OKW lovers thread !!!

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  1. WILDERNESS FAN 55

    WILDERNESS FAN 55 CANNOT GET ENOUGH

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    Hello OKW lovers. I will be staying there in May for my 1st time.(new owner) When I look at my resv online it shows near HH but I also requested a dedicated 2br villa. Not really seeing that. Should I call them back and have them add? Sounds like there's a spot online I could add this but just not seeing it. Thanks for your help. Hope to be getting to know many of you over the next 30 years :flower3:
     
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  3. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    1st congrats on your new ownership! :welcome: Home! OKW is not only my home resort but my favorate of all of the DVC's. And, OKW is possibly the only DVC, except maybe HH where the studio part, the 2nd bedroom always has two queen beds, thus not needing the differentiation as other resorts between dedicated and a queen bed/sofa bed as their studio!

    Enjoy!
     
  4. WILDERNESS FAN 55

    WILDERNESS FAN 55 CANNOT GET ENOUGH

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    OHHH :thumbsup2 GOTCHA. Thanks for the quick reply and warm welcome !!
     
  5. DisneyFreaks

    DisneyFreaks <font color="red">Don't get me started about those

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    We didn't do online check-in but DH requested a water view when he booked with MS. Then I remembered I had seen a picture of the view from building 43 and wished I had remembered to mention that. I was thrilled when the CM at check in said we were in building 43. I knew exactly what our view was going to be and it sure met my expectations. Gorgeous! Our only other stay at OKW was in building 45 with that canal view. Fell in love with it. :thumbsup2
     
  6. Pirate Granny

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    We were in a two bedroom in bldg 13, top floor...PERFECT in every way
     
  7. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    It's a climb if you're bringing in luggage, water and groceries, but the views are the best! :thumbsup2
     
  8. ffcheff

    ffcheff Mouseketeer

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    We just came back from a long weekend at OKW and it was great!. Near HH request is a good idea if going with small children. Resort is beautiful.
     
  9. tb1972

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    Glad you had a nice trip!

    Which bldg were you in? We have HH studio booked for our next visit and I was unsure what bldg (if any special) to request.
     
  10. Goofy4Pooh

    Goofy4Pooh Earning My Ears

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    New to this thread but not to OKW! DH and I own in VGC, which we love, but living in S Florida most of our trips are to WDW and we are addicted to OKW! We will be back again in four days to enjoy some Disney Holiday Magic!! Plan on stolling through MK, going to the CP and DVC Merry Mixer, and hope to make the DVC meeting on the 13th. We love to take the monorail around to GF, Contemporary and Polynesian to see all the special Holiday decorations and always catch a ferry from MK to roam around WL but OKW is our home away from home. So beautiful and relaxing.
     
  11. Candy Orlando

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    We own OKW and love it too! It is our home. It has the most beautiful palm trees. We also go to the other resorts to see the Christmas decorations. Enjoy!
     
  12. ffcheff

    ffcheff Mouseketeer

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    We were in building 14 right across the road from the HH.
     
  13. Wood Nymph

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    I thought I'd ask here about OKW, since the lovers seem to know a lot about the place. :) We've always been deluxe resort fans and have stayed at BCV three times, and loved it. But now times have changed, kids have gotten married and we have become grandparents. :eek: The days of paying for big family vacations are over. Our one daughter is a teacher and can only go to WDW during the busier, more expensive seasons. But we still like to travel with the family, although now they have to pay their own way. So we were looking at OKW as a good alternative. We would get a 2br villa because it would have the space for DD and family, plus my sisters if they want to join us and sleep in the living room, and the price isn't too bad.

    This resort would be a huge change from the BC and BCV, where we can walk into 2 parks, and the MK area resorts. I'm wondering if we would love OKW for the more relaxed atmosphere or miss the convenience of being close to the parks.

    Anyone have any thoughts? Has anyone else moved from deluxe hotels to OKW and really liked the change? What are the pros and cons, besides cost?


    Thanks. :)
     
  14. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    I enjoy BWV and AKV from time to time but the long hotel/inn hallways can be a bit of a pain, I still have always preferred OKW! BCV never did anything for me, neither did WLV. Will you miss BCV, it really depends on what type of atmosphere you like to vacation in and if close access to the parks is the most important perk for you.

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  15. chepic

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    Well said Beasly, I agree. First of OKW is a deluxe resort with all the bells and whistles of the others....in fact I find it better, after all it was the 1st DVC. Love the tennis courts, basketball, shuffle board, playgrounds, table tennis, 4 pools, volleyball, bike rentals, and the boat shuttle to down town. I have never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a bus to get to where we want to go, and as for the walk to the park convenience, a walk around the golf course will cure that need to walk. The buses are just fine.

    There is nothing better than after walking the parks all day than sitting on the porch and watching the golfers tee off while drinking an afternoon cocktail. Also, the wild life is fabulous...we have seen birds, ducks, otters, and other water creatures from our room.

    And as an added bonus, the rooms are far larger and feel so spacious that the kids can sprawl out on the floor and play a game while you adults sit by the table and play cards and no one is in each others' way.

    If there is a con at OKW it would be building 29 on the end....road noise and no pretty view. But that can be easily avoided.

    Hope that helps rest your mind!!!

    Love OKW!!!!!

    cheryl
     
  16. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    There is no comparison. OKW is much better than the regular old deluxe resorts. OKW is just like staying at home, only better.
     
  17. staceymay00

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    Everyone's taste is different, but we own at OKW and love it. Prior to buying our OKW contract, one of our WDW trips was 7 nights at the Polynesian Resort. We loved it there. The location is great for MK, although not as convenient to the other parks as other resorts are. We spent another week at the Polynesian right after we closed on our OKW contract - trip was planned before we decided to buy DVC and we did not close in time to rebook using points. Again, we loved staying at the Polynesian, but we've never wished we were staying at Poly or another monorail resort during our OKW stays. We've also spent four nights at BC since buying into DVC. We enjoyed our stay there (except for having less space - those 2BR villas really spoil you! - and it was great being so close to EP, but we did not check out with any regrets at all about purchasing OKW instead of BCV or BWV. We love the relaxing and laid back feeling at OKW. Although you can't walk to any parks, it is centrally located on WDW property. It is not as bustling and busy as some of the popular resorts, i.e. the Polynesian with many people visiting the resort to eat at 'Ohana every day. We really love all the space at OKW, the large verandah and parking our vehicle right in front of our unit. I love having a full kitchen so we have a full size refrigerator for beverages and snacks, and the washer and dryer is great. The dirty clothes have to be washed at some point, and I've always preferred washing a couple of loads during ur trips instead of bring home a bunch of dirt clothes. Hope that helps, good luck with your trip planning.

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  18. Wood Nymph

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    Thanks. Your response was very helpful. :)

    We loved BCV, but I have to agree about VWL. They don't look appealing to me, either.

    To be honest, I never knew that OKW was a deluxe villa resort until this year. We had been staying at the Epcot resorts for the last twenty years because we loved it there. We never looked past that option until this year. We were ready for a change and decided to try the WL in February.

    While researching the options for a villa for a summer visit, I ran across OKW. I could not believe the size of the villas! They look great. We loved having a separate living room, a full sized kitchen, and the lovely master bedroom suite at the BCV. And once you have that luxury, a regular hotel room seems very small.

    The OKW resort looks like a great resort option for us for a trip with our other daughter. They would be driving, so we would have a car we can all use. They would love DTD. And since they are very likely to ask us to babysit often, this resort looks like a great place for it. We are definitely more in favor of relaxing than we used to be. :rolleyes1

    Now we'll just have to look for a bounce back offer when we are at the WL in February to see if we can get a good discount for early June. :) That is the only way that they will be to afford it. And we wouldn't go without them.
     
  19. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    My son's in high school so we follow the school schedule like your daughter. We go every year, 2nd week of June, when school gets out! June is good, the mid day storms haven't begun yet, the humidity is still tolerable and the crowds are manageable since northern schools haven't let out yet!

    Great time to go!! Good luck!
     
  20. Wood Nymph

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    I think we would be looking at the week of June 3rd through 8th. I think that is when she will be done with school.
     
  21. chepic

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    Good luck with the timing and money....you won't regret it.

    che
     
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