We love our trips to Walt Disney World but they can be exhausting as we are on the go for pretty much the whole time we are there, so I wanted to find a way to include some down-time into our trip – the answer? A stay at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, followed by a stay at Walt Disney World. We opted to stay there before our time at Walt Disney World, because the kids wanted their last day of vacation to be at the Magic Kingdom, however on our departure day from Vero they did not want to leave and have asked several times if we can go back again! We stayed at Vero Beach for 4 days, followed by 10 days at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village. Our stay at Vero was the perfect way to refresh after the 9 hour flight from London and it replenished our energy levels ready for the parks.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is located just 2 hours southeast of Walt Disney World and is on the Atlantic Treasure Coast. It is a Disney Vacation Club property, but you don’t have to be a DVC member to enjoy a stay there. The resort boasts beautiful views across the ocean and is simply idyllic. The recreation programme at Vero Beach is fantastic! There are lots of different water-sports that you can enjoy down on the beach, you can hire bikes from Eb and Flo’s Rentals so that you can enjoy some of the attractions outside of the resort or you could enjoy some peace and quiet in the Spa.
I have to admit that we loved the resort so much we only ventured into the surrounding area once, to do a bit of shopping on a rainy afternoon. The kids loved the swimming pool with its waterslide (there is a splash zone for smaller children too) and every afternoon there were games around the pool that they loved to join in with. Saturday afternoons is pool party time and the atmosphere is so much fun – the kids didn’t want to get out and have some lunch they were enjoying it so much.
There is a comprehensive programme of activities for children and teens to enjoy, ours made Mickey tie-dye t-shirts and learnt about the sea turtles that come on to the beach to nest – depending on the time of year that you visit you may be able to see the turtles hatching and making their way to the ocean. We enjoyed the campfire sing-a-long and had a very funny round of miniature golf on the course that snakes around the edge of the pool area.
Evenings at Disney’s Vero Beach are very laid back affairs, once the campfire has finished and all the s’mores have been eaten many people either head to their rooms or to the Green Cabin Room for a drink. Our kids had made some friends at the pool, so they enjoyed hanging out with them in the evenings, they would all head to the lobby where there are a variety of games consoles available for use. Cast Members put out a multitude of games in the main lobby and they loved putting people in their ‘hula hoop prisons’. There are plenty of DVDs available for hire from Island Grove Packing Company, the small onsite store in the lobby – these are free to hire for DVC members. We felt there was enough evening entertainment for the days that we were there, but if we had been staying longer we probably would have ventured off-site in the evenings to enjoy some of the local restaurants.
Speaking of food, the choices at Vero Beach were a little limited. Bleachers is a quick service bar and grill located by the pool, we used this for breakfast and lunch. The food was tasty and fresh and I particularly liked the salads. They also served dinner items here but we didn’t use it for dinner. Shutters offers casual dining and you can also have a character breakfast here too on a Saturday morning, we enjoyed eating here and the kids particularly liked breakfast with Goofy. The Green Cabin room offers light fare and a fantastic view over the ocean. Another popular option for an evening meal is to order from the local pizza company who deliver to the resort, if you speak to Front Desk they will gladly give you a menu and a recommendation for their favourite pizza topping!
Disney’s Vero Beach was everything I had hoped for from a beach holiday, it had enough to keep us all entertained, it was lovely and relaxing and it came with all the special touches that you expect from a stay with Disney.
You can find out more about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort here.