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Old 04-08-2009, 07:50 AM   #1
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A Day at Vero Beach

Has anyone ever driven over to Vero Beach Resort and spent the day. We'd like to check the place out during our summer visit to WDW. Is it ok to spend a day there? Use the beach?
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:06 AM   #2
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I'm looking for the same answer you are. Can one "poolhop" to Vero Beach? I've got a feeling the answer is "NO".
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Has anyone ever driven over to Vero Beach Resort and spent the day. We'd like to check the place out during our summer visit to WDW. Is it ok to spend a day there? Use the beach?
You can tour the resort, lake, sport courts, some of the restaurants (Shutters, Sonya's and Green Cabin Room). You can use the beach (all shore beaches are public domain), but you WON'T be able to gain access through the resort gate, because you need a room key to do it. You also need a room key to gain access to the pool area, mini-golf, Bleachers (bar & grille). You can gain access to the beach just north of the resort (very close) where they have a public entrance. You can even rent umbrella, chairs, cabanna, etc. on the beach in front of the resort (rentals are not Disney).

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I'm looking for the same answer you are. Can one "poolhop" to Vero Beach? I've got a feeling the answer is "NO".
I think technically and generally no... That said, I have read were people have brought their confirmation papers and asked CMs and WERE allowed. Not sure how that would work. Maybe if below a certain capacity they have a way to issue a temporary key.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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According to Portable Perks VB does participate in Pool Hopping. You need a current Key to the World (room card) with "Disney Vacation Club Member" on it. There are some black-out dates (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year weeks) as well as the normal capacity restrictions.

I don't know if your key will work. My guess is it will since I'm sure it is the same computer system which controls everything. If it doesn't, just ask at the front desk. If your key works at the pool, it will work at the gate going down to the beach.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:00 AM   #6
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Vero Beach

It's far enough drive that if your just looking to go to the beach, you may want to opt for other places. If it's truly Disney's Vero Beach your interested in, spend the $ or points on staying the night!

We did that 2 years ago and it ended up being the best part of our trip. we ended up with a room that faced the ocean. The morning you would wake up to the sounds of the waves rolling in.

My family LUVs Vero Beach! we've been there for 2 week long stays plus the two nights at the end of that 2007 trip.

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Has anyone ever driven over to Vero Beach Resort and spent the day. We'd like to check the place out during our summer visit to WDW. Is it ok to spend a day there? Use the beach?
I just called the front desk at Vero Beach and she said it is no problem as long as is not in their blackout dates. Just go to front desk and show room key and they will give you a day pass. Also she said it is about a 2 hour drive.

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Old 04-08-2009, 03:49 PM   #8
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We have done the trip from WDW to VB many times and here is some advise. You need to plan 2 hours at least. I would say three if you are going to stop. Be careful...not exactly the best areas to travel from the airport to 95. Stop at Palm Bay or Melbourne. When you reach VB, tell the guard you are DVC members and are visting. Then go to front desk, show them your Room key from WDW and ask for day pass. That should get you beach and pool access. We had friends come down to visit a couple of years ago and they had ZERO trouble doing that.
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You guys are great. Thanks for all the info!!
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We drove from SSR for a day trip. Our KTTW did NOT work on the gate to the pool or beach. However, they did issue us a day pass that gave us access to both. We really enjoyed the day but won't be staying there any time soon.
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Great information. That is something I would have never even considered. However, is a awesome idea (especially for landlocked families like mine). The last time we saw the ocean was 4 years ago on a Myrtle Beach vacation. Two hours to have a "beach day" would be a great addition to our vacation. This is exactly why I became a member of DIS!
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Great information. That is something I would have never even considered. However, is a awesome idea (especially for landlocked families like mine). The last time we saw the ocean was 4 years ago on a Myrtle Beach vacation. Two hours to have a "beach day" would be a great addition to our vacation. This is exactly why I became a member of DIS!
Keep in mind it is two hours each way. That said, I remember my family traveling 3 hours each way from our Virginia home to one of the ocean beaches as a day trip and we loved it.

So get there at 9 or 10 am and stay until 7 or 8 pm, and you can have all the pool, ocean, mini-golf, bar & grille, do the campfire...

What a great way to preview the resort...
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:19 PM   #14
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In my opinion, it is not a particularly nice drive to VB for the day. We did it a couple of years ago and had a nice meal at Shutters, but the drive was cumbersome. Alot of stop and go traffic once you get off of the main hiways. We were happy to see what VB was like and may stay there in the future, but no more day trips there, ever, for us.
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We are in Vero now. According to the front desk at Vero Beach Resort you are welcome to visit the restaurants and the shop but they do not issue day passes for use of the pool or the beach. Wouldn't want anyone to make the trip and be disappointed.
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