First time staying in Villas....resort question.. - PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel
PassPorter.com
Message Board Community
Thank you to our forum sponsor:
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Community PassPorter's Club Help!
   Welcome!  |   Answers  |  Guidelines  |  Shorthands  |  Newsletters  |  Our Guides  |   Photos  | Login Problems  |  Help  |  Bookmark Us |  Follow Us on |
Search

Go Back   PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel > PassPorter's Walt Disney World Resort (Florida) > Owning the Magic: Disney Vacation Club
Register


Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.

To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.

If you think you've already joined, log in below now. If you don't remember your member name or password, please visit our Member Name and Password Recovery page. You are also welcome to contact us.

Forum Sponsor: DVC By Resale
Learn Why PassPorter Recommends This Sponsor
 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-05-2013, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
Community Rank: Wayfarer
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 168
First time staying in Villas....resort question..

Me, DH and DD4 (who loves the water) have a 1BR BCV booked in November for the W&D 1/2 marathon. I have never stayed in deluxe or the villas before and I am working on owning DVC this year after we are able to buy our house. I have read a lot on here about how great BCV are but then I also see a lot about BWV. Which resort is better in your opinion and why? I really want an awesome resort/room so that I can easily convince DH to get into DVC.
__________________

First family vacation














My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsDLR monthly until 2010, POP 1/2007, CSR 3/2012, POP 5/2012, DLR 12/2012, BC 11/2013
mrswhitbey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
Community Rank: Jetsetter
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Worthington, Ohio
Posts: 2,044
Both Beach Club Villas and Boardwalk Villas are great choices. With a daughter who loves the water, I would keep Beach Club due to Stormalong Bay. It may be s bit chilly in November, but the pools are heated and if your daughter is like mine, she won't let the cold stop her from enjoying the pool.

I don't swim much, so I prefer Boardwalk because it's a quicker walk to Hollywood Studios. Beach Club Villas are slighly close to Epcot, though.

The extra space in a 1-bedroom should be a major draw for your husband, especially if you have previously stayed only at Value and Moderate resorts. The villas are similar at both resorts. So, you won't go wrong with either choice.

Happy planning!
Melissa
__________________
Planning a Baltic cruise on the Magic in 2015
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsWDW offsite December 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988; DL 1995, 1996; WDW Boardwalk Inn May 1997, January 2000; WDW Boardwalk Villas September 2001; DL Hyatt May 2002; WDW Beach Club/DCL Wonder October 2002; WDW Animal Kingdom Lodge October 2004; DL Hyatt August 2005; WDW Wilderness Lodge/DCL Wonder February 2006; DCL Magic Western Carib. January 2007; WDW Boardwalk Villas October 2007; Animal Kingdom Lodge/DCL Magic Eastern Carib. January 2008; WDW Beach Club Villas/Vero Beach June 2008; DL Grand Californian June 2009; DCL Wonder January 2010; WDW Boardwalk Villas June 2010; WDW Saratoga Springs October 2011; DCL Dream January 2012; DL Grand Californian Villas June 2012; WDW Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo November 2012; DCL Magic Mediterranean June 2013; WDW Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo/DCL Magic February 2014; WDW Saratoga Treehouse Villas August 2014
MelissaL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
Community Rank: Globetrotter
 
nurse_mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,045
My personal feel. BWV has more of an adult feel to it. BCV draws for me because of the pool. I personally like DVC resorts where you can park your car next to your villa. Neither of these you can. They also share bus transportation with other resorts.
As far as room goes. Check out you tube. There are most likely good videos there. Maybe this will help with a visual.
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: November 2015, Will we make it as planned?
441 days, 5 hours, 35 minutes
My Previous TripsWDW 1985, WDW 1989, WDW 1995, WDW 2007, Disney Wonder 2008, SSR 2009, AKL 2010, DCL 5 night cruise May 30th 2010. WDW Jan 2011. 6 days at Treehouses and 7 day on the Fantasy. Old Key West Nov 2012. Treehouses Oct 2013. Beach Club villas and Bay Lake Towers May/June 2014. Maybe DVC member cruise??
nurse_mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 09:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
Community Rank: Jetsetter
 
tjkraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,610
It's purely a subjective question with no clear answer.

In my opinion, most BoardWalk rooms have better views. The BW itself has more "wow" factor. There are more dining options on the BW. BW centrally located between Hollywood Studios and Epcot. As an owner, I appreciate the ability to save money by booking the Standard View rooms.

Beach Club has the better pool. Self parking is much more conveniently located. Epcot is very close (with the trade-off being DHS is so far that you really need to rely on boat transportation.) There are some rooms where you can see Epcot fireworks but you're looking at "backstage" areas of the park and those rooms are also close to the main road.

Inside the rooms the layout and decor is very similar. No noteworthy differences there.

BoardWalk has always been my personal favorite. Beach Club Villas feels like an afterthought...which it truly was since it was added about 10 years after the BC opened. The location isn't great. I really hate the boat service in that area but it's a virtual necessity for Hollywood Studios since the walk is about 30 minutes.

Pool is clearly better at BC but BW is superior in other ways, IMO.
__________________
-- Tim

tjkraz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 12:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
PassPorter Message Board Manager

Community Rank:
Legend VIP
 
chezp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK
Concierge Level: 3
Posts: 158,228
As you've already seen, everyone will have different views on this, but we love the Beach Club Villas for their location and for Stormalong Bay. I don't think you can go wrong with either though.
__________________

Enjoying formal night on the Magic on our magical Mediterranean vacation - the trip report for our Mediterranean cruise is now underway. The trip report for our weekends in Scotland for the Commonwealth Games continues.

I'm Cheryl and I'm the author of PassPorter's Walt Disney World for British Holidaymakers and the co-author of PassPorter's Disney Vacation Club Guide I'm also one of the PassPorter guides for the Disney Vacation Club, Eateries, Globetrotting, Globetrotting Trip Reports, Disneyland Resort Paris and Disneyland Trip Reports forums.

My Countdown Counting down to: A day out in London
Visiting the Transport Museum Depot and Olympic Park!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsDisney: 17 trips to WDW, 5 to Disneyland in California, 7 to Disneyland Paris, 1 to Hong Kong Disneyland, 1 to Tokyo Disney, 1 to Aulani, 1 to Hilton Head, 2 to Vero Beach and 6 Disney cruises on the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy to the Caribbean (three times), Alaska (once) and the Mediterranean (twice). Non-Disney (because otherwise I can't keep track...): American cities (Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC), American National Parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Death Valley, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion), Hawaii (Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Big Island) and Europe (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Spain (including Tenerife, Lanzarote and Mallorca), Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
chezp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2013, 05:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
Thomhazel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 2,520
Are the 1 bedroom layouts not better at the BWV? I had read somewhere that in BCV, WLV and SSR, 1 BedR if you want to use the pull out sofa in the lounge it doesn't leave much space between the sofa bed and the kitchen. I had thought the BWV lounge had better dimensions from looking at floor plans which is why it is higher up my bucket list than BCV.

Also we have always loved the feel of the Boardwalk we visit it every trip.
__________________
My schoolboy

My Countdown Counting down to: Graeme getting back home to Brisbane
4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes
Thomhazel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
Community Rank: Traveler
 
WeLvBCV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 301
I think they both have their pluses and minuses. I have seen them compared so many times on forums and there is no clear cut winner. BCV is home for us but I do think it is very subjective and really comes down to personal taste. Unless of course you have issues with clowns - then stay far away from BWV
WeLvBCV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: MA
Posts: 954
I've stayed at both and prefer BC. But both are nice. Neither is my favorite DVC resort.
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: Family Trip to WDW
89 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes
My Previous TripsWL Villas, GF Villas, SS & AKLV Dec 2013; AKLV June/July 2013; AKL August 2012; BW Villas - July 2012; BLT and Disney Dream for 10th Anniversary - May 2011; AKL - August 2010; Disney Cruise for MAW - March 2010; Hilton WDW June 2009; BCV & OKW Jan. 2009; Poly Aug. 2008; WL & SS May 2008; SS Aug. 2007; POFQ & Vistana Jan. 2007; WL 2006; off property 2005; off property 2004; POR 2003; ASMo 2002; Honeymoon - YC & Poly 2001; off property 1997; Double tree & Contemporary as a child.
DisneyFun-atic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
acidreignn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Ronkonkoma NY
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 720
I stayed in both and I prefer BCV over BWV. BWV, to me, had no WOW factor. Ya know, the moment you walk into a resort, and it takes your breath away. We did not get to use the swimming pool at BWV, but we did use both the Villas pool and Stormalong Bay. The room we had at BWV was really nice, loved the decor, but it was so far away from the lobby, or any exit.
BC has places to eat, unlike BWV that has a very small kiosk set up inside, otherwise you need to exit to find something to eat.
__________________
Karyn K.A.
My Countdown Counting down to: Family trip!
We're Here!!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsAsMo Woody Dec 2002 AsSp Baseball Oct 2003 AKL Savana/Pop Nov/Dev 2004 ASMo Fantasia Nov/2008 DVC SS Nov 2009 First Homecoming Nov 13-20.2010 First Disney "Magic"al Honeymoon Cruise 10/1-10/8 Celebrating part 2 @ WDW BWV 10/8-10/11 Mikey's 1st trip 9/2-9/8/2012 Fam Trip 10/19-10/26
acidreignn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 08:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

Community Rank: Globetrotter
 
LLaffinPlace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: North Alabama
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 3,361
I don't use the resort pools, so they are never a deciding factor for me.

I really like being on the Boardwalk at night, and BWV is closer, plus Flying Fish Cafe is consistently one of my favorite restaurants, so being close by is a plus, though again not a deciding factor.

I really am very happy to stay at either resort.
__________________
"&Larry"


A beautiful day in the neighborhood!
My Previous Trips10/13 - F&W, BCV, SSR [1st stay]; 5/13 - Bob and Cam's Retirement, BWV; 12/12 - Holiday Reunion, BLT; 4/12 - Bob's 65th Birthday Bash, BLT, AKV Club Level [1st stay]; 12/11 - BCF Reunion VWL, BLT [1st GV stay]; 9/11 - Labor Day BCV; 4/11 - VWL [NATREC]; 4/11 - AKV; 10/10 - Epcot F&W Fest BLT [1st stay], VWL [1st stay]; 9/10 - Labor Day BWV; 5/10 - Memorial Day AKV Kidani Village; 12/09 - Sousefest AKV Jambo House; 09/09 - BWV [1st DVC stay!]; 05/09 - PP DoD CR GW and MK View; 12/08 - Mousefest YC Club Level; 4/08 - BWI, POFQ; 4/07-5/07 - WL, Poly MK View; 4/06 - WL OFC; 1/06-2/06 - AKL; 4/05 - BC, POR; 2/04 - AKL; 4/03 - POR; 2/02 - WL, CBR; 1/01 - DxL; 4/00 - DxL, WL; 12/95 - CBR; 11/85 - Offsite; 8/74 - Royal Inn; 6/73 - Offsite; 4/73 - Offsite
LLaffinPlace is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Staying at POFQ for the first time,What is everyones take on this resort? Good or bad JEANYLASER Staying in Style: The Resorts/Hotels at Walt Disney World 41 06-24-2010 03:23 PM
Staying at Contemporary Resort for 1st time disney777 Staying in Style: The Resorts/Hotels at Walt Disney World 16 07-23-2008 09:20 AM
Do you save *time* staying at a monorail resort? Worth the price tag? TXgirle Staying in Style: The Resorts/Hotels at Walt Disney World 16 03-20-2008 07:46 AM
First time staying in a value resort EeyoreNeedsLoveToo Staying in Style: The Resorts/Hotels at Walt Disney World 25 06-09-2005 08:51 PM
I am staying at the All Star POP resort for the first time Mommy2006 Staying in Style: The Resorts/Hotels at Walt Disney World 6 10-25-2004 10:39 PM

Thank you to our forum sponsor:













Please login or register to hide these ads -- it's free and easy!

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:24 AM.



PassPorter ~ 1998-2014 ~ 16 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
(c) 1999-2013 PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc.
Celebrating 15 Years of Making Dreams Come True
Ad Management plugin by RedTyger