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bababear_50
03-02-2007, 04:59 PM
I was wondering if there is an OKW lovers thread?:goodvibes

I wanted to thank Caskbill for the beautiful panoramic pics I saw.:thumbsup2

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 06:24 PM
Palm trees,, front porches,,sauna, castle slide....
come on OKW lovers
and I;ve only seen pictures:goodvibes
one week to go before I get to see everything in person--so excited.

simzac
03-02-2007, 06:28 PM
We stayed at our new home this past January. Simply beautiful. We love OKW. Our 2BR villa was fabulous, still can't get over how large it is. My house doesn't have that much room. You will have a great time at OKW. We can't wait to go back.:goodvibes

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 06:28 PM
Oh I forgot close to DTD and the boat ride there is beautiful.,,,
Hmmmmmm
beautiful greenery....
hot tubs,,
bright colorful rooms,,,
;)

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 06:32 PM
My trip will be a decision making one
Me==== OKW
kids --want VWL

just trying to convince them--they've seen alot of info and pics on VWL so I was hopeful I could find an OKW lovers thread or start one:goodvibes

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 06:38 PM
Large gorgeous villas with rattan chairs to sit and read a few books on.
Beautfiul ceiling fans, blowing the night breeze
Lovely night views of the glowing lighthouse,,,
sipping a cup of tea on the patio............
can you guess who's winning here:lmao:

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 06:56 PM
cool boat rentals and fun surrey bikes,,,

Olivas---Olivias-----Mmmmmm

absolutely beautiful sunsets over the waterway.....
great transportation to parks.....

friendly CM that really care :goodvibes :goodvibes

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 07:00 PM
ok ok I'll leave it up to you ,,,,to convince them ,,

but the points are great toooo and

the avalibility seems terrificpopcorn::

stay tuned for the Mel . vs the sons ,

bababear_50
03-02-2007, 07:14 PM
And for my closing remarks for the evening
I hear the Gurggling (sp) Suitcase has the best bartenders in WDW
;)

WelcomeHome
03-02-2007, 07:27 PM
Hey Kids - listen up - Old Key West is a BLAST - the rooms are bigger than at Wilderness Lodge so you can make a bigger mess! As a matter of fact, it's a larger resort than the Villas @ Wilderness Lodge which gives you more room to run wild and wreak havoc!

Besides, ANY resort at Disney is a GREAT resort - you're going to have a TERRIFIC time, you'll see! You're going to DISNEYWORLD and even staying at a DISNEY HOTEL - you're the LUCKIEST KIDS IN THE WORLD!

Now be good or I'll send the "scary clown" from the Boardwalk Villas after you!

Best wishes,
Dave

corinnak
03-03-2007, 07:57 AM
Boy, those OKW lovers and owners sure aren't jumping on this bandwagon. I know they are out there.....but they are such a mature, laid back group, apparently, that they aren't jumping to gush about how much they love the place.

Well, I'll say that I love Old Key West. It is so pretty there. Much as I and DH and our boys love our "homes", there is something about OKW that really calls to me personally.

My advice to you, bababear, is to change that "?" to a "!" in the thread title. Hopefully some of the Old Key Westies will join in. They also may not want to increase the hype on their resort cause they don't want to create a "run on the bank," so to speak.

Here are a couple of photos to get things rolling. :) Cause who can resist photos, I ask you!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4336.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4339.jpg

These are the tiles in the women's changing room near the pool. A weird thing to photograph, I'll grant you. But I was in there alone, and these tiles are SO amazing. I wonder if they have the same tiles in the men's. :rolleyes1
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4344.jpg

conciergekelly
03-03-2007, 08:02 AM
Wow Corinna, your pictures look better than the ones on the DVC website. Just beautiful!

bababear_50
03-03-2007, 08:47 AM
Ahhhhhhhhhhh :hug:

now that just made all the tension in me melt...

thanks so much for the beautiful pictures

...............Disney at it's finest,,dreaming of OKW

time to post OKW lovers !!!!!!!!!!

Simba's Mom
03-03-2007, 11:11 AM
Wow, I can't believe I don't have any pictures! Give me a "Sultry Seahorse" from the Gurgling Suitcase to sip while I sit on the deck by the pool. Or sitting on that huge porch outside our villa drinking morning coffee.

nydizfan
03-03-2007, 01:28 PM
the first disney vacation. club.. been ther since 94. love it so much . got married there. was great .. been there at least 15 times. love the gurgling suitcase., had many a good times there. met so many good people, happy people.. on vaca how could u not be happy.. got married there in a grand villa.. just got divorced, so im looking to do it again,,yah .! have fun ther . u will love it . believe me....dave

bababear_50
03-03-2007, 04:57 PM
Oh the visions --" a Sultry Seahorse" :woohoo: chaise lounge and
sunshine:cutie:

bababear_50
03-04-2007, 08:20 AM
I found a large assortment of pictures on the web site Mouse Planet (Brian Bennett)

Papa's Den looks so warm and inviting. He speaks of a strong "nautical theme "
being present in the resort.

I thought the quiet pools would be alot smaller than they obviously are.

Just the photos this Canadian needs after digging out of a snow storm.

Dave --me too--- first trip as an adult was with Ex DH ,,,beautiful memories but now time to make new memories:)

Pootle
03-04-2007, 08:37 AM
Wow those pictures by corinnak are beautiful! I just love the place to bits. I love the fact that it can be at full occupancy and still seem empty and I love the natural beauty all around me. Apart from always granting myself a 1 bedroom in my favourite building, I can't think of anything I'd want to change :)

drakethib
03-04-2007, 10:00 AM
OKW Rocks.

pickles
03-04-2007, 10:18 AM
I have stayed at OKW, WVL and BCV and the one thing I noticed about OKW(after staying at the other places first) is because it is more a DVC resort rather than a combo resort, the vacationing people seem more friendly. I have had a nice conversation with a lady in the whirlpool and another with a fellow I ran into a couple different times. I like that the staff seems to be more in tune with saying "welcome home" silly I know but I like it. I like the matt they had in front of my door.
For your kids they will enjoy the community hall . I personally like OKW slide the best, it was smooth and just a pleasant ride.
I agree with others you hardly realize there are other folks living there, and that porch in the AM and watching the golfers and workers is just great while eating breakfast

However, I suggest to all non OKW folks, please buy at SSR or one of the other resorts..really you will enjoy it more and so will I :rotfl:

corinnak
03-04-2007, 10:31 AM
Thanks for the nice comments! WDW is a fun place to take pictures. That was about 7am in October right before the "Fall Back" part of Daylight Savings, so I didn't even have to get up at an incredibly early hour for those photos!

Here are a couple more. Yes, already posted on the DVC photo thread, but who can find them in there, right?

The backroads of OKW - doesn't it look like a sweet little town?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4386.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4334.jpg

Papa's Den - My DS is a total sucker for those TV's they have set up in the lobbies.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/corinnak/IMG_4333.jpg

One of my main regrets from that OKW trip is that I didn't take more photos. Live and Learn.

Benducci
03-04-2007, 04:03 PM
We love OKW- I really am not sure I would want to stay anywhere else. The rooms are nice & big and the area is so cozy. I love walking to the Hospitality Center and walking along the water. I really enjoy getting my cherry coke at the gurgling suitcase & sitting on the dock. We honeymooned there & one year got to watch Tiger Woods play past our porch as we had brunch. Love it, love it, loveit!

jemiaule
03-04-2007, 05:25 PM
One of my employees is at WDW now, we booked her into a two bedroom at OKW. Not long after she got into her room this afternoon she called me to tell me how fabulous her whole family thought it is. :goodvibes

She has stayed at BC and SSR prior to this and could not get over how much bigger the rooms were at OKW. She said her daughter was having a blast playing on the balcony and how her older two were just enjoying lounging around. She said she was going to have to practically force them out of the room to go to dinner at Crystal Palace tonight. :lmao:

bababear_50
03-04-2007, 05:39 PM
Beautiful--thanks for sharing,,you sound like a great boss to work for:thumbsup2

Any chance your hiring;)

I'm loving this thread:hug:

jemiaule
03-04-2007, 06:02 PM
Any chance your hiring;)


:goodvibes Actually I am! Too bad you are in Canada or else I'd say let's talk!

hemispheredancer
03-05-2007, 07:54 AM
Mel and Dave...both recently divorced and OKW lovers? Maybe the 2 of you need to rendevous at OKW and get to know eachother???

We have owned at OKW since April 2000 and have gone at least once a year. We have absolutely no desire to stay elsewhere. The quiet, charming feel is what brings us back year after year. It is not all hustle and bustle there. The rooms are spacious and large. CMs are always friendly even though we do miss Angelo at the bellhop desk! The Gurgling Suitcase is always a welcomed retreat.

bababear_50
03-05-2007, 04:06 PM
I just think that this resort would be perfect even if I wanted to take a break from all the Theme park visits. Cancelled my tours scheduled for my first day
in WDW next Sunday and plan on making a visit--so if anyone sees a SWF
almost 5 feet tall,,dirty blonde hair ,green eyes , Aussie hat with Baloo hand painted on it strolling around your home just say Hi Mel.
:beach:

Granny
03-05-2007, 05:15 PM
Well, here's a pic from the balcony of a villa in Building #17.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/VWL_Granny/OKW.jpg

It was lovely, though I figured out two things:

1. Greenskeepers get up and get busy awfully early in the morning! :crazy2:

2. When you have a villa next to a golf green that is almost surrounded by water, your little ones can pick up some very colorful vocabulary! :scared1:


Still, a very picturesque vista for a lazy summer afternoon. :thumbsup2

Simba's Mom
03-05-2007, 07:24 PM
Well, here's a pic from the balcony of a villa in Building #17.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/VWL_Granny/OKW.jpg

It was lovely, though I figured out
When you have a villa next to a golf green that is almost surrounded by water, your little ones can pick up some very colorful vocabulary! :scared1:


Still, a very picturesque vista for a lazy summer afternoon. :thumbsup2

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:
Ooops! I'm gonna caution DH about that next trip!

MiaSRN62
03-06-2007, 12:08 AM
OKW Lover here ! :yay:
I'm a bit late checking in with this thread, as I recently got back from a trip to WDW and I'm going through vacation withdrawl mode. A week ago I was in shorts and flip flops.....in the morning I'll be facing negative windchill temps ! As for the things I love about OKW (too numerous to even list, but here goes) :
Walking to check-in :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid185/p30e47c12470c3266d68e157493a79017/f25ec1fc.jpg

Ahhh...those spacious balconies :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid215/pf3b0ac5861b768e3ac35868e86fb08cb/ecf80dc5.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid195/pab3fdb18a10797ad1e574164b701f23c/f137641c.jpg

Those views :
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid201/p523b3d78fb909e3ac2542735487a7a74/f0314316.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid201/pb58fc7f518e55de12abf803981b0ee51/f0314318.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid215/p39fb9ef023acf84819c43b3cac77e653/ecf80dc4.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid147/pc266b7ba2eefbefdc0115e6ac67cefac/f63804a4.jpg

The lighthouse....http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid147/p1ecc489b9dab325f476319ab094fca46/f6380499.jpg

Olivia's :
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/pd8527e2b7d835c2485db9f8f1be0dc9f/ee461d3c.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pc2fef73c2361fc30cca8c2da5c14b7b3/ed0724d9.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pec16a303267340caf7a2a2203c9ec526/ed0362aa.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pee79fda61d820bb81dc7920c0376db42/ed0362a7.jpg

The ferry ride....http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid199/p8595d4f35a1a4db369e4262bf0f86507/f09c4aac.jpg

The "wall" :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid188/p5fb57e23becb0b3e7a587479b21f4883/f223833c.jpg

Granny
03-06-2007, 10:36 PM
Great pictures, Maria!! :thumbsup2 They really show off the plushness of the landscaping at this lovely resort! :)

MiaSRN62
03-07-2007, 06:48 AM
Great pictures, Maria!! They really show off the plushness of the landscaping at this lovely resort!
Thanks Granny :)
OKW and VWL are my two favorite DVC resorts---and I think alot of the reason has to do with the lush vegetation/landscaping. I love green. Also, the peacefulness and laid-back feeling of these two resorts plays into why they are our favorites. OKW is just a great place to kick back and relax (as is VWL).

OneMoreTry
03-07-2007, 06:06 PM
Count me in as one who sees why OKW is special.

We completely turned down BWV and BCV in favor or OKW. I like WDW but am not a theme park die hard. OKW is perfect.

Our second favorite is HH.

WOW
03-07-2007, 06:41 PM
Old Timer here......bought in 94 with free passes until 12/31/1999......NOW THAT was a perk!!!!!

We go to OKW at least 2 times a year and sometimes more if we can!!! The kids now go without us.....go figure. They used to moan and groan about always going to OKW....we should stay at some of the other DVC's --they used to say.....Well, they tried others, but love OKW the best!!!!

Honestly, it is the best resort for us. I REALLY feels like home when we are there. Buying was the BEST investment for our family!! We all go together, apart, solo, with friends and family, if someone is there... other family members will pop in for a few days!!!! Just a great family time always. We love OKW and probably always will. It has actually become our 2nd home.

bababear_50
03-07-2007, 06:52 PM
Thanks guys you've really made my day,,rough one here.

I;m really looking forward to seeing it all myself -Maria thank-you so much for the beautiful pics,,can't wait (3 more sleeps).
You've really made me think of what's important --family and this resort certainly spells that for me.

OKW :grouphug:

MinnieGirl33
03-08-2007, 07:30 AM
Boy, those OKW lovers and owners sure aren't jumping on this bandwagon. I know they are out there.....but they are such a mature, laid back group, apparently, that they aren't jumping to gush about how much they love the place.


:ssst: :ssst: :ssst: :ssst:

We don't want everybody to know how great it is! ;) ;)

Rijiline
03-08-2007, 07:55 PM
We will be staying at OKW in April for the very first time.
Can you take a boat from OKW to DTD? And are there boat rentals? I thought there weren't but by the looks of it, i may be wrong. If so, what types of boats?
Thanks in advance for the info. And these pics are great. I can't contain my excitement much longer.

RJ

corinnak
03-08-2007, 07:55 PM
:ssst: :ssst: :ssst: :ssst:

We don't want everybody to know how great it is! ;) ;)

Yes, I know. Sorry!

RAY DISNEY
03-09-2007, 11:42 AM
The last time we stayed at OKW was on halloween weekend 06' and we noticed that in the waitin' area(papa's den) off the check-in lobby there were no CONCHS. Everything else you can imagine, but conchs!!! I thought '' no conchs near Conch Flats, this can't be!!!'' So, late at night I went there and snuck in with a black travel bag with a wooden conch in it from our grandvilla and put it on a shelf in the far left corner of the room up above the books and some large dice!!! I figured if I went to a CM to complain they'd say ''yah sure, next month''. So I took it on myself to put a conch in papas den. FYI , after Memorial day weekend there will be two conchs there somewhere!?!

bababear_50
03-09-2007, 10:05 PM
Oh my what a smart solution,,I'll look for the "mystery Conch" on Sunday,;)
hugs Mel

DisneyDVCdad
03-10-2007, 04:09 AM
Bought in at SSR stayed at OKW our first 2 visits, what does that you tell you?We love OKW!

cwnhokie
03-10-2007, 05:48 AM
You all have got me so excited! We are staying at OKW in May. This is our first trip staying on property the whole time. DH thinks we should hit the parks right away. DS6 only wants to go to Legoland first. DS4 wants to do whatever everybody else wants to do, and myself being pregnant will probably just want a nap. I've been trying to tell DH even though we get into MCO at 9:40 we should take the day to explore OKW and then DTD for the legos for DS and then our usual Chef Mickeys at night. I think all these wonderful comments have convinced me that is what we will do. My boys will be perfectly content hanging around and exploring and then catching a boat to DTD. Thanks, I can hardly wait!

3pirates
03-16-2007, 05:53 PM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE OKW!

It was our first, and is special to our family. Also, don't tell anyone, but it has the most wonderful fireworks views on NYE!:thumbsup2

athenna
03-17-2007, 09:16 AM
Thanks for this thread:thumbsup2
I am straying from my beloved SSR next trip and trying OKW (got point stingy:rotfl: ) And am looking forward to it!

loveswdw
03-17-2007, 07:33 PM
We are BCV owners but we too LOVE OKW! We've only stayed there once so far but we just absolutely fell in love with the resort. We are planning on staying there this October again. I have our ressies booked at BCV now but I'm planning on changing when our window opens. Yes, believe it or not, we have the coveted October F&W Fest BCV ressie that we are going to give up for OKW!

Truth be told, we aren't doing parks much this trip so we don't need the close-to-the-park proximity that we get with BCV. Plus the OKW points are so much lower! But we are so excited to be going back to OKW! The OKW 1BRs are gynormous compared to the 1BRs at BCV. We can't wait!:banana:

La2kw
03-17-2007, 09:39 PM
OKW is our favorite home. We have had many great trips there.

http://images.costcophotocenter.com/34973%3B%3B%3B%3A%7Ffp66%3Dot%3E2327%3D64%3A%3D%3C %3A4%3DXROQDF%3E23237928%3B4758ot1lsi

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bababear_50
03-17-2007, 11:03 PM
Hi
Just wanted to mention my visit to the resort this past week. It is truly a "welcome Home resort" The CM s didn't have to make time to show me a villa but they did and it was beautiful,very bright and sunny--airy feeling. The villa I saw was a one bedroom but oh what a big one bedroom.The CMs also gave me a tour of the resort,,I have a feeling some of the best CMs work at this resort.

The CM at the desk told me that they truly have some of the nicest guest staying at OKW so they really mean when they say "Welcome Home"

dianeschlicht
03-18-2007, 08:09 AM
Yep, I'm one of the mature OKW owners who probably isn't jumping in quickly. NOt because I don't like OKW though! I love it! More because I find these "clique" threads to be too exclusive and annoying.

La2kw
03-18-2007, 11:09 AM
Yep, I'm one of the mature OKW owners who probably isn't jumping in quickly. NOt because I don't like OKW though! I love it! More because I find these "clique" threads to be too exclusive and annoying.

Huh? :confused3

Rock on OKW Lovers Thread! :woohoo:

MiaSRN62
03-18-2007, 11:12 AM
More because I find these "clique" threads to be too exclusive and annoying.

I can understand everyone would have different feelings about a thread like this but I just find them fun. It's nice to share feelings about a resort, a restaurant, a theme park or whatever. So perhaps some do find them annoying---there are probably alot of things on these boards that can be seen that way by some person.
But as far as "exclusive"....the thread is not titled "DVC owners" or "OKW owners"......it's OKW "lovers". So I feel anyone can jump in whether they own there or not....whether they're a DVC Member or not. We fell in love with OKW back in 1995 when we stayed there as renters. We didn't join DVC until 2000.
But I can understand everyone has varying viewpoints and all are entitled to speak how they feel.....:)

GGOOFY1
03-18-2007, 11:47 AM
we have been members since 1993 and have visited several of the resorts. But my kids ALWAYS want to go home to OKW. Thinking that they are now older and would enjoy being at BCV or BWV, I have booked stays there. Their comments are "It is not Home!!":sad: So this summer we are returning "Home"!! :dance3:

I enjoy the larger rooms, the villa styles and sitting on the balcony watching the golfers. My mornings are getting up and walking the trails around the golf course.

Can't wait for June to come!!

JanetBigCat
03-18-2007, 01:16 PM
More because I find these "clique" threads to be too exclusive and annoying.
I find this thread very exciting. We're staying at OKW in June for the first time and I loved seeing the pictures posted here.

Jessie's Girl
03-18-2007, 04:07 PM
We love OKW. How can you not love the roominess and eating breakfast on the patio. AHHHHH!!! I can feel the warmth and sunshine on me now.

dwelty
03-20-2007, 09:48 AM
we are checking in to OKW this Saturday. It will be our first stay there, although we visited in December. We are really looking forward to see what this resort has to offer.

disneynut2007
03-20-2007, 04:59 PM
OKW is my home resort, having bought in 1995, and I absolutely love it. It is so peaceful. When my kids were toddlers, it was a perfect place, so peaceful and away from a lot of the busy-ness of some of the other resorts. You really felt like you were could escape from the crowds and craziness. Now that my kids are older, they want the busy bustling resorts of BWV and BC, which is great for us at this time, but I look forward to going back to OKW and just relaxing on my deck, by the pool or taking a nice quite walk. It definintely gives you more "bang for your buck" with respect to points. The 3 bedroom grand villas are awesome......I would suggest everyone try a stay in one at least once!:love:

OneMoreTry
03-26-2007, 11:36 AM
.... More because I find these "clique" threads to be too exclusive and annoying.

Maybe my codger level is getting higher as I get older, but I feel the same way.

BUT to add to the annoyance:

I can tell you that our OKW GV was the best part of our trip last week. The only reason I would consider going to a park next visit is the kids.

dianeschlicht
03-26-2007, 01:51 PM
Maybe my codger level is getting higher as I get older, but I feel the same way.

BUT to add to the annoyance:

I can tell you that our OKW GV was the best part of our trip last week. The only reason I would consider going to a park next visit is the kids.

LOL, thanks! I am sure most everyone here knows I LOVE OKW!! I just find the clique threads to get out of hand on the DIS. It is what ruined the CB on the DIS for me. I was just hoping the clique threads wont ruin the DVC/mouselaneous in the same way. Time will tell. This morning the clique threads were all at the top....hmmm.

plamp
03-26-2007, 02:07 PM
Our family loves OKW too! We are returning next week and it was nice to browse through the pictures posted here.

bababear_50
03-26-2007, 04:34 PM
Sorry guys
but I'm enjoying every post here ,,when someone is new to the boards such as myself it is wonderful of all the dis vets to help out and post --I for one deeply appreciate it.

The pictures are beautiful --I'm a gardener here and the landscaping alone makes this a perfect "Home away from home for me"

The little touches I saw in March such as the outside lighting , the change room tiles , the family wall of pictures ,etc are great.

So I hope people keep posting and this newbie OKW lover appreciates it!!

Buckeye Fan
03-26-2007, 05:09 PM
I simply love OKW. My BIL/SIL have been DVC members since 1994 and we have stayed at OKW at least 3 times in the past few years. We just took the plunge and joined SSR. After reading the boards, I think we'll be extremely happy with SSR, as it's more like OKW than BW/BC. With that said, DH is wanting to stay at SSR since it's our new home resort. I still want to book at OKW! Get this one, though...we have exactly 120 points to use before 8/1. I can get a 1 bedroom for a Sat - Tues stay in the summer for exactly 120 points at OKW. Guess where we'll be staying??? :lmao:

bababear_50
04-01-2007, 10:13 AM
:lmao:
That's why I think it's the best,,Kept secret,,
Hmmm wonder where you could stay for 120,,,:thumbsup2
hugs Mel

snowwhitemom
04-01-2007, 11:58 AM
Rufus...the boat driver to DTD.

Orlando....the wonderful CM who somehow chcks me in 3 out of 4 visits a year!!

LOve Love Love that resort....action all day at WDW......calm relaxing home to return to Yeah!!!!!!:goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes

tacomaranch
04-01-2007, 02:47 PM
Last May we were upgraded from a value at $59 to a 1 br villa at OKW for the same price.

Disney must have known what they were doing because we did buy at OKW this year.

We like the very laid back feeling and not having icons in our face. After a day in the park we need to relax and yet still feel like we are in Florida. OKW does that for us. We spend all the money to travel so why would we want to feel like we were in upstate NY? It has a wonderful boat ride to DTD and DS loves to go there at nite with DH.

We listen to Jimmy Buffet and home and are parrot heads so we like being by the pool with the music. I found the buses located very nicely and it was just a quick walk away on for us. The main bldg was a bit of a walk but nice to do in the morning.

Love OKW but don't let the secret out, it is the best resort IMO

bababear_50
04-03-2007, 04:22 PM
I'm sitting here waiting and waiting for my small piece of property to sell,,I know I have to be patient but this thread helps me remember to be patient.
I had one inquiry last week but they were offering alot less than listing price so my dreams of owning at OKW will just have to be that until I sell .
The cat got sick while I was away in Disney world in March and I swear I could have bought a small contract at OKW with the cost--so far $1,750.00.I should of become a vet.
Thanks for posting guys

bababear_50
04-17-2007, 09:47 PM
Bump for you!!:goodvibes :goodvibes

LarryK
04-21-2007, 06:38 AM
Laid back, relaxing, away from it all feel, Gurgling Suitcase, Large well appointed rooms, friendly staff, Gurgling Suitcase, Nice feature pool, can park right in front of your room, Gurgling Suitcase, Great balconies with golf views, boatride to DTD, and just in case I forgot, the Gurgling Suitcase!

Simba's Mom
04-21-2007, 06:53 AM
Laid back, relaxing, away from it all feel, Gurgling Suitcase, Large well appointed rooms, friendly staff, Gurgling Suitcase, Nice feature pool, can park right in front of your room, Gurgling Suitcase, Great balconies with golf views, boatride to DTD, and just in case I forgot, the Gurgling Suitcase!
I agree with everything you said-especially Gurgling Suitcase!

LarryK
04-21-2007, 07:08 AM
We enjoy our "first Vacation toast" so much, actually dissappointed when our room is ready early!

rigsby25
04-21-2007, 07:27 AM
And for my closing remarks for the evening
I hear the Gurggling (sp) Suitcase has the best bartenders in WDW
;)

I don't know if Ramona is still there, but I have never had a better margarita. She makes them better than the Epcot restaurant in Mexico!

LarryK
04-21-2007, 07:38 AM
Yes, Ramona is, but I still kinda miss Russ and Robbie. They were talkers!

bababear_50
04-21-2007, 08:10 AM
OKW it's the best
DVC with a zest

gurgling suitcases
one of my favourite places

breathtaking sunsets
Let's all go to
OKW

littlestar
04-21-2007, 08:43 AM
I love OKW. Palm trees, pastel buildings trimmed in white railings, beautiful flowers. ahhh

snowwhitemom
04-21-2007, 04:04 PM
Wow....I have stayed at OKW at least twice a year for the past decade and I did not know about Gurgling suitcase.....I will check it out say on June 2nd when I arrive...yeah thins for the Hot tip on a cool drink...cant wait!!!

mickeysaver
04-21-2007, 06:54 PM
I love this thread. We are staying for the first time in October. I can't wait to be spoiled. After 4 nights away from WDW in regular hotel rooms, it's going to be awesome to be able to spread out and relax.

I am secretly hoping to use this trip to help show Gabby exactly why DVC is a purchase that we should be making. Maggie

bababear_50
05-27-2007, 11:51 AM
Bump

need aliitle sunshine today
hugs Mel

bababear_50
05-27-2007, 12:22 PM
bump for Jen

tink_about_it
05-27-2007, 12:23 PM
I'm so glad we decided on that OKW contract! We are staying for the first trip home at OKW (our home) in July. I realize a request is simply that, but what would you say is your favorite area to stay?

MiaSRN62
05-27-2007, 12:55 PM
Hi Jen,
As long as being close or far from the HH/lobby area is not a concern to you, I always simply request "water view" and have never been disappointed.

Have a great first stay !!!

tink_about_it
05-27-2007, 01:11 PM
Thanks, Maria!;)

bababear_50
05-28-2007, 08:31 PM
bump
hugs Mel

christobol
06-04-2007, 09:22 PM
This is my first OKW experience coming in 1st Week in July..Any heads up! Thanks much AP!:thumbsup2

MiaSRN62
06-04-2007, 09:30 PM
OKW-Bldg. #45 Good Request?

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This is my first OKW experience coming in 1st Week in July..Any heads up!
Hi Chris,
What size unit are you staying in ? I love #45, but heard that because the studios are on the ends of the building, that they might experience some bus noise from this location. We were in a 2 bedroom and had no problem whatsoever.....had a beautiful, serene view of the canal.

christobol
06-04-2007, 09:42 PM
Hi Chris,
What size unit are you staying in ? I love #45, but heard that because the studios are on the ends of the building, that they might experience some bus noise from this location. We were in a 2 bedroom and had no problem whatsoever.....had a beautiful, serene view of the canal.

1-BR it seems there a lot bigger than the other DVC's OKW seems so quiet and peaceful..and the points are amazing! though WL is not to shabby or BCV Darn there all GREAT! :thumbsup2

Shadeaux
06-05-2007, 07:31 PM
OKW-Bldg. #45 Good Request?

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This is my first OKW experience coming in 1st Week in July..Any heads up!

We were in a 2BR lock-off in Bldg. 45 last month....it was wonderful. There was a family of otters across the canal on our last day. Our unit, 4515-16 was on the far left side (facing the canal). It was close to the road, but we were never bothered by bus noise. Some pictures from bldg. 45 (also a couple of the otters):
http://public.fotki.com/shadeaux/disneyworld/may2007/

DisneyFreaks
06-06-2007, 05:12 PM
We were in a 2BR lock-off in Bldg. 45 last month....it was wonderful. There was a family of otters across the canal on our last day. Our unit, 4515-16 was on the far left side (facing the canal). It was close to the road, but we were never bothered by bus noise. Some pictures from bldg. 45 (also a couple of the otters):
http://public.fotki.com/shadeaux/disneyworld/may2007/

We have requested building 45 for our trip in october. After seeing your pictures I really hope we get our request met.

dianeschlicht
06-06-2007, 09:00 PM
Buildings 45 and 46 are some of our most favorites. The views are terrific,. The bus stop is a bit of a distance, but the walk to HH seems so much shorter from there compared to the rest of Southpoint.

Fortywinks
06-06-2007, 09:22 PM
Thanks all for all the great information about OKW. I'm now planning on booking a stay there on my next trip sometime next year.....

cpbjgc
06-08-2007, 03:40 PM
Here are a few pictures of our "home". We have no trips lined up in the immediate future, so this is a chance for my fix :thumbsup2

First up is Building 63, where we stayed in a dedicated 2br on the main floor on our first trip :banana:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Bldg63fromentranceroad.jpg
The Marina and back of Hospitality House (and the pic I used in my sig!)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Marina.jpg
The Bridge in early evening
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Bridge.jpg
A picture from the bridge facing towards building 62 and 16
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/FromtheBridge.jpg
A picture from builiding 14 entryway looking towards the Hospitality House
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Bldg14facingHH.jpg
And don't forget the pool!
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/IMG_0984.jpg

The great thing about home is you can't wait to get back!

mikron
06-08-2007, 04:25 PM
The resort location is one I like, it's not to close to the parks but not so far as I can't get to any of them in short time. The size of the units are great, I have not read a thread not liking the size. I own at OKW but we have been staying at BW with a BW view, love the view.

cpbjgc
06-11-2007, 02:09 PM
And on the first page!

cpbjgc
06-11-2007, 02:36 PM
Some more pictures from around the pool area

Who doesn't love dolphins?
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Dolphins.jpg

Boat to Downtown Disney
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/BoattoDTD.jpg

bababear_50
06-11-2007, 03:55 PM
I have to say that the pictures of the scenery at OKW are just picture perfect !

They could be a post card ,,,thanks for sharing :love: :love:

Hugs Mel

P.S I'd love to meet the" OKW Otter Family someday".

MiaSRN62
06-11-2007, 08:40 PM
I own at OKW but we have been staying at BW with a BW view, love the view.

Mikron,
I'm suprised you could even get a BW view as you don't own there. It was my understanding they could be tough even for owners to secure at 11 months out ? And your statement makes it sound like you've gotten it more than once.
We stayed at BWV once and had a so-so view of the valet parking lot (we could see TOT off in the distance if we were standing out on the balcony and turned to the right). This was a preferred view. There were no BW views left when I called.

bababear_50
07-05-2007, 10:19 PM
Just :surfweb: :surfweb: and remembered where to get alittle sunshine -OKW lovers thread,,enjoy
Hugs Mel

hemispheredancer
07-06-2007, 09:07 AM
I just love reading this thread! Can't wait to go back in October...sans DH and DS!!!!

simzac
07-06-2007, 06:52 PM
Some more pictures from around the pool area

Who doesn't love dolphins?
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/Dolphins.jpg

Boat to Downtown Disney
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f331/cpbjgc/OKW%20Pics/BoattoDTD.jpg

Think I'm homesick:goodvibes

bababear_50
07-13-2007, 07:16 AM
Ok it's time

Decided to buy a small point contract now and more when the property I own sells. Soooooooooooooo anyone with a 30 point Dec use use OKW interested in letting Baba make her dream come true ?????
PLEASE
:yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:
Hugs Mel
Dreams realy do come true:goodvibes :goodvibes

simzac
07-13-2007, 05:44 PM
Ok it's time

Decided to buy a small point contract now and more when the property I own sells. Soooooooooooooo anyone with a 30 point Dec use use OKW interested in letting Baba make her dream come true ?????
PLEASE
:yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:
Hugs Mel
Dreams realy do come true:goodvibes :goodvibes

Good luck:wizard:

bababear_50
07-21-2007, 02:20 PM
Well it's about time bababear------:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :banana: :banana: :banana: :love: :love: :love: :love:

Hoping to become a TRUE OKW lover here --contract submiited to owner and accepted now it's off to Disney for first right of Refusal. 39 points Aug UY ,,it's a small one but a good one :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:

,,plenty of time for that addontis disease to hit:rotfl:
Figured it was time for me to become an offical member :yay: :yay: :yay:
Wish me luck guys
Hugs Mel

simzac
07-21-2007, 02:52 PM
Well it's about time bababear------:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :banana: :banana: :banana: :love: :love: :love: :love:

Hoping to become a TRUE OKW lover here --contract submiited to owner and accepted now it's off to Disney for first right of Refusal. 39 points Aug UY ,,it's a small one but a good one :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:

,,plenty of time for that addontis disease to hit:rotfl:
Figured it was time for me to become an offical member :yay: :yay: :yay:
Wish me luck guys
Hugs Mel

If this is your first DVC contract, you will need alot of pixie dust to help get this thru.:wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

bababear_50
07-21-2007, 03:04 PM
Yes it's my first ,,lol I know it won"t be my last ---thanks for the pixie dust .
Hugs Mel
OKW won my heart when I was there touring around last March ,,:goodvibes

byoung
07-21-2007, 04:10 PM
OKW Lover here ! :yay:
I'm a bit late checking in with this thread, as I recently got back from a trip to WDW and I'm going through vacation withdrawl mode. A week ago I was in shorts and flip flops.....in the morning I'll be facing negative windchill temps ! As for the things I love about OKW (too numerous to even list, but here goes) :
Walking to check-in :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid185/p30e47c12470c3266d68e157493a79017/f25ec1fc.jpg

Ahhh...those spacious balconies :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid215/pf3b0ac5861b768e3ac35868e86fb08cb/ecf80dc5.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid195/pab3fdb18a10797ad1e574164b701f23c/f137641c.jpg

Those views :
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid201/p523b3d78fb909e3ac2542735487a7a74/f0314316.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid201/pb58fc7f518e55de12abf803981b0ee51/f0314318.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid215/p39fb9ef023acf84819c43b3cac77e653/ecf80dc4.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid147/pc266b7ba2eefbefdc0115e6ac67cefac/f63804a4.jpg

The lighthouse....http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid147/p1ecc489b9dab325f476319ab094fca46/f6380499.jpg

Olivia's :
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/pd8527e2b7d835c2485db9f8f1be0dc9f/ee461d3c.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pc2fef73c2361fc30cca8c2da5c14b7b3/ed0724d9.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pec16a303267340caf7a2a2203c9ec526/ed0362aa.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid214/pee79fda61d820bb81dc7920c0376db42/ed0362a7.jpg

The ferry ride....http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid199/p8595d4f35a1a4db369e4262bf0f86507/f09c4aac.jpg

The "wall" :http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid188/p5fb57e23becb0b3e7a587479b21f4883/f223833c.jpg
Nice pictures.

scm200
07-24-2007, 10:46 AM
We arrive on Sunday and I can't wait to see what OKW has to offer. I bought in at SSR last December and this is our first trip home since then.
Sharon

tink_about_it
07-25-2007, 03:59 PM
We are back from our home...OKW and already have another trip booked for there!;)

Here are some fun pics at OKW:
My girls before an early morning at Epcot having breakfast:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/jencarp72/1011804_103.jpg
The ducks we fed from breakfast:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/jencarp72/1011877_174.jpg
From the top of the slide:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/jencarp72/1012146_435.jpg
Some goofy faces being made, but they loved the sand area:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/jencarp72/1011903_199.jpg
Me going down the slide:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/jencarp72/1012176_465.jpg

bababear_50
07-25-2007, 06:46 PM
Ah Hah :thumbsup2 I always wondered if Adults use the pool slide --;) ;) ;)
Now I know --can't wait to try it,,,your girls are beautiful--look like they were enjoying themselves.
I think the grounds around OKW are just beautiful--thanks for sharing the pictures--wonderful shots.
Hugs Mel

MiaSRN62
07-26-2007, 12:17 AM
Hi Jen !
Love your pictures ! The slide is terrific, isn't it ?! :thumbsup2 The girls are adorable.....

tink_about_it
07-26-2007, 07:22 AM
Thanks Mel and Maria! The kids had so much fun going down that slide that DH and I started going...DH took that shot of me and I thought it was so funny!:laughing: We had a ball! We LOVE OKW! :thumbsup2

cwnhokie
07-26-2007, 07:48 AM
I wanna go back!:rotfl2: Maybe I'll dig out some pictures to post today.

RangerPooh
07-26-2007, 01:47 PM
Everyones pictures and good reviews has made me happy about our decision to stay at OKW this December.

WOW
07-26-2007, 07:13 PM
We are DVCr's since 1995 and OKW is absolutely our favorite place. No question!!!!! Been there a about 35 times and still lovin it!!! Such a good and homey place.......we could actually live there in a 2 bedroom.

hemispheredancer
07-27-2007, 12:35 PM
Thanks for the photos. I got my fix for the day!! The next 2 months aren't going to go by fast enough!!!

Simba's Mom
07-27-2007, 01:33 PM
We are DVCr's since 1995 and OKW is absolutely our favorite place. No question!!!!! Been there a about 35 times and still lovin it!!! Such a good and homey place.......we could actually live there in a 2 bedroom.

Wow, 35 times-I think that's great! I'm just curious-do you know about how many different buildings you've been in. Any areas you've stayed at that you hope you don't get again? I just wondered.

cwnhokie
07-28-2007, 01:27 PM
I'm going to try to add some pictures, if I can remember how to do it.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC05506110.jpg
Our view from our 1 bedroom villa 6414

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC0550617.jpg
My boys in the jacuzzi tub, they were washing off their face paint from MGM

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC0550613.jpg
Our patio

cwnhokie
07-28-2007, 01:30 PM
A couple more.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC0550611.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC0550616.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j94/cwnhokie/DSC0550615.jpg

Ronald Duck
07-31-2007, 05:24 AM
cwnhokie-

NICE pic of the pool in the evening...first one I've ever seen.

That's our swimming time...I'm ready to take a dip right now!

Just NINE more days...feel free to post more tasty pics(:

beccasmom
07-31-2007, 10:22 AM
Count me in! I love everything about Old Key West. :cloud9: OKW had me at hello....I loved it at first sight and that has never changed. My mom does not want to stay at any other DVC resort when she travels with us!

Olivia's
strolling around the beautiful grounds
taking it easy by the pool
relaxing in the hot tub
sitting on the porch with my morning coffee/evening "whatever" beverage
seeing the sun shine through the windows in the morning
even doing the wash is a pleasure! :lmao:
hearing those wonderful words "WELCOME HOME"! :love:

hemispheredancer
07-31-2007, 01:44 PM
even doing the wash is a pleasure!

Any chore at OKW/WDW is a pleasure. Heck, I don't mind doing a few dishes or vacuuming every now and then. Beats doing it at home!!!!

bababear_50
08-05-2007, 08:03 PM
Time to Bump this thread :goodvibes :goodvibes

Ronald Duck
08-07-2007, 11:43 AM
I can't take credit for taking thse two photos...only for finding, stitching, and editing them. I love them, though.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/545/23490b_0b_okw_2_small.jpg
http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/545/23490b_0b_okw_4a_small.jpg

I'll be there in two days:cool1:

hemispheredancer
08-07-2007, 12:29 PM
Ronald Duck.....thanks for rubbing it in!

KyleRayner
08-07-2007, 02:45 PM
Staying at OKW for the first time Oct 6-13, 2007. After all the pictures posted on this thread, I can't wait!!!

bababear_50
08-18-2007, 08:14 AM
Time for a little bump of my favourite thread:goodvibes :yay:

I must say the pictures posted on this thread are the BEST!!!

Blueyed Girl
08-18-2007, 11:57 AM
We had the pleasure of staying at OKW this past February. There was a mix up with our ressie's at AKL and I stayed on line every day for a week trying to find an opening somewhere else for the week we were going. Thanks to a convention there was nothing! Then one day, an opening at OKW was available!!! It's almost as if we were meant to be there the way it all worked out. We booked a studio for 6 nights and when we got there we were bumped up to a 1 bedroom villa for free! Needless to say we are HOOKED. If this was Disney's plan all along, it worked!:rotfl2:

We are going again Feb 08 and can not think of a better place to stay. This time we booked the 1 bedroom ourselves. We can not wait!!! I love everything about this resort and so does DH. We hope to one day be DVC owners too.:thumbsup2

drag n' fly
08-21-2007, 01:34 PM
Time for a little bump of my favourite thread:goodvibes :yay:

I must say the pictures posted on this thread are the BEST!!!

Hey funny to bump into you here! We have OKW shortlisted for DVC!

bababear_50
08-25-2007, 10:11 AM
Bump for our friend Edk35

lovely bunch of OKW people here !!
Thanks to everyone who post on this thread ,
Hugs Mel

Pixie Power!
08-27-2007, 12:59 PM
We are staying at OKW during our next trip and cant wait as it will be our first DVC stay.

A couple of q's if you all dont mind....

How long does the boat take to get to DTD and what are the operating hours?

Which part of DTD does it drop you off at?

We are in a 2bed, do we get a dvd player in our room?

Do the buses rum directly to all parks or do we have to go to change at the transportation centre?

Can we buy detergent etc on site or is it provided?

Many thanks for all your help, i promise to take lots of photos so i can add to this post when i get back.

Many thanks

Emma

s.r.disney nut
09-02-2007, 11:58 AM
Been owners at OKW since 1992.:thumbsup2 As the saying goes in our family, "Old Key West is the Best". We have stayed at VWL, BWV, BCV, HHI and we still like OKW. Now that the kids are older, BCV are also moving up in popularity for them because of the easy access to Epcot.:dance3:

UncleKyle
09-03-2007, 10:57 AM
Just bought OKW resale and we're staying Sept 30th though Oct 6th. We can't wait! Thanks for this thread, it gets all of us excited.

hemispheredancer
09-03-2007, 06:12 PM
How long does the boat take to get to DTD and what are the operating hours? I believe it is about 15-20 minutes. You will make a stop at SSR.

Which part of DTD does it drop you off at?The boat drops you off right by Rainforest and Capt. Jacks.

We are in a 2bed, do we get a dvd player in our room?No, only in the living room.

Do the buses rum directly to all parks or do we have to go to change at the transportation centre?Yes, the buses run straight to the parks. If you want to go to a different resort, you will have to take the DD bus and catch the desired bus or you can take the bus to TTC and catch a resort bus.

Can we buy detergent etc on site or is it provided? Yes, you can buy detergent in the General Store but you will get a single use box of Tide to get you started.

AKV707
09-03-2007, 06:28 PM
We will be staying in a studio at OKW on our next trip. It will be our first DVC trip! Can't wait to check out OKW!

bababear_50
09-11-2007, 07:08 PM
:cool1: :cool1:
Just booked my March Break at OKW --five lovely nights :goodvibes
Can't wait to Go Home !!
Hugs Mel

bababear_50
10-14-2007, 08:10 AM
Celebrating just receiving the blue DVC membership card and thought I'd bump my favorite thread!!:goodvibes

Have a great day
Hugs Mel

simzac
10-14-2007, 06:13 PM
:cool1: :cool1:
Just booked my March Break at OKW --five lovely nights :goodvibes
Can't wait to Go Home !!
Hugs Mel

I'm jealous. Hope you have a great trip.:goodvibes

Blueyed Girl
10-14-2007, 07:19 PM
We are going again in Feb! I can't wait. We are absolutely in love with OKW. We aren't in DVC yet but if everything goes as planned we should start buying points around 2009!:thumbsup2

KyleRayner
10-14-2007, 07:46 PM
Just returned from my first stay at my home resort, OKW!!! We were there 10/5-10/13. It was so beautiful. We stayed in a 2BR Lockoff. The rooms are so big and spacious, I loved it!! It really felt like you were in the Key West.

I look forward to staying there again!!

Goofy DVC
10-14-2007, 09:11 PM
Been members since 93. Love OKW!!! Will be staying in a GV next June. Can't wait :banana: :banana: :banana:

mommym
10-20-2007, 03:47 AM
My 2 DS, ages 9 and 11, and I just returned from 6 days at OKW in a 2 bedroom-yes, we had LOTS of room to spread out. My parents were planning to join us on this trip but at the last minute my dad's ongoing health issues forced them to cancel so we were "stuck" in a 2BR. We were in building 48 and really enjoyed the location as the walk to both the Turtle Pond pool and South Point pool was quick. Hopped on any bus to get to the HH-very easy. Just a couple of observations that some of you may comment on. Twice returning from the parks the busdriver deviated from the route and pulled into Miller's Road first and then the HH and then on to Peninsular Road and the other stops-not a big deal for us but just kind of odd. I just wonder if they again stopped at HH on their way back out?-if not and I was a guest who hopped on that bus to go to HH that would be unfortunate. Also, did I dream it or did we used to get lotion with our other toiletries? We found none and it's actually the one toiletry I missed. We received a half empty shampoo in the master and a more than half empty shower gel in the other bathroom. I bring my own shampoo so not a huge deal but just kind of felt stingy. Actually, it kind of grossed me out but I don't want to make a huge deal out of it...Stay was wonderful though and really enjoyed OKW.

adreamisawish
01-19-2008, 10:08 PM
My first trip to OKW is this weekend...my birthday trip with my best friend!! Leaving the kids and husbands behind. We have both stayed lots of other places, but are looking forward to this resort. Will we love it??

DisneyBride'03
01-20-2008, 12:36 AM
My first trip to OKW is this weekend...my birthday trip with my best friend!! Leaving the kids and husbands behind. We have both stayed lots of other places, but are looking forward to this resort. Will we love it??

Happy Birthday and have a great trip!!

Have been wondering where this "missing in action" thread was....

Our first trip here will be in June.....

I did take the ferry over last mth when I stayed at SSR.....walked around, had one of Ramona's margarita's at the bar...lovely:)

DeniseY
01-20-2008, 07:36 AM
I am so happy this thread popped up today.....we booked a very last minute trip to Disney and only OKW and SSR were available. We picked OKW because it looked so pretty and now I am soooo glad we did. I am also really happy that availability was limited because otherwise we probably would have returned to Beach Club Villas which we really enjoyed. I think I will still miss being able to walk home from Epcot after dinner but it sure seems OKW has many other benefits! Can't wait!:cool1:

Disney2XS
01-20-2008, 04:53 PM
We joined DVC in 1994. We love OKW!! Best decision we ever made.

liltink
01-20-2008, 05:43 PM
I just stayed at OKW Nov 26-Dec 1 with 2 girlfriends. We had a great time and had plenty of space. No big problems, except a missing untensil or 2 :scared1: and no extra towels for us. Otherwise, everything was terrific. Returning in Aug '08 with my DH,DD and DSIL. They are more excited :yay: than I am! If that's possible!
liltink

simzac
01-20-2008, 06:36 PM
It's just hard to beat a relaxing week at OKW.:goodvibes

UP Disney
01-20-2008, 06:38 PM
I'm so glad to hear these great comments. We bought at SSR but are staying in an OKW studio for a week in March and an OKW 2-bedroom for a week in June. For March, it is DH, DD22, DD19 and myself. For June, we add my mother, sister, niece & nephew. The more I hear and read, the happier I am with my decision to stay at OKW.

Saratoga Souris
01-21-2008, 08:14 PM
We are thrilled.... our favourite resort finally opened up for our UY.

:yay: :yay: :yay:

AKV707
01-21-2008, 08:28 PM
We are thrilled.... our favourite resort finally opened up for our UY.

:yay: :yay: :yay:


Sounds like an OKW add on is in your future! Good luck with the add on. OKW is a great resort. We may add on there someday.

hemispheredancer
01-22-2008, 08:02 AM
To those that have asked "will I like it"....you will LOVE it!!! You won't want to leave!! It is so laid back and relaxing there!! Not sure if we will be there this spring or if we will be going to the Keys. If we go further south I know I will be going through Disney withdrawls!!

DisneyBride'03
01-22-2008, 08:50 AM
I'm so glad to hear these great comments. We bought at SSR but are staying in an OKW studio for a week in March and an OKW 2-bedroom for a week in June. For March, it is DH, DD22, DD19 and myself. For June, we add my mother, sister, niece & nephew. The more I hear and read, the happier I am with my decision to stay at OKW.

We have a 2 bdr and a studio for th week of June 8...celebrating DS14 8th grade graduation, our 5 yr anniv, which is now DD's b day (2) and my mom's 70th bday!

I took the ferry over from SSR on last months trip...so tranquil...just hung out at the Gurgling Suitcase, had 2 margaritas, should have had only one...lol..great CM's!!! Cant wait....just trying to determine what section/bldg to request!!

Congrats Saratoga S!!

UP Disney
01-22-2008, 05:54 PM
We have a 2 bdr and a studio for th week of June 8...celebrating DS14 8th grade graduation, our 5 yr anniv, which is now DD's b day (2) and my mom's 70th bday!

I took the ferry over from SSR on last months trip...so tranquil...just hung out at the Gurgling Suitcase, had 2 margaritas, should have had only one...lol..great CM's!!! Cant wait....just trying to determine what section/bldg to request!!

Congrats Saratoga S!!

Cool, maybe we'll run into each other while we are there.

We also took a ride over there from Saratoga Springs last month to check it out. We really liked the look & feel.

ariel & eric
01-24-2008, 07:34 AM
Bought DVC in 1997 at OKW and would never change. We have stayed at BW and BC. Neither are as relaxing as OKW. We have no desire to stay anywhere else.

BEASLYBOO
01-24-2008, 08:48 AM
Love it, Love It and can't get enough!
I've done all of the DVC Resorts, like them all but it was love at 1st sight with OKW. No matter, what the accomodations (of course GV's are the bomb) I still prefer to be "Welcomed Home" at OKW.

See you all June 08!


http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/4;10731;59/st/20080606/e/Family+Reunion-GV+OKW/k/959f/event.png
(http://www.TickerFactory.com/)

kikiV
01-25-2008, 03:36 PM
going OKW for the first time. what are the best buildings and what are the different views you might get.

kschafer
01-29-2008, 03:39 PM
We will be renters this summer at OKW. Must admit, I initially choose it because of price but after learning about it, I am SOOO excited to get there:banana:

Maybe if my dream comes true (come on dream makers!!) I would win the DVC membership. My hubby and I are both teachers, we would never be able to afford on our own

Thanks for the pics!

DisneyBride'03
01-29-2008, 04:27 PM
We will be renters this summer at OKW. Must admit, I initially choose it because of price but after learning about it, I am SOOO excited to get there:banana:

Maybe if my dream comes true (come on dream makers!!) I would win the DVC membership. My hubby and I are both teachers, we would never be able to afford on our own

Thanks for the pics!

We are there right after school lets out:) Celebrating DS14's 8th grade graduation.....

You can purchase DVC and make monthly payments....that is what most do, or there is the resale market:) Smaller contract...smaller price tag:teacher:

DisneyBride'03
01-29-2008, 04:28 PM
Love it, Love It and can't get enough!
I've done all of the DVC Resorts, like them all but it was love at 1st sight with OKW. No matter, what the accomodations (of course GV's are the bomb) I still prefer to be "Welcomed Home" at OKW.

See you all June 08!


http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/4;10731;59/st/20080606/e/Family+Reunion-GV+OKW/k/959f/event.png
(http://www.TickerFactory.com/)

Should we start a list of June 08 key Westers?
We are there June 8 -13...really didnt want to fly home on Friday the 13th, lol...however, dont like the Friday night points:)

UP Disney
01-30-2008, 01:30 PM
We are at OKW June 6-14 in a 2-bedroom. It will be DH, DD22, DD19, Dmom, Dsis, Dnephew10 & Dniece7 and I. It will be our second trip there. Our first is Feb. 29-Mar. 8.

yaksack
02-01-2008, 08:20 AM
subscribing

simzac
02-01-2008, 03:25 PM
Next week I get to call MS to make our OKW reservations for next January:cool1: Our boys are going to stay for 4 nights and DW and myself are going to stay for 8 nights. The boys have to go back to school on the 6th next year, thus the reason for the short trip for them. Don't fret for them though, they are going to Hawaii the following June with the marching band while DW and I will wait for Kolina to open.

RichieGraciemom
02-02-2008, 06:50 AM
going to okw for the first time in one week and cant wait. so confident that I will love it we have two studios booked in august to take my sister and her family with us. these boards make me want a cool drink on my porch after a long day in the parks. ps what is turtle pond pool, is that the main pool?

simzac
02-02-2008, 08:03 AM
Turtle pond is one of the quiet pools.

IAMaGR8DISMOM
02-02-2008, 12:48 PM
We really enjoy the turtle pond pool, and the sandcastle pool. OKW is our absolute favorite DVC resort. It is a great fit for our family.

dianeschlicht
02-02-2008, 12:55 PM
Our trip next month we will be splitting between OKW and AKV concierge. We are ending at OKW, because it just feels like home! Soon I'll have to be making my ressies for next January though. We will be doing a 2 bedroom for a week and then a 1 bedroom for another 5 days after our guests leave.

bababear_50
02-17-2008, 11:37 AM
:goodvibes
thought I'd give my Favourite Thread a Bump!!
Getting close to my visit HOME!!!

Hugs Mel:banana: :lovestruc :thumbsup2 :cool1:

sajetto
02-17-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm in on this thread! We just added on to OKW, but our next two trips are booked at AKV. Looks like we'll be missing OKW till next June but we'll pop over for a visit this June and to see the decorations during Christmas.

*WeLuvDisney*
02-17-2008, 04:59 PM
We LOVE OKW!!! We have stayed there 3 out of our last 4 trips!

The room size is great! The kids LOVE the slide! The buses never seem crowded. It's a short ride to the parks. We love to take the boat to DTD! We can NOT wait to get back there!

Here is one of my favorite pics from our last trip in November. One am while we were on the porch, we saw this....
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y122/lovemykidds/Picture013.jpg

DisneyBride'03
02-17-2008, 05:31 PM
Great photo!

Flyerfan
02-17-2008, 05:40 PM
I sooo hope I can get in at 7 months. Our home is SSR and we'd like to do a split stay in November. I think I'm going to fall in love with OKW. :love: I can't wait.

eporter66
02-17-2008, 05:59 PM
We will be at OKW a week from today - hoping it is a great experience

dukehoopsfan
02-17-2008, 06:09 PM
We are DVC owners at SSR - but we are going to be staying at OKW in August for the first time! We are going on the DCL first and then spending 4 days at WDW.

I just went through all 11 pages - and I am very excited about OKW!

Is there a particular building/area to request or is the resort pretty accessible by foot? (We will not have a car.)

eporter66 - noticed we are neighbors at DVC but also in true geographic location - myself and family live in Saratoga Springs, NY also! :wave2:

Flyerfan
02-17-2008, 07:00 PM
eporter66 - noticed we are neighbors at DVC but also in true geographic location - myself and family live in Saratoga Springs, NY also! :wave2:

That is so cool that both you and eporter66 live in SS NY. Does it feel like home when you are in SSR?

TenThousandVolts
02-17-2008, 07:35 PM
Count me in as an OKW lover!!! We just had our 1st trip there (New Year '08) I LOVED everything about OKW. What a beautiful place!!! A great big THANK YOU goes out to all you OKW owners for sharing your lovely home resort.:lovestruc

shellynn24
02-17-2008, 10:51 PM
I just saw this thread for the first time today and I enjoyed reading all 11 pages of it! I'm happy to hear all the good stuff about OKW. I am going to try and book a 1 bdrm for the first week of December, we chose this resort because the 1 bdrm is huge and we will need the space with the 3 kids (1 under the age of three). I was lucky enough to get a BW view studio at BWV this summer for our first trip home and now I'm afraid nothing will live up to it. Hopefully I'll fall in love with OKW because I loved POR soooo much, my fave resort before we became members. Keep up the praise and pics, I love to look at the pics!

dukehoopsfan
02-18-2008, 09:14 AM
That is so cool that both you and eporter66 live in SS NY. Does it feel like home when you are in SSR?

While we were on the tour last summer - we were asked quite a few times does this remind you of home? We paused before we said no not really! The overall "feel" is turn of the century victorian Saratoga Springs - but it is not what Saratoga Springs feels like today. I would image the days of high society, racing horses, casinos and victorian days was what the theme of the resort was built around...but today's Saratoga is still quaint but has Eddie Bauer, Starbuck's, Border's etc. mixed in with the great selection of speciality boutiques. As for the resort - the names of areas/buildings etc. are true places in Saratoga, but the design of things is not the same. The historical homes are not painted soft pink, blues and greens, High Rock Spring is not a bubbling spring of water - but a fountain (water fountain to drink from) area where you can fill water bottle etc. of the spring water. The pool area at the Grandstand is right on with the red and white colors, the bar area looks almost exactly the same as the grandstand areas at the track! The Carriage House is what I imagine the hotels of days ago looking like - rich with tradition. We loved the horse/jockey statue outside the Carriage House - there are statues similiar to that on Broadway (the main street).

It was fun walking around looking at things to find the Saratoga icons. We found it funny to see prints in the rooms that we have in our own house! Our son was like - hey that is the picture we have in the living room!

Overall it is reminiscent of "old" Saratoga - a time we never got to see! It is a beautiful resort!

Kathi OD
02-18-2008, 09:34 AM
I sooo hope I can get in at 7 months. Our home is SSR and we'd like to do a split stay in November. I think I'm going to fall in love with OKW. :love: I can't wait.

Depending on when in November, you should be able to get something, even if you have to waitlist. DH and I always visit WDW in November. We always have to wait until the 7 month window because we own at BWV (you can see by my sig we have never stayed there).

If you are anything at all like us, you will definitely LOVE OKW. When I go to Florida, I want to feel like I am in Florida. OKW definitely has the Florida/Caribbean feel.

Enjoy your trip!

DisneyBride'03
02-18-2008, 12:55 PM
Love all these replies:) I love SSR, and enjoyed what the PP wrote up there! But we want try all DVC resorts...and we really want the space of the 2 BDR...and want to relax this trip! And you cant beat the points!

springandmac
02-18-2008, 03:57 PM
We are there right after school lets out:) Celebrating DS14's 8th grade graduation..

We are there June 8 -13

We will be there at the exact same time, for the exact same reason. Except it's my DD that's graduating 8th grade. ;)

simzac
02-18-2008, 06:46 PM
Only 317 more days til we head home to OKW:goodvibes Glad to see this thread is still going strong.

warriorboy648
02-18-2008, 08:44 PM
So glad to have found this thread. I just booked a 2 bedroom unit for august. I have wanted to stay at OKW for 7 years. We got 40% off so I can finally go. There are 7 of us going. My husband thinks we should save $$$ and book 2 rooms at a mod.

What does everyone else think???:confused3

DisneyBride'03
02-19-2008, 03:31 PM
We will be there at the exact same time, for the exact same reason. Except it's my DD that's graduating 8th grade. ;)

:goodvibes I am thinking abt a graduation cake at the pool....or something. Boys dont get into the celebrate mood....:rolleyes1 but my DD's do:) My mom and possibly Bil and family as well....right now we have a 2 bdr and 2 studios by HH...

We were going to do June 1-7, but we already have a snow day to make up, so I am glad I changed last minute...wasnt crazy abt flying home on Fri the 13th...:scared1: :rotfl: , however the 73 pts for Fri was even more:scared1: !!!

We will also be celebrating (low key) our DD's 2nd b-day and our 5 yr wedding anniv (same day)....
So looking forward to OKW:)

Any special ideas you have for your DD? I havent told my DD11 abt the new Hanna Montana thing at the Boutique...yet...but your DD is probably too old for that?

DisneyBride'03
02-19-2008, 03:34 PM
So glad to have found this thread. I just booked a 2 bedroom unit for august. I have wanted to stay at OKW for 7 years. We got 40% off so I can finally go. There are 7 of us going. My husband thinks we should save $$$ and book 2 rooms at a mod.

What does everyone else think???:confused3

You dont get a porch or balcony at mods.....7 years? Go for it with the 40% discount:goodvibes And you will have a kitchen..(saving $$ on food)..have washer/dryer, less packing...the 2 bdr's are huge!
Tell him you will be saving money...just in a different way! The vacation will be more relaxing!

wdwfan0123
03-02-2008, 09:30 AM
I just found this thread buried way down... We just purchased OKW 2 months ago and can't wait til our first trip home in Oct 08!!! (Wish it was sooner)

Please everyone, please keep posting pictures and experiences (and pictures :) ) of OKW. It's so much fun to look and read through all the posts and it will keep me going til October when I can return the favor.

Thanks everyone:love:

Kristi

DisneyBride'03
03-07-2008, 03:08 PM
ok, think I should post a photo for all you OKW lovers:)

Last Dec I ventured over to OKW to check it out while staying at SSR! http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc68/dvcsangus/WDW_Di_DEC07-066.jpg http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc68/dvcsangus/WDW_Di_DEC07-075.jpg http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc68/dvcsangus/WDW_Di_DEC07-074.jpg

mikron
03-07-2008, 05:16 PM
I bought OKW along with my sister in 2005, my sister loves BCV and stays there 2 out of 3 visits. Until now, her and friends are in a 2 bed room dedicated at OKW and can't get over the size. They like the size of the kitchen you feal more like you are home. They have eaten in more this trip then all the other trips at SSR & BCV. I TOLD HER, OKW not that far from anything and is more like home.

sajetto
03-07-2008, 07:44 PM
Great photo Disneybride :love:

DisneyBride'03
03-07-2008, 08:08 PM
THanks...will get better ones in June:)

cc1075
03-07-2008, 11:31 PM
We are leaving one week today for five weeks at OKW - guess that says it all!!!

When we first bought many years ago - we only bought enough points for one week - - well after the first week I just wasn't going to leave - so down to the Hospitality House (remember I said many years ago) and bought another week - same thing at the end of two weeks. And, that brings us to today and only seven more days here in the great white north and it will be five weeks of sunshine in our "home away from home"

Yes, we love OKW!!!:cheer2:

MiaSRN62
03-08-2008, 06:51 AM
We are leaving one week today for five weeks at OKW - guess that says it all!!!

Wow ! It sure does !

Great pics disneybride !

MegansMom
03-17-2008, 01:41 PM
To all those who LOVE OKW:

I am staying at OKW for the first time in June with my family for a Grand Gathering. After looking at some of the pics, I am really excited about going! One of the reasons we chose OKW was the fact it had 2 beds in each studio--YEAH! But that also poses one small problem for my Dad. He had bypass surgery several years ago, and has a difficult time laying down in a bed. He actually sleeps much better sitting up in a chair or stretched out on a couch. Do you think it might be possible for them to get some type of comfortable chair moved into his room for his medical condition? I know I have seen pics of chairs and ottomans in the larger villas at OKW. What do you think? Please help out with info in any way possible! TIA

dcamdad
03-17-2008, 03:19 PM
To all those who LOVE OKW:

I am staying at OKW for the first time in June with my family for a Grand Gathering. After looking at some of the pics, I am really excited about going! One of the reasons we chose OKW was the fact it had 2 beds in each studio--YEAH! But that also poses one small problem for my Dad. He had bypass surgery several years ago, and has a difficult time laying down in a bed. He actually sleeps much better sitting up in a chair or stretched out on a couch. Do you think it might be possible for them to get some type of comfortable chair moved into his room for his medical condition? I know I have seen pics of chairs and ottomans in the larger villas at OKW. What do you think? Please help out with info in any way possible! TIA

A 1-BR may be a better option as they are all equipped with the chair and ottoman which I have actually fallen asleep in several times and was quite comfortable.

DisneyBride'03
03-17-2008, 07:23 PM
Wow ! It sure does !

Great pics disneybride !

Thanks!! cant wait to stay there in jUNE! We are now flying in the night before...so we can get to oKW first thing and at least check in!

bababear_50
03-20-2008, 06:04 PM
We had the time of our lives ----next addon will be at our home resort OKW!!!

Thanks for sharing and adding on everyone !
Hugs Mel:thumbsup2

edk35
03-22-2008, 11:19 AM
popcorn:: Bump Bump

edk35
03-22-2008, 11:20 AM
Subscribing and I can't wait to read all of these!! We are staying at OKW in July and maybe again in Nov. I can't wait to check it out. :cool1:

dianeschlicht
03-22-2008, 02:46 PM
To all those who LOVE OKW:

I am staying at OKW for the first time in June with my family for a Grand Gathering. After looking at some of the pics, I am really excited about going! One of the reasons we chose OKW was the fact it had 2 beds in each studio--YEAH! But that also poses one small problem for my Dad. He had bypass surgery several years ago, and has a difficult time laying down in a bed. He actually sleeps much better sitting up in a chair or stretched out on a couch. Do you think it might be possible for them to get some type of comfortable chair moved into his room for his medical condition? I know I have seen pics of chairs and ottomans in the larger villas at OKW. What do you think? Please help out with info in any way possible! TIA
How many of you in your grand gathering? It sounds like you are only staying in a studio, but if you go with a 1 or 2 bedroom, you will have a queen sized sofa bed, a love seat AND an easy chair and ottoman not to mention the king bed, Jacuzzi in the master bath and the full sized kitchen and laundry room as well as the big covered dining porch. There is no way to get anything like an easy chair or sofa moved into a studio for you at OKW. First of all, they don't have that service, and secondly, there would be nowhere to put it! With two queen beds, a table and chairs etc, there isn't room for a sofa or easy chair too. I suppose you could always rent a hospital bed for him if you wanted to go to that expense, but at that point, it seems to me a 1 or 2 bedroom would be cheaper.

NikiM20
03-23-2008, 07:05 PM
Hi All!! Can I ask some ?'s about OKW? I finally convinced DH to buy me DVC, and I have decided on OKW. But first I need to make sure there is enough for DD8 to do.
1)Are the pools nice? Nice enough to spend a day by the pool?

2)I also have read that the rooms were "worn" looking, but I just dont expect that from Disney.

3)Do the studios have enough room for 3 people?

4)Is it the resort i want to continue to visit year after year?

So give me the good, the bad and the ugly ;)

We were upgraded last summer to Saratoga Springs and LOVED it, but financially we can only afford a small resale now. I am so excited I cant wait!!!

Thanks!!

BEASLYBOO
03-23-2008, 10:54 PM
Hi All!! Can I ask some ?'s about OKW? I finally convinced DH to buy me DVC, and I have decided on OKW. But first I need to make sure there is enough for DD8 to do.
1)Are the pools nice? Nice enough to spend a day by the pool?

2)I also have read that the rooms were "worn" looking, but I just dont expect that from Disney.

3)Do the studios have enough room for 3 people?

4)Is it the resort i want to continue to visit year after year?

So give me the good, the bad and the ugly ;)

We were upgraded last summer to Saratoga Springs and LOVED it, but financially we can only afford a small resale now. I am so excited I cant wait!!!

Thanks!!

Read the Thread called-Does OKW look Old on the 3/17 Planning Forum

edk35
03-24-2008, 01:47 PM
Bump for our friend Edk35

lovely bunch of OKW people here !!
Thanks to everyone who post on this thread ,
Hugs Mel


Thanks bababear...I am reading these right now....AND CAN'T WAIT TIL JULY. :goodvibes

edk35
03-24-2008, 01:50 PM
We are thrilled.... our favourite resort finally opened up for our UY.

:yay: :yay: :yay:


Can we still add on at OKW????? I thought it was sold out.

edk35
03-24-2008, 01:54 PM
I sooo hope I can get in at 7 months. Our home is SSR and we'd like to do a split stay in November. I think I'm going to fall in love with OKW. :love: I can't wait.


I am trying to do the same thing in Nov. I hope we both get in !!!!

DisneyBride'03
03-24-2008, 01:55 PM
Can we still add on at OKW????? I thought it was sold out.

yes you can!!

edk35
03-24-2008, 01:59 PM
yes you can!!


Do you know the cost per point? Are the incentives only for buying into AKV or SSR? thanks

DisneyBride'03
03-24-2008, 05:20 PM
Do you know the cost per point? Are the incentives only for buying into AKV or SSR? thanks

usuaully the incentives are just for the new properties....they have old contracts at OKW...you can get them direct through Disney...your guide would have to find one with your use year usually...or find one through resale.

not sure of the current price per point, however! Alot of people have added on here too I think so they can get that 11 mth window for booking the GV's!!!

mickey&minniealways
03-27-2008, 01:14 PM
It is also one of only two properties on site that has a basketball court. ( I have 2 teenage sons this is a big deal to them. )

Basser
03-27-2008, 02:15 PM
We love OKW. Large rooms, palm trees, relaxing music, pina cooladas buy the pool, breakfast on the deck. Can't wait to go back "HOME"

dianeschlicht
03-27-2008, 03:03 PM
Can we still add on at OKW????? I thought it was sold out.

Yes, and if you add-on direct from Disney, you will get the 2057 end date, so a nice 15 year extention over most of the contracts offered on the resale market.

DisneyBride'03
03-27-2008, 03:09 PM
Where are the basketabll courts located? Will "Hank" give you a b-ball...or is it a rental??

Thanks!

nonzerosum
03-27-2008, 03:31 PM
After reading a lot about OKW, I am super excited to go. Initially I was a bit underwhelmed--thought the rooms looked a little Golden Girls c.1984. Now I have seen the light and have realized what this resort is all about.

I have some questions and hope this is the right thread:

We have 2 small children, 2 and 4 and really liked being at the Poly last trip as we could easily be back for naps every day and not feel like nap meant eating up a huge chunk of the day. Is it reasonable to go back to
OKW for naps (using the buses), or does this just take too much time? I wouldn't imagine a car makes this any faster, by the time you factor in loading up baby gear, putting kids in car seats etc???

Do all 2 bedroom villas have a patio/porch?

What floor are 2 bedroom villas on, or does it depend on where you are on the property?

Is there a gift shop where you can buy incidentals that you may have forgotten at home?

I have heard that many people eat in more at OKW because of the size of the kitchens. For those who do, what do you cook? I know this is a weird question, but I don't love to cook while on vacation and don't love the idea of doing the same thing I do everyday at home. I do, however, appreciate the convenience and cost savings of in-room meals.

Are the grounds really as beautiful as they look. Are there lots of places to stroll around and go for walks? We'll be taking my parents who are very outdoorsy and love to wake up seemingly pre-dawn and go for walks. Will they be happy with what there is to see on the property?

Any recommendations for where to stay at OKW considering we have small kids?


Thanks for any input!! I certainly would have never considered OKW if it wasn't for the info on these boards. Now I can't wait.

MickeynMinnie
03-27-2008, 03:59 PM
subscribing!!! going to OKW for the first time in may!!! I can't wait!!!!!

tammymacb
03-27-2008, 04:13 PM
Hi all. I've been lurking on this thread for a bit because I'm seriously thinking about doing my add on at OKW.

I just love the theming and the feel of the resort- should be a nice offset of busy BWV.

Hearing all the stories of how you all love it so much makes it more and more appealing. Thanks!

snyderla
03-27-2008, 05:43 PM
We love OKW! It is so peaceful and beautiful. When I called last week to reserve our units for an upcoming trip, the cast member recommended we request near Hospitality House. We don't want to, because when we drive back to our rooms we love the ride through the resort! It's more like we really are coming home to our vacation neighborhood! The view from behind there, on Peninsular (?) Road of the back of the hospitality area is beautiful.
Our home resort is SSR, but OKW is our 2nd favorite place to stay. (The decor of the rooms is what we like best about SSR, but the overall look of OKW is better to me than SSR.)
Lori

dvczerfs
03-27-2008, 06:30 PM
Our Points Are In Boardwalk And Sara. We Stay At Old Key West. Quiet, No Hubub!!! Going Back Home In October!

edk35
03-27-2008, 08:10 PM
Yes, and if you add-on direct from Disney, you will get the 2057 end date, so a nice 15 year extention over most of the contracts offered on the resale market.

WOW really?? Didn't think about that. How much is it to add on per point at OKW? Thanks. I guess there are no incentives though????

MickeynMinnie
03-30-2008, 01:46 PM
leaving in 51 days to stay at OKW for the first time!!! i can't wait! it can't get here soon enought!!

dianeschlicht
03-30-2008, 01:49 PM
WOW really?? Didn't think about that. How much is it to add on per point at OKW? Thanks. I guess there are no incentives though????

Not sure, but I think it is up to $101 a point now.

GGOOFY1
03-30-2008, 02:46 PM
After reading a lot about OKW, I am super excited to go. Initially I was a bit underwhelmed--thought the rooms looked a little Golden Girls c.1984. Now I have seen the light and have realized what this resort is all about.

I have some questions and hope this is the right thread:

We have 2 small children, 2 and 4 and really liked being at the Poly last trip as we could easily be back for naps every day and not feel like nap meant eating up a huge chunk of the day. Is it reasonable to go back to
OKW for naps (using the buses), or does this just take too much time? I wouldn't imagine a car makes this any faster, by the time you factor in loading up baby gear, putting kids in car seats etc???

Do all 2 bedroom villas have a patio/porch?

What floor are 2 bedroom villas on, or does it depend on where you are on the property?

Is there a gift shop where you can buy incidentals that you may have forgotten at home?

I have heard that many people eat in more at OKW because of the size of the kitchens. For those who do, what do you cook? I know this is a weird question, but I don't love to cook while on vacation and don't love the idea of doing the same thing I do everyday at home. I do, however, appreciate the convenience and cost savings of in-room meals.

Are the grounds really as beautiful as they look. Are there lots of places to stroll around and go for walks? We'll be taking my parents who are very outdoorsy and love to wake up seemingly pre-dawn and go for walks. Will they be happy with what there is to see on the property?

Any recommendations for where to stay at OKW considering we have small kids?


Thanks for any input!! I certainly would have never considered OKW if it wasn't for the info on these boards. Now I can't wait.

I am one of those who like to cook at OKW (or should I say, love to save money)!! I make meals that are easy to put together and easy to warm up. This year we are going with 6 boys all 18yo for their HS graduation, my DD, boyfriend, DH and myself in the GV.

Example of meals:

Lasagna and garlic bread
Chicken fajitas and beef tacos
Sloppy Joes
Hamburgers and Brats

nonzerosum
03-30-2008, 03:42 PM
GGOOFY1: Thanks for the meal support. I do love to save a penny. Six 18 year old boys...God help you!!!! I'm sure it will be a riot and the memory of a lifetime. Have fun!

DisneyBride'03
03-30-2008, 04:24 PM
Thanks too! We have a big group, inc 2 14 rd old boys, great meal ideas!!

GGOOFY1
03-30-2008, 05:04 PM
GGOOFY1: Thanks for the meal support. I do love to save a penny. Six 18 year old boys...God help you!!!! I'm sure it will be a riot and the memory of a lifetime. Have fun!


I forgot one more thing: Lots of cereal!!! Last summer there were 3 boys and in one week I went through 6 boxes of frosted flakes cereal!! I can't imagine how many boxes I will need this year. The original 3 have not stopped talking about the trip last summer, and now they are planning their days for this summer. They have made a Disney Mama so proud!!!

edk35
03-30-2008, 06:56 PM
Not sure, but I think it is up to $101 a point now.



Thanks!!!

MickeynMinnie
03-30-2008, 07:04 PM
I forgot one more thing: Lots of cereal!!! Last summer there were 3 boys and in one week I went through 6 boxes of frosted flakes cereal!! I can't imagine how many boxes I will need this year. The original 3 have not stopped talking about the trip last summer, and now they are planning their days for this summer. They have made a Disney Mama so proud!!!

how do you get the food??? do you pack it and bring it with you??? or buy it when u get down there??
we are taking ME so if anyone has any ideas that would be great!!

GGOOFY1
03-31-2008, 09:54 AM
We are staying at the Swan for 2 nights before we transfer over to OKW, so I will rent a car from Alamo to transfer our luggage and 8 golf bags :scared1: over to OKW. If I'm already at OKW, I hop on a bus going to HS and then take the water taxi over to the Dolphin and pick up my car from Alamo. You can get a car from Alamo for a good price by checking the discount code on mousesavers.com. When I return it I will drive to the Dolphin, return the car and head to whatever park we are going to for the day. This way I have a way to get to the Winn Dixie (Goodings is more expensive). I have taken a taxi there, but it is easier to just have a car. Last year we had 2 shopping carts full of stuff.
There is a service that will take your order and deliver it to your room. I have never done this, my list is too long.
I will also pack things from home: salt, pepper, cinnamon, seasoning packets for the fajitas, coffee, coffee filters, garlic salt. These are the things you only use a dash of!!

Hope that helps.....

DisneyBride'03
03-31-2008, 12:38 PM
Not sure, but I think it is up to $101 a point now.

you are right:thumbsup2

GGOOFY1
04-01-2008, 08:08 AM
DisneyBride'03
I woke up this morning and heard about the 5 alarm fire in downtown lockport. Is that anywhere near you??:scared1:

UP Disney
04-04-2008, 06:50 PM
Anyone know the width of the door frame from the bedroom into the hall/kitchen area in the studios? I want to get a curtain and tension curtain rod to hang there but need to know how wide it is. Thanks for any help you can give me.

WeluvDisney2
04-04-2008, 11:46 PM
Our first stay at OKW is in a couple of months, but we are enjoying this thread!

dvczerfs
04-05-2008, 05:47 AM
Anyone know the width of the door frame from the bedroom into the hall/kitchen area in the studios? I want to get a curtain and tension curtain rod to hang there but need to know how wide it is. Thanks for any help you can give me.

hi up disney! good question! my dd videod our 2 bedroom in december. i watched the video of the second bedroom, its hard to tell. i would get a spring loaded shower rod. they adjust by screwing them in and out. if your driving, just buy a cheap shower rod with tension ends, and bring a hacksaw blade and chop off to size. the oping has to be aleast 36 inches to 48 inches. hope this helps.

UP Disney
04-05-2008, 11:05 AM
hi up disney! good question! my dd videod our 2 bedroom in december. i watched the video of the second bedroom, its hard to tell. i would get a spring loaded shower rod. they adjust by screwing them in and out. if your driving, just buy a cheap shower rod with tension ends, and bring a hacksaw blade and chop off to size. the oping has to be aleast 36 inches to 48 inches. hope this helps.

We fly down so a hacksaw isn't an option! I was thinking about 36-48 inches as well.

Anyone going down soon that could measure it for me? I also need to make a curtain for it.

bababear_50
04-10-2008, 03:55 PM
Bumping up my favorite thread,,going back this Christmas and dreaming about OKW.
Hugs Mel

Anyone have any pics of Christmas at OKW?:santa:

#1DisneylandFan
04-10-2008, 11:33 PM
Hi All!! Can I ask some ?'s about OKW? I finally convinced DH to buy me DVC, and I have decided on OKW. But first I need to make sure there is enough for DD8 to do.
1)Are the pools nice? Nice enough to spend a day by the pool?

2)I also have read that the rooms were "worn" looking, but I just dont expect that from Disney.

3)Do the studios have enough room for 3 people?

4)Is it the resort i want to continue to visit year after year?

So give me the good, the bad and the ugly ;)

We were upgraded last summer to Saratoga Springs and LOVED it, but financially we can only afford a small resale now. I am so excited I cant wait!!!

Thanks!!

We just returned from our first trip to OKW. We thought the resort as a whole was beautiful and so serene. The pools are very nice and are located strategically in the resort. Also typhoon lagoon water park is a short bus ride away. I had also heard about worn rooms and uncleanliness, but we found nothing of the sort. At least in Bldg 24 it was spotless and freshly painted; we found no problems with frig, coffee maker, microwave, etc. We own at AKV but I realized I could live at OKW forever. If you have a golfer in your family, the course runs through the resort and really adds to the beauty. We were in a studio with two queen beds, so it would easily sleep four (family or very close friends). There was a small kitchenette right outside of the bathroom and enough room around the table and chest of drawers in the main room. I highly recommend it.

maciec
04-16-2008, 09:29 PM
Hi all! We just made reservations for a 2 bedroom unit near the HH for August 24-28. I am really excited! The funny thing is, the thing I am most excited about is riding the boat into DD! DH and I stayed at Dixie Landings on our honeymoon 10 years ago and riding the boat every night was one of our favorite things to do. The kids are most excited about the water slide.

Our kids are 4 and 7 and I offered going to a water park to them and they said "NO!" They just want to stay at OKW and swim. I was dumbfounded!

I do have a two questions though.....

1) Can someone please tell me more about the different places to eat at OKW?

I have been reading about the wonderful margaritas at the Gurgling Suitcase,

2) Do they have chips and salsa to go with them by chance?

Thanks!

Flyerfan
04-17-2008, 11:50 AM
I'm excited!! Just made ressies for our first stay in November for 4 nights. I can't wait!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

BEASLYBOO
04-17-2008, 11:59 AM
I've waited, planned it all out and finally I'm only 49 days away from going back to OKW and WDW! June 6 - June 13th, Hope to see all of you OKW lovers there in June! Oops, well maybe not all of you at one time! :cool1: :banana: :cheer2: :yay:

Mickeygolf
04-17-2008, 12:18 PM
NikiM20 - The main pool at OKW is awesome. It's very large so you can spread out, it's close to food and beverage from the Gurgling Suitcase and Goods to Go, and the slide is a blast. My 8, 7, and 7 year olds love the slide and pool so much we can easily spend a day there and have many times before.

We've been many times and have never had a worn room. They've always been clean and well kept, so I guess maybe we've been lucky. Seems like when we're there something is always being cleaned up and painted to keep it looking just like it did when it first opened.

Studios fit 3 easily. I believe the studios at OKW are the largest studios on property. I may be wrong, but I'm not about accommodating 3 people. We've had 4 adults in a studio before and felt it had plenty of room. And as far as a place to keep coming back to, we've been DVC members for a long time and we look forward to returning to OKW as much as any of the parks or anything elso going on at Disney.

maciec - Food choices at OKW are great. You have Olivia's which is a really good sit down restaurant. We seem to hit it a couple times every trip we take. And Goods to Go has all your standard burgers, chicken fingers, etc. for the quick snack for around the pool...as for the chips and salsa, I don't believe I've ever seen them offered, but I can't say as if I have really looked before. The Margarita's by the way are awesome!!!

dvczerfs
04-17-2008, 02:05 PM
I'm excited!! Just made ressies for our first stay in November for 4 nights. I can't wait!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

LETS GO FLYERS!!

DisneyBride'03
04-18-2008, 02:26 PM
DisneyBride'03
I woke up this morning and heard about the 5 alarm fire in downtown lockport. Is that anywhere near you??:scared1:

Boy...I really need to catch up...havent been on the DIS for a bit now!

Yes, DH and I woke up thinking are house was on fire!!! We are abt 2 blocks away on a hill We could smell the house and we saw the flames from our upstairs window!!

And this morning, to bring you current...lol...we had an earthquake!!!:laughing:

As far as OKW...we are not having a grand gathering anymore...SIL and family arent coming...she just had a bypass surgery at age 45. She is doing well but wont be up for WDW .....

So we used their points (had to) and booked 2 studios at OKW our arrival night..so at least we dont have to move resorts now. So glad there was something open!
Now..to catch up!!


**Pardon all my grammatical errors......

DisneyBride'03
04-18-2008, 02:27 PM
I've waited, planned it all out and finally I'm only 49 days away from going back to OKW and WDW! June 6 - June 13th, Hope to see all of you OKW lovers there in June! Oops, well maybe not all of you at one time! :cool1: :banana: :cheer2: :yay:

We are there June 7 - 13!!

BEASLYBOO
04-18-2008, 03:02 PM
We are there June 7 - 13!!

:cheer2: :yay: :banana: Maybe we'll see you at the pool!!!:banana: :yay: :cheer2:

mickey&minniealways
04-18-2008, 03:23 PM
OKW has 1 TS, Olivia's. The Gurgling Suitcase is a bar, a very good one though. Goods to go is a counter service as is the one at Turtle Pond. It is only 15 minutes by bus to DTD or 20 minutes by boat so you really have a lot of choices.

tammymacb
04-18-2008, 03:27 PM
I'll be taking my first trip to OKW on June 17th! :cool1:

I have a one bedroom booked for my two children and me..( Really only needed a studio but they were sold out )

I cannot wait to see it. I think my initial reaction to buying DVC was either to buy OKW or BWV, I ended up buying BWV and will be there in May. Now, with June in OKW I'll be able to compare..

( and knowing me, start thinking about an add on..:lmao: )

maciec
04-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Thank you to all of you that replied to my food questions!

And thank you to dh! Due to Airtran having fantastic fares going down the day before our reservation was to start we added another day to our stay! Originally we were supposed to be at OKW for 4 nights starting on Sunday 8/24, now we are moving in on Saturday.

Coming in on Saturday actually saved us $400 over Sunday! We won't be getting in until around 7pm so the only expense we are really going to have is dinner. Woo Hoo!

maciec
05-04-2008, 09:19 PM
I have another question .....

Could you please help me with a building request. We will be taking our 7.5 dd and 5 yo ds. We are not going to have a car and we won't have a stroller. We are going for 4 days and spending 2 of which at the parks. We are definitely going to MGM, and either going to a water park or MK. The other days are going to be pool days and nights we will probably be at DTD.

I really don't care about seeing the woods or golf course, but I would like to see water and whatever view would give us the best chance of seeing native wildlife.

AAAGGGHHH!!!! I am pulling my hair out here trying to figure out what to request. Chalk it up to nervousness since we've never stayed at OKW before and we've never stayed at such a large resort.

HELP!!!!! Please

dvczerfs
05-05-2008, 02:46 AM
I have another question .....

Could you please help me with a building request. We will be taking our 7.5 dd and 5 yo ds. We are not going to have a car and we won't have a stroller. We are going for 4 days and spending 2 of which at the parks. We are definitely going to MGM, and either going to a water park or MK. The other days are going to be pool days and nights we will probably be at DTD.

I really don't care about seeing the woods or golf course, but I would like to see water and whatever view would give us the best chance of seeing native wildlife.

AAAGGGHHH!!!! I am pulling my hair out here trying to figure out what to request. Chalk it up to nervousness since we've never stayed at OKW before and we've never stayed at such a large resort.

HELP!!!!! Pleasehi maciec, basiclt the water is on the golf course.not sure when your going but when you call,(which i do as soon as i can)just tell the cm and they will note that on your ressie.they will do there best when you check in to give you your request.(hope that helps):thumbsup2

maciec
05-05-2008, 03:20 AM
We are going 8/23-8/28.

MickeynMinnie
05-05-2008, 04:53 AM
i will be there in 15 short days... ok who am i kidding it's going to be the longest 15 days of my life!! lol

MiaSRN62
05-05-2008, 06:09 AM
but I would like to see water and whatever view would give us the best chance of seeing native wildlife.



Hi Melissa,
While not the closest to the main pool area and Olivia's (you'll have about a 6 minute walk)......my vote for one of the more scenic water areas (and not near the golf course greens) is building 45. Love it. Overlooks the Sassagoula River canal. However, if you are staying in a studio, which are on the ends of the buildings, you might get some bus noise. Here's a view from our balcony in #45 (we've seen lots of birds, turtles and otter) :
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/Old%20Key%20West/47b7cf28b3127cce98548a8baa930000-1.jpg

maciec
05-05-2008, 07:51 PM
I can deal with a 6 minute walk. That's not bad at all. We booked the HH catagory so I think I am going to call tomorrow and request 45 or 46. I think that fits us better.

Thank you so much, Maria!

MiaSRN62
05-05-2008, 08:41 PM
Thank you so much, Maria!


You're welcome....I love bldg 45. :thumbsup2

bababear_50
05-12-2008, 11:20 AM
Bumping my fav thread ,,planing my Christmas ADR today ,have to get them ready for June ,,can;t wait to spend Christmas at OKW.

Hugs Mel

dvczerfs
05-12-2008, 11:34 AM
Bumping my fav thread ,,planing my Christmas ADR today ,have to get them ready for June ,,can;t wait to spend Christmas at OKW.

Hugs Melare you going to be there over christmas night?we did that in 04. we had a 2 bedroom. we set up a 6ft tree and went shopping when we got there.(we had our reg christmas at home before we left.) it was cool!! christmas morning there was a bag hanging on the door for our dd from okw. the place empties out christmas eve than christmas day fills up. we had a great time that year. we went to the candle light pro. christmas eve night. one of the best christmas's we ever had!!have a good time!!(make sure you bring you decorations, people dec. there balconys!)

bababear_50
05-12-2008, 01:39 PM
We are going Dec 18th to Dec 26th ----bought a special set of Mickey and Minnie lights and plan to take a small tree down with us. We are going to open our Christmas stockings and then plan on going to Olivias for Christmas breakfast and WCC Whispering Cayon Cafe for Christmas dinner. I think I will pre-order a small "First Christmas In Disney" cake for dessert. We will probably spend the day in Downtown Disney.... Maybe a sleigh ride around WL. I think a quick trip to SSR's spa for a pedicure might also be in order. This will be my first Christmas in Disney and I want to make it as special as possible. I know the parks will be VERY busy but my sons and I are quite happy to just hang out at OKW,,they think the quiet pools are GREAT!! Anyone have any Christmas at OKW suggestions ??:santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa:

Hugs Mel