Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-05-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
nursie
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 34

Top 3 DVC resorts and why

If you were to pick your 3 favorite DVC resorts to stay at, which one's are they and why?
We have stayed at OKW and loved it.
Will be staying at BWV in June for the first time.
If we had the option to stay at another DVC resort, where oh where would it be.....
Help me out!

Last edited by nursie; 12-06-2012 at 08:53 AM.
nursie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
MMrules
DIS Veteran
 
MMrules's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Massachusetts :(-too far away!!!!
Posts: 1,124

I love the lodges Animal Kingdom and Wilderness (Although I Haven't been in the WL villas yet, but have stayed in the hotel and know I will love the villas). Both feel like a vacation within a vacation. There is wonderful themeing, but both are very relaxing and homey. THey are especially cozy in the winter months with their wonderful fireplaces.


My next favorite would be the Beach Club (although I like the BWV too). I think the Beach Club has a better pool which my kids love so they prefer it over BW. I feel they are both great with service and the location is great for both of them to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

I have never stayed at Bay lake towers, OKW or SSR. OKW and SSR seem fairly big to me as I prefer a smaller sized hotel (well AKV is rather large too, but I like the bus system with 1 or 2 hotel stops vs. 5 or 6 stops within the resort). JUst my personal preference.
__________________

97-CBR, 98-CBR, 03-BC,04-DCL, 06-CBR, 07-AKL, 09-CBR, 11-WL (solo trip) BCV (1st DVC member trip) AKV, 12-WL, BCV, BWV 13-BWV 14-VWL

MMrules is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 12-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
jimandami
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Union, KY (Cincinnati)
Posts: 3,017

Have stayed at them all except SSR and OKW and my favorites would be:

1) BWV
2) BCV
3) BLT

They all have their pluses and minuses, of course, but we just love the Epcot area resorts. That whole area just IS Disney to me. BWV ranks about BCV probably just because it was our first DVC resort and our first trip with our DS and I just have fond memories! BLT is third simply for the proximity to MK and the ability to see the castle and fireworks from your room...magical!
jimandami is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
spiceycat
Own at BWV, VWL and BLT
It happens every night on the Bay Lake side
 
spiceycat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: birmingham, Al
Posts: 36,927

blt -5 to 10 minute walk to the MK
bcv - 5 to 10 minute walk to Epcot
vwl - boat to MK
AKL/V - animals
OKW - relaxing
BWV - 10 to 20 minute walk to H studios
SSR - relaxing 5 to 14 minute walk to DD

okay love the MK
__________________
Pat J

spiceycat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
AlohaAnnie
DIS Veteran
 
AlohaAnnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Welcome Home
Posts: 2,637

AKV - Love the savanna, restaurants, pools, & theme. Kidani - Sleeping Chair & 2 bathrooms.

BLT - Love the pool, totwl, walkway to MK, Monorail, Contempo Cafe. Sleeping chair in one bedroom & two bathrooms in one bedroom. I do not love the theme as well here.

BCV - Love Storm along bay, Epcot, beach area
VWL - love the theme
SSR - never stayed here but it appeals to close to DTD, I plan to stay here but I am not sure about area.
OKW - Beautiful Resort, classic, Love the pool theme
BWV - love Boardwalk area, so cute, love to see BC/YC across the way.

These are not ranked in order. I really want to stay at all the DVC resorts. They are so lovely, I can't wait for Grand Floridian Villas.



I agree each has charm.
__________________
Me (Tina) DH (Shawn) DS (17) (Aaron) DD (12) (Allison) Aladdin (Buddy) Jasmine Lilo Stitch

POR June 2006 POP May/June 2008 CBR Pirate Room & BC May/June 2009 Vero Beach & CSR & AKV Kidani May/June 2010 BLT Oct 2010 BWV March/April 2011 AKV Kidani Dec 2011 BCV/BLT June 2013
WL CL & AKV - Jambo Studio CL March/April2014

June 2013 Dining Report PTR Spring Break 2014
AlohaAnnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
nursie
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 34

RCI exchange

Any idea if I will even be able to get a 2BR at AKV,BLT,WLV,BCV,BWV through an RCI exchange for the end of June (July 4th week)?
I put my request in Mid-Oct.
I know SSR & OKW come up more often based on number of units available at that resort but they may also be requested less often than the others?
I took SSR & OKW off my request list so we could narrow down the above for a better chance to get into the places I really want as top priority.
My fear.....not getting in to any of them
nursie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:20 PM   #7
allstonsmommy
Mouseketeer
 
allstonsmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 129

I would think BLT would be difficult for that time, probably better luck with the others.

ETA: I wouldn't take OKW off my list if it were me personally... I love that resort!
allstonsmommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
spiceycat
Own at BWV, VWL and BLT
It happens every night on the Bay Lake side
 
spiceycat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: birmingham, Al
Posts: 36,927

Quote:
Originally Posted by nursie View Post
Any idea if I will even be able to get a 2BR at AKV,BLT,WLV,BCV,BWV through an RCI exchange for the end of June (July 4th week)?
I put my request in Mid-Oct.
I know SSR & OKW come up more often based on number of units available at that resort but they may also be requested less often than the others?
I took SSR & OKW off my request list so we could narrow down the above for a better chance to get into the places I really want as top priority.
My fear.....not getting in to any of them
what do you want

walking to Epcot and Studio - then BWV or BCV (also boating)
walking to MK and monorail to Epcot - then BLT
boating to MK - VWL

now AKV is beautiful but really OKW and SSR are closed to epcot, studios and MK than it. now it is closer to AKV - but like OKW and SSR bus transportation only
__________________
Pat J

spiceycat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #9
Simba's Mom
everything went to "H*** in a handbasket
Keep me off the high horses!
Suffers from theme park dyslexia
 
Simba's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Harlingen, TX, USA
Posts: 24,877

Quote:
Originally Posted by MMrules View Post
I love the lodges Animal Kingdom and Wilderness (Although I Haven't been in the WL villas yet, but have stayed in the hotel and know I will love the villas). Both feel like a vacation within a vacation. There is wonderful themeing, but both are very relaxing and homey. THey are especially cozy in the winter months with their wonderful fireplaces.

Unfortunately, although we also loved WL and expected to love VWL, we didn't. It's funny-we said, when we first stayed at WL "Well, if DVC ever builds on here, we'd buy." They did and we did, but after one stay there, we've always stayed elsewhere.
We also love OKW.
BCV is our second favorite. It's walking distance to Epcot, but if you get a woods view room, you sometimes feel like you're a million miles away.
AKV is our third favorite-might be higher if it were closer to things, but it's way out there. However, for a non-park vacation, it's my favorite. Can't beat those giraffes!
__________________
Simba's Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 04:59 PM   #10
Cinderella1122
DVC member since 2008
 
Cinderella1122's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Philly, Pa
Posts: 1,083

I've stayed at the all except BWV

1 - AKV - the reason why I purchased DVC. I love the themeing and the animals
2 - BLT - my first add on. I love the walk to MK and exclusive building and pool
3 - BCV - Stormalong bay and walk to epcot
4 - SSR - Walk to DTD and the atmosphere
5 - OKW - the size of the rooms
6 - VWL
__________________
* DVC Member AKV & BLT *


June 2014 - All Star Music
December 2014 - Saratoga Springs
June 2015 - All Star Music
December 2015 - Bay Lake Tower
Cinderella1122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #11
tahrea
Earning My Ears
 
tahrea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 22

Quote:
Originally Posted by Simba's Mom

Unfortunately, although we also loved WL and expected to love VWL, we didn't. It's funny-we said, when we first stayed at WL "Well, if DVC ever builds on here, we'd buy." They did and we did, but after one stay there, we've always stayed elsewhere.
We also love OKW.
BCV is our second favorite. It's walking distance to Epcot, but if you get a woods view room, you sometimes feel like you're a million miles away.
AKV is our third favorite-might be higher if it were closer to things, but it's way out there. However, for a non-park vacation, it's my favorite. Can't beat those giraffes!
What made you not like the WLV? My DH wants yo stay there but I want to do AKV this time.
tahrea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
mickey&minniealways
DIS Veteran
 
mickey&minniealways's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,709

OKW is our favorit also. Somehow we always come back to it. SSR just doesn't do it for me. To similar to what I grew up with. BLT is small. VWL is just to rustic for me. I get enough pin trees here in the northeast. AKV are nice but to far apart from everything else. So after OKW I guess I would have to say BCV and then BWV. Once the new ones at GF are up and running I may need to revise that. I am also asumming that you mean DVC on Disnewyworld property.
mickey&minniealways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:05 PM   #13
peabody58
I'm just a drummer in a R&R Band!!
 
peabody58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central Ill
Posts: 409

Lightbulb Spoiler alert - the 4.0 answer

The 3 best resorts at WDW, that's easy.

1. The one I'm at right now. Duh!!
2. The one I stayed at last time. Obviously I came back, see #1.
3. The one I have booked next. Double duh!

Nuf said!
__________________



DL 66-68; Off-site: 77/90/91; POR 92/94; BC 8/99; WL 3/10; BLT 9/10; SSR 12/10; OKW 5/11; BLT 9/11; HHI 4/12; BLT 10/12; WBC 4/13; AKL-K/BCV 9/13; VB/VGF 9/14
peabody58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #14
kam1011
Mouseketeer
 
kam1011's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NJ
Posts: 303

My top two are BLT and SSR. I like OKW and that was on the top of my list until SSR replaced it. They're very similar feeling with SSR having newer decor. Very quiet, you feel like you're the only person there, even in the middle of the summer. SSR has two awesome pools and other quiet pools. We actually stayed there once for four days without park tickets and had a great time. Never got bored.

BLT is tied for #1 because of it's location and ultra modern decor. I love that it has a quick service meal option, which a lot don't. If you like to drive around to the parks and stuff, it's not the best because there's always a lot of traffic around that area and you wait in line to get into the parking lot for several minutes each time. Plus you can't park right by your room like you would at OKW or SSR. Even AKL has those underground garages that are super convenient.

For #3, I guess I'd go with Wilderness Lodge. I just love the ambiance and the pool area. But I strongly recommend for winter!
__________________
1980s & 1990s:
Disney Inn (x2), Fort Wilderness Cabins (x2), Disney's Lake Buena Vista Villas (fav! x2), Caribbean Beach (x2), All Star Music, Wilderness Lodge (x2), Dixie Landings (x2)

2000s:
5 off-site trips
All Star Music Family Suites
Beach Club
Wilderness Lodge Villas (x2)
Old Key West (x2)
Saratoga Springs
AKL - Kidani Village
Bay Lake Tower

I may have missed some...


kam1011 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:44 PM   #15
MulanMom
DIS Veteran
 
MulanMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Posts: 1,324

Our favorites?

OKW - our home resort, was the first DVC resort. Large accommodations and very few with a bad view. The resort does have a Key West kind of feel. Only drawback is that it has many 2 to 3 story buildings without elevators and DH has mobility issues.

BLT - never thought I'd like this resort. We had a 1bdr overlooking the Contemporary harbor and just loved it. 2 bathrooms in the 1 bdr. Kids had separate sleeping, one on sleeper sofa and one on chair. Love the ability to walk back and forth to MK.

AKV - feel of room reminded me of Poly. Layout similar to BLT in that the 1bdr has two bathrooms. Master bath was huge! Beautiful theming, beautiful resort. Had a savannah room.

We've also stayed at the VWL and have been in the rooms at BWV. VWL, while nice, never made us feel like we were "in" the lodge. Kinda felt like we were staying at an off shoot wing.

With trading through RCI, I would not limit yourself by trying to pick or choose which DVC resort. If you can find any available, take it. You will not be disappointed.
MulanMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.