[QUOTE=mairinmaureen;1086994]I’m looking for the pros and cons on the following resorts for our April-May trip:
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Studio - Magic Kingdom View[/QUOTE]
This is hard because they are all terrific resorts. I guess it depends on what is most important to you.
Boardwalk Villas is our second favouite DVC property. Honestly, I don’t know why, except the atmosphere is wonderful, the grounds are gorgeous, I like to sit in a rocker on the veranda and just watch the world go by. The hallways are legend - probably the longest hallways in the entire universe.:happy: If you don’t like clowns (I do NOT) the main pool’s slide might freak you out a bit. A quick walk to Epcot and within walking distance of HS, if you enjoy walking. Also - if you are lucky enough to snag a standard view room (and they are hard to get because people have figured out what a deal they are), you’ll use less points. And the view isn’t “standard” at all - but very pretty overlooking the front lawns of the resort.
Saratoga is a great resort - people complain about how big it is - but instead of complaining you should enjoy the beautiful grounds. There are some pretty walks. If you are in Congress Park you’ll be a 5 minute walk from the Marketplace. It now has two main pools, both with slides. For some reason we have always had terrific luck with buses here. The Turf Club is one of those “secret” restaurants with terrific food.
Wilderness Lodge is just so pretty, quiet and restful and there is the boat to the MK (which we always seem to have TERRIBLE luck with - but apparently others don’t). We stayed here one November which was sort of chilly and it was so cosy to return to our suite. Great resort. Especially if you want peace and quiet.
Beach Club has almost the same amenities as Boardwalk - plus Stormalong Bay. If swimming is important to you - this is the place to stay.
AKV - the animals - what else is there to say. Some think it’s sort of “out-of-the-way” and it is, but the animals make up for it.
Bay Lake Towers - walk to the MK - gorgeous design - a much more “upscale” less “Disneyfied” feel.
So - they are all great. What comes to mind in negatives for me is the bus service from BWV and BCV - probably the most time I’ve ever spent on buses.
AKV is dark - some like this - I found it a little too dim - I was always trying to get more light in our room.
So - basically - I’m no help. I’d stay at any one of them in a nano-second.
(I notice you haven’t included OKW - which would be my hands-down favourite).