A few weeks ago my wife, my parents and I had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Vero Beach resort in Vero Beach, Florida. It is located approximately two hours from the Orlando International Airport.
This is the first time that we’d stayed at a Disney Vacation Club property that was not located at one of the Disney Theme Parks.
The rooms (we had studio rooms) at the resort are quite nice. The had a double bed, a pull out sofa, and a small kitchen area with a coffee maker, microwave, and fridge.
Being a bit of a geek, two other very nice amenities in these rooms are that they have Wi-Fi (free for DVC members) and that the alarm clocks in the rooms are iPod docking stations!
There is no room service available in these rooms – although we were able to order a pizza to the resort without any problems.
There are LOTS of activities to take part in at Vero Beach. If you’re there with children, you may have wanted to go to the bonfire sing-a-long they were hosting (with smores!!). We elected to spend our evening relaxing in the hot tub instead. The pool area is very nice, and being the beginning of November, was fairly quiet as well.
There are two restaurants on site (one a little pricier than the other). They’re quite good. Our only criticism is that the air conditioning was way too cold – although we’ve found this to be the case with the southern United States in general.
Tip: If you’re a DVC member, you get a discount in the restaurants.
The customer service at the resort was excellent, which was not a surprise given the property is in the Disney family. The check-in process was identical to checking in at the Walt Disney World theme park. Same room key cards, same “celebration” pins (we got our 1st visit pins for this resort), same friendly smiles.
If golf is your sport, I recommend checking out the Sandridge Golf Course, located only a few minutes from the resort. We played 9 holes of each of their two courses during our stay and had a great time.
Overall Rating: 4/5 — This is a great place to go if you need a few days to relax after the constant “go, go, go” of being at the theme parks.