

DVCconvert
03-02-2011, 08:05 PM
I'll try answering your questions.

#1. It doesn't rain all the time in late sept, but of course it can. It should still be nice and warm but of course it's still hurricane season.

#2. "width" meaning from ebb line to shore varies with the tide of course, but there's plenty of width for walking. Length, proably the beach is...oh, I don't know.....60 miles long :) It is safe, but take a light with you at night. I doubt that you'd see another 10 people over a mile on the average night.

#3. Not so much. The resort has 3 places to eat + the pool snack bar and a bar that has nightly entertainment. (that's part of your next question)

#4. I believe the pool closes about 10pm that time of year.

#5. At MCO all rental agencies have in terminal desks. Very easy to rent a car there. Drive time from MCO to DVB should be about 2 1/2 hours.

HTH

Mahusky
03-02-2011, 08:50 PM
Ahhh, Yes..... good memories. I went down and volunteered to help with that replenishment project

:beach:


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/zaiz7-1.jpg

LOL..... Love IT!:thumbsup2

alldiz
03-03-2011, 06:27 AM
I'll try answering your questions.

#1. It doesn't rain all the time in late sept, but of course it can. It should still be nice and warm but of course it's still hurricane season.

#2. "width" meaning from ebb line to shore varies with the tide of course, but there's plenty of width for walking. Length, proably the beach is...oh, I don't know.....60 miles long :) It is safe, but take a light with you at night. I doubt that you'd see another 10 people over a mile on the average night.

#3. Not so much. The resort has 3 places to eat + the pool snack bar and a bar that has nightly entertainment. (that's part of your next question)

#4. I believe the pool closes about 10pm that time of year.

#5. At MCO all rental agencies have in terminal desks. Very easy to rent a car there. Drive time from MCO to DVB should be about 2 1/2 hours.

HTH

Thanks so much.

Is there any car rental that is more convenient....I want to rent from MCO then return to WDW.....does this cost more. I'd rather not waste the time to go back to Airport then Magical Express.
I'm excited.....I will call this morning and hopefully they have a OVIR or studio.
Thanks
Kerri

DVCconvert
03-03-2011, 06:48 AM
Is there any car rental that is more convenient....I want to rent from MCO then return to WDW.....does this cost more. I'd rather not waste the time to go back to Airport then Magical Express.
I'm excited.....I will call this morning and hopefully they have a OVIR or studio.
Thanks
Kerri

At MCO all the rental's are side by side to each other. But, if you wish to return on WDW property, then you'll need to rent from Alamo or National as they have offices on WDW property. This might cost a few dollars more (not so much that it's at WDW, but because you're not returning to the same office) but not a huge difference in cost.

I hope you enjoy VB as much as I do!

lisareniff
03-03-2011, 06:58 AM
Just a thought....

Don't rule out renting at other places that may have a location near WDW. One time we rented from Hertz that has a location at the Gaylord Palms. Did have to pay for a taxi but saved a bunch on the rental.

alldiz
03-03-2011, 07:57 AM
At MCO all the rental's are side by side to each other. But, if you wish to return on WDW property, then you'll need to rent from Alamo or National as they have offices on WDW property. This might cost a few dollars more (not so much that it's at WDW, but because you're not returning to the same office) but not a huge difference in cost.

I hope you enjoy VB as much as I do!

Just a thought....

Don't rule out renting at other places that may have a location near WDW. One time we rented from Hertz that has a location at the Gaylord Palms. Did have to pay for a taxi but saved a bunch on the rental.

Thanks....Alamo had 4 days at 246.02.....cheapest....ouch.
I'll check around.

Also....Might be changing to last week august into Labor day.

I know up North the beaches at this time is jelly fish time....Is it the same at Vero.
I'm thinking the water will probably be 100 degrees......but I don't want jellyfish season:scared1:
Thanks
Kerri

CruznLexi
03-03-2011, 09:05 AM
Hoping to get on at the 7 month mark for Oct 18-22 and then head to Disney Magic. Do the studios have ocean view? Or should I request an inn room? Is 4 days too many too little. How far to make diner reservations? Is there a Publix close by? Do they do pedicures? Can you rent bikes by the day or just hourly? Do all the charges go to your room? How far is to Port Canaveral

DVCconvert
03-03-2011, 09:22 AM
I'll try to answer your questions;


Do the studios have ocean view? Or should I request an inn room?
>>If you want an ocean view, you need to book an Ocean View Inn Room (OVIR)

Is 4 days too many too little.
>>>For those who enjoy a laid back, relaxing beachfront experience, 4 days is a short one...but a great start if this will be your first visit.

How far to make diner reservations?
>>>if you mean for the resort in advance of your stay? Then I would be calling about 60-90 days before your visit. Especially for the Sunday Brunch, or seafood buffet.

Is there a Publix close by?
>>"close" is in relative terms, for Vero, yes. Cross over the bridge into Wabasso, hang a right and publix will be on the left about 2 miles I'd guess.

Do they do pedicures?
>>At Publix? no.
;)
But, the Spa at the resort does

Can you rent bikes by the day or just hourly?
>>I believe you can rent by the day, I've never done this but I'd be surprised if you couldn't (check post 1 in this thread you may find more on this there)

Do all the charges go to your room?
>>>yes any meals, drinks, rentals, etc can be put on your resort key if you have placed a cc on file

How far is to Port Canaveral
>>driving north on A1A it's about an hour, depending on traffic & speed

HTH

job09
03-03-2011, 11:23 AM
Great thread! We are VB owners going for the first time this Spring Break. I had a few questions for those in the know.

1. Where are the lock-off 2 bedroom rooms? Any views?
2. Can you leave your car at VB and go on a Disney Cruise? If not where do people park at the cruise terminal.
3. Are there many shells on the beach? My DD loves shells.
4. Is there a good pizza place nearby?
5. Good seafood place nearby?

Can't wait to see our DVC home!:love:

cemeb4dk
03-03-2011, 11:37 AM
just booked our first stay at Vero this morning with Member services. At the 7 month window we got a 1 bedroom unit for 3 nights 10/3-10/6. Before that we will be at AKL for 6 nights. Another first time at new hotel for us. Our home resort is Beach CLub and we have basically always stayed there til this past year when we tried Bay Lake. That got us thinking to try some of the other resorts. Its my 5 year old daughters 9th trip. We are trying to keep it a surprise this time, its going to be hard, no countdown calendars watching old videos and planning out what rides we are going to do. But I told my wife I will try my hardest to keep it a secret.

Jump4Joy8390
03-03-2011, 12:00 PM
Only 11 more days, booked Sunday Brunch, Seafood buffet.
Has anyone done the pirate buffet?

Florida weather can't come soon enough to escape Ontario snow :cool1:

How often do they have the Seafood buffet? We will only be there from Monday to Wednesday - are we out of luck? :confused3

Where in Ontario are you?

smacky1
03-03-2011, 12:41 PM
We just booked 3 nights in August. Add us to the roll call for Aug 29-Sept 1.

When we were there last week, Monday was pirate day and they were doing a pirate character dinner that night. Do they do this every monday night? I forgot to ask but would want to make ressies for it if they do. Thanks.

DVCconvert
03-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Great thread! We are VB owners going for the first time this Spring Break. I had a few questions for those in the know.

1. Where are the lock-off 2 bedroom rooms? Any views?
Others here maybe able to address this better, but I think they're all in the buildings (no the main lodge) and views I think can be hit or miss

2. Can you leave your car at VB and go on a Disney Cruise? If not where do people park at the cruise terminal.
I don't believe so, and if you did, you'd need to hire transportation upto port canaveral. The terminal has a nice secure parking lot and new parking garage. Fees apply but it's really handy to the ship.
3. Are there many shells on the beach? My DD loves shells.

My nephew always goes home with a bag full, so I would say yes.

4. Is there a good pizza place nearby?

Directly next door to the resort is orchid island pizza. I have heard alot of good reports. You can easily walk there, and I believe they'll deliver.

5. Good seafood place nearby?

I've enjoyed the Ocean Grill in the past, many also speak highly of Squid Lips.

Can't wait to see our DVC home!:love:

Enjoy your stay! It's a lovely resort!
HTH

hardingk
03-03-2011, 03:49 PM
Has anyone seen the new soda mugs at VB?

DisDaydreamer
03-03-2011, 05:15 PM
Great thread! We are VB owners going for the first time this Spring Break. I had a few questions for those in the know.

1. Where are the lock-off 2 bedroom rooms? Any views?

See post #116 in this thread or click this link http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39691806&postcount=116

job09
03-03-2011, 06:00 PM
Thanks for answering my ?'s. These boards are so helpful. So much fun for those who enjoy planning the trip almost as much as going on it!:yay: