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rwalker130
07-03-2003, 12:44 PM
I know this is a loaded question, and one that could unleash a deluge of answers... but,

Which Resort should I choose as my Home Resort? Why?

I know DVC is only selling BCV right now, but I am looking into resale as well.

I just want to know why each of you likes your resorts, and please include tangible things, I know you all like the "feel" of the places, but I need some more concrete pluses to convince the "others" in this decision.

Thanks, :earsboy:

yesdisneyfool
07-03-2003, 01:33 PM
This is hard. We own at OKW. OKW & BWV were the only ones selling when we bought. OKW reminds us of Key West, the colors, landscape, etc.

We've stayed at VWL & BCV and loved what they had to offer.

Maybe you could visit each resort on your next visit and make a Pros/Cons list to help you decide. At OKW, we can park right outside our villa and the with the number of rooms, we can pretty much get at least a studio on short notice. (We got Christmas week about 4 weeks out).

We will continue to visit (stay) in the other resorts but will always call OKW, Home. Our license plate reads DVC OKW.

Sorry, if I didn't give you what you were hoping for. But remember, BUY WHERE YOU'D LIKE TO STAY. You can always vacation in the other resorts.

spiceycat
07-03-2003, 01:45 PM
decide what you like?

the Atlantic Broadwalk - then BWV

the Atlantic Coast - then BCV

the mountain lodges - then VWL

Key West - then OKW

I want include the others - but I think you are talking about the DVC resorts at WDW.

I love OKW - it is very laid back and relaxing. OKW probably the one you can get the best bargain - less points to stay here and the annual fee is less per point here. you can generally park your car in front of where you stay. Pizza delivery.

BWV is just about the opposite - party time here. this does allow you a standard view - still a little more than OKW - but close. walk/boat to EPcot or Studios. Room service and valet parking

BCV - has some of the best features of both - it is close to the action - but far enough away that you can relax. Great views of Spaceship Earth from some of the villas. Walk/boat to Epcot or Studios. room service and valet parking

VWL - lovely resort - one of the prettiest DVC resort that there is - very lodge looking - the only MK resort that is a DVC resort too. You can see Electric Water Pagen nightly from VWL/WL beach. Has a very nice snack bar that it shares with WL. room service and valet parking.

you can only decide what you like.

here are some pictures

www.dvc-resorts.com
look under the photo albums

JOC
07-03-2003, 03:02 PM
I know DVC is only selling BCV right now, but I am looking into resale as well.
As far as the DVC resorts at WDW, Disney is also selling BWV and VWL (I believe April might be the only use year left for VWL). If you want OKW, then you'll have to go the resale route.

jekjones1558
07-03-2003, 03:11 PM
Our home is BWV. We go there when we want lots of activity. We find it easier to get ressies for a standard view at BWV during busy times using the 11 month window for owners. When we want a more laid-back vacation, we choose OKW. It has not been a problem (so far) getting a ressie at the 7 month window for non-owners, even during busy times.

crisi
07-03-2003, 03:32 PM
Make a list of everything that is important to YOU. Not me, or Richyams, but you:

Close to MK
Close to Epcot
Quiet
In the Middle of the Action
Great Theming (and define great for yourself)
Access to lots of restaurants
Pool Slide
Mini Water Park
Community Room
Lowest Dues
Park in front of Unit
Valet Parking
Biggest Units
Room Decor
Availability of Grand Villas
Low Point Structure
Dual Point Structure
Eleven month window to stay at XXX during tough to book time of year.
Great Views
etc. (this list is not inclusive)

Weight them. For instance, access to lots of restaurants may be very important to you and score a 10, but dues - hey - its only money, give it a one.

Now rate each resort, multiply it by the weight and see how you do.

If you value value, OKW will probably come out on top. Low dues, great deals resale, low point structure, huge rooms.

If you value a pool with a lot of features, BCV can't be beat.

If you value being right in the middle of stuff, you'll want the BWV (although the BCVs is a close runner up).

Still think Magic Kingdom when you think of Disney World, and love the theming of the Pacific Northwest, VWL is calling you.

rwalker130
07-03-2003, 05:14 PM
Hey everyone, thanks for the replies so far. Very helpful.

I think what I am really looking for is, "What features of each resort make them great?" and "Which features of the resorts makes it not so attractive?"

Thanks again,

:cool:

jaysue
07-03-2003, 05:43 PM
So too long to list all but I will take a stab at BCV:

BCV:

+'s

* Best pool at WDW bar none - Stormalong Bay
*Closest resort to Epcot - can walk there - if you love Epcot buy BCV
* Not too far from Disney Studios - could walk if desired
* Nautical Theme - this may be a "-" for some
* Lots of Dining Choices within walking distance - at the resort with Beach Club/Yacht Club, Swan/Dolphin, Epcot World Showcase
* Some very large balconies
* Views towards Epcot for Illuminations

-'s

* Smaller rooms than OKW
* Higher mtce fees than OKW - $3.97 versus $3.49/pt
* Parking further away but can valet for free - just pay tips
* Longish hallways for some people
* Small balconies in some units
* Some have complained about road noise from the service road
* Do not get as hearty a welcome home as at OKW
* Share buses with other Epcot resorts
* Kitchens are small

I think that is a good summary for BCV

Thanks
jaysue

JimC
07-03-2003, 05:53 PM
For us. BCV for location and SAB (enough points for a week during choice season). We concur with Jaysue's analysis of BCV whole heartedly.

OKW is where we have the most points because it is the best value (largest units, lowest maintenance fees, low cost to purchase resale) and a very laid back easy going resort. It reminds us of the keys and the condos we like there so much. My wife's parents own one in Key Colony Beach so it is very much like home at OKW for us.

CaptainMidnight
07-03-2003, 09:23 PM
For us it is BCv as well:

BCV vs BWV

I like the BCV room layout better. Table seats 8 whereas BWV, WLV does not. Bathroom layout nice, Desk in bedroom in BCV.
Seemed slower and a little more quiet and relaxed than BC, YC and BWV, yet still close to activities.
Distance to the elevator is better.
Nice Quiet pool
Lots of nice internal spaces for when it's raining, drawing room, breezeway, solarium, BC lobby.
Sandcastle club availability
Outstanding location, boat to MGM, walk to Epcot, Baordwalk area activities closeby, swan and Dolphin restaraunts.
Love the Beach Theme
Great at access to Beach Club amenities, and restaraunts, Jellyrolls, stores, Beaches and Cream, Arcade, etc.
Prefer the sand beach along crescent lake instead of the boardswalk
Nice Beach Club Workout facility.
Nice access to the parking lot
Bus service fine.
Hotel services available like in-room dining, valet services, front staff.
Nice entrance to the resort walking in BC entrance with large fresh flower arrangements, sometimes music in lobby (saw harpist) front door greetings.
Marina activites, can take boats to see illuminations.
Nice access to parking lot for villas, closer than valet for many units. Just go in the back door or walk along the canal to the middle elevator
Second elevator available in the middle of the resort for pool, parking access.
BCVs has access to a marina along with the YC and BC. WLV and OKW also has a marina. BWV does not.
For us, the circus theme isn't as appealing as the beach theme, circuses don't have a good reputation for cleanliness or humane treatment towards animals, or the most friendly workers, but that's just us.

There are dissadvantages to BCV including:
No community Hall and Community Hall activities like BWV, Vero, others.
Uses all preferred view point structure, no advantage of standards view lower point structure like at BWV or lower points requirements like at OWK to stretch point value
Rooms smaller than OKW, lessstorage space - OKW, Vero and HH rooms are larger.
No three bedroom grand villas available (usually requires 11 month window at other resorts)
No outstanding crecent lake views like BWV
Villas in back are too close to roadway, some noise.

Good luck with your decision.

DeeP
07-03-2003, 10:53 PM
LOL, CaptainMidnight, I certainly hope you have this saved to your hard drive and just do a copy and paste, if not that would be a lot of typing over and over again.
I agree with a lot of your points, however many of the +'s posted for BCV are also things available at BWV and not exclusive to only BCV like:
Nice quiet pool, outstanding location, great access to restaurants, stores and Jellyrolls, nice workout facility, fine bus service, hotel services/amenities available, nice entrance, etc.

Dean
07-04-2003, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by rwalker130
Hey everyone, thanks for the replies so far. Very helpful.

I think what I am really looking for is, "What features of each resort make them great?" and "Which features of the resorts makes it not so attractive?"

Thanks again,

:cool: This is helpful to you I'm sure. Still, what you like will be different than everyone else. I'll offer a more analytical approach to contrast. Factors that will affect your choices include when you will travel, how much you might want to try other resorts. Will you visit HH or VB on points? Your family size including the size and possibility of extended family visits.

If you want to go to WDW but can't plan ahead more than 7 months, buy OKW. If you might need a 3 BR Grande Villa, buy OKW. If you will have 6 or more consistently for a 2 BR or 4 for a studio, OKW again. If your children are older, near Epcot might be great (BCV and BWV). If you will not have a car, I'd strongly recommend against OKW. BWV will be the second cheapest option due to less points for part of the rooms. If your children are younger, consider VWL due to it's proximity to MK. If you can plan more than 7 months out, buy where you want to stay, whereever that ends up being. Put some though into use year, it's more important overall than many seem to think.

CaptainMidnight
07-04-2003, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by DeeP
....I agree with a lot of your points, however many of the +'s posted for BCV are also things available at BWV and not exclusive to only BCV like:
Nice quiet pool, outstanding location, great access to restaurants, stores and Jellyrolls, nice workout facility, fine bus service, hotel services/amenities available, nice entrance, etc. Agreed. BWV is a wonderful place, with many advantages.

I'm just not an OKW person, despite all the raving and touting of it's advantages that it's advocates post. I'm glad they are happy with thier purchase. Probably the best advice is to rent some points and go for a visit to decide which is best for you. We miss out on the GV option.

DeeP
07-04-2003, 01:27 PM
Agreed. BWV is a wonderful place, with many advantages. I'm just not an OKW person, despite all the raving and touting of it's advantages that it's advocates post. I'm glad they are happy with thier purchase. Probably the best advice is to rent some points and go for a visit to decide which is best for you. We miss out on the GV option.
Whatttttttt???? Did you quote the wrong person? I am confused. This is DeeP here, another non OKW person, I never even mentioned OKW in my post. I just get a chuckle over how you whip out that long list of BCV vs BWV lately, sort of makes me think of the canned responses like: % bigger rooms, % lower dues, etc, that we have all read ad nausaum over the years LOL. And while I agree completely with some of the pluses for BCV over BWV there are also quite a few of the pluses that are shared by both resorts and not exclusive to just BCV. Personally I love both BWV and BCV and I am really looking forward to my first stay at BCV in just 70 days!!

CaptainMidnight
07-04-2003, 03:48 PM
DeeP,
Perhaps I should have separated the two different thoughts. I know you didn't bring up OKW. The BWV vs BCV question seems to keep being asked, so I just try to share some ideas with new purchasers in the hope that it helps them. We think it is a lot of money so I try to help. Perhaps I should stop sharing the comparison if it's becoming too repetative.

I'm going to send out a letter and check with the leadership of our BCV commmunity membership association regarding your proposed upcoming stay to determine if you have been appropriately cleared for your BCV stay..... Have you been tested to determine if you will be able to tollerate the smaller rooms? Do you leave your garbage in the halls and take showers prior to using the pools? Are your personal beach towels images of the confederate flag and how often do you hang your undies out on the balconey? Confirming a few of these details with the association leadership should help to be able to get you cleared for your proposed stay.....then we can work on getting you and your family temporary access to SAB if you qualify.....

Of course, Beach Club Villas has been described as the Grand Floridian of the Crescent lake area.....

DeeP
07-05-2003, 12:12 AM
LOL!!!:)
Of course, Beach Club Villas has been described as the Grand Floridian of the Crescent lake area.....
Not only that, but both BCV and BWV are the only "true" deluxe DVC resorts! WLV is also but it is not on Crescent Lake so we will call that the only "true" deluxe DVC resort in the wilderness! LOL!;)

TiggerFreak
07-05-2003, 10:43 AM
When they covered the Undies issue in our orientation for our BCV add-on, I spoke up and announced that seing as it is usually very warm when we visit, I would refrain from wearing said garmets when visiting :eek:

Needless to say the instructor almost flunked out the whole famdamly right there and then. I was put on probationary status for 2 years ;)

Melrosgirl
07-05-2003, 10:48 AM
My home resort is BCV, but we stayed at VWL first (due to lack of space at BCV when we wanted to go)...we had one week to plan, lol. We came home and dh said he liked VWL better!

Two months later we went to our home resort, BCV. Loved it. We have decided to do VWL in the "cooler" months and BCV in the warm months.

Both resorts are wonderful. We've also stayed at VB and it's great, too.

We did an add on recently and just added on at BCV. Much easier to have points all at one resort I think.

CaptainMidnight
07-05-2003, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by TiggerFreak
When they covered the Undies issue in our orientation for our BCV add-on, I spoke up and announced that seing as it is usually very warm when we visit, I would refrain from wearing said garmets when visiting :eek:

Needless to say the instructor almost flunked out the whole famdamly right there and then. I was put on probationary status for 2 years ;)
In a recent review and modification of these rules, your lovely wife would have been exempt, but of course they would still be applicable to the men. Anyway, I'm told the BCV association leadership is preparing a course on appropriate resort protocol and conduct for those who are challenged in this regard that they can take as a training preparation course prior to a stay. They are also planning to provide an additive to the pool water which will turn a bright florescent orange color should anyone attempt to skip or shortchange an appropriate bathroom break. Confederate towels screening is also being planned, along with balcony clothes hanging and hallway trash monitoring and random room searches checking for extra pool towels taken back to the rooms and the possibility of smoking materials in non-smoking rooms. While these practices may be OK and some of the lower less deluxe DVC resorts, the higher standards of the "Unquestionably Deluxe" BCV resort, the "Grand Floridian of the Crescent lake area" need to be maintained and enforced as the association leadership explains.

DeeP
07-05-2003, 12:19 PM
They are also planning to provide an additive to the pool water which will turn a bright florescent orange color should anyone attempt to skip or shortchange an appropriate bathroom break
Also the additive works very well for eliminating law breaking pool hoppers at SAB. As soon as an offending, law breaking pool hopper steps foot in SAB the water turns a dark, ominous black and the horrible, scary clown from Luna Park flies over and plunks the law breaking scums into the middle of Crescent Lake never to be heard from again until they are reincarnated as ghosts that haunt the long, dark hallways of BWV forever more.

Disney Doll
07-05-2003, 01:01 PM
This is my opinion of the 4 WDW resorts. I will start off by saying that I am a very happy DVC owner, and think each resort is lovely in it's own way.

We are owners at OKW. At the time we purchased, we had OKW and BWV to choose from. We chose OKW because it was a little less expensive overall, with less expensive dues. We did see both properties before we decided. OKW has the largest rooms square foot wise of all the DVC resorts. It is a fairly spread out resort, winding through a golf course. It has a little boat that takes you to Downtown Disney. It has a nice pool area, but there is no super duper themeing or big slide or anything at the pool. It is a nice big pool, with a little bit of a curve to it and a nice bridge going over it. The children's play area which is near the pool area is also nice, but there are other DVC resorts that offer a snazzier pool area. It also has several nice quiet pools scattered throughout the rest of the resort. The restaurant, Olivia's, is very nice. There is a cute little (and I do mean little) bar near the main pool area. I think it's a very laid back, relaxing resort. There is apparently a path that you can walk to DD also, although I have never personally done that. There are boat and bicycle rentals, which DH and I have done the boat rental,which is fun.

I have stayed at BCV. The biggest plus to the BCV is the location. You can't beat it. It is more expensive points and dues wise than OKW, but if that particular location is important to you, then that's the place to stay. You obviously have all the benefits of the entire Boardwalk area, quick access to Epcot and MGM, not to mention all the Boardwalk stuff...restaurants, entertainment etc. You are even a relatively close walk to the Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf course, which is across the street from the Swan. There is the Stormalong Bay pool sysytem, which you can only use if you are staying at the BCVs...there is no pool hopping allowed to SAB. The rooms are not as big as OKW square foot wise, but still very amply sized for a vaction condo IMHO. They are very nicely decorated, with a sort of beachy, pastel colors theme, which I personally find very appealing.

I have stayed at the BWvs, although I will admit not in quite a few years. But, they are also a lovely resort. The rooms have sort of an old-fashioned seashore theme. They are not huge rooms, but again, like BCV, very amply sized for a vacation condo, IMHO. Again, cost per point and dues are more expensive than OKW, but BWV offers all the same benefits as BCVs, and I think their overall cost is less expensive than BCVs...any DISers know for sure? You get the proximity to Epcot, MGM, the Boardwalk, the restaurants etc. It's a very busy area, so it may not be quite as relaxing as BCV or OKW. They have a nice pool with a decent slide.

I have never stayed at VWL, but have toured them and have stayed at the WL hotel. They are more rustic, a little out-of-the-way feeling, very serene. Again, smaller room sizes than OKW, more comparable to BCV and BWV, but amply sized for a vacation condo. They have a nice pool area, both the villas and the hotel, and you can use either. They have a nice boating area, bike rental etc. The Electric Water Pageant goes right by the resort at night, which I think is a great little show! The geyser erupts on a regular basis, which is quite impressive as well. There are some good restaurants in the hotel. There is a boat that takes you to the MK on a regular basis. The rest of the parks are accessed by bus, which to me always seemed to take a long time. I said earlier in my dissertation about the VWL that it seems a little out of the way...that can be either a positive or a negative. If you're looking for an action filled vacation, then this is not the resort for you, because it is somewhat secluded. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation, this is the spot. It is a little more of a rustic feel here. If I were to stay here, I would probably want to have a car, so I could be a little less dependent on the bus system for transportation.

When DH and I were buying, we asked ourselves one question:
"If we could never stay anywhere else for the rest of our lives when we cam to WDW, could we be happy here?" We asked it in reference to OKW,and our answer was yes. That's why we bought there. Don't make cost your primary deciding factor...make sure you really think about where you like to stay and what type of vacation you like.

CaptainMidnight
07-06-2003, 10:37 AM
VWL has several advantages as well. The boat service to MK is a big one. Two nice pools. Using the Biks a Boat plan there is great, you have all af the seven seas lagoon to drive the boats around in which is a great deal at $199 per week. There is close proximity to the wilderness campground and I believe the petting zoo and something similar to a hoopy do review meal and show. I haven't done the show in a long time, That's probably not the correct name. The lobby is very high impact for that initial impression of the resort. The walkway to the separate villas is covered. There are nice restaraunts onsite. Feels very secluded and relaxing. There is a small beach that is usable. Nice workout facilities. Themeing is great. Onsite store accessible. Hotel like amenities available. We haven't stayed there yet, but we were impressed when we toured and are glad it is an option for us. I do not believe they have community hall activities like unbirthday parties, teen movies, etc. Don't know about the child care options either.

TiggerFreak
07-06-2003, 01:03 PM
Hi Captain,

WL has the "Cub's Den" which is similiar to the "daycare" options at some of deluxe resorts. Many daily activities like "duckie" races in SIlver Creek:p

And that theming at WL, WOW. Before we were members and heard that they were adding the Villas at the Lodge, well, we just keep adding on.....



As to which resort, like everyone else said, buy where you want to stay! We have never had any problems making "ressies" at our home resort VWL. And after adding on at BCV only issue was having to do day-by -day for a 2 bdr during the openning week of the Food & Wine Festival. As others have said the popularity of BCV may subside a bit once SS opens.

The WL & VWL are awesome.
OKW is laid back and roomy.
I'll wait till after our first stay at BCV to comment on them.

CaptainMidnight
07-07-2003, 06:53 PM
Originally posted by TiggerFreak
Hi Captain,
WL has the "Cub's Den" which is similiar to the "daycare" options at some of deluxe resorts. Many daily activities like "duckie" races in SIlver Creek:p

Sounds great. Is there any activities in the evenings? How convenient is the boat to MK?

jaysue
07-07-2003, 09:15 PM
http://www.disneypix.com/2000ft/Roll3/Roll03_006.htm

The VWL is with the red roof, WL with the green roof. the boat launch to the MK is near centre towards the upper left side and is somewhat cut off in this picture. Shortest route is to walk outside around the main theme pool as opposed to through the breezeway into WL and around

The Cub's Den is open at night

Not sure about acitivities, but there is the erupting geyser, the EWP, the zanny stuff going on at the Whispering Caynon Cafe as well

thanks
jaysue

WolfpackFan
07-08-2003, 07:20 AM
We chose VWL last month for our home resort. We could have also chosen BCV or BWV. We were staying at WL at the time and we just love the quietness and peacefullness of the resort. One morning I got up early and walked out on the dock and watched the ducks swimming around and you would never have known you were right in the middle of WDW and just a short boat ride away from MK. You really would have thought you were out in the middle of the Pacific Northwest somewhere. That's why we were so happy to hear they had some VWL available. Also we really liked the April use year that was available. Sure there are some negatives at VWL - I feel like the bus service really isn't as good as some other resorts and sometimes it does take a while to get to MK on the boat - but I feel these negatives are far outweighed by the beauty of the resort itself.

dianeschlicht
07-08-2003, 07:48 AM
I reccomend you go stay one night at each of the DVC resorts in a 1 bedroom or larger, and see what you think. We love OKW, but it may not be your cup of tea. If I were chosing a second, I would chose VWL, but then I am building a log home so....;) I think another point that has not been made, is that OKW is the only townhome style DVC. The others are all hotel style with inside halls etc. I like the private entrance at OKW, and consider it one of the BEST features for me.

ClarabelleCow
07-08-2003, 07:57 AM
I decided on VWL for several reasons, location, I liked being close to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary, G.F and Poly, because of the dinning options, also the Campground, because of the layed back atmosphere, and the ability to do stuff that doesn't cost a fortune!!! I was leaning toward OKW, because the price is right when it comes to the dues, but figured because it is so large, getting in at the 7 month window would be easier, where VWL is much smaller, I like the 11 month option. As for BCV and BWV, its a great area, just very busy, IMHO, I think I would be in and out of Epcot and MGM alot more, eating out alot more, even snacking alot more, which isn't a bad thing, since you are on vacation. But I liked the quietness of VWL, plus if I wanted to rent water mice, nothing better than doing that from the VWL area!! Much faster than anywhere else!!

Simba's Mom
07-08-2003, 04:09 PM
Originally posted by dianeschlicht
I reccomend you go stay one night at each of the DVC resorts in a 1 bedroom or larger, and see what you think.

I second that idea, if you have time (Hey, think of it as another excuse for lots of WDW trips-"doing research"). In our case, we didn't do that, bought at VWL, stayed there, then stayed at OKW. Now, we have no desire to return to VWL, but I can't pry DH away from OKW-he's said many times that he wishes we'd looked into resale at OKW instead of buying at VWL. And although we recently added on at BCV, wouldn't have considered it without staying at BCV first.

CaptainMidnight
07-08-2003, 04:46 PM
So, rwalker130, where are you with your decision? What resort are you leaning towards and why?

DeeP
07-08-2003, 05:21 PM
I agree 100% it is best to go and experience a DVC resort and it's atmosphere before deciding on your home resort. If you can stay at the resort it's even better but the minimum you should do is go and visit, have a meal, etc at each resort and experience the feel of the resort. They are all very different, with the two most similiar BCV and BWV.
I did not stay at BWV per se before I bought my DVC membership but I had stayed at YC/BC many times so I knew I liked this area and would like a membership at the BWV. And my DVC membership has far exceeded my expectations. For me BWV is the perfect home resort because I truely love it, but it is mainly for the location, not that I don't think BWI/BWV are a beautiful building with gorgeous villas/rooms/pools, etc but the main appeal to me is the wonderful location. I would be just as happy if all my points were at BCV but BWV was my orginal resort and for me it is easier to keep all my pts at one resort. I was very close to adding on at BCV and then BWV pts came back up for grabs and advantage of keeping all the pts at one resort won out.

CaptainMidnight
07-08-2003, 05:47 PM
While not referred to as the Grand Floridian of the Crecent lake area, Boardwalk Villas is certainly at minimum the second nicest DVC resort on Crecent Lake. No other crecent lake DVC (excluding BCV of course) comes close.....

Great advice, walk around, check out the eating options, the interior spaces, the theming, the location and transportation options, and the general feel of the resort, and keep asking questions on this board. When's you next WDW visit. We haven't even touched on offsite DVC resorts, which we also love. Vero is wonderful, we really like our beach vacations.

GraceDVC
07-08-2003, 06:02 PM
Below is a "copy" of one of my recent posts which answers some of your questions:

"We are DVCers since 1995 and have only stayed in the WDW resorts so we cannot comment on HHI and VB.

My husband and I just returned from 15 nights in OKW (where we own but hadn't been back in a couple of years). We are recent empty-nesters and didn't have our children or young grandbabies with us on this trip. Also, we fly down from NY and usually don't rent a car when in WDW, using only WDW transportation.

We completely fell in love all over again with the OKW one-bedroom villa and its lovely balcony complete with table and chairs overlooking a delightful waterway with a golf course view. Wow!! We are now back home and really miss waking up to the numerous ducks, birds, squirrels, etc. just outside our multi-windowed villa. It was truly delightful! We had breakfast by the pool each morning on a table overlooking the canal, and then spent a couple of hours enjoying the lovely pool. Afterwards, we returned to our villa with purchases from the General Store and took our time getting ready for our late afternoon/evening visits to a park or other Disney hotel/restaurant. As you can see, we took it slowly this year without the children/grandchildren and were so very relaxed and content.

But, after three prior visits to the BWV and BCV resorts, we have to admit that the Epcot area DVCs have a much greater choice of restaurants, and we especially enjoyed the boat launches while we were there (the launches seemed like a "ride" in themselves to us with lovely vistas along the way). We found the studios and one- and two-bedroom villas to be OK; not grand in any way (haven't been in a Grand Villa at BWV yet.) We have also stayed in the Wilderness Lodge (not the villas) when it first opened and "loved" the theming of that resort but found the bus transportation to the parks and other hotels to be a little cumbersome (except for the boat to the Contemporary or MK).

What I am trying to say, and what others have said, is that there really isn't a "DVC best resort" in my opinion. But the choices as a DVC owner are superb -- we really have it all. When we are with a large-family reunion, OKW may be our first choice because the group dynamics make for its own entertainment when in the spacious villas there. When we are with one our our grandchildren, we may opt for the WLV and its proximity to MK. When we are alone, we may opt for a studio at one of the Epcot-area resorts! Can't wait to begin planning for our next-year's trip to the World. Definitely content to be a DVCer."

mb168
07-09-2003, 09:22 AM
BCV because we intend to take our kids "most" every year to SAB and I want to make sure that can happen. I also own at OKW from a small resale I bought. I read a lot about the "Standard" view BWV rooms as being a reason to buy there. If I want to use less points, I stay at OKW and use even less points. I've never had problems getting in OKW even on short notices.

Don't get me wrong, I like all of the resorts and after this year will have actually stayed in all 4, but my priorities are SAB, close to EPCOT for Food and Wine, and laid back OKW on less points.

carone0318
07-09-2003, 10:49 AM
I normally like to throw this out there. We have small children and our home is BWV. The reason that we love it there is that technically, you only need to fold up your stroller and take the bus to one of the 4 main parks (AK.) You can walk to MGM, Epcot and we always walk to Epcot and take the monorail to MK (kids think that that is a ride itself.) I guess you could say the same if you were to stay at BCV, but the walk to MGM would be much longer that I would like.

Also I know that most people rave about SAB, but I have to tell you that that pool skeves me. We walked by it one day and I saw ducks swimming in it and it just skeved me out. I would never want to swim there, but hey that's just me and I know that most are probably happy about that, since I won't be fighting for a ressie there ;) .

But get ready for a fight at the 11 month window for a std at BWV. I got my gloves on!