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Old 12-04-2012, 12:08 PM   #16
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Having stayed at both multiple times, I would pick BC over BWI ... but that is just my personal preference.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #17
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I've stayed at both. For myself, I prefer the BWI. I have, however, already been able to stay at the Yacht Club once and BCV multiple times, which means that I've been to SAB a lot of times, so it doesn't play into my decision as much.

The reasons I like the BWI more:

1. Themeing. The New England coastal theme is nice at Beach Club. OTOH, the decor, the entertainment on the BW and sometimes in the lobby, and the big band music playing softly around the public areas of the BWI/BWV make me feel like I've been transported to a different time and place. I just feel like I'm in a really nice hotel at YC/BC.

2. The restaurants. We really enjoy the Big River Grill. I also like the variation of restaurants on the Boardwalk. The only restaurant we really like at YC/BC is Beaches and Cream.

3. The gift shops. The gift shop on the BW is a lot nicer to me than the gift shops at YC/BC, and there is also a smaller gift shop in the lobby for convenience.

4. Location. It's closer to Swan/Dolphin and is a more reasonable walking distance to DHS. The boat dock is also more convenient. The BW boat dock is much shorter, so it's easier to catch a boat if you walk up at the last minute.

5. The rooms. Full balcony.

All that said, as a 12 year old I would probably have preferred the BC. I was, actually, given the choice as a 14 year old to stay at whatever Disney resort I wanted to for a couple of days. I chose the Yacht Club. Mostly because of the pool. At that point, the only Disney resort I had stayed at was OKW. I had visited almost all of them though.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:09 PM   #18
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Beach Club...always Beach Club!

-Storm Along Bay
-Beaches and Cream
-arcade right next to the pool
-location (some of the rooms at BWI are SO far from the main building/Epcot that they are practically at the Studios
-the Magic Kingdom bus for BWI shares with S & D. BC only shares with YC.

I think BWI is a great resort too, and you can't really go wrong with either one. My personal preference is just BC Have a great trip!
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #19
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That is our same dilemma. We love them both. BC is definitely better with younger kids. My teens loved the BW activity. We had a boardwalk view with a deck and we would sit and watch them shop on the boardwalk. Each night there is a lot of activity on the boardwalk like magicians. Though we love the BC pool, and lobby plus the kids love the arcade. The both hotels are very close to each other so when we would be staying at one the kids could easily walk to the other. You will have a great time no matter where you stay.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #20
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since I am lazy - pick this way - what park are you going to spend the most time at - Epcot then BCV
Hollywood Studios then BWV

know love BCV - the walk to Epcot is much easier (go under the bridge not over it) - but it is a very long walk to studios - and it does not have its own boat dock - so if you are planning on taking the boat to Studios - you would need to walk over to YC marina. that say walking to Epcot and taking that boat is probably a little closer.

BWV is great - stayed here alot - not because I love it - but with DVC points you can get a standard view and that makes it much cheaper than BCV. more visits win for me everything.

to me their themes are very similar they are both fashioned after Atlantic beach hotels.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:10 PM   #21
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I agree with others that if your 12 year old is very active and social that he may prefer BC with the SAB pool.

BWI has an awesome pool, too. I swear the clown isn't as creepy in person. There is also a quiet pool there that is super nice.

My mom and I love the BWI because it seems to be much quieter than other resorts on the inside, but so much activity going on just outside.

ETA: I would base my decision on the pool, since both places are equally as nice and close to both Epcot and DHS. Go with BWI if you are not interested in the big pool at BC.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:38 AM   #22
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Beach Club has a nicer pool but it is usually very crowded when we've been. If your son loves to swim, I'd go with BC. That is the only reason I'd choose it over the BW.
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You can't go wrong with either, they are equally as nice IMHO and location-wise basically the same as well... BC has a better pool, so that would probably tip the scales toward it if I had a child with me. I don't find the BW clown pool "scary" per se, but it's basically a big pool with a rollercoaster themed slide. SAB is an event.

Plus DH & I stayed @ the BC on our honeymoon, so it has sentimental value to me.
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We were toying with the same choices too but we decided on BC. The clown pool keeps freaking me out. I think a 12 yr old would like the slide at the BC better. And you could always walk over and spend time at BW
Agreed! SCARY pool - especially at night when it lights up...
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We were toying with the same choices too but we decided on BC. The clown pool keeps freaking me out. I think a 12 yr old would like the slide at the BC better. And you could always walk over and spend time at BW

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I enjoyed the Boardwalk when I was younger; the atmosphere is fun!
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