Welcome to Mousebuzz! And congratulations on your trip!
As for OKW - it’s our favourite resort! Are you a DVC member or are you renting points - or just staying on your own? Whatever it is - OKW is great. The suites are huge! Biggest of all the DVC properties. Do you have a one or two bedroom suite? Because then you will have a full kitchen, completely supplied with everything you need, washer and dryer. TVs in bedrooms and living room. King bed in master, two queens in second bedroom and sofa-bed in living room.
Here are some tips: Request a refurbished suite. This is easy to do; just call up the resort and ask them to put it on your reservation. This isn’t a guarantee you’ll get one; but if you can say you requested one, it’s more likely you’ll get lucky. Request a villa that is either close to Hospitality House, the first villas on Millar Road or Peninsular Road, the first villas on Old Turtle Pond Road. Be leary of South Point Road, as it is far away from everything AND gets noise from the highway. Our favourite villa is 42, right on the banks of the Sassagoula River. (even if you don’t get a refurbished suite - the suite will still be sparkly clean and very nice. Olivia’s is the restaurant at OKW. It’s good food in a casual “family” type setting. The main pool is fun with a “sandcastle” water slide. There are 3 other quiet pools on the property. Although OKW is a huge resort, it’s very pedestrian friendly and very family friendly. It’s got a very laid-back village feel. You will hear griping about the buses from OKW - but the fact is that every resort has issues with the buses. It’s best just to relax - a bus will get you there and usually without any problems. We’ve stayed at OKW for 20 years and I can count the problems we’ve had with buses on one hand.
I would suggest renting a car for the Universal Days. It’s just so much easier and getting to Universal is simple. You can rent a car right on Disney property at the Swan Resort, the Hilton at Downtown Disney or the rental kiosk just outside the Magic Kingdom. Don’t miss Harry Potter - it’s amazing!
I would advise that you pick up a copy of the Unofficial Guide to WDW for 2011 and read it thoroughly. It has everything you need to know and will answer any question you can think of.
You can make an ADR (that’s Disney-speak for Advanced Dining Reservation) either on-line, or by calling WDW directly. I would advise that you read through the restaurants (or ask questions here) about the restaurants and have an idea what and where you want to eat. Do you want to do character meals? buffets? quiet dinners? ethnic? WDW has them all.
Most of all, feel welcome here - this is the friendliest Disney site on-line - you won’t find snarky comments or nasty comments. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have - someone is bound to know the answer!