Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy the reports. Sorry it took so long to reply. I have been extremely busy at work and life in general. I don’t think it has ever taken me over three months to complete a trip report. Anyway, my thoughts on an OKW Grand Villa:Thank you for your fantastic trip reports - I truly enjoy them. I was just wondering if you could add something about your experience with the Grand Villa? I would love to hear your thoughts on the pros/cons and if it was worth it??
First, it was great to have for this trip given the makeup of our group. 8 people and 4 bathrooms was a very convenient timesaver. Also, we had more than enough sleeping surfaces. Only one person (oldest son) did not sleep in a real bed. My wife and I took the king/master suite. Younger son and his friend took the room with two double beds. Daughter and her friend (both 12) shared one queen bed and son’s girlfriend took the other. Oldest son was perfectly comfortable all week on the sleeper chair in the living room. The living room/kitchen/dining area is absolutely huge and provided plenty of room to sit, relax, and eat without anyone being relegated to one of the bedrooms (unless, of course they wanted to). With two bedrooms on the second floor, there was no need to worry about disturbing those sleeping upstairs. Even on the same floor, simply closing the door to our bedroom door made things quiet enough that I slept through the CM knocking to provide trash service during an afternoon nap. On a trip with a large group of which my wife and I are in charge, an OKW Grand Villa Near Hospitality House provides everything we could want by way of accommodations.
OKW’s location is what it is, and I won’t go into the pros and cons of being “so far away” from the parks. Bus service, though, was pretty good throughout our stay. We were a quick walk away from Hospitality House where every bus makes its last stop before departing the grounds for a park. The first stop made by the buses returning from the parks was at the end of our parking lot. Out of curiosity one day, we boarded a bus to MK from our parking lot stop and rode through the entire OKW property. It took as long to ride the grounds as it did to get to MK. I won’t do that again. Next time I’ll just walk to HH and wait on a bench.
We usually have a rental or our own vehicle, and I love being able to park almost right outside my door. That is not unique to the GV, but I thought I’d mention it as a plug for OKW.
Now, the all important question: Was it worth it? Yes, if “it” means a 6 night stay beginning December 29 and ending January 4, with Dad, Mom, Older Son (19), his girlfriend (19), Younger Son (17), his friend (18), Daughter (12), and her friend (12). It was expensive, but we needed the space. I don’t think things would have gone as smoothly as they did if we were crammed into a two bedroom that technically sleeps 9. The first three nights of the trip cost 267 points (105, 81, and 81 points). The last three nights cost 141 points (47 points each). Overall, it was 408 points for 6 nights, an average of 68 points per night. Our trip spanned both the most point-expensive season and least point-expensive season. I still question why the room cost 105 points one night and less than half that 3 day’s later - that is a huge difference without much difference in our WDW experiences from day to day. The drastic point drop seems somewhat arbitrary. I shouldn’t complain, though, because I could not afford the same trip taken a week earlier. In fact, the original plan had been to go Friday December 28 and return Thursday January 3. I could not find the points, so we shifted the trip by one day trading a 105 point night for a 47 point night. At an average of 68 points per night, I think it was well worth it. In fact, for all but 2 weeks out of the year, you can get an OKW GV for an average of 68.14 points per night or much less. For about 5 months in the year, you can get it for an average of 51.14 points or less. For the amount of space and comfort, on a trip when you plan to spend and afternoon or two or an evening or two in the room, it is a steal and well worth it.