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tidefan
03-17-2010, 12:59 AM
We are halfway through our stay at THV and I have to say, this place has not only exceeded, but blown away our expectations. These have to be the best laid out villas of any DVC. Due to that, plus the super high ceilings, the villas feel huge, even if square footage wise they aren't any bigger than a regular two bedroom. I will post more about how much we really like our THV as we go (it is almost 1 in the morning, so I've got to get a bit of sleep), but I really can't get over how impressed we all are with it. They really, really did a good job with these. Also, they have the coolest bathroom fixtures (for those of you that have stayed here, you know what I am talking about...)

Our only concern would be that one really ought to have a car if you stay here because the 2 bus thing is a bit of a pain. However, since we have a car, we've just driven to everything we've done...

More to come...

Cee
03-17-2010, 07:01 AM
My sentiments exactly. We LOVED them. It's our new favorite place. I'm so glad you are having a great time there.:goodvibes

lugnut33
03-17-2010, 09:04 AM
Shhhhhh, don't tell anybody.

KeepSwimmingDory
03-17-2010, 09:23 AM
Enjoy the rest of your stay! Can't wait to see for myself in May. :cool1:

bobbiwoz
03-17-2010, 09:47 AM
We can't wait to try one. That will be in November for us!

Bobbi:goodvibes

Disney_Mama
03-17-2010, 09:49 AM
Glad you are enjoying yourself. Can't wait to hear more.

MikeyNS
03-17-2010, 09:58 AM
We took a pontoon boat up the river a few days ago and really got a good look at the THV's.. we can't wait to stay in them! It looked soooooo peaceful. The 2 bus thing would be a bit of a pain, but I think I'd sacrifice it for the tranquility.

funhouse8
03-17-2010, 10:13 AM
Can't wait to stay here either. We stayed in the Campground Cabins once and had to use two buses also. Wasn't too bad. After all you are at WDW. :)

Micca
03-17-2010, 09:08 PM
Not sure when we're staying there, but as SSR is our home resort it's just a matter of time. Looking foward to it. :earsboy:

stopher1
03-17-2010, 09:18 PM
Oh I so want to go back! Enjoy your stay!!! We were in a treehouse for 3 nights in January and absolutely loved it. And yeah, those bathroom faucets are awesome.

ACDSNY
03-17-2010, 11:05 PM
Our family loved them too! Even without a car. We were right near the bus stop and never waited long at either stop.

tidefan
03-18-2010, 01:15 AM
Our family loved them too! Even without a car. We were right near the bus stop and never waited long at either stop.

Buses aren't too bad, but we have been confused as to when we go to the Springs, and when we go to the Grandstand. However, mostly, we've just driven and it hasn't been too bad.

Still love the Treehouses. It's really nice to have your own space and not have to worry about bothering your neighbor. We've got 3 kiddos between our family and the one staying with us and we don't have to worry about them making noise or bothering anyone. Parking hasn't been an issue and it's real easy in and out of here. We are a bit far from the pool as we are at the North bus stop, but we could take the internal bus down there if need be...

One note. Had a real interesting experience at dinner tonight. Decided to try a new place for dinner on the DDP, so we tryed the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club. 2.5 hours later, we finally got out of there. Needless to say it was one adventure after another, but let's just leave it at, if you go, don't get the Crabcakes. Don't think that we'll leave this one on the Rota...

On a positive note, had lunch at Columbia Harbour House. We had never eaten there and decided to give it a try. Had the Fried Shrimp and it was really good...

2 more days to go...

NewJerseyDVCMembers
03-18-2010, 02:44 AM
We love SSR and have walked over to the Tree Houses twice while staying. They seem so relaxing, glad to hear they are as enjoyable as they look.

In case anyone is wondering, there is a walking path at the far end of the Grandstand section of SSR. It goes behind the Villas, between the 17th green of LBV and the 18th tee.

Great walk if you like walking around!

John VN
03-18-2010, 07:07 AM
We stayed in the Tree Houses back in early '80s a couple of times. At that time it was "The Best Kept Secret" at WDW.

Something we had then and is no longer available would be the beautiful free roaming PEACOCKS. Wake up in the AM, look outside and right there on the deck in full fanning calling others. Amazing.

Glad everybody is enjoying the new Tree Houses.

Paticake
03-18-2010, 08:01 AM
We loved the treehouse when we were there in Nov. So relaxing in the morning for coffee and in the evening for adult beverages on the pouch. Never had bus issues. We would walk to the Grandstand bus stop sometimes. Can't wait to go back. Just a note, we have 3 grandchildren, 2 and under and will wait until they are not in carriages anymore before we take them to THV. I think the 2 bus transfer would be kinda of a pain with carriages. Can't wait till they are all big enough.

BCV23
03-18-2010, 09:03 AM
tidefan, thanks for posting. We absolutely love THV, too. So beautiful, relaxing and spacious.

The THV shuttle bus goes only to the Springs first thing in the morning. At 11:00 am, it adds the Grandstand stop. THV>Springs>Grandstand>THV, etc.. Although we had a car and always drove to the parks, I think walking to the Grandstand might make sense in the am.

We did have the occasion to take the bus back to THV in the afternoon when we split up a few times after lunch. The park buses stop first at Grandstand so we just got off there. A THV bus always came along in short order. Next stop...THV.

Enjoy the rest of your stay. I'll be reading your report. :surfweb:

Mickey'sApprentice
03-18-2010, 10:16 AM
That sounds wonderful. I'd like to try the treehouses sometime when we are with family.

Back in the mid-1980s, I mentioned that I wanted to go to WDW and stay in a tree house. My Dad just shook his head. Maybe, I'll finally get my chance.

zulaya
03-18-2010, 10:36 AM
I'm dying to see one of these up close and in person. Everything I've read has been fabulous.

Any DISers interested in giving me and the fam a brief open house tour? I'm down in the world June 11-16 and Nov. 27-Dec 4 this year.

tidefan
03-18-2010, 11:20 AM
tidefan, thanks for posting. We absolutely love THV, too. So beautiful, relaxing and spacious.

The THV shuttle bus goes only to the Springs first thing in the morning. At 11:00 am, it adds the Grandstand stop. THV>Springs>Grandstand>THV, etc.. Although we had a car and always drove to the parks, I think walking to the Grandstand might make sense in the am.

We did have the occasion to take the bus back to THV in the afternoon when we split up a few times after lunch. The park buses stop first at Grandstand so we just got off there. A THV bus always came along in short order. Next stop...THV.

Enjoy the rest of your stay. I'll be reading your report. :surfweb:

Ahhh, that makes sense. We didn't know that the first time they dropped us at the Grandstand and we kept telling the driver that we needed to go to the Springs...

lugnut33
03-18-2010, 11:38 AM
Keep all this talk up and they won't be a secret anymore. So everybody, be quiet!!!

Start talking about how bad they are even if you have to make stuff up. We don't want the THV's to be overrun with people wanting to stay there.

tidefan
03-18-2010, 11:52 AM
Keep all this talk up and they won't be a secret anymore. So everybody, be quiet!!!

Start talking about how bad they are even if you have to make stuff up. We don't want the THV's to be overrun with people wanting to stay there.

OK, well I will say that the one thing that I do miss is a King sized bed, although this place is so great that I really find myself not even missing it that much...

Even Mrs. Tidefan has been a trooper this week. She ran the Princess Half Marathon last week and came home with a hairline stress fracture so she has been here all week in a boot. She is still managing to keep up with all of us though...

Alright, we are up and going to find a place for lunch before Animal Kingdom. Maybe we'll swing through Pepper Market...

BCfan
03-18-2010, 11:06 PM
Great TR Tidefan. I'm glad you're enjoying your stay at THV.

We will be staying there for 5 nights in early Sept. We can't wait!!

Did you happen to notice if there is any parking near the pool, or should we just take the internal bus or walk?

Looking forward to the rest of your review.

tidefan
03-19-2010, 01:43 AM
Great TR Tidefan. I'm glad you're enjoying your stay at THV.

We will be staying there for 5 nights in early Sept. We can't wait!!

Did you happen to notice if there is any parking near the pool, or should we just take the internal bus or walk?

Looking forward to the rest of your review.

Didn't notice any parking near the pool, but we have only been by it once. Our Treehouse is at the Northern end and we seem a bit far from the pool. When we drive out, we can turn just past the Northern bus stop and make a U to get out, so we never get down that far.

One thing to note. Buses really seem to be an issue, especially late at night. We came back from the MK tonight by ourselves (our friends went to DTD and called it a night early, so we didn't have the car) and again, for the second time in two tries, had bus issues with the "internal THV" bus. Getting to SSR Grandstand was no problem. Then, we waited 30 minutes for a THV bus. So after 25 minutes, DW calls on the phone. DW asked why buses don't go to directly to the Treehouses and the operator told her it was because "the members voted against it". Well, I didn't vote against it... Anyway... The bus driver said that there was supposed to be 2 THV buses, but that they were only running one. He couldn't (or maybe wouldn't) tell me why. Anyway, sitting at the Grandstand bus stop for 30 minutes after Midnight with a sleeping 6 year old in 50 degree weather is no fun...

Also, in other fun bus issues, while we were waiting, another MK bus dropped off people and some other people sat down next to us. We were talking about how the only bad thing about the Treehouse was the 2 bus system. They asked us what a Treehouse was. Sure enough, they had parked at DTD and wanted to know when the next DTD bus was coming. They even had the audacity to use the phone to call the Disney transport folks to ask if a bus was coming to go to DTD. After 5-10 minutes, sure enough, here comes the DTD bus and they get on. So, just to let everyone know, yes, people are definitely parking at DTD and using SSR as their personal park transport. I really think that Disney ought to go back to making everyone show a room key to use the buses...

Still absolutely love, love, love our Treehouse, just bring a car...

CMOORE185
03-19-2010, 02:29 PM
Didn't notice any parking near the pool, but we have only been by it once. Our Treehouse is at the Northern end and we seem a bit far from the pool. When we drive out, we can turn just past the Northern bus stop and make a U to get out, so we never get down that far.

One thing to note. Buses really seem to be an issue, especially late at night. We came back from the MK tonight by ourselves (our friends went to DTD and called it a night early, so we didn't have the car) and again, for the second time in two tries, had bus issues with the "internal THV" bus. Getting to SSR Grandstand was no problem. Then, we waited 30 minutes for a THV bus. So after 25 minutes, DW calls on the phone. DW asked why buses don't go to directly to the Treehouses and the operator told her it was because "the members voted against it". Well, I didn't vote against it... Anyway... The bus driver said that there was supposed to be 2 THV buses, but that they were only running one. He couldn't (or maybe wouldn't) tell me why. Anyway, sitting at the Grandstand bus stop for 30 minutes after Midnight with a sleeping 6 year old in 50 degree weather is no fun...

Also, in other fun bus issues, while we were waiting, another MK bus dropped off people and some other people sat down next to us. We were talking about how the only bad thing about the Treehouse was the 2 bus system. They asked us what a Treehouse was. Sure enough, they had parked at DTD and wanted to know when the next DTD bus was coming. They even had the audacity to use the phone to call the Disney transport folks to ask if a bus was coming to go to DTD. After 5-10 minutes, sure enough, here comes the DTD bus and they get on. So, just to let everyone know, yes, people are definitely parking at DTD and using SSR as their personal park transport. I really think that Disney ought to go back to making everyone show a room key to use the buses...

Still absolutely love, love, love our Treehouse, just bring a car...

Would it have been faster to walk from Grandstand to THV?

Chellymouse
03-19-2010, 04:41 PM
We are planning on staying at THV next summer when we bring the family for a week with the mouse. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing!

winjos
03-19-2010, 05:31 PM
The TGV look great, but every time we look at them we ask ... What about bugs?

I'd love to have the seclusion, I can even handle the challenges with the buses, but we're not good with the bugs!

Can you hang out outside, walk to the buses or the car, enjoy the grounds and not be eaten?

Thanks!

BWV Dreamin
03-19-2010, 08:51 PM
We always use ME when going to WDW. Why does one absolutely need a car while staying at the treehouses? We have no small kids, usually only do two parks per visit, and get Garden Grocer. Is there another reason I would need a car?

zalansky
03-19-2010, 10:14 PM
OP thanks for the info - we're booked for Labor Day weekend for our 1st treehouse stay! We can't wait!!! :thumbsup2

Doingitagain
03-19-2010, 10:32 PM
We always use ME when going to WDW. Why does one absolutely need a car while staying at the treehouses? We have no small kids, usually only do two parks per visit, and get Garden Grocer. Is there another reason I would need a car?

We have stayed in THV twice and didn't have a car. We found the buses easy to use, and it was easy to walk if we wanted. We also walked to DTD and took the ferry to DTD and the Springs. We used Garden Grocers as well.

Note that we have older children and no stroller.

tidefan
03-20-2010, 02:01 AM
Would it have been faster to walk from Grandstand to THV?

It would, if we were at the South end of the Treehouses. We are at the North end, between the North bus stop and the entrance. So, we would have to walk, come in by the pool and walk all the way up the Treehouses. Plus, Mrs. Tidefan is in a boot (stress fracture in foot from Princess Half-Marathon) so walking wasn't really an option.

I think that the problem is just the late night buses. At other times, things seem to run smoothly. One thing we didn't understand is that on the first occasion, there were two folks on the Saratoga bus that were staying at OKW and the driver went into OKW to drop them off at Turtle Pond, but he wouldn't go into the Treehouses to drop us off :confused3

The TGV look great, but every time we look at them we ask ... What about bugs?

I'd love to have the seclusion, I can even handle the challenges with the buses, but we're not good with the bugs!

Can you hang out outside, walk to the buses or the car, enjoy the grounds and not be eaten?

Thanks!

No bugs at all that we have noticed. It has been unseasonably cool, so that may have something to do with it.

We go home tomorrow. We have loved the Treehouses and look forward to coming back!

schewy
03-20-2010, 07:10 PM
Could you post some Photos. I would love to see the THV. All I have seen at the artist drawings and a couple posted photos.

dumbo_buddy
03-20-2010, 07:22 PM
We are halfway through our stay at THV and I have to say, this place has not only exceeded, but blown away our expectations. These have to be the best laid out villas of any DVC. Due to that, plus the super high ceilings, the villas feel huge, even if square footage wise they aren't any bigger than a regular two bedroom. I will post more about how much we really like our THV as we go (it is almost 1 in the morning, so I've got to get a bit of sleep), but I really can't get over how impressed we all are with it. They really, really did a good job with these. Also, they have the coolest bathroom fixtures (for those of you that have stayed here, you know what I am talking about...)

Our only concern would be that one really ought to have a car if you stay here because the 2 bus thing is a bit of a pain. However, since we have a car, we've just driven to everything we've done...

More to come...

so glad that you're having a great time! hooray!!!

about the car thing, how bad would it be without a car? how long of a walk is it from the main bus stop to your THV? would you really need to take that second bus?

BCfan
03-20-2010, 08:46 PM
Could you post some Photos. I would love to see the THV. All I have seen at the artist drawings and a couple posted photos.


Here's a review from last summer. Pictures start at post #23



http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2198823&highlight=THV&page=2

supersuperwendy
03-21-2010, 09:38 AM
This is a great tour of the treehouses!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjbyVAJZIsM

medic318
03-21-2010, 11:10 AM
Can't wait to stay at THV in October. Everything I read and see so far has me more excited. I am just not looking forward to the transportation thing. We will have a 7 mo and a stroller, so doing 2 buses could be interesting. Guess I am going to have to do more work on the elliptical to get ready. Also there will be 6 of us to help out.

franandaj
03-21-2010, 08:02 PM
Keep all this talk up and they won't be a secret anymore. So everybody, be quiet!!!

Start talking about how bad they are even if you have to make stuff up. We don't want the THV's to be overrun with people wanting to stay there.

I don't have to make this up, when I was there in January with my parents, my DP got REALLY sick the 3rd night. She couldn't go into the park the next day. In addition the THV are fairly dark inside, so she was somewhat cooped up in there for 3 days and started to get very depressed due to the isolation and darkness. If you're the kind of person who say, likes a Boardwalk view, the THV are not for you.

Personally I thought it was the coolest place I'd ever stayed!

The TGV look great, but every time we look at them we ask ... What about bugs?

I'd love to have the seclusion, I can even handle the challenges with the buses, but we're not good with the bugs!

Can you hang out outside, walk to the buses or the car, enjoy the grounds and not be eaten?

Thanks!

I never saw any bugs, but that was January. I would imagine that in May, the Love Bugs would be out in force. On another note, as we were checking out of our villa, we ran into the guy in charge of pest control for SSR. Essentially he spends his mornings spraying vacant units at the main resort and comes over to the Treehouses at 11AM sharp to try and spray one or two units while they are vacant because he said they are ALWAYS full and it's very difficult to work them in. Each unit gets 3-4 sprayings per year.

We always use ME when going to WDW. Why does one absolutely need a car while staying at the treehouses? We have no small kids, usually only do two parks per visit, and get Garden Grocer. Is there another reason I would need a car?

The only reason you might need a car is that depending on where your Treehouse is located it could be a long walk to the Grandstand bus stop. Otherwise you take a bus from the THV to the Grandstand and transfer there. Getting places could be time consuming. There is a boat launch that will take you to to DTD. We had a car when we stayed there and it helped out a lot, but it isn't a requirement. If you are patient with the bus system you'll be fine.

tidefan
03-22-2010, 02:08 AM
We are finally back home. Had a great trip. Ended up extending an extra day by using our checkout day to enjoy the High Rock Springs pool and then on to DTD, and the next thing you know, it's 9pm, so we stayed last night in Orlando at the new Hilton Garden Inn off of Palm Parkway (which was very nice, BTW) and drove back today.

I am really, really glad that we got to stay in the Treehouses. We were a group of 7. Me, DW, and DD6 and some friends of ours DD's BFF 6, her brother 9, and their Mom and Dad. The Treehouse was just perfect for our group. I am a big, big fan of how they laid out the THV units and just how much storage there is in the unit. I think someone either on this thread or the one in planning mentioned the space above the fridge as being great for storage. We definitely found that to be the case. Another thing I liked, and this will sound a bit silly, is that there were a ton of hangars. We like to hang a lot of our clothes, and often, there just aren't enough hangars, but there sure are in the Treehouses.

One thing I do think one should consider when staying at THV is that if you need to be "in the middle of the action", then this is not the place for you. I don't really think we met anyone else staying at THV the entire week. Now, for us, this was just fine. We got along just fine entertaining ourselves. However, just know that you may not get the chance to know your neighbors, so if this is important to you, then THV wouldn't be your place. However, if you want some R & R, and a feeling of peace after a day of rubbing shoulders with 25,000 of your closest friends at one of the parks, THV couldn't be better. Oh, and the deck. Got to love the deck. It was great to stretch out with an adult beverage after a long day at the parks and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

I have a few pictures, but quite honestly, I didn't take any before we came in and unpacked, so I'll have to download our pics and see what I have and report back on that later. I know that a few people have said that the THV's are really dark, and I can see that because they have the best drapes ever. I mean no light is getting through those suckers. We loved this because we are not morning people, so we slept in every day and it sure was nice not to be bombarded with sunlight first thing in the morning. There is, however, a fix to the darkness. Just open the drapes. There are plenty of windows and if you open the drapes, that unit will light up like a christmas tree...

My last general comment would be that for the first time that I have been at Disney since joining DVC, people actually had questions for me when I said that not only did I own at SSR, but I was staying in a Treehouse. I definitely think that the THV has increased the value of home ownership at SSR.

so glad that you're having a great time! hooray!!!

about the car thing, how bad would it be without a car? how long of a walk is it from the main bus stop to your THV? would you really need to take that second bus?

Well, the answer to this is "it depends". If you look at a map of SSR, you will notice that the pathway to the Grandstand enters the Treehouses at the far South end of the Treehouses. This is great if you are staying at the South end of the Treehouses, but not so much if you are at the North end, by the entrance to the road. We were in 7005 and were actually North of the North bus stop, between the North bus stop and the road.

Now, for getting to a park, you can still work this as you could take the internal THV bus to the South bus stop, then walk over, but that is somewhat self-defeating as one would still get there faster by staying on the bus. At night, however, we would either have to wait for the bus, or, walk through the Grandstand to the path, across to THV, and then all the way up THV to the Northern end unit. In fact, I would wager to say that we were closer to the Hospitality House bus stop at OKW than the Grandstand bus stop.

Now, all of this adds anywhere from 10-30 minutes each way on to your trip to and from the parks. This may or may not make a difference to you. I would say that it seems as though the better location is towards the South end of the Treehouses as not only would you have the walkway over to the Grandstand, but you'd also have much better access to the pool, which is not centrally located, but rather on the Southern end of the Treehouses.

All that, however, is a minor issue. If we were coming for the pool, we wouldn't be staying at THV anyway. For accomodating large groups with multiple children, IMHO, there is no better accomodation at WDW. The bunk beds are great as are the fold outs in the living area. It is also extremely nice to give the adults (at least in our group) their own bedroom. Lastly, you really don't have to worry about hushing the kids every 5 minutes because, well, besides you, who are they going to bother? It's like having your own personal resort, and we'll be back to ours again (though not next year, going to check out the Disney Dream...)

Edited: Just saw that this was my 500th post. I have reached a milestone...