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  • On May 11, 2009
    Meredith Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Erin-you know BW area. I need resort advice! In 2010, will be me, DH, DD6, MIL, DH's aunt/uncle. 2 rooms or 2BD villa. Comparing BC/YC to BW feels like splitting hairs. Is StormBay much better than BW pool? Other pros/cons? Many ages/stages in our group!

    Funny you ask this, I just had a Beach Club vs. Yacht Club discussion with former Moms Panelist Bret. The YC is great, but if you were going to stay in regular hotel rooms, I'd choose the Beach Club over the Yacht primarily for the proximity to Epcot. Why walk further if you don't need to?

    However, for your multigenerational group I would definitely suggest a 2-bedroom villa. Two regular rooms gives you the same number of beds as a villa, but with the villa you also get a common living area. There is a place to sit and chat or rest where you're not on somebody's bed or in their personal space. If someone wants to turn in early or sleep late, the other members of the group can still be together without disturbing any one. With the villa you also have access to a large refrigerator and washer/dryer. I am NOT a fan of chores on vacation, but these items always seem to make life easier with a big group. Villas also come with DVD players which are great if you want relax after a long day of park touring.

    There are 2-br villas at the Beach Club and the Boardwalk. As for your question about the pool. In a word, yes, Stormalong Bay is a thousand times better than the BW pool. I have stayed at both these resorts. At the BW, there is only a regular pool and one slide. The slide is fine, but once you've been down it, there's not much else going on. Stormalong Bay is 3 full acres of fun -- like a mini-water park all on its own. There is a large slide and a small one. There's a sandy-bottomed area for making castles. There is a "lazy river" for floating. There is a whirlpool for fast action. My family can easily spend 3 at SAB without getting bored. We're done at the BW pool in an hour.

    Putting all that on the scale, I come up with the Beach Club Villas as the best choice for you. And guess what, that's my family's number one choice too. We try other hotels, but we always go back to the Beach Club Villas. For us, it is the exactly perfect place to be at WDW.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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