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Old 04-17-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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If you could only stay at your home resort....

Here's the question....
if for some reason you were only allowed to book at your home resort...where would you want to call home?

The background, DH (60) and I (50) are ready to buy in.

The only resorts we've ruled out are Animal Kingdom (we have access to AKL points already through my mother) and Saratoga Springs (we've stayed there and it's not our cup of tea). We don't have children and are most likely to use the points for a studio for the 2 of us or possibly to book a 2 bedroom and go with another couple every 3 years. We love the parks, but we also love sitting on the balcony, having a drink and watching the life go by

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Old 04-17-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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I would have to say my current home resort of BLT or a close second would be BWV.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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I would say either BCV or BWV. Both offer the kind of sit back and chill vacaton you are describing.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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talk to me about BCV....I haven't stayed there before and I'm intrigued by it but thought it might be very kid-oriented....
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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Our home resort is AKV and we do love it
I think our next purchase will be at the Grand Californian
We stayed there last year and It is a great place!
the View of California Adventure from the villas is sweet and the direct access to the park is a plus.
Good luck and remember there are no bad choices.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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absolutely BWVs
there is nothing like having coffee in your pjs, watching the sun come up over crescent lake.....later watching illuminations with the BW activity from your balcony, sharing wine with a loved one after stays in almost every wdw resort, we've found there is literally no view comparable to BW view

btw, we own BWVs, BCVs, and SSR. BCVs are not to our tastes - pretty, but very noisy (lots and lots of little ones - great for families with very young children. we prefer quiet interiors with activities and higher noise levels outdoors, where and when we select).

try a stay in a BWV BW view villa just once.....from your description, i think you'll be hooked as soon as you walk in the door.
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The balcony at the OKW studio was HUGE!!! It was probably 2 or 3 times the balcony size at SSR. When we stayed at OKW in October, we stayed in the Turtle Creek (or Pond) section, where they have a private pool. There was a total of 4 children, 2 of them being mine. They were (thankfully) very polite and I do not believe the other residents were offended. We went to the main pool with a water slide, and that seemed to have many more children.
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:10 PM   #8
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my home resorts - BLT, VWL and BWV (okay like BCV and AKV too)

so would have no problem only staying at my home resorts.

BLT - love it. you can find quiet here. the kids screaming in the hall ways - will stop once they are in their rooms...

It has some very nice views and some really not so great (MK views - that are really views of the parking lot)
It probably has the nicest view of a lake than any of the DVC resorts and a bunch of them (79% of the resort)

you can walk to the MK and ride the monrail (change to EPcot monrail at TTC) to Epcot. You have easy access to CR and thru the monrail - Polyn and GF. there is a boat to WL/VWL and FW.

VWL - you really feel like you are in the mountains (well kinda of). the resorts is very cool (especially when you consider you are in Florida)
the lobby is amazing (it shares the check in with WL)

BWV - if you like Epcot or Studios - this is a nice one. You can walk or boat ride to both of these parks. (walking is generally faster)
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I would say BW would be your best bet.
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Old 04-17-2010, 05:38 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by emacek View Post
Here's the question....
if for some reason you were only allowed to book at your home resort...where would you want to call home?
If that was the only option then I would say that Disney Vacation Club is not for me. I like going to the Boardwalk as well as Vero Beach and would love to go to the new resort in Hawaii. If DVC only allowed you to stay at one DVC resort then I would choose to be a non member and rent points to stay at all the resorts.

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Originally Posted by emacek View Post
Here's the question....
if for some reason you were only allowed to book at your home resort...where would you want to call home?
That's the question we we asked ourselves before buying, and bought at VWL. Love being on the lake, being in/near the woods and having boat access to the MK. There's something very special about it, especially at Christmas. It feels like Disney to me. The other resorts are very nice, but they feel like nice resorts... nothing magical.

That said, we've spent a lot more time at the other resorts than our home resort. But if we are going to be stuck someplace for the next 30+ years, I want it to be at VWL.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:22 PM   #12
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With all these responses the bottom line is go check it out! lol We bought in BLT in Feb and SSR resale in Apr (THV was what we really wanted). We to like to kick back on a balcony or deck to start and finish our day and to me THV will be our paradise.

I asked the same question you are and I am amazed how many different answers I have gotten. I have heard awesome feed back about BWV but when I was booking my DD trip I asked MS res agent what her thoughts were and she said BWV and BCV were not for her because she felt the rooms and area were to on top of each other and she preferred OKW to go "home to" at the end of a busy day. I have no idea myself since my 1st ressie is in May but I am sure going to have fun finding out!
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Old 04-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #13
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We bought in to BLT because we already knew we loved that location. We had been staying for years at the CR.

MK is our favorite park and wanted to be close. Our kids are now older so having a chance to go over at night, just DH and I, to walk around is wonderful.

If we were stuck at our home resort, we would have no issues at all with this as we bought were we love to be!

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Old 04-17-2010, 08:50 PM   #14
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BWV always BWV
Is was and always will be our favorite place. The location is awesome and we love the resort.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:08 PM   #15
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If the Stormalong Bay pool at BCV is to your liking, that might be a good choice, but none of the BCV rooms has a really great view and some are pretty bad, IMHO. OKW 1 and 2 bedrooms units are wonderful but as a couple we really dislike the studios because they have 2 beds and no sofa. Also the OKW studio balconies are not big like the 1 and 2 bedroom balconies at OKW. VWL is a possibility, especially if MK is your favorite park. DH and I first bought into DVC when we were about your ages. We purchased BWV and it has been so perfect for us that we have added on at BWV 5 times. We love the BW view and easy access to both EPCOT and DHS. We like the activity on the BW at night and watching the EPCOT fireworks from our balcony at night. When we first became members we only had 220 points, so we stayed in studios at BWV and thought that they were a good layout for 2 people. Now we always stay in 1 bedrooms and love the huge closet at BWV. We like the 1 bedroom units at OKW even better, and the GVs there are a super bargain, so we bought points at OKW as well.
Some people think we are nuts to be going to WDW so often at our age, frequently only inviting adult friends. As the years have gone by we spend less time in the parks and more time at the resort and we appreciate BWV more than ever.
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