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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort Opens to Guests

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Today in 1996, grand opening ceremonies were held for Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the resort from our archives.

With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was the first Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside Walt Disney World Resort property. The Resort’s design and theme reflect the Treasure Coast region where the resort is situated.

Ground breaking took place on July 28, 1994, where Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale were all in attendance for the big moment.

With 175 Villas, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine.

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  • There were plans to have more units (including another Beach Villa) at the north end of the property, where the fire pit is now. Also, there were to be many more villas across the street. That is why there is a large pedestrian / golf cart tunnel below the front road. The dining rooms were sized to accommodate many more guests.

  • I’ll be heading there this weekend. SOOOO looking forward to it!

  • Our family has stayed at this resort many times and we always have a great time. I love sitting on the rocking chairs at night listening to the waves on the beach. The rendering is fascinating. It would have been great to see the full resort built with the lake at its center. The property across the street still is undeveloped. Does Disney still owns it?

  • We love Vero Beach! In that rendering it looks like there were ambitious plans for the area around the lake. What was originally proposed for that area?

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