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  1. We are DVC members . Our home resort is Old Key West. I enjoy the tropical vibes of the resort because we live in the north and our grey every day cooold winters are spent thinking and dreaming of warmth , blue skys , sun and green tropical trees and plants. Old Key West has all of that going for us. But the negatives are many. Recently the had a renovations of the rooms . We stayed in a ” completely renovated ” studio. The old And dated furniture was repainted ,table, chairs and headboards. It still had two beds and no comfortable chair or sofa for relaxing. So no change in configuration of the space. The kitchenette was repainted except one lower cabinet remained unpainted and did not match. The old narrow tiny cabinet was still there just repainted and a tiny t.v. remains on top of it . New window treatments were up and the old repainted chairs had new fabric seats. I will say the bathroom was nicely renovated. We have stayed in many other DVC renovated rooms and they were indeed actually renovated and space was rearranged to include a nice size cabinet , a comfortable sofa or large lounge for relaxing. As well as a table and 2 chairs and some have a pull out decorative twin bed. All have large flat t vs I don’ t understand how Old Key West rooms are suppose to be larger than other studios but have diminutive furniture and feel cramped and no chair or sofa for relaxing or addition sleeping. The studio has 2 beds with the new
    type foundation with an open area under them for luggage storage. That it . The other problem with Old Key West is it lack of food availability and limited selections ( other than Olivia’s ). One sit down restaurant , one bar and one walks up counter. There is no place to sit to get out of the rain or sun or heat other then a few umbrellaed picnic tables. Old Key West is a large and rambling vacation complex to have such miniscule food offerings and comfortable places to eat it especially if you need to get out of the elements. I would rather have a place like Gasparilla’s or the Artist’s Palette then a scuffleboard or tennis court at the complex. Despite the major disappointments I love Old Key West. Just wish we weren’t treated , by the power deciders and holders of Disney Vaction Club like the poor step sister of the DVC’s .

  2. Literally riverside is the worst Disney hotel I’ve ever stayed at and I’ve been to Disney 15 times. It is huge and so spread out. Not a lot to do unless your an adult and not close to any of the parks. Since the hotel is so big the bus makes several stops inside the resort because it is so large. Also it sometimes shares a bus with French quarter. When you want to get to the parks early, you are on the bus for about 15 minutes before it even leaves for the parks. It took the bus about 35 minutes to get to magic kingdom and it wasn’t even a peak week. We were going to stay at the boardwalk bit Disney told us we could save 500$ if we switched. I will never stay there again. The only pro is that you can boat to Disney springs

  3. I think you left out the biggest “con” of the Contemporary resort: the noise factor. If you have a room with a window which faces the “Grand Canyon,” you’ll find that all the noise of the shops, restaurants, and especially the monorail, mean that your stay will be anything but restful.

    I’ve stayed multiple times at the Grand Floridian, and you can put me squarely into the “pro” camp. (I travel without children, so that’s probably a factor.) Everything’s a matter of personal taste, of course, but I’ve found everything to love at the GF, especially the Cast Members who work there, all of whom go that extra mile to make your stay perfect. The monorail, boat, and walking access to MK plus the monorail (with transfer) access to EPCOT make this the most convenient resort in terms of location. In addition, the bus service to DHS and AK is far more convenient than I expected and far above the service at some other resorts I’ve experienced. If only they’d get their closed restaurants reopened!

  4. My absolute worst experience in our 100+ nights at WDW was at Caribbean Beach. Dirty room, dirty grounds outside our room, and the worst customer service experience I’ve ever had. We are DVC members and have stayed at nearly every resort on property except the Value Resorts. We did stay at A of A in the mermaid rooms one time to see if it was worth the hype, and besides being “cute” for photos, it was meh.
    I shared my experience at CBR in some “ning” chat room for people who scrapbook Disney and got kicked off the site for that opinion because the moderator said I wasn’t being nice. Ha! Not surprisingly, the moderator just loves Caribbean Beach and calls it her “home” resort even though she is not DVC and hadn’t stepped foot in WDW in 7 years. She’d never stayed anywhere other than a Value Resort for comparison at that point, so there you go. Started my own website after that!
    Glad I’m not the only one who thinks CBR is a huge disappointment. Ironically, I will be staying there for four nights next week to see if they can redeem themselves or if they are still bottom of mine and my family/friends’ list. Only doing it because it is for a business trip and not on my dime. I’d never pay good money to stay there. Fingers crossed it isn’t still disgusting.

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