Disney’s Home Away from Home Resorts are part of Disney’s Vacation Club, which is Disney’s version of timesharing. Accommodations consist of luxurious studio’s and one,two and three bedroom villas, making them ideal for families.
Rooms are sometimes available to non-members and can be reserved through the regular Disney reservation system. However, they can be pricey. Sometimes, members rent out vacation club accommodations at cheap rates on ebay. We scour ebay regularly, looking for great deals, and post the best ones on this site.
Disney World – Saratoga Springs Resort
The newest of the Disney Vacation club resorts, Saratoga Springs is modelled on the real Saratoga Springs of yesteryear. Accomodations are elegantly furnished and buildings are dotted between the lakes, and greenery of this large and spacious resort.
Pro’s: Saratoga Springs is relatively new and feels it. Room furnishings are top notch.
The spa here is the best on Disney property.
The main swimming pool is fantastic for everyone, with pool slides for older kids/adults and a smaller one for toddlers. It also has two hot-tubs.
Saratoga Springs is within a short walk of Downtown Disney.
There is a peaceful community feel within the resort.
There’s plenty of activities including cycling, carriage rides and surrey bike rental.
Cons: The bus service to some of the parks can be a bit patchy, but hopefully this will improve as the resort grows.
Building work is still ongoing, however, we weren’t affected by construction noise during our stay.
Can be pricey, if you’re not a DVC member and unable to rent points.
Disney World – Old Key West Resort
Old Key West was the first resort which Disney Vacation Club built. It is located close to Saratoga Springs Resort, in the Bonnet Creek area of Walt Disney World.
The rooms at Old Key West are larger than those at the other Disney Vacation Club Resorts, and they have bigger balconies.
The atmosphere is relaxing.
It is a spread out resort, with a community feel.
The pool area is nice, and there’s plenty of recreational activities.
Some find the resort to quiet and spread out.
Not as close to some of the Disney Parks as the other Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
Can be expensive if you’re not a DVC member.
Walt Disney World – Villas at Wilderness Lodge
The Villas at Wilderness Lodge are located by Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. The villas share many of the resorts amenities, but they also have their own quiet pool.
Peaceful, relaxing setting – you really do feel as though you’re in the Wilderness.
Good transportation, including a boat ride to the Magic Kingdom Park.
Two great sit down restaurants – Artists Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe.
Great pool with zippy little slide and paddling pool for little ones.
The relaxing hot tubs overlook the geyser which erupts every hour.
Great recreational activities including cycling and boat rentals.
Not as close to Epcot and MGM as some of the other DVC resorts.
The food court is not so great, but it is being modernised early this year.
Disney World – Boardwalk Villas
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in Epcot and MGM Studios on your Disney World vacation, Boardwalk Villas is ideally situated. You are just a short walk from MGM Studios and Epcot.
Disney’s Boardwalk is a lively location with several shops, including a bakery and candy store. There is also plenty of restaurants nearby, including the Flying Fish, Spoodles and the Big River Grille and Brewing Works. You are also just a short walk away from the Yacht and Beach Club areas, so you can also enjoy the great restaurants there.
There’s two pools at the Boardwalk including a large one with a huge rollercoaster slide, complete with a clowns face exit, which is popular with kids.
There’s plenty of entertainment available at the Boardwalk including the ESPN Club, Jelly Rolls and Atlantic Dance.
The Boardwalk Villas is ideal for families with older children, and for adults travelling alone. The only downside is that it can be a bit noisy, if you have a Boardwalk View and like to have your balcony door open.
Disney World – Beach Club Villas
We love Disney’s Beach Club Villas – especially for adults travelling to Disney World alone, or families with kids aged 8 plus. The swimming pool, is the best hotel pool in the whole of Walt Disney World. It is like a water park, with a huge ship centrepiece and amazing slide. There’s even waiter service for drinks at the poolside, and many recreational activities. The villas share the amenities of Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club hotels.
There’s some great restaurants within these two Walt Disney World resorts, such as Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club, and the sophisticated Yachtsman’s Steak house in the Yacht Club. Also, the resort is only a stones throw away from Disney World’s Boardwalk, with even more great restaurants and nightlife.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is that Disney’s Beach Club villas are only a short walk away from two of Disney World’s main theme parks – Epcot and MGM are within a short walk.
Pros: Walking distance to Walt Disney World’s Epcot and MGM Studios
Great restaurants within the resort, and an even wider choice at Disney’s Boardwalk or Epcot – just a short walk away.
The best pool in Walt Disney World – great for adults and older kids.
Fantastic Disney Vacation Club amenities – there’s even a kitchen in the studios and the villas each have a huge whirlpool tub en-suite.
Right in the centre of things.
Cons: May feel too busy at times, in comparison to other Disney Vacation Club Resorts, such as Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resorts.
The pool is extremely spread out in comparison to other Disney World resort pools, and difficult with children under 8, as you tend to spend the majority of your time running round the pool after the little ones.
If you wind up your day in Future World at Epcot – you may have a long hike ahead of you, as Disney World buses from Epcot don’t go to the Yacht and Beach Club areas.