What are the three best studios in DVC? We asked our panel of studio staying experts to give us their top 3 studio choices. We asked them to focus exclusively on the room as we've discussed the resorts in numerous other shows. The themes that ran in our show were colors, bathrooms, and decor. Episode 224
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Chad's Top Three 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas:
- Three-way tie because of bathrooms
- Bay Lake Tower – The room layout is second to none. You have floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room (which is glorious no matter which view you choose). A full third bathroom and dedicated laundry area. The pull-out chair is functional for an adult. When the couch and chair are extended, there is still plenty of room to move around the villa. While the studios were a unanimous worst, the center area makes up for all shortcomings. The studio side of a two-bedroom is not impacted because it doesn't use space for the galley-style kitchenette.
- Grand Californian – Extra bathrooms.
- Animal Kingdom Kidanai – the extra bathroom is super nice; however, it cuts into useable kitchen space.
- Tree House Villas at Saratoga Springs – These units are technically three-bedrooms; however, they come up when you search for a two-bedroom unit because their point cost is on par with average two-bedroom units. So for a standard villa cost, you can get your own stand-alone unit with a huge deck and plenty of privacy. Bang-for-your-buck point-wise, these are an excellent use of points.
- Aulani Ocean View Along the Lobby – While the Aulani dedicated 2BR may not have a full bathroom, it does have an extra half-bath. If you request a two-bedroom ending in digits 50 or a one-bedroom ending in 52 or 58, you will have a balcony that runs the entire room width. All other units have an awkward triangle-shaped balcony that requires some head-turning action to see the ocean.
Sue's Top Three 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas:
- Grand Californian – The extra bathroom includes a shower and a pedestal sink. While everybody agreed the pedestal sink offers zero extra storage utility, we're going to include VGC simply because it has an extra bathroom. Using the bathroom in a one-bedroom without going through the master is an enormous value.
- Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidanai Village – The theming transports you to Africa. The master bathroom is enormous.
- Bay Lake Tower Lake View – Extra bathroom plus a laundry area. There's a lot of light. The master still has a Jacuzzi tub. You can get to the room quick from Magic Kingdom. The lake view is quiet and not overlooking a parking lot.
Tim's Top Three 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas:
- Bay Lake Tower – Extra bathroom. Large window that lets in a lot of light. Fold-out chair.
- Saratoga Springs – Tim prefers the square kitchen to separate the room. The new murphy bed under the TV and murphy style couch.
- Villas at the Grand Floridian – The quality, fit and finish peaked at VGF. You have a sizable bench-style dining table. Murphy beds. Split baths.
Roxanne's Top Three 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas:
- Copper Creek Villas – DVC nailed the warm and comfortable tone color palette and did an excellent job blending modern rustic in the decor.
- Villas at the Grand Californian – She loves the mission style, the extra bathroom, and the kitchen layout with the island drives a lot of utility.
- Disney's Riviera Resort – Elegant theming and appointments. Huge foyer. Modern. New TV with your name. Having toilet paper with RR embossed. Murphy beds.
- Honorable Mention to Old Key West – the villa is huge. You have a couch, a loveseat, and a flip-out chair. The balcony has a ceiling fan which only happens at Old Key West.
Today's show was produced by Roxanne and Sandy Symaniack. Editing by David Kluver. Show notes and audio mastering by Chad Pennycuff.
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