View Full Version : Do you studio?

07-16-2004, 02:23 PM
My DH and I bought DVC thinking a studio is still better thana regular room at a delux. There's just the two of us, so the pull out will be nice instead of a bed during the day. Since I started coming to this board in March or April, all I've heard is why not to do a studio. I'd like to see how many are out there that stay in studios and like it. So, please let me know.


07-16-2004, 02:34 PM
We will probably stay in studios from time to time, but it is very convenient to have a separate living room from the bedroom. Early risers, night owls, little ones needing naps, big ones needing naps ;) . Staying in a studio is bound to happen sometime, maybe this fall/winter. And I'm sure we'll have fun no matter what.

07-16-2004, 02:40 PM
My DH and I would probably stay in a studio if it were just the 2 of us. But, with 2 DD ages 12 and 8, we always get a 2 bedroom.

07-16-2004, 02:44 PM
We stay in whichever suits our party size. If it's just myself and my DGD or me and a friend, and we're planning on eating most meals out, we stay in a studio. If there's more people, more kids, and we're planning lots of meals in the villa, it's a 1BR or 2BR. I've taken 3 DVC trips so far, and I've staying in a studio, 1BR and a 2BR. I can't say I would waist points and stay in a 1BR when we don't plan on using the kitchen much. I love being able to choose!:teeth:

07-16-2004, 02:48 PM
Our sons were young in the 70's and 80's. At the Poly I remember sitting on the steps in the hall outside our room while our sons napped. Then we found the trailers at Fort Wilderness and that was great. There is no doubt in my mind that if we were raising children now, we would be renting 1-bedrooms, but since it's just we two, we rent studios.

I have told my DS that if he and DDil come with us to WDW, we would rent them a 1-bedroom.


07-16-2004, 02:54 PM
We will stay in a studio for a few years so we can stay longer. We dont really have the option of multiple trips in a year due to low points(150) a year and $ needed to go. I am looking forward to our first trip in a 1 bedroom, whenever that may be.

07-16-2004, 03:02 PM
I happen to love studios - when I travel with friends or family - OKW works best - because of the 2 queen beds.

If I am traveling solo - then any of them work....just depends upon which I can get (or want) for that particular trip.

now I have stayed in a 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom - but that is generally because someone else cancelled on me and I couldn't bank the points. the 2-bedroom was because of guests and believe me next time I will have my studio and they will have theirs.....

okay I am not a friendly person and somebody coming behind turn off stuff that I just turn on - makes me mad - and yes he saw me turn it on which is why he turned it off....and people actually ask me why I am not married.....

07-16-2004, 03:25 PM
Hi there,

Due to the fact that we spend in excess of 7,000 dollars on flights tickets and major spending in the states, and hotels etc. We are limited to one 14 day vacation a year. If we stay in a studio or 1bdr who cares. All the accomodation in DVC is of excellent quality if we havethe choice and points are no problem but generally it's a nice studio.

07-16-2004, 03:32 PM
I'm not ashamed! I'm thrilled ot be part of the DVC! However, many of the posts I read have given me a feeling that....

Plus, in a studio, I won't be expected to cook more than cereal and popcorn!!!! It's my vacation, why would I want to cook!

Thanks for all the replies so far!

07-16-2004, 03:43 PM
Studio was fine in a pinch when the kiddos were smaller... but now we're 1BR people... We've got a 2BR for our November trip... I hope we don't become spoiled. :p

07-16-2004, 03:59 PM
We still most often stay in a studio b/c our boys are still little (2&4) and they often end up in bed with us anyways... also, except at OKW, I feel that the1BR's and 2BR's are small in living area, and I do just fine cooking in the studio with my electric skillet. We can't fit 6 of us at the same table (when my mom and dad come with us) anywhere other then OKW, and I hate to spend the points on the living room/kitchen when we can't enjoy sitting together for meals. So, if we go with my parents we either get two studios, or stay at OKW in a 2BR. We don't mind using our points for one w/e night, and we go 6-8 times per year for 1-4 nights (usually three), and we added on about 13 mos after our initial purchase. We now own 310 points, and I think it's a really good number for us. As the kids get older and we have to deal with school schedules, we'll likely have to go in higher point seasons, and less frequently then we are currently able to. So, hopefully we will be set with points. The only thing I'd like to possibly add is a BWV contract, maybe 100-150 points...sometime in the future.

07-16-2004, 04:09 PM
We just do what ever makes the most sense for us on that particular trip. Sometimes it's a studio, sometimes a 1-BR, and sometimes it's a 2-BR. We have always had a great time regardless of the room size and been quite comfortable in all room types. I agree with your assessment that studios are indeed much better than regular hotel rooms.

07-16-2004, 04:10 PM
The first trip we went in a 1br. DD's were 2 and 7. I loved the W&D and Kitchen with them! Next trip we are moving up to a 2 bdrm!! We will never go back I'm sure! Having multiple room accomadations is how I got DH to go to WDW the first time!! LOL (he is not a park person)

07-16-2004, 04:21 PM
I would prefer 1BR/2BR, but right now our kids are young enough that we do just fine in 1 hotel room, so I assume we could "survive"in a studio as well. We will find out next summer--we are hosting so many family members that we will all be in separate studios.

That is the only way our points will cover accommodations for 28 people!!

07-16-2004, 04:25 PM
We always stay in a 1 bedroom--but we have two kids-if it were just my husband and I, we'd definately be in a studio!
I've been on two DVC trips where it was just me and one other person-my husband and I prekids..and we stayed in a studio..and my Mom and I..and we also stayed in a studio. They were perfectly fine for two adults!

07-16-2004, 04:47 PM
When it's just the two of us, you bet we stay in a studio. That means more trips "home"!! Of course, when we take family members we stay in units large enough to accommodate our group.

07-16-2004, 06:17 PM
It's just my wife and I for the most part, although we rented a studio for my son's family in June. There wer four of them, but we just don't have the points to splurge. I'd really like to try a one bedroom, but it is so hard to justify doubling the points expended. I don't think we'd ever use the kitchen - we just enjoy eating out too much, even if it's just Pecos Bill's. I'd like to have the spa tub, but again - double points? Hard to justify. Eventually we'd like to add on to our 300 points, and then who knows? But for now, the studio seems to work just fine for us.

07-16-2004, 06:41 PM
We are dedicated studio fans. There are 4 of us (DH, DS(18), DD(13)) to fit in to the studio space, but we usually manage w/out problems.
I do like OKW studios the best because of the two beds vs having a pull out couch....the kids do NOT like the bar under the mattress on those, and I feel as if we have a little more elbow room at OKW.
We have stayed in a 1 BR and really enjoyed the extra room & amenities. ;)
Bottom line: Studios help us stretch our points out, and that means we get more time back home!!

07-16-2004, 06:44 PM
When we bought we concluded that a one bedroom would cost us about the same as a moderate. So we use a one bedroom for the two of us and a two bedroom when our daughters have joined us.

07-16-2004, 07:00 PM
It has always been just DH and I so we've done a couple of different things. For what I call short trips (2nd or 3rd trip in a years time, Sun - Thur) we have stayed in studios. We like them just fine. We do go for longer (8 nights) and get the one bedroom. I don't mind fixing simple meals and having the laundry is a big plus. DH enjoys the jacuzzi. When we bought our points we got enough to have a one bedroom for a week, but when we have the studios, we've been able to bank points and go more times in the year.

As I've stated often, the flexibility of DVC is one of the best things. There is something for everyone.

Lisa F
07-16-2004, 07:16 PM
We love studios. I think they are just perfect for a couple, especially the ones with the couch + bed instead of two beds. If we have extra points or want to treat ourselves, we also love the 1br but I don't feel like I am missing out in a studio.

07-16-2004, 07:44 PM
We stayed in a studio on our first 2 stays back in 1995. Our third trip was in a one bedroom...we haven't stayed in a studio since. For the two of us we we get a one bedroom. When three or more of us travel we get a two bedroom or the grand villa.

07-17-2004, 01:11 AM
We had a 2 bedroom at SSR, expecting there to be 6 people. It turned out only to be 4 people, but I am still glad we had the room. It was so nice to have 2 separate bedrooms for privacy. If it's just me in the future it will be a studio. If 4 or more though, I would have a hard time settling for anyting less! I should have started out smaller. Oh, well.:o

07-17-2004, 07:52 AM
We have always stayed in a 1 BR, but in 11 days when we head back to the BCV's we will be in a studio for 5 nights and will switch over to a 1 BR for the remaining 4 nights of our trip. We did not have enough points for the 1 BR for all 10 days, and I think this was a logical solution. We will have the jacuzzi (my favorite ammenity) and the laundry for the end of our trip.


07-17-2004, 08:01 AM
It's just two of us, and we try to stay in 1BR unless the points won't allow it. We have stayed in studios when we wanted a quick cheap trip, but most of the time we have more points than time, so we splurge and pamper ourselves. Besides, having the dryer in the room means fresh dry towels every day regardless of the room services :)

07-17-2004, 08:03 AM
We have no "issues" with studio stays. :)

Our first DVC stay was in a 2bdrm, then a studio, then 2 in 1bdrms, and next year we will stay in a studio again.

I admit I prefer a 1bdrm, if only for the separate bedroom and washer/dryer, but those lovely studios really let us stretch our points creatively when necessary. ;)

07-17-2004, 08:32 AM
Sure, we stay in studios. But not for more than 4 nights.

On our next two trips we are staying over the weekend in a studio and then switching to a one bedroom.

And I just squeezed in a 4 night weekend trip in Feb in a studio.

I suppose as we get more points we will be seeing the studio less and less :smooth:

07-17-2004, 10:53 AM
DH & I have 2 trips booked and 1 more waiting to be booked and they will all be in a studio. It's just the 2 of us and I never cook on vacation. If someone happens to be napping we have the balcony or pool or shopping (that's my choice!).

If, in the future, we bring our DD, DSL & DGD, they will have their own studio. We like the privacy!!

Denise ::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo

07-17-2004, 04:32 PM
To me one of the best things about DVC is the different room options, so people can choose based upon their needs and preferences. We normally stay in a studio because there is just two of us, I don't necessarily want to cook while I'm on vacation, and since we have 150 points, we get the most days at our favorite place by using the studio. However, our next trip will be in a 1 bedroom because we're bringing my brother along - we had to borrow points to stay as long as we like. Again, that's why I appreciate the flexibility of DVC!


07-17-2004, 08:48 PM
I've done the studio and the one bedroom for 2 of us. Frankly, I don't cook at WDW, and I don't go there to stay in the room. Thus, since it is for sleeping and breakfast, the studio is great. For more than 2, I'd probably go with the 1 BR.

07-17-2004, 09:40 PM
We have stayed in studio 2 out of 3 trips. We have stayed in 2 bed when MIL went home with us and boy that was nice. We are staying in a studio upcoming trip. Then a 1 bed in Jan but more so that we dont lose banked pts we just purchsed a couple of mos. ago.

We arent fussy, we love our DVC!

07-17-2004, 10:21 PM
We are timeshare owners, but not DVC members, although I have been exploring this board since I do love Disney. We traded one of our three weeks to stay in a one bedroom at Disney Hilton Head once during the off season and really liked the resort. From what I have seen of Disney resorts (I have toured a few), the units are smaller than most timeshares but are very comfortable and the decorating and furniture are lovely.

Typically people who own timeshares do not want to stay in hotel rooms or studios. They usually own 2 bedroom units and want a large living area to spread out in. Our weeks are one bedroom units and we virtually always trade into 2 bedroom units even though it is only my husband and myself, since the living area is often larger and we get an extra bathroom and more closet space etc. I think studios are more accepted at Disney because it's an acceptable trade-off for the convenience of staying on-property at wonderful resorts. I would be willing to stay in a studio at Disney, or maybe at a top resort in the Carribean if that was the only trade I could get, but aside from that I feel it defeats the purpose of why we bought timeshares. We enjoy having a whole apartment. I think DVC is a nice plan and the flexibilty of being able to accept a smaller unit to gain more resort time is a good idea since each family can make the choices that best suit their budget and lifestyles.

Disney Doll
07-17-2004, 10:33 PM
DH and I have stayed in a studio, and while it was fine, we do prefer having the ability to spread out into a 1BR.
There's something about having the living and sleeping areas separate that make it more relaxing or something for me.

That being said, if I had a chance to go and the only thing available was a studio, I wouldn't turn it down!!!!!;)

07-17-2004, 10:37 PM
we can get 15 weekday nights a year in a studio with our measely 150 points - you're darn right I'm proud of it!

we've stayed in the 1BR a few times and of course it was wonderful. but, when we go to spend most of our time outdoors, we're only using the room to sleep in - and the studio serves that purpose just fine.

07-17-2004, 10:39 PM
I am STUIDO-LICIOUS!!!:snooty: and loving it. Our children are young, and it is a vacation...so I do not cook:Pinkbounc . In a few years we might change....but thats why we love DVC...the options. If we weren't DVC owners, we would be staying on site...so it's a win win for us. We will also be adding on for increased flexilibity, but DH can not really take a lot of time off work:rolleyes: Love the options(did I already say that?):D

07-17-2004, 11:57 PM
Our family of 7 still fits in a studio! It's great. We also like to rent out to groups of college kids and they really pack them in. Hard to find room for those kegs, but they do. Glad the studio option is there. :jester:
Really don't have a problem with studios, they are nice rooms. Down the road, i can actually see getting two studios. Wish more of them connected.

07-18-2004, 08:21 AM
I will be staying in a studio in November. I figured it was a shorter stay and the studio still has more amenities then the standard deluxe room at WDW. :)

I did love the 1bdr. for the extra space and whirlpool tub when we were there in May on a longer trip. The washer/dryer in the room was nice too.

I still would not hesitate to book a studio if that is what suited my vacation needs.

Margie J
07-18-2004, 09:46 AM
As a solo I've stayed in studios at OKW, BWV, HH and VB and often in a one-bedroom at OKW (home). It depends on what I want to do, where I go and points I have to use. Studios are ok and often better than regular hotel rooms.

I prefer the one-bedroom since it has the spa, w/d and big kitchen. It's more of a vacation to me to have those conveniences and space.

07-18-2004, 10:39 AM
I usually stay in a studio. We are a family of 4, myself, dh, dd (7) and ds (3). I have enough points for more, but I am a point hog and have a hard time parting with them. I know when the kids are older that we will probably jump right into a 2bdrm because I have a boy and a girl and they will not want to share beds, so in the mean time, I will continue to enjoy the studios while I can.

07-18-2004, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by wtpclc
My DH and I bought DVC thinking a studio is still better thana regular room at a delux. There's just the two of us, so the pull out will be nice instead of a bed during the day. Since I started coming to this board in March or April, all I've heard is why not to do a studio. I'd like to see how many are out there that stay in studios and like it. So, please let me know.


This is a very interesting poll question. The results show that a few "strongly opinionated" posters can create an illusion here on the DIS that just doesn't exist, ie your initial impression that everyone hated studios. Evidently the vast majority of responders to this poll will stay in studios if it makes sense for them to do so. Only a small percentage will absolutely not stay in studios. Very interesting. Thanks for posting this question.

07-18-2004, 12:12 PM
We would stay in a studio, but it would be difficult (and against the rules) to squeeze all 6 of us into one. We are treating grandparents later this year, and my wife and I plan on staying in the studio, while the grandparents get the kids and the 2-bedroom. :)

07-18-2004, 06:43 PM
LOL Desperado...

Sherri :)

07-20-2004, 12:19 PM
As I suspected, there are still a large number of people who stay in the studios on a regular basis. However, I would venture to say that it's best not to try a 1BR if you plan to stay in a studio. It sounds like you get spoiled WAY too easily! Thanks again for your responses!

07-20-2004, 01:36 PM
We have stayed in a studio when it was the 2 of us. But now are children are older and it is a 1br or 2br depends on who goes with us.

07-20-2004, 03:09 PM
We don't cook other than cereal and nuking a serving of Chef Boyardee for my toddler. Therefore a studio works well with our family. The only downside for us is the lack of washer/dryer and depending on the resort, a lack of connection for my DS's portable DVD player. Since we live in FL, we make several short trips a year mixing deluxe and DVC stays depending on availability.

07-20-2004, 07:54 PM
Studio, mostly, if there's just 2 of us, one bed for 3 or 4 and 2 bed if more than 4 . I can see that as DG's son gets older him sharing the living room with one of my DD is going to be a bit tricky so a 2 bed is a possibility for just 4 at some stage.

The only one I haven't tried yet is a grand Villa, saving that up for the beach cottages at Vero one day :sunny: