Thank you for that info!
My wife and I along with our 5 year old daughter took 4 trips to Walt Disney World last year. Our first was right after coming home from Afghanistan in October 2010. We enjoyed that trip quite a a lot. We stayed off property at the Holiday in Sunspree resort. Disney just cant be matched by anyone. To say that we are Disney fanatics would be an understatement. During our trips we are always planning the next one before we leave.
Our next trip the next month, it was just my wife and I. For this trip it was our first time staying on property at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. We made the decision to stay on property from then on. The benefit of the ground transportation system, extended park hours, Disney dining plan, and convenience was enough for us to justify the premium. We are fans of the TOTAL DISNEY EXPERIENCE.
Our next trip wasn't for a few months. But I think it was one of the most rewarding trips. It was a quick weekend trip for our Daughters 5th Birthday. Just 4 days but our daughter Loved it we stayed at the All Star Music Resort. For her it was the "Hotel with the musical notes and the piano pool" every morning a Mickey Mouse waffle for breakfast. From the moment we checked in the Disney Cast members made us feel like we were special. It was our daughters birthday they gave her a balloon a present and a special name tag. Our Princess was truly treated as such.
Our most recent trip last October was with my wife's parents. It would be their first trip to Walt Disney World from jolly old England. we also booked our trip with Lisa Mills a Disney vacation Specialist. She is also a Disney Vacation Club Member. We ended up staying again at the All Star Music Resort in a family suite. We were impressed from the request for the extra mattress to put on the pull out bed to the gift card we were given when we converted out single day passes to park hoppers because there was money left over. This time it was my Birthday whenever I offered to pay for a soda pop or pop corn it was "Happy Birthday, have a magical one this one is on Mickey".
We decided to become DVC members. On our first trip we did the tour and were not pressured in any way. Our guide took the time to explain everything so that we could understand it and answer any of the questions that we had. He was more than understanding when we said that we wanted to pay cash for our membership and that we just wanted to get the details and see what it was all about. Absolutely NO pressure whatsoever. On our last trip we did the tour again as we heard that we could see a room at another resort. The same again, No hassle whatsoever, no pressure and a $75 gift card for our time. We looked at the rooms at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa and fell in love. We went for lunch for one of our meals and strolled around the resort. Our daughter loved the layout and the Playground / Pool. Yes we understand that she will outgrow such things but that wont be for another several years.
Our biggest dilemma will be deciding to Purchase through Disney or go the Resale market route. We are not really interested in staying at anything other than Disney Vacation Club resorts with the occasional trip to California. There are a few restrictions when you purchase through the resale market but the savings is significant.
For us the decision was easy. We enjoyed our Stays at the All Star Music Resort. It is the only one of the Value resorts that has Family Suites it is affordable, however it is also crowded, loud and some of the guests can be a bit rambunctious at times, Disney does a good job with keeping things under control. We prefer a more laid back, quieter, upscale atmosphere. The Disney Vacation Club resorts are Deluxe level accommodations with the amenities to go with it. After going through the demonstration we sought out other DVC members to get their opinions. Almost unanimously it was "we absolutely LOVE it and we wish we had done it sooner".
Hi GoofyMac and welcome to Secrets
It sounds like you have definitely been bitten by the Disney bug
I was reading your story with a huge smile; this is what I love about Disney, the way the CMs go above and beyond what is expected to make everything wonderful. There is nothing quite like Disney magic I know there are exceptions to the rule, but that can happen anywhere.
I hope you manage to find your "new home" soon and look forward to hearing all about it
Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 273195
I was bitten a LONG time ago it is just now that I can afford to enjoy Disney the way that I have always wanted to. The Disney Vacation Club offers an affordable way to enjoy and take advantage of the best that Disney has to offer year over year. Add to that the discounts that are offered for being a member and a Passholder. I will become a DVC member when I get my annual bonus at the end of the year. We are looking seriously at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. When I am home on R&R we will be spending a week there for our daughters 6th birthday.
Ill never forget the guest relations cast member at the Animal Kingdom. On our first trip last our daughter had a Mickey Mouse balloon. The cast member came to us and told us that we couldnt take the baloon into the park because of the animals. Well my daughter obviously protested because she couldn't really understand but the cast member quick thinking as she was gave my daughter an option. She said "Ill tell you what. Ill babysit your Mickey balloon in the office right over there if you'll Babysit my little stuffed alligator". My daughter gladly accepted the offer and the two exchanged. The case member gave us a ticket smiled and told us just to stop by when we leave to pick up the balloon. We thanked her and enjoyed our day. When we left the park for the day my daughter and I went to retrieve her balloon and return the alligator. The guest relations cast member told my daughter that she took such good care for the Alligator that she could keep it. After I handed my daughter over to my wife and went back inside to offer to pay for the alligator she said that she wouldn't accept any payment and hoped that we would enjoy the rest of our trip.
This seasoned veteran profusely thanked her and nearly shed a tear. It is those little touches that make Disney what it is. It is those little touches that make us Huge fans of Disney. It is those little touches that keep us coming back. A cast member standing with her cart of lighted toys saying that she cant get enough of the wishes fireworks display even after seeing it every night for 5 years. The cast member smiling asking my daughter who her favorite character is and giving her a mickey mouse sticker calling her princess. Mickey mouse acting all shy when my daughter is too timid to approach seeing her favorite character in real life.
Seeing Tinkerbell fly and my daughter watching her other favorite character doing what she does best is amazing. When she first met Tinkerbell in person it was a moment every daddy imagines. She looked at me Pointed at Tinkerbell and said Daddy its Tinkerbell. I said yes it is. When she met Tinkerbell she couldn't say anything but Tinkerbell was the best commenting on my daughters favorite Tinkerbell shoes and asking her how old she was. When it came time for my daughter to meet with Rosetta she was having an entire conversation about her teacup and outfit. One of those moments Ill not ever forget and never want to. That's what Disney does best.
Those are the reasons we are going to become Disney Vacation Club members.
Hi Goofymac, and I'm so glad you joined this site. All of your posts have made me smile big and shed a few happy tears too! I love all the info and hope we can do this DVC sooner than I think.
GoofyMac, thank you first for your service to all of us. May you always stay safe.
Thank you second, (but no less heartfelt!) for choosing to join us here at Secrets and for sharing such wonderful experiences and information.
Looking forward to getting to know you more and sharing experiences regarding, Disney and DVC!
Yes, meant to also say thank you, GoofyMac for your service. My son Jason was in Iraq ( Army Nat. Guard) and I grew up in a military family.