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stacy~** 07-04-2014 09:26 AM

Touring resorts
 
We have been considering a resale purchase for some time now and are traveling to WDW next month. During this trip I am hoping to tour OKW, BCV and BWV (we are staying at SSR which is the 4th resort we are considering).

We have done the Disney sales pitch in the past so not interested in that ...I was just hoping to stop by each resort and ask to see a studio/ 1BR without having to listen to the sales pitch. Is that possible? I know BWV has a open studio (?) along the Boardwalk...do the other resorts have that as well? Any advice on how to tour these resorts somewhat quickly? (we have stayed at the hotel at both BC and BW so have seen pool/etc. there). Its a short trip for us so I don't want to waste too much time. Thanks!!

vicki_c 07-04-2014 09:30 AM

You will only be able to see a room if one is un booked and the front desk is willing to do it. There are no models at BCV or OKW and I don't know about SSR. Other than the sales center at SSR, boardwalk is the only place with a model that I know of currently.

disneynutz 07-04-2014 09:35 AM

DVC won't tour you but the resort may let you into a room if they have the time. Problem is they don't usually have the time and all of the rooms are occupied. The resorts don't really care if you buy so the don't have any incentive to help out.

I would take a DVC vacation booking stays at the resorts that you are considering.

:earsboy: Bill

stacy~** 07-05-2014 06:37 AM

All very good advice...thank you! I do have an additional question. If we have stayed at the resort itself (BC and BW) do you feel that is a good enough representation of DVC there or do you think it is still important to stay DVC before purchasing?

HokieGCC 07-05-2014 06:48 AM

BWV - Yes
 
The others I don't know.

At BWV it's just what is advertised.

vicki_c 07-05-2014 06:55 AM

I wouldn't compare BC to BCV, they are very different decor wise. There was just a complaint about that from a new owner here on the boards this week. They felt mislead by the differences.

All of the other hotel-connected resorts where I have stayed (so not BLT or VGF because I haven't stayed there) seem pretty similar between the hotel and DVC side to me.

bakerworld 07-05-2014 07:29 AM

The BW has a walk thru open house that's a 1BR. The SSR has mock ups at the Sales Center showing the newer studios. As studio dwellers we felt the actual hotel room were a better representation of style than the 1BR because the studio setup is more like the hotel rooms with a kitchenette. :wave2:

chalee94 07-05-2014 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by stacy~** (Post 51790779)
If we have stayed at the resort itself (BC and BW) do you feel that is a good enough representation of DVC there or do you think it is still important to stay DVC before purchasing?

i think the DVC side would be pretty different. a studio is similar in size and location on property to a hotel room on the other side of the same resort (for BC/BCV, WL/VWL, BWI/BWV, AKL/AKV-jambo) but the level of maintenance and styles of decor can vary significantly IMO. if you expect a studio at BCV to match up perfectly to a hotel room at BC, i think you'll wind up disappointed.

edited to add: i do think looking online at recent pictures (post-bedspreads) will give you a reasonable idea of what to expect on the DVC side.

cvjw 07-05-2014 08:23 AM

While checking into Kidani Village a few trips ago, there was a couple at the front desk asking to do what you want - tour a villa. They were told no and sent on their way. You may have a different outcome if there is an open villa and someone who is willing to use their time to give you a tour. Just be prepared either way.

We had not stayed in all of the resorts that we purchased resale - we bought 4 properties at the same time. We purchased the resorts that we liked based on location (BCV and VWL) to book at 11 months out. We then purchased OKW and SSR to use at the 7 month mark.

disneynutz 07-05-2014 08:34 AM

The reason for buying a particular resort is because you love staying there more than other resorts. If you haven't stayed in all of the resorts, how do you know which is your favorite?

Do you really want to take a chance buying without staying there? You may not like the room layout, the location, the transportation, the amenities at the resort, restaurants, views from the room, size of the bathrooms, the theming, the color, the long halls, or the pool.

:earsboy: Bill

supersnoop 07-05-2014 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by cvjw (Post 51791329)
While checking into Kidani Village a few trips ago, there was a couple at the front desk asking to do what you want - tour a villa. They were told no and sent on their way. You may have a different outcome if there is an open villa and someone who is willing to use their time to give you a tour. Just be prepared either way.

That's really strange. I was there three weeks ago and the DVC rep seemed to have a model at Kidani. They let me walk through a two bedroom lock-off just off the lobby.

disneynutz 07-05-2014 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by supersnoop (Post 51791905)
That's really strange. I was there three weeks ago and the DVC rep seemed to have a model at Kidani. They let me walk through a two bedroom lock-off just off the lobby.

DVD/DVC is one company, the resorts are a different company. The resort, (front Desk) has no interest in touring you. The DVD/DVC ASA/Guides would love to tour you and sell you a contract.

If you want a DVC tour and the resort is manned by an ASA, ask for a tour there first.

:earsboy: Bill

TMBeach 07-05-2014 04:52 PM

Stacy -- My wife and I took a day several months ago and went to every WDW DVC resort. Looked at models at VGF, BWV and SSR. We then asked desk clerks if we could see vacant rooms and everyone we asked complied (had to wait for about 20-30 minutes a couple of times). But Bill's advice is right on the mark...in effect my wife and I skimmed thru the magazine that day, but we then went back and stayed at a couple before buying at BWV and VGF. It's a great product...you just need to survey then focus on what's best for you. Best wishes.

a742246 07-05-2014 05:41 PM

I would go to each DVC resort and ask to see a room. Worse thing that can happen is they say no, then you can just tour the grounds also ask for a resort map, you should be able to get a good picture just by touring the grounds if that resort is for you...

disneynutz 07-05-2014 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by a742246 (Post 51794316)
I would go to each DVC resort and ask to see a room. Worse thing that can happen is they say no, then you can just tour the grounds also ask for a resort map, you should be able to get a good picture just by touring the grounds if that resort is for you...

This is a step in the right direction but touring or visiting is somehow different than checking in and sleeping at the resort for a few days. We found that looking is different than doing.

As I have posted several times we toured the BLT model as BLT was being built, got all excited and bought BLT before staying there. BLT is a nice resort, just not our favorite and I doubt that we will ever stay there again. If we had stayed there before buying, we would not have purchased a contract there.

:earsboy: Bill


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