Hello, this is my first post and I have a couple of questions regarding our resort, OKW. We are staying at a two-bedroom villa from 20th June to 3rd July. Via our travel agent, we have already requested a dedicated two-bedroom villa (i.e. without a kitchenette).
The first question is regarding building/unit selection. The Unofficial Guide has been very useful regarding the buildings to avoid because of noise (essentially Bonnet Creek Pkwy & Buena Vista Dr units) and I’ve read somewhere that Block 64 does not have a car park. So if I exclude these, I am interested in your specific recommendations with respect to the optimal room with the following constrains in order of priority; a dedicated two-bedroom, a beautiful view (river or lake/golf course), a reasonable position on the bus route (does anyone know the actual route order taken – e.g. Miller Road, Old Turtle Rd, South Point Rd etc?). My hunch is 45-48 and 53-56. If you have stayed in any of these buildings, did you tend to use the quiet pool between 55 and 56 or the larger one at the community hall?
My second question(s) relates to car rental and Disney Transportation. I’ve read mixed reviews regarding Magical Express. We are considering not renting a car initially and then picking it up at the Alamo Car Rental at Car Care Drive some days into the holiday. How was your Magical Express experience from Orlando Airport – where does OKW feature on the route, did your luggage arrive in good time? Did you have a good experience with the courtesy shuttle to Car Care Drive? For park visits, did you find it frustrating at OKW without a car (we don’t have the problem of young kids on this visit and we’ve always had a car from the get go)? We’re off to Universal for our last three days – has anyone dropped off his or her rental car at Four Point Sheraton by Universal and been able to either walk easily to The Portofino Bay or get a cab without difficulty?