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With so much to see and enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort, it’s easy to miss the smaller magical experiences that are all around. If staying at one of the Disney Vacation Club properties that feature a Community Hall, you could easily pass it without ever knowing how much fun there is to be had inside. Take my advice and go in — you won’t regret it!
Community Hall is a clubhouse of sorts featured at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. Inside you will find welcoming cast members, games, and activities for guests of all ages. Even better, you don’t have to be a DVC member to enjoy the perks inside! A great way to have some quiet downtime, family bonding, or pass time on a rainy afternoon, here a few of my favorite Community Hall experiences.
One of the best ways to unwind after a long day in the parks is to enjoy a family movie night cozy in your DVC villa. Each member lounge has a large catalog of DVDs ranging from kids movies to adult fare, including many hard-to-find Disney classics! Most of the rooms are equipped with DVD players, and if your room does not have one, call the front desk and they will bring one up. I’ve had some true family bonding moments showing my kids some of my favorite Disney movies from my childhood — such as Swiss Family — Robinson in the comfort of our room.
Is there anything better than roasting marshmallows outside over a campfire? Each night, weather permitting, the Community Hall cast members host a marshmallow roast over a fire pit. For a small additional charge, you can also purchase graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores! It’s a magical way to end the day and the cast members always make it very fun for the little kids.
If you love game night as much as I do, you’ll be in heaven at the Community Hall. Each is packed with games ranging from video games, pool and foosball to board games. It’s a great way to have some fun with the whole family or for your children to make new friends with other kids. The cast members will often jump in on a game too!
For the crafters and artistic types, at the Community Hall you will always find complimentary coloring or special crafts (for a small fee). My children and I have made buttons, painted small animal sculptures, and made t-shirts to name a few of the options. It’s a special way to make a unique souvenir and to spend some downtime outside of the hubbub of the parks.
While at the Community Hall, keep your eyes open for special surprises. You never know what may happen or who may appear. At Bay Lake Tower we were lucky enough to run into Peter Pan himself. Our kids were treated to fun and games for over twenty minutes with Peter — a memory we will never forget!
So, while it’s tempting to spend all of your vacation time on the big ticket attractions, if you have the opportunity, it is certainly worth enjoying these simple but undeniably special experiences at the Community Hall.