The new accommodations deliver the spirit of the South Pacific along with fun Disney touches creating a vacation experience that only Disney can provide. The 360 Deluxe Studios are the largest at Walt Disney World Resort, sleeping five guests each, with connecting rooms available. Each features tropical décor complete with stinking prints, bamboo-style fixtures, a whimsical hidden pull-down bed and a split bathroom perfect for families. The 20 over-the-water Bora Bora Bungalows are the first such accommodations ever created by Disney. Each Bungalow sleeps eight guests and offers a view of the Magic Kingdom Resort area. Amenities include a full kitchen, two bedrooms complete with flat panel televisions, split bathrooms, washer and dryer, two hidden pull-down beds featuring playful artwork, a private plunge pool on the back deck, and many other special touches.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: December 1991
Units: 558 two-bedroom equivalents
Disney’s Old Key West Resort launched the Disney Vacation Club concept when it opened its doors to members and overnight guests in December 1991. The Key West-style resort hotel, located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort, features a quaint waterfront village of colorful, clapboard-sided, tin-roofed vacation villas. Resort amenities include a themed restaurant, four on-site pools including one with a water slide, a well-stocked general store, two children’s play areas, tennis and volleyball courts, a lighthouse sauna, four outdoor whirlpool spas, outdoor barbeque grills, an exercise facility and marina. Most vacation villas also boast a beautiful view of water, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista golf course or woods.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Opened: October 1995
Units: 104 two-bedroom equivalents
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – which has the Atlantic Ocean as its scenic backdrop – offers a spectacular inn and spacious vacation villas located along a pristine coastline. Less than a two-hour drive southeast from Walt Disney World Resort, this premium Florida beach resort offers a unique flavor in its design and theme that reflects the Treasure Coast region where the resort is situated.
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)
Opened: March 1996
Units: 107 two-bedroom equivalents
Built in classic Carolina island-style architecture, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is set among age-old live oak trees (some have been found to be more than 300 years old) and magnificent marshes, reminiscent of hunting and fishinglodges from the 1940s. Located on a 15-acre island within Shelter Cove Harbour and boasting oceanfront on a three-and-a-half-acre site just a shuttle ride away, the resort hotel and its beach house are nestled in the breathtaking natural scenery of the Carolina low country.
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: July 1996
Units: 282 two-bedroom equivalents
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas overlooks the festive Disney’s BoardWalk waterfront dining and entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort. The resort hotel, with its Atlantic seacoast theme, featuresa quaint collection of shops, clubs and restaurants, in addition to a variety of views, including the boardwalk and the village green. The resort hotel also boasts a themed pool with an elaborate slide, boardwalk cycling and other amenities.
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: November 2000
Units: 114 two-bedroom equivalents
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, located next to the popular Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, surrounds guests with the grandeur of the Old West and stories of the people who settled there. Each of the resort’s studio, one- and two-bedroom vacation villas tells the tale of the pioneers who built and stayed in the late 19th century railroad hotels in the national parks region of the American West. A unique feature of the resort is its themed Carolwood Pacific Room which displays railroad memorabilia, including a special exhibit on loan from the Disney family of two of Walt Disney’s personal scale-model train cars and a piece of the track.
Disney’s Beach Club Villas (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: July 2002
Units: 177 two-bedroom equivalents
Disney’s Beach Club Villas is inspired by the casual elegance of the mid-Atlantic seaside homes of the early 20th century. Adjacent to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas comes alive with beautiful pastel colors, intricate wooden accents and home-like accommodations. Its relaxing atmosphere and many leisure activities create the perfect setting for families to spend time together.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: May 2004 – Treehouse Villas opened June 2009
Units: 924 two-bedroom equivalents
Just across the lake from the magical metropolis of the Downtown Disney area lies Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. From its colorful Victorian architecture to the historic influence of horse racing, this lakeside community recaptures the heyday of upstate New York country retreats of the late 1800s. Opened in June 2009, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is the newest room category at the resort hotel. Nestled in natural forest glens, this new phase revives Walt Disney World “treehouse living,” a cherished tradition from 1975-2002. All 60 three-bedroom vacation homes, elevated 10 feet off the ground on pedestals and beams designed to blend into the forest environment, sleep nine and offer modern luxuries such as partial cathedral ceilings, a barbecue grill and flat-panel TVs, all presented in a style dubbed “cabin casual.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: July 2007 – Kidani Village opened in May and September 2009
Units: 449 two-bedroom equivalents
Guests live their very own true-life adventure in a setting inspired by the intrepid explorers and historic expeditions of 19th century Africa. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas encompasses two African-inspired buildings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House, which has two floors devoted to Disney Vacation Club accommodations, and Kidani Village, an entirely new building complete with its own pool, water-play area, restaurant, merchandise shop, fitness center, expanded animal savanna and more. All of the accommodations in Jambo House and Kidani Village blend home-like amenities with African-inspired details, and most offer sweeping savanna views.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: August 2009
Units: 295 two-bedroom equivalents
Inspired by the color palette and strong horizontal lines of its predecessor, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort delivers some of the most dramatic views available anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort. Each of the rooms in this iconic resort features innovative touches, such as modern artwork designed specifically for Bay Lake Tower and flat-panel TVs, while most of the units boast full kitchens complete with granite countertops and modern appliances, separate bedrooms, washers and dryers, and other home-like amenities. Add a spacious lobby filled with woven woods and glass-wrapped columns, sweeping views from a private rooftop lounge and fireworks viewing deck, and the convenience of a sky bridge linking families to shops, restaurants and the monorail station at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (Disneyland Resort)
Opened: September 2009
Units: 50 two-bedroom equivalents
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is an architectural and artistic celebration of California’s renowned Arts and Crafts style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Room categories include studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and many units include a fully equipped kitchen, living area, dining area, washer and dryer, whirlpool tub and other amenities, and spectacular views of Disney’s California Adventure theme park.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa (Ko Olina, Hawaii)
Opened: August 2011
Units: 480 DVC units, 350 hotel rooms
In October 2007, Disney announced the purchase of 21 acres of oceanfront property on Oahu for the construction of a new resort. Located at the picturesque Ko Olina Resort & Marina on the western side of the island, the mixed-use resort – featuring both traditional hotel rooms and DVC vacation-ownership villas – offers sweeping ocean views, white sand beaches and crystal blue lagoons. In addition to 350 hotel rooms, two restaurants featuring foods unique to Hawaii, an 8,000-square-foot conference center and an 18,000-square-foot spa, the resort is planned to have 480 DVC vacation homes. DVC members and overnight guests can enjoy all the comforts of home in accommodations that are scheduled to include fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and whirlpool tubs in most units.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Walt Disney World Resort)
Opened: October 2013
The grandeur of one of the premier properties at the Walt Disney World Resort will meet the family vacation style that only Disney Vacation Club can provide at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The property features deluxe studios and one-bedroom villas that sleep five guests, as well as two-bedroom villas that sleep nine guests. Additionally, expansive grand villas sleep 12 guests and feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a media room with a home theater system.
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (Walt Disney World Resort)
Units: 20 bungalows and 360 deluxe studios