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    TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    On 9/29, we checked in to Port Orleans Riverside for one night and got a room in the Alligator Bayou section for our first night after the drive down. It was nice (and cheap with the AP discount). But it’s not a DVC 1-BR villa!

    The next morning, we checked out of POR and went over to Old Key West. We were happy to find our room was immediately available when we checked-in at 10:30am.

    We enjoyed the large size of the 1-BR at OKW, as well as the quiet, lushly landscaped setting. It was also nice to have our car parked just outside of the room. This was our first time with our car at WDW. We drove everywhere and didn’t rely upon Disney transportation at OKW.

    OKW is simply too large and spread-out for us, and we missed the amenities at the DVC resorts we own at (air-conditioned indoor hallways, room service, valet parking, great restaurants). We feel the same way about SSR (which we visited and had lunch at).

    DVC left us voicemails about adding on points at OKW (good through 2057), but we prefer the resorts attached to a deluxe resort rather than the condo-style resorts of OKW and SSR. To each his own, I guess.

    We decided to go over to Epcot on 10/1 for the 25th anniversary festivities. We enjoyed the opening ceremonies and picked up some limited-edition retro Epcot gear. My wife also picked up a bunch of limited-edition 25th anniversary Epcot pins. We also ate (and drank) our way around World Showcase for the Food & Wine festival.

    Amazingly, on this trip, we spent very little time at the parks. We spent most of our park time at Epcot, 3 hours at AK and just 2 hours at Disney Studios. This was the first trip we’ve been on where we never stepped foot in the MK. We spent most of our time relaxing at the resort we were staying at, or visiting the other DVC resorts.

    On Friday, we checked out of OKW and went over to the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. Again, we were surprised to find our room was immediately available. Ah, we love this resort! We only spent one day here, but it was the best day of our trip. We just enjoy the magnificently rendered theme of the WL, and the peaceful and romantic setting.

    The only negative of this trip was that it was hot (low 90’s) and very humid and it rained a lot.

    We had absolutely some of the best dining experiences we’ve had at WDW, with great meals at Artist Point, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Jiko, Flying Fish Café, and Spoodles.

    The whole time, we didn’t read a newspaper, watch TV or connect to the Internet. Upon our return home, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the new Oahu resort Disney announced during our vacation.

    We’re excited to be going back to WDW this Dec 1-9 to stay at the AKV with a savannah view. We’ll probably spend several mornings gazing at the animals and spent every evening gazing at all the Christmas decorations and lights at the parks and resorts. I can’t wait!
    DVC Member: Bay Lake Tower, Boardwalk Villas, and Villas at the Grand Floridian



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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Thanks for the report! No photos???


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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Thanks for the report! It looks like you had a great time, I agree about WL, it's a very relaxing atmosphere, I wouldn't mind staying there.

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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeland View Post
    Thanks for the report! No photos???
    Exactly what I was thinking.. That resort sounds like it would be very relaxing. And it seems like you enjoyed yourselves for Epcot's anniversary and dined lots of great places too! Which place was your favorite?

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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan View Post
    And it seems like you enjoyed yourselves for Epcot's anniversary and dined lots of great places too! Which place was your favorite?
    We had great dining experiences!

    On 9/29, we had dinner at the Flying Fish Café (on the Boardwalk). I ordered the Potato-Wrapped Red Snapper and it was great! We were very happy with the food and service and look forward to dining here again.

    On 9/30, we had dinner at the Kona Café (Polynesian). I ordered the Macadamia Mahi Mahi. While the food was great, the service we experienced was poor.

    On 10/1, we had dinner at Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge). I ordered the Cedar Plank Roasted King Salmon, which was great. I also had the Artist Point Cobbler for dessert. It was a great dining experience.

    On 10/2, we had dinner at Jiko (Animal Kingdom Lodge). I ordered the Halibut, The food and service were excellent. We’ve dined at Jiko several times, and can highly recommend it.

    On 10/3, we had dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club). I ordered the Yachtsman Filet Mignon. It was great. We had a good time.

    On 10/4, we had lunch at the Olivia’s (Old Key West). The service and food were good. I wouldn’t go out of your way to eat here, but it is convenient to those staying at OKW. We followed up with dinner at the Whispering Canyon Café (Wilderness Lodge), which was fun.

    On 10/5, we had dinner at Spoodles (on the Boardwalk). I ordered the Pan-roasted Fillet of Red Snapper. The food and service were great.

    Overall, we were very happy with the food and service provided by all the restaurants we ate at. Our only negative comments were about the service at the Kona Café.

    My wife has several food allergies (gluten, soy, shellfish, strawberries, vinegar, and water melon) and is also a vegetarian. As usual, most of the restaurants were extremely accommodating. Only Kona Café prepared a dish she didn’t enjoy.
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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Thank you for your detailed dining report! I have yet to dine at ANY of those locations but most of them are on my list of places to dine. I think I'll stick to Kona Cafe for breakfast anyway and I'm glad you really enjoy Jiko.

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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    I stayed at OKW last December and this year a bunch of us are going and staying in a Grand Villa! I can't wait!
    I want my cake back!

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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Quote Originally Posted by DVC Mike View Post
    On 9/29, we checked in to Port Orleans Riverside for one night and got a room in the Alligator Bayou section for our first night after the drive down. It was nice (and cheap with the AP discount). But it’s not a DVC 1-BR villa!

    The next morning, we checked out of POR and went over to Old Key West. We were happy to find our room was immediately available when we checked-in at 10:30am.

    We enjoyed the large size of the 1-BR at OKW, as well as the quiet, lushly landscaped setting. It was also nice to have our car parked just outside of the room. This was our first time with our car at WDW. We drove everywhere and didn’t rely upon Disney transportation at OKW.

    OKW is simply too large and spread-out for us, and we missed the amenities at the DVC resorts we own at (air-conditioned indoor hallways, room service, valet parking, great restaurants). We feel the same way about SSR (which we visited and had lunch at).

    DVC left us voicemails about adding on points at OKW (good through 2057), but we prefer the resorts attached to a deluxe resort rather than the condo-style resorts of OKW and SSR. To each his own, I guess.

    We decided to go over to Epcot on 10/1 for the 25th anniversary festivities. We enjoyed the opening ceremonies and picked up some limited-edition retro Epcot gear. My wife also picked up a bunch of limited-edition 25th anniversary Epcot pins. We also ate (and drank) our way around World Showcase for the Food & Wine festival.

    Amazingly, on this trip, we spent very little time at the parks. We spent most of our park time at Epcot, 3 hours at AK and just 2 hours at Disney Studios. This was the first trip we’ve been on where we never stepped foot in the MK. We spent most of our time relaxing at the resort we were staying at, or visiting the other DVC resorts.

    On Friday, we checked out of OKW and went over to the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. Again, we were surprised to find our room was immediately available. Ah, we love this resort! We only spent one day here, but it was the best day of our trip. We just enjoy the magnificently rendered theme of the WL, and the peaceful and romantic setting.

    The only negative of this trip was that it was hot (low 90’s) and very humid and it rained a lot.

    We had absolutely some of the best dining experiences we’ve had at WDW, with great meals at Artist Point, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Jiko, Flying Fish Café, and Spoodles.

    The whole time, we didn’t read a newspaper, watch TV or connect to the Internet. Upon our return home, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the new Oahu resort Disney announced during our vacation.

    We’re excited to be going back to WDW this Dec 1-9 to stay at the AKV with a savannah view. We’ll probably spend several mornings gazing at the animals and spent every evening gazing at all the Christmas decorations and lights at the parks and resorts. I can’t wait!
    Isn't it sad that they want you to extend from 2042 to 2057 at OKW and add points when they will have your money for 35 very long years before you get to use your points.

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    Re: TR 9/29-10/6 Relaxing at OKW

    Quote Originally Posted by DVC Mike View Post
    On 9/29, we checked in to Port Orleans Riverside for one night and got a room in the Alligator Bayou section for our first night after the drive down. It was nice (and cheap with the AP discount). But it’s not a DVC 1-BR villa!

    The next morning, we checked out of POR and went over to Old Key West. We were happy to find our room was immediately available when we checked-in at 10:30am.

    We enjoyed the large size of the 1-BR at OKW, as well as the quiet, lushly landscaped setting. It was also nice to have our car parked just outside of the room. This was our first time with our car at WDW. We drove everywhere and didn’t rely upon Disney transportation at OKW.

    OKW is simply too large and spread-out for us, and we missed the amenities at the DVC resorts we own at (air-conditioned indoor hallways, room service, valet parking, great restaurants). We feel the same way about SSR (which we visited and had lunch at).

    DVC left us voicemails about adding on points at OKW (good through 2057), but we prefer the resorts attached to a deluxe resort rather than the condo-style resorts of OKW and SSR. To each his own, I guess.

    We decided to go over to Epcot on 10/1 for the 25th anniversary festivities. We enjoyed the opening ceremonies and picked up some limited-edition retro Epcot gear. My wife also picked up a bunch of limited-edition 25th anniversary Epcot pins. We also ate (and drank) our way around World Showcase for the Food & Wine festival.

    Amazingly, on this trip, we spent very little time at the parks. We spent most of our park time at Epcot, 3 hours at AK and just 2 hours at Disney Studios. This was the first trip we’ve been on where we never stepped foot in the MK. We spent most of our time relaxing at the resort we were staying at, or visiting the other DVC resorts.

    On Friday, we checked out of OKW and went over to the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. Again, we were surprised to find our room was immediately available. Ah, we love this resort! We only spent one day here, but it was the best day of our trip. We just enjoy the magnificently rendered theme of the WL, and the peaceful and romantic setting.

    The only negative of this trip was that it was hot (low 90’s) and very humid and it rained a lot.

    We had absolutely some of the best dining experiences we’ve had at WDW, with great meals at Artist Point, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Jiko, Flying Fish Café, and Spoodles.

    The whole time, we didn’t read a newspaper, watch TV or connect to the Internet. Upon our return home, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the new Oahu resort Disney announced during our vacation.

    We’re excited to be going back to WDW this Dec 1-9 to stay at the AKV with a savannah view. We’ll probably spend several mornings gazing at the animals and spent every evening gazing at all the Christmas decorations and lights at the parks and resorts. I can’t wait!
    Also isn't that solicitation when they leave voicemails on your phone. Very bad guests service.

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