Lots of people think a Disney vacation means either visiting the parks or going on a cruise. In fact, Disney owns several properties in a variety of locales all over the world, and they even partner with other companies to host Adventures by Disney vacations.

Today, we’re going to be talking about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Vero Beach opened on October 1, 1995, as the first Disney Vacation Club Resort off of Disney World property. It is located on the east coast of Florida about 100 miles southeast of Orlando, 147 miles due east of Tampa, and 95 miles due north of West Palm Beach.

I had the opportunity to interview a friend who recently returned from Vero Beach with her husband and their two young children. Let’s take a look at what she said!

How did the planning process relate to planning a WDW vacation?

The planning process was very easy, much like planning a WDW vacation. To be honest, my Disney planner handled all the booking for me and we didn’t run into any issues at all.

How “Disney” does it feel?

The amount of “Disney” it felt was low compared to hotels on property. While the decor and activities didn’t scream Disney, all the activities were very family friendly and had that hint of magic when checking in, interacting with the team members, and seeing Disney wardrobes everywhere you looked. It was clear the guests were Disney lovers if that makes sense.

How much time do you spend on property vs off?

The property at Vero Beach was beautiful! Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

The property at Vero Beach was beautiful! Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

You would spend 100% of the time on property without a car as there is little to walk to. Thankfully we drove, and would again to Vero. Having a car was really helpful and allowed us to go to downtown Vero Beach, and have 2 dinners out away from the hotel. Except for those times, however, we stayed on property.

What activities were offered?

There were SO many activities offered, you really didn’t need to leave! The itinerary was extensive for the week, all dividing kids up with age groups. They even had adult activities… karaoke, wine tasting, name that tune, etc. Every day there were fun games played at the pool for all. There was a giant rec room, ping pong, basketball courts, tennis courts, a lake, soccer field, hiking trails, and mini golf at the resort. On the beach, you could rent jet skis or kayaks.

There were lots of activities to do on the beach! Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

There were lots of activities to do on the beach! Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

Is transportation or a dining plan available or included?

No transportation is available from the airport but may be available for ground travel but we didn’t ask since we had a car. No dining plan.

What are the accommodations like?

I thought the accommodations were really nice. It’s updated inside the lobby and rooms. We had an ocean view with a balcony, and the view was beautiful. Common areas and pool were all very nice too.

This is the view from our balcony. Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

This is the view from our balcony. Photo Credit: Michael Callaway

How about dining?

Food was the only real downside I could find. I love Disney, but I can only handle so much Disney food which was one good reason to have a car. The sit-down restaurant Wind and Waves looked very nice but was not a good option with two small kids after being in the sun all day. We often opted for the Wind and Waves Market to either take back to the room or eat outside. The choices were good and changed every day but it’s quick-service and there’s only so much you can expect. The third option was The Green Cabin Inn, but it was a bar and had mostly bar food. We also did the pirate dinner. It was sold out, so we were glad we had Advanced Dining Reservations for that.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Overall, we wanted a change from the park vacation with something a little more relaxed and Vero Beach was just that. I would definitely go back… it was great with 2 little kids but would be equally enjoyable if it was just my husband and me.

Ever been to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort? Interested?