|07-30-2012, 07:44 PM||#1|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South Jersey
BWV Trip July 25-29
First I’d like to say that I am an avid reader here on disboards, but this is my first post.
This was our first time staying at Boardwalk Villas (our home resort is AKV, and we’ve stayed there 3 times before). Overall, the resort was lovely. We had a studio (2112) overlooking the pool at the community center. Unfortunately, there was a tree right outside our balcony, so there wasn’t much of a view. This was a “babymoon” for us, as we are expecting our first child in October and wanted to have one last get away while we were still alone! Since my wife was pregnant, and it was very hot, we decided to skip the parks this time and simply enjoy the resort life and treat ourselves to some nice dinners.
Our flight arrived at 8:30 PM and we took DME and arrived at the resort just before 10 PM. We did the online check-in and had no issues. We didn’t have any requests, so I’m sure we were easy. The cast member had out packet ready to go, gave us directions to our room and we were off. We have stayed at AKV three times before, once in a 1BR, once in a 2BR, and once in a GV, so this was our first experience with a studio. For the two of us, it felt spacey enough. I liked the kitchenette and the couch was comfy. Although we have been spoiled in the past with more room, I’d be happy to stay in a studio again. My biggest complaint was the size of the bathroom. I felt that this is the biggest trade off in the studios, being smaller and no Jacuzzi tub!
We decided to walk around the Boardwalk, Yacht Club, and Beach Club. We checked out Storm Along Bay and were impressed with how close everything was. We ate breakfast at the Boardwalk Bakery and walked around the shops for a little while. Later that afternoon we took a bus to Downtown Disney. This was my biggest complaint about BWV, the bus situation. We waited over an hour before we were able to board our bus to DTD. This was because the first bus, which we waited 30 minutes for was completely crowded and no one was able to board. The second bus, which took another 30 minutes, had standing room only available. After getting on the bus, we learned that it had stopped at the Dolphin, Swan, Yacht Club, and Beach Club before going to BWV. Every bus ride after this was similar in that the busses seemed to take forever and were always full. Anyway, DTD was great. We went there for lunch and the crowds weren’t too bad yet. We went to Arribas Brothers and bought a personalized frame for our two year anniversary! They were awesome and do beautiful work. I would recommend them to anyone.
After relaxing for a while, we decided to head over to the Contemporary (we had a dining reservation at the Californian Grill). We got there early, so we decided to check out the TOTWL. We got up there around 8 PM and there were only two other couples up there. The views were great and we enjoyed the atmosphere. I would definitely go up there for wishes. When we left at around 9 PM it had started to fill in, but there was still plenty of room. We headed over the Californian Grill. Our reservations were for 9:40, so we checked in at 9:30. We were taken right up and only waited a minute or two for our table. This was a first time dining here, so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were lucky enough to get a table right on the window, overlooking the Magic Kingdom, just in time for Wishes at 10 PM. The view was spectacular and the food was even better. Our waiter was Justin and he was very personable. For our starters we got flat bread, and I got the corn chowder soup. For our main courses, my wife got the pork, and I got the beef. It was excellent. We finished everything off with the chocolate cake. We both agreed that we could never go back to the Californian Grill because nothing will ever top that experience. It was…perfect.
Thursday was our pool day. We slept in and went down to the pool in the early afternoon. I’ll admit it, I went down the clown slide and loved it. The middle of the afternoon was a great time to go down to the pool, as there was hardly anyone else there. After some pool time, we had lunch at the hotdog stand on the boardwalk. If you haven’t tried their corn fritter nuggets yet, you aren’t living!
We headed over to the Polynesian around 6 PM for dinner reservations at Ohana. This was also our first time dining there. Once again, after checking in, we waited maybe two minutes (it pays to be a party of two, I guess). The service was excellent. We have never eaten so much food in a short period of time. We were not prepared for that! Everything, from the salad to the steak, was great. We literally could have eaten until we exploded if we wanted to. The bread pudding desert was excellent, although we weren’t able to finish it all. Ohana is surely on our list to visit again on our next visit.
Later that night we headed back to the boardwalk to check out the night entertainment. There were three performers, two magicians and a juggler. They were all great and all of the kids there really seemed to enjoy them. This, in my opinion was a great perk of BWV, having this entertainment each night right out your window.
We slept in again and enjoyed another day by the pool. This time we decided to use the quiet pool right by our room (I think it’s called Luna). It was nice and peaceful. After a good swim, we napped in the shade on the lounge chairs. We went back to the boardwalk for lunch at the pizza place. Being from New Jersey, we were hopeful that the pizza would be real boardwalk pizza, but we were a little disappointed in that regard. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible, but nothing compared to real boardwalk pizza.
We had dinner reservations at Boma that evening, so to AKL we headed. We had eaten there once before, so for once this trip, we knew what to expect. And as expected, dinner was fantastic. Boma is one of my favorite restaurants for a lot of reasons, but none bigger than their Carrot Ginger Soup. I could literally eat that soup every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. I had just about everything there. The ribs, beef, all sorts of rice, chicken, and let’s not forget about those Zebra Domes! Everything was great. We will definitely be back to Boma in our future trips.
After AKL, the wife surprised me with a Horse Carriage ride at Port Orleans. We had never been there before, and of course got off on the wrong stop. No fear though, as a cast member instructed us to take a boat ride down to the Riverside. The carriage ride was very romantic. It was about 9 PM, and our driver was able to pull off to the side at one point for us to enjoy a view of Illuminations. The Port Orleans resort was very nice and well themed. I wouldn’t mind taking a trip there again to check out the resort. From Port Orleans we took a boat to DTD so that we could get back to our resort. One of the nice things about that boat ride was seeing the Treehouse Villas. I can’t wait to stay there one day. They looked really cool from the water.
DME picked us up just before 11 AM and we were heading home. There were no issues with leaving the resort and the bus ride was fine.
We really enjoyed BWV. The atmosphere was very nice and the resort was beautiful. Had we actually visited the parks, the convenience of Epcot and Hollywood Studios would have been very nice. This trip was our first in WDW without visiting the parks and we loved it. We were only there three full days, but still were able to accomplish a lot and really spoiled ourselves on our dinners. I would have no issue with doing a future vacation in WDW without going into the parks.
This trip we really tried to go to some different restaurants and really enjoyed them all. It was the highlight of our trip, no question about it.
I was very disappointed in the bus system at BWV. It felt like we waited forever for the busses and they were constantly crowded. Had my wife not been pregnant, I think we would have gotten off/on at the Swan or Dolphin to avoid the crowds, but that wasn’t an option for this trip. I’m sure in the busier times of the year, they probably don’t share that many stops with all of the resorts. This trip though, it was not fun.
While we haven’t been to that many DVC resorts yet, after this trip, I am still happy with our home resort of AKV. I like that AKV is more secluded and, in my opinion, AKV has more of a “home” feeling. But I can definitely understand why people love BWV and BCV, but it wasn’t my preference.
Our next trip to WDW will be with a young one, so I think we’ll be back at AKV, simply for the pool and play area at Kidani. We do, however, look forward to staying at the other resorts in the future.
Well, that’s it. I know it’s a lot for the first post, and I appreciate you reading along. I'll try to post some pics (if I can ever figure out how to post pics on here!) I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed doing it. Feel free to comment or ask questions, as I’d be happy to read them.
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