Disney’s Hilton Head Resort

Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Opened on the 1st of March, 1996, Disney Hilton Head Island Resort is a Disney Vacation Club Resort located at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It was built on a 15-acre island that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city, near the Shelter Cove Harbor area.

Hilton Head Island is famous for is its 12-mile long beach. This pristine beach has controlled access, as lifeguards and security guards allow only permitted vendors into the premise as to keep this beach as relaxed and beautiful as possible. Here, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas which his perfect for relaxing and getting a tan by the beach.

Although the resort itself is actually not found along the beach, the Beach House is located about 1.5 miles away. This can be accessed by a shuttle complete with padded seats and a wheelchair lift. The Beach House is a very popular destination that is fitted out with a snack bar, shop, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and lockers. Remember to put all of your belongings in the locker so you do not have to carry them to the beach and worry that it will get stolen or buried under sand. However, you will need to bring your room key with you as you will need this key to actually get back into the Beach House.

Disney Hilton Head Island is very much oriented for families with young kids, and this reflects in both the grounds, rooms, and activities. Some of the more popular activities here include:

  • Star gazing – feel free to bring along your telescope, drinks, and a light snack. Alternatively, you could pack a picnic and make this a romantic evening gazing at the stars while you enjoy the fresh air and the sound of the water lapping the shore.
  • Campfires at night time with friends or family. You can organize story-telling or sing-a-longs.
  • Fishing is a popular activity, especially as the fishing poles are free. You can also fish as long as you want. You can also do crabbing here.
  • Water activities such as swimming or snorkeling.

All of the rooms at Disney Hilton Head Island are studios or bedrooms villas, that are built on concrete stilts in order to avoid high tide floods that may occur on the 15 acres of marshland. The Live Oak Lodge is the only accommodation option with an elevator, and it is suitable for those with a wheelchair disability. It is also fashioned after a 1940′s style fishing and hunting lodge, set amidst the beauty of 100 year old oak trees. All rooms feature a kitchenette, private balcony or porch, and queen sized beds. Those who are staying in the 1, 2, or 3 bedroom lodgings will have a fully equipped kitchen, king-sized beds, washer and dryer, as well as a whirlpool bath in the master bedroom suite.

If you are feeling hungry and do not feel like cooking in the kitchen, then you can head out and use the barbecue grills and have a sizzling picnic. These grills are free to use, and available throughout the resort. Alternatively, you can visit Tide Me Over, where you can sample some delicious Carolina-style cooking. At the Beach House, there is a fast food outlet called Signals, which serves sandwiches and salads, amongst other things. Another outlet near the Beach House is Surfman’s Sand Bar, where you can buy ice cream, snacks, and beach-friendly drinks.

Alternatively, you can visit the Shelter Cove Marina which is a complex that has several restaurants and a supermarket in case you need to stock up on some essentials. Every Tuesday night, running from June 5 to August 21 at the Shelter Cove Marina is HarbourFest. HarbourFest is a fair that features live entertainment, arts and crafts, and fireworks at sunset. However, if you are not going to be at Disney Hilton Head Island on a Tuesday, don’t fret! Summertime at Shelter Cove is on every night from Monday to Friday, where Shannon Taylor will provide two entertaining shows at 6.30 pm and 8 pm that can be enjoyed by the whole family.