Just Back from SSR! Nov. 1-5 (long) We just returned from a short 4 night stay in a SSR 1BR. The cast included just my DW and myself. We arrived and checked-in at about 6PM on Monday to a plethora of Welcome Home's. There was no line, so check-in took just a few moments. Room #2514 is a 1BR, first floor, non-smoking, partial Pleasure Island view, lock-off. The room was clean and in order, with no apparent problems. The weather during our trip was beautiful and sunny, if not a little warm with highs in the mid to upper 80's. We did not use the pools, but they were many who did. I can foresee the pools being overwhelmed at SSR when all buildings are complete. We spent one day at the Magic Kingdom, one day at Sea World and our last day at Downtown Disney and the Boardwalk. Disney bus transportation was quick and efficient. SSR does not share buses with any other resorts. Our home resort is BCV. I thought the themeing at SSR compared favorably with BCV. I really felt at home! I enjoyed quiet walks around the property, the landscaping and the views of Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island. The fireworks at Pleasure Island could be seen from our room, and we saw some of the Illuminations fireworks from the lakeside walkway at SSR as well. Contrary to the opinions I've read on these boards, I really liked Artist's Palette for dining. Yes the menu is limited, but the food was quite good and we enjoyed picking up prepared meals and taking them back to our room to eat. During our 4 night stay we had 2 dinners and one breakfast from Artist's Palette. I do agree that such a small dining establishment may become overwelmed when all phases of SSR are open. But I was surprised how few guest were using Artist's Palette at present. No Waiting! A few problems cropped up with the room during the trip, but it was nothing we could not handle. While preparing to make tea in the coffee pot, I discovered that it still held the coffee grounds from the previous occupant. A little yucky, but a quick cleanup for us (that should have been caught by housekeeping). One afternoon when we returned the smoke detector alarms in the room were going off. We called Maintenance and they showed up in just a few minutes and replaced a faulty smoke detector in the lock-off studio next door that was the problem. On the morning we checked out the toilet was malfuctioning, and would not flush properly, again we called maintenance, but left before they arrived to fix it. None of these problems were too serious, and I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, I'm just reporting what happened on our trip. The last DVC pins went on sale on Friday. We were able to get both the Aladdin and the Mickey pins. It's funny, during our February trip we were at the resort the week they started selling the Jiminy, so we got Tink and Jiminy that week. SSR and our vacation both get A+'s. Every DVC trip we take reinforces that buying into DVC was the best decision we have ever made.