You may be a Disney World nerd if… you name your upcoming WDW vacation. But in my defense, it just seems a fitting title to one of our most unique stays at WDW. Let me explain the “unique” part. We have gone to Disney with the kids a total of four times and have stayed at the Polynesian, Beach Club Villas & Boardwalk Villas. Each resort we have stayed quickly becomes our “favorite” & we intend on staying there again & again. Fortunately, due to availability we have been forced to try new options which in turn broadens our Disney experience. I remember when I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere but at the monorail resorts. More recently, I couldn’t seem to move away from the Epcot resorts. This time we are splitting our stay between….drumroll please… Fort Wilderness & Boardwalk Inn. Not just any ol’ room at these resorts but rather a cabin at FW & Club Level Deluxe room at BI. Here’s how I came to choose these particular options…
Fort Wilderness always seemed like a fun place that the family would enjoy. Lots to do in addition to the parks like canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, campfire sing along, movie nights… you get the picture. Bonus is that the cabins can sleep six which most single rooms at Disney cannot. I happened to have an exclusive email code that gave me 40% off the regular rate* which made it less than $200 per night. So it seemed the perfect opportunity to give a different resort a try.
Now, I am a creature of habit so I wasn’t quite ready to give up the whole Epcot resort / hotel accommodations therefore I looked into splitting our stay between there and the Boardwalk. Initially, I intended on booking a 2 bedroom villa using rented DVC points** but then found out about the Deluxe Club Level rooms that sleep six. These rooms are basically Disney’s version of concierge with special amenities like complimentary snacks & drinks throughout the day (including Sam Adams =] ), turndown service, itinerary planning & special fireworks viewing area. Seemed to be a perfect destination after “roughing it” in the cabins for three nights. I happened to have another one of those special coupon codes & was able to snag 40% off this rate as well. Only $10 more than villas would have been and we can easily make that up in food & beverages. And so it begins… Cabins to Club Level.
*If you want to get coupons like these emailed to you, your best bet is to sign up for the vacation planning DVD on DisneyVacations.com & register on the Disney site. Not a guarantee but they seem to be a good way to get on”the list”. You can also use whatever discount is being offered to the public but these unique coupons tend to offer better deals.
**For my last four visits to WDW I have stayed at DVC resorts using “rented” points. Mousesavers does a great job of explaining this process. It ends of being significantly cheaper than renting straight from Disney even with discounts offered. Definitely worth checking into if you are traveling in a larger party. Two bedroom villas can accommodate up to eight people, grand villas up to twelve. I could go on & on about the awesomeness of these so just ask if you have any particular questions.