One of our favorite places to stay at Disney is the Beach Club Villas. It is in a building next to the Beach Club Hotel. It is considered one of the Epcot resorts since it is within walking distance to Epcot.
Our favorite time to stay at the Beach Club Hotel or Villas is at Christmas due to the atmosphere: the smells, the decor, the music, etc. The hotel is usually a minimum of $400/night, so we stay at the villas and use our points from the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). (Upcoming article about the DVC).
The Beach Club Villas are perfectly placed if you are a big Epcot or Hollywood Studios fan. You can easily walk to Epcot and you can take either a longer walk to Hollywood Studios or take the Friendship boats (which are very relaxing).
The Beach Club Villas book up very early for two special events: The Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the fall and The Flower and Garden Festival in the spring. If you own points at the Beach Club villas you have to book your vacation out for these events 11 months in advance to get a room.
First, you don’t have to be a DVC (Disney Vacation Club) member to stay here. It is, like the Beach Club Hotel, considered a deluxe resort. The villas come equipped with a small kitchenette in the studios which are the smallest rooms available at the villas. The studio is similar in size to the standard hotel room at the Beach Club Resort, except for the addition of the kitchenette. The room sizes go up to a 3-bedroom villa, but so does the price. In the studio there are no washers and dryers, but there are some available free of charge in the building.
The food options and gift shop is in the Beach Club Hotel which is a short walk from the villas. The quick-service meal option is located in the gift shop. The selection of food is tasty, but limited at the Marketplace (the food service deli counter in the gift shop). The gift shop has a good selection of both snack food, drinks, clothing, OTC medicine, Disney pins, etc. If you belong to the Disney Vacation Club DVDs are available here for viewing in the villas free of charge. Package pick-up is also available here (for those who buy items in the parks and have them sent back to the resort).
The Beach Club villas have their own pool and hot tub. Guests may also use the Beach Club pools and hot tubs. One of the pools at the Beach Club is the most popular in all of Disney World. It is called Stormalong Bay; a 3-acre pool with a lazy river, fantastic water slide, and a sand bottom.
The Beach Club has a table service restaurant called Cape May where there is a seafood buffet in the evening and a character breakfast in the morning. Beaches and Cream is like an old-fashioned soda shoppe with ice cream treats and burgers, etc. There is also a quick-service option at the pool that serves sandwiches, snacks, sodas, and alcoholic drinks.
The Beach Club is my favorite resort at Disney decor-wise. It is decorated in a Victorian New England seaside theme. The Beach Club Villas and the Beach Club Hotel look different but have similar theming. At Christmas, it is decorated beautifully with a homey, warm feeling. The aroma as you enter the lobby is so wonderful with a mixture of vanilla and gingerbread. Among the decorations at Christmas is a carousel made of gingerbread. Some years they have had a stand selling gingerbread.
In summary, The Beach Club Villas or Hotel is one of the most desirable places to stay in all of Walt Disney World.