The Disney Vacation Club prides itself on its famous “Welcome Home” mentality. If you are a DVC Member or if you’re borrowing DVC points, Cast Members will “welcome you home” several times throughout your trip.
DVC rooms have more amenities including bedrooms, kitchens, and more space for the family, but being a DVC member or using a DVC location has some additional perks like discounts and exclusive events.
However, there is one DVC perk that you don’t have to be a DVC member to take advantage of!
Let’s take a look at the DVC Community Halls.
The Disney Vacation Club maintains Community Halls at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Kidani Village, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boardwalk Villas at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.
In addition to the regular amenities at these Deluxe Resorts, DVC members have access to Community Halls in these locations.
The DVC Community Halls probably look a lot like your game room or family room at home – but maybe more organized. They have a homey feel, and they’re always kept clean and organized thanks to a little bit of Disney magic.
You’ll find comfy couches and chairs and a variety of activities for kids and adults to enjoy.
The Community Halls are a great place to relax for a while. Kids can sometimes get overwhelmed with everything going on at Disney World, and the Community Halls offer a place that feels like their playroom at home and lets them decompress. It’s also a good place to visit during less than ideal weather.
With activities like board games, game tables (pool, Ping-Pong, foosball), televisions for watching movies or playing video games, hundreds of DVDs, art supplies (crayons, paper, markers, glue, scissors), building toys (Legos, blocks), and some novels and magazines, you can easily spend a rainy afternoon here.
They also have organized activities like pottery painting, tie-dying, jewelry making, or sand art at scheduled times. These activities are led by friendly Cast Members who are skilled in the art.
Who is welcome?
Officially, the Community Halls are for Disney Vacation Club members, but they hardly ever turn anyone away especially if you ask nicely. Cast Members will usually allow anyone into the room and even participate in the scheduled activities. The only exception might be Bay Lake Tower; since you need a BLT key to enter the building and thus the room, you might have some difficulty getting in there even if you ask a Cast Member.
The Community Halls post their hours outside of the rooms, but they’re usually open most of the day from morning to around 9pm. If you’d like to know the exact hours of a certain Hall, you can check with Guest Relations at the hotel’s front desk.
If the Hall is open, you can always stop by for a quick board game, video game, or movie. However, the art projects are usually scheduled. They’ll post a schedule outside of the room. These projects aren’t available outside of these scheduled times.
There is no fee to use the Community Halls, but some of the art projects may have a small fee involved.
How are they different from the Children’s Activity Centers?
The Children’s Activity Centers and the Community Halls provide a lot of the same activities, but the Children’s Centers are paid drop-off babysitting for ages 3 to 12, and the Community Halls don’t have that option. You must stay with your child if you go to the Community Halls. While there are Cast Members there happy to play with your kids and give them fun activities, they aren’t there for babysitting.