That`s a bummer Keith! ...thanks for the info. though.Originally Posted by Keith, post: 277403
I`ll check it out [the DVC part that is] when we go out in a couple of months time.Originally Posted by Keith, post: 277408
I`m sure that the new addition will be lovely, but by now I`ve kinda got used to staying at the GF and I hope the DVC part still has that "feeling" which is hard to describe in words.
I'd expect it to be different, Slowhand. We really loved the BC resort and still do like BCV but it is nothing like staying in the resort proper.
Mari, I didn't know anything at all about the inability to use DVC points in the same manner regardless of purchase! Is that something new, I wonder? It used to be that DVC couldn't really tell if you were resale or not.
Remember, if you buy at different times you run the risk of different use years, and run the real risk of sell out. It makes things tricky.
I'd save for as long as necessary to get the total number of points I wanted at the place I wanted in one purchase.
Having said that, the single most frequent complaint about DVC purchases are that "I should have bought sooner" followed by "I should have bought more points when I purchased DVC."
Tink, I read that policy changed last year, so you can no longer use points bought on resale for cruises, adventures by Disney, concierge collection and something else.
Ive read about the use year, but you all resale contracts will specify use year, so you can choose the same use year for 2 different contracts, might take some time until two contracts with the same use year come up, but you can do it :)
I could certainly be wrong as DVC isn't my realm of expertise but I thought if you buy directly from Disney then you have to buy a minimum of 150 points to start off with? We did a DVC tour when Saratoga Springs was opening.
DVC works really well for some. Not for me though.
I believe they lowered the minimum to 100 points when the prices rose.
Yeap, at least in 2009 for AKV we could have gotten 100 :)
On resale you can get 30 or even 25 points... Works great if you just want to add some points
When it was just 2 of us it didnt seem to work for us, now that we are four and in a few years will be needing 2 rooms, it seems like a much better deal!
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It really is, especially if you make use of the kitchen and laundry. Food budget, as you know is a major expense, and if you use the kitchen then you can reserve your dining "out" budget for those really important character meals. Having a laundry with children is a true plus! You can pack less, and not have to worry.
I know we are so spoiled by the one bedrooms that we struggle to stay in a studio now, even if it's just the two of us going. A traditional hotel room is torture! :D
Again, if you plan on one WDW visit per three years (of a week duration give or take) then DVC is really for you. It does not detract from your ability to stay throughout WDW, and works with moderate resorts as well as the deluxe resorts (again, where there is DVC attached you'll stay there).
The general concept is that it's a better use of points to use them for DVC stays only, whereas using them for cruises, or regular resort stays is not the most efficient use. We've done both, used them for DVC and for resorts. I don't think we'd ever use them for a cruise as the cruise work out to be less expensive for cash.
We've had little trouble booking at any time of the year for our home or other DVC resorts, although we do pay attention to certain factors. Last year when we wanted Christmas at OKW for more than our family we booked as early as possible for everyone and were able to get what we wanted (and that was AFTER the 11 month home resort window had passed)! We've not been able to book some places, such as Vero Beach for a summer weekend when we've left it until the last minute. No real tragedy as that is a "if we can we'll go" sort of thing.
We've yet to book Hilton Head, although we've tried and not been able to get reservations. Again, trying after the 7 month window had passed.
All in all, we are rarely disappointed in our ability to book accommodation when and where we want to stay.
Thank you so much for all this information Tink!
I do think having a kitchen is a giant plus! and yes!! with all the blankies we have to travel with, launfry would be very helpful!
We are planning to join by April next year, and will buy resale, since we only plan to use our points for Disney. At the moment we are considering different resorts, we like them all, and they all have their pros and cons: AKV, BCV, BLT and VWL
We would like to stay at BLT the first few years with the strollers, but we can travel during the low season .. we ar ethinking September
When the girls are older and cant miss school as easily, we wouldnt mind staying at any of the other resorts mentioned, and we wouldnt have to lug around 2 strollers, making the monoriel or walking to MK less important :)
And we want enough points to stay in a studio every year or a 1BR every 2 years.... who knows! maybe in the future we will be able to add more points, but for the time being we think between 150 and 200 is enough for us...
So now we have a year to save and to decide which resort :)