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Old 11-27-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Boardwalk Villas or Beach Club Villas??

I can't decide which one I prefer. Here are some important factors for us:
1. Close to Epcot
2. Good buses-easy access etc.
3.Least crowded
4. Which studio room is bigger.
5. Least spread out resort.

Which one seems like a better fit for us.
I have a 5 and 6 year old. Which do you like better and why?
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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My vote would be Beach Club villas where we are staying next year. I havent stayed at either so cant comment on room size but BC is the closest resort to Epcot. Stormalong Bay is also the best pool on property its like a vacation in itself. I dont think the BC is a very spread out resort. Also, it is within walking distance over to the Boardwalk and everything there is to do over there. Also, it is my understanding that all the Epcot resorts share buses alot of the time, so bus service would be similar at either resort.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:15 PM   #3
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I would suggest BCV would be more to your liking. The rooms will be the same size and set up, it is the least spread out of the two, the pool is better and it is closer to EPCOT. We have been to both and I guess I would say we like BCV better. Our fav is still VWL by far!

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Old 11-27-2010, 06:46 PM   #4
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I thought BWV are closer to Epcot??
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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Overall, I think the two resorts are pretty much the same - slightly different decor in the rooms, but same layout.

As the PPs indicated, the BCV are closer to Epcot's International Gateway. The BWV are on the 'far' side the resort (i.e., closer to the Swan and Dolphin). However, neither walk is very far, so it's not a huge difference. You can make it to the turnstiles in 5 to 10 minutes if you're walking.

I would say that the bus system is pretty much the same (in fact, in some cases, the BC and BW are on the same route). I think that the BW tends to be the last stop (mostly because the route seemed to be Swan/Dolphin, then Yacht, then Beach, and finally BW). This might be an issue if you're trying to catch a bus to somewhere that's busy (like at park opening).

If you like to swim, the BC does have a better pool - Stormalong Bay. There is a very cool water slide and a sand bottom pool.

I like the Market Place at the Beach Club. They had pretty good QS food, so it was good for a late night snack. The Marketplace was also the store for the hotel, so that's where Package Delivery sent purchases. I haven't stayed at the BWV in the last few year's so I don't know if the QS food is easily accessed or where package delivery goes.

Overall, for me, it's a toss up between the two hotels. Last time we stayed at the BCV and this time we are at the BWV.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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BCV for sure. Less spread out, and there are more quick-service dining options available to you. This matters for my family at least. Both resorts are very close to Epcot and the studios are basically the same size.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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BCV is slightly closer to Epcot but farther to DHS if you want to walk. Less spread out.

I own DVC at BWV and always get the boardwalk view, which is a big factor for me.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:51 PM   #8
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I have never stayed at the Beach Club, but I did just return from a trip to the Boardawlk Inn and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The resort itself was nice, but we DEFINITELY missed having a food court. The only QS options on the Boardwalk that we knew of was the Boardwalk Bakery and their selection was VERY limited. They have a few places that sell quick service food, but they are not on the dining plan. Also, I really disliked the bus service. On some of the bus routes (Downtown Disney in particular), we had to stop at 4 other resorts!! Maybe it was poor resarching on my part that I didn't know about how the busses worked... While I have always wanted to stay at the Boardwalk, now that I have, I don't planning on staying there again. However, the Beach Club does seem very nice!!
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:26 PM   #9
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I have never stayed at the Beach Club, but I did just return from a trip to the Boardawlk Inn and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The resort itself was nice, but we DEFINITELY missed having a food court. The only QS options on the Boardwalk that we knew of was the Boardwalk Bakery and their selection was VERY limited. They have a few places that sell quick service food, but they are not on the dining plan. Also, I really disliked the bus service. On some of the bus routes (Downtown Disney in particular), we had to stop at 4 other resorts!! Maybe it was poor resarching on my part that I didn't know about how the busses worked... While I have always wanted to stay at the Boardwalk, now that I have, I don't planning on staying there again. However, the Beach Club does seem very nice!!
You won't find much difference regarding the food offerings or the bus service between BCV and BWV.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:59 PM   #10
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We just returned from a week stay at BCV. I have to say that i absolutely loved staying there. The grounds were beautiful and peaceful. If you decide to stay at BCV, it will be helpful to get a map of the resort at the concierge desk and take the time when you arrive to tour the resort to find your way around. This will help you to find the shortest route to the pool, epcot, restaurants, etc. The rooms were larger than i expected them to be. We stayed in a studio room at AKL last year and it definately seemed smaller than the studio room at BCV that we stayed in this year. The only negative thing i could find with the BCV room was that the bathroom was in need of a little TLC renovation (just my IMHO. i get a little obessed with bathrooms.) There is not much drawer storage in studio rooms. But there was sufficient floor space in the BCV room for luggage and a closet for hanging cloths. The fold out sleeper sofa is also quiet large in the BCV studio room. We were a family of 4 and didn't feel cramped for room. Its hard to beat the location of BCV in relation to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the boardwalk. I gained a new respect for Epcot because i was able to spend so much more time there this year. The Beach Club resort is truly a Resort and the Cape May breakfast character buffet and Beaches and Cream are wonderful places to eat. The Beach Club and Yacht Club are practically connected so you also have easy access to Captains Grill and Yatchsmans Steakhouse.We were able to quickly catch the fairy to the Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios. I have never stayed at the Boardwalk but after staying at the Beach Club, i would choose to stay at the BCV over BWV because of atmosphere. I did wish that i had requested a pool view. We had a woods view which was fine but the private pool at BCV seems so peaceful to me. The atmosphere at AKL was equally amazing last year and the rooms were so luxurious but i much prefered the location of the beach club. The ride back to BCV from Animal Kingdom was a little crowded and took quiet a while as this was the one bus ride that we took that shared with the swan, dolphin, Boardwalk, and Yatch Clubs. If you have a car I would suggest driving to Animal Kingdom. I have to say that all CMs every where we went tried there best to make our trip as magical as they could. We were always surrounded by Disney Magic.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:09 PM   #11
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Your first four questions are a tie. But BCV is smaller if you aren't counting the BC and YC as part of the resort.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:22 PM   #12
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Personally I would go with the Boardwalk Villas because I think they have a better theme and atmosphere.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #13
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Personally I would go with the Boardwalk Villas because I think they have a better theme and atmosphere.
There's really not much difference between the two. Both are beach themed. The BW is just noisier and busier.

But BWV has those evil chairs in the lobby.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:51 AM   #14
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I have stayed in studios in both. From the inside, you won't really notice much difference between them - both decorated in pastel beachy colors with similar furnishings. I actually prefer the shops at BWV to the Marketplace, as I don't particularly care for the food they serve in the Marketplace.

BCV is definitely closer to Epcot than BWV. BWV is better if you want to be more centrally located between Epcot and DHS. I like that BWV has the boat dock right there, because at BCV you have to walk all the way to the YC to catch a boat if you're going to DHS. Bus service at both is very similar, so I wouldn't use that as a decision maker.

I think the main difference is views. BCV has some of the worst views of any of the DVC resorts, in my opinion (unless you get the "coveted" dumpster view at VWL ). I always request an upper floor, to maximize the view potential. Most of the time I've faced toward Epcot, but you can't see much of the park really unless you are on the top floor. At BWV, I typically get a view of either the quiet pool or main pool, along with the waterway to DHS and the S&D hotels. Balcony size is fairly consistent at BWV. At BCV, I've had everything from a small balcony, to one that had more floor space than the studio itself (that was pretty cool).

As far as which resort is more spread out, I've been at the far end of both resorts, and the walk to the room felt pretty much just as long at either one. I do like the fact that BCV has two elevator banks (although both resorts have three individual elevators, so the capacity itself is the same) and I like that parking at BCV is right next to the building. I don't like how the parking at BW is set up, and I typically don't move my car once I get parked there.

If you want to be close to Epcot, BCV is the better choice. All my vacations at either one have been very good, so I don't think you can go wrong whichever one you pick.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:37 AM   #15
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Personally I would go with the Boardwalk Villas because I think they have a better theme and atmosphere.
I agree. I think the BW has a quieter feel overall. Stormalong Bay always looks like a madhouse to me and I don't like that it's along the path around crescent lake.
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