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Old 10-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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Tell me about BWV

I've read mixed reviews on BWV as we are trying to make a priority list of places to stay next November as we hope to rent points. The good/bad. Why you like/dislike. Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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I usually stay at the BWv because of the proximity to Epcot and DHS. You can walk to Epcot from BWV in less than 10 minutes or you can take the Friendship boats. It's so convenient to pop into WS to get a snack or watch IllumiNations. For DHS, you can walk or take the boat.

In terms of other amenities, I like having the Boardwalk Bakery nearby and the Screendoor is a good sized shop. You can also stand inside the shop and watch for the boats, which is great if it's really hot/humid or raining.

The biggest con I can think of is the parking. The self parking lot is a bit of a walk and during the F&W festival it can be tough to get a spot. I've always managed to get one, but sometimes you have to do a bit of searching.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #3
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I've read mixed reviews on BWV as we are trying to make a priority list of places to stay next November as we hope to rent points. The good/bad. Why you like/dislike. Thanks.
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Everything was fantastic except for the fact that to get anything to eat you had to leave the building. You have to walk out to the boardwalk for everything. If that doesn't bother you, you will ove it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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I usually stay at the BWv because of the proximity to Epcot and DHS. You can walk to Epcot from BWV in less than 10 minutes or you can take the Friendship boats. It's so convenient to pop into WS to get a snack or watch IllumiNations. For DHS, you can walk or take the boat.

In terms of other amenities, I like having the Boardwalk Bakery nearby and the Screendoor is a good sized shop. You can also stand inside the shop and watch for the boats, which is great if it's really hot/humid or raining.

The biggest con I can think of is the parking. The self parking lot is a bit of a walk and during the F&W festival it can be tough to get a spot. I've always managed to get one, but sometimes you have to do a bit of searching.
Absolutely agree 100%, especially regarding the parking. BCV is usually our first choice, but if not available then BWV is always plan B.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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Loved it, loved it, loved it. Everything was fantastic except for the fact that to get anything to eat you had to leave the building. You have to walk out to the boardwalk for everything. If that doesn't bother you, you will ove it.
This!

ETA: If you plan to go during Food and Wine, you absolutely, 100% need to find an owner and rent points at the 11 month mark, otherwise, there will probably not be availability at BWV!

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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We own at BWV and love it. We usually request an upper floor with a Boardwalk view. However, another thing people complain about are the long hallways. If you don't mind taking the stairs, we usually go up and down stairwells to get out to the Boardwalk rather than walk to the elevators, if our room is far away.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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We love BWV!!! The lobby is beautiful, the lounge is relaxing, and the boardwalk is exciting There is always something to do at this resort and that is why we keep going back. We love the proximity to DHS and EPCOT. It's also nice to take a quick stroll to France and have something from the bakery or a Grand Marnier Orange Slush We were lucky enough to get room 2123 on our last visit. It is the large 1br with the wrap around balcony. We LOVED this room!!! It was quite a hike from the lobby but we decided not to valet and used the stairs near the parking lot to get to our room. If there was a food court then it would be perfect. The Boardwalk Bakery has new and nice selections of food. We ate there twice last month and were pleased. The pool area is nice and my son loves the slide. The only negative is the limited selection of quick service food at the resort and the long hallways.
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We own at BWV and love it. We usually request an upper floor with a Boardwalk view. However, another thing people complain about are the long hallways. If you don't mind taking the stairs, we usually go up and down stairwells to get out to the Boardwalk rather than walk to the elevators, if our room is far away.
We adore BWV! Just returned from a trip there but yes those halls can be long. There were only 2 doors beyond ours but we asked for high floor far from elevator... we certainly got it but our view was so worth it!
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Thanks for all The info. We had a studio at Jambo house and it was a long walk too. We have 3 boys 8/6/2 when we want to go and debating if this or a MK area resort. Plus we don't want to rent a car so or reason ruling out AKL for now.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #10
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How is the room condition?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #11
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BWV was a total letdown for us this past March. The room was terribly worn/shabby. Toilet ran constantly (yes, we asked for it to be fixed...didn't happen). It looked like it had been furnished by a broke college student shopping at yard sales. Even the room wall color was off putting. We also had a perfect view from our balcony of the terrifying clown. Luckily, the pool was closed for refurb while we were there so (and it was too cold to swim). No place to get a drink or snack without having to go out onto the actual Boardwalk. When it was so cold outside that week...not a fun time.

When we checked in we were told they would text us with our room number. It never happened. So had to go back to front desk at almost 1am after a day of park touring to get our room assignment...then the key didn't work, so had to go back to the desk to get new cards made. I understand that could happen at any resort, but it didn't help my impressions of the place.

On the plus side? Loved the easy walk to Epcot.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:00 PM   #12
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my favorite resort

LOVE the Boardwalk.

My kids are 3,6 and 8...so we no longer "fit" into a standard room or studio, and I am SO sad to not be able to stay there (unless we are in a 2 bdrm villa)

I LOVE the Boardwalk Bakery and proximity to BOTH Epcot and HS.

We are able to walk to both (3 yo in a stroller) and I love not having to rely on the bus for transportation everywhere...

The boats are a nice change of pace, but they do make several stops (YC Swan/Dolphin).

I agree with a PP when it was mentioned that if you are planning a Nov trip during food and wine (HIGHLY recommend) you MUST reserve your room at 11 months out...last year we waited until 9 months...got nothing, this year we were able to secure a room through DVC rental...

Good luck!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #13
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You know that you can do a one bedroom with 3 kids even if it doesn't have a sleeper chair. They will allow it since some one bedrooms do have them.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:42 PM   #14
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You know that you can do a one bedroom with 3 kids even if it doesn't have a sleeper chair. They will allow it since some one bedrooms do have them.
None of the BWV one bedroom villas have the sleeper chair. OKW, BLT and AKV (not value villas) have the twin sized sleeper chair.

The decor at BWV and BCV is supposed to be similar to granny's cottage at the beach. So you won't find the streamlined look of the BC or YC at these two DVC resorts. The BWV was completely renovated in 2010.

BWV only has one bank of elevators. So the hallways are a bit long from the elevator bank. But you are walking distance to DHS and Epcot.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:42 PM   #15
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BWV was a total letdown for us this past March. The room was terribly worn/shabby. Toilet ran constantly (yes, we asked for it to be fixed...didn't happen). It looked like it had been furnished by a broke college student shopping at yard sales. Even the room wall color was off putting. We also had a perfect view from our balcony of the terrifying clown. Luckily, the pool was closed for refurb while we were there so (and it was too cold to swim). No place to get a drink or snack without having to go out onto the actual Boardwalk. When it was so cold outside that week...not a fun time.

When we checked in we were told they would text us with our room number. It never happened. So had to go back to front desk at almost 1am after a day of park touring to get our room assignment...then the key didn't work, so had to go back to the desk to get new cards made. I understand that could happen at any resort, but it didn't help my impressions of the place.

On the plus side? Loved the easy walk to Epcot.
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Ok, my wife and I, prospective DVC buyers in the years to come, have been shopping around trying to decide where we want to buy (assuming FP+ doesn't mess up how we like to vacation) .... We have walked down to the boardwalk, and, people are right, its awesome. BUT, when we looked at pictures, from the Disney site and from around the net, the rooms look TERRIBLE. They look like how a 70 year old would decorate a room, they just look OLD, not modern at all. We totally get that its supposed to be themed as older, 30s 40s 50s feel, totally cool. But you can do that and still make the rooms feel newer, more up to date, while holding on to that theme.

Anyway, we haven't stayed at the resort, but after seeing pics of the rooms, just couldn't get over it. Maybe its different in person. We also didn't like the look of Alligator Bayou at POR ... and after staying in the mansions section and visiting the AB section and, yes, creeping a couple of the rooms, we decided its actually pretty nice there too.

But, all in all, couldn't get over the room décor ...
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