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Old 04-05-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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Beach Club... Good Bad & Ugly...

We think we have decided on the BC for our family vaction to WDW in may 08 - just wanted to check and see if you all think of the resort... how is travel to MK? Anytips for rooms.... I am just waiting for the 08 rates to come out to book my room...

Little background.. 1st WDW vacation for all of us - ME, DH, & DD4

Or do you have another resort again


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Old 04-05-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
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We love the BC! Be sure to meet Art, the greeter. He is in the BC lobby, and he is a Disney institution. We know we are on vacation when we see Art!

You will love the pool! It is amazing! The bus ride to the MK can take a bit of time, so you may want to plan some extra time for MK days. Epcot and the Studios are a breeze to get to.

Be sure to have breakfast at Cape May ~ it is lots of fun and yummy, too!
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:28 AM   #3
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we stayed at the bc this past jan and it was WONDERFUL! it is very pretty and clean and so relaxing. i loved the closeness to epcot (just a quick walk) and also being able to walk to mgm. the bus to mk isn't bad but you do share with yc but its not a big deal. it was sooo nice being close to the boardwalk too, the food options are great! the pool is alot of fun but my favorite was having the white sand beach to relax at. i would stay there again without question. go and have a great time!
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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BC is 99.9% wonderful. My boys love SAB. B&C. Walk to Epcot.

The only tradeoffs: small rooms for a deluxe, relatively few balconies (unlike the YC), we think Cape May is the 2nd worst buffet at WDW after a couple attempts (lots of other restaurants in Epcot are to choose though!) and iffy bus transportation.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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I don't think there is anything *ugly* about it...except for the fact that not all the rooms have balconies - and balconies are important to me.

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Old 04-05-2007, 11:59 AM   #6
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Thank you everybody.... I do like the balconies at YC but I think my daughter would liek BC better.... and us too something totally out of character for us folks from SW Iowa...
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:14 PM   #7
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The best thing for us about the Beach Club was being able to walk to Epcot. And being able the just stroll out of the World Showcase a night after Illuminations. The bad? We were in the villas, and it felt like we had quite a hike to the main pool and shops. The ugly part was the bus rides. You sometimes share with the Swan/Dolphin and Yacht Club. It took us half an hour to get to Animal Kingdom, and 40 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom. We would not go back to the Beach Club without a rental car.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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Good: location, pool, non-bus transpo to 2 of the 4 parks

Bad: it seems like the rooms are never ready to check-in before 2 or 3 p.m.

Ugly: The 'Mystery Bus Adventure' - you may have a bus that is just YC/BC, or YC/BC/BW, or all 5 resorts. It is unpredictable, and could vary, depending on the park in question, time of day, position of the moon in relation to the Earth, etc...
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:06 PM   #9
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Good: Water transportation to Epcot and MGM; great on-site restaurants and more than a dozen more a boat ride away at the Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin and the World Showcase; best pool on property; great views.

Bad: Many BC rooms do not have real balconies; the standard room view can be pretty blah; no direct transportation to Epcot's Future World.

Ugly: None really, unless you find the price scary to look at.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:37 PM   #10
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It is a very convenient location that we think is well worth it.

Magic Kingdom does take a bit longer, however I would not drive there because then you have to park at TTC and take the monorail/boat over which in my opinion can take the same amount of time.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:41 PM   #11
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Most of the time when we wre going to go to MK we just walked through EPCOT to get to the monorail. We like the monorail better than bus transport and it made for a nice walk. Of course dependning on how much other walked you are doing this can become a pain. We just took it nice and slow. Plus for us was that strollers do need to be folded up for monorail.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:57 PM   #12
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thanks... hubby really thinks its the plce to stay!!!!! I want the rates out so I can see if its in our budget!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it is..... 8 night stay!!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:00 PM   #13
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BC is our favorite resort. We love the theming, atmosphere, dining options and the pool. We also love being able to walk to Epcot since that's our favorite park. We have always requested and gotten a balcony. But we're not in the room a lot so if we didn't get a balcony it wouldn't be that big of a deal.

The bus situation can be a little hit or miss. We've had great bus service and we've had terrible bus service where it seems like we shared a bus with every resort on that end of WDW! If we're not in a huge hurry we'll usually take a lesiurely stroll through Epcot and take the monorail to TTC to MK. However, we are getting ready to start taking DD 15months so it may be monorail resorts for us for a while.
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My opinion....Beach Club is great, and awesome, great Epcot location, great pool...BUT I think I read you have a 4 year old. You might enjoy the convenience of a Magic Kingdom resort. You will probably be spending most of your time at the MK and you have the option of monorail to Epcot if you choose. Also, it will be easier for naps going back and forth from a MK resort. You also have to consider the balcony factor. When our kids were young, my DH and I would sit out on the balcony while the kids fell asleep and enjoyed the view. We would talk, recap the day, have a snack and plan the next. Then, we'd sneak in and go to bed. Any of the MK deluxes are great. Whatever you choose, have fun!!!
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Most of the time when we wre going to go to MK we just walked through EPCOT to get to the monorail. We like the monorail better than bus transport and it made for a nice walk. Of course dependning on how much other walked you are doing this can become a pain. We just took it nice and slow. Plus for us was that strollers do need to be folded up for monorail.
This is our preferred way to travel to the MK also. We have 3 boys and they all love the BC too! We never had horrible bus rides, the kids kind of like riding the busses - we always go in value season, that might make a difference. I find that the CMs are very friendly and helpful and our room was ready early, a nice bonus! We liked the breakfast buffet at Cape May and the offerings at the Marketplace. I think you'll love the BC!
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