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Old 10-20-2012, 01:47 PM   #2986
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Just wanted to pass along greetings from the Gurgling Suitcase...I'm sipping on a Turtle Krawl waiting for our room to be ready. The weather is wonderful and life doesn't get much better. I'll check in periodically during through the week and update!



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Sounds devine! Just returned from 10 days at BWVs and already missing WDW but we will be at OKW in mid-Dec. so I appreciate your updates. Have a great time!!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:39 AM   #2987
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Are the rooms in the buildings w/ elevators all HA rooms?
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:05 AM   #2988
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Are the rooms in the buildings w/ elevators all HA rooms?
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:19 AM   #2989
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We are here now in building 44. We checked in late (around 6:00p) and our request for a top floor was not met. Since that was my most important criteria, we opted to get any building we could to get top floor room. Location is great close to the Turtle Pond pool. So far, great neighbors, great pond view with a fountain outside. Unit is in excellent shape. Only things missing I noticed was a spatula to cook with. Remote didn't work but they promptly brought one up. Now we do hear a faint beeping noise which is the HA lift from the busses. Tonight I'll play might white noise app. This is my very first stay at OKW and it is very relaxing!
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:22 PM   #2990
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #2991
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We are here now in building 44. We checked in late (around 6:00p) and our request for a top floor was not met. Since that was my most important criteria, we opted to get any building we could to get top floor room. Location is great close to the Turtle Pond pool. So far, great neighbors, great pond view with a fountain outside. Unit is in excellent shape. Only things missing I noticed was a spatula to cook with. Remote didn't work but they promptly brought one up. Now we do hear a faint beeping noise which is the HA lift from the busses. Tonight I'll play might white noise app. This is my very first stay at OKW and it is very relaxing!
Glad you're enjoying your stay so far. Keep us posted
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #2992
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I was in building 43 in August and it was an awesome location
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #2993
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Can't wait til Friday.....it will be the 7month window and I'm going to switch from SSR to OKW. This will be our first stay and I am soooo looking forward to it after reading thru this thread the past couple of days

We will need a 2BR for May 26th to 31st. It's me, DH, 2 DD's, and my mom. She would rather not do stairs so I'm looking at trying for Bldg 62, 1st floor.

Hope I get some pixie dust!!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:24 PM   #2994
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We will be staying okw in august can't wait for window
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:48 PM   #2995
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Love that there are negative reviews

I like that there are many who give OKW (Disney Vacation Club) a negative review.
That helps with being able for me to book there much easier than other "resorts".

Member since March 1993 so I still catch myself calling it Disney Vacation Club. Most people just give me a bewildered look.
And, since Disney had no idea what sales would be like, they built large per SF units, so the units here are about 25-30% larger than every resort after.
I could live year round in a 1BR without ever feeling cramped and getting "island fever"- sorry for the Key West pun.

As you know, they are HUGE.

Yes, there are some units that aren't refurbished as quickly as they need be, but they are still fab.
Right after we became members, we talked with a family from the Northeast who were staying in the Peabody over on Intl'. We were very effusive about DVC and told them in great detail how fabulous it was- close to the parks, on property, no need to drive if you didn't want to, huge units, wonderful feeling of home, way more inexpensive than the Peabody, full kitchen to be able to have sandwiches, snacks, etc.
The mom looked at us and said "Why would I ever want to stay somewhere that didn't have room service?"
Well, different strokes for different folks.

Many of those who complain about OKW are the ones who want to be on the monorail so they are in the "middle" of the action, want to stay in a much more hotel type resort, and don't/can't appreciate that OKW/DVC has the feel of a small town, even more than Celebration does I feel.

And OMG, the points for units are so much less than ever other resort after!
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:38 AM   #2996
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Spencerbomar thanks for your comments !

Well we figured out why we have such great neighbors .... we have none! Seriously we are the only people on this half of building 44. Now our building/ room someway connects to a studio ( not our lock off) and we hear an occasional cough or toilet flush. That's only from our bedroom so no big deal at all!

One thing to prepare yourselves for is that there are some kind of super flush toilets in these units. They have a big button on top and a very loud noise when flushed. Kinda scares you in the beginning...

Okay this is a Turtle pond pool day. I'll take some pics and post.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:09 AM   #2997
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One thing to prepare yourselves for is that there are some kind of super flush toilets in these units. They have a big button on top and a very loud noise when flushed. Kinda scares you in the beginning...
You have just identified the ONLY thing I don't like about OKW! We have always complained about those loud toilets, but I find I don't notice them so much anymore after 15 years!
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:17 AM   #2998
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What location for our group??

I will be booking a two bedroom and a one bedroom on December 1st for a big family vacation beginning July 1st. I am planning on booking at OKW due to the point requirement and the bigger rooms. Our group will consist of myself (57) and a couple of my 20 something children (depends upon their college schedule) in the one bedroom, and my sister and her husband along with 5 young adults ages 16 through 19. I had originally thought I would book near HH because it seems so convenient, but now that I have read through many of these posts, it seem as if Turtle Pond may be better. I own at SSS and stayed in the THV last June and walked everyday to Springs or the Grandstand and didn't think it was much of a walk, so walking places is not an issue. We will not have a car as we always use the buses and plan our activities accordingly. We will be coming back from the parks in the afternoon due to the weather in July, and will take advantage of the late closings at the parks. We are an active family with no health issues. For those of you who know OKW, what is your suggestion for a location to stay in?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #2999
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You have just identified the ONLY thing I don't like about OKW! We have always complained about those loud toilets, but I find I don't notice them so much anymore after 15 years!
Maybe "hearing" is the 1st thing to go!!!!!!! Just kidding........

In the dead of night, I still absolutely dread that moment when I have to push the button!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #3000
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At OKW right now in bldg 14 and loving every minute of my stay!!!
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