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Old 02-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #16
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I was going to say - as others suggested - somewhere close or with a boat ride to DTD.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #17
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Definitely AKL - we've done non-park days there - there's so much to see and experience there. OKW would be a nice alternative; I don't think the 'wow' is the same as AKL, but OKW is charming, and has water activities that AKL doesn't. I think it's a great idea, and hope you all have a wonderful time!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:56 PM   #18
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I think I would also pick AKL or AKV. It's a beautiful resort, and I love the idea of watching the animals from my balcony (I love animals). I've always wanted to stay there, but never do primarily because of the distance to most of the parks. I think a non-park trip would be the perfect opportunity to stay there.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:34 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by tinkerbellybutton
Great suggestions so far. Just wanted to add that if you look at my signature we've stayed at many, many of the Disney resorts already. If I'm going to go for deluxe I think AKL would be my first choice. It's an experience within itself. WL is our fave, but we were just there last week.

I would love to hear more about OKW. We only stayed at OKW once, and only for one night. We liked what we saw, but didn't have much time to explore. I love that it's a boat ride to DTD. Looking at renting points, I think we could get OKW pretty close to same price as a moderate. I like that it's beachy for the summer, and my kids loved the pool the one time we stayed there. Any think about OKW I should know?
We did a no-parks (did do TL) trip last Oct. and spent a couple of nights at OKW. We absolutely LOVED it, so much that I dream about going back. The kids (DS11 and DD9) loved the pool and the sand area. We spent a few hours at the pool one day and did many of the activities. The ice cream drop and treasure hunt were especially fun. We ate breakfast and dinner at Olivia's- yum! We did the campfire one night. I'd feel completely comfortable at OKW without my DH.

We loved Winter-Summerland (did the winter course). And of course we had a great time at TL. I think your plan sounds great!
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:37 AM   #20
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Oh and you might want to consider SSR. We stayed in the THV (wouldn't do that) and spent some time at the Paddock and Springs pools at SSR. Kids loved those also, although the poolside activities weren't as much fun as at OKW.
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