Creating a New Room Type: ‘My Studio Plus’

Most of the DVC resorts have studio villas, 1-bedroom villas, 2-bedroom villas, and 3-bedroom villas.  Over the last couple of years, DVC has added some unique accommodations to the line-up.  Opening in 2009, Saratoga Springs Resorts opened 60 3-bedroom treehouse villas that sleep 9.  The Treehouse Villas sits 10 feet off the ground with their own decks and is located in their own section of Saratoga Springs Resort.  The points per night range from 39 to 76.  The 20 over the water Bora Bora Bungalows at Polynesian Resort opened in 2015.  The Bungalows sleep 8, have 2 bedrooms, and a private deck with a plunge pool.  All of them have views of Magic Kingdom.  The points per night range from 115 to 227.  In 2017, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Wilderness Lodge opened which included 26 Cascade Cabins along the shore of Bay Lake.  These 2-bedroom Cabins sleep 8 with a screened-in porch and hot tub.  The points per night range from 87 to 195.

Finally, later this year Disney’s Riviera Resort is opening.  This resort will include 9 Tower Studios that sleep 2 and have a mini-kitchenette.  The most unique thing about this room is that it will not have a traditional bed; instead it will have a queen sized murphy bed.  The points per night range from 11 to 26.  All of these accommodations have been met with mixed reviews.   While it’s nice to see DVC expanding the room types, the availability and point price per night have become issues for some DVC members.

A common discussion between DVC members is what new DVC resorts you would like to see.   I personally would like to see a new DVC room type.  I would call my creation a Studio Plus with the point values higher than a studio but lower than a 1-bedroom.  My creation is based on a studio at Polynesian, since I like the size of that room and most of the lay-out.  Where the 2nd bathroom in the Polynesian studio is, I would add a kitchenette similar to the one in the Bay Lake studio but with a larger refrigerator, convection microwave, and small 2-burner cook-top.  This would allow for more basic cooking or reheating of food.  Where the standard kitchenette is, I would add a stackable washer and dryer because it’s nice to do laundry right in your room especially when you have kids.  Then I would change the sleeper sofa to a murphy bed like has been added to the new Riviera villas.  Whenever I sit on one of those pull-out couches, the cushions always fall off so I would prefer more of a real couch.  Next, I would get rid of the table and chairs that are impossible to actually eat at, are extremely heavy, and take up a lot of room.  I would put more clothing storage there since the pull-down bed under the TV takes away a lot of the clothing storage and when you have 5 people staying in the room, the extra storage would be ideal.  Finally, I would expand the balcony or patio to fit a table and chairs.  It’s nice to be able to sit outside and have a meal or play a game as a family.  My Studio Plus villa would take all the aspects I like from the studios and 1-bedrooms and combine them into one that would suit my family for the way we like to vacation. 

What type of accommodation do you wish DVC would add?

9 thoughts on “Creating a New Room Type: ‘My Studio Plus’

  • August 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I would add the two burner cook top in the studios at Bay Lake Tower. There is plenty of space for it. That would make that kitchenette area so much more usable!

  • August 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I would like a studio with either two beds or a king bed. I have a king bed at home. The studios feel like a downgrade from home.

  • August 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I’d love to add the washer & dryer and extra clothes storage. It’s a vacation, I’ll avoid cooking anything myself at all costs and don’t need the cooking space. The washer and dryer help cut down on the amount of clothes to pack for a weeklong vacation.

  • August 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I would like to see them get rid of the closet and put a stackable washer/dryer in the closet area of all the studio’s. On the end of the closet make a mini closet that would be on the section of the wall that faces the kitchenette. A full length mirror could act as the door to the closet.

  • August 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I love the idea of adding a bigger fridge to the room and a washer/dryer stack. One of the big reasons we always get a 1bd villa is for the big fridge and the washer and dryer.

  • August 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I like your ideas on the studio plus, although personally I wouldn’t care much about the stove but would love a larger refrigerator with a freezer and a washer/dryer!

  • August 20, 2019 at 7:25 am

    More Family suites like AoA! We sleep 6, but we don’t need the space and a kitchen that the 2 bedroom villas have. Plus, it’s expensive enough without spending top dollar for a villa we are hardly in but for sleep and showers. If only they’d made those studio rooms with a queen Murphy rather than the twin!

  • August 20, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I would love a comfy cozy chair in the OKW studio.

  • August 20, 2019 at 10:47 am

    A two burner cook top and an induction microwave would be a huge plus for me in the studio. And somehow two beds. As s single woman I can’t invite s girlfriend to go with me without asking her to either sleep on a pullout or share a bed which is not happening.

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