Friday, July 5, 2013

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Last month our family spent a week in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  This was our first visit to Hilton Head and we had a great time!  Our original idea was to rent Disney Vacation Club points and stay at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, but they did not have any available for the week we wanted and we didn't want to pay the prices to rent directly from Disney since we would not be on the beach.  In hindsight, this was probably a good thing for our family, at this point in time.


One morning my husband and oldest son rented a boat and captain to go deep sea fishing.  C-man and I stayed back!  I get sea sick and a 4 year old has no business going deep sea fishing, in my opinion!  So, while they were fishing, C-man and I made a little visit to Disney's Hilton Head Resort.  We ended up staying about an hour walking around, taking pictures, shopping in the gift shop and hanging out.  It was beautiful.  The property was located on the backwaters and was very "marshy" looking.  There were trees galore that reminded me of a campground setting.  The wildlife and critters were fun to admire.
Corn hole, horseshoes, picnic tables, grills and hammocks between the buildings.

The playground and shuffleboard court.

The "big pool" and "baby pool."

"Marsh Messages" for resort guests along with a schedule of the day's activities.

Information about rentals and activities for the week.

Relaxing chairs and the campfire ring.

It had all sorts of activities and events for kids and families such as swimming, kayaking, shuffleboard, campfires, crafts, games, and more.  You could rent bikes, play corn hole, swing in hammocks, play on the playground or take the shuttle to the beach.  They even had a Mercantile Store that made me feel like I was at any resort gift shop at Walt Disney World- complete with official "Disney Parks" shopping bags.

While I didn't see any of the rooms, I was very impressed by the grounds, activities, dining options and friendliness of the staff- which I wouldn't expect any less from Disney Cast Members!  If I didn't know to look, I really wouldn't have thought I was on Disney property.  With the exception of the gift shop, everything else was pretty subtle nods to Disney.  We found a few Hidden Mickeys around the property and some not so hidden!

Mickey greeted us in the lobby, a Pressed Penny machine was outside the Mercantile, and there was a sign showing the distance to the other DVC resorts- was my favorite touch!

Hidden Mickey's in the signs on the sides of the buildings.

An unintentional hidden Mickey made out of shuffleboard disks.

While we did see the shuttle stop and the shuttle that takes you to the Atlantic Ocean, which is a little over a mile away, we did not see the beach property where Disney takes their guests.  I wish I could have seen that.  I also wish we could have met Shadow- the resident Golden Retriever!   
Shadow's dog house and kennel, I presume!

The shuttle and shuttle stop that will take you to the beach.

While I was very impressed overall by the Resort, I do think it would be the perfect spot for my husband and I to spend some time relaxing and enjoying all it has to offer. However, with our boys, I don't think it would be the best place for us to stay right now.  When we go "to the beach" we want to spend majority of our time in the sand and in the waves.  This resort did not feel at all like we were "at the beach."  My boys would LOVE all the extra things this resort has to offer though.  Maybe it should be a late fall, winter or early spring destination for us when it's too cold to be in the ocean or sunning on the beach!  

Have you ever visited Disney's Hilton Head Resort?  What were your thoughts?  

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