Disney Vacation Club – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

After spending a bajillion dollars on Disney vacations over the years, we finally wised up and joined the Disney Vacation Club.

Disney Vacation Club locations

Disney Vacation Club is kind of like a timeshare but, rather than buying specific weeks at a specific location, members buy points which can be used anytime at a variety of Disney resorts and hundreds of non-Disney properties.

Welcome home

Even with a pretty generous carryover policy, points do have an expiration date. Recently, Peter and I found ourselves with a handful of points that had reached the point of “use it or lose it”.

Reviewing our options and taking into consideration that we already have reservations for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World with the entire family, Peter suggested a getaway to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

A little back story…

I am a native Floridian; born in St. Petersburg. In my youth, the city was known as the retirement capital of the world. The downtown streets rolled up at 4pm to allow everyone to get in line for the early-bird dinner at Morrison’s Cafeteria.

Today, downtown St. Pete is swanky-town where you can pay a cool million for a condo with a view of the water and a plethora of museums, galleries and hip restaurants at your doorstep.

But I digress.

The point is, back when I was growing up and the state’s population was largely concentrated on the two coasts with a whole lot of nothing but orange groves in the middle, we Floridians felt a strong affinity for our locale.

An East Coast – West Coast thing.

Florida's Best Coast

There was no ambivalence. You were “Ft. Myers” or “Ft. Lauderdale” – not both.

I will always be a true-blue, loyal Gulf Coast gal.

The West Coast, the Best Coast.

So, when Peter suggested vacationing on Florida’s EAST Coast I was not immediately on board.

Old misconceptions die hard.

But, this is Disney after all, so I decided that I could cope. Look at me, walking in the flip flops of others to understand our differences.

Flying into the Orlando airport, we had momentary buyer’s remorse as we headed to our rental car rather than the Disney Magical Express bus to Walt Disney World.

Those feelings were quickly dispelled by the scenery upon our arrival at the resort.

Ocean view

After spending some time relaxing by the pool we enjoyed dinner on site at the Wind and Waves Grill and cocktails on the lovely porch at the Green Cabin Room. Their wine list was not great but the Agave Nectar Margarita was a delicious Plan B.

We spent one entire day lounging under an umbrella on the beach. This fair-skinned Irish gal was also under a hat, towels and a double layer of SPF 50 sunscreen.

Under my umbrella

The cooling breeze and the sound of the waves made for the perfect setting to enjoy my magazines and take a nap.

At one point, we ventured into the surf to frolic in the waves, reminding me of two truths:

  1. As I am no longer 17 years old, my boogie board should have been retired some time ago.
  2. The monster waves of the Atlantic Ocean are much meaner than the gentle, rolling swells of my beloved, placid Gulf of Mexico.

Most of the rest of our time was spent relaxing by the pool.

The pool

Although we resisted the temptation to join in the poolside games like bingo and dive for sharks, we were powerless over the two-story waterslide as a vehicle for somewhat more age-appropriate thrill seeking.

Pool slide

We patiently waited in line among the children and there is no truth to the rumor that we elbowed little ones out of our way or distracted them by shouting, “Hey, look! There’s a shark!”.

After three glorious days, it was time to say goodbye to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and head off on our next adventure.

Spoiler alert: the next adventure involves wine.

As my friend Mickey says, “See you real soon!”

Thanks for stopping by,
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Comments

  1. Katie Clooney says:

    Great post, Mo. Looks like a great little getaway. I’m glad you waited in line patiently for your turn on the slide! Also glad to hear that you kept that fair Irish skin protected. Have a great weekend!

  2. I empathize on two counts — I, too, have fair Irish skin that demands sunblock and coverups, and I’m partial to the Gulf of Mexico over the Atlantic any day! Glad y’all had such a wonderful and relaxing vacay. The scenery there is beautiful, and now I feel the need for sea breezes, ha!
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  3. Frannie says:

    “Look at me, walking in the flip flops of others to understand our differences.” This made me laugh out loud! Glad you had a great getaway with Peter in the sunny warmth of Florida. You missed out on the freezing rain here in the Midwest. My fair Irish skin isn’t in any danger of sun damage this week.

  4. Kathy L says:

    I’ve never been on a Disney property without my kids. Good to know that there are kids-optional options. And clearly water slide fun knows no age limit. (Good swimsuit/swim dress options nowadays too.)

  5. What fun! I’m the third coast kind of Floridian – the panhandle beaches to me are the best. The rest of (y’all) in the state consider us to be very country and part of South Georgia or South Alabama . . . and you’re right! But I’m with you on the East coast. The waves are much too strong to swim in and the sand is very different. As for Disney, I always think they do everything first class, so I’m not surprised this was an awesome resort. So glad you had fun there. I have college friends in Vero, so this would be a fun place to visit.
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    • You should ask your friends if they have dined at Vero Prime. We found it on Open Table and loved it! A surprisingly extensive wine list and the best onion rings I have ever had. Back when I was growing up in FL the panhandle really was no man’s land. I should give it another look!

  6. My toes will be in the gulf tomorrow!

  7. Ooo, that looks lovely! There’s something about Disney vacations that bring out the kid in all of us. Chuckling at the thought of you and Peter elbowing small children and yelling about sharks for more time on the slide. I may or may not have done the same thing at Boardwalk Resort recently. Ahem.
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    • That Boardwalk pool is awesome! Actually, all of the Disney pools are great and we adults are entitled to a bit of the aquatic magic, right?

  8. Those pesky kids get in the way, don’t they? I plan on visiting Disney many more times, with and without kids. We are heading to Fort Lauderdale next month for a few days, and you will find me at the pool, under an umbrella, looking at the ocean but lounging on my chair.

  9. I love a good trip traipsing about visiting museums and historic sites but beach/pool vacations are just so relaxing. Visits to Disney, though not at all relaxing, are great fun at any age!

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