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Old 04-29-2008, 09:10 AM   #91
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I hope some of you BWV owners and lovers will share your stories of why you love BWV so much to tide me over until I'm able to see it for myself.
We like being near lots of activities. During the daytime it is fun to watch people and Friendship boats coming and going on the BW. In the evening we enjoy watching the performers and the higher Epcot fireworks. If you book a BW view room, you can see all of this from your balcony. Because Epcot is only an 8 minute or so walk, I often go over to watch Illuminations if we are back at our room in the evening (I have an annual pass). The 20 minute walk to Studios is very peaceful. The lobby of the BW in Nov. and Dec. is just lovely. (Wait until you see the garland!) The main pool has a fun slide and the quiet pool offers a relaxing alternative. There are multiple activities at Community Hall. We have been generally very pleased with the CMs at the front desk and we even have a favorite mousekeeper.
If we are in the mood for a quiet escape, we usually book OKW. But that is an exception for us. We bought BWV very impulsively--on the spur of the moment in about 2 hours--and really knew nothing about timeshares or DVC. We feel very lucky that it turned out so well and that BWV is still our favorite of all the DVC resorts (and we have added BWV points many times!)
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:47 AM   #92
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many of the preceeding descriptions describe the BWVs so perfectly, that there is little to add......
but there is something about the BWVs that no other resort has. it totally envelops you, from the moment you see the "B O A R D W A L K" archway, to those painful moments when you watch the resort disappearing in the distance on your last day (seriously, i would probably wind up in a severe depression every time we left, if we didn't own there & knew we would be back ).
we've had fun & greatly enjoyed the other resorts ~ by comparison, BWVs are the only one that i can remember every step, every sight, every smell from our vacations there. when someone mentions going to WDW, i don't think of the castle or the parks, but of the BW lobby, our view of the BW & lake, holding hands with DH in the gazebo, drinks in front of BRG while we chat & people watch.
even washing clothes in the laundry room (when in a studio) means special times for us: we sit by the pool for those few hours, relaxing & maybe going for a swim depending on our mood, chatting with other guests (this is where one sees the big difference between the BW & BC: even in the evening, BC's SAB is busy and loud with swarms of people. at the BW pool you feel like you're swimming and/or visiting with family & friends, at BC you feel like you're "hitting" a water park with tons of total strangers ).
btw, we own at BCVs & SSR also, & have stayed at most of the deluxes. while they are all beautiful, there is no other resort in all of WDW that does to us what BWVs does (btw, SSR, GF, & YC come the closest, BC/BCVs hershey park type atmosphere is okay for a very short visit, but nothing "special" in our opinion).
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:19 PM   #93
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We just completed an addon for BWV and we will be staying for 6 nights in a 1 bed villa in August. This thread has gotten me so excited about my first ever Boardwalk stay - thanks everyone! Does anyone have any recent photos of a 1 bedroom villa to share???? TIA
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:31 PM   #94
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The "BOARDWALK" archway sign does it for me every time. As soon as I see that I know I am home and my vacation has begun. I also enjoy the nice leisurely walks to and from the studios or world showcase. I feel at peace strolling along the shores of cresecent lake. To me, the Boardwalk is a wonderful place.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:22 PM   #95
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I love being able to walk over to Epcot every night for dinner.

I love driving up to the Resort and seeing the enterance.

I love the carpet as I walk down the long hallway

I love thinking about Richyams when I am on the balcony and reach in to grab a beer from the fridge.

I love Boardwalk View

I love Standard View

I love hitting the BellVue Room on the way back from the parks for a stiff one.

I love thier Christmas Decorations! Way way more to my liking that Wilderness lodge.

I love that I have 11 month window
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:34 PM   #96
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You are all making me want to go back. It has been two years since we went and stayed at the BWV and we are looking at going again this year. I get so excited about going that my DH thinks I am more of a kid than our daughter!!
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:07 PM   #97
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I own at SSR but DH & I have ressies here in June! This thread has gotten me even more excited about our upcoming trip!!
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:25 PM   #98
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I love that I will be there in 11 days!
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:16 PM   #99
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Because Epcot is only an 8 minute or so walk, I often go over to watch Illuminations if we are back at our room in the evening (I have an annual pass).
We feel very lucky that it turned out so well and that BWV is still our favorite of all the DVC resorts (and we have added BWV points many times!)
I just loved reading your descriptions of everything you love about BWV!! I know being able to go watch Illuminations until the very end without having to worry about catching a bus back to my room was a big reason why I was drawn to BWV. I love Illuminations but my DH always wants to leave before its over so he can get to the bus stop before the crowd. Now I'll be able to go whenever I want and stay to the very end. I can't wait to go!

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btw, we own at BCVs & SSR also, & have stayed at most of the deluxes. while they are all beautiful, there is no other resort in all of WDW that does to us what BWVs does (btw, SSR, GF, & YC come the closest, BC/BCVs hershey park type atmosphere is okay for a very short visit, but nothing "special" in our opinion).
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The "BOARDWALK" archway sign does it for me every time. As soon as I see that I know I am home and my vacation has begun. I also enjoy the nice leisurely walks to and from the studios or world showcase. I feel at peace strolling along the shores of cresecent lake. To me, the Boardwalk is a wonderful place.
I'm glad to hear that even though there is a lot of activity at the BW that there are peaceful times and places also!

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I love that you love the BW!! Your love of the BW is very contagious!!
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:36 PM   #100
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I agree with everything that has been said. I am so happy I have that 11 month window!
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:25 PM   #101
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Hi Everyone! After reading this thread I am even more excited to be vacationing at the Boardwalk! We will be in a standard studio in 4 days! Although I really wished we had waitlisted for a Boardwalk View! We own a majority of our points at SSR and did a small add on at AKV, but after this vacation I'm thinking Boardwalk will also be at the top of our list!!! You all don't even understand how excited I am to be going back to Disney, staying at the Boardwalk, and being so close to hollywood studios and epcot!!!!! I never in a million years thought I'd be able to vacation at a deluxe disney resort!! I love DVC! Does anyone know if Boardwalk is the first stop or only stop on the Magical Express? I get so antsy once that plane lands!
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:45 PM   #102
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We fell in love with BWI during our honeymoon. During that trip we toured the DVC preview center at SSR and were very tempted to join. Fast forward a few years, I find this website and learn about resale. When we figured out we could buy in where we wanted to the most, DVC was even more tempting. We pulled the trigger and are proud BWV owners. We are looking forward to our
Boardwalk view in December. I love strolling on Boardwalk in the morning or the evening. The Big River Grill is one of favorite restaurants. The walk to Epcot or Hollywood Studios is great. The resort has such wonderful feel to it.
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and the standard points are just icing on the cake
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:59 PM   #104
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Hi Everyone! After reading this thread I am even more excited to be vacationing at the Boardwalk! We will be in a standard studio in 4 days! Although I really wished we had waitlisted for a Boardwalk View! We own a majority of our points at SSR and did a small add on at AKV, but after this vacation I'm thinking Boardwalk will also be at the top of our list!!! You all don't even understand how excited I am to be going back to Disney, staying at the Boardwalk, and being so close to hollywood studios and epcot!!!!! I never in a million years thought I'd be able to vacation at a deluxe disney resort!! I love DVC! Does anyone know if Boardwalk is the first stop or only stop on the Magical Express? I get so antsy once that plane lands!
Popstar7867 - bad news, the Magical express bus stops at Boardwalk last. Sometimes you have to wait a little longer for the best things! I'll be at BWV with my DW and good friends in 4 days as well! We're all so excited! Here's a regulars secret. Breakfast at the Belle View Lounge is the same as what is available at the Boardwalk Bakery, just shorter lines. See you next week!
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:58 PM   #105
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We just came back and Boardwalk was the first stop on Magical Express. Have a good time.
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