Pluses and Minuses of your DVC Resort?

DizzyKnee

Earning My Ears
Joined
Dec 5, 2019
I'm sure you all have your favorites (aka Home Resort) but no one is perfect. I'm wondering what are your favorite things and least favorite things about your home resort? We're looking to purchase.
 

Carol_

Mouseketeer
Joined
Aug 29, 2019
Copper Creek
Faves:
Boat rides to MK and Fort Wilderness
Gorgeous buildings, landscaping, and views
Kiddie Pool is great, too

Least faves:
Quick service is one small place but it's serviceable.

Saratoga Springs
Faves:
Great splash pool for toddlers
Treehouses
Boats to Disney Springs
Lots of rooms
SPA!!
Boat ride to Port Orleans for Beignets!

Least faves:
I can’t come up with a reasonable one. I’d say lack of restaurant options but I consider all of Disney Springs your restaurant options here.
 
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crvetter

DIS Veteran
Joined
Nov 26, 2018
Copper Creek
Faves: boat rides to MK, Fort Wilderness... and it's gorgeous.
Least faves: Quick service is one small place but it's serviceable.
Agreed own here too. Though I will add that Geyser Point is Quick Service and Quasi-Table Service. If you order at the window it counts as Quick Service (works with the DDP that way even) but if you sit under the roof/inside it is a Quasi-Table Service (thus the DDP won't work). So it has two smallish Quick Service Restaurants.

My Faves: Less Soft Goods, Rustic but modern decor, Studios have bookable categories for Shower or Tub/Shower Combo, In the main resort building, atmosphere of seeming super remote but a 10 min boat and 5 min bus ride from MK, boat to FW and CR so easy access to Monorail resorts for not staying at monorail and tons of FW activities, Roaring Forks is amazing pastry team (some of the best baked goods on property, IMO).
My Cons: The boat can get backed up to FW or CR, pools features are a bit smaller scale (though not a big pool person), one Quick Service for Breakfast, Stores and Quick Service Close too early for being more remote of a location
 
  • Deb & Bill

    DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention
    Joined
    Mar 20, 2000
    OKW. We've owned our points there for 22 years and have most of our 51 trips with stays at OKW. We like the layout of the villa, we like the size of the villa, we like the layout of the resort. We're starting to not like the stairs (forget a third floor villa, nothing but first or second floor for us). It's just a quiet, relaxing place to stay. The studio has two queen beds so we don't have to worry about the horrid sleeper sofa when we decide to stay in a studio (we don't stay in any other studio than OKW).
     

    Princess Merida

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jan 16, 2013
    BWV home resort
    Favorites:
    Walk or boat to Epcot and HWS
    Rooms are lovely
    Ample Hills
    Boardwalk View
    Clown slide
    Low point rooms (standard)
    Least Favorites:
    Pool pretty busy
    Refillable mugs not very convenient
    Small arcade
     

    Where'sPiglet?

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 17, 2007
    Polynesian

    Favorites
    : Location, ambiance, views, split bathroom, studios sleep 5, salt water pool (Oasis), Lava pool & slide, dining, transit options

    Cons: Point hungry, only studios and bungalows, lobby often really busy, laundry room is inadequate for all the studios
     

    cedricandsophie

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Apr 8, 2014
    We own at several resorts and like them for different reasons.

    Vero
    Ocean and beach
    Great pool
    Mini golf

    Aulani
    Almost everThing!
    Long plane ride from Chicago but we’ve gone every year for six years

    Bay lake
    Proximity to MK
    Views and roof top viewing of fireworks
    Quiet
    Bocce
    Second bathroom in one bedroom

    Boardwalk
    Proximity to Epcot and Hollywood studios
    Lots of great restaurants close by
    Night life

    Okw
    Our favourite
    We always get a one bedroom close to hospitality house
    Spacious
    Boat to DS
    Wonderful staff
    Olivia’s
    Great pool and community house with lots of activities
    Tennis court

    We don’t do the parks much but my disabled daughter and her friend who always comes with us love the community house activities, the staff and the ability to easily walk around on their own. My husband and I love the tennis court and shuffle board. It really does feel like coming home.
     

    kmorlock

    Our Happy Place
    Joined
    Jun 1, 2013
    OKW - there’s just something about the energy here that you can’t exactly pinpoint. I love the classic nostalgia, and feeling at home there. We have not stayed in the refurbished rooms yet but, the colors look drab on videos. The only improvement I could see is maybe some additional quick service offerings. While many mainly use their kitchen, but there are times you just want to grab a quick bite.
     

    princessmocha

    Why Yes, we are going to Disney again!
    Joined
    Dec 25, 2012
    CCV
    Loves: Location, atmosphere, the rooms are gorgeous, Christmastime, the cast members are phenomenal here.
    Meh: Depending on room, the horn from the boat - but when I am tired it doesn't even matter.

    OKW
    Loves: The large rooms, the serene atmostphere, the case members, Olivias!
    Meh: No elevators in most

    VGC
    Loves: Location to walk right in California Adventure, Atmosphere, view
    Meh: Need to be on the ball to book the room (which is the main reason we bought here)

    Aulani
    So we haven't stayed yet and are in ROFR - But we plan on June 2021 for my daughter HS graduation. And I am hoping for a Hawaii vacation every 3 years once we have the points! :beach:
     

    MICKIMINI

    Love the Mouse!
    Joined
    Sep 6, 2003
    OKW
    Pros: Privacy and gorgeous landscaping views from most villas and tropical vibe - also extra large villas. Cons: Lack of restaurants/meal choices and lack of choices for groceries on site, long routes/waits for buses.
     

    RAD

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 15, 1999
    Boardwalk
    Good
    - The ability to walk to EPCOT or the studios.
    - Boardwalk view units
    - Nightly entertainment on the Boardwalk
    Bad
    - No dedicated 2BR units
    - Distance to self parking
    - Need to go outside for any dining (bad if it's raining)
     

    sndral

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 3, 2008
    AKV
    Pros -
    I love animals, totally unique to see African savanna animals from my balcony
    So many villa choices - from point friendly hard to book value villas in Jambo, to even harder to book club service villas in Jambo, to picking Kidani & those extra bathrooms v. Jambo and the grand lobby
    Proximity to my favorite park - AK
    Quiet laid back vibe, multiple dinning venues.
    Cons -
    Bus service only, but only 2 stops
    A bit of a ride to MK
    It’s always the last DME stop for me

    VGF
    Pros -
    Easy to get to MK, will be even better once they finish the walking path
    Riding the boat to/from MK
    Watching the MK fireworks from gasparillas
    Watching the water parade from Narcoossees
    Multiple dinning venues
    Relaxed, refined vibe
    Lovely views from 99% of the villas including the standard views & some have fireworks views
    Lovely very large villas & split bath/huge shower in 1 br.s (our normal villa choice)
    Penguin fountain in villa lobby
    Grand piano player in the main lobby
    Cons -
    Shared bus to AK & DHS
    Bit of a hassle to get to Epcot, especially if the monorail is down
    Takes a lot of points to stay there
    Lots of visitors in the main lobby during the holidays
     

    AdamsMum

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 12, 2009
    BWV
    good: walking distance to 2 parks
    Boardwalk views
    lots of restaurants
    bad: long hallways
    no counter service restaurant in building
     

    skippytx

    Bay Lake Tower
    Joined
    Aug 24, 2015
    Bay Lake Tower

    Pros:
    Location
    Location
    Location
    Sub 10 minute walk to MK gate
    Skybridge to Contemporary and monorail access
    Decent point chart
    Lower dues than most properties

    Cons:
    Some people don't like the sterile feel of the resort and lack of theming
    Bus service isn't the best
    Small number of standard view rooms.
    Studio layout makes room feel small/more cramped
    No restaurants or shops in the building, have to walk to Contemporary for everything (ToW Lounge excluded)
     

    igrsod

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    May 11, 2010
    AKV

    Pros:
    The animals
    The staff
    The fun and unique activities
    The restaurants
    2 resorts to explore
    The lobby sights and smells
    So many rooms choices at different point values

    Cons:
    Buses only
    Loooonnnnngggg hallways
    Potentially long walk to use the drink refill machines
    Dark rooms

    SSR

    Pros:
    Availability
    Big resort to explore
    Pools with interesting features in multiple locations
    Walk to Disney Springs

    Cons:
    Big resort to explore
    Bus takes forever with all the stops
    Dated (but that's changing)

    I'm loving seeing other people's perspectives on their home resorts. I've stayed at most of them and have thought about purchasing at some as well... so this is great information.
     

    EAHajd

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Sep 19, 2010
    AKV

    Pros:
    The animals
    The staff
    The fun and unique activities
    The restaurants
    2 resorts to explore
    The lobby sights and smells
    So many rooms choices at different point values

    Cons:
    Buses only
    Loooonnnnngggg hallways
    Potentially long walk to use the drink refill machines
    Dark rooms
    I agree with all of these for AKV. I wish they would put some of the drink refill machines towards the middle of the hallways. I have been in the second to last room in Kidani on the first floor and it took so long to walk to the lobby. We love it there and can't wait to stay there again!
     

    EYL

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Dec 24, 2018
    We own at the Polynesian only. We don't have much to compare with since it's the only DVC resort we've stayed in, but here's our subjective list of Pros and Cons:

    Pros
    Various transportation options to MK - 2 monorail stations and 2 boats to choose from.
    1 stop monorail to/from Epcot without need for transfers.
    Walking distance to TTC for transport to anywhere else in the World.
    Love the ambiance and theming.
    Great view of the MK fireworks.
    Easier to grab studios since it only has 360 studios and 20 Bungalows. (We are a family of 3.)
    Two showers really help after a day at the parks or pool.
    Food options are great, or you can easily go to the Grand Floridian or Contemporary for a change.

    Cons
    Resort is a bit spread out. Only an issue when it rains.
    No arcade on site.
    No Fitness Center on site – shared with the Grand Floridian and is closer to the GF.
    Horns from boats early in the morning could keep you awake.
    Laundry room is a bit run down due to the usage.
    Don’t like it that First Floor is still considered “Lake View” and Parking Lot view is considered “Standard View.”
     

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