Is OKW the "hot" new resale resort?

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  1. utahkennedys

    utahkennedys DIS Veteran

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    It seems the popularity of resale resorts goes in waves. I am looking for February UY points and wow, they go quickly. Is it because of the point values or is it just because the resort has become better known? It is our personal favorite however we haven't tried SSR and BWV although I would like to. DH just can't seem to agree to stay anywhere but OKW!
     
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  3. lovin'fl

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    Personally, I like OKW better than SSR and VWL, but BWV is one of my faves (BCV, BWV, HH, OKW, VWL, SSR and VB <--in that order...haven't tried AKV or BLT yet). OKW is the 'hot' ticket on the resale market lately (for a while now actually) and I think it has to do with DVD exercising ROFR on a lot of OKW contracts. There is some speculation that they are doing this because of the whole extension thing...ROFR'ing the regular OKW and reselling them as extended OKW contracts.
     
  4. Breyean

    Breyean DVC Since '93

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    OKW was our first home resort from way back when so I am biased.

    But I think it has a lot going for it, like the large rooms, large NUMBER of available rooms, and the incredibly low points per night cost compared with other resorts. These have to be attractive to resale buyers. Especially as the resale price/point is relatively low. With each new resort built with higher points per night requirements, OKW looks better and better.

    Add to that the great views, peaceful surroundings...

    All DVC resorts have pluses and minuses, but OKW has always been our favorite.
     
  5. DizBub

    DizBub Totally Addicted

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    We stayed at OKW last Feb for the first time and fell in love with it.

    We had a SSR resale in ROFR and started second-guessing it. Ultimately that deal fell through and we started looking at OKW resales. Most of them were being ROFRed and it totally scared us off. In May we found a contract we liked at another resort and are happy with that. But we have stayed at OKW a couple more times since and still love it. The point requirements can't be beat.

    Disney is asking $100pp for OKW which makes it a pretty easy sell for people who balk at AKV and BLT prices.
     
  6. Jasonkat

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    I just did a split stay AKL/OKW last week.

    They certainly named the resort well, OLD key west. My goodness the average age of resort guests was like 62!!!

    I went to the pool and while the resort may be "hot" for the resale market I can tell you that none of the pool goers were very "hot". Old people everywhere.

    OKW even has a shuffleboard court! I bet they have Bingo nights, too.

    I'm sure I'll stay at OKW again....in like 30 years when I'm a member of AARP.

    But for those of us who don't remember the Roosevelt administration there are better options out there.:rotfl2:

    (I really, really hated OKW)
     
  7. DizBub

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    Whippersnapper! :laughing:
     
  8. Breyean

    Breyean DVC Since '93

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    BLT has shuffleboard also.

    I guess you won't be staying there either.
     
  9. amypetecar

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    Well i guess that explains the "Murder She Wrote" marathon they were playing during movie night.....
     
  10. ::danielle::

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    Be careful, someone is likely to beat you up with their cane for implying that 62 is geriatric age. Besides, everyone knows they put cocoons in the pool so the guests can have energy for the 3 pm conga line. :)
     
  11. Jasonkat

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    I guess I should have been suspicious when the song playing in the lobby at check in was "Mack the Knife".

    I gotta admit I really enjoyed the movie on the beach: An Affair to Remember.
     
  12. jimmytammy

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    Just remember one day you will be "old" too, and OKW will appeal to you;)

    I am 48 and I love OKW. At this point in my life, peace and tranquility are good things. And OKW delivers in that dept. VWL is where we own and it is 1st in our hearts, but OKW is a very close 2nd. Love the size of the 1 beds, scared to stay in a 2 bed or GV for fear it may lead to more contracts:cloud9:

    To answer the original post, IMO, there are various reasons that OKW is selling so quick. Pts being lower is an obvious, but the availability plus the price per pt is appealing as well.
     
  13. sleepydog25

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    I would add that I'd rather stay at a resort where the age skewers a little older than one where younger, snarkier, and more cynical guests abide. ;)
     
  14. Chuck S

    Chuck S DVC Boards Co-Moderator Moderator

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    Perhaps OKW was designed for those of us that have the wisdom to embrace and appreciate the simpler things in life. Remember the old truism "less IS more."

    A vacation is more than running through a theme park at full speed like you're on a military mission. OKW affords one the chance to stop and smell the roses.
     
  15. littlestar

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    When they built OKW, they weren't skimping on square footage. I love the roominess. To me, OKW is great when you have a large family group going together. And the lower points to stay there is just icing on the cake.

    As far as lots of older people at the pool - my guess would be grandma and grandpa were probably treating their family and those younger folks/kids were probably hitting the parks while grandma and grandpa were relaxing at the pool - ;)
     
  16. cvjw

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    Kidani Village also has a shuffleboard court. My 2 teenage sons love playing shuffleboard at all of the DVC resorts - it isn't just for older folks. Also, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal also has shuffleboard courts, and it certainly isn't geared for the AARP crowd.
     
  17. dianeschlicht

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    HEY I resemble that comment! No need to hate on us "oldsters". You too will get to that point someday if you're lucky.
     
  18. Mickey'sApprentice

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    Is it just me or are there very few small boardwalk contracts?

    It seems like all of the contracts are at least 250 points.
     
  19. etemplet

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    If anyone is really interested in a small contract, I'd suggest calling a Realtor and telling them exactly what you want. It took less than one month for me to get the BWV contract I was looking for and at a great price as well. We purchased the contract BEFORE it got listed. I was looking at 75 points with a specific use year. BAM...... got it !! Of course, you have to use the RIGHT Realtor. ;) Some realtors really move properities and hook up a motivated seller and buyer for a quick sale.
     
  20. etemplet

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    My wife and I have discussed staying at OKW and making our Disney experience a little different (We own at BLT and, we LOVE IT there.) We are new owners and still have that Commando mode going (see it all, do it all) and we are discussing different approaches. Due to the low "point per night" rates at OKW, I am suggesting that we increase the length of our Stay and do some stuff that is a little OFF the beaten path for us.

    To me, we don't spend nearly enough time at the resorts and DVC is just, convenient to the parks for us. OKW looks attractive for us to try some new things. :yay:

    Funny thing is.... this discussion is not a debate. All I have to suggest is, "why don't we" and BAM !! If it is Disney my wife is ON BOARD immediately !! LOL :rotfl:
     
  21. BEASLYBOO

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    Oh, can we hold you to that? Sure.... You'll stay there before then, just like every other harpie who bashes OKW till they run low on points, or can't get res. anywhere else and/or needs a GV! Then, it's suddenly good enough...... till the trip report comes out!

    The more people stay away the better chance I have of booking what I want!

    and news flash, Florida is the land of Retirees!
     

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