Just back - BWV & OKW

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by MinnieGi, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. MinnieGi

    MinnieGi DVC/BWV & HHI

    Nov 3, 2001
    What a wonderful winter thaw break week we had! We enjoyed a week of high 70's and low 80 degree weather. We left WDW yesterday, Feb. 8th in 40 degree weather so we really lucked out for our week.

    We checked into our "home" on Sunday, Feb. 1st around 1:00 pm. We had been assigned a room, but it was not ready so the cm switched us to another room - 2010. Now this trip was booked on standard points so I was surprised that we faced the Swan/Dolphin. However right outside our balcony was a long red building and we did could not see the canal so I'm assuming that is why these are "standard" view rooms. Never the less we enjoyed the sunshine on our double balcony. The room is a hike from the elevator but we enjoyed being on the same floor as the lobby and close to stairwells to the pool area. Our room was very clean when we arrived. But we noticed right away the ceiling fan in the main bedroom shook when we turned it on. My DH called maintenance right away and they came up to look at it in about 15 minutes. They determined it needed a new fan and would be back to install it. We went out for a while and returned and no new fan had been installed so my DH called again to inquire when someone would be coming and they came up right away and assembled and hung a new ceiling fan for us. In the meantime I noticed the walk-in closet light had burnt out so we called down for a replacement and another maintenance guy came right up to put one in. After this our unit was in fine shape for the rest of the week.

    The day we arrived Luna Park Pool's heat was out but the new heater we were told by the lifeguards was going to be replaced the next day. They advised us to go over to the community hall pool. We went over and found the warmest water!!! Even after Luna Park's heater was fixed it came no where near the warmth of community hall pool. So if you are going soon check out that pool, its sooooo delightful! My 3yo DD had never been over to that pool and was sooo happy there was no CLOWN face! In Luna Park pool you cannot take her anywhere near the end of the pool where the clown is - she just starts screaming - No Clown!!!

    We only took the bus one day over to AK. We always drive over to MK b/c we have a huge stroller and the MK bus is always so crowded DH has to hold the stroller on his lap. But the AK bus never seems to be as full (nor do we go at opening or closing) so he can hold the stroller on a seat next to him. Anyway we were surprised that after we got on we stopped at the Swan/Dolphin and then went onto BB & AK. But then when we got picked up we did the full S/D, YC/BC, BW loop. The bus was waiting for us when we left BW and only had about a 10 minute wait returning.

    We had excellent service from bell services too. We switched to OKW for Friday and Saturday night as a way to wind down from the BW excitement. We used luggage transfer and were so surprised they kept all of our food and drinks refridgerated. We liked hopping resorts, but will stay at our last destination longer the next time we do it. It was the first time we did the luggage transfer and will definetly do that again too.

    After enjoying a day at MK we arrived to check in at OKW around 4:00. Steve was our check-in cm and was super sweet and chatty. As we talked Steve found out we had a 3 yo who loves to swim and play and he found us a wonderful room next to the pool and playground. We were in room 2021 on Miller's road. Our balcony faced two ponds with fountains and overlooked a few golf holes. It was perfect! I really enjoy sitting and relaxing on the balcony so this was a wonderful view for me. Our room was in great condition with the excpetion of the sofa bed having two rips in it. We called housekeeping just to let them know, but it didn't bother our stay. We really enjoyed our relaxing time at OKW to wind down from all the excitement and activities we did during the BWV part of our stay.

    3yo DD cried her eyes when we had to leave to go home. I wanted to also but DH kept looking at me to stay strong so DD wouldn't wither any further. :( DD cheered up a little when I told her we'd be back, but not till next year. We won't be taking our usual fall trip this year as we are expecting a new arrival in August!!!!!!! :) But Feb. 2005 is in the plans!!!! ::MinnieMo

    Any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer. :earsgirl:

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  3. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

    Aug 26, 1999
    Thanks for the report. What size room did you have at OKW? I've heard more positive comments about the views in Miller road area!
  4. JudithM

    JudithM DIS Veteran

    Dec 5, 1999
    Thank you for taking the time to write a trip report for us to read & enjoy. I am glad you reported the ceiling fan & the light bulb. Members are owners & should help CMs keep our home looking good.
  5. MinnieGi

    MinnieGi DVC/BWV & HHI

    Nov 3, 2001
    We were in a one bedroom. It was a lock-off so it could also be booked as part of a two bedroom.
  6. Credit Man

    Credit Man <font color=teal>Love the shark reef<br><font colo

    Feb 18, 2000
    Thanks for the report.
  7. PamOKW

    PamOKW <font color=green>The two most important items for

    Aug 18, 1999
    Thanks for taking the time to post. Glad to hear you had a nice time and that any minor problems were taken care of quickly.
  8. dianeschlicht

    dianeschlicht <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Hon

    Nov 22, 2000
    Great trip and great report. I have always thought the view from those Miller's Road units was spectacular! Sounds like a 2 bedroom is in your near future!
  9. travelbug

    travelbug DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2001
    Thanks for the great trip report! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. :D
  10. Nick@ VB+OKW

    Nick@ VB+OKW Registered

    Aug 27, 2003
    Thanks for the report.:D
  11. BWVDee

    BWVDee DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2004
    Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for the report. You got really lucky with the weather, we were there for 10 days leaving Feb 1 and the whole time the temps only got into the 70's twice (our first and last days--of course!), the rest of the time it was low 60's cloudy, windy and rainy. But it was still better than being home in the snow! LOL!
  12. Niagara2

    Niagara2 Guest

    Thanks for report - makes us miss out home away from home. Glad your stay was so pleasant.
  13. gopherit

    gopherit <font color=blue>I'm not in the book, you know.<br

    Sep 21, 2003
    I am ROFL thinking about a small child bellowing "No Clown! No Clown!" :rotfl: -- Sorry, it's not that I derive pleasure from your lil' one's phobias, it's just too vivid an image that any mom can relate to!
    That ranks right up there in my book of BWV memorable Mom quotes with the DISer who wrote about how her son didn't like the BW view room at night because he couldn't sleep; he told her that he tried to sleep, but even if he closed his eyes, all he could see was "FLYING FISH! FLYING FISH! FLYING FISH!" I'm laughing all over again on that one too! Aren't kids just too much? Fortunately -- my kids are Clown-Tolerant, and after reading what a great time you had, we're anxious to go HOME! Thanks so much for your post!

    (PS My DH is from Wilmington DE area ... we still spend a fair portion of our vacation time up there each year doing the "World Tour for Peace" amongst his family... I like your tax free shopping, but I'd rather be at WDW! :) )
  14. MinnieGi

    MinnieGi DVC/BWV & HHI

    Nov 3, 2001
    My DD had quite a few people including the lifegurads LOL as she shreiked, "No Clown! No Clown!" Glad she gave you a good laugh too. DH and I also thought it was hysterical. I had two moms come up to me to tell me they thought the clown was scary too.

    Gopherit - I like our tax free shopping also, but I'd much rather be in WDW too!!! :sunny:
  15. Master Grayson

    Master Grayson <font color=blue>Haunted Mansion Ghost Host

    Apr 14, 2000
    Nice to see another FIRST STATER on the boards!:p
  16. MOMO2DK

    MOMO2DK Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

    Apr 11, 2003
    Thanks for reporting!

    I like what JudithM had to say:
    "Members are owners & should help CMs keep our home looking good."
    this is an excellent point.
  17. CaliforniaDreaming

    CaliforniaDreaming #1 Grand Floridian Fan/Expert

    Jan 27, 2001
    Welcome home! Will you be posting any photos of BWV? Thanks! ;)
  18. MJTinNH

    MJTinNH DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2003
    Great report! I enjoyed your description of the warmer climate and your daughter's clown intolerance gave me a good chuckle too.:p Thank you for posting!

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