First things first, how many DVC resorts are in Orlando? Currently, there are 10 DVC resorts in Orlando right now, with a brand-new resort coming soon. It’s important to take a look at each one, since making reservations at your home resort is given priority before using your points at a different DVC resort. And if you are specifically joining DVC for annual trips to your favorite parks, there are lots of options just in Orlando.
DVC Resorts Orlando
- Disney Animal Kingdom Villas
- Bay Lake Tower
- Disney Beach Club
- Disney BoardWalk
- Boulder Ridge
- Copper Creek
- Grand Floridian
- Old Key West Resort
- Polynesian Resort
- Saratoga Springs Disney
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
Which Disney Resort is Best?
This is a question that future DVC buyers ask all the time. Which DVC resort in Orlando is best to buy points from? It all depends on your preferences, but we will give you a snapshot of all the DVC resorts in Orlando.
Disney Animal Kingdom Villas
Head out on a wild safari right in Orlando at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. Mimicking green savannas of Africa with over 30 species of exotic wildlife, this resort has a great adventurous vibe.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
Within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Kidani at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge includes all the amenities and activities of the resort. The Kidani Village pool, Samawati Springs Pool area, features a heated pool and water playground for loads of fun. For vegetarian meals or slow-cooked meats, head to Sanaa for a delicious meal.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House
Offering even more views of the lodge’s exotic wildlife, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House is the place to be for award-winning dining experiences and luxurious accommodations. The Uzima Pool is an 11,000-square-foot heated pool with whirlpool spas and a kiddie area. The zero-entry point mimics a natural, African beach surrounded by large canopy trees.
Bay Lake Tower
With the easiest access to Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Bay Lake Tower offers some of the most luxurious amenities from DVC. Take the Sky Way Bridge monorail to the parks, which runs straight through the resort so you never have to walk outside. For beautiful sunny Florida days, Bay Lake is also within minutes of walking distance.
For the best views of Disney fireworks, the Top of the World Lounge is for members only. Refreshing cocktails and small bites on this rooftop lounge will accompany the unforgettable views of this DVC resort in Orlando.
Bay Lake Tower Check Out Time
Guests check out time at Bay Lake Tower is 11:00 AM. Before you go, don’t forget to have a special character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and say goodbye to Mickey!
Bay Lake Tower Pool Hours
Hours for Bay Cove Pool vary but are at least from 9 AM until 8 PM. During peak seasons, Bay Lake Tower Pool hours can open as early as 7 AM and not close until 11 PM. Night owls and early risers can enjoy some quiet time before the crowds shuffle in!
Disney Beach Club
Disney’s Beach Club Villas is like walking around New England. Its northern charm and outstanding amenities are complete with the pool area, Stormalong Bay. It replicates an antique shipwreck, with a climbable mast and slide for the kids. Relax in one of three whirlpool spas or sunbathe on the elevated tanning deck!
Disney Beach Club Rooms
Accommodations at Disney’s Beach Club Villas range from Deluxe Studios to Two-Bedroom Villas. For a parent’s getaway or long weekend away, the Deluxe Studio rooms start at just 15 points per night. They also sleep up to five people, so even small families will have plenty of space. For extra space and a fully-equipped kitchen, One and Two-Bedroom villas make for the perfect home away from home.
Perhaps the most charming with classic whimsy, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas replicate 1940s Atlantic City. It’s an actual boardwalk featuring shops and dining, like the ESPN Club or Flying Fish Cafe. Grab some dessert at the BoardWalk Bakery or head to the Funnel Cake Cart! Runners can also enjoy this resort, with several jogging paths and one that loops around Crescent Lake. There are even two or four-person Surrey bike rentals for a breezy ride.
Things to Do at Disney BoardWalk
There are plenty of things to do at Disney BoardWalk resort in Orlando. For a fun afternoon and vintage vibes, the dining options and activities will be sure to keep you busy. Rent a Surrey bike to go from place to place around Crescent Lake. Movies Under the Stars is also a favorite activity here, where visitors can watch their favorite Disney movies lakeside.
Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek at Wilderness Lodge
Located within the grandeur of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek resorts in Orlando immerse guests in the legacy of America’s transcontinental railroad. With an environment that simulates America’s National Parks, decor and furnishings offer a cozier, cabin vibe.
Where are the Copper Creek Villas Located?
Copper Creek Villas are located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Lake Buena Vista of Orlando. The waterfront cabins face the magic of Cinderella’s Castle, so you’ll never miss the amazing views of nightly fireworks.
Enjoy the Copper Creek Springs Pool surrounded by nature and including a 67-foot waterslide built into rocks. There are hot and cold whirlpool spas for relaxation as well as a new children’s activity play area. The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool has more of a laid-back environment with a zero-entry point and shaded seating area.
There are two full-service dining options in Wilderness Lodge. Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is perfect for kids and families. Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy make an appearance every evening, going from table to table to dine with you! For a more casual setting, Whispering Canyon Cafe is buffet style and includes fun games for guest entertainment.
Another classic DVC resort in Orlando you already know of is the Grand Floridian. The ultimate dining experiences are here, with the closest proximity to Magic Kingdom out of all the resorts. Guests can take the monorail or enjoy a relaxing boat ride over.
Disney Grand Floridian Rates
|Villa||Accommodations||Vacation Points Per Night|
|Deluxe Studio – Standard View||Kitchenette. 1 queen bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 5.||17|
|Deluxe Studio – Lake View||Kitchenette. 1 queen bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 5.||20|
|1-Bedroom Villa – Standard View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 5.||33|
|1-Bedroom Villa – Lake View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 5.||40|
|2-Bedroom Villa – Standard View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 9.||46|
|2-Bedroom Villa – Lake View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed. Sleeps up to 9.||55|
|2-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa – Standard View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 queen sleeper sofas, 2 single pull-down beds. Sleeps up to 10.||46|
|2-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa – Lake View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 queen sleeper sofas, 2 single pull-down beds. Sleeps up to 10.||55|
|3-Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View||Fully-equipped kitchen. 1 king bed, 4 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa. Sleeps up to 12.||112|
Old Key West Resort
Take the southernmost point of Florida to Orlando and you have Disney’s Old Key West Resort. There are four pools here, a cafe featuring delectable cuisines and even bass fishing!
Where is Old Key West Located in Disney World?
Disney’s Old Key West resort in Orlando is only a boat ride away from Disney Springs! Located in Lake Buena Vista, there are plenty of transportation options from the resort to any of the parks. Being so close to Disney Springs, visitors can experience all the magic of Disney while shopping at their favorite stores or eating at some of the best restaurants.
Escape to tropical South Pacific Islands, all within minutes of Magic Kingdom. The only resort with villas that actually sit atop the water, the Polynesian is a favorite among many DVC owners.
Polynesian Resort Amenities
Unique to this DVC resort in Orlando, the Electrical Water Pageant is a legendary show enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Over the Seven Seas Lagoon, 25-foot-tall screens of lights capture the attention of visitors every night. King Neptune and aquatic creatures are shown with Disney music in pageant form.
Guests can also enjoy Movies Under the Stars at the Polynesian to enjoy select Disney favorites outdoors.
The Lava Pool onsite is the best way to experience island life in Orlando, with an active “volcano” that erupts regularly throughout every afternoon.
Saratoga Springs Disney
Inspired by New York horse racing, vacation in this elegant and old-time themed resort for complete luxury. Two pools, The Turf Club Bar and Grill, as well as a full-service spa will immerse you in relaxation. And it’s only a boat ride away from Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista’s center of shopping and dining.
Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas
Unlike any type of accommodation in DVC resorts of Orlando, Saratoga Spring Treehouse Villas are a completely unique experience. Elevated ten feet off the ground and surrounded by forestry, the treehouse villas give you ultimate privacy and adventure. Complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, private bedrooms, whirlpool tub, flat-screen TVs and more, you can stay connected while on vacation.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Coming soon to the family of DVC resorts in Orlando: Disney’s Riviera Resort. Take a trip out to the Mediterranean in Europe for a flashback in time. It is said that Walt Disney himself took inspiration from his travels to the French and Italian countrysides. The resort is full of unique art pieces and decor that make Walt’s inspiration come to fruition.
With the brand new resort is a gondola ride that will take guests directly to the parks. Coming in fall of 2019, make sure to make Disney’s Riviera Resort a priority for your next trip to Orlando!