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Old 01-01-2013, 10:09 AM   #3211
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We are renting 3 nights at OKW this summer and I have some questions and hope someone can help!

1, taying in a studio - is there a covered balcony in a studio? We stayed many years ago in a 1 bedroom and I loved it but never a studio.

2. the area we stayed at 6 years ago was a super noisy location - I could hear buses, cars, etc. all night. We ended up being moved the next day. Any idea what location this is so I can avoid it?

3. I have a knee issue and like to avoid steps when I can. I assume requesting bottom floor or room in an elevator building is best. Are these rooms renovated? Is whole resort renovated? I hope....

4. We have a rental car so no worries on bus stop location etc.

Any and all advice appreciated for a quiet location with a pretty view that is easy on my knee. Thanks!
There are some noisy locations, and quiet locations, throughout OKW. If you are renting from a DVC member, only the member can make room requests for you. If you are renting directly through Disney, then you would need to call central reservations.

The noisiest location where I have stayed at OKW was bldg 44, on the end nearest to the road, some of the quieter buidlings, for me, were 32 and 33.

Any location where the buses have to turn through the parking areas will be noisier, so I would try to avoid bldgs 19,20, 21, 51 and 52.

Be sure to request ground floor or elevator building as a medical request, and make sure that request is made several weeks out. If it is made last minute, you may have trouble getting it, especially if you are traveling during a busy DVC booking time frame.

All OKW rooms have covered balconies, but the studio balconies are quite small compared to a one bedroom. Only a small end table and a chair (maybe 2 chairs) where the 1 bedrooms have a table and chairs to comfortably seat 4.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:06 AM   #3212
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The studios are usually at the ends of the building, so you might not get much of a view. Sometimes your view will be the transformer for the building. The parking lot. Not great views from studios for the most part.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:17 AM   #3213
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Building 29 has a great studio view of the canal but if you are looking for quiet I would recommend avoiding it. The busses are quite loud at that location.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:24 AM   #3214
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Thanks all. Great advice on room locations for studios at OKW. Would I have a better shot at a ground floor if I request NEAR HOSPITALITY HOUSE GROUND FLOOR or any room in the elevator buildings....(I am just not sure how many studios are per building and how many buildings are considered near hh)
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #3215
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Thanks all. Great advice on room locations for studios at OKW. Would I have a better shot at a ground floor if I request NEAR HOSPITALITY HOUSE GROUND FLOOR or any room in the elevator buildings....(I am just not sure how many studios are per building and how many buildings are considered near hh)
Did you book Near Hospitality House area? That would be the only way to get HH area. The elevator buildings are not included in the HH area category.
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Did you book Near Hospitality House area? That would be the only way to get HH area. The elevator buildings are not included in the HH area category.
Good advice. Just wanted to add that although the elevator buildings are not in the HH category, they are still very close.
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Did you book Near Hospitality House area? That would be the only way to get HH area. The elevator buildings are not included in the HH area category.
The nice lady I rented points from requested HH area. I don't know if this is a seperate booking category but I think from what I read the points to rent here are the same and you request it. I will look at my confirmation form but she definately said Hospitality House area to me. So I can handle one flight of steps but I cannot do too. Is the assumption that I WILL NOT HAVE A STUDIO on a 3rd floor correct? I thought I read somewhere that only Grand Villas are on 3rd floor NOT studios. If htis is the case, I can handle one flight if I don't get ground floor. I would prefer 2nd floor in the elevator buildings for the balcony and not a patio. So I am trying to determine if my chance of getting a studio in the HH section is greater than my chance of getting a studio in the elevator buildings?
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The nice lady I rented points from requested HH area. I don't know if this is a seperate booking category but I think from what I read the points to rent here are the same and you request it. I will look at my confirmation form but she definately said Hospitality House area to me. So I can handle one flight of steps but I cannot do too. Is the assumption that I WILL NOT HAVE A STUDIO on a 3rd floor correct? I thought I read somewhere that only Grand Villas are on 3rd floor NOT studios. If htis is the case, I can handle one flight if I don't get ground floor. I would prefer 2nd floor in the elevator buildings for the balcony and not a patio. So I am trying to determine if my chance of getting a studio in the HH section is greater than my chance of getting a studio in the elevator buildings?
Several questions here. Lets see if I can help:
  • HH is a separate booking category. It is not a "request", you will be in the HH area.
  • Studios are on all floors in the various buildings so it is possible that you would get the 3rd floor.
  • The elevator buildings are not in the HH category so you will not be in one of those. There is no "chance" about it. You're booked into a HH building.

With those notes, ask the person that you rented from to add a request for a 1st floor unit so that you don't have to deal with stairs.
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Several questions here. Lets see if I can help:
  • HH is a separate booking category. It is not a "request", you will be in the HH area.
  • Studios are on all floors in the various buildings so it is possible that you would get the 3rd floor.
  • The elevator buildings are not in the HH category so you will not be in one of those. There is no "chance" about it. You're booked into a HH building.

With those notes, ask the person that you rented from to add a request for a 1st floor unit so that you don't have to deal with stairs.
THank you. I looked at my reservation form and Hospitality House is clearly mentioned looking as you said like a booking category. Would it be logical to include first floor unit with this request? My worry is they can't meet the 1st floor request and will put me in the 2nd or 3rd floor. Can I state "1st floor request or any room in bldgs with elevators b/c of mobility issues".
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Can I state "1st floor request or any room in bldgs with elevators b/c of mobility issues".
Sure, but the elevator part isn't necessary since those aren't HH units.
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Sure, but the elevator part isn't necessary since those aren't HH units.
yes I know but I wonder if disney would remove me from the HH booking category if they realize a 1st floor studio is not available there for me and thus move me to another bldg with an elevator. Or if I just remove ALL requests/booking categories, etc. and just state "1st floor unit or any unit in bldg with elevator"
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yes I know but I wonder if disney would remove me from the HH booking category if they realize a 1st floor studio is not available there for me and thus move me to another bldg with an elevator. Or if I just remove ALL requests/booking categories, etc. and just state "1st floor unit or any unit in bldg with elevator"
Ask your member to request first floor for medical needs. That should be your first and only request.
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We are renting points from a member for our upcoming stay. I have read some reviews about musty smelling rooms. DH has extremely bad asthma . I just never thought about a Disney resort smelling musty as we have stayed in most of them and never had an issue (except CBR where four rooms smelled like stinky feet before we found one that smelled ok). Anyway, I am wondering if first floor rooms tend to be the ones with musty issues. If so, should we have our member do a medical request for the 3rd floor? Can we request some kind of ozone treatment ahead of time? The whole musty thing was just unexpected. Otherwise, I just was planning on requesting a quiet building...
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We are renting points from a member for our upcoming stay. I have read some reviews about musty smelling rooms. DH has extremely bad asthma (visits hospital for special treatment 2-3 times per day, every day for past 20+ years). I just never thought about a Disney resort smelling musty as we have stayed in most of them and never had an issue (except CBR where four rooms smelled like stinky feet before we found one that smelled ok). Anyway, I am wondering if first floor rooms tend to be the ones with musty issues. If so, should we have our member do a medical request for the 3rd floor? Can we request some kind of ozone treatment ahead of time? The whole musty thing was just unexpected. Otherwise, I just was planning on requesting a quiet building...
I've stayed on multiple floors and multiple buildings and haven't had any musty smelling OKW villas ever.
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We are renting points from a member for our upcoming stay. I have read some reviews about musty smelling rooms.
Not sure where you've seen these reviews but in probably 50+ stays at OKW over our many years of ownership (bought in 1995) we have never had a musty smelling room there.
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