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Old 03-08-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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Please help! We are back to square 1

So a while ago I was asking where to stay and we ended up choosing Grand Flordoan villas in a 1 br so we could have some privacy away from the kids (we have 3) well now we are thinking if we chose either the Beach Club or the Boardwalk Inn then we could save a little and stay for 10 nights instead of 8. We have never been to wdw so have no idea what time frame is needed for seeing everything and the only reason the villas at GF won was because we do prefer more upmarket accommodations. To all of you regular disney goers please help and advise us on which way to go?? Many thanks in advance!
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:00 AM   #2
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I would always stay around Epcot because we love being able to walk in and out of Epcot and DHS. Also, BCV has SAB, which is a really fun pool. With that said, I'm sure the accommodations at the new GFV are beautiful. They are also much, much newer. If your preference is for a more upscale room, GF might just fit the bill.

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:24 AM   #3
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So a while ago I was asking where to stay and we ended up choosing Grand Flordoan villas in a 1 br so we could have some privacy away from the kids (we have 3) well now we are thinking if we chose either the Beach Club or the Boardwalk Inn then we could save a little and stay for 10 nights instead of 8. We have never been to wdw so have no idea what time frame is needed for seeing everything and the only reason the villas at GF won was because we do prefer more upmarket accommodations. To all of you regular disney goers please help and advise us on which way to go?? Many thanks in advance!
As the pp said, if you want a more upscale room, I agree VGF would probably be the best choice. With that said, we've never stayed at any of the villas, but have stayed at the GF and BC and while we enjoyed our BC stay, my choice would be the VGF. I can't comment on BWI as we've never stayed there, but we visit every trip and it is a beautiful resort. Depending on how old your kids are, a regular room could work just fine as far as space. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #4
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Don't question your GF Villa decision. They are brand new. I base my suggestion on this being your first visit, and your desires for an upscale stay. The GF is the most upscale WDW resort. Pile onto this the fact that GF Villas are the newest WDW properties to date.

I might add that the Epcot Deluxe Resort area is fantastic. I just think for your first stay you'll be happier you booked a monorail resort.

Now the other possibility would be a split stay. Then, for half your stay (GF) you could spend at the MK, and the 2nd half of your stay (Epcot Deluxe Area) you can spend at Epcot and HS.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:27 PM   #5
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Honestly unless you were planning on doing something off property such as Universal, Sea World or the space coast I don't think having the extra two nights is going to make that much of a difference.

It sounds as though you were happy with the selection of the 1BR villa and I'd say stay with that if you can. It's a new building and will probably be as nice of a room as you can get on property at this point.

One caveat here is that you should check to see if the resort monorail shut down will be over with during your trip. I don't believe it is shut down for the entire day, but you may want to get more info on that.
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VGF is much, much nicer than BWI/BC. 8 days is more than plenty. Keep the first instinct.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:47 PM   #7
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So a while ago I was asking where to stay and we ended up choosing Grand Flordoan villas in a 1 br so we could have some privacy away from the kids (we have 3)
A quick note unrelated to your initial question, are all 5 of you staying in the 1BR? That is going to be a tight fit with three kids, and none of the kids will have a "real" bed to sleep on, just a small murphy twin bed and a pull out couch.

Personally, if I were you I would get a two bedroom villa if your heart is set on a villa or switch to two regular connecting rooms at a deluxe resort. My family tends to stay higher end as well, and I think you might actually find yourself happier if you stay club level in two regular rooms at any of the Epcot or Magic Kingdom monorail resorts. I've stayed club level at pretty much all of them, and personally I find the Poly club level and GF main building club level to be the nicest (especially with kids).
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:58 PM   #8
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VGF is much, much nicer than BWI/BC. 8 days is more than plenty. Keep the first instinct.
I will disagree with the much nicer... I this way, BWV/bc have options that GFV doesn't and the reverse can be said as well. No wrong choice here. I like BWV for the downtime, The entertainment at night on the boardwalk, being able to boat/walk to Epcot/HS, the dining options of 2 parks including QS give you flexibility. GFV looks to be very nice, To me 8 days is nice 10 is better.

Either way you will have a great time.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:32 PM   #9
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I think a lot depends on the ages of the kids and what time of year you are going. If they are young and you'll be spending a lot of time in MK then GF is a good choice. If they're a bit older (>8) you'll probably find you'll spend most of your time in Epcot and HS. If that's the case the Epcot hotels/villas would be a great choice. If they're young and may need naps during the day, location location location. Depending on the park you will frequent most nothing beats a short(ish) walk back to the hotel for a nap. No waiting on buses etc. if they're a mix, the Poly could be a great compromise. It's on the monorail line for MK but only a short stroll to the TTC where you can get the monorail to Epcot. The Epcot hotels are also great if you want to take a stroll around in the evening, have a beer, soda, watch the entertainment etc. Also consider the split stay. It is really easy, when we did it we just dropped our luggage in the hotel we were checking out of (Poly) went to the parks and had our luggage delivered to the room at the AKL when we checked in. Simple as. Personally I don't think CL is worth in unless you are planning to spend a lot of time at the resort and seen as this is your first visit, that would be a shame. 8 or 10 days, you're not going to see it all, do it all. Just do a little research here and try and do as many of the thing that you want. If you've any questions there's great people here to help. Without them our first trip would have been a disaster and we went at Christmas!!!
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:36 PM   #10
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While I love love the bwi and bc resort I am not partial to the villas. The Vgf look amazing!
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #11
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I'm a mom of 3 as well. My son is a good 6 inches taller than I am.

We LOVE the Beach Club resort. My son, as the only male child, sleeps on the daybed, and it's absolutely comfortable-- it's a "real bed", not a cot.

Stormalong Bay is incredible. When we first considered going there, my middle child was amazed at a pool so large it had its own map!!

And the location is amazing!!! It's a 5 minute walk to Epcot (actually, that's overstating it, but we tend to walk fast. So I padded the number a bit.) The boatride to Hollywood Studios was wonderful.

Take a look at the slide shows at www.allears.net, and get a good look at all the resorts you're considering.

As far as privacy goes, I've got to be honest. After a day at the parks in the August heat, 4 of us are asleep when the 5th one turns off the light at night.

I've never done any of the Villas-- we get a room that sleeps 5 at the resort-- and it's perfect for my family.
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We are Beach Club Villa owners and we love our Villa, and the area in general.
But the BCV's are "themed" to the beach on the East Coast in the late 1890's.
Many find that 'tired" . It is not elegant hotel anywhere USA design.
If you are looking for "upscale' accommodations, I Think the VGF is the best for you.
We love being able to walk into the International Gateway of Epcot in WS. We love being able to walk to DHS We are willing to give up the upscale accommodations for those choices.
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I would do GF villas for 8 nights! They are gorgeous!!!

We just stayed at BCV in January and I don't plan to stay there again if I can help it. The layout of the 1 bedroom is horrible, the bathroom has like 8 doors. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom I had to stumble around and push back about 4 doors to even get in there! Also they are really showing wear and need a refurb in my opinion. Plus I think your only options for 1 bedroom villas that sleep 5 people are GF, Kidani, and Bay Lake. Don't quote me, I'm not a DVC person, but I think those are the only ones.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:07 AM   #14
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hi all,
Thanks for all the advice we have decided to go 10 days now just have to choose between the villa and the bc our daughter will be 11 our 2 sons will be 8 and 3 and epcot is what m husband and older children are more excited about so that is also a factor and i have to admit the pool at the bc looks incredible so that might tip the scales in the end
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our daughter will be 11 our 2 sons will be 8 and 3
The 1 bedroom villa at Beach Club only has a king bed and a double sleeper sofa. Occupancy of 4 people. Infants age 2 and under don't count towards occupancy.
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