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Old 08-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #16
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I love POR. It really is beautiful to walk around the place. But I also love OKW because it is also very beautiful to walk around.

Really, except for a few differences that makes one better than the other, they both are wonderful resorts.
I so agree Deb. I actually rank these as tied for my two favorite resorts in all of WDW that I have tried. They actually have a lot of similarities: laid back, spread out, relaxing, boat to DTD.

Just different themes. But if I were OP, I'd go with OKW for the balcony, cheaper price and the fact its probably her last chance to stay in a studio. POR will be a no brainer money wise with three kids in the future so probably plenty of chances to stay there in the future!
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:47 PM   #17
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I have stayed at both. I love deluxe resorts and tend to stay at YC but do spend a night or two at a less expensive option before my YC leg. We stayed at OKW this past summer. First stay there in 8 years and we won't be back to OKW anytime soon. My disappointments with the place would echo how I feel about a moderate. To me it feels moderate - no balconies, no interior hallways. Very remote location. Room is a little bigger though nothing to write home about. But if you need a mini tiny kitchen this has that (microwave is nice). POR is my favorite moderate and at least it has a CS. I like the pools better at POR and the new remodeling is nice. Believe me, I love deluxe resorts but OKW to me is a moderate and therefore I put it along side POR with the benefit of a microwave. POR to me offers more and is more appealing.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #18
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I have stayed at both. I love deluxe resorts and tend to stay at YC but do spend a night or two at a less expensive option before my YC leg. We stayed at OKW this past summer. First stay there in 8 years and we won't be back to OKW anytime soon. My disappointments with the place would echo how I feel about a moderate. To me it feels moderate - no balconies, no interior hallways. Very remote location. Room is a little bigger though nothing to write home about. But if you need a mini tiny kitchen this has that (microwave is nice). POR is my favorite moderate and at least it has a CS. I like the pools better at POR and the new remodeling is nice. Believe me, I love deluxe resorts but OKW to me is a moderate and therefore I put it along side POR with the benefit of a microwave. POR to me offers more and is more appealing.
OKW has no balconies? Have they removed them since I stayed there two years ago? OKW has the best porches of all the resorts combined at WDW. And the studio room size is among the biggest of all the resorts.

I like the condo feel of OKW and SSR as opposed to the hotel feel of many of the other DVC resorts. They don't share a back wall with another room like most of the moderates.

The Polynesian and GF both have numerous buildings on the property so you can't just walk down a hallway from check in to get to your room.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #19
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OKW has no balconies? Have they removed them since I stayed there two years ago? OKW has the best porches of all the resorts combined at WDW. And the studio room size is among the biggest of all the resorts.

I like the condo feel of OKW and SSR as opposed to the hotel feel of many of the other DVC resorts. They don't share a back wall with another room like most of the moderates.

The Polynesian and GF both have numerous buildings on the property so you can't just walk down a hallway from check in to get to your room.
LOL sorry meant interior hallways!!
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OKW does definitely have balconies. And they are larger than most other deluxe's. In fact the one bedroom and larger units have enormous balconies with a table that seats four, plus a ceiling fan.

I do agree that OKW does not have the deluxe feel of most other WDW deluxe's, in part because it does have exterior doors and no room service. OKW and SSR are to me hard to classify as a deluxe. They are DVC resorts not tied to a hotel so sort of in a class all their own. Sort of like the cabins that are now classified as mods but to me are not a mod at all.

I agree with Deb, I actually prefer the set up of OKW, SSR and the mods vs the deluxe hotels. But that's just a personal preference and probably not the norm!
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