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Old 12-05-2012, 11:04 PM   #3136
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Anyone have any thoughts? Has anyone else moved from deluxe hotels to OKW and really liked the change? What are the pros and cons, besides cost?

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Everyone's taste is different, but we own at OKW and love it. Prior to buying our OKW contract, one of our WDW trips was 7 nights at the Polynesian Resort. We loved it there. The location is great for MK, although not as convenient to the other parks as other resorts are. We spent another week at the Polynesian right after we closed on our OKW contract - trip was planned before we decided to buy DVC and we did not close in time to rebook using points. Again, we loved staying at the Polynesian, but we've never wished we were staying at Poly or another monorail resort during our OKW stays. We've also spent four nights at BC since buying into DVC. We enjoyed our stay there (except for having less space - those 2BR villas really spoil you! - and it was great being so close to EP, but we did not check out with any regrets at all about purchasing OKW instead of BCV or BWV. We love the relaxing and laid back feeling at OKW. Although you can't walk to any parks, it is centrally located on WDW property. It is not as bustling and busy as some of the popular resorts, i.e. the Polynesian with many people visiting the resort to eat at 'Ohana every day. We really love all the space at OKW, the large verandah and parking our vehicle right in front of our unit. I love having a full kitchen so we have a full size refrigerator for beverages and snacks, and the washer and dryer is great. The dirty clothes have to be washed at some point, and I've always preferred washing a couple of loads during ur trips instead of bring home a bunch of dirt clothes. Hope that helps, good luck with your trip planning.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #3137
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Everyone's taste is different, but we own at OKW and love it. Prior to buying our OKW contract, one of our WDW trips was 7 nights at the Polynesian Resort. We loved it there. The location is great for MK, although not as convenient to the other parks as other resorts are. We spent another week at the Polynesian right after we closed on our OKW contract - trip was planned before we decided to buy DVC and we did not close in time to rebook using points. Again, we loved staying at the Polynesian, but we've never wished we were staying at Poly or another monorail resort during our OKW stays. We've also spent four nights at BC since buying into DVC. We enjoyed our stay there (except for having less space - those 2BR villas really spoil you! - and it was great being so close to EP, but we did not check out with any regrets at all about purchasing OKW instead of BCV or BWV. We love the relaxing and laid back feeling at OKW. Although you can't walk to any parks, it is centrally located on WDW property. It is not as bustling and busy as some of the popular resorts, i.e. the Polynesian with many people visiting the resort to eat at 'Ohana every day. We really love all the space at OKW, the large verandah and parking our vehicle right in front of our unit. I love having a full kitchen so we have a full size refrigerator for beverages and snacks, and the washer and dryer is great. The dirty clothes have to be washed at some point, and I've always preferred washing a couple of loads during ur trips instead of bring home a bunch of dirt clothes. Hope that helps, good luck with your trip planning.

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I enjoy BWV and AKV from time to time but the long hotel/inn hallways can be a bit of a pain, I still have always preferred OKW! BCV never did anything for me, neither did WLV. Will you miss BCV, it really depends on what type of atmosphere you like to vacation in and if close access to the parks is the most important perk for you. ....
We loved BCV, but I have to agree about VWL. They don't look appealing to me, either.

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Well said Beasly, I agree. First of OKW is a deluxe resort with all the bells and whistles of the others....in fact I find it better, after all it was the 1st DVC. Love the tennis courts, basketball, shuffle board, playgrounds, table tennis, 4 pools, volleyball, bike rentals, and the boat shuttle to down town. I have never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a bus to get to where we want to go, and as for the walk to the park convenience, a walk around the golf course will cure that need to walk. The buses are just fine.

There is nothing better than after walking the parks all day than sitting on the porch and watching the golfers tee off while drinking an afternoon cocktail. Also, the wild life is fabulous...we have seen birds, ducks, otters, and other water creatures from our room.

And as an added bonus, the rooms are far larger and feel so spacious that the kids can sprawl out on the floor and play a game while you adults sit by the table and play cards and no one is in each others' way.

If there is a con at OKW it would be building 29 on the end....road noise and no pretty view. But that can be easily avoided.

Hope that helps rest your mind!!!

Love OKW!!!!!

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To be honest, I never knew that OKW was a deluxe villa resort until this year. We had been staying at the Epcot resorts for the last twenty years because we loved it there. We never looked past that option until this year. We were ready for a change and decided to try the WL in February.

While researching the options for a villa for a summer visit, I ran across OKW. I could not believe the size of the villas! They look great. We loved having a separate living room, a full sized kitchen, and the lovely master bedroom suite at the BCV. And once you have that luxury, a regular hotel room seems very small.

The OKW resort looks like a great resort option for us for a trip with our other daughter. They would be driving, so we would have a car we can all use. They would love DTD. And since they are very likely to ask us to babysit often, this resort looks like a great place for it. We are definitely more in favor of relaxing than we used to be.

Now we'll just have to look for a bounce back offer when we are at the WL in February to see if we can get a good discount for early June. That is the only way that they will be to afford it. And we wouldn't go without them.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #3138
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Now we'll just have to look for a bounce back offer when we are at the WL in February to see if we can get a good discount for early June.
My son's in high school so we follow the school schedule like your daughter. We go every year, 2nd week of June, when school gets out! June is good, the mid day storms haven't begun yet, the humidity is still tolerable and the crowds are manageable since northern schools haven't let out yet!

Great time to go!! Good luck!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #3139
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My son's in high school so we follow the school schedule like your daughter. We go every year, 2nd week of June, when school gets out! June is good, the mid day storms haven't begun yet, the humidity is still tolerable and the crowds are manageable since northern schools haven't let out yet!

Great time to go!! Good luck!
I think we would be looking at the week of June 3rd through 8th. I think that is when she will be done with school.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:29 PM   #3140
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I think we would be looking at the week of June 3rd through 8th. I think that is when she will be done with school.
Good luck with the timing and money....you won't regret it.

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:30 AM   #3141
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Just booked a ten day stay at OKW for July 1st through the 10th!! Booked a two bedroom and a one bedroom for myself, my daughter and my sister and her family of 7. Requested Turtle Pond as suggested by the many posts, as most of us are middle aged or young adults. So excited! First tme at OKW!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #3142
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Just arrived this evening Iam in building 46 i like the location as i am in an end room, it looks as though i can see water from the patio. I did not arrive until after 11:00 so it is too daerk to see the view. My phone in the room does not work and the clock was un plugged and i can not figure out how to reset the time in the morning i will go to the front desk to see about the phone. I may have to use ear plugs at night to sleep i can hear the buses going up and down the road.
i can not get over the size of the room, i am in a studio, but it is huge. I plan on walking around the resort tomorrow so that i can check everything out
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We are at OKW now, room 3537. Been here since Mon., staying til next Fri. It has been so peaceful and relaxing. Watching the birds around the pond in the AM while drinking coffee on the balcony. Considering going and getting some re-bar and barring the doors and windows and holding off the CMs as long as possible for some extra nights
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We are at OKW now, room 3537. Been here since Mon., staying til next Fri. It has been so peaceful and relaxing. Watching the birds around the pond in the AM while drinking coffee on the balcony. Considering going and getting some re-bar and barring the doors and windows and holding off the CMs as long as possible for some extra nights
Jimmy, we'll be in your favorite place in less than a month. VWL for the marathon. But OKW is great, isn't it??
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Jimmy, we'll be in your favorite place in less than a month. VWL for the marathon. But OKW is great, isn't it??
We love it here Deb!! T and I have enjoyed just hanging out on the balcony, soaking it all in. Im not sure which fairway we are on, but let me just say there are some dangerous golfers out there. One ball just hit the trees and pounded the roof next door

We love VWL too as you know, but OKW is quickly becoming a really close second in our hearts.

Hope you have a great trip in Jan.!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #3146
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We stayed in a 1br villa for the very 1st time from Nov 23-Dec1st. We were in bldg 64 had a view of the 7th green. 3rd floor.

it was amazing. Its only the 2 of us and for the 1st time in a while...we really did relax while on vacation.

we are booked for the YC in July for 14 nights. for the same price..but for 12 nights...we can stay in a 1br again at okw. we are leaning towards changing it to OKW.

We have nothing negative to report. for our 1st time in a villA/dvc resort...it was just perfect.
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The resort really is peaceful, I walked over to the gift store this morning to stock up on yogart and some things for breakfast it was just about a 10 minute walk. I am close to the South pointe bus stop and there is a quiet o
pool just around the corner. The play ground looks cute too. As i sit here on my patio I can see the balloon in DTD
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:46 AM   #3149
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We're in building 37. I thought we'd hear some road noise, but nope! It IS very peaceful! And my DH discovered the fireworks from Epcot last night. Hadn't even thought about that.

Hi to all those who are here! If you see three "aged" (or should I say "experienced") folks (my mom is 88!) it's probably us.
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Hi to all those who are here! If you see three "aged" (or should I say "experienced") folks (my mom is 88!) it's probably us.
Experienced is a good thing, it tells you to slow down and smell the roses, I am speaking from "experience"
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