Originally Posted by maburke
wendow, I see from your sig that this was your very first trip to WDW. Although I'm not one of the people that says you should stay at every sngle DVC resort before you choose your home resort, I do think you should not buy a resort you've never seen after only one trip. I agree with the suggestion that you should stay at OKW, and go over and look at SSR, before buying. I highly recommend OKW for a big family. That's where my BIL owned, and where we always stayed, until we bought BCV when it was first available. When we went "home" to BCV for the first time (my husband hadn't even seen the models), my DH was extremely disappointed by the size. I don't think he's ever got used to how much smaller they are than OKW. That is NOT the reaction I wanted after putting that kind of money into our new "home!"
Interesting. We stayed at OKW a few week ago and loved it, in particular the HUGE rooms. We were already planning our next trip (in our minds anyway) and had BCV at the top of our list, mostly due to the pool and proximity to the boardwalk, which we thought would be interesting. We went over there one evening to walk around and eat at Beaches and Cream (including the Kitchen Sink!!), and at least I came away less sure that was the place for me to go next. I didn't see the rooms, so it wasn't that. I know everywhere the rooms will be smaller. It was just a "busier" atmosphere. That doesn't make it a bad thing. There was a lot more "stuff" around, shops, places to eat, etc. And with that, a lot more people. The lobby was packed. There were a ton of people around at all the restaurants. And this was mid-September. Could have been due to the rain, there was nobody actually out on the boardwalk except for crazy poncho-wearing fools like us. But OKW just seemed so laid back that it made BCV seem like rush hour in Manhattan. For our family, I'm not sure that's what we are looking for at this point, but that is just completely a personal choice.
So this is a long way of suggesting that I agree, it is worth at least taking a visit to a place that you may want to own as your home resort. You have to pay a premium for the ones that require advanced reservations (i.e., every one except OKW and SSR), so make sure that is worth it to you.