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planDisney Trip Report: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  1. planDisney Trip Report: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

    Trip: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
    Panelist: Lauren B.

    As a Disney family who occasionally wants to expand our horizons and enjoy vacations outside of the parks, I was beyond excited when I learned more about Disney’s Beach Resorts! With locations on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and the Atlantic coast of Florida, these two beachfront properties are the perfect mix of Magic and relaxation.

    My family recently took a break at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and we are already counting down the days until we go back! Literally steps from the beach, this property is made up of the Inn, multiple outer buildings that house 1- and 2-bedroom villas and for Disney Vacation Club Members, a few of the most adorable 3-Bedroom cottages that sleep up to 12. While my family chose to stay in the Inn (which is the main building including the lobby on the ground floor) I can’t wait to try out a 1-Bedroom Villa the next time we visit.

    My family and I have a deep love of Disney Parks, but we were looking for a slower pace trip and found exactly that at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. With plenty of time to kick-back and enjoy the beach vibe we quickly fell in love with this unique resort.

    Top 5 Favorite Things about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

    #5- The pool area (with onsite dining options): As a mom who constantly cautions my kids about being “too far” out in the ocean, the pool was the perfect alternative when they wanted to swim, and the slide was a huge hit with my kids. When we were lounging by the pool, it was so easy to grab a bite to eat or Dole Whip from the Wind and Waves Market. While there is a plethora of choices in the neighboring area, my family’s goal of the trip was to relax and leave our car in park, so it was great to have a table-service and quick-service option right at the resort!

    #4- Cast Members: Every single Cast Member we encountered at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort helped make our stay Magical. They were warm, welcoming, and helpful from check-in to check-out. One of the reasons my family continues to visit the Walt Disney World Resort year after year is how the Cast Members try to spread extra pixie dust when they can. This was evident at Vero Beach too!

    #3- The proximity to the ocean: I loved that I could wake up with an ocean view and enjoy that first cup of coffee while watching the waves. And… after spending a sun filled day in the sand it was amazing to be back in our room and out of the sun in less than five minutes!

    #2- Games, sports, and campfire fun: While I would be content to lay on the beach with a good book all day, my 10 and 11-year-old love to be active and at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort we had plenty of opportunity for both. My kids signed up for crafts in the Community Hall (located near the pool area), used the basketball court, and played endless games of ping pong and corn hole every evening. Our favorite family activity, however, was the campfire sing-along. A short walk from the Inn, a large campfire was set up, complete with marshmallows for roasting. Two Cast Members kept the energy up and the crowd engaged and giggling through the songs.

    #1- Sea Turtle Conservation: Hands-down, this was the most talked about aspect of the trip for my kids. When we first arrived at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, we chatted with a Cast Member about some of the activities available for kids. She steered us toward the turtle experience, and we were so glad she did! Available to sign up (for a small fee), kids learn about Disney Conservation efforts, make a sea-themed craft and take a walk on the beach with a Cast Member, learning in real time about sea turtles and discovering their nests. They received a certificate at the end and felt so empowered to help turtles by small acts like picking up trash on the beach. This activity made a huge impact on my school-age kids and prompted them to really appreciate how much this resort does daily to protect the sea turtle. My kids will say that this is a “must-do” for any animal loving Mouseketeer!

    To learn more about this Disney vacation, be sure to visit Disney’s Vero Beach Resort website. And for more great tips and recommendations for planning your next Disney vacation, stop by @planDisneypanel on Instagram, @planDisney on X, or planDisney.com. We look forward to answering all your Disney vacation planning questions. 

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