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Old 11-21-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Why purchase BCV over BWV?

So we're looking at purchasing either BCV or BWV. Why are prices lower at BWV? Is there a reason why folks choose BCV? Thanks for your input.

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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if you stay at BCV, you can swim at stormalong bay pool (with authentic sand on the bottom) and no one else can hop to stormalong bay pool. so if you stay at BCV, you can hop to BWV's pool but not vice-versa. BCV has slightly higher demand as a resort.

BCV is also more compact (no long hallways) - and BCV's smaller size means less supply. and supply and demand are what drive pricing.

if you are booking for food and wine (for one example) at 11 months out, you can get BCV as an owner but are unlikely to get BCV if you own elsewhere. BWV's size makes it easier to book at 7 months (in general) if you are willing to pay for preferred view villas.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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if you stay at BCV, you can swim at stormalong bay pool (with authentic sand on the bottom) and no one else can hop to stormalong bay pool.
Trivia: That's not authentic sand, it's ground-up granite. (I think I once heard it's from Stone Mountain in Georgia.) It's very cool, though, so why is it unique? I've never heard of it anywhere else, in Disney or elsewhere.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
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Amenities and resort specifics aside, free market pricing is normally determined by the forces of supply and demand.

BCV has about half as many points as BWV. Even with equal demand, the lower supply of BCV means it will command a higher price.
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Amenities and resort specifics aside, free market pricing is normally determined by the forces of supply and demand.

BCV has about half as many points as BWV. Even with equal demand, the lower supply of BCV means it will command a higher price.
I agree that the higher price is mainly driven by lower supply at BCV. I'm not sure we'll ever add on, but if we do we would definitely consider an EP resort. I might be willing to pay more for BCV simply because of the parking situation. We have stayed at BC, btw, not BCV; but the parking for BCV is not far from the BCV building. When we stayed at BC (spring break season) i don't think that lot was ever full. We usually use our own car instead of busses, so parking convenience is a consideration for us. Being more quiet is also appealing, although not having much of a view at BCV is a downside. Personally, I did not find SAB impressive enough to buy BCV based on that alone, although my kids might disagree. Does BWV have zero entry? If not, then BCV would appeal to me more if I had young children. The shallow zero entry area with lots of sand is nice for little ones. One other pro for BWV is a community hall. BCV does not have one.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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Trivia: That's not authentic sand, it's ground-up granite. (I think I once heard it's from Stone Mountain in Georgia.)
i thought all sand was ground up rocks...

well, now i'm totally bummed about the man-made sand at BCV...

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #7
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In our case we chose BCV over BWV because we found the perfect contract. BCV seems harder to get into because it's smaller. It's also the closest walk to any park (Epcot).
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #8
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Trivia: That's not authentic sand, it's ground-up granite. (I think I once heard it's from Stone Mountain in Georgia.) It's very cool, though, so why is it unique? I've never heard of it anywhere else, in Disney or elsewhere.

Stop spreading such evil rumors. If everyone starts believing it is a "mountain" the lines to get in the pool will be two hours long.
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Parking at BWV is horrid, especially during F&W Festival times. BCV, you park right next to the villas and can easily transport the stuff from your car to your villa. BWV has one elevator bank for the entire resort. BCV has two elevator banks for the entire resort.

BWV may have better views to some, but BCV is quieter.
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Trivia: That's not authentic sand, it's ground-up granite. (I think I once heard it's from Stone Mountain in Georgia.) It's very cool, though, so why is it unique? I've never heard of it anywhere else, in Disney or elsewhere.
I always thought it felt like aquarium sand.
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if you stay at BCV, you can swim at stormalong bay pool (with authentic sand on the bottom) and no one else can hop to stormalong bay pool. so if you stay at BCV, you can hop to BWV's pool but not vice-versa. BCV has slightly higher demand as a resort.

BCV is also more compact (no long hallways) - and BCV's smaller size means less supply. and supply and demand are what drive pricing.

if you are booking for food and wine (for one example) at 11 months out, you can get BCV as an owner but are unlikely to get BCV if you own elsewhere. BWV's size makes it easier to book at 7 months (in general) if you are willing to pay for preferred view villas.
Authentic sand? as opposed to the synthetic sand at which other resort?
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:28 AM   #12
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At the time we purchased, there was a $20 difference in price between BWV and BCV. Given that I had great feelings about both resorts, that was enough to break the tie for me. Now that BCV prices have ticked down a bit, I might look at buying there as well....but my last attempt was taken by ROFR.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:21 PM   #13
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Authentic sand? as opposed to the synthetic sand at which other resort?
The last time that we used Storm-A-Long Bay pool, I noticed that the sand was actually silicon dioxide with a small amount of calcium carbonate.

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The last time that we used Storm-A-Long Bay pool, I noticed that the sand was actually silicon dioxide with a small amount of calcium carbonate.

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I think everyone is taking the sand for granite. :
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #15
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When we did the tour 2 weeks ago, and when we watched the official DVC dvd, it says that sand comes from Arizona.

While we love Stormalong Bay, we liked the lower priced resales, we didn't mind the long hallways as someone compared it to AKV's long walk. Only other con I heard was the parking, which I can live with. BWV is someplace we could stay every time we visit, especially if we have the points.

Anyway, just as an update. We did decide to go forth on a BWV resale, we're in the contract signing phase, then onto ROFR. Hopefully I'll have good news in a month. Fingers crossed. Thanks for your comments and this board.

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