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SSR for Limited Park Activity

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I remember Richyams and really miss him! Thanks for bringing back those memories.

And I agree with you about the size of the living room/kitchen area at the DVC resorts. My parents used to own Marriott and I was always blown away by the differences. Imagine, if the unit sleeps eight people there’s actually a dining table and chairs to seat all eight at the same time! I’m wondering whether DVC left II due to its poor comparison to Marriott resorts when people traded out. DVC is valued strictly for location, location, location.
Some think it may be going back to II
 

TheHolleys87

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Some think it may be going back to II
Yes, I've read that thread, and I know it's possible but I'll believe it when I see it. I would love to have DVC return to II, but I don't have any expectations or make any predictions when it comes to DVC now!
 

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So my question is:
If you stay at SSR and don't plan on spending more than a handful of days in the parks, do you find that it is significantly better than a nice MVC resort from a theming / activities standpoint?
The number one benefit of staying at SSR is 60 day Fastpasses for your length of stay instead of having to try and score FPs 30 days out each and every morning you want to be in the parks. And to a lesser extent length of stay Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) instead of booking day by day (useful/necessary for some restaurants like the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater).

As for the villas themselves, the MVC resorts are similar to DVC and nicer in some respects. We are particularly fond of the Royal/Imperial Palms with it's easy drive to WDW and access to Marriott's World Center.

Our boys are currently two and while they are free, we will need to pay for them soon. They are really easy, happy boys but still need to do things like take naps. Back to back park days sounds daunting at least for the next 18-24 months...
Part of why we own at BLT and BCV is naps. Being able to go to the park in the morning, walk 'home' so the kids can nap, and then go out again was very nice. If you can swing it you might wish to consider renting DVC once or twice while they are this age.
 

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And to a lesser extent length of stay Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) instead of booking day by day (useful/necessary for some restaurants like the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater).

RCI exchanges almost never come through before 180 days for this to be a benefit. And while there are some restaurants that benefit from 180+10 booking, I've always been able to get a Sci-Fi lunch reservation 2-4 months in advance after confirming an exchange, so I'm not sure it's one of them. The Touring Plans dining reservation finder has been a really helpful tool for me.
 
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