[QUOTE=llama;1082974]Welcome to Mousebuzz!:glare:
OKW is our absolute favourite resort - so I’ll try to help you out
I would definitely not recommend Building 53. OKW is a very large and spread-out resort and Building 53 is about as far as you can get from Hospitality House, the main pool, Olivia’s etc. If you want to be in that area, but much closer to the main pool, etc. I would recommend (in order) Building 45 and 46. I know for a fact that 45 is refurbed because we stayed there last Sept. It fronts the Sassagoula River and is very peaceful, yet not a long walk to Olivia’s etc. I would assume that 46 is also refurbed and is also on the river. Buildings 31 thru 35 on Old Turtle Pond Road are also excellent. Do NOT let them try and give you 38 thru 43. These back on to the highway and can be very noisy. Probably the PRIMO building at OKW is 62 - unfortunately, long time visitors also know this and it’s rarely available, but you can ask. It is situated right across from Hospitality House and can use 2 bus stops. Also, if you are on the top floor you have a great view of the fireworks at Epcot, lying in the comfort of your bed! Miller’s Road is very quiet if you are in Buiding 17 and 18; the rest border on the highway too. Other than building 45 I cannot tell you what has been refurbed - but they’ve been working there a long time, so I would expect most of it is completed.
Personally, we always use our car when we’re at OKW - parking is right outside your door and it really does save a lot of time. The only park we take the bus to is the MK. There really is no way to predict the bus service - I’ve been there and the bus service has been terrific and at times we’ve had a bit of a wait. However, there is the advantage that OKW doesn’t share with any other resort.
A lot of people don’t care for OKW because it is a much more laid-back resort - it isn’t Disney overload 24/7. This is why we like it. It gives us a break from the parks and helps us to unwind. Also, the balconies/patios are huge and a wonderful place for the whole family to relax. OKW is the largest (room wise) of all the DVC properties, so if you are in a one or two bedroom you will really be able to stretch out. The studios have 2 queen-size beds instead of the bed/sofa bed situation of the rest of the DVCs.
(btw Olivia’s is one of the best-kept secrets at WDW - just a terrific, family-friendly restaurant). Hope all this helps![/QUOTE]
Thank you very much for the information, I am looking forward to a laid back vacation and I know my husband is as well. We actually booked this resort through points with RCI and so I assumed we would be given one of the less desirable buildings. I did call this morning to request to be closer to the hospitality house, at which point I was told we would be given 53 unless something changes. Unfortunately the CM I spoke with was very matter of fact and unpleasant and quick to hang up the phone so I am not sure if she noted my request but I will make a new request at check-in and hopefully they can fulfill it. I appreciate your time in writing the response! When I get back I will take a stab at writing a TR and let you know how it goes!