Last year, my husband and I finally made the decision to buy into the Disney Vacation Club. After years of considering it, talking to current members, and researching like crazy- we took the leap! For us it made sense as we know we love Disney and our kids show no signs of being tired of traveling there either. We laugh as Joanna (10 years old) is already planning her college program stint at Walt Disney World!
In April, we traveled on our first trip using our DVC points. We spent Easter weekend and the following week there. Our stay was split between the Beach Club Villas (2 nights) and Animal Kingdom Jambo House (5 nights). It was the most amazing stay we have ever had.
The first two nights at the Beach Club Villas were fun as we arrived on my son’s birthday and had dinner at his very favorite restaurant ‘Ohana. We had major issues with our Magic Bands which caused me about four hours of dealing with the front desk, concierge, tech people, and managers. They felt terrible and made up for it by paying for our family’s dinner that night.
The feature pool at the Beach Club is amazing. It is a huge pool complex that has a sand bottom! Unfortunately, the weather was chilly and we didn’t swim as much as we would have liked.
On Easter, they had all type of fun activities at the pool and throughout the resort. My kids especially loved the candy scramble where cast members placed candy all over the lawn and kids were able to collect it in sectioned off areas based on their age levels. Each of my kids brought home HUGE bags of candy – good chocolate too! We of course helped them eat their bounty.
Another perk of staying at the Beach Club was being within easy walking distance to EPCOT. We love EPCOT and while we were there, The 2014 Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing. The topiaries, activities, various food stations, and butterfly house were enough to keep us entertained for days. We had an amazing time!
The third day of our trip, we switched resorts and moved over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were beyond thrilled with our Savanna view studio room. There were giraffes, zebras, birds, and various other animals right outside the balcony. Every day, my daughter sat happily on the balcony watching the animals for hours. We also used the night vision glasses to see the animals at night on the Savanna and we all enjoyed doing that.
Below is a picture of Jo in the lobby of The Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is stunning.
Another interesting stop we made was at The Grand Floridian resort so that we could see the Easter eggs their chefs made. My really poor photography skills do not do them justice, but I will share a couple of pictures.
We were especially excited for the Magic Kingdom because I was able to secure the much coveted Fast Pass + to meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen. We bypassed a line that was over 300 minutes?!? Anna and Elsa fussed over my daughter’s Frozen earrings. They along with Aurora happily signed the pillowcase we made for Joanna to keep on her bed that is now full of character signatures.
No matter how much time we spend at Walt Disney World, it is never enough to do it all! I only covered a few of the amazing things we did. Fortunately, we have DVC points now that will allow us to travel there many more times in the future!