Just back from first visit home...long.

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by Disney Enthusiast, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Disney Enthusiast

    Disney Enthusiast <font color=purple>This I command...you are forbid

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    We just got back from a wonderful first trip home. We actually own at BCV and SSR but stayed at BWV since that was all that was available during that time. We were very impressed and will want to stay at BWV again.

    We checked in at 11 am on Jan 29th. The fella didn't say "Welcome Home" but I got lots of those from the Disboards so I didn't let it get me down. Our room was not ready, so we walked into MGM. The day was beautiful and the walk was even better. The grounds are nicely manicured and the walkway goes along the canal. It was a perfect beginning to a perfect week.

    We went back at 4 and our room was ready. The cast member checking us in at that time wished me a "Welcome Home" and I was so pleased to hear it.

    We were in 4094. The farthest room from the elevators down that particular hallway. It was a long haul. But soooo worth the walk. We must have had one of the best rooms on property. We just loved it. We were in a corner room (1 br, preferred view) w/ a double balcony spanning the entire length of our rooms. We looked out over the Keister Coaster Pool from behind the slide and looked out over the canal, the Swan and Dolphin, and, because we had a corner room, the window beside the TV looked back towards MGM. Amazing. The room was SPOTLESS and the design motif was lovely and calming. I secretly looked around for anything dirty or broken for fear my husband might find it first but the room was really nice. I smelled fresh paint in the hallways so they must have just painted out there. We used the stairs right by our door to go to the parks and pool when we weren't taking the stroller. It was a quick run up and down those steps and we were lounging poolside. We could communicate via our balcony so really got a lot of use out of those stairs.

    The only problems: I tried to turn on the coffee table lamp and the bulb was out. I called that night and told them no hurry and to drop a lightbulb off the next day... they brought it up in minutes. We also noticed the lock on the balcony door was falling off and had to really work w/ it to lock or unlock it. And the spray nozzle plate for the kitchen sink became unglued and would come off when you used the nozzle. Didn't upset either of us and we just dealt w/ those while we vacationing, but I mentioned it to the front desk at our departure so they could fix those 2 items before the next guests arrived. It was normal wear and tear and nothing housekeeping would see unless they were told about those issues. It didn't bother us a bit.

    The room service was fabulous and one of our favorite experiences. My husband and I got to eat from Spoodles and Flying Fish a couple nights while the kids slept and the service and food were both excellent. The first night I tried to get take out from the YS (one of my favorites) because the kids had traveled that day and I didn't feel like pushing it by taking them into the restaurant. We rented a surrey (lots of fun) and headed over there to order the food. They wouldn't take my order and said they don't do carryout. They assured me that we could bring the kiddies in that evening, but we opted not to because we didn't need any more stress. Hence we ordered inroom dining and the server set up our entrees and drinks and we were set. That was one of the best meals I ever had.

    The only complaint I have is the bus system. I read about it but never found the transportation at Disney to be an issue for me. During the value season, the bus system is still horrible. We usually caught the bus quickly (w/in 15 min), but the buses stopped at the Swan, the Dolphin, the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, and then your destination. All those stops for 1 and 2 people usually took an addt'l 45 min. We thought that at least coming back will be better... but the bus stops at all those places, and then the BW is last again. I was hoping we'd be first on the route either coming or going, but being last always doesn't seem to be fair. So we figured we'd get off at the Swan and walk the 2 min to cut off 30 min of our bus trip. We usually walked to MGM and EPCOT and started walking to EPCOT for the monorail to MK rather than taking the bus. It shaved off a good 30 min off of our travels. The AK was the only time we HAD to take the bus.

    Other than the disappointment in buses, we had a marvelous time. A little drizzly at the beginning of the week, but nothing we and our stroller couldn't handle. In fact we had EPCOT to ourselves one drizzly warm evening, the kids fell asleep in the stroller, and my DH and I walked hand in hand past the countries back to our room. It was a perfect evening.

    We are so absolutely thrilled that we purchased the DVC in Oct of 03. After lounging around at the BW pool, watching our little one play in the water, and going back for a nap, before dinner, I can't imagine not having my Disney Home. I loved staying in Disney concierge, but after staying in a villa, there is no going back. I never wanted to stay in a homey place because I loved the fine accomodations of a deluxe. But the villas aren't a step down from the deluxes... they are just as nice as the deluxe rooms, only bigger and w/ the conveniences of being at home. It was so nice to wash the baby's clothes and warm towels. It was so nice to cook my picky 2 yr old some dinner and then take him to a dinner show where he wouldn't eat, but would watch the show while we ate.

    And I must say that BWV are my favorite although I haven't stayed anywhere else and can't compare. But the location is fabulous, the dining selections are superb, the resort is lovely, 2 parks are a delightful stroll away, and it seems to be right in the middle of all the action. When you have to get back for naps every day, every minute counts, and you need to get to your destinations fast. The BWV offer that. I will definitely try to stay there again, but look forward to seeing the differences in what the other resorts offer as well.

    All in all, our first experience w/ DVC was amazing. My DH had a smile on his face the whole time (except when our 2 yr old acted up and we had to deal w/ his challenging personality) and only called work a few times (which is way below his normal amount). We have no regrets and only wonder why we didn't do this sooner. We loved the room so much and enjoyed our trip. We even thought of staying an extra day or so due to the ice storms hitting the northeast. We didn't want to get stuck in Pitts w/ 2 small children and no room. I checked w/ Disney and the CM told me we could keep the room and that they would do whatever they could to help out family. Wow! We ended up coming home as originally planned, but that was a big deal for my DH to suggest staying longer. That's never happened before. And I believe it might have been the first time we weren't looking forward to getting home. Although he enjoys his vacations, my DH always looks forward to getting home to his own bed and surroundings. Not this time. We were both bummed about leaving WDW and our only consolation was that we will be back next year. Normally we must wait a couple years before we go back. Now w/ DVC, we can go every year.

    If anyone is on the fence about DVC, I hope this pushes you over to the "yes" side. It is sooo worth every penny, our room was immaculate, and the service was superb. Everyone had a smile on their face and bent over backwards for us. Maybe I was looking thru DVC glasses, but it seemed even more so than past years. And taking a 2 yr old to WDW is very challenging. The DVC made it attainable w/ the amenities and roominess. I am sure the vacation would not have been as enjoyable w/o the villas. The DVC resort certainly made it easier.

    I am sad to be back home typing this.... but I am so glad that we'll be visiting WDW every year for the next 50 yrs. Knowing this makes it easier to get thru the year until we visit again. No regrets w/ our purchase!!!

    If I can answer any questions... just let me know. We ate at several character breakfasts and dinner shows and I'd be happy to let you know how much we liked them. Thanks for reading!
     
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  3. CarolMN

    CarolMN DVC Co-Moderator Moderator

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    WOW! What a fabulous trip report. Thanks so much for taking the time to type/post all of that.

    Hope it helped you deal with your "homesickeness!". It sure helped me - I have to wait until December for our next trip home.

    So glad you had a good time - the BWv is our home and we love it, too!
     
  4. floridafam

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    Wonderful report!!!
     
  5. SleepyatDVC

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    Double WOW!!!

    I loved your trip report. Thanks so much for taking the time to post it.

    It reminds me of all the reasons why I love my DVC home so much. Now, I'm so homesick too!!!

    Sniff, sniff,... I don't have a next trip planned yet, but you've inspired me to just pick a date and get some reservations!
     
  6. pumpkinboy

    pumpkinboy <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

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    Wow, thx for the detailed, and very well written (BTW) account. Interesting that your redhead seems to have the stereotypical redhead personality ("challenging personality" as you put it). Being an easygoing redhead myself and having two redheaded children, I have found that some folks expect "challenging" from a redheaded child (eg the naughty boy who teases Dumbo). In our case, the 6 yr old DS more easygoing like his daddy, while the 4 yr old DD is still full of beans and very precocious. I must say, at 2 she was pretty challenging too (tho always a lovely child as I am sure your's is), and I am sure the excitement of being at WDW exacerbated that. I have theorized that being 2 and knowing what you want to do without being physically or developmentally prepared to actually do it must be really frustrating. We still see some of that at 4 of course, but not quite so much as at 2.

    Glad you had a great time. We own at BWV but have not been yet, so I eagerly drank in your description. :wave2:
     
  7. keenercam

    keenercam Loves Mickey!

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    Thanks for posting. What an awesome trip report! I have to tell you -- you now have me tempted to stay at BW. BCV is our "home" and we have stayed there and VWL. We will stay at OKW in April. DH has said he isn't too tempted to stay at BW because he thinks it is very similar to BCV without SAB, but it sounds like there is a whole different feel to it with the restaurants and boardwalk and the pool there. I'll have to persuade him to give it a try.
    Thanks again. And I am sooooo glad you had such an awesome trip home!
     
  8. Granny

    Granny Yeah, I'm a guy

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    Brigitte...I know you had a ton of questions, and maybe even a few concerns before you took this trip. I'm very happy to hear that your first DVC experience was as wonderful as you hoped it would be.

    I agree that BWV is a great DVC resort. It was not our original choice, as we bought into VWL, which we enjoy immensely. But after "straying" to BWV one vacation, we bought a BWV resale so we could alternate locations for our WDW trips.

    Just a warning, in case you intend to "sample" other DVC resorts! :p


    And as for this....

    .....if only I had a dollar for every time that's been posted on these boards from DVC owners.....well, I'd be able to buy a bunch more points!!! :p

    Thanks for posting your thoughts in such a great report!
     
  9. LIFERBABE

    LIFERBABE DVC MEMBER @ BCV BWV OKW SSR BLT AKV

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    I am so glad you all enjoyed your first DVC vacation. I am looking forward to ours. My DH is normally ready to go home after a week also so that does say alot!

    Time for a new countdown!
     
  10. Disney Enthusiast

    Disney Enthusiast <font color=purple>This I command...you are forbid

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    CarolMN, floridafam, and SleepyatDVC: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad the DVC exceeded my expectations and I truly did have a great time. I wanted everyone at the Disboards to know how grateful we are to be able to take part in the DVC and all that it provides. DVC proved itself to be a wonderful asset. Thanks for posting me and making me feel so special.

    Pumpkinboy: I forgot about the fiery redhead personality comment I made a while back... LOL!!! You should see some of the photos taken of him on the trip.... his red REALLY came out in the pictures... maybe from his personality shining thru. He hated being dragged around the parks. We tried to make him go from point A to point B too many times to see "Rolie Polie" or "Buzzy".... and being 2, he was happy to just swim in the pool or play w/ the fun mirrors on the BW, or roll around in the grass near France at EPCOT. My DH took him on the speed boats at the Contemporary and said Tristan barely noticed he was in the boat.... but loved playing w/ the line used to tie up the boat at the docks. So we finally got smart about it and realized we didn't need to get him to and plop him on all the rides. It was more enjoyable just watching him wrestling on the lawn w/ his Daddy. I would sit on the bench w/ baby girl, and the boys would play. So by the end of the trip, the tantrums were gone and he was as good as gold. We would take him home for a nap and go back out to dinner and he did great. If anyone heard screams during the beginning of our trip though, I am sure that was us. Sorry to all you out there who were bothered. He wanted to go left, we right.... it was a disaster. But that is what was so great about DVC..... We knew we'd be back soon, so why push it and see everything?! There was no need. And so we enjoyed the resort itself, rather than using it just for sleep. We spent several days at the pool and it was so much fun and something we rarely do. And then he was tired and quiet for our dinners. And the parks were too overwhelming for him. For a kid who rides rollercoasters around here all the time, he certainly did get shy at WDW. He was a bit afraid of the Barnstormer too. Just too much and couldn't handle it w/ all of the characters, traveling, and animatronics. So that is why DVC made it so special for us. It made us kick back and relax and go at his pace and it became more enjoyable for all us. Thanks for writing pumpkinboy, it's nice to know others have gone thru a few of the difficulties we have. Tristan can go to fancy restaurants and is so good up here in PA. We almost didn't know how to handle him down there because his tantrums were a first for us. By the end of our trip, we were pros. That is another reason why we thought we would like to stay longer.... we were getting better at the parenting. But next time, we'll be more prepared hopefully. But it is amazing how WDW can change a child. Whoa! And the BWV are awesome!!! Definitely check them out sometime!! So glad to hear from you!
     
  11. tinkgrl

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    Hi,

    Glad you enjoyed your trip!!!

    Allison an associate
     
  12. jmatias

    jmatias Hawaii, BWV & BCV...the best places to call Home!

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    Thanks Brigitte for the report. We are really looking into DVC and your report only furthered my desire :p

    We were having difficulty deciding which resort was best for us but the way you described BWV makes it sound perfect for our family.

    In your report you mentioned the "trials" of traveling with your 2 year old. How was it with your baby? We will be going to WDW this June and our baby girl will be 6 months. This will be our first time traveling with a baby so young.

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!
     
  13. Disney Enthusiast

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    keenercam: We really did enjoy BWV. We mosied on down to SAB to see if we could slip into the pool considering it is value season and thought they might not care too much, but we got stopped at the entrance. No way to sneak by them. So we did not get to try SAB this time, even w/ a little bit of schmoozing w/ the CM saying we "bought" at BCV but just weren't staying there this time. He was sweet and apologetic but didn't budge. My son cried as we pulled him away from the SAB and headed back over to BWV. Oh well. I would try it if I were you. It was a lovely resort and really worth visiting once. As long as your kids won't be disappointed about not being able to use SAB. That could be a real bummer for them. Thanks for posting me.

    Granny: It was so nice to hear from you! I too feel like I already want to add on to our points, although we certainly don't need anymore. I loved the BWV and would love to stay there occasionally and thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to have this as our home resort?" Then I woke up and realized I could stay there w/ my points from SSR and BCV. But it does get you, doesn't it?! And about that comment... I too heard so many say it and now I am one of them. I am truly grateful that we FINALLY took the plunge and we have all these wonderful vacations ahead of us. I can't wait to try them all out, but I have to try not to get so attached that I am disappointed at not owning at all of them. My husband would kill me if I so much as mentioned wanting to buy into another resort. Ha ha. I even yelled to a couple of families standing by the DVC podiums contemplating a purchase to "Do it!! We purchased in Oct and LOVE it!" I thought maybe I could sway them a bit so they too didn't have the regret of not buying sooner. Hopefully I didn't just embarass myself w/ my enthusiasm. Thanks for writing!

    Liferbabe: Thank you for posting your sweet thoughts! I will sprinkle pixie dust in your direction for a wonderful trip. And I forgot to mention..... NO BUGS! My husband noticed it halfway thru our trip. NONE, NADA, NIL... What's up w/ that? Aren't there always bugs in FLA? Disney must be doing a great job w/ pest control. Although I did get pooped on twice by those pesky seagulls. They drove me crazy. And they pooped on my son's raincoat in the stroller. So it was really nice having the DVC washers so I could take care of that little problem. I wish there was something Disney could do about those. Will it be your first trip home? Either way I hope it's wonderful! Thanks again.
     
  14. Maistre Gracey

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    Thanx for the superb report! I am truly glad that DVC made a great first impression! :cool:

    MG
     
  15. dianeschlicht

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    What a great report! Glad you had such a wonderful first experience! Also glad DVC showed you how to both relaxe AND have a great trip!:earsgirl:
     
  16. Disney Enthusiast

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    Thanks so much for posting me tinkgrl! I always love to hear from you and appreciate all of your advice.

    jmatias: Thank you too for contacting me. Baby girl was a real treat in WDW. Smiled all the time unless she was eating or sleeping. She gets so little attention at home because of having an older brother, that she bloomed in Disney w/ all the attention from Mommy and Daddy and the characters and CM's. She ate about every 3 hours throughout the day and slept during shows and rides. Minnie fed her a bottle and Chip rocked her to sleep and Goofy played w/ her toes. She loved EVERY minute. I missed her ultrasaucer that she uses for exercise, but we placed her on a blanket on the floor by the TV and she rolled around and watched the goings on. So she was extremely easy for us.

    We took our son when he was 8 mos old and he slept thru every dinner like clockwork and slept through Cirque and did marvelously well. He crawled the week we got home so he was immobile at the time. I think babies are great at WDW. They love all the visual stimulation and traveling and do very well. It's when they begin to move and gain independence that I noticed the challenges begin. You know they want to see Rolie Polie, but traveling from one point to another is tough. He wanted to walk, but kids at 2 don't walk in a straight line, they meander and investigate and act out Playhouse Disney. And everything is "No". Do you want to eat... "NO NO", Do you want to swim... "NO NO", Do you want to stay here... "NO NO". Then he comes to me w/ his life preserver and says, "Swim." They just want to come up w/ the idea themselves. But once you stop dragging them by their toes to the next destination and let them "play" on the swing sets, they make friends and enjoy themselves. At the Biergarten, he grabbed a little girl by the hands and danced w/ her on the dance floor. So we did have great moments. We just had to let them happen rather than drag him kicking and screaming.

    And I checked out the baby stations inside the parks and they are wonderful. They disinfect the changing tables the second you are done w/ them, they sell formula and diapers and have rocking chairs and potties for kids. They are quiet and helpful when nursing or when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. Definitely try out those. I am sure this next trip will be very enjoyable w/ your infant. Just a little prior planning and you and your child will have a great time!
     
  17. Disney Enthusiast

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    Maistre Gracey: It certainly did!!! I am truly impressed and I can't wait til next year. I didn't get to visit the Adventurer's Club this time though. :( I thought when I stay at SSR next year, I'll be able to visit the club. Maybe when DH is babysitting... ha ha. Thanks for posting me. I always love reading your posts! I learn so much! Kungaloosh!!!

    dianeschlicht: Can you believe that? I can actually relax AND have a good time in WDW. And that is a stretch for me to relax while on vacation. It killed me in past years when DH needed a nap. I remember going into the parks by myself because I couldn't stand to sit. This time was the exception. I actually caught 1 or 2 naps myself and only planned 5 dinners out of the 8 nights........ crazy, I know! I am a changed woman!!! Thanks for saying "Hi"! You have always been so helpful w/ my questions and I was hoping you would give me your 2 cents! I so appreciate your thoughts!
     
  18. wilderness01

    wilderness01 Been There, Done That, Going Back!

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    Thanks for your wonderful trip report. We were leaving the BWV the day after you arrived. We so enjoyed our stay at this resort as well and had a wonderful, CLEAN room. It was a real treat. Glad you had such a nice time.:D
     
  19. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    With all of the excitement today about the stock market and Disney, I was so happy that I took the time to read your report and the wonderful comments everyone made. There certainly are lots friends on these boards who are eager for tidbits of home, especially wonderful reports like yours.

    I liked the spin you put on the long hallway by using the stairs and balcony. Oh, I can't wait to go home too!

    Bobbi:D
     
  20. Simba's Mom

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    Did they let you change the light bulb? I had a really funny experience in December at BCV. I also had a light burnt out and called for them to just drop off a light bulb ("No hurry. Tomorrow's OK"-this was at 9:30 pm) Well, they were very nicely insistent that Engineering would be up right away to change it, "We don't like our guests to have to change their own light bulbs!" Sure enough, 15 minutes later, here comes the Engineer with the light bulb that, of course, HE changed. I wondered if it was because I was a woman alone and they didn't trust me to have the "advanced knowledge" required to change a light bulb. At least the light bulb was promptly changed!
     
  21. Disney Enthusiast

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    wilderness01: Thanks for writing me! And I am so glad you had the same experience as we did. After reading some of the posts over the past months, I too thought we might have an unclean room or something. But the housekeeping was topnotch. I met them a few times and they were always friendly, helpful, and willing to bend over backwards for us. And I liked the privacy as well. We picked up after ourselves and didn't have to worry about being there when they stopped by to clean. I liked having the place to ourselves, unless we requested their presence. And when we did, they were at our doorstep lickety split.

    bobbiwoz: I so enjoyed reading your post. I couldn't wait to hear from you. I too am worried about the merger news. Comcast has been a horrible monopoloy in our area and I can't imagine them running the "show" at Disney. They have a horrible record w/ customer service in my opinion. But I am going to try to be optimistic and hope whatever happens is right for Disney and all of us in the long run. It made me feel better to hear the CEO of Comcast has experience w/ Disney. And as far as the hallway and stairs....there is always a bright side. Although we had a lonnnnnng hallway, we made the best of it by enjoying our tremendous views and fireworks over MGM, and by using our stairs to quickly dart over to MGM, the pool, and the BW. It just takes a day or 2 to figure out all of those gems and where to find them. I will be spreading pixie dust for a wonderful trip home for you. I am sure it will be better than you can imagine. Pictures don't do it justice and it's so hard to understand just how great it can be w/o first experiencing it. It's totally unlike all of my previous trips and so much better. I loved hearing from you Bobbiwoz! Thanks for keeping in touch w/ me.
     

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