View Full Version : can you ever go back to a studio??

07-03-2003, 11:43 AM
Just sitting here planning future vacations! Trying to squeeze in a short stay (for nites) But would have to do a studio. (never enough points) Only stayed DVC one time so far but in a one bedroom . With two small children it was so.... much better than our previous visits to "regular hotel rooms" Of course we all know this--that's why we are DVC'ers!!

Anyway, what is the popular opinion of all you one bedroomers that might stay in a studio every once in a while to save points??
I just dont want to be really dissapointed!! (how can i be this spoiled already after only one trip home!)

Thanks for any input!

07-03-2003, 11:53 AM
if you want more trips - studios are the way to go - we have not had a problem - of course when I get a 1-bedroom I feel spoiled - so who knows how you will feel.

kept in mind that there is more room in a studio at OKW than most of the hotels - (exceptions are Poly, Cont) - so you should be just fine. Plus you have the microwave and refrigerator - no more having bring an ice chest.

07-03-2003, 12:00 PM
yes you can. The thing to think about is not that you will be missing the full kitchen and jacuzzi from the one bedroom, but that you are gaining a microwave and a small fridge over a regular hotel room, and extra space.

07-03-2003, 12:16 PM
... but we haven't even made our first trip "home" and I don't see anyway we could possibly do any less than a 1 bdrm unless it was just DH and I. With DD we're going to want that door to close between us and the full kitchen.

07-03-2003, 12:37 PM
WE always stay at our OKW home. A few years back, we did a studio trip with just DH and myself for 6 days. We vowed never to stay in anything smaller than a 1 bedroom after that trip, and we never have. We usually reserve a 2 bedroom for 1-2 weeks and then try to get folks to come down with us for a free room. We have no takers yet for our January trip, but we never have any trouble changing to a 1 bedroom in the last month or two. I just can NOT go without the jacuzzi and laundry room.

07-03-2003, 12:39 PM
After staying in a OKW 1 bedroom we just can't make ourselves go back to a studio. I know it would mean more trips or longer stays, but oh those relaxing bubbles in the ja oooooooh. Sorry had OKW flash back(lol).

07-03-2003, 01:07 PM
Not without hearing our kids whine the entire time! LOL!

Seriously, we have 5 in our family. Two of us like to get up and go. Two like to sleep until they wake up. The baby has her own schedule from day to day.

It is not just the extra space to roam, plus the washer & dryer. It is being able to let each family member enjoy their vacation. I didn't realize how stressful mornings were on vacation until we had the extra room and extra bathroom space.

Going back to a studio would have to be a last resort (pardon the pun!)

Margie J
07-03-2003, 01:10 PM
It's really difficult to go back to a studio after staying in a larger unit. Even when I go solo I prefer the larger unit. The space and convenience is well worth the point cost. Having your own laundry and jacussi can't be beat.

I have stayed in studios several times but always follow that with an upcoming 1-bedroom stay. I'd rather take fewer vacations but have more comfortable stays with my points.

07-03-2003, 01:13 PM
We've gone back to a studio on the occasional night to save points, but our limit is one night. The larger villas do spoil you for anything else.

Having said that, the studios are very nice indeed. However, I really love the ability to cook breakfast and soak in the jacuzzi and the studios can't accommodate those preferences (although I have cooked bacon in the studio microwave) the way the larger rooms can.

I know we've been spoiled.....thank goodness we are members and can keep on being spoiled for years to come! :bounce:

07-03-2003, 01:20 PM
panfan - hi, how was your recent trip? We were going about the same time (end of May.) Ours was wonderful. My thoughts on your subject. Well, we usually stay in a studio, but I have stayed in a 2 bdrm and will be in a 2 bdrm in Feb. I have a dd (6) and a ds (2). I know that someone mentioned that the OKW studio is larger, but if your 2 yr old sleeps in a pack and play then do not stay in OKW. We usually stay at BWV and there is a wall that separates the bathroom sink from the beds and we put the pack and play there and ds sleeps and we can have the tv on. At OKW there is no divider and a baby in a pack and play can see everything that is going on, which would mean no tv for adults after baby's bedtime. I think the other studios are set up like BWV, but just look at the room layouts in the book. We love the studio. With small children it is perfect. I do make the bed everyday and set the one bed up as a couch and we have plenty of room. We really don't eat many meals in the room, cereal for breakfast. The small fridge is fine for bottled water and juice bags. We do just fine. The studio is much nicer than a regular room.

07-03-2003, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by panfan
Anyway, what is the popular opinion of all you one bedroomers that might stay in a studio every once in a while to save points??

panfan, we usually have a least one vacation in a 1br or 2br, then followup shorter visits with studio (on the shorter it's usually, DH, DW, & DD). Staying in a studio gets us anxious for the larger unit on our future trip.

Hey, the way we look at it is we can have some extra times in Disney, even if we have to spend a few nights in a studio.

07-03-2003, 02:26 PM
We also have two small children (1 and 4) and stay in a studio more often than not. I think there is plenty of room for now. Eventually we will have to upgrade to a 1 bedroom as they get bigger but at the present I'd rather take more vacations! We love the one bedroom and are actually reserving a 2 bedroom for spring break and inviting my parents but we look at that as a splurge and not a regular occurrence. We also never do Fri and Sat nights!

07-03-2003, 02:42 PM
We usually stay in the one or 2 bedroom units and this will be the first time I am staying in a studio with my sister and two small nieces. Of course, I would prefer a 2 bedroom but we are all out of points (doing the cruise in November) so it's a studio or nuthin'. This is a trip to introduce my nieces to Mickey so will be spending the majority of our time at the parks or the pool. My thinking is the smaller quarters won't be so bad. At least that's what I hope!

Next year, it's definitely back to our 2 bedroom at Hilton Head!

07-03-2003, 02:50 PM
We actually prefer a studio at VB (actually an inn ocean view room or a studio) and we have no desire to stay in a 1br or bigger at VB unless it was the beach cottage.

Anywhere else, we probably just couldn't handle a studio unless we were really trying to save points. The studios at all of the resorts look awesome but we just need more space when we travel to Florida.

Lisa F
07-03-2003, 02:50 PM
the "popular" opinion is not always the "right" opinion. I think for only four nights, somehow one can manage to live without doing laundry and without a jacuzzi (there are hot tubs at the pools!) I think actually the longer you are staying, the more important the bigger unit becomes as you tend to be more leisurely and spend time in the room. If it's a choice between a studio and not going, I would pick a studio any time.

Before I bought into DVC I just dreamed about a unit the size of a 1br. Remember, thousands of families put 5 people in a room the size of a studio at many of the deluxe hotels and pay a lot of money to do so. A little perspective goes a long way! We frequently stay in studios and also sometimes choose 1 bedrooms as a splurge and we love them all.


07-03-2003, 02:52 PM
okw can be set up a little different - some times there is room over behind the TV area - inbetween the beds and the table - at other places - this is not there - just depends upon which type of studio you get.

also you could also generally set up in the closet area - there is enough room and it might be quieter for the baby.

07-03-2003, 03:15 PM
It's usually just my DH and me. We have stayed in a studio everytime except once when we were upgraded at BWV. We stay in a 2 BR when we have the GC. The only thing I miss in the studio is the W/D and I can live without it. Don't miss the kitchen at all; perfect excuse to go out and eat.:p

07-03-2003, 03:39 PM
We always stay in a 1 bedroom, but if we are going for a short stay a studio is fine. When the kids were lttle is was eaasier, but now that they are 10 and 12. Yes it is crowded. But we know that going in to the vacation and plan on spending as little time in the room as possible. We stayed for a week in a studio at spring break this year and we were concerned because the parks close early and we would have to spend some time in the room, but we used our extra time to visit DTD, enjoy the amenities at OKW and other resorts.
I was surprised about the room that we had. I even made dinner one night. Ifg it is a choice of go in a studio or not go at all. I chose the studio...

07-03-2003, 03:39 PM
We have stayed in a studio with just the 2 of us and once with our oldest when she was a baby. Since then we have stayed in 1-bedrooms for the 4 of us and 2 br when Grandpa comes along. That being said, I have a studio reserved next month and now Grandpa wants to come again! My husband says that we have to get at least a 1br (our youngest is still a baby so we will be legal). However, I can't find a 1br anywhere but OKW and DH wants to stay where the action is. I know though that we can live with the studio for the time that we are there because we won't spend much time in the room. And as others have said, studios are not that bad. I miss having the washer and dryer but can do without the jacuzzi (I have nightmares about all of those nasty body cells from others :eek: -does anyone have the cleaning recipe that was on here awhile ago?). So a studio it will be and I will love every second of it because afterall I am at Disney!

Simba's Mom
07-03-2003, 03:45 PM
The one place I wouldn't stay in a studio is at OKW! Mainly because that's the only place that doesn't have a sofa in the studios, so your only option when watching TV is to sit on the bed, and that reminds me too much of a hotel room (aren't we spoiled?). On solo trips I happily stay in studios-1 BR would be too much for me, but on trips with DH and myself, we always stay in 1 BR. Used to stay in a studio, but boy did we learn-"once you stay in a 1 BR, you'll never go back."

07-03-2003, 04:53 PM
We can't fit in a studio anymore with a 3yr old and her 2 teen sisters! And honestly, I wouldn't want to try. We'll be cramped even in the 1BR we have next week at BCV because there will be teenage stuff everywhere all the time and the mini-me will have her stash of stuff as well.

And one of my girls is a "thrasher". Her sister has a real hard time staying in the bed when they sleep together and/or not getting black and blue from the slaps, punches and kicks. We really need the separate beds/pull outs in the 2BR!!!

07-03-2003, 05:06 PM
We've gone back and forth. But we only stay in a studio for short trips. 4 nights or less. We don't mind it, because we are at Disney! (Yeah!!)

Can't wait until my Sept trip. I am staying at the Swan because we ran out of points.

Cindy in NY

07-03-2003, 07:38 PM
I wouldn't have any problem staying in a studio if it was just me, me and DH or me and DGD8. I think that if it was the three of us, I would go with the 1br. At the most stay two nights in a studio to save the weekend points and then switch. We have no problem with moving during the week.

When we go with our friends, we split the points on a 2br always. With the four adults, the 1br is too small.

07-03-2003, 09:55 PM
We go back and forth. For shorter stays, we do studios in any place but OKW because it doesn't have the sofa, which makes for more comfortable stay. For longer vacations, we tend to choose OKW.

07-03-2003, 10:09 PM
It has always been just DH and I.... that said

we don't have trouble going from 1 bdrm to studio. Our first trip was in a studio at VWL, second trip was for longer and we got a 1 bdrm at BCV, last trip was a studio at VWL again. Loved our 1 bdrm and loved our last studio.

As many others have stated, if it is no trip or studio, I'll take the studio.

07-03-2003, 10:26 PM
Of course you can stay in a studio. It's better than the normal hotel room, that you'd stay at somewhere else. It's a great option to save points during a high point season. Beats staying home or offsite. Enjoy.

07-03-2003, 11:13 PM
I do both studios and 1 brs, it all depends on how many people there are. I have only had 3 people in a studio once, every other time it has been 1 or 2 people so it is plenty of space, I have never been in a 1 br with more than 3 people. We are always under the occupancy limit by at least 1 to 3 people. I enjoy the studios very much when it is only 1-2 people. I never cook on vacation so the full kitchen is of no interest to me, I do not use the jacuzzi in the room nor will I use a bathtub anywhere but at home. Call me wierd, but it just grosses me out thinking of all those naked strangers and their body fluids in the tub/jacuzzi doing god only knows what and I just can not bring myself to use them. I tried the jacuzzi the very first time we stayed in a DVC unit but I was in the tub maybe 3 minutes and I just had to get out, I was too uncomfortable and certainly not enjoying myself. I do miss the w/d in the studios though. As several others have said, I also will not stay in a OKW studio, to me they are like being in a regular hotel room with a small kitchenette of which I only use the refrig. I like the set up of a queen bed and sofa much better, it makes the room feel much larger and it actually feels like a studio apt vs a hotel room. I also prefer the sinks seperate from the tub/shower and toilet. I love the size of the OKW 1 br but do not like the location of the resort or lack of amenities at all, so unless push comes to shove, they are out for me also.

07-04-2003, 08:58 AM
As with most everything else where DCV is concerned personal preferrence and individual circumstances seem to dictate peoples choices. Our children are raised so we don't always have someone going with us to WDW. This gives us more flexibility when considering a studio. This year we've been in a one bedroom, a two bedroom and we will be in a studio in the fall. Our goal so far has been to stay in a one bedroom most of the time but if necessary we will do a studio just so we can have another vacation. We try to use all of our points each year and do very little borrowing or banking. We tend to stay in the off seaons and avoid weekends too.

Do we prefer a one bedroom, you bet but studios still outshine regular rooms.

07-04-2003, 09:31 AM
Well, I'll have to defer my answer until we go in October. We'll be in a studio and in some ways, I'm already dreading it. I'm thinking we won't have that spread out, homey feel. But, we looked it as October is usually still nicer weather and we'll be out and about. If our plans come through for February, we'll definately be in a bigger unit as I suspect we'll be spending more time indoors.

07-04-2003, 09:47 AM
I realy think everyone needs to keep thinking that the studios are just too small and not adequate enough. That way I can certainly have more choices when booking my trips. :teeth:

Since DS is currently working at WDW, it is just hubby and I that need accommodations and the studios, at any location, are just perfect for the 2 of us. We love OKW for the huge bathroom, and we love the other studios to have a sofa to enjoy television when we are in our room.

So, you guys keep spending the points for the 1 bedrooms and leave the studios for me, please and thank you very much. :) :) :)

07-04-2003, 07:31 PM
We go down about 4 times a year and always stay in a 1 bedroom for our December stay, its our treat for the holidays! Then in January thru March we stay in the studio, there our only the two of us so it is not cramped, I can see where it would be a bit crowed with 4 people, but for the two of us it is fine, besides we don't spend that much time in the room anyway! We would rather be able to spend more time at WDW and using the studios allows us the extra points, we really don't need the 1 bedroom everytime!!

07-05-2003, 12:22 AM
When you get low on points you do what you've gotta do to stay at WDW.....sometimes that means getting a studio....sometimes it means skipping weekends...sometimes it means getting a room with cash. If the money's there....it means getting an add on!

Studios aren't my favorite...I was just complaining to my dh when we checked in at OKW this past weekend that they really could have fit a whirlpool tub in the bathroom of our studio (a small one...) But they're still nicer than regular hotel rooms. More room...plus having a fridge and microwave (and counter space and a kitchenette sink) is nice.

The biggest convenience of the one bedrooms over the studios IMO is the laundry facilities. But that's with having young messy kids....and if you're big pool goers, there's always the laundry room by the pool if you're in a studio. So, even though I prefer the one bedroom accomodations, I'll take a studio if its either that or not go at all!

07-05-2003, 01:46 AM
We go between the two also. We go every year for 3-4 weeks. Every other year we meet up with 2-3 other families. On those years we do studios since we're mostly out touring and doing group things. On the opposite years we tend to be more laid back so we do the 1 bedroom. The one rule we have made is that when we do a 1 bedroom we only book at OKW. The size of the OKW unit is just amazing compared to the other resorts. We prefer the studios at the BWV or VWL over OKW. I like having the sitting area available and on the studio years we do alot more park hopping so the BWV is really convenient. Any of the units are certainly a step up from a regular hotel room.

07-05-2003, 08:36 AM
We have yet to rent a studio, our dilemma is can we squeeze into a 1 bedroom to save points after having 2 bedrooms.

We are now a 5 person famly, so in 2 years 10 months we will have to be get a 2 bedroom, but now we could use a 1 bedroom, with the baby in the PnP, until then, but I doubt we will. Fewer trips, larger rooms makes for a better overall vacation.

07-05-2003, 08:45 AM
In re-reading this thread, it occured to me that many of you stay in studios with 4 people or 4 plus a baby. I would definately find that cramped. We don't like to use the hide-a-bed in a one bedroom if we don't have to, so often we will get a 2 bedroom for 4 people. I think what I am trying to point out is that " different strokes for different folks". It really doesn't matter where you stay if your only goal is to stay in WDW. Bear in mind, that I always think of a studio and 1,2,or3 bedroom from the standpoint of OKW. I think that might color how some of us think of this issue too. As to watching TV from the bed in the OKW studio. I usually sit on one of the two chairs provided at the small table. It never occured to me that a sofa would be better. For sure a sofa bed would NOT be better if you needed it for people to sleep on.

07-05-2003, 10:30 AM
We stay in them all solely based on what we're doing and who's going. Just got back from 5 days with DW, DD7, DS6, DD4, and MIL in a 2BR BCV. Trip in Oct is for F&W and it'll be just DW and I, in the room very little so we are in a studio...

I'd rather stay in a studio at Disney than not go at all.:D

07-05-2003, 12:26 PM
My wife and I have always stayed in a 1 bedroom or larger. We love the separate rooms, laundry, bathroom, etc. On our last stay, we did end with one night in a studio and I must say it was not that bad, definitely better than a regular room. I don't think we could spend an extended vacation there - would miss the items above - but it is fine to finish a vacation with.

Simba's Mom
07-05-2003, 05:03 PM
Originally posted by mb168

I'd rather stay in a studio at Disney than not go at all.:D [/B]

I feel the same way. However, I think this may be why different people feel differently. I'm a true Disney lover. However, DH is different. He tolerates Disney, spends little time at the theme parks, but loves our vacations at OKW and at HH. However, his attitude is "Are we getting a 1 BR? If not, I'm not sure I want to go." He has a high stress job, and really looks forward to the vacation, restfulness of a 1 BR. To him, the focus is on vacation, not where we are. Me, I just love WDW, 1 BR or studio or park bench!

07-05-2003, 05:21 PM
In all my nights, there has been one in a studio and that was just me and my daughter.

We bought DVC for one reason and one reason only to be comfortable. That "Home Away From Home" sales pitch worked. When we saw the one and two bedroom units, we were sold. The double first year allotment forced us to get a GV, we just couldn't turn back.

DW, DD and I have stayed in a one bedroom twice, 3 and 4 night trips. Some may find it interesting to know that the only one bedroom I have ever stayed in was BWV. It the walk and the GV point cost that will keep our BWV point usage to a minimum.

We have spent some points on concierge stays, the consierge service goes a long way toward making up for the studio and a couple three days at a time, I will do it again.

Anything longer than a few days, its the OKW GV.

dan and scott
07-05-2003, 05:41 PM
I enjoy our times in a studio as much as a 1 /2 bedroom.


I don't feel as any less of an owner staying in a studio either!

07-05-2003, 06:42 PM
Our first DVC stay was in a 2-bdrm -- we've done studios and 1-bdrms since then. We have no problem going back and forth between sizes at all. Maybe it's only because we live in a tiny house, but we feel a studio is *plenty* of space! :teeth:

Peggy Sue
07-06-2003, 01:05 AM
Our first DVC stay in '97 was in a 2 bedroom..just 4 of us. We were hooked! When it's just the two of us, always a 1 bedroom, if we bring along another couple, always a 2 bedroom. Like having the living area as a living area, without anyone sleeping there.

Two times, I've tried to bring myself to book a studio at BWV for short 4-5 night stays for food and wine festival. Within a week I break down and change to a 1 bedroom. They are just so comfortable!

We've added on twice so that we can stay longer, and always stay in a one bedroom. Maybe someday we will actually try a studio..but it hasn't happened yet!

The beauty of DVC is choice...