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Old 07-28-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Vero Beach Resort Pictorial June 17-22, 2013

Spent 5 nights at Vero in June with DW. Hadn't been to Vero in about 16 years. It was nice to go back and to see how well kept up the place is. The resort is just as great as it's always been.

We have been DVC members since 1994. I have seen many changes at Disney, WDW, and DVC and the majority of them are not for the best. I have enjoyed every minute of my time as a DVC member and have absolutely no regrets with my membership. However, I do not have rose colored glasses when it comes to anything Disney. The current management of WDW doesn't seem to understand Walt's basic philosophy of quality. So please don't mistake any of my comments as being from a Disney hater. They're not. I just expect better from them then what they have been delivering in Florida for the last few years.

We are done with WDW, so we plan on spending more time at Vero, Aulani, and GCH when we feel like doing something Disney related. We may stay at the WDW resorts to visit Universal, but more than likely we will just continue to rent out our points and stay at the Royal Pacific instead or see other parts of the world. WDW has gotten way too expensive for what you get in return, IMO. Plus, the money doesn't seem to be going to the upkeep of the place either. Someday we'll go back to WDW parks when there's something new that interests us (it's been a long time since anything there has). We live 90 miles from Disneyland and can visit whenever we want for a much better experience anyway.

Spent every morning in the exercise room. Very small, but had some good equipment. It was very hot and humid in there though, so the sweat was pouring off, lol.

After working out, we spent most of the time at the beach and relaxing at the resort. We are both teachers, so we do enjoy doing nothing when we go on vacation. We did go into Vero Beach to see a movie and to see Dodgertown and some of the other things in the area. DW and I are both huge Dodger fans (both born and raised in L.A.) and so we geeked out by going to the former spring training home of the Dodgers. We also found Dodgertown Elementary which happens to be an elementary school in the area. Since we are both teachers, we had to visit!


Another highlight was the Turtle Walk at the Barrier Island Center. We didn't get to see any turtles, but we did learn a lot about them and enjoyed the talk and nature center. That night, there were a lot of green turtles nesting, but you aren't allowed to observe greens since they are endangered. We were able to get a special DVC discount for the walk that they were offering during the month of June. I read about it in the Disney Files. The Disney Files is usually garbage- nothing but ads for Disney and hardly any DVC content anymore, but we did get one useful thing out of it lol. Anyway, be sure to read the section about the resorts before tossing it in the trash since there may be a useful nugget every once in a long while.

We ate at Bleachers once and that food was so-so. Typical Disney junk. For all other meals we went offsite or cooked in our room. I have a lot of food allergies so eating out is difficult for me. Disney does do a good job with allergies but their food is usually pretty bad. Breakfasts were soy yogurt and fruit and occasionally some gluten free toast. Lunch and dinner were either out or a picnic or meal in our room.

After our time at Vero, we went on the Carnival Breeze to the Eastern Caribbean and then to WLV for a no Disney parks stay. We visited Universal, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens in the 10 days we stayed at WLV. We didn't miss the Disney parks at all.
I'll post my WLV photos on another thread.

The rest of this is just photos. Feel free to post questions. Hope you enjoy them!

Arrival at the resort.




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Old 07-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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View out the back doors of the lobby.


Up to our room.


Garden View Inn Room.
















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Old 07-28-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Enjoyed the Dodger references around the resort. As mentioned in my introduction, we are big Dodger fans. Born and raised and still living in L.A. it's in the blood, lol.



Lasorda Field.





There were also shadowboxes with memorabilia from the Dodgers scattered around the resort, including autographed baseballs and some Jackie Robinson memorabilia. Didn't think to take pics of any of them.


Being loyal Dodger fans, we went into the town of Vero Beach to find Dodgertown, the former home of spring training for the Dodgers.



Of course it's on Dodger Rd.



Holman Stadium (it's on Vin Scully Way).


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Dodgertown Elementary. Only the coolest name for a school. I'm going to suggest to my superintendent that we rename my school, lol.



Notice the baseball street lamps and the baseball diamond flagpole base!

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Love your report! I'd like to stay at Vero Beach one day. Your pics are making me want to go sooner!
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Love your report! I'd like to stay at Vero Beach one day. Your pics are making me want to go sooner!
Thanks. The resort is definitely worth your time. It's very relaxing and quiet.
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Thanks for posting your pics. I absolutely Vero. Unfortunately out last trip there in 08 was washed away by TS Faye

We have been members since 2000, and like you, have no regrets about our membership. I appreciate your honesty about your frustrations with some of Disney's qualities going down hill...and I will agree.

We are headed to WDW and are checking into BCV in 3 weeks and I can't wait. I have noticed something interesting with my last few trips. I keep a spreadsheet for each of my trips to WDW and as I looked back at them, I have noticed fewer dining reservations over the years.

For example, in 2009 we stayed 10 nights and I had 14 dining reservations. This year we are also staying 10 nights and I have 5 dining reservations, 2 of which do not include my 3 kids...just DH and I. The menus are over simplified...what used to be home-made is now pre-packaged ...not to mention the food prices have sky-rocketed.

We seem to venture off property a few times each visit since we always drive and have a car, trying new places to eat. We have even decided to cook a couple of dinners in the villa. Doesn't really bother us.

You mentioned that you will spend your "Disney" time at Vero, Aulani & GCH...have you stayed at HH? Just curious
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Thanks for posting your pics. I absolutely Vero. Unfortunately out last trip there in 08 was washed away by TS Faye

We have been members since 2000, and like you, have no regrets about our membership. I appreciate your honesty about your frustrations with some of Disney's qualities going down hill...and I will agree.

We are headed to WDW and are checking into BCV in 3 weeks and I can't wait. I have noticed something interesting with my last few trips. I keep a spreadsheet for each of my trips to WDW and as I looked back at them, I have noticed fewer dining reservations over the years.

For example, in 2009 we stayed 10 nights and I had 14 dining reservations. This year we are also staying 10 nights and I have 5 dining reservations, 2 of which do not include my 3 kids...just DH and I. The menus are over simplified...what used to be home-made is now pre-packaged ...not to mention the food prices have sky-rocketed.

We seem to venture off property a few times each visit since we always drive and have a car, trying new places to eat. We have even decided to cook a couple of dinners in the villa. Doesn't really bother us.

You mentioned that you will spend your "Disney" time at Vero, Aulani & GCH...have you stayed at HH? Just curious
We always have a car now and spend a lot of time at Universal and other things.

We've been to HHI, and wasn't really impressed with it. We prefer to be at the beach and not have to drive to it. We may go back some day, but it's not really in an area we frequent.
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