BC tips and advice
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Ok, so we were able to swing our weeklong trip at BC with the FTP! Does anyone who's stayed there before have any special tips for us or things they wish they'd known when they got there? It's me, DH, our kids (3 and 5) and my active parents. We've never been to WDW with the kids and when we've gone before, we've usually stayed off property so we are total novices! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Beach Club is a beautiful resort, I'm sure you will love it. Your within walking distance of the Boardwalk, MGM & Epcot. Which means, most of the best restaurants on Disney property are within walking distance. The BC has a great pool with a sand bottom for the little ones which they will love. Before you go, if you don't have the Passporter already, pick one up. It is chock full of information and great for planning. Also, if the adults want some time out for a nice dinner, or a night at Pleasure Island, there are babysitting services for the resorts. I think it's called the Fairy Godmothers. You will have a wonderful time.
I don't know if there are any special tips or things I'd known before we first went to the BC specifically, but I didn't realise how wonderful Stormalong Bay would be and as a result, we didn't spend nearly enough time there on our first vacation. Also, do check out Beaches and Cream - we discovered it on our first stay and it's great fun with wonderful food and a really fun atmosphere.
We were just at the BCV in early June and loved it!! The pool is wonderful and I agree that you must try Beaches and Cream for ice cream. In fact, if you have enough people get the Kitchen Sink. You cannot even imagine this dessert. 8 scoops of ice cream, candy bars, oreos, cake, every topping they have, and a whole can of whipped cream all for $21.99. Our kids saw it on the Travel Channel and we just had to have it. Also be sure to do the character breakfast. We would recommend early reservations because the kids will get more attention from the characters. I think that they were at our table for more than 15 minutes over the whole breakfast. Be sure to just roam around and see what the BC has to offer. [img]graemlins/usa.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/usa.gif[/img]
BC's location is fantastic and like chezp, I didn't realize how wonderful Stormalong Bay was so we didn't spend nearly the amount of time taking advantage of that "waterpark" style pool. The slide is fantastic and the lazy river! Definitely get a couple tubes and float for a while.
The resort building is very large. Once you get a room, locate the exit nearest the sidewalk even if it is using the stairs. Our room was very close to the stairwell that emptied on the corner closest to Epcot & the Boardwalk which was wonderful!
I just want to emphasize something that Mary Ellen and chezp already mentioned - please allow plenty of time for your kids to enjoy the wonderful kiddie section of Stormalong Bay. The combo of sand and shallow water is magical for most kids.
If you'll be there later this summer, note that it's typical for rains to roll through around 4:00 each afternoon.
When we stayed at the BC in late August 1999, our dd was 3 1/2. Our typical day looked something like this:
* early entry at a park
* return to BC for a swim
* head out to a park again around 4:30/5:00 or just go somewhere fun for supper and goof around
Your family's preferences may be quite different! In the first couple of days, you might want to pay close attention to the balance of park time/relaxing time to see what makes the most sense for your kids, then plot out your remaining days accordingly.