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Old 06-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #151
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Here's a question/statement for all you BW veterans....the BWI rooms look a bit more "modern" (if that's the right word) than the villas? I'm referring to the bedspreads/beds. Now I'm second guessing my BWV stay...wondering if I should just do 2 rooms at BWI and not a 2 bedroom villa????? Of course the villas appear to be closer to the infamous clown pool...is that right? With 3 kids that may be a plus. I've always wanted to try an EP resort....I'm a bit of an MK resort snob so now I'm getting cold feet.... any thoughts?


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Yes the décor is different....the BWI rooms are more upscale, the villas are more shabby chic...haven't been renovated in awhile but still very spacious & casual. I could never give up the space, laundry & kitchen of a 2BR villa for 2 rooms!

Yes the villas are on the clown pool side (there is also a quiet pool over there as well, and Community Hall is on that side as well.

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #153
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Thanks a million! Y'all are completely right....spaciousness should outweigh the décor issue I'm having


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I would not give up the full kitchen and in room laundry, because of the bedding. I am very modern decor person, yet BWV is my home and I love the rooms, regardless of the bedding look.
I love your Minnie/Dooney pic in your signature! Wherever did you find it???!! It's adorable. Love my Disney Dooney's, too



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Heather... We have stayed in a 2 bdrm at BWV and they are beautiful and very spacious. We had 6 people and still had plenty of room. And the laundry in the room like the pp said is a definite plus. The clown pool is on the villa side also.

If we were going to spring for 2 rooms in the Inn, I would just go for the villas. JMHO.
Right again...makes a little more sense


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Yes the décor is different....the BWI rooms are more upscale, the villas are more shabby chic...haven't been renovated in awhile but still very spacious & casual. I could never give up the space, laundry & kitchen of a 2BR villa for 2 rooms!

Yes the villas are on the clown pool side (there is also a quiet pool over there as well, and Community Hall is on that side as well.
I like your description....Shabby Chic Think I'll give the hubby that description...sounds much better
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I love your Minnie/Dooney pic in your signature! Wherever did you find it???!! It's adorable. Love my Disney Dooney's, too
You know, I don't remember who gave it to me, someone on the Disney Dooney Thread designed it. It's been there so long, I kinda forget about it
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Beautiful pic, Kook!!

Here's a question/statement for all you BW veterans....the BWI rooms look a bit more "modern" (if that's the right word) than the villas? I'm referring to the bedspreads/beds. Now I'm second guessing my BWV stay...wondering if I should just do 2 rooms at BWI and not a 2 bedroom villa????? Of course the villas appear to be closer to the infamous clown pool...is that right? With 3 kids that may be a plus. I've always wanted to try an EP resort....I'm a bit of an MK resort snob so now I'm getting cold feet.... any thoughts?

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The thing to remember about BWV is that all two bedroom villas are lockoffs. That means they are a one bedroom villa with the studio connected (door open between the two units). So there are two entrances to the hallway - one from the one bedroom living room and one from the studio (second bedroom). There will only be two real beds in a BWV two bedroom villa - one king in the master bedroom and one queen bed in the studio portion. Then you will have one queen sleeper sofa in the living room and one double sleeper sofa in the studio portion. You will also have a kitchenette in the studio portion.

The villas do surround the Luna Park pool.

The BWV were totally renovated about three years ago.
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Beautiful pic, Kook!!



Here's a question/statement for all you BW veterans....the BWI rooms look a bit more "modern" (if that's the right word) than the villas? I'm referring to the bedspreads/beds. Now I'm second guessing my BWV stay...wondering if I should just do 2 rooms at BWI and not a 2 bedroom villa????? Of course the villas appear to be closer to the infamous clown pool...is that right? With 3 kids that may be a plus. I've always wanted to try an EP resort....I'm a bit of an MK resort snob so now I'm getting cold feet.... any thoughts?


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Thanks, Heather! Well, you know how much I love the MK Resorts area, so I'm not much help with convincing you, but how about a split? How many days is your stay? Do you need a kitchen and laundry?

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Yes the décor is different....the BWI rooms are more upscale, the villas are more shabby chic...haven't been renovated in awhile but still very spacious & casual. I could never give up the space, laundry & kitchen of a 2BR villa for 2 rooms!

Yes the villas are on the clown pool side (there is also a quiet pool over there as well, and Community Hall is on that side as well.

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I love your shabby chic description, too

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You know, I don't remember who gave it to me, someone on the Disney Dooney Thread designed it. It's been there so long, I kinda forget about it
I believe it was LuLu'sMom

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The thing to remember about BWV is that all two bedroom villas are lockoffs. That means they are a one bedroom villa with the studio connected (door open between the two units). So there are two entrances to the hallway - one from the one bedroom living room and one from the studio (second bedroom). There will only be two real beds in a BWV two bedroom villa - one king in the master bedroom and one queen bed in the studio portion. Then you will have one queen sleeper sofa in the living room and one double sleeper sofa in the studio portion. You will also have a kitchenette in the studio portion.

The villas do surround the Luna Park pool.

The BWV were totally renovated about three years ago.
Great information, as usual. I'm going to put your rehab info. on the first page. Would that be 2010?
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The thing to remember about BWV is that all two bedroom villas are lockoffs. That means they are a one bedroom villa with the studio connected (door open between the two units). So there are two entrances to the hallway - one from the one bedroom living room and one from the studio (second bedroom). There will only be two real beds in a BWV two bedroom villa - one king in the master bedroom and one queen bed in the studio portion. Then you will have one queen sleeper sofa in the living room and one double sleeper sofa in the studio portion. You will also have a kitchenette in the studio portion.

The villas do surround the Luna Park pool.

The BWV were totally renovated about three years ago.
Thanks a million! And actually that lock-off deal sounds good. The kids won't mind sleeping on a sofa. Lots of times we take one sleeping bag because Jesse likes to sleep on the floor for some strange reason


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Thanks, Heather! Well, you know how much I love the MK Resorts area, so I'm not much help with convincing you, but how about a split? How many days is your stay? Do you need a kitchen and laundry?
We are doing a split....FW cabins first, then on to a villa. We'll leave on Tuesdayish - maybe Wednesday - and go to the cabins. Hubby won't come in until Friday night. We'll check into unknown villa on Saturday. We'll be there 12 days...give or take, so yes we'll need the washer/dryer. The kids LOVE FW because there's soooooo much to do without going to the parks. Golf cart, Chip n Dale, campfire, movie night, fishing, swimming, archery, MBYBBQ....you know how I love that place It's a great place to relax and basically do nothing Still leaning heavily towards BWV.
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Another vote for the villas here in your situation, especially needing the washer/dryer. We're "city folk," so we like to think of the decor as "country home," though I'm sure people with real homes in the country would disagree. anyway, I'm sure there are pictures on the first page, but more never hurt.







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Another vote for the villas here in your situation, especially needing the washer/dryer. We're "city folk," so we like to think of the decor as "country home," though I'm sure people with real homes in the country would disagree. anyway, I'm sure there are pictures on the first page, but more never hurt.
LOVE em'!!! Especially the one posted with "ignore the mess" We definitely need the space. I really like the bathrooms, too! Super spacious!! Our friends are DVC people, and they keep telling us that once we do the whole villa thing, we'll never go back to a regular room

Early mornings are the "bestest". I'm up with the chickens usually...and maybe the elephants in 2014 Do y'all like the pool area at BWVs? The infamous clown has always been a bit peculiar to me, but my kids would probably love the slide!

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Quick question....and I don't know if anyone has the exact answer, but I'll give it a go....

We've been to BWI twice now and it's definitely our favorite resort (and we've stayed at 13 WDW resorts total!). However, on our 2 trips, we've been blessed with CL and a BoardWalk view. We're contemplating an upcoming trip and I don't foresee CL or a water view in the cards. I know many BWI standard view rooms overlook the quiet pool, honeymoon cottages, Eiffel Tower, or even the courtyard on the Crescent Lake side...and any of those would be delightful. But I'd honestly be really disappointed if we got a view of the parking lot, the roof of the convention center or the access road. I know you can make requests, but I also know that a request is just that, and there are no promises. Does anyone have a rough idea of how many standard-view rooms overlook the more undesirable areas? We'd be going during a quiet time, so I'd hope that if our view was lousy, we'd have the opportunity to be moved. I'm also not opposed to making a game-time decision to upgrade to a non-CL water-view room..but looking at how the place is designed, I'm guessing there aren't too many of those.


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Quick question....and I don't know if anyone has the exact answer, but I'll give it a go....

We've been to BWI twice now and it's definitely our favorite resort (and we've stayed at 13 WDW resorts total!). However, on our 2 trips, we've been blessed with CL and a BoardWalk view. We're contemplating an upcoming trip and I don't foresee CL or a water view in the cards. I know many BWI standard view rooms overlook the quiet pool, honeymoon cottages, Eiffel Tower, or even the courtyard on the Crescent Lake side...and any of those would be delightful. But I'd honestly be really disappointed if we got a view of the parking lot, the roof of the convention center or the access road. I know you can make requests, but I also know that a request is just that, and there are no promises. Does anyone have a rough idea of how many standard-view rooms overlook the more undesirable areas? We'd be going during a quiet time, so I'd hope that if our view was lousy, we'd have the opportunity to be moved. I'm also not opposed to making a game-time decision to upgrade to a non-CL water-view room..but looking at how the place is designed, I'm guessing there aren't too many of those.


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I have only stayed on the villa side, but we almost always do standard view, so I have had many views of the driveway LOL. Honestly it doesn't bother me at all, we like to watch the comings and goings, it can be rather amusing sometimes.
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I believe the rehab started in 2009 and was complete in early 2010. We stayed at the villas in Jan '10 and were in a rehabbed room.

We were unable to reserve a villa at GCH so just had a room for 5 days. By the end, it seemed very small. And I had to hoof it for laundry. You will enjoy the villas--extra TVs, extra BRs, etc. There is only one toilet and shower--and they are in the same room-- in the 1 BR part, but there are two sinks. And the one sink has a big vanity so two people could work at the same time if they didn't both need a sink.

Stick with the villa. Take extra detergent and dryer sheets though.

12 days is a long time....
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I noticed on the online check-in there is a request tick box for rooms on the ground floor, are these popular or is the request there for pushchair/wheelchair users? I really don't want to stay in one as I have a crawly phobia but there isn't a request box for a higher floor, I'm just hoping that they are popular and I have a greater chance of getting a good night's sleep and not worrying about sharing my bed with the cast of a bugs' life

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I noticed on the online check-in there is a request tick box for rooms on the ground floor, are these popular or is the request there for pushchair/wheelchair users? I really don't want to stay in one as I have a crawly phobia but there isn't a request box for a higher floor, I'm just hoping that they are popular and I have a greater chance of getting a good night's sleep and not worrying about sharing my bed with the cast of a bugs' life

Great photos btw, I'm getting all excited about my trip now
I would call and request a higher floor. For us, it's privacy, even with sheers (dumb BLT no sheers, but that's a different issue), I like to have everything open, and if people are walking by with a first floor room, we feel like zoo animals on display.
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