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Old 09-05-2012, 07:56 AM   #2941
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We are staying at OKW this March for the first time. We requested a room in the hospitality house area. Never being at OKW before, is this a good area for bus access or is there better?

I to would luv to wake up watching the golfer's from my patio. If there were an area that I could do so that was close to a pool and a short walk to the buses that would be perfect for our family of four!

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:57 AM   #2942
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We booked at 2BR for 14 nights for May next year with the FD offer that they are offering this side of the Atlantic.

We're a grown up family who don't sleep well in close proximities, so having the 3 separate sleeping spaces is essential. Were not ready to drop serious $$$ on a GV so I'm going to be taking up residence on the sleeper sofa.

How comfy are these things? I am not a fussy sleeper & completely happy being last to bed & first up. So I don't anticipate any problems.

What are all the tips & tricks of this resort; where are the best places to request. Have never been to OKW before but booked it over SSR due to the larger rooms! I think it looks pretty & peaceful from the photos I've seen.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #2943
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I feel like a total n00b asking this question but I'm new to DVC and new to OKW - I've only done one quick 10 minute drive through before falling in love with it! We're trying to decide where to stay on our big trip next year, we're getting married and are going to be having the whole family staying with us / in our general area.

I've tried searching for this answer with no luck, but what exactly is the hospitality house? I mean, I get it's like the area close to the main areas of dining and shopping but are there other benefits of staying there?

I apologize in advance if this has been asked a million times. I wish we had a main FAQ thread like some of the other resorts! It would be great to have a first post with frequently asked questions.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:20 AM   #2944
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I feel like a total n00b asking this question but I'm new to DVC and new to OKW - I've only done one quick 10 minute drive through before falling in love with it! We're trying to decide where to stay on our big trip next year, we're getting married and are going to be having the whole family staying with us / in our general area.

I've tried searching for this answer with no luck, but what exactly is the hospitality house? I mean, I get it's like the area close to the main areas of dining and shopping but are there other benefits of staying there?

I apologize in advance if this has been asked a million times. I wish we had a main FAQ thread like some of the other resorts! It would be great to have a first post with frequently asked questions.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/a...KWMapcolor.gif

I found this doing a google search. Hope it helps!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #2945
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http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/a...KWMapcolor.gif

I found this doing a google search. Hope it helps!
Thank you for the map!

So then are the HH rooms just rooms in that area? Or are they special rooms in some other way? I see a lot of people asking for them. I guess they are popular because people just like to be near the main pool and restaurant?
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Thank you for the map!

So then are the HH rooms just rooms in that area? Or are they special rooms in some other way? I see a lot of people asking for them. I guess they are popular because people just like to be near the main pool and restaurant?
Its purely the location that distinguishes these rooms.
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Thank you for the map!

So then are the HH rooms just rooms in that area? Or are they special rooms in some other way? I see a lot of people asking for them. I guess they are popular because people just like to be near the main pool and restaurant?
In my opinion, the HH area is really only popular for members who don't own at OKW. Most of the long time owners have favorite areas around the resort and wouldn't book the HH area. I know we wouldn't. It's far to easy to get around OKW and there are a lot better views without the inconvenience of the buses and all the cars parking at the HH area.

Most OKW owners don't have any problem with getting around the resort.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #2948
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... It's far to easy to get around OKW and there are a lot better views without the inconvenience of the buses and all the cars parking at the HH area.

Most OKW owners don't have any problem with getting around the resort.
Deb - Our first trip to OKW will be in December, what do you mean by "far to easy to get around"?
The map makes the resort look huge. Do you usually walk? Do you recommend renting a car?
The trip is primarily going to be a holiday light/resort hopping trip. We will be there 4 nights, with 2 days at the parks (HS (Osborne lights), Epcot, & MK), and breakfast planned at Boma one morning.
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Deb - Our first trip to OKW will be in December, what do you mean by "far too easy to get around"?
The map makes the resort look huge. Do you usually walk? Do you recommend renting a car?
The trip is primarily going to be a holiday light/resort hopping trip. We will be there 4 nights, with 2 days at the parks (HS (Osborne lights), Epcot, & MK), and breakfast planned at Boma one morning.
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The Hospitality House is rather central to the resort. We've walked there many time from South Point and Turtle Pond. Our last stay was on Millers Road and we walked to the HH area from there as well. You can catch any bus and take it to the HH area. The Internal Bus will usually stop at the HH area first and then at the other bus stops. You can also get off at the Peninsular Road bus and walk across the bridge to the HH area easily.

We always have a car because we always drive. But we don't usually drive to the HH because it is hard to park there with all the guests checking in or out or people dining at Olivia's.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #2950
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Deb - Our first trip to OKW will be in December, what do you mean by "far to easy to get around"?
The map makes the resort look huge. Do you usually walk? Do you recommend renting a car?
The trip is primarily going to be a holiday light/resort hopping trip. We will be there 4 nights, with 2 days at the parks (HS (Osborne lights), Epcot, & MK), and breakfast planned at Boma one morning.
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The resort is spread out, it's truly a home away from home setting. I have never felt like I was at a hotel at OKW. Reminds me of how condos are set up in other vacation areas. There is some walking if you want to go to the main pool or HH if you are not in that location. We have always had a car and never used the buses to get to HH on prior visits. Some people don't blink an eye at this some people seem to hate it. Personally I like the quiet pools.
We always rent a car in Disney. However, I am the type of person whether it takes me 25 min by car or 25 min by bus I will take the route that gives me the most control. Hehe control freak? Yes! I also like the freedom of the car because I can go to the grocery, target, walmart, whole foods, starbucks... Wherever I might want to get something else. To me, one of the perks of OKW is parking my car outside the door, having my husband turn the ac on and get the kids loaded and I'm running out with those final (well planned) essentials to a car that has the AC running.

My parents started at OKW back in 1993 (and bought!) , and for certain emotional reasons(my parents took my grandmother who was at the final stages of cancer) the buildings behind the Peninsular Bus stop hold lots of wonderful memories and we try to stay there. However, with that said we have stayed in a few locations in OKW and honestly, staying next to the HH or in the way back - I didn't mind either way. We've always gotten a great view and nice villa.

Since my mom handed DVC over to me we've done the past two years exclusively at OKW, this year we are going to get our feet wet and do one night at AKL Jambo and see if we would want to stay elsewhere
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Thanks for the feedback.
I am leaning toward a rental car for the trip.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #2952
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I am going to chime in too.

As an owner and going soooooooo many times over the years, we prefer not to stay over at the HH area. We love the Turtle pond area and pool. It is quieter, calmer, and lends itself to the relaxation factor.

I find that if you are a walker, than nothing is too far. From turtle pond it is only a 5-10 minutes stroll to the main pool. You can also just hop on any bus and be dropped off at the main desk since that is the last stop for all the parks before heading out of the resort. (please correct me if I am mistaken about this, Deb)

We drive from RI to Florida, so we always have a car and we use it for going to downtown disney.....can't stand the buses for that. That is my only issue with the buses.

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #2953
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I am going to chime in too.

As an owner and going soooooooo many times over the years, we prefer not to stay over at the HH area. We love the Turtle pond area and pool. It is quieter, calmer, and lends itself to the relaxation factor.

I find that if you are a walker, than nothing is too far. From turtle pond it is only a 5-10 minutes stroll to the main pool. You can also just hop on any bus and be dropped off at the main desk since that is the last stop for all the parks before heading out of the resort. (please correct me if I am mistaken about this, Deb)

We drive from RI to Florida, so we always have a car and we use it for going to downtown disney.....can't stand the buses for that. That is my only issue with the buses.

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We are owners as well and love the Turtle Pond area, too. We usually don't have a car but find that the boat to DTD is the best! We love it, especially after dark.
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Another one who doesn't believe HH is the "best" area to stay. First of all, I hate that the rooms there don't have the second door into the bathroom. Secondly, I hate that the buses are often full in the morning before they even get to the HH stop. Thirdly....HH is not always the quietest place to be.

If I had to rank areas or buildings we like, I'd say 45 and 46 are our favorites. For GVs we like 15, and we prefer most of Miller's Road and South Point over Turtle Pond. I've had numerous villas in the Turtle Pond area, and haven't been totally happy with any of them. My least favorite building is 29....for obvious reasons.
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We are owners as well and love the Turtle Pond area, too. We usually don't have a car but find that the boat to DTD is the best! We love it, especially after dark.
We do too, especially with the kids....and it is so much faster than the buses. UGGGGG.....can't say it enough....

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My least favorite building is 29....for obvious reasons.
I agree....that building 29 really rotted!!!! No quiet night there!


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