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melissac
10-30-2011, 01:38 PM
Here is my delimina and any thoughts would be great.

First off POINTS AREN'T A CONCERN and I know it all depends on availablity. We will have a car.

We will have 4 adults and 3 kids. We are looking at either THV(SSR owners) or 2BR theme park view BLT Dec 2-8, 2012.

THV give us an extra BR but BLT give us and extra Bathroom.

Ay pros or cons or ones you'd choose? Also, any thoughts on BLT 2BR booking at 7 months beginning of Dec.

Thanks for the help.

KAT4DISNEY
10-30-2011, 02:12 PM
That's a hard one but I do think the decision is made for you if you don't own at BLT. Last year for that week I was unable to get a 2BR standard right at 11 months when MS opened. I was able to get an MK view on that day and everyone loved it but those were gone long before 7 months.

If there is an option then I'd just go with if I felt like more of a contemporary stay close to MK or for a relaxed room in the woods.

amystevekai&bump
10-30-2011, 02:18 PM
I voted for BLT, as nothing beats that location for me - but then I am biased as I own there.:thumbsup2

jstarcze
10-30-2011, 03:48 PM
Another advantage to BLT that time of year is the monorail loop to see the Christmas decorations at the other resorts if you're into that sort of thing. Also VWL is close by and many rave about their decorations also.

spiceycat
10-30-2011, 06:01 PM
okay agree with BLT - my change is to the view - would go for a lake view - one there is definitely more of them so you might get your request - plus ask for even number rooms on north side - high as possible. now not a straight mk view - still a mk view.

AirGoofy
10-30-2011, 06:10 PM
There was only one deciding factor for me - the extra bathroom.

melissac
10-30-2011, 09:26 PM
Does anyone know how many 2br theme park views there are? Is the chance poor that of getting a theme park 2br at 7 months?

MinnieGi
10-30-2011, 10:45 PM
I would also choose BLT for closeness of the action, monorail loop for resort hopping to see Christmas decorations, and the extra bathroom in the morning I think is key with so many adults. :)

You asked about the view, I'll tell you I put in two waitlists last year for BLT for Christmas week, one for MK view and the other for lake view. The lake view came through for us. So my advise would be to put a waitlist in for each of the views and see which comes through.

disneynutz
10-30-2011, 11:35 PM
IMO for a Christmas vacation I wouldn't choose either one because neither decorates for Christmas. At BLT you will see the castle change color off in the distance and at SSR you will see undecorated trees because you are surrounded by a wetland.

BWV, BCV, VWL, and AKV all have much better decorations.

:earsboy: Bill

franandaj
10-31-2011, 01:23 AM
I didn't vote, how old are the kids? If they are teenage girls go for the extra bathroom, if not :confused3 depends on if you want to "camp in the woods" or "stay downtown in the thick of things". I've stayed at both and love them both for what they each are.

melissac
10-31-2011, 08:31 AM
I should have mentioned we did stay at thv for 10days and love them. There wi be 2boys(11&15) and girl(16).

dianeschlicht
10-31-2011, 09:18 AM
I should have mentioned we did stay at thv for 10days and love them. There wi be 2boys(11&15) and girl(16).

Since those ages aren't as likely to be interested in the MK, then I'd go for THV and more individual beds.

DVC Dude
10-31-2011, 09:49 AM
The beds in THV are Queen and BLT has a King in the master.

Nothing beats the outdoor decking of a THV for family gatherings and no bugs in December.

Cee
10-31-2011, 09:55 AM
Since I haven't stayed at BLT yet, my vote is the THV! Although I do wish the bed in the master was a king. Oh well, a small price to pay. The Treehouses are AWESOME. :goodvibes

JWG
10-31-2011, 09:55 AM
We absolutely LOVE BLT. Think it's our favorite resort (which, amazing that my wife would say that - she loves the remote earthy feel and look of AKV). BLT is so convenient for everything and we loved the TOTWL.

I get the individual rooms and beds thing at THV, but I still think I'd go for BLT and the extra bathroom.

Book THV at 11 months (since your home resort is SSR). Then, at 7 months try for a dedicated 2 BR at BLT. Waitlist if you can't get it. The dedicated 2 BR will mean a bed for most (assuming 2 of the kids can deal with sharing I guess). Leaving only one person to need a pull out in the living room.

You cannot beat the space and size of the BLT 2BR living room (except at OKW). The layout and huge windows are fabulous.

However, if beds are a concern, I'd stick with THV since you'd have space for all but 1 for sure. However, in either setup, someone is in the living room pull out.

Good luck! We're planning to go the same time of year in 2012. If you stay at BLT maybe we'll run into you!

melissac
10-31-2011, 08:00 PM
Question about beds at blt. Poster above stated that 2 children need to share but I thought 2 queens in one room and a king and sofa bed and sleeper chair. The adults will be sleeping together and then kids will have own beds. If I'm wrong about beds thet might decide things.

KAT4DISNEY
10-31-2011, 08:54 PM
Question about beds at blt. Poster above stated that 2 children need to share but I thought 2 queens in one room and a king and sofa bed and sleeper chair. The adults will be sleeping together and then kids will have own beds. If I'm wrong about beds thet might decide things.

You are correct on what sleeping arrangements are available but what people were referring to is the fact that THV has a 3rd bedroom whereas at BLT if each child has their own sleeping "place" then there will be two open sleepers in the living area. It's just not the ideal arrangement in many people's mind b/c it limits the useage of the living area to times when the kids are not sleeping.

jade1
10-31-2011, 10:06 PM
First off POINTS AREN'T A CONCERN and I know it all depends on availablity. We will have a car.

We will have 4 adults and 3 kids. We are looking at either THV(SSR owners) or 2BR theme park view BLT Dec 2-8, 2012.

THV give us an extra BR but BLT give us and extra Bathroom.


BLT has 3BR units as well, since points are not an issue. :wizard:

daddey
11-01-2011, 08:22 AM
I vote for BLT. Where else should you be but near the castle for Christmas!

castleri
11-01-2011, 08:37 AM
I would make a reservation at SSR at 11 months and then try to change at 7 months to BLT. I would also go for a LV over the MK view as Spiceycat said.

CMOORE185
11-01-2011, 09:08 AM
I have stayed at both and would pick THV hands down over BLT. The only thing that would even make me consider picking BLT over THV is the location thing, otherwise THV is a much better place to stay, IMHO.

JWG
11-01-2011, 10:42 AM
You are correct on what sleeping arrangements are available but what people were referring to is the fact that THV has a 3rd bedroom whereas at BLT if each child has their own sleeping "place" then there will be two open sleepers in the living area. It's just not the ideal arrangement in many people's mind b/c it limits the useage of the living area to times when the kids are not sleeping.

Yup, that was me. My preference was that if two kids were ok sharing a bed, i would do BLT. Not that they have to. The sleeper chair, in my opinion, is only good for smaller children. I laid on it and hung off considerably (though I am 6'1"). Otherwise you have multiple people in the living room wanting to go to bed at different times and lost use of the living space at night if someone wants to stay up.

BLT offers more space in the living area, great views, great location and convenience. THV offers a 3br option for 2br prices, isolated quiet and a unique experience.

One thing to think about, will the kids be going off on their own? If so, I'd really recommend BLT. While you said youd have a car, they won't. Getting around from Treehouse Villas would be considerably less convenient. Not only can you walk to MK and monorail to Epcot from BLT, you can walk to the MK bus depot and catch a bus anywhere. And, that walk is no worse than being on the far sidemof the BWV and going to the bus stop.

melissac
11-01-2011, 10:50 AM
BLT has 3BR units as well, since points are not an issue. :wizard:
We where looking at that too but we would have to do a lake view. But, not sure if that is how many points a want to burn. I was thinking a little less then that.

melissac
11-01-2011, 11:13 AM
One thing to think about, will the kids be going off on their own? If so, I'd really recommend BLT. While you said youd have a car, they won't. Getting around from Treehouse Villas would be considerably less convenient. Not only can you walk to MK and monorail to Epcot from BLT, you can walk to the MK bus depot and catch a bus anywhere. And, that walk is no worse than being on the far sidemof the BWV and going to the bus stop.

That was my thought also. Now that the kids are older we might get some Adult time and let the kids have some freedom and BLT would be great for that. THV not as easy to get to places on the bus. Can be done but a lot longer. I'm more leaving to BLT.

Form reading it looks like MK views are hard to come by? Are lakeviews just as good. Does anyone have other suggestions.

melissac
11-01-2011, 03:19 PM
I wonder if I couldn't get a 2BR theme park that I wonder if I could get 2 1BR either lakeview or theme park. Will I be disappointed if I get a lakeview. I'm really looking forward to watching fireworks from our room. Is there a place at BLT besides the top of the world bar to watch fireworks that has a good view?

melissac
11-01-2011, 03:35 PM
One more question is there a link of breakdown of rooms and views? I just want to see how many in each room catorgy have what views. Thanks

castleri
11-01-2011, 08:46 PM
I wonder if I couldn't get a 2BR theme park that I wonder if I could get 2 1BR either lakeview or theme park. Will I be disappointed if I get a lakeview. I'm really looking forward to watching fireworks from our room. Is there a place at BLT besides the top of the world bar to watch fireworks that has a good view?

The area outside the lounge is great, as are the areas near the north side elevators on the upper floors for watching the fireworks. I would imagine the walkway from the contemporary is also good. We had a Lv 1BR on the 8th floor north side and watched the fireworks from the balcony and they would have also been visible from the living room if we had had the drapes open.

twinklebug
11-01-2011, 08:53 PM
I don't think you could have picked two more different resorts to choose from! :lmao:

Me ... yeesh... tough one. I Love the outdoors and am dying to stay in a treehouse, but I'm going to say I'd go with BLT in December. Why? BLT has more holiday decor than the THV to greet us all around. In December I want trees, lights and wreaths around us. It's also a very easy boat ride over to VWL and Ft W. or a monorail trip to the Grand Floridian where there are tons of decorations (and a giant gingerbread house) to take in ;)

JWG
11-02-2011, 11:41 AM
Room type, view categories, etc.:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2257082

Though, now that I've thought about it, you should really stay at THV. We're also going in December 2012 and I don't want any competition for a 2BR!! :rotfl:

I kid, I kid.

dizfan
11-02-2011, 11:55 AM
Does anyone know how many 2br theme park views there are?

58 2BR theme park view (20 lockoff, 38 dedicated)

melissac
11-02-2011, 12:28 PM
Now my husband says lets just go for a LV GV if on is available. We don't have enough points for a MK View GV plus I told him that GV are REALLY hard to get. I guess I will just be happy if I can get a 2BR at BLT either LV or MK. I think that is what I'm leaning towards. Now the wait until May. I will still book a THV in Jan to make sure I have something. I was also looking at AKL GV. I really like how BLT and AKL(2-story) have that sleeping area upstairs which would give the only girl(16) a little space of her own and the downstairs BR of her own. I know it is a pipe dream for any GV at 7 months but one can still hope for Pixie Dust.

melissac
11-02-2011, 12:51 PM
Though, now that I've thought about it, you should really stay at THV. We're also going in December 2012 and I don't want any competition for a 2BR!! :rotfl:

I kid, I kid.

Are going around the same time we are Dec 2-8th is our time. Maybe we can both throw pixie dust pixiedust:to get what we want. Do you own at BLT and can book at 11months?

I rented points this year and was able to get renters a 2BR LV for 4 days in Dec and another 1BR LV a week in Dec. at 7 months so really hoping I can do the same for myself.:)

JWG
11-02-2011, 10:48 PM
Are going around the same time we are Dec 2-8th is our time. Maybe we can both throw pixie dust pixiedust:to get what we want. Do you own at BLT and can book at 11months?

I rented points this year and was able to get renters a 2BR LV for 4 days in Dec and another 1BR LV a week in Dec. at 7 months so really hoping I can do the same for myself.:)

Somewhere in there, dates aren't known just yet. We have two small contracts at BLT and most of our points at BWV. We plan to book a Sun-Thu stay at BLT sometime between 12/1 - 12/15 and a few extra days over at BWV.

Because we want MK View, we're paying quite the point premium and points are an issue since only about 1/3rd of our points are at BLT. Hence the split stay. Though, it works out well, as we've never stayed at BWV over the holidays and are really looking forward to the chocolate carousel and seeing the other Epcot resort decorations.

After this stay, I think we'll back down to LV or SV at BLT to save on points. Most of the LV rooms have an off center view of the MK (even numbered) and we just did a SV stay and loved it.

Inkmahm
11-03-2011, 12:22 AM
That's a hard one but I do think the decision is made for you if you don't own at BLT. Last year for that week I was unable to get a 2BR standard right at 11 months when MS opened. I was able to get an MK view on that day and everyone loved it but those were gone long before 7 months.

If there is an option then I'd just go with if I felt like more of a contemporary stay close to MK or for a relaxed room in the woods.

Not necessarily. I booked AKV at 11 months for our March, 2012 trip. Then at 7 months I changed to 3 nights in a dedicated 2 bedroom MK view at BLT followed by 4 nights in the THV at SSR. My logic was the same as the OP, an extra bathroom at BLT vs an extra bedroom at THV. We have 6 adults- me, my DH, my mom, my sister and her daughter, and another niece. I let the family decide where they wanted to stay and they came up with a split stay between the two. That works for me because I've wanted to try the tree houses! I already know I love BLT from previous stays.

KAT4DISNEY
11-03-2011, 12:41 AM
Not necessarily. I booked AKV at 11 months for our March, 2012 trip. Then at 7 months I changed to 3 nights in a dedicated 2 bedroom MK view at BLT followed by 4 nights in the THV at SSR. My logic was the same as the OP, an extra bathroom at BLT vs an extra bedroom at THV. We have 6 adults- me, my DH, my mom, my sister and her daughter, and another niece. I let the family decide where they wanted to stay and they came up with a split stay between the two. That works for me because I've wanted to try the tree houses! I already know I love BLT from previous stays.

I do agree anything is possible. Actually for March I would not have said the same thing but since OP wants what I consider to be the hardest DVC week to book I do think the odds are very poor that MK view will be an option. Lakeview I'd give a chance and standard view as bad or worse than MK view.

That first and second week of Dec are just so darn popular with the low point costs and all the Christmas festivities happening.

taaren
11-03-2011, 01:49 AM
We'll be there at the same time Dec 1-15, and plan on spending the first 5 nights in a 2 bedroom dedicated LV for the convenience .... have a similar crew with 5A 3C (2 couples, our kids, plus their uncle)
Plus one of the few things I remember from going to WDW 20 years ago is the Electrical Water Parade so hoping to get a view of that and the third bathroom is wonderful at our home resort we really need it to get out the door in the morning.
The other week we had considered either THV (what DH wanted) or AKV (what I wanted) and instead we settled on BCV, again for the location since we're really interested in Epcot and will have slightly less people (still 5A but only 1C). Haven't stayed in any of them, since most weren't built the last time I was in Florida but I keep thinking the main reason I bought into DVC was for the convenient location to the parks since we're parks people.
We'll be renting/transferring points since I can't book a back-up with my home resort and don't want to risk not getting the dates and can't really see any other solution. :confused3
Somebody should start a December 2012 thread already!