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zetek
03-11-2010, 08:25 PM
What is your favorite resorts and why?

look1angel
03-11-2010, 08:39 PM
I've only stayed at AS Movies, Coronado Springs, Saratoga Springs & AKL. I really liked AS Movies because it was cute, fun, colorful & it was just my daughter & I.
I now absolutely love AKL because of the Savannah view they have. Coronado was too spread out for me & Saratoga was actually pretty nice. But AKL's view can't be beat! How nice it is to see the animals roaming about as you sit on your balcony sipping a fresh cup of hot coffee or maybe a nice glass of wine. :cloud9:

jamie@dvcstore
03-11-2010, 10:10 PM
Hi zetek,
Wilderness Lodge is my favorite resort. The reason is the theming appeals to me more than any other resort. Also, the way the resort is decorated for the holidays is fantastic. :santa: The proximity to MK is another reason. Being able to take a boat back and forth to the park is the best. :goodvibes
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Buckeye Fan
03-11-2010, 10:39 PM
What is your favorite resorts and why?

We have stayed at all of the DVC resorts on WDW property except for two - BCV and BLT. We are staying at BC in 3 weeks. :woohoo:

I tend to prefer the condo-style properties, so of all the DVC resorts, I think that OKW wins by a nose (at least for today) over SSR. I love the size of the rooms, and to me, the property is just breath-taking. The landscape is lush and mature, and since we live in OH, I especially love the theme of the resort. As SSR ages, I think it will have some of the same appeal.

Of the hotel-style resorts where we have stayed (AKV, BWV and VWL), I'd have to go with VWL. The lobby of the main lodge still takes my breath away.

DH's pick...BWV hands down. He likes the hotel-style resorts, and loves the BW area. He likes to be in the center of things, and hates sitting in the room.

robertdangelo
03-11-2010, 10:48 PM
BCV is our favorite... mainly because of location. It's great to be in our villa following Illuminations while others are still waiting for or on a bus! Stormalong Bay is an attraction on it own. There are great restaurants & nightlife at Boardwalk.

Demosthenes
03-11-2010, 10:48 PM
I like something about each DVC resort, but my favorites are BLT then VWL. Add the 5th person in a 1 bedroom to VWL, and it is a tie between those two.

dianeschlicht
03-11-2010, 10:57 PM
Old Key West for the size of the units, the parking outside your door, the friendly atmosphere there, the beautiful grounds, the vacation home feel over a hotel feel, and just the familiarity of it.

Princess&CowboyMommy
03-12-2010, 12:13 AM
Our favorite is WLV. Hubby's 2nd fav is a tie between SSR(pool) and OKW(size). My 2nd and 3rd fav change daily :lmao:

On non-DVC - LOVE the Beach Club, Poly, and CBR (because of the pirate rooms and pool). Hubby's picks are the same.

We are sentimental favorite to Beach Club because it was hubby's first visit to WDW - which was on our honeymoon. It was also my first "on-site" stay. Fast forward to 2006 and our kids had their first stay, albeit only one night before moving to OKW, at the Beach Club.

We stayed at the Beach Club Villas only once, for 3 days in 2008. The stay was a little lackluster (it didn't help that we checked in at 8am and didn't get into our room until after 6pm - I know they aren't guaranteed, but it just kinda got tiring after 3-4pm, lol). But, we love the Beach club and are hoping to give the villas another chance soon. We're hoping the 2nd stay will be as magical as our hotel stays at Beach Club were :).

figmentfan0724
03-12-2010, 12:14 AM
i Love SSR, I know most people hate it, but the shear beauty of the resort gets me everytime. I feel when I am there I am treated most like a DVC member and not just a regular hotel guest! It also doesn't hurt that my favorite restaurant is at SSR Turf Club!

bobbiwoz
03-12-2010, 07:29 AM
My favorite is VWL because of the atmosphere and location of the resort. I love the view of the lake from anywhere on the property. I love the little animal tracks in the concrete, I love the villa pool with the little bubbly springs in it. I love renting bikes there and riding around ft. wilderness. I've sat and read a book while enjoying the rocking chairs on the porch and while sitting in a nook in the lobby of the villas near a fireplace. Those elevator doors are so beautiful. I love VWL in spite of the fact that probably 50% of my stays there have been in a dumpster view studio.;) I've used the shower facities at Sturdy Branches after checking out of my villa and found them to be clean and very convenient to the pool. I love walking around the grounds at night with DH:love:

Bobbi:goodvibes

PS. Sometimes I wonder why I actually own at 5 other resorts as well, but then I remember why I love those resorts, but VWL is absolutely the best fit for me!!!!:goodvibes

Cee
03-12-2010, 07:35 AM
This is a tough one because I truly love them all. But I have a special place in my heart for SSR. We've stayed in this location since it was the Disney Villas, then the Disney Institute and now the beautiful Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
I truly have a feeling of being "home" at this wonderful place. :goodvibes

castleri
03-12-2010, 07:45 AM
OKW for all the reasons already stated by PPs. I could happily live there year round.

cj9200
03-12-2010, 08:17 AM
Hands down, my favorite is the Boardwalk. Walking distance to two parks and the atmosphere at night is great. Beach Club is the favorite for summer time just to spend time at the pool. Non DVC is the Poly. Love the feel of the place.

keishashadow
03-12-2010, 08:33 AM
whichever one im heading to next:goodvibes

My top DVC favs include:

#1 WL (perfect, calming; hard to believe you're in FLA) home resort

#2 BWV (location & im fond of the clown)

#3 AK Kidani (where else can you wake up & find a giraffe on your balcony;))
#4 BC (SAB) I had issues during one stay w/mgmt, assume it's been rectified, plan to try & visit next summer.

CRO, by category:

deluxe - CR-MK view:cloud9: (looking forward to trying out BLT)

mod - POR FQ (great theming for the $)

value - music (main pool is a hoot)

Bouncin-Tigger
03-12-2010, 08:45 AM
We have stayed at all dvc disney resorts and also all stars, poly, gf and cs. Out of the dvc resorts its close between okw and blt. Okw because of like others say seems much friendlier than any other one, great big wide open vacation resort feel. BLT because of location and monorail, having 2 very little ones being able to walk to mk or monorail over is huge to us and having 2 pools to choose from is great we also love only have to worry about 2 buses for parks instead of 4, thats one of our ssr downfalls packed buses and sometimes long waits. Did an adult trip to BWV and that was great because of being able to walk to epcot and jellyrolls.

brianheather
03-12-2010, 08:51 AM
If I had to choose,... I think my favorite is BWV. We just got back from there 2 weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. I loved walking on the Boardwalk. The sights and sounds. And of course being so close to Epcot which is my favorite park. I loved looking across the lake and Seeing the BCV. It's just a breathtaking view.

jakenjess
03-12-2010, 09:24 AM
This is really tough. I truly do love them all. The only WDW DVC resort we haven't stayed at is AKV. I think I have to give a slight edge to BLT. Just can't beat the location, and we loved the decor and space of the 2 BR. VWL and BWV would probably run a very close 2nd and 3rd.

VBSunGoddess
03-12-2010, 09:38 AM
Of the resorts we have stayed at already

1. WLV
2. Beach Club
3. Boardwalk
4. Saratoga Springs

mamaprincess
03-12-2010, 10:12 AM
They are all so different from one another that it's hard to compare. I think it really depends on what type of vacation you want to have and what you are focusing on that particular trip.

SSR is our first love. It is the first resort we ever stayed at on Disney property and our first real vacation with the kids. I love the location.
We always drive and go off campus so it's most convenient for our style of vacation. It is closest to the most food options without having to use a park ticket. We don't have AP's normally so we can't afford to burn a park day just for counter service. We love the food options and the shopping especially my favorite store in the world, World of Disney at DTD. I love boating over there because I love Disney boats. It's a really pretty resort. I thinks the room decor is the prettiest of all the resorts. It's bright and cheerful but classy and elegant. We love the spa! We have the option of the Treehouses and now a new feature pool. It seems to keep getting better.

We fell in love with AKL from the moment we first saw it. The themeing there is in my opinion the absolute best. It's like being in another world. When they made it DVC, we had to add on. Boma is our fave restaurant in WDW. This resort could not be even associated with Disney and still be awesome. It doesn't need location, it is a unique experience and a jaw-dropping work of art. I have seen the other Disney resort styles in many other locations besides Disney, I have never seen anything like AKL anywhere else. It's one of a kind. We also really love how many categories are available. The values are the best points wise. The one bedrooms sleep 5 (we are a family of 5) and have two bathrooms (Kidani) so either way it goes, we save points at AKV. There is so much to love about AKV.

We stayed at BLT this past christmas and really loved the private feel of the place. I'm not at all a modern decor girl but I really loved the look and feel of BLT. It was not cold and sterile as I had imagined it might be. The one bedroom felt super large and we really had room to spread out. I love the monorail and that it is right near the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts that we love to frequent for our fave breakfast and dinner and just to hang out. The proximity to MK was super even though we were dying walking back after a commando day (we had to carry our youngest). We didn't get a chance to do the lounge, but we did see the fireworks from the lobby one day and were awe-struck. We will be going back to BLT though not next trip.

Beach Club get's the slight edge over Boardwalk because of Stormalong Bay. I love BWV's lobby. It is my style absolutely. I love Cape May at the Beach Club. Epcot resort area has a magical feel. The location is great. We drive but we'd park and walk or boat for our Epcot and DHS days. We've never stayed at either but hopefully will try them out one day.

speakupjc
03-12-2010, 11:18 AM
It is a tie.

AKL - the theming, the animals, the look of the rooms

BCV - the sand bottom pool, the location

delaneyc52
03-12-2010, 11:24 AM
Boardwalk!!! I love the Boardwalk view, people watching, the nightlife on the boardwalk, the easy walk to Epcot....just the excitement, lights and that old Disney magic. Love it!

BEASLYBOO
03-12-2010, 11:25 AM
I love OKW because it's a vacation within a vacation for me. I love Disney but frankly after schlepping through the parks all day I really enjoy coming back to the lush tropical setting of OKW. The rooms are large and spacious, the 1br & 2br villas have huge balconies that really extend the living space, great for cocktails, dinner and early morning coffee. I prefer to park in front of the villa rather than walk the halls and take elevators common in other resorts like SSR, BWV & WLV. I feel a loss when I don't get to stay there. We're going in June and I'm so looking forward to it!

Don't get me wrong each resort has something to offer, in fact my son prefers the BWV therefore I must alternate every once in a while, since DS(13) reminds me that "it's our DVC." You gotta love him.

ead79
03-12-2010, 12:34 PM
I've stayed at a bunch of different resorts at WDW, and I think each one has its own charm and own advantages/disadvantages.

My favorite resort is Animal Kingdom Villas, followed by the Polynesian. Needless to say, I'd be a happy camper if DVC built at the Polynesian, LOL!

Here's how I'd rank the resorts I've stayed in:

1) AKL/AKV
2) Polynesian
3) Grand Floridian
4) Yacht Club
5) BoardWalk Inn
6) Saratoga Springs
7) Swan/Dolphin
8) Contemporary
9) Old Key West
10) Port Orleans Riverside
11) Beach Club
12) Wilderness Lodge
13) Pop Century
14) Coronado Springs
15) All Star Music

Mlissa88
03-12-2010, 12:44 PM
I love OKW because it's a vacation within a vacation for me. I love Disney but frankly after schlepping through the parks all day I really enjoy coming back to the lush tropical setting of OKW. The rooms are large and spacious, the 1br & 2br villas have huge balconies that really extend the living space, great for cocktails, dinner and early morning coffee. I prefer to park in front of the villa rather than walk the halls and take elevators common in other resorts like SSR, BWV & WLV.

I'm with you BEASLYBOO! I love OKW because I feel like I could go there and not even visit a park. I'm close enough to hear the fireworks but far enough away to feel like I'm actually in Key West. I love the laid back feel and to me, when I visit in the colder months, it's more like having a "winter vacation home in Florida" than a hotel room for a week.

Disney Spaz
03-12-2010, 09:04 PM
BLT hands down for us. The location, walking to MK for a quick bith at Casey's Corner or sitting on the beach at night making smores by the fire. Wathcing wishes from our room all wrapped up and in our pj's. As far as non-DVC resorts it would be a dead heat between GF and Poly. They are both so wonderful yet so different it is hard to pick one. Nothing better then sitting on Poly's beach in a hammock at night watching the fireworks and the electric water pagent. All the beautiful foliage and waterfall in the lobby. At GF it is like stepping back in time. The wrap around porch with rocking chairs. The views of MK or the lake. Relaxing in the lobby while watching the world go by.

Longhairbear
03-13-2010, 03:27 AM
Our favorite is VGC, but OKW isn't far behind. That makes our home base of VWL third place.

Jason@dvcstore
03-13-2010, 04:48 PM
What is your favorite resorts and why?

Boardwalk Villas. I like all the activities that take place on or around the Boardwalk. I also like the pool, ESPN club, and JellyRolls.

Jason

franandaj
03-13-2010, 06:00 PM
This is tough! DVC resorts I've stayed at are SSR, THV, BWV, AKV, and before DVC I've stayed at POR (when it was Dixie Landings), WL, AKL, BC, GCH and GF. I loved staying at all of them. Like MamaPrincess said, it depends on what you want to do on your vacation.

When your focus is not on going to the Disney parks SSR is wonderful. It's right on the edge of Disney property so it's easy to to other places. I do like the interiors of the rooms here best. I love the pastel colors and I like this layout of the villas. The jacuzzi tubs at this resort are the BEST! Having the spa close by is also a plus. I've always had a car when staying here, so bus transportation was never a problem.

We stayed at BWV during F&W last year and other than the never ending hallways, I really liked that. Again I like the layout of the villa and the tub. The proximity to Epcot and DHS was GREAT! We only did those two parks, so not having to get on a bus was fantastic. The downside was that the CS locations weren't that great, but since we were filling up on all the great F&W snacks it was OK. There are so many great TS restaurants in proximity so that's great too!

I really enjoyed staying at AKV because of the animals. The theming of the resort is very nice too. The layout of these villas is not as much to my liking as the two mentioned previously, and the tub is just not as big as the oval tub in older resorts. Not that I won't come back, I guess it's just not as much of a fave, however, you can't beat sitting on the balcony with a cup of coffee, glass of wine and watching the animals!

I have yet to stay at GCV, but I have a feeling I will really like that a lot even if the tub is like the ones at Kidani. The main reason, because until this year I could never justify getting a $300 hotel room less than 20 miles from my house! If all my waitlists come through I will have seven stays there this year, more than I have ever stayed in Anaheim in my lifetime!

So if I have to rank them I think this would be my top three

1) BWV
2) GCV
3) SSR

However, I still have yet to stay at BCV, VWL, OKW and proabably BLT at least once.

ugadog99
03-13-2010, 07:05 PM
1. Akv
2. Bwv

ccigliano
03-13-2010, 08:10 PM
My favorite is VWL because of the atmosphere and location of the resort. I love the view of the lake from anywhere on the property. I love the little animal tracks in the concrete, I love the villa pool with the little bubbly springs in it. I love renting bikes there and riding around ft. wilderness. I've sat and read a book while enjoying the rocking chairs on the porch and while sitting in a nook in the lobby of the villas near a fireplace. Those elevator doors are so beautiful. I love VWL in spite of the fact that probably 50% of my stays there have been in a dumpster view studio.;) I've used the shower facities at Sturdy Branches after checking out of my villa and found them to be clean and very convenient to the pool. I love walking around the grounds at night with DH:love:

Bobbi:goodvibes

PS. Sometimes I wonder why I actually own at 5 other resorts as well, but then I remember why I love those resorts, but VWL is absolutely the best fit for me!!!!:goodvibes
I'm with Bobbi - VWL is my favorite:lovestruc and the only place I own. I too love the theming and cozy warm feeling I get when I walk into that lobby. I love the lake and walking over to the campgounds and experiencing all the wildlife. I actually bought a resale @ OKW in 1999 before the VWL existed. Once I stayed at VWL - I was hooked. I finally sold OKW in 2006 when I could not get my VWL reservation:scared1: in early Dec 2005 at 7 months out and tri-daily calls at the 7 day mark and even while I was there. I've stayed at Kidani-AKV, OKW, and SSR so far. We are staying at BLT in a couple of months so I have a few more to try, but I find it hard not to say at VWL. I went over twice while staying at Kidani last week, once to eat at Artist Point and then right before our HDDR reservation. So far VWL is my fav:cloud9:, followed by AKV-Kidani, OKW and SSR.

MikeRa
03-13-2010, 08:16 PM
My two favorites are VWL, because of it's closeness to Magic Kingdom, and BCV, because of it's closeness to both Epcot and the ESPN Club.

I also love BWV, and OKW. I don't like SSR.

I've never been at BLT, since it was under construction when I was last at WDW

Anal Annie
03-13-2010, 08:17 PM
I like VWL for the colors, warmth & theming but DH & DS like BCV for SAB & location to Epcot!!:goodvibes

lodgelady
03-13-2010, 08:25 PM
[QUOTE=keishashadow;35797891]whichever one im heading to next:goodvibes


THIS IS SO TRUE!!
But it is true that VWL has my heart :lovestruc It is my happy place!

GrumpyBelle
03-13-2010, 09:28 PM
I like both AKV and Wilderness Lodge for the theming.

amyren
03-13-2010, 09:42 PM
Ive stayed at

Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Caribbean Beach Resort.

My favorite is Polynesian! I like the layout and the beach. I LOVE the fact that its on the monorail. It makes things so much more convenient.

Tigger031266
03-14-2010, 10:58 AM
Our is boardwalk. No doubt about it

Brave teacher
03-14-2010, 11:47 AM
We are absolutely in love with AKV - Kidani. My DS7 & DS3 refer to it as their WDW house. Everything about it screams theming. We love the animals outside. That made it a cinch to wakte the boys in the morning. All we had to sak was if they wanted to eat breakfast on the balcony. They jumped out of the bed to go check out the animals. The pool and water area are just fantastic. My DS3 talks to me every night as he goes to sleep. The first thing he says is that he can't wait to go back to HIS water play area. I love that there is so much to do while there.

MikeRa
09-04-2010, 02:50 PM
I'll be staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House this upcoming November

Hunclemarco
09-04-2010, 11:17 PM
BCV for location to EPCOT and DHS, and for Stormalong Bay,
SSR for closeness to DTD, and quiet atmosphere
Would like to try VWL and BWV someday

twinklebug
09-05-2010, 12:00 AM
VWL, Kidani and BWV all pull at my heartstrings for different reasons. Don't think I can pick one favorite, but I'm perfectly happy calling AKV home :goodvibes

VWL - Woodsy feel reminds me of Fort Wilderness. The lobbies both in the main lodge as well as the villas are welcoming and comfortable, yet still peaceful. And the water features totally get to me. *sigh* so wish I were there now.

BWV - Had a room overlooking the green. It was so peaceful. At night we'd open the doors to the balcony and let the music float in. THe boardwalk bakery is a fantastic way to start the day. There are a few creepy elements to this resort though that I've learned to ignore (face chairs, Triton chandelier, clown vomiting children into the pool.)

Kidani - So beautiful: floors like glass, fantastic design, music, zebra and giraffe right off the room to keep us company all night long, and the friendliest staff anywhere! Having a dedicated bus to parks where kidani is the first stop certainly helps too. Oh, and the bartenders are great too ;)

wildernessDad
09-05-2010, 08:30 AM
Hi zetek,
Wilderness Lodge is my favorite resort. The reason is the theming appeals to me more than any other resort. Also, the way the resort is decorated for the holidays is fantastic. :santa: The proximity to MK is another reason. Being able to take a boat back and forth to the park is the best. :goodvibes

Ditto.

DVC Mike
09-05-2010, 01:40 PM
What is your favorite resorts and why?

My favorite DVC resorts are:


1) BLT

Location! You can walk to the Magic Kingdom
Views! Fantastic views of the MK and Bay Lake (and Wishes!)
On the Monorail! Access to other deluxe resorts
Dining! California Grill and access to great dining at GF/Poly
Top of the World Lounge! I love the view of the world from on high
2) BWV

Location! You can walk to Epcot and boat to DHS
Views! Great views of Crescent Lake and YC/BC
The Boardwalk Midway!
Dining! At all the Epcot resorts and inside Epcot, including Flying Fish Cafe on the BW!
3) BCV

Location! You can walk to Epcot and boat to DHS
Stormalong Bay! The best feature pool at WDW
Dining! At all the Epcot resorts and inside Epcot, including Yactsman Steakhouse and Beaches & Cream
Sandy Beach on Crescent Lake with views of the Boardwalk
4) VWL

Magnificently rendered theme!
The Lodge! Peaceful and romantic
Just a relaxing boat ride away from the MK
5) AKV

The animals on the Savanna!
Great exotic theme!
A feeling of remoteness! relax away from the Parks
Great dining! Jiko, Boma and Sanna
I haven't stayed at VGC yet.

adminjedi
09-05-2010, 01:47 PM
A tie between AKV and BCV. We usually do split stays with the family because we can't decide between the two!
We love AKV for the theme and experience.
We love BCV for proximity to 2 parks and SAB.

We would like a DVC on the monorail, but BLT just does not appeal to us. We would have a hard time not purchasing GF if it came on line!

For DL: VGC is an amazing hotel with perfect location. Made DL experience so much better!

We are looking forward to Aulani. Pretty sure it will be our favorite Hawaii DVC!;)