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Old 10-14-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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OKW vs. SSR

Looking at two bedroom villas for an upcoming family trip, comparing OKW and SSR. Any advantage to one over the other?
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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I have stayed at both twice and really liked both.

OKW - has a nice pool w/ slide, good restaurant, not much QS, boat to DTD

SSR - has many nice pools (2 with great slides), at least 2 others, good QS, I hear good restaurant, boat to DTD

They are both very nice resorts. If I had to pick between the two I would pick SSR, for the more amenities. (Ask for the Springs area - near everything)


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Old 10-14-2012, 11:47 PM   #3
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Okay, good to know. It looks like the two bedrooms are bigger in OKW than SSR - not sure if anyone has noticed a really big difference based on this.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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. . . Any advantage to one over the other?

1) OKW has bigger rooms than ANY other DVC.
2) The resort is far more varied at OKW.
3) The buildings are better themed than SSR.
4) The food at Olivia's is better than at SSR.
5) Their is a marina at OKW and none at SSR.
6) A terrific sauna at the OKW main pool, and none at SSR.
7) More bars at OKW.
8) A reading room at OKW.

9) The only advantage at SSR, that every building has an elevator.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #5
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Personal opinion, both are great resorts.

OKW definitely has larger rooms.

SSR has newly rehabbed rooms in Congress Park and Springs area, what have the Disney Fox and Hound theme and Disney horses.

More children's play areas at the pools at SSR and more slides.

SSR is closer to Downtown Disney, you can either walk over or take the boat.

While I like Olivia's at OKW I do not find it better than the Turf Club at SSR and SSR has a very nice inside area with seating for quick service at Artist's Pallette

Goods to Go at OKW is walk up with outdoor seating.

The Spa at SSR is fabulous.

Here is a nice video about SSR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb683...eature=related

And photos of the new rooms: http://allears.net/acc/g_ss_refurb.htm

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:10 AM   #6
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1) OKW has bigger rooms than ANY other DVC.
2) The resort is far more varied at OKW.
3) The buildings are better themed than SSR.
4) The food at Olivia's is better than at SSR.
5) Their is a marina at OKW and none at SSR.
6) A terrific sauna at the OKW main pool, and none at SSR.
7) More bars at OKW.
8) A reading room at OKW.

9) The only advantage at SSR, that every building has an elevator.
Where is there a reading room and where are there more bars?
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:15 AM   #7
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I am looking at these two too!!

Can you walk to DTD from OKW?

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:12 AM   #8
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they're both really nice-stayed at okw-then ssr the following year.

our personal preference is okw-that's not to say we yearned for okw whilst at ssr-it just suited us better.

the gym is bigger at ssr
-but you could feel room size was better at okw-we stayed in 2 bed villas also.

breakfast at olivias was delicious-we went several times when at okw and ssr.

i know you can walk from ssr to dd-not sure if there's an actual route from okw.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #9
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OKW rooms are huge & you will have 2 queen beds in the 2nd bedroom, even if you are assigned a lock-off as OKW is the only resort with 2 actual beds in a studio. The living room area is also much larger & more open BUT it has has hardwood floors - can be a pro or a con depending on personal preference.

Artist Palette at SSR is very nice & now you can get burgers/fries at the Paddock Grill.

Not sure what PP means about more bars at OKW but SSR has bars at The Turf Club, On the Rocks (High Rock Spring pool) and both the Grandstand & Paddock pools (albeit limited hours). OKW has The Gurgling Suitcase (attached to Olivia's & Good's to Go) & you can get bottled beer/wine at Turtle Shack.

Arcade is better at SSR. OKW has one themed pool, SSR has 2 (3 if you count Grandstand).

Both resorts are great. I think its just a personal preference.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:08 AM   #10
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also, OKW is a better value in terms of point costs, but its theming is less luxurious IMO (OKW is more beachy casual).

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Can you walk to DTD from OKW?

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yes.

the first link is a little dated. (the path is not lit at night, BTW):

mousesteps link

more recent pics of the trail
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #11
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I think both are great resorts - we own at SSR and have stayed there a few times, and just stayed at OKW over Easter this year.

The larger room size alone at OKW is a big plus to me - we had a 1 BR and it just seemed huge.

However, I thought the CS options at OKW were really subpar and prefer SSR for that.

If I cared about the spa, SSR would get an edge for that.

In trying to think about it objectively, I think that SSR actually has a lot more on the plus column than OKW relative to location (walk to DTD) and resort amenities. For the rooms, OKW wins.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:59 AM   #12
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I've never stayed at SSR, but we stayed in a 2 bdrm villa at OKW a few years ago and loved it. It was HUGE, and as we were a group of 6 (dh & me, our 2 kids, and my parents), the 2 queen beds in the 2nd bdrm were a big plus. Plenty of space for all of us, and no one had to sleep on a pullout. We had Thanksgiving dinner at Olivia's on that trip and enjoyed it very much.

I think some people aren't too jazzed about the theming at OKW because it's a Florida theme in Florida, but it's a pretty resort.
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We have stayed at both. The OKW villas are my favorite rooms at WDW. They are so big and I love the arrangement of villas and balconies within each building. I love the way this large resort has a feeling of privacy.

SSR has the short walk to DTD and a nice spa.

For me, all other points are fairly equal between the two resorts.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:25 PM   #14
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Since Rusty has not come back, does anyone else know where the Reading Room is at OKW and how many bars there are?

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:54 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the good feedback. We are taking a few family members with us on this trip, so I think being in a larger room and having a larger living room will be a benefit to us. We're only going for a few days, so we probably won't get to do that many of the resort amenities, so I'm thinking OKW is our preference at this point. But it definitely sounds like SSR would be a great option for a trip when we'll have time to try the spa!
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