View Full Version : DVC resorts that don't interest you at all?

Simba's Mom
02-07-2003, 02:45 PM
I know everyone has different tastes and likes certain DVC resorts more than others. I was just wondering if anyone else has absolutely no interest in a certain DVC resort. For instance, does anyone have no desire to stay at, say OKW, that's our favorite? I don't want this to degenerate in to a "my resort is better than yours"-I'm just curious at how diverse people's tastes are. This came out of the realization that SSRR holds absolutely no appeal to me. I can't see why anyone would want to go there. But then I realized that others probably feel that same way about certain resorts that I just love. So tell me, what resorts are some of you cold about while others may love?

02-07-2003, 02:49 PM
O.K. I'll take the first bite, and say that OKW is the one resort that I have no desire to stay it!!! I like the resort feel of VWL, the only DVC resort I"ve stayed at, and BCV definately appeals to me. I'd stay at BWV, but only if VWL and BCV weren't available. Now, would I pass up OKW if it was the only resort available. Yes, I would. I'd either pay cash, or move my dates. I just don't like the whole "condo" feel of the place. Some people love that, me I like the resorty feel of the others.

02-07-2003, 02:54 PM
I have no interest in HH. I'm sure living close enough to throw a rock and hit the island has a lot to do with it but there is nothing that I've read to interest me in going there not to mention it's offsite. The beaches here are nothing like the ones in Fl so I definitely wouldn't compare it to VB, which I would like to go visit one year. While I think we have some of the most beautiful islands in our area that exist, I'm just not crazy about what they've allowed to happen at HH. I would think it would cost me a lot more to have a good time at HH than onsite or even VB.

02-07-2003, 02:59 PM
Florida is my first choice for vacations So, I'm lucky that I love all the choices! VWL holds the least interest for me. I don't care to stay at WL either. However, I'm willing to give it a try at least once.

HHI is somewhere I want to try also. I may find I've been missing out on something very special. :)

02-07-2003, 03:18 PM
I've never met (or even read about) a DVC resort I didn't like!

We hope to try them all over time, but for now we are enjoying our home resorts, VWL and BCV. They are our favorites, and that is good, since I hear you should own where you want to stay! ;)

We will be trying Vero Beach this year, and we can't wait to give it a shot! I really believe each resort has something different and special.

02-07-2003, 03:30 PM
I own points at OKW, BWV, HH, and VB, but I have stayed at all six. I wouldn't turn down a stay at any of them, but OKW remains my favorite onsite resort. I really don't *dislike* any of them, and I am looking forward to trying Saratoga Springs.

02-07-2003, 03:33 PM
Well, I am going to the surprising thing and say BCV! We visited the BCV last month to see what we thought about maybe making a ressie there next year. We decided it was not for us. It is no different than any other hotel, and didn't feel special enough. We loved the decor at VWL, and think BWV would be all right too, but BCV left me cold! I doubt I will ever stay there, but you never know!

02-07-2003, 03:41 PM
Number one goal is to stay in Disney. We own at OKW an loved it (remember it's best to own where you love). We've stayed at VWL during Thanksgiving and absolutly loved it too, the warm holiday feeling left goose bumps. We've also stayed at the BCV and found the closeness to Epcot a very good plus. Never had a chance to try BWV but BCV & BWV are very similar to me. We've never been to VB or HH but will be trying VB in 2006 (DD graduation with friends). When SSR comes on board I think we might try it, we like being close to DtD.

02-07-2003, 04:14 PM
Interesting thread. I do find it interesting that some have said they wouldn't stay at a certain resort even having never stayed there yet at all.

We've been to all of them, and while I like some better than others, there isn't a single one that I wouldn't enjoy going back to again.

So I'd ask the question maybe another way. Of all the resorts you've stayed at, is there any that you'll never go back to again? Any that fit the "Been there, done that, don't need to go back again" description?

Chuck S
02-07-2003, 04:22 PM
Well, I haven't actually stayed at any of them except OKW...but I have visited all but HH. I thought VB was beautiful, and would really enjoy staying there sometime. I thnk my least favorites would be BCV and BWV - they're pretty and everything...just too "busy"...and I'm not big on water theming like SAB...I like the quieter feel of OKW. Funny how the "in the middle of everything" locations of BCV and BWV makes them the favorite of so many people.

02-07-2003, 04:34 PM
I'm not big on the idea of BCV. (No, I haven't stayed there). We own at BWV so wouldn't need BCV for proximity to Epcot, I'm not big on swimming, so SAB doesn't hold any special appeal, and DS is 20 years old, so he likes Boardwalk's pool and facilities.

We're very fond of OKW (space and peace and quiet appeal there), VB was great and I'm dying to try out WLV for the ambience, but BCV is no big deal to me.

Now if there was no room at BWV, I would stay at BCV, but it would probably come in after OKW as a choice.

02-07-2003, 04:39 PM
We stayed at VB and enjoyed it, but we probably won't stay there again. It's a very beautiful resort, don't get me wrong. But if I want to take a beach vacation in Florida, there's many better beaches in better areas of Florida. I'd much rather stay in Sanibel or Captiva for a beach vacation, to name two.

But let me say it again: VB <b>is</b> a beautiful resort.

Peggy Sue
02-07-2003, 04:39 PM
Our favorite is OKW, one of our two home resorts. We just love the "at home" feeling there, how it really does transport you away from all the chaos at the parks etc.

We've tried them all except VWL. Although WL is one of our favorite spots to visit and have dinner (artist pointe) we've never had a desire to stay here. We toured the rooms, and found the decor to be on the dark side for our tastes. The lodge is beautiful, and is so inviting during the holidays. Maybe someday...

We recently stayed at BCV..it was nice, but didn't interest us enough to want to try and come back again. We like the BWV (our other home resort) because it is closer to the flying fish, our favorite dining spot. SAB is not a draw for us, we like the quite pools and avoid the feature/theme pools.

Every DVC resort we have stayed at has been great. But, you're right, some appeal more to us than others, so we will keep going back to the places we love the most for our type of vacation habits. I think it's great DVC has so many options to choose from, I only wish that they would adopt some different floor plans. with BWV, BCV and VLW basically all the same layout...I hope they do something a little different with the next resort. Variety is the spice of life!!

02-07-2003, 04:42 PM
We have been to OKW,VB and HH.We also stopped in at the BCV's after they opened and viewed the models.We eventually would like to try them all at least once.
Our favorite so far is OKW.We could go down there and not even go in the parks(which we have done).It is just relaxing to be there, and thats what we plan on doing a lot for the winter months(Jan-Feb) after we retire.
Every trip down we always take a ride over to the Wilderness Lodge. The lobby is "breathtaking" .
We also drive over to the Boardwalk on every trip, and walk around.
VB is a non-commando type trip where you can really "relax" and not even leave the resort if you don't want to.VB's pool is one of DVC best(next to SAB).
HH is nice if you drive down from the north and don't want to fly all the way to Florida.Plenty of golf courses and restraunts.
So as you can see,I wouldn't "turn down" any of them.That is why we joined DVC, for the flexabilty of a 1st class timeshare.

02-07-2003, 04:42 PM
Heck, I can't think of a reason WHY I wouldn't want to stay at one of the resorts, but if I had to pick one (or two), it would have to be VB or HH, just because they are not on Disney Property.

Gotta be near the parks!

02-07-2003, 04:56 PM
VB or HH. Being a melanoma cancer survivor, beach resorts do not interest me. Even at WDW, I avoid the pools till evening.

02-07-2003, 04:58 PM
Off site doen't appeal to me. When I go on vacation, I want WDW or a casino.

I guess the least desirable to me in WDW is VWL. I am also from the northeast, lived in the woods and don't really see anything special there.

We have stayed at BWV a couple times and for a quick trip, BWV and BCV will be choices again.

Can anyone guess my favorite?:smooth:

02-07-2003, 05:02 PM
We've stayed at OKW 1 and 2 bedroom and WLV 1 bedroom and very much prefer OKW rooms. They are more spacious and brighter than the WLV rooms and I think the overall feel of the place is very laid-back and relaxing. I do love the atmosphere of the WL and the entire resort area, but it's just a little to busy after a crazy day at the park. I'd really like the new villas at Sarasota Springs to be set up like the OKW!!

Simba's Mom
02-07-2003, 05:27 PM
Thanks-every one's comments have been so interesting. I especially loved to hear about BCV. First, I don't swim so SAB held no appeal to me. However, I loved BCV-reminded me of Cape Cod, which I miss terribly.
BTW, unfortunately Sarasota is not going to be set up like OKW, according to our guide, no at door parking and condo-type units.

02-07-2003, 05:48 PM
I have to agree with CASKBILL's perspective - which resort WOULD'T you go back to. I would have said OKW held the least interest for me but we were fortunate enough to make four trips last year - one at each resort. The OKW trip was on very short notice and it was the only resort available. Guess what - I would stay at any of them in an instant. They all have appealing features and I am glad to have the flexibility to choose.

02-07-2003, 05:55 PM
Interesting to hear Simba's Mom's comment about her guide saying that SSR will not being condo-type units because my family stayed at one of the two bedroom condos at DI in 2000. It was nice but a little dated. I was hoping they would do something similar but with better theming. My only complaint about DI was the fireworks at midnight from PI got annoying and the lights from DTD and PI were very bright even with the thick, light-blocking curtains closed.

02-07-2003, 06:00 PM
SSR really doesn't interest me at all. It's not that I wouldn't stay there, but the theming doesn't do anything for me. I also have heard about the noise/lights issue being close to PI and that kind of turns me off about the resort location as well.

02-07-2003, 06:02 PM
I would stay at any of the DVC resorts. We have stayed at OKW and HH so far and will be going to VB in the summer. I stayed with a friend one summer at BWV. I would like to try them all!

02-07-2003, 06:06 PM
We have only had the opportunity to stay at our home resort of VWL so far, which we loved. I would like to try all the resorts eventually, but some don't appeal to me like others. I was born and raised near the beach in Florida, and for this reason OKW has no appeal to me at all. All OKW needs is a few Publix shopping carts parked outside the units, and you would have a nice retirement community that I have seen in Bradenton, FL one too many times!!:teeth: :teeth: Please if love OKW don't take this seriously, but I cannot get this image out of my mind, it's a personal thing! I do intend to stay there some time just to try and see, and give it a fair shake. Since I was raised by the beach, and don't get that thrill that some do when they see it, I probably will never stay at VB. I like a little more action during my vacations, and am not content to just look at the view of the water for a few days.

02-07-2003, 06:07 PM
I would have to say HH. If I'm on an island, I want to at least be on the ocean. I also don't like that they don't have a proper lounge.

If I had to chose least favorite on-property it would be BWV. To me its only real advantage to the other resorts is its proximity to MGM.

02-07-2003, 06:14 PM
VB and HH.

No, I've never been to either. Can't stand the beach and the only thing worth doing in Hilton Head is playing golf, and you do that at a resort with a golf course.

02-07-2003, 06:30 PM
We have been to all the DVC resorts except HH over the last 10 years. Each one makes for a great vacation. Having so many choices is a big plus. When we joined, the one and only Disney Vacation Club was what is now know as OKW. After staying at each, our lease favorite "on site" would be BWV. But we would stay at any of them in a heart beat. We're looking forward to staying HH some day, and any new DVCs that open.

Buying into DVC was the best money I ever spent.

02-07-2003, 06:53 PM
While BWV is my "home" resort w/ the most points, (we hve add-ons at WLV and VB), I ahve yet to stay there. I have visited BWV and I have made ressies for my mon there and have visited her while I was at OKW.
I have stayed at OKW, VB, HH and BCV. I love them all. For me it is whatever I am in the mood for-if I want to be near MK or Epcot or no park in particular or the beach I have equally great places from which to chose!!

Isn't that why we all are DVC members-we get QUALITY and Choices!!

02-07-2003, 07:13 PM
Originally posted by Caskbill

So I'd ask the question maybe another way. Of all the resorts you've stayed at, is there any that you'll never go back to again? Any that fit the "Been there, done that, don't need to go back again" description?

Well, BWV is our favorite, we love OKW as well. Really want to try VWL. Enjoyed HH(going back in June!)..and then there's BCV..while the rooms themselves are nice, I wouldn't bother staying there again.
Even SAB couldn't sway me, I was very disappointed in it.:eek:
All that being said, BCV is the BEST for Epcot access and I loved being so close..but BWV are close enouigh. :D
So while I didn't hate it(after all we were at WDW!), I wouldn't choose to stay there, as long as any other resort was available.
I haven't been to Vero, and probably never will, only b/c I can't imagine going all the way to FL and not spending all our time at WDW. We have beaches here at home. ;)

02-07-2003, 07:26 PM
We have never stayed at any of these resorts. But the one that my hubby will not stay at is OKW. We own 4 resorts, the only 2 that we don't own are WLV and OKW.

We like to be able to walk to the parks (BWV and BCV) and have all the restaurants/eateries within walking distance. We like to visit WL, but have no desire to stay there. The only reason I would consider staying there is for the Bike/Boat plan because of the Seven Sea Lagoon, much bigger than the one by BCV/BWV. But that won't happen until several years down when my kids are older.

However, I may have spoken too early. We will check out OKW once we are down at WDW and maybe we will change our opinion.

Too many resorts, and too little vacation time.......

02-07-2003, 07:45 PM
I was in the process of adding on at BCV, but cancelled after reading many of the comments on these boards. After spending my F&W vacation there with a balcony that felt like a highway overpass, I was very happy I didn't go through with the add on! Other than that, it's a nice enough resort, but not for me. Sitting on my balcony relaxing is a priority for me on vacation, so I won't risk staying at BCV again. I have stayed at all of the other resorts and love them all, and I am looking forward to trying out Saratoga Springs when it opens.

02-07-2003, 07:46 PM
But the one that my hubby will not stay at is OKW.

My DH didn't want to stay at OKW either when we first joined DVC. He said it looked like a place for old people, BWV would be much better, etc. Well, when we did a 50 pt addon we had a use it or lose situation with these points and OKW was the only place we could get in at 2 mo notice. He loved it! We now own at OKW as well as HH and BCV. This July we will actually stay at all 4 of the onsite DVCs so I will have a better idea of which resort I actually like the best/least.

02-07-2003, 08:19 PM
my F&W vacation

Okay, I can't figure it out....what is an "F&W" vacation?

02-07-2003, 08:21 PM
At the risk of sounding like "pollyanna", I have to say that anywhere I can spend time with my family is great with me. We ADORE VWL just as I imagine others ADORE OKW. For us, we bought into VWL and so that's our second home and where we stay while at WDW. I LOVE HH and I know I would love all the others--because it's vacation. Time away from e-mails, voice mails, fax machines, phone calls, etc...

So bring on the vacations!!!! And a post along these lines that I found to be quite enjoyable was one done a few months back. What resort--other then your home resort--is your favorite and why?

~Laura :p

02-07-2003, 08:41 PM
I own at VWL and I find that the rooms are way to dark for my taste. I didn't think that I would like OKW but when we stayed there in August I just love it. It is peaceful and the rooms are bright and cheerful.:D

02-07-2003, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by PamOKW
Okay, I can't figure it out....what is an "F&W" vacation?

Sorry about that, Pam. It's my annual Food & Wine Festival trip :) It's my special time when I leave DH and the kids at home and take time just for me :D

02-07-2003, 09:25 PM
We have stayed at the four on-site and love them, we would stay at any. I really don't have any interest in HH or VB, might try HH if we have extra points and get tired of WDW ;)
Don't have a lot of interest in SSRR either, but will probably try it because it is on-site. If I were to rank them, not to start the mine is better, but to show interest:
Like and would stay:

Might stay:

No Interest:

02-07-2003, 10:10 PM
We've stayed at all 6 DVC resorts and look forward to staying at SSR once it opens.

We've found enjoyable aspects at each one unique to that resort and also minor differences. While we do have our favorites, we'd be delighted to visit any DVC resort again in the future.

We do go to the parks daily when at an onsite resort, but enjoy the ambiance of our villa. Balconies, living rooms, jacuzzi tubs and kitchen facilities are all significant aspects of our vacations and fortunately, all are provided. We always use WDW transportation and are able to plan our activities around possible travel delays without issue. We've not found any resort to be better- or worse- in that regard.

To answer the original question...No, there are no DVC resorts that don't interest us at all- we have enjoyed them all!


02-07-2003, 10:23 PM
When we bought at VWL, we had no interest in ANY other DVC resort. In fact, we probably wouldn't have bought DVC if they hadn't built VWL...because we enjoyed WL that much.

So a year ago, I would have said you can keep all the other DVC resorts and I'll be happy at VWL for the next 40 years.

Then we stayed at BWV.

Okay, so we really liked BWV and bought a contract there after our stay.

I have to keep telling myself I won't like the other DVC resorts. Because I'm afraid if I stay at another one of them..............


02-07-2003, 10:25 PM
It's my annual Food & Wine Festival trip :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Now, I feel silly. Of course, F&W=Food & Wine. I'll have to remember that one!

02-08-2003, 12:20 AM
I joined DVC when BWV opened, but I really only joined because I could still go to SAB at BC, which was my all-time favorite, and everything was second-class, in comparison. Then I stayed at BWV and realized that I had actually made a smart investment because I loved it there! But I would never stay at OKW--till I had no choice, and I was very unhappy about it, too.

I fell in love with OKW, and now I am looking for an add-on.

We went to stay at VWL in July when they opened--I hated it! It was dark, and too darn quiet! You never see people, and those stupid trees never change:rolleyes:

Then I saw VWL at Christmas, and fell in love with the place. It is especially magical at that time of year, and suddenly the rooms weren't dark, they were "cozy" and "peaceful". So the on-site resorts are wonderful, but I'd never stay off-site. It's a second-class replacement for the real thing, and would never appeal to me.

Then I was dragged--kicking and screaming--to VB, and I fell in love with it, too. You know, it's such a different atmosphere, it's like getting a completely separate vacation, no rush-rush like you get at so many places in Florida.

So I'm learning never to say never. Just when I think a resort has nothing to offer, it surprises me by showing me that it does. I have 700 pts now, and do you know what resort is my least-favorite? BCV--the resort that I thought originally that I had to have. If I had stubbornly refused to try out all the other resorts I would have missed so much wonder and beauty, and I wouldn't have realized that each one has its own special gifts to offer if you are willing to look for them. :bounce:

02-08-2003, 01:17 AM
Originally posted by Cruelladeville
If I had stubbornly refused to try out all the other resorts I would have missed so much wonder and beauty, and I wouldn't have realized that each one has its own special gifts to offer if you are willing to look for them

Well said Cruelladeville!!!!

02-08-2003, 08:14 AM
They're all great resorts, we can be proud staying at any of them. For me personally, HH has far less appeal than the others due mostly to the fact that it's not on the Beach and that I own at Marriott's Grande Ocean which I would like better if they were side by side and it's an oceanfront unit and oceanfront resort.

The other is that I would be hesitatant to pay more points to stay at SS than OKW so we'll see how that works out.

02-08-2003, 08:41 AM
We definately want to try them all at least once. There's something at each resort, that's an attraction. So. Not in terms of appeal, but rather, "vacation priority", we have not yet prioritized: BCV, HHI or VB.

BCV - We're BWV owners, so other than SB, I have no special interest in BCV. I'm sure one day, after a dinner at Cape May, the kids will point to SB, and ask "can we go to SB next time?". That's when, BCV will move up on my list. :cool:

VB - 2005 (maybe). Ok, so who's not got 4 years of vacations mapped out. B:p We're not really a "beach" family. Someday, we'll do only a couple of days tacked onto the end of a trip.

HHI - Currently, I can not think of a single specific reason why I would go to HHI. Maybe someday we'll plan a drive up the coast, and make HHI a short stopover....Hmmm. Let me look at my spreadsheet again. This gives me an idea. :D

As for...
VWL - I get to spend time with my childhood memories.
BWL - This is our Disney home.
OKW - I can always get a ressie there.

02-08-2003, 11:11 AM
There are no DVC resorts that I would say I would "never" stay at. They are all very nice resorts, but at WDW, OKW is definitely my least favorite resort. I have changed trip dates to avoid staying at OKW, matter of fact I just canceled a trip in March due to the fact that I could not get any other DVC resort but OKW and rebooked for May with a villa at BWV. When I am at WDW, I am one of the people that loves to be in the middle of action, I want a super convenient location and all deluxe resort amenities and this I can not get at OKW. I love the large spacious 1 BRs at OKW but the larger villa does not compensate enough (for me) for the lack of convenience and amenities that I can get in the other WDW DVC resorts.
I am looking forward to trying SS because of the ability to walk to DTD and numerous good restaurants and entertainment within walking distance.
I have never stayed at VB and am in no hurry to go there only because I live at the shore with numerous beautiful beaches so that is not one of my trip priorities right now but I am sure someday I will try VB.

02-08-2003, 11:12 AM
We have stayed at OKW, HH, BCV and BWV. The majority of our points are at OKW and we continue to like that resort for many personal reasons. We have enjoyed our stay at the other resorts
and each of them have their own attributes. There is no reason I wouldn't stay at any of them again.

02-08-2003, 12:11 PM
I would stay at or try any of the resorts if I had a chance...

That being said, there are some that I choose to stay at more than others depending on the kind of trip I'm looking for...

We go to WDW to be in the middle of the action... So BWV only makes sense for us... Walking distance of both Epcot and the Studios... Cool pool... Lots of stuff going on... Plus with getting standard views, we can make our points stretch further for longer stays... (BCV is so close to BWV that I can't really justify staying there if BWV is available..)

I'd like to try VWL sometime just because of the ambiance... My DW and I are outdoorsy people so the lodge, and trees apeal to us..

OKW interests me too, but it is at the bottom of my priority list.. It's just too far removed from any of the parks and too laid back. (Like I said above, when we go to WDW, we want action..) Plus we almost never have a car when we go down, so having a condo unit to park in front of holds no advantages. ( Points go a lot further at OKW though, so I imagine we'll go there someday..)

Out of the off property resorts, I'd have to say that VB interests me more than HH, just because the weather tends to be more stable and warmer during the time of year that we travel...

We have never stayed at HH, but I hope to go there sometime next year... My DW and I don't golf, so we would have to find other sources of enteraintment there..

So to rate them in order:
WDW Property

Off Property

02-08-2003, 09:30 PM
We stay at Sanibel every year (parents rent a condo on the beach), so we have no interest in VB.

If we didn't stay at Sanibel, we would probably be interested in VB.

We love BWV and HHI (our home resorts), and haven't ever seen the others but are looking forward to staying in all of them eventually.

02-08-2003, 10:10 PM
We've stayed at BWV's (home), VWL and OKW. Another DH who will not stay at OKW again, too quiet. We like closing the doors to peace and quiet but knowing we can walk the boardwalk for some entertainment. VWL held no appeal to either of us, again being from the North, we have plenty of trees. It took forever one night to get DD an ice cream. I think we needed 2 seperate types of transportation. BCV was on my list due to SAB but after all the comments on this board, I think I'll skip it. I love my balconey whether its std or preferred view and I don't want to get stuck w/ a balconey over the road. Most of our visits, past and future will be at the Boardwalk but I will definately try the Springs when available. I like being close to Downtown Disney.

TDC Nala
02-08-2003, 10:10 PM
I doubt I'll ever end up at VB or HH. Beach vacations aren't my thing when compared to all there is to do at WDW.

I haven't stayed at VWL yet but I might try and switch my New Year's reservation over there if my friends go to WDW and they really want to be at MK for New Years Eve. I stay at the Boardwalk every spring and BCV in November and December. My other DVC trips are to OKW (takes fewer points).

SS being so close to PI is actually a selling point for me!

02-08-2003, 10:41 PM
We own at BWV and VWL. I think all the resorts are great and each one has something unique. It's nice to plan activities and dinning options around the resort location and transportation options.

Certain times of the year (seasons) make different resorts more attractive than others. It's great to have choices onsite and off but I wonder if there can be to much of a good thing. With DVC success, I dont see the construction of new/add on resorts slowing down until the demand slows down.

I've always respected Disney's attention to detail and employee training so hopefully the future will bring more of the same.

02-08-2003, 10:49 PM
DVC Newark New Jersey doesn't sound to good other than that....

02-08-2003, 11:09 PM
I wouldn't have a problem staying at any of them. But there are three I'd like to avoid repeating...BWV, VB and HH. My plan is to do them all once...but VB and HH are kind of far for a beach trip. BWV...I just didn't like it...I might give it one more try and try to get a community pool view or a standard view. VWL is the only one I'm itching to get back to. OKW I plan to do one more time in a 1 or 2 bedroom.

02-08-2003, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by Zurg
DVC Newark New Jersey doesn't sound to good other than that....

You know...Newark has quite a bit to offer. Disney probably could put in a DVC designed for cold climates in there. If I had control of this ambitious project I'd put in a mix of hotel and DVC suites around an atrium with a gorgeously designed pool and one or two excellent restaurants. I'd make sure it had easy but controlled access to the PATH/Penn Station.

DVC'ers could then get their fill of the arts, whatever kind of ball stadium they will eventually build in Newark, some really interesting ethnic foods (portuguese or brazilian anyone?) and of course the Newark Bears. If they needed to venture out they could hop on the PATH into New York...changing to a subway or cab to go see the shows and shop. Or they can catch a bus since the station is in the same complex. Want to do the beach? Hop a train! Six flags? Hop on a bus. Ski? that's harder but it could be done. Newark is just a hot bed of mass transit making it a highly affordable place to build a DVC...of course Disney would never do this. And they won't build a Manhattan DVC because of the price.

Newark today is a much better looking town than when I moved to NJ in 1981.

02-09-2003, 07:54 AM
All of the resorts are certainly nice. The one that may have a little less of an appeal for us right now is Old Key West, but as we get older and start requiring a walker to get around, need to have our food mashed and strained, wear depends, require homecare and are not able to venture out of the room very much near 2036+, the advantage of OKW extra room for our home care nurse and hospital room equipment and being around other elderly seniors may help OKW may look much more appealing.....

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Just teasing, trying to make you laugh...... I could see the offiste resorts taking the biggest hit in this thread... I'm glad OKW owners love their resort, there's lots to like. Hope I'm still around in 2036+ to enjoy ANY DVC resort!

colleen costello
02-09-2003, 09:01 AM
One of the best things about DVC is that we have 40 years left to try them all. We have been to OKW and BCV and loved them both, for different reasons. Each place had its rewards. We are booked for 3 nights at HH in July and I am thrilled about that. We live in the Midwest so a chance to be by the water will be a special treat for our children.

I want to try BWV and VWL but it is hard for me to branch out when we are so new to DVC. After a few years at BCV I am sure we'll be ready. I would say the property at VB will be our last one to try. We drive to Florida, and Vero is two and a half hours further away! Until the kids are bigger I can't contemplate more driving! And someday we will do a cruise -- again, when the chiildren are older.

02-09-2003, 12:45 PM
My least favorite resort is BCV. We stayed there last summer and had a very negative experience. We won't be back. I've stayed at all the others with the exception of HH and we love them all. I must admit when getting a 1 bedroom I do tend to lean toward OKW exclusively. You can't compare the space there to any other 1 bedroom.

02-09-2003, 01:29 PM
mickey--what was so bad about your stay at BCV? Was is the accommodations? We're thinking about adding on with points from BCV (that and HH is all that's available in our use year). But to be honest, when we toured the rooms, I was not impressed. Let me know.

02-09-2003, 04:47 PM
I must say that the idea of DVC New Jersey is an interesting one, but you would have to include snow, ice, wind, and freezing rain inside that atrium to make it a true Jersey experience;)

02-09-2003, 05:06 PM
We generally try to reserve comment on something or someplace that we know very little about, exceptions are such things as jumping from a large height upon hard concrete, we figure that it will squash one like a bug even though we have not tried it. Get the point.

That being said:
We have stayed at all of the current DVC resorts but BCV.
Definitely would like to stay there so that we might give an informed opinion. The question as posed does not requre a stay to not have any interest but we still like to have a basis for our opinions.

OKW - Enjoy the resort's large rooms with by the door parking. Great theming in the actual rooms. It's proximity to the Port Orleans food courts is a plus for a quick snack. The only negative for us is the lack of a kid friendly featured pool.

VWL - Love the feel that you are a million miles from everything. Enjoy the boat ride to FW and the MK. Rooms are smaller compared to OKW but are more than adequate. Enjoy walking around this resort, viewing the ELP at night from our balcony or the beach. Feature pool is okay, we actually spend more time at the 1 quiet pool due to its location. The commons areas here are wonderful.

BWV - Least favorite of the DVC resorts for us. We do not enjoy the long walks to and from the car or waiting around for valet. The rooms are very nice but compared to OKW are much smaller. We love the featured pool at this resort. We have no plans to stay here again in the future. It is way too much work with 3 little ones in tow. The location of this resort is great for getting to MGM and Epcot but for us the MK is still the destination that we spend the most time visiting.

VB - Loved the resort and the pool area. Hated the beach or lack of one for that matter. Did not find the local area food offerings to be up to what we enjoy at our 2 other beach vacation locations--Hilton Head and Daytona Beach. Our kids loved the activities. We could do with a little less of the DJ who was there for our 2 visits.

HH - Our favorite DVC resort (it had better be it its our home resort) for many reasons. No park tickets required for our vacations there. 2 vacations in one: a rustic experience at the resort with a great pool area for our kids and then a fabulous beach house just minutes away. Our kids enjoy "Shadow's house" just as much as they do WDW and so do we. Even though the beach is a short drive, we find it far superior to the VB resort's beach area. Kids love building sand castles on this beach.

Just one family's opinion. We look forward to trying BCV and the newest DVC resort SS when it opens.

02-09-2003, 11:16 PM
BWV and Vero Beach (been there, done that and was bored out of my mind). Both are beautiful, but, not my cup of tea.