We’re planning a trip to Disney World next February, and I’m stuck on where to stay. For this past trip (our first) we rented points and stayed at Beach Club Villas, and it was wonderful. Now I need to decide if we should stick with what works or try something new! The kids will be 4 and 6, and the plan is to stay 9 nights, get 8 day park tickets but only plan 6 real park days so that we have some rest days but can still hit a park for a meal or something if we want.
Beach Club was wonderful and we had a great time there. The kids loved the pool although to be honest, it wasn’t my favourite - it was amazing but we never really got to leave the shallow sand pool and dragging yourself on “sand” playing chase with a 3 year old gets old pretty quickly. I’d be just as happy with a full depth pool with zero entry. I also didn’t love the walk to the waterslide. And the QS options leave a lot to be desired, although Boardwalk Bakery and Ample Creamery did get a workout. I’d be happy to go back but getting DVC points is harder this time than it was last time, I think because due to SWGE everything walkable from HS is in high demand. But the walkability was my favourite factor - being five minutes from IG was fabulous, and I was really looking forward to being able to wander over there to hit up the WS for food.
The other option on the table is AKL. I love the look of the theming and my kids are crazy about animals (although I’m not sure we could justify the extra cost for the safari room, especially knowing that upgrades are not uncommon). The pool looks really nice, and I’ve heard the kids splash pad is great. I just worry about being dependent on buses for everything - on our last trip AK was the only place we took buses to (although I have nothing bad to say about them, but we went PPO and came home around 6pm). I think I could probably get the points for this stay sorted more easily, which is a pro for me - I’d rather have all the details locked down, that’s the type of planner I am. If I could I’d plan the whole thing, FPPs and all, at 11 months out.
I’ve written another book, but anyway - hit me with your favourites, your recommendations, your good experiences, a reality check that the bus from AKL to MK is only 3 minutes longer than the bus from BC to MK. Whatever.