Dilema between Wilderness vs Beach Club

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Fuzzball15, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Fuzzball15

    Fuzzball15 Earning My Ears

    Mar 3, 2011
    Stayed at the beach club last year (was going to stay at the wilderness but then changed because of the pool travel agent talked me into it ALOT MORE MONEY) the only REALLY part i loved about it was the pool. Rooms were ok, hotel was ok. I booked the beach club again because i got the deluxe dining plan and with EPCOT being right there i thougt it would be great. but i would love to try the wilderness But i might be spoiled from the beach club i don't know and a little afraid. But i am looking at the Wilderness and seeing how beautiful it is. Is the pool that much of a big deal compared to Wilderness if anyone knows. I would greatly appreciate any input or opinions that anyone has i know what i had at the Beach club with so many different places to eat and the pool being what it is, but as far as the resort itself it was a resort. Guess i'm a little scared to try something different with paying over $6000 I need help:confused3
  2. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    I can only say that we stayed at the WL for 11 days this summer and it was absolutely amazing!!! So, we are in the opposite position, in that we are hoping that our next stay (at Beach Club) is just as wonderful. We stayed CL at WL and absolutely loved everything about that place. Our kids absolutely loved the pool, but it is alot smaller than SAB at BC. We have always wanted to stay at BC, but when we visited this summer, the lobby just seemed sooooo busy and LOUD...whereas, at WL, we walked into the lobby and just felt at peace at the end of the day...:cloud9:

    I can't say anything bad about our stay at WL, I hope that if you end up choosing it, you love it too!!
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  4. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    We've stayed at both and while we loved our stay at the BC and liked SAB, our favorite pool on property is the volcano pool at the Poly, with the WL pool running a close second. The BC is beautiful and SAB is a nice pool complex, but we didn't find it to be overly amazing for us to choose the BC over other resorts for that reason. The WL is a beautiful resort with a great pool, as well as being conveniently located to alot of dining options. It's great being able to take the boat to the CR for dining, shopping, or just visiting, making it easy to get to the Poly and GF as well. If the WL appeals to you, I would give it a try as it is an amazing resort and you will never know if it's for you unless you try it for yourself. Good luck.
  5. Kimberle

    Kimberle WL Vet

    Jul 11, 2003
    I have stay at both resorts. They are both beautiful. I do like the pool at WL, however, it is a lot smaller that stormalong bay. If your main focus is a pool, then, yes, you will probably be disapointed with WL. If you are looking for a wonderful experience, then you'll find WL a beautiful resort. Besides the main pool, there is another pool between the lodge & villa's. It has a hot tub. WL has a beautiful beach with loungers perfect for relaxing and reading a good book.
  6. elaw

    elaw DIS Veteran

    Jul 9, 2011
    I agree and would just like to add ... have you considered a split stay between the two?
    We like to split stay so that our transportation issues are minimized for the parks. (e.g. ... we spend most of out time at DHS and EPCOT while at the BC part of our split and most of our time at the MK while at the WL part of our split)
  7. padawans

    padawans DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2010
    I think you will be disappointed in the Wl pool. My kids refer to it as "lame". The Wl has many good qualities, but the pool is not one of them. The rooms are also smaller, and very dark, if that matters. Have you considered Yc or BW. The same location, but a little quieter. Nicer rooms and better views IMO.
  8. pixarmom

    pixarmom DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2009
    We've stayed at both BC (many times) and WL (twice) and really like both. But BC is a clear favorite for us. In part, it's because we enjoy SAB so much, but even without the pool, we'd still choose BC. While the WL lobby is clearly amazing, and the rooms have been renovated recently, BC offers a better location and better transportation options for our family. We like to walk, so walking to two parks from BC is a huge bonus for us. And it's far more convenient for us to take an afternoon break when staying at BC.

    On the other hand, if cost is a factor but you would still like to stay deluxe, WL is a great option. It's great if you will stay in the parks all day and don't need easy access to your resort for an afternoon break. WL worked well for us when we spent all day and evening in the parks without a break. And we think WL very quiet compared to other deluxe resorts - so there are some benefits to the more remote location. And even though we prefer BC overall, I will say that the boat from WL to MK is wonderful - a great way to start and end your MK day. Just depends on which factors are most important to you.

    Good luck with your decision! Have a great time!
  9. amzking

    amzking DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2009
    YC and WL are our favorite resorts, so I understand your dilemma. I prefer YC over BC because I will always get a full balcony. That being said, here are the differences:
    1. Theming theming theming. WL is amazingly themed, better than BC IMO. Plus due to the design of the resort you are in or walking through the lobby a lot, which is amazing. I could just hang out in WL's lobby or in one of the nooks overlooking the lobby. Not so with BC. However, if you are from the Pacific Northwest you may not be thrilled with the theming since it will look just like home. Not so with this Florida girl - I am sick to death of palm trees!
    2. WL is a much more compact resort which means less walking.
    3. WL has a real (though some would maintain too small) quick serve while BC just has the Marketplace with a very limited menu.
    4. WL offers easy access to the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and the monorail loop. It also has the best straight-out-of-MK boat transportation of any of the lake resorts. You just go straight ahead out of the exit and climb onboard, so nice and close.
    5. BC of course has that awesome walk into Epcot, but the price is paid with busses that could share with as many as 4 other resorts (YC, BW, Swam, Dolphin. I personally find the walk to HS to be rather long from there, but the boat is pretty easy.
    6. You have a good probability of not having a full, or any, balcony at BC.
    7. You may end up with a walled balcony with a hole in it at WL. I don't like them. But the possibility you get that versus the possibility you get a standing-only balcony at BC is smaller. You could also smile and ask nicely at check in at both places to ensure your balcony needs are properly met.
    8. Stormalong Bay. I love love love that pool. If you want to build a sandcastle, feel the sand on your toes, float in a lazy river, swirl around in a whirlpool, enjoy the splash of a waterfall, or go down the longest slide on property, Stormalong Bay is the place. We have contemplated ignoring our Le Cellier reservations just because we didn't want to get out of the lazy river. It's that great.
    9. On the other hand, WL's pool, though much smaller, is beautifully themed, with a stream running down rocks into the pool, two nice hot tubs, and a geiser that goes off every hour. It's much quieter and less crowded.

    My family has decided that if lots of pool time is our goal, then we will go to YC, and we have done several one-night-only-no-parks stays there, just to enjoy the pool for a day and a half. But if we are coming during non-swimmiing months, WL is my happy place. I love love love that resort.

    I hope this helps!
  10. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    What time of year are you going? If it's busy season, then Stormalong Bay (BC pool) gets packed. If it's a time of year when pool weather is questionable due to cold spells or lots of rain, I certainly would not choose BC solely because of the pool.

    With DxDP, you have some good selections at WL and you also have the ability to boat to Contemporary with all of their options, and then it's very easy to take the resort monorail over to Poly and GF for their restaurant options as well. If you have park hopper, you also have MK options and can easily boat to CR, take the monorail to TTC, and then monorail to Epcot for those options. Personally, I think you have more dining options at WL and it also saves money.
  11. NHKristy76

    NHKristy76 Senior Mousketeer

    Jan 18, 2009
    I've stayed at the WL multiple times and at the BC once. Although we really liked SAB and the walk to Epcot, I don't have any plans to return to BC. There is no way that I would pay more for BC... it's just not worth it.

    And I love love love the pool and hot tubs at the WL and can't imagine anyone calling them lame. :confused3
  12. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    Ive stayed at both, WL several times. And both are wonderful resorts. If it is winter I'd pick WL. Warmer weather, BC! You can't beat SAB. I like to take afternoon breaks, and have a swim so SAB fits the bill. Not that the WL pool and hot tubs arent pleasant, they are. And last winter we sat around the WL pool many afternoons, the weather was great last January :goodvibes

    For dining you know the Epcot options, You have all of Epcot, DHS and The resorts & Boardwalk in easy reach.

    For WL you have MK, and all the MK resorts for dining options.

    Rooms and Lobby at BC are light and airy, at WL they use dark woods, not a problem for me! But some think Wl is dark :confused3 WL rooms are smaller.

    So I'd go with your budget, both are wonderful resorts.

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