Just returned from a very different kind of DVC trip last night and it was a good time. It involved SSR and NO PARKS! Well, maybe a tiny bit of a park or two. Our group consisted of 5 adults all in their 40's and 50's. Our purpose for this trip was the Drum Corp shows at the Citrus Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights. Our best friend is a DVC member at OKW, WL, BW and BCV. DH and I are members at BCVs. I deposited points into our friends account a few months ago and we reserved a 2 bedroom at SSR. Four of usl arrived on Thursday and met up at MCO. We rented an Explorer from Budget and were off to Publix for our groceries and then headed to SSR and arrived at about 7:00 p.m. Our local friend met us just as we were parking to check in. Check in went very smoothly and we were surpirsed at the "vastness" of the checkin area and for us the plainess of it. There was no one besides us in the area and it just seemed so "big". Our room was in Congress Park, 2411 a dedicated 2 bedroom overlooking West Side. The view was wonderful. The room was just as we expected, a carbon copy of BCVs with different decor. There was a burnt out lightbulb in each bathroom and in the jacuzzi tub area and we were missing a few items from the kitchen. A call brought them up and the lighbulbs replaced while we were gone. I was not impressed with the exterior hallways. To me this "cheapened" the place and made it seem more like a moderate than the true upscale place that it is. I do like OKW much better as far as parking at your unit, too. In our case we do rent a car all the time and can see how it would be almost necessary to have one to hike from some of those outbuildings under construction to the community hall!!! Thursday night we drove over to MGM and grabbed a very quick dinner snack at the Commissary and then headed to the 10:30 Fantasmic show. We were back in time to see the PI fireworks at midnight from our balcony. Don't blink cause you may miss them. Friday the guys got in a run and the girls headed over to the SPA. We opted for the stone massage for 80 blissful minutes. We found the spa staff very friendly. The spa decor isn't as "luxurious" as the one at the GF, but we did like the private dressing area there as opposed to the one at the GF. It was a wonderful time and one that we will repeat in the future. The afternoon was spent at DD just shopping and eating at Earl of Sandwich (MY favorite place). For dinner we headed off site to Chick-fil-A and then to the Citrus Bowl for the first night of the DCI competition. We came back near midnight and were not impressed with the guard on duty that night at the shack. We pulled up and waited and waited and she never picked her head up from whatever it was she was reading so we just pulled in. The other nights there was someone else there who welcomed us home and was much more attentive! Saturday we woke up late and the girls made breakfast and we just vegged for awhile and watched a few DVDs. The guys went to the workout room to do their workouts and pronounced it one of the BEST they have ever seen in a hotel. The girls just sat around and chatted. Later we walked to the main pool (BUSY) and decided to use the quiet pool where it was very, well, "quiet" We then went off site to Panera Bread at the Millenium Mall for dinner and then back over to the Citrus Bowl for the second inght of the DCI competition. Again we were back before midnight and took to the balcony for a wonderful evening. Here is another complaint about SSR: the size of the balcony. It is very small and only has 2 chairs. Now, this is a room that fits 8 people! We ended up taking out 2 chairs from the bar area onto the deck to watch the fireworks. One member of our group opted to just stay inside because there really was no room. Sunday we made breakfast and packed up and headed over to EPCOT for an hour or so (love those APs). We then headed back to MCO for our flights home. Overall I would say SSR is "OK" There IS a lot of construction going on but it did not interfere with our stay. This resort is going to be HUGE, however. I do agree with other posters on this board that the main pool is NOT going to be big enough to support that whole complex. It was crowded on Saturday with just a few buildings opened! We did use the pathway to DD and wish there would be more shade. It was a nice walk but it was very HOT and some shade trees would be much appreciated. We were also not impressed with the food selections at Artist's Palette and decided to go off site for most of our meals. Again, once this place reached capacity, I don't see how the area will be able to handle the crowds! For our purposes on this trip SSR was "OK" , and we are glad we checked it out, but we all agreed that our future visits will have us at BCVs and the 2 bedrooms at OKW instead. pinnie P.S. for you DCI fans out there: Blue Devils won on Friday, Cavs on Saturday. Next rrip is July 29 - 31 to Murfreesboro TN for the midsummer DCI games there and then we are off to Denver, CO for finals!