DVC Room Views That Are Worth the Points
Disney Vacation Club members know the deal by now. Your DVC Points entitle you to book reservations at all the participating DVC resorts. However, for a few more DVC Points, you can stay in the proverbial room with a view. Which DVC room views are worth the extra points? Here are my choices.
BoardWalk View – Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Let’s start with possibly my most divisive suggestion. The BoardWalk View at BoardWalk Villas is something you’ve likely noticed even if you’ve never stayed.
When you stroll down Disney’s BoardWalk, you can’t help but wonder about the balconies overlooking the shops and restaurants here. Those are the overlooks for BoardWalk View! Here’s a video that shows the setting:
So, you’re looking across Crescent Lake at EPCOT and Disney’s Beach Club Villas when you stay here. More importantly, when you look down, you’re people-watching the visitors at the BoardWalk.
The sights and smells from the BoardWalk will mesmerize you, especially when the neon lights come alive at night. So, what’s the downside? The BoardWalk hosts a couple of lively nightclubs and other activities. Some people struggle with the noise.
Lake View at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Everyone has a favorite DVC resort, and mine is the Polynesian. When I stay here, I love the spacious rooms, but I admire the Lake View even more.
Since the 1970s, a night at the Polynesian has included a rare treat. You enjoy an up-close view of the Electrical Water Pageant, a staple of Disney nighttime entertainment.
Also, you’ll overlook the resort’s Bungalows at Seven Seas Lagoon. Depending on which building you book, you’re likely to watch the ferryboats and/or Space Mountain/Cinderella Castle.
Simply staying at the Polynesian is a gift. Booking a room with a view like this somehow makes it that much better.
Ocean View at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas
The typical American dreams about that once-in-a-lifetime Hawaiian vacation, the ultimate escapist fantasy. The exotic island getaway will sweep you away from all the minor aggravations in your daily life.
Disney created Aulani to turn that fantasy into a reality for Disney fans. I’m devout in the belief that if you plan to visit here, you should do it right! Splurge on the DVC Points to get the best possible view!
The DVC Points Chart at Aulani empowers guests to choose what they want here. You can select Standard View if you don’t intend to spend much time in your room.
From there, you can upgrade to Island Gardens View or Poolside Gardens View, providing panoramic scenery of the hotel grounds. Since you’re staying on a Hawaiian island, you want to see the Pacific Ocean, though!
When you book Ocean View, your room overlooks everything, including the gardens and pools. Even better, the scenic blue waters provide a tranquil backdrop.
Is that rare oceanic setting worth an additional 20-30 percent on DVC Points? I say absolutely yes! How often will you vacation in Hawaii? Enjoy it while you can!
Savannah View – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
Out of everything we’re discussing here, Savannah View at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas stands apart, in my opinion. This room type is THE best option in the entire DVC library. Those of you who have stayed here are nodding your heads in agreement. To everyone else, here’s the simple explanation.
Your room overlooks the natural habitats that Disney has created at the resort. It’s like a mini-version of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one where you don’t need to fight the crowds. Instead, you can sit in your room, sip coffee, and watch the animals play in their permanent residences! You’re the interloper here, an invited guest allowed to watch from afar.
The list of animals that live here includes recognizable creatures like giraffes, gazelles, and zebras. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the noble elands and blesboks, who sound like Dr. Seuss characters but look majestic.
Theme Park View – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
In 2022, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa introduced a new building with a familiar room type: Theme Park View. Remarkably, the room type here somehow surpasses the original.
At Bay Lake Tower, you can pay a DVC Points premium to stare at Magic Kingdom from your hotel room window. When you do, your closest view is the parking lot and the monorail track. In the distance, you can see Space Mountain, but it’s not an ideal perspective.
At Grand Floridian, you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view of the park as well as other parts of the resort campus. For example, some rooms overlook the Wedding Pavilion, which is lovely in and of itself.
I’ll add that you’re closer to Magic Kingdom at Bay Lake Tower. So, it’s a nearer view there if that matters to you. Personally, I like the distant shot because it combines a great look at the activity on the waters of Bay Lake as well.