Vero Beach Refurb, Dining Update

Disney's Vero Beach Resort survived Hurricane Matthew relatively unscathed, but work continues on the extensive refurbishments throughout the property.  

Vero Beach

Walkway outside former Shutters location

Back in March, Disney began work on renovations at Vero Beach which will bring updates to all guest rooms, as well as extensive changes to the resort's dining options.  

Vero Beach

Charging stations now available in resort lobby

As of mid-October, all of the Inn rooms in the main building have been refurbished, along with villas in Building #15.  Work on buildings 12 and 14 is expected to begin immediately after Thanksgiving.  The six Beach Cottages will follow, with the entire project slated to wrap-up by summer 2017.  

Photos of the renovated rooms can be found HERE

Meanwhile, work also continues on reconfiguration of the resort's restaurants.  The former Sonya's and Shutters are being combined to form the table service Wind and Waves Grill, as well as quick service Wind and Waves Market.  

Vero Beach

Poolside dining currently walled-off

November 13, 2016 is the target date for a soft opening of the new Wind and Waves Grill. It will accept only walk-ups during the soft opening. On November 20, the Grill should appear on the Disney Dining app for reservations. 

Wind and Waves Market will open around the same time.  Access will be provided via the pool area.  Guests will be able to choose from a selection of grab & go items along with some hot entrees. 

Vero Beach

Former site of Bleachers Bar & Grill

Also planned for poolside is the new Wind and Waves Bar.  The Bar replaces the multipurpose Bleachers Bar & Grill, offering a selection of unique cocktails, craft beers and light snacks.  

Until the new restaurants debut, limited dining is still offered via the Green Cabin Room and the Sea Grape Banquet Hall (when available.)  

Options include a $12 breakfast buffet, modestly-priced lunch and dinner entrees.  The menu will vary, depending upon ingredient availability.  Supply shortages attributed to Hurricane Matthew necessitated some recent adjustments.  

Vero Beach

Sample menu from Green Cabin Room

The resort is also maintaining a character breakfast on Saturday mornings featuring Goofy and Donald Duck.   

Thanks to Wil Lovato for information used in this report!

Reader Comments
Re: Vero Beach Refurb, Dining Update -- wdrl
2016 Oct 21 02:08:27 PM
The Vero Beach Resort itself looked to be in very good shape despite Hurricane Matthew passing just a few miles east of the shore. However, a lot of the beach sand was washed away by Matthew. A local resident said the even Hurricane Nicole, which was much further out at sea, churned up the Vero surf and attributed to some of the beach erosion.

Soon, we will post photos of what the Vero beach looks now. If anyone has photos of what the Vero beach looked like in the past, please post them so we can make comparisons.
Great News! -- PaulInCT
2016 Oct 21 08:34:04 PM
Thanks for the update on VB DVC. We will be there in December and looking forward to trying the new restaurant and refurbished rooms. We're happy that Hurricane Matthew mostly spared the resort. I hope the beach erosion is not too bad. I have attached a few photos of the beach from a previous visit in 2007.
Re: Vero Beach Refurb, Dining Update -- wdrl
2016 Oct 21 09:01:28 PM
PaulInCT wrote:
Thanks for the update on VB DVC. We will be there in December and looking forward to trying the new restaurant and refurbished rooms. We're happy that Hurricane Matthew mostly spared the resort. I hope the beach erosion is not too bad. I have attached a few photos of the beach from a previous visit in 2007.
I was trying to find one of our photos that was taken from the same vantage point as yours, PaulInCT, but I couldn't find one. But here is one taken from the rental cabin looking south. Notice the erosion next to the vegetation:

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If have booked an Inn room, then you'll get a renovated room. If you have booked a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom villa, then you should request a villa in Building #15 if you want a renovated room.

How is the Vero Beach weather in December?
Re: Vero Beach Refurb, Dining Update -- denlo
2016 Oct 25 08:25:33 PM
Maybe this photo is a closer comparison?

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I don't know if you remember the water fountain that The Disney resort had on the ramp to the beach, but now it hard to get to for some shorter or less limber guests.


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Re: Vero Beach Refurb, Dining Update -- aggiemullins
2016 Oct 25 10:23:48 PM
These were from August 11th and 13th of this year. I noticed the "shelf" looks gone and it looks like the beach could have lost 20 feet or more.

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