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Old 02-03-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Would you stay at BWV or S/D if price diferences was $200?

DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #2
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DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?
The studio does not have a washer and dryer in the unit.
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I'd take the $200 and have a nice meal at Il Miluno and or Shula's.

Honestly,you can't go wrong with either. We loved our stay at the Swan, but would enjoy BW too.
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You won't get a washer/dryer in a studio but will have access to one.

At BW you can chargeback to your room and do package delivery but those probably aren't enough reason to stay there.

How much more is a standard room at BWI vs the studio? I like those better.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for letting me know about no washer/dryer in the studios. I must have assumed that all the Villas have washer/dryers, but it makes sense that there isn't room in the studios.

The price for a regular room is much more -- hundreds of dollars more. I only got an affordable rate at BWV by renting points, but, of course, that means no refunds once we've booked.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for letting me know about no washer/dryer in the studios. I must have assumed that all the Villas have washer/dryers, but it makes sense that there isn't room in the studios.

The price for a regular room is much more -- hundreds of dollars more. I only got an affordable rate at BWV by renting points, but, of course, that means no refunds once we've booked.
Is your BWV price for a standard view villa? Those would be very difficult to get at just four months out. You'd likely have to budget for the pool/garden view, but there may or may not be availability for every night this close to your arrival date.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:06 AM   #7
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After years of staying at BW & BC, we stayed at the Swan this past June. Loved it! We're staying at the Dolphin in May. I'm also a fan of renting points for BWV or BCV, but my last trip, and the upcoming trip in May, had some variables that made me fearful we could potentially have to cancel. As you know, rentals don't work in those situations. "Forcing" me to stay at the Swan last June ended up being a great thing. Now I know I really like those resorts!
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BW hands down. We hated the Dolphin... we switched rooms 3 tiimes, the pools were not taken care of , and the list goes on and on. (free parking at BW)
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Is your BWV price for a standard view villa? Those would be very difficult to get at just four months out. You'd likely have to budget for the pool/garden view, but there may or may not be availability for every night this close to your arrival date.
If the reservation is cash through Disney Reservation Center, that standard view is exactly the same as the DVC points pool/garden view. You can't get DVC standard or DVC BW view for cash.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #10
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Thanks for letting me know about no washer/dryer in the studios. I must have assumed that all the Villas have washer/dryers, but it makes sense that there isn't room in the studios.

The price for a regular room is much more -- hundreds of dollars more. I only got an affordable rate at BWV by renting points, but, of course, that means no refunds once we've booked.
In this case, I'd stay with S&D
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BWV no contest!!! Swalphin rooms are common, boring, and need refurbished. Boardwalk is heavenly- this is a Disney vacation, not a business trip!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #12
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DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?

How many nights are you staying? If you sign up for the Starwood American Express you get one free night at swan or dolphin. Free. My wife and I signed up for the card and are getting two free nights there before heading to the boardwalk inn =).
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If the reservation is cash through Disney Reservation Center, that standard view is exactly the same as the DVC points pool/garden view. You can't get DVC standard or DVC BW view for cash.
OP said they'd be renting points.
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DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?
Is the price difference $200 a night or over the length of your trip? If it is over the length of your trip, then how long is your trip? Also. If you are driving, factor in the parking fee at the swolphin into your price breakdown.
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Is the price difference $200 a night or over the length of your trip? If it is over the length of your trip, then how long is your trip? Also. If you are driving, factor in the parking fee at the swolphin into your price breakdown.
She already factored the extras in.
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