Two week vacation - Beach Club Villas

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Two week vacation - Beach Club Villas

The boyfriend and myself are looking to head to Disney for the third year in a row, and we're looking to upgrade the accommodations this time around and try TWO FULL WEEKS!!! We've done our shopping and point calculating (we're using David's DVC Rental service - they're Canadian based and so are we) and we're thinking that Beach Club Villas are likely going to be our best bet to be nice and close to everything.

As this is a nice long trip we've had some interest from family and friends to join us for portions of our trip - we're going over the end of Halloween and the beginning of the Christmas celebration as well as EPCOT's food and wine fest! Since we've only ever gone down with groups that have been with us for the whole trip, we're a little uncertain about a few things - so I have some questions for the collective brilliance that circulates this site:

Have any of you had an experience like this with family or friends coming for only part of the trip? Did you share a room or did you get separate rooms to avoid any hassle? Do you have any tips or tricks for planning something like this with a bigger suite if you've tried it before?

So many questions! laugh

Any input would be amazing - and if not, feel free to stop by and get excited about Disney with me XD!

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Sounds like a great trip! I warn you may find BCV might not have a full 2 week slot available I'm afraid, in food and wine those studios are like gold dust, in fact I looked all of 10 mins ago for a friend and I know the 6/7th is already full in a studio.

If I were you I'd sort your accommodation asap, the only thing about waiting for family/friends is that more time will pass and less rooms available.

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That's fair. I think we're meeting up with everyone this week sometimes (omg where did this week go!?!?) and then we'll settle on the plan. It's hard when we're planning with a few first timers, so they don't quite know what the timeline looks like and don't understand why it's important that we get on this.

Fingers crossed we'll be able to get in where we want, but if not I'm sure we'll find somewhere else to settle in for our giant trip!

Thanks for the tip though - this is our first time at BCV and our second time renting DVC points. It makes sense that that particular resort would be a hot commodity, but I didn't really think it through XD

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Two weeks is a long time. I get bored after 5 days, but I live in Tampa and go a lot. Beach Club is my favorite. How much per night does it cost by getting DVC points? The best rate after taxes is around $250/night using the best discounts. I'm using Orbitz for the Boardwalk Villas this month. I prefer separate rooms when meeting up. Sharing rooms was great when I was a kid, but not anymore, and the suites are still usually just 1 bedroom. The pull out sofas don't seem comfortable. The only problem I've found with going with groups is you end up waiting around for people. This is fine if you pick a good spot you don't mind hanging out at for an hour while people catch up with you. If you all go together everywhere it's just slow as people go to the bathroom one by one, buy snacks, stop to shop, and there's always 1 or 2 people who decide to get in that 45 minute line without asking everyone, which is annoying because it's Peter Pan and so you either go on it or meet up later.

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as mentioned before its going to be hard to get Beach Club for 2 full weeks at that time of year. We tried last year at 7 months for Beach Club or Boardwalk through renting and neither were available for the week we were looking for during Food and Wine. This year we are going the first week in December and even trying at 11 months through a rental service we couldn't get all 5 days we were looking for at Boardwalk in a Standard View Studio. The key with renting is to be on the ball and get your requests in early so the service can match you up with an agent and renting member ASAP.

But two full weeks anywhere in Disney will be amazing! And I highly recommend renting points. We personally love Kidani and are thinking of going there again this year.

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If you can't get in at BCV, try for pool view(std view rooms not likely available for 2 weeks) at BWV, as there are more rooms there. Likely the same number of points as BCV. Book asap! Good luck!!

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BWV are starting a remodel this year - not sure of the dates. Would be awesome if you got in a new remodeled room. The new BW rooms look amazing.

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ThatMouse wrote:
Two weeks is a long time. I get bored after 5 days, but I live in Tampa and go a lot. Beach Club is my favorite. How much per night does it cost by getting DVC points? The best rate after taxes is around $250/night using the best discounts. I'm using Orbitz for the Boardwalk Villas this month. I prefer separate rooms when meeting up. Sharing rooms was great when I was a kid, but not anymore, and the suites are still usually just 1 bedroom. The pull out sofas don't seem comfortable. The only problem I've found with going with groups is you end up waiting around for people. This is fine if you pick a good spot you don't mind hanging out at for an hour while people catch up with you. If you all go together everywhere it's just slow as people go to the bathroom one by one, buy snacks, stop to shop, and there's always 1 or 2 people who decide to get in that 45 minute line without asking everyone, which is annoying because it's Peter Pan and so you either go on it or meet up later.

If you think 2 weeks is a long time, we go for 23 nights at a time haha

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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ThatMouse wrote:
Two weeks is a long time. I get bored after 5 days, but I live in Tampa and go a lot. Beach Club is my favorite. How much per night does it cost by getting DVC points? The best rate after taxes is around $250/night using the best discounts. I'm using Orbitz for the Boardwalk Villas this month. I prefer separate rooms when meeting up. Sharing rooms was great when I was a kid, but not anymore, and the suites are still usually just 1 bedroom. The pull out sofas don't seem comfortable. The only problem I've found with going with groups is you end up waiting around for people. This is fine if you pick a good spot you don't mind hanging out at for an hour while people catch up with you. If you all go together everywhere it's just slow as people go to the bathroom one by one, buy snacks, stop to shop, and there's always 1 or 2 people who decide to get in that 45 minute line without asking everyone, which is annoying because it's Peter Pan and so you either go on it or meet up later.

We did a trip last year with a few first timers. We rented a two bedroom as AKL Jambo House and it didn't go well as the week went on. Some people discovered other were snoring machines, and then everyone ended up eating each others food in a vengeful sort of ploy to get back at them and things degraded to the point where my boyfriend and I ended up leaving the room before anyone got out bed in the mornings and just texted them to let them know where we were if they asked. I can certainly see how experiences like the ones you've mentioned and my own might sour people...

I think that it just reflects poorly on them though - and I think with the right group it could have been better Smile This time it would be my parents and some cousins on his side meeting up with us, so it's my hope that things would go a bit smoother. All of them are seasoned travellers with a deeply rooted love for all things Disney.

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EmFord wrote:
as mentioned before its going to be hard to get Beach Club for 2 full weeks at that time of year. We tried last year at 7 months for Beach Club or Boardwalk through renting and neither were available for the week we were looking for during Food and Wine. This year we are going the first week in December and even trying at 11 months through a rental service we couldn't get all 5 days we were looking for at Boardwalk in a Standard View Studio. The key with renting is to be on the ball and get your requests in early so the service can match you up with an agent and renting member ASAP.

But two full weeks anywhere in Disney will be amazing! And I highly recommend renting points. We personally love Kidani and are thinking of going there again this year.

We rented points at Jambo House last September and had an amazing time! First time at AKL and I'd happily go again. It's one of our fall-backs if BCV don't work out as planned. We'll be booking this evening after we speak to my parents, so for sure we'll be trying for BCV, but I know we'll love it anywhere we stay on property ^_^

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We are doing 7 days this time and to me its too short..always feel like I wanted to do a bit more.
Ten was a great compromise but 14 days!?! Yes Please!

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Nyxess wrote:

We rented points at Jambo House last September and had an amazing time! First time at AKL and I'd happily go again. It's one of our fall-backs if BCV don't work out as planned. We'll be booking this evening after we speak to my parents, so for sure we'll be trying for BCV, but I know we'll love it anywhere we stay on property ^_^

Thats the great thing about Disney, no matter where you stay you know you'll have a great time. AKL is our fall back once our 7 month booking window opens too and what a wonderful fall back it is.

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AKL is my go to! muchlove

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Checking into Kidani tomorrow night, staying two nights & then moving to BLT (my first home resort). May trip entire time at BLT. Need to book Oct trip ASAP planning on BCV (my second home resort) mickey