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cleolvr711
04-24-2006, 01:04 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at Bonnet Creek? Any comments?

Deb & Bill
04-25-2006, 01:18 PM
Bonnet Creek is not a Disney resort, so you will not get the same benefits as staying on site. It is located on property that is adjacent but not part of Disney property.

Janet Hill
04-26-2006, 10:19 AM
We've stayed there and it is a great resort. No you do not get disney amenities (like extra magic hours), but you can't get any more convenient than here without being on Disney property.

The resort is beautiful. The pool area has a lazy river and a kid's play area. I don't think the mini golf course is open yet (not sure). There is a game room for the older kids. They do have planned activities, but we didn't participate in any of them, so I'm not sure what the offerings are. The staff was very helpful and courteous.

Definately a great place to vacation.

yourgoingagain?
04-26-2006, 08:30 PM
It is a very nice resort. I stayed in a 2 bedroom, it was large and quite nice. Also, it feels like you get away from the area although some people do not prefer that. When they finish the construction it will have a great deal of amenities. It is very convenient to DTD and MGM.

You cannot get to the entrance of Bonnett Creek without driving through Disney property. Although your not officially on Disney property (thus no EMH) you would not know it unless somone (this board is full of them) points it out.

MickeyMickey
04-26-2006, 08:48 PM
Rented from an owner we had a 2 bedroom and a 4 bedroom last September. 2 bedroom was o.k. 4 bedroom was awesome!!!!!!!!!!

littlestar
04-27-2006, 07:22 AM
Here are some nice pictures of Bonnet Creek:

http://bonnetcreek.com/

We have friends that are Fairfield points owners and they said Bonnet Creek was the nicest Fairfield resort they have ever stayed at.

DisneyGerry
05-13-2006, 05:12 PM
Is it finished being built? I thought on that land they were building a golf course and another hotel along with Fairfield's Vacation Club?

Gerry

horseshowmom
05-13-2006, 06:43 PM
Rented from an owner we had a 2 bedroom and a 4 bedroom last September. 2 bedroom was o.k. 4 bedroom was awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Would you be willing to share the owner's contact info? I'm looking at a house with 6 BRs, but this place looks really great too, so we might do the 2 and 4 like you did. Thanks!

Lisa P.
05-14-2006, 06:12 PM
DisneyGerry, the Fairfield Orlando at Bonnet Creek Resort has opened the main (4-story?) "Village Center" building and one (7-story?) "tower" condo building - both have condos; the Village Center contains other recreation areas too. Another (taller) tower was scheduled to open this weekend and the third tower is scheduled to open in October 2006. The fourth & fifth will open in 2007, I believe. Only the main pool & recreation area is open. The second pool & rec area is under construction. There will be at least three around the lake.

The golf course & club has not yet been built. Wyndham is supposedly putting in a luxury hotel in Bonnet Creek as well as there being space for up to three more hotels.

Sbclifton, the website shown by littlestar offers rentals here. There are also Fairfield owners who are willing to rent out points-based reservations at TUG (see my sig below). It's a really nice resort. Hope that helps. :)

For anyone interested, Fairfield Resorts (https://www.fairfieldresorts.com/) has added more photos and video clips to their resorts' webpages. You can watch them with dial-up or broadband and see what they look like for yourself. pixiedust:

horseshowmom
05-14-2006, 09:27 PM
DisneyGerry, the Fairfield Orlando at Bonnet Creek Resort has opened the main (4-story?) "Village Center" building and one (7-story?) "tower" condo building - both have condos; the Village Center contains other recreation areas too. Another (taller) tower was scheduled to open this weekend and the third tower is scheduled to open in October 2006. The fourth & fifth will open in 2007, I believe. Only the main pool & recreation area is open. The second pool & rec area is under construction. There will be at least three around the lake.

The golf course & club has not yet been built. Wyndham is supposedly putting in a luxury hotel in Bonnet Creek as well as there being space for up to three more hotels.

Sbclifton, the website shown by littlestar offers rentals here. There are also Fairfield owners who are willing to rent out points-based reservations at TUG (see my sig below). It's a really nice resort. Hope that helps. :)

For anyone interested, Fairfield Resorts (https://www.fairfieldresorts.com/) has added more photos and video clips to their resorts' webpages. You can watch them with dial-up or broadband and see what they look like for yourself. pixiedust:

Thanks for the info!

DisneyGerry
05-16-2006, 04:04 PM
DisneyGerry, the Fairfield Orlando at Bonnet Creek Resort has opened the main (4-story?) "Village Center" building and one (7-story?) "tower" condo building - both have condos; the Village Center contains other recreation areas too. Another (taller) tower was scheduled to open this weekend and the third tower is scheduled to open in October 2006. The fourth & fifth will open in 2007, I believe. Only the main pool & recreation area is open. The second pool & rec area is under construction. There will be at least three around the lake.

The golf course & club has not yet been built. Wyndham is supposedly putting in a luxury hotel in Bonnet Creek as well as there being space for up to three more hotels.

Sbclifton, the website shown by littlestar offers rentals here. There are also Fairfield owners who are willing to rent out points-based reservations at TUG (see my sig below). It's a really nice resort. Hope that helps. :)

For anyone interested, Fairfield Resorts (https://www.fairfieldresorts.com/) has added more photos and video clips to their resorts' webpages. You can watch them with dial-up or broadband and see what they look like for yourself. pixiedust:


Yes, Thanks for the info

Got reservations in August with a split with the YBC for the other part of the vacation

firkat
05-25-2006, 11:49 AM
Can y'all tell me anything about the transporation system? Is it within walking distance of Epcot?

Lewisc
05-25-2006, 12:17 PM
You'll know it when you find out you that you don't get Disney transportation, can't walk to any place to get Disney transportation and find out that BCR only has a few buses to the TTC. Guests at BCR either need a rental car, not a big deal, or will probably need to take some cabs to fill in.

Posters who say BCR is all but on Disney property give posters like firkat the wrong impression.

I agree the property is adjacent to Disney property. You'll have a short drive to many of the parks and may even get views of Disney BUT the resort doesn't have any of the benefits of staying on-site. You'll probably want to rent a car and you'll be paying to park at the theme parks.




You cannot get to the entrance of Bonnett Creek without driving through Disney property. Although your not officially on Disney property (thus no EMH) you would not know it unless somone (this board is full of them) points it out.

TotoToo
05-25-2006, 01:57 PM
You'll know it when you find out you that you don't get Disney transportation, can't walk to any place to get Disney transportation and find out that BCR only has a few buses to the TTC. Guests at BCR either need a rental car, not a big deal, or will probably need to take some cabs to fill in.

Posters who say BCR is all but on Disney property give posters like firkat the wrong impression.

I agree the property is adjacent to Disney property. You'll have a short drive to many of the parks and may even get views of Disney BUT the resort doesn't have any of the benefits of staying on-site. You'll probably want to rent a car and you'll be paying to park at the theme parks.

The walk to Disney transportation is no longer at Bonnet Creek than some, not all, of the Disney resorts. Anyone who depends on that method of transportation for a whole stay would, in my opinion, end up very frustrated at the amount of time they waste standing around waiting for buses and traveling between resorts/parks/transportation centers. Unless you are on the monorail line to me a car is needed at any other on property resort - Disney or not.

Other than that the unit sizes, features and grounds at BC are as good or better than Disney resorts. Certainly way better than the Disney hotels and in most cases better even then the Disney timeshares. It is surrounded by Disney not just a lot adjacent (as if that really matters).

The distortion is the continued statements that Bonnet Creek isn't the being at Disney experience. In reality 95% of it is the same Disney (the parks and grounds don't know where you are staying) and better for less money. We have tried both and found the Bonnet Creek experience not only equal but a better time than the Disney resorts themselves. The savings are a bonus feature. If it's worth a smaller unit, less features and more money for having your packages taken and charged to your room rather than the front gate then pay more and enjoy it. The cost difference in a 7 day stay can pay for many days of parking as well as the car for the trip and you'll still have some cash left over for extras. It isn't all about cash and if the experience wasn't great I'd be the first to say so. That it is great makes it worth letting others know the great option BC is.

Reflection
05-25-2006, 02:14 PM
..... You'll have a short drive to many of the parks and may even get views of Disney BUT the resort doesn't have any of the benefits of staying on-site. You'll probably want to rent a car and you'll be paying to park at the theme parks.

Just wanted to throw in that guests with a current Annual Pass or Premium Annual Pass do not have to pay for parking at the 4 theme parks.

Lewisc
05-25-2006, 02:15 PM
Every Disney resort has Disney transportation right at their resort. SoG guests can walk to the TTC and to the POLY to take Disney transportation. Guests staying at the DTD hotels (on Disney property) can take buses that run every 20-30 minutes or they can walk to DTD and take Disney transportation. Many guests staying at WDW resorts rely on Disney transportation.

BCR guests have to drive , take a cab or rely on a very limited shuttle schedule before they can take Disney transportation. AFAIK there is no safe way to walk. Nothing wrong with renting a car but after reading the descriptions that some people post you'd think you could walk from BCR to EPCOT.

I'm sure BCR is a nice property, as are many other nearby timeshare places. I agree, it doesn't really matter, but BCR is bounded by I-4 on one side. AFAIK Disney doesn't own I-4 so the property isn't surrounded by WDW property. I think at least one of the other timeshare properites is also adjacent to Disney property.

Timeshare properties such as BCR, Vistana, Hilton Vacation Clubs and so on can provide a great vacation experience for many guests. I don't disagree with any of your comments regarding the value that a property like BCR offers.

My only objection is when people say things like on property or surrounded by Disney property and imply BCR offers things that other timeshare properties offer SUCH AS DIRECT ACCESS TO DISNEY TRANSPORTATION.







The walk to Disney transportation is no longer at Bonnet Creek than some, not all, of the Disney resorts. Anyone who depends on that method of transportation for a whole stay would, in my opinion, end up very frustrated at the amount of time they waste standing around waiting for buses and traveling between resorts/parks/transportation centers. Unless you are on the monorail line to me a car is needed at any other on property resort - Disney or not.

Other than that the unit sizes, features and grounds at BC are as good or better than Disney resorts. Certainly way better than the Disney hotels and in most cases better even then the Disney timeshares. It is surrounded by Disney not just a lot adjacent (as if that really matters).

The distortion is the continued statements that Bonnet Creek isn't the being at Disney experience. In reality 95% of it is the same Disney (the parks and grounds don't know where you are staying) and better for less money. We have tried both and found the Bonnet Creek experience not only equal but a better time than the Disney resorts themselves. The savings are a bonus feature. If it's worth a smaller unit, less features and more money for having your packages taken and charged to your room rather than the front gate then pay more and enjoy it. The cost difference in a 7 day stay can pay for many days of parking as well as the car for the trip and you'll still have some cash left over for extras. It isn't all about cash and if the experience wasn't great I'd be the first to say so. That it is great makes it worth letting others know the great option BC is.

Lisa P.
05-25-2006, 04:00 PM
Firkat, the Bonnet Creek free shuttle bus runs a few times in the mornings and a few more in the evenings. You are asked to reserve your space and time by the day prior. You are picked up at the recreation building (Village) and dropped off at the theme parks (except for MK - just like Fort Wilderness buses, you are dropped off at the TTC). If you miss your return bus, you may take Disney transport to the BoardWalk, Caribbean Beach Resort or Downtown Disney. From any of these, it's a cheap, short taxicab ride back to the Bonnet Creek resort. Regardless, having your own vehicle is easier and more convenient, if possible.

The resort is located next to Disney's Caribbean Beach resort, on the same side of Buena Vista Drive. BVD runs between the Epcot resorts (like the BoardWalk, at the back of Epcot) and Typhoon Lagoon/Downtown Disney. Bonnet Creek is about midway between BW and TL, under a mile from each, I'd say. However, since BVD is a busy multi-lane highway with NO sidewalks, it is absolutely NOT walkable.

Lisa P.
05-25-2006, 04:49 PM
My only objection is when people say things like on property or surrounded by Disney property and imply BCR offers things that other timeshare properties offer SUCH AS DIRECT ACCESS TO DISNEY TRANSPORTATION.
You know, your "only objection" was not raised on this thread, prior to your first post on it. As has become so common on this board, even the very first response to the OP was a "warning," if you will, rather than a helpful reply from someone with actual actual firsthand experience staying at Bonnet Creek, as sought by the OP's question.

It's gotten tiresome. Could we please skip the soapbox, people (y'all know who you are!), and be helpful in answering the actual questions? This is, afterall, the Orlando Hotels forum, not a Disney Resorts forum nor a DVC forum nor a Community forum for venting frustrations about tangents and other related issues. The OP and others here simply asked about firsthand vacation experiences at this resort on this thread. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would appreciate this info and would like to be able to read about this resort without having to wade through repeatedly highjacked threads.

I sincerely doubt you (you do know who you are) would appreciate others going onto your favored forum and doing this with their pet peeves about threads of interest to you. You all don't seem like the kind of people who would normally do this yourselves, yet you have with this issue. So, I ask you (those of you who need to read this) as kindly as I can... please, please stop.

Lewisc
05-25-2006, 05:19 PM
Get off Your soapbox. firkat asked, the post directly before my first post in this thread, if you can walk from BCR to EPCOT.

Given that I find the rest of your post rude. I answered the actual question that was asked. People who think they can walk to EPCOT, or some other Disney location, in order to take Disney transportation should be warned.

To avoid future debate BCR is not located on land that is (or ever was) owned by WDW. It is not surrounded by, or in the middle, of WDW. The resort is bounded on one side by I-4. Some timeshare salesmen, and posters, imply that BCR has some extra benefits being so close to WDW. It has no transportation benefits nor does it offer any of the amenities availalbe to WDW guests.

Tell us how nice the units are. Compare it Vistana, Orange Lake etc. Even tell us about a WDW view from you room. Just don't say anthing that implies there is any official WDW benefits guest get.



You know, your "only objection" was not raised on this thread, prior to your first post on it. As has become so common on this board, even the very first response to the OP was a "warning," if you will, rather than a helpful reply from someone with actual actual firsthand experience staying at Bonnet Creek, as sought by the OP's question.

It's gotten tiresome. Could we please skip the soapbox, people (y'all know who you are!), and be helpful in answering the actual questions? This is, afterall, the Orlando Hotels forum, not a Disney Resorts forum nor a DVC forum nor a Community forum for venting frustrations about tangents and other related issues. The OP and others here simply asked about firsthand vacation experiences at this resort on this thread. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would appreciate this info and would like to be able to read about this resort without having to wade through repeatedly highjacked threads.

I sincerely doubt you (you do know who you are) would appreciate others going onto your favored forum and doing this with their pet peeves about threads of interest to you. You all don't seem like the kind of people who would normally do this yourselves, yet you have with this issue. So, I ask you (those of you who need to read this) as kindly as I can... please, please stop.

FayeW
05-25-2006, 10:32 PM
I really wanted to rent a unit here, but I was afraid I woiuldn't be bright enough to figure out what "Fairfield" meant when I saw it plastered all over the property, letterhead and in-room correspondence. I imagined myself thinking I was surrounded by Disney property (instead of merely bordered on 3 sides) and spending my week waiting in vain for a Disney bus that never came. (I'm sure I wouldn't be bright enough to be able to take a shuttle bus without Disney emblazoned on it).

So, I booked somewhere else that could never, ever be construed as being on, nearby,or adjacent to Disney property, just to be on the safe side. It may be further away, and less luxurious but at least I won't be confused about whether I am on, or off, Disney property. :rolleyes: ;) :rotfl2:

Lisa P.
05-25-2006, 10:56 PM
Wow. Take a few deep breaths - I apologize for offending you. :blush: I was speaking more to the larger number of people who seem to have a "personal stake" in this than to any one individual. :angel:

Firkat asked about transportation at this resort (which offers its own free shuttle service to the Disney parks). Your response, "You'll know it when you find out you that you don't get Disney transportation...," was... helpful? :rolleyes1 Firkat didn't even ask about Disney transportation.

People who think they can walk to EPCOT, or some other Disney location, in order to take Disney transportation should be warned.
Warned? Lots of people who post on these forums think that one can walk from any resort or hotel (Disney, Holiday Inn, Hilton, etc.) in the immediate WDW region to the theme parks or even between all of the theme parks... like they can at Disneyland in California. Some may think that since it's possible to walk from the nearest Hilton to DD, that maybe it's possible from other nearby resorts too... like Bonnet Creek, Silver Lake, Vistana, etc. A simple, "no, it's not walkable," would do... without a landmine "warning" response. JMHO.

Just don't say anthing that implies there is any official WDW benefits guest get.
Well, I haven't seen that at all on this thread. :faint:

So... ;) :rolleyes: ...feel better??? :duck:

yourgoingagain?
05-26-2006, 01:46 AM
My, My as the OP, I guess I didn't realize what a simple question could lead to.

No offense to anyone but I agree with one of the original post from Lisa P. There are way to many people on these boards who will high jack a thread. I know this because I had posted a similar question prior to going to Bonnett Creek in Feb. (very nice resort by the way) and the thread was highjacked with the "not on disney property" mafia.

I understand and would appreciate who is correcting a something that could lead to mistakes of a serious nature but somtimes it seems as if people are posting merely to make it seem as if their an expert and to get their # of posts to go up.

patman
05-26-2006, 04:40 AM
This is a great forum as you can pick up a lot of useful information. But as everywhere else, some people are always pushing an agenda. Unless you live in manhattan and never driven a car, I cant see why anyone would stand on a corner and get packed into a bus and consider it it a part of the "disney experience".

dgaston
05-26-2006, 06:44 AM
I've read several threads about Bonnet Creek, curious about the resort. I agree with Lisa P that very quickly folks will add in that the property isn't Disney. I'm always amused about the stridency that seems to come through with those posts. Thanks to all who posted about both the advantages and disadvantages of this resort.

Brian Noble
05-26-2006, 08:38 AM
The folks I know who have stayed at BC think very highly of it. Very convenient if you have a car, and nice accomodations and grounds, though still a bit rough around the edges due to continued construction when they went. They would absolutely stay there again.

For the OP: my advice would be that if you aren't willing to drive yourself, you'll be happiest staying in a Disney-owned property or the Swan/Dolphin, and you'd be reasonably happy staying in a DTD hotel or SoG (if you are eligible). I'm not aware of any other property with transportation that is even remotely as convenient.

As for the broader issue: I get the sense that many folks on *both sides* of the onsite vs. offsite question are more interested in getting people to agree with them (and, perhaps, validating their own choice along the way) than giving people what they need to make an informed decision.

The decision of where to stay is based on what you value for your own family---what one person values highly might not matter at all to someone else. For example, I can understand why folks really like the Disney transportation, but I find that even when I stay onsite, I prefer to have a rental car. Likewise, I can understand why many folks would find the lack of maid service in a pool home bothersome, or find it difficult to trust that some random person in the UK still owns the home you think you've rented.

On the other hand, many people find the combined Disney perks (ME, DDP, EMH among them) more than worth the added expense of a Disney resort. What's more, if what you really need is a room with a couple of beds and a shower for crashing in between full days in the parks, it's hard to argue that you should ever look beyond the Value properties at WDW. We want more than a single hotel room, though, because that's what works best for our family.

And, really, I'm glad that more people don't agree with me, because it keeps my preferred vacation option even more affordable!

Lewisc
05-26-2006, 09:28 AM
I've had many enjoyable Disney trips. Some offsite and some onsite. I even had a great trip the time I stayed at a flea bag motel.

BCR is an offsite property. That statement is geographically correct. Like every other offsite property it offers none of the perks of staying onsite.

I agree that those perks aren't important to many guests BUT the minute posters say the resort is on property, surrounded by property or you have to drive through Disney gates to get to the property readers get the wrong impression.

I'm sure the resort is fine BUT unlike WDW resorts guests at BCR should consider a car.

BTW I never post when posters ask about staying offsite. I think properties like BCR, Vistana, Orange Lake etc offer great values for famlies. I post when posters imply that BCR share more with Disney than they do with other offsite properties.




As for the broader issue: I get the sense that many folks on *both sides* of the onsite vs. offsite question are more interested in getting people to agree with them (and, perhaps, validating their own choice along the way) than giving people what they need to make an informed decision.

firkat
05-26-2006, 09:33 AM
Thanks for all the info. Even through the arguing, I have gotten some great info that is helping to make our decisions. I keep hearing that if we stay at BWV we can walk to Epcot, rather than take the ferry. I don't know if they are talking about athletes or regular old fat people with three kids. :cool1: Ya know?

My folks are pushing the BCR option since they own timeshare, but our ds1 will demand a daily nap and I don't want to break up the day for dd15 or ds9 at the parks. We will have a car though, but I'm not convinced it is so easy to get to the car in the massive lots (while toting an infant by oneself) and then have to come back to the park and catch up with the rest of the crew. I know many of you have had to make this decision and it is debated regularly on these boards, but your insight is immensely useful - regardless of your side of the debate! :sunny:

Chuck S
05-26-2006, 10:03 AM
The distortion is the continued statements that Bonnet Creek isn't the being at Disney experience. In reality 95% of it is the same Disney (the parks and grounds don't know where you are staying) and better for less money. so.

While I am sure Bonnet Creek is a lovely resort, and works well for many, many families, the above statement is misleading.

The parks & grounds DO know where you're staying if you try to use EMH. There is no Disney transportation to/from Bonnet Creek...as a previous poster said, you must schedule your bus usage in advance. There is no onsite room charging privileges, no complimetary resort delivery for park purchases, no free parking at the theme parks by virtue of you staying there. If true "Disney" amenities are important to an individual, this is not the resort for them. If, on the other hand, they are used to, and enjoy off site locations, Bonnet Creek would be very convenient for them.

I have stayed off site and onsite, but the Disney amenities ARE important to me, not having to lug purchases around the theme park is a big plus for me, as is Disney transportation, even though we always have a car.

Lewisc
05-26-2006, 11:28 AM
The walk is less than a mile. If you're tired and it's hot wait for the boat but "regular old fat people with three kids" walk it all the time.

A disney bus from MK will be quicker than taking the monorail/ferry to the TTC then a parking lot tram to your rental car. For most Disney resorts I'd say a rental car to BCR won't be a problem for an afternoon break BUT BWV is very convenient to EPCOT AND MGM.

Your folks own at Fairfield? You can basically stay for free? Unless you have unlimited funds I'd probably stay at BCR, I've never stayed there but everything I've read indicates it's a nice place. Figure out how much more BWV will cost. Add the cost of a rental car and parking the cost of BCR and decide if the Disney amenities are worth it.

On a previous thread a BCR proponent went so far as to claim they got EMH as a guest of BCR.

BCR is a nice resort but it's not on property. BCR guests don't get any on property amenities.



Thanks for all the info. Even through the arguing, I have gotten some great info that is helping to make our decisions. I keep hearing that if we stay at BWV we can walk to Epcot, rather than take the ferry. I don't know if they are talking about athletes or regular old fat people with three kids. :cool1: Ya know?

My folks are pushing the BCR option since they own timeshare, but our ds1 will demand a daily nap and I don't want to break up the day for dd15 or ds9 at the parks. We will have a car though, but I'm not convinced it is so easy to get to the car in the massive lots (while toting an infant by oneself) and then have to come back to the park and catch up with the rest of the crew. I know many of you have had to make this decision and it is debated regularly on these boards, but your insight is immensely useful - regardless of your side of the debate! :sunny:

Texa
05-26-2006, 01:51 PM
It is true that Bonnet Creek does not get any single amenity that is available to the Disney resorts. So if that is important to a poster please make sure that any of the amenities you are looking for aren't exclusive to those staying on property. However I think some poster are asking about the location of Bonnet Creek logistically to the other resorts in the world. While the location of Bonnet Creek is not on Disney owned property of any shape or form and does not offer ANY disney perks if you are asking exclusively about the location of the resort, the distance and location to the "action" so to speak is comparable to a Disney resort. Not walking distance, Disney discourages walking, for the guests own safety, unless it is a specified walkway like Beach Club, Boardwalk, or Contemporary. Even guest staying at AKL are dicouraged from walking to AK even though it's very close, again for the guests own safety.

So in a nutshell;

Bonnet Creek -

No single Disney amenity or perk offered to those staying on Disney property.

Disney transporation is not available from or to the resort. Car Recommended for convenience.

However, the location of the resort, although not on Disney owned property, is comparable to some disney resorts, closer to some parks than a few disney resorts, and better than some downtown disney resorts.

Bonnet Creek = no Disney perks, not Disney owned, just great location.

Deb & Bill
05-27-2006, 07:43 AM
We have stayed at the Doubletree Guest Suites. I wouldn't choose to stay there again. But if it meant I couldn't go to WDW, I'd stay there.

Bonnet Creek probably is a great resort. I'd stay there if it meant going to WDW or not. Just my choice at this point. But you never know.

zalansky
05-27-2006, 08:20 AM
To the person who posted the link to the pictures, THANK YOU! I've always wanted to see what the resort looked like. Gorgeous! EMH or not.
Can you rent these units for one or two nights, or does it have to be weekly? If they allow one or two night rentals this would be a good option for someone like me with DVC points, who is not willing to shell out alot of point for a Friday or Saturday night stay. :goodvibes

littlestar
05-27-2006, 04:47 PM
To the person who posted the link to the pictures, THANK YOU! I've always wanted to see what the resort looked like. Gorgeous! EMH or not.
Can you rent these units for one or two nights, or does it have to be weekly? If they allow one or two night rentals this would be a good option for someone like me with DVC points, who is not willing to shell out alot of point for a Friday or Saturday night stay. :goodvibes


I don't know for sure. But, I think I read a post not too long ago from another DVC'er who rented a Friday and Saturday night from a Fairfield owner to stay at Bonnet Creek before they switched over to a DVC points stay Sunday through Thursday. If you were moving to BWV on Sunday, it would definitely be a pretty quick drive down the road. ;)

Lisa P.
05-28-2006, 02:08 AM
Firkat, on one of our stays at BWV, we had another family with us and the husband was a large man who tired easily from walking longer distances. He was fine pacing through the mornings but getting back to the villa in the afternoons (walk/boat from Epcot & DStudios) wore him out completely. He much preferred driving his car (parked by the room) from OKW. The other 3 of us, adults, and 5 school-aged kids are just average people (not athletic) and we were okay with the midday break/walk, noting that Epcot requires a lot more walking than the other parks anyway. We were tired but it was fine. If you are going during a hot season and walking a few miles in a day is a lot for you, adding the extra walk around Crescent Lake from/to BWV may not really appeal so much to you. If you're staying at BWI or the Beach Club, it's a little closer. If your room is at the farthest end of BWV, it's a longer stretch.

BTW, if your folks own timeshare points with Fairfield, and they plan well in advance, they would have the option of Bonnet Creek. If they hoped to trade in through RCI, it's a real longshot. Bonnet Creek is heavily booked by Fairfield points owners.

With a year old baby, I'd consider an onsite monorail hotel or any location where you can park your car right outside your room.

Larger centralized hotel buildings like BW/YC&BC/AKL/WL/Swan/Dolphin and even the layout at AS/POP/POR/FWC may require you to walk some distance across the buildings/grounds to reach your car or the bus/boat waiting areas from your room. When considering convenience, note that buses do require you to take children out onto your lap, with strollers folded up during the ride. Not necessary on the monorail. Can't remember with the boats. So the disruption to a sleeping baby is still there with the bus as it is with a car/tram.

Smaller hotel buildings (even when there are several) and/or spread-out condo-style resorts may enable you to park very near your room. For onsite, consider OKW/SSR/POFQ or, offsite using a car, Bonnet Creek/Vistana Resort/Silver Lake/Cypress Pointe, etc. These are all very convenient for using your car to all of the parks except MK. With the 15 & 9 year olds, you may not be at MK any more than the other parks.

Locating your family when returning to the park after a break is just as hard/easy when staying offsite as onsite. It can actually be harder to predict when you'll get back if you are guessing how long you'll be waiting for your return bus to pick you up. With a car, you'll have a good idea of your travel time both ways, after you've done it once or twice. Cell phones help a lot when trying to get together or change/update plans.

Zalansky/Loretta, the Bonnet Creek Resort condos may be rented nightly from an owner with a minimum of 2 nights. Fri/Sat nights cost more (points) than weeknights. The seasons are not the same as DVC so your dates could work in your favor or against you. So you'd have to check the actual dates to see if this is worthwhile to you or not.

I'm not sure what Fairfield charges to rent nightly stays directly or if they even do this or not. Here's the Fairfield website (http://www.fairfieldresorts.com) so you can locate the resort and call it, or call/email the company. Points reservations are all made through their central Owner Services so I would guess rentals could be handled that way too. Renting from an owner would be cheaper. HTH.

firkat
05-28-2006, 08:51 AM
Thanks for all the great info!!! We are excited about the F&W festival at Epcot, thus the thought of staying at BWI rather than a monorail resort. We are going during free dining, yippee . . . so we have to add that into the equation. DM and DF say the cost difference in staying at BCR outweighs the Disney perks, but when you add in the DDP . . .???? I know that if I had to pay for all of those meals, I would not do it. So, it changes the experience. Also, I have a family of 5. So, even eating conservatively at the parks will cost me a bundle without the free dining. I guess I just don't want to end up being the one to have to tote the infant back every day for his nap and then end up cooking at the time share for the whole crew. That does not sound like a vacation to me!

DisneyGerry
07-26-2006, 05:10 PM
All good and useful info about Bonnet Creek.

Got a 2 br for 3 nights in mid August. Have stayed in and enjoyed both Fairfield Star Island and Cypress Palms so I know will enjoy Bonnet Creek. Plus location is even nicer.

We also have 3 nights at the Disney Beach Club.

Looking equally forward to both resorts

Thanks

Gerry

kidsister
07-27-2006, 05:36 PM
I own at BWV and love it.
I've toured Bonnet Creek and see it as a lovely option because the units are bigger and more lux-ly appointed. Since Bonnet Creek is also on points, and since the weekend point cost is also more, although you can get 1 or 2 night stays there, the savings isn't all that great (tho the weedend point usage isn't as high as DVC).

With only 2 buildings open, it is hard to get ressies, tho I have seen rentals on TugII. Compared with all other non DVC timeshares, I'd stay here first in a heart beat. STaying here or at a DVC resort.....it just depends really on whether I want more room or perhaps a beautiful (sigh) boardwalk view!!!

As for the car/walk/surrounded by controversy.....I always get a car for my BWV stays, so I can't imagine I would depend on a bus shuttle if I stayed at Bonnet Creek. Also, out of all the amenities of onsite Disney, I can't believe you'all forgot MAGICAL EXPRESS! Tho I don't use it, most users swear by it.

stlsports4ever
07-27-2006, 06:01 PM
Hi everybody! This is going to be my very first visit to Disney, Orlando, or Bonnet Creek in March of 2007. We are going to be there March 11-March 18. All of you have given some great advise on the resort. I think that Disney property would be great and I do now know that I will need to rent a car because of this thread. But, I am a Fairfield Owner and must say that Fairfield prides itself on excellent service and excellent rooms. I dont know what Disney offers but for the price, I think Fairfield offers a lot. Think how much one saves with a full kitchen vs hotel room. We went to Branson, MO at Fairfield Mount Vista and I only spent $400 the whole trip. Now I know that Branson and Orlando is lightyears away from costs (Disney tickets, airline, rental cars, food, etc.) But buying food and fixing up dinner vs spending hundreds just makes more sense to me. What do you all think? Thanks again for all your input.

Mr. Mike

stlsports4ever
07-27-2006, 06:38 PM
Also, where is a great place to buy groceries around Bonnet Creek? We will be majorly depending on them during this trip in March.

Mr. Mike