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    MinnieMama Earning my ears

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    Last night I spoke with a Disney rep that called me up because I had watched an online video about it. We live here in Florida and have been to WDW many times, but hoping we can do more as our younger kids grow up. Just wanted to hear from real live people who can tell me what your experience has been with DVC?:unsure:
     
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    My DW and I became members back in 1992 and I reckon it was one of our better decisions.
    In those days the cost per point was only around $50 and Disney threw in free park admission until 2000 in order to generate interest in DVC.
    By now our original investment has paid for itself over and over again as we have used our points to fund loads of stays at on-site resorts as well as a Disney Cruise.
    Even though we now own a villa in the Orlando area, we still use our points for a bit of on-site luxury on those days when we want a Disney "fix" when on vacation.

    Tink is also a Florida resident and has been a DVC member for almost as long as myself so now doubt she will be along to give her views for you...she`s away for a few days though. :sorry:
     
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    Thank you so much! Can't wait to hear more.:yes:
     
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    I always go back and forth on it. I don't much fancy the annual fee bill popping through the letterbox. I'd be happier for fees for a villa that I owned and could go and visit, but somehow although dvc try and say you own a bit of the magic, I don't feel that way if it makes sense.

    It didn't help that we had a couple of friends who were always moaning that they had to phone up on a certain date to try and get the resort they wanted and it was hard to get this and that place. The points required for a room went up, the fees went up and it was all we heard for a long while.

    Having said that, the numbers make absolute sense especially if you stay, or fancy staying, at some of the larger rooms or upscale Disney hotels. In fact the only thing for certain when you work out the numbers is that, as everyone says, the earlier you do it the better! for example, we've been pondering it for years and in that time the point fees have gone up massively, some of the ownership periods have gone down although of course, there are new fancy smancy resorts to choose from too!

    So I guess I'd say if you do research it all and feel it's for you, do it quickly and enjoy it :)
     
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    Thank you- they sent me an email..but do they want to talk to you in person or on the phone before they explain the points system? Because in the little email with pictures, that was never mentioned.
     
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    They'll definitely want to talk in some fashion :)

    My experience with DVC sales is that theyre very professional, not at all pushy like some of the other timeshare people can be. So it's not a concern to talk to them :yes:

    However they've got their salesy training :lol: and they go through a process with you. So I tried asking to see the huge book with all the places and points in it, they let me have a look for a minute then took it back and gave me smaller and in fairness easier to read, leaflets. They dont really make a big fuss about all the points and you have to book this so many days out and blah blah.

    So its very much a "you buy this many points and happy days, you get to stay there for x days a year :)" rather than "ok so you have this many points and they'll go faster if you stay at weekends and blah blah"

    Don't get me wrong, they're fine. I really dont think they're pushy but like all people selling this type of deal, they're very a-b-c about it ;-)

    eg. I started one session by saying "I'm not signing today ok but I AM interested and WILL consider everything you show me" (because of bad experiences with other similar sales pitches) and ARGH its like that just lost them entirely because their whole thing is if they dont buy TODAY they probably wont (fair enough but I'd never be that person so....)
     
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    Thanks, Keith, you just explianed it well enough that I'm not as confused as I thought. lol Ok, I feel better just in knowing that!
     
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    We are DVC owners and have kept our membership even though we now live only 20 minutes north! :yes: For us it's wonderful. We go down and stay for holidays, special events, or just because. We've used it for family who come and wouldn't otherwise be able to stay at WDW.

    I can't say enough good about our experiences with DVC! :yes:

    One rule you must not be talked out of: BUY WHERE YOU WANT TO STAY!!!! If you want points that are no longer available at places like OKW ( or other sold out locations) either buy resale or tell Disney that you intend to buy resale. They sometimes are able to come up with those points!

    Do love our DVC. :yes:
     
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    The points system can be a bit confusing at first but when you get the hang of it, then it`s fairly straightforward.
    Basically the system works as follows:~
    1. You purchase an annual allocation of points at a cost of $x per point. [There is a minimum amount that you can purchase....I think around 150.... and a maximum also.]
    2. You are allocated the same amount of points each year which you can spend as you wish at any of the accommodations in the DVC folio.
    3. You can bank points from one year to the next to give you a maximum of double the amount of points available to spend in your "use year".
    4. You can also borrow points from your following use year, again to increase the amount you have available to spend in the current year.
    [A word of warning though...if you don`t bank, or use your points in any year, then they are "lost" for that particular year...if that makes sense!]
    5. Each of the Disney resorts have 4 "seasons" throughout the year with varying levels of points usage during each season.....obviously much higher during recognised holiday periods such as Christmas. So you can get more use out of your points if you use them during the less "expensive" times of the year.
    6. The points required per night at any given resort have hardly changed at all since we joined in 1992, however there have been a few minor adjustments, mainly by changes in the dates of the various "seasons".
    7. Each year you are billed for your Annual Dues which is based on $x per point that you have purchased.

    I hope all that hasn`t confused you too much, but just holler if there is anything you are still unsure about.
     
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    I wish we'd bought 10 years ago when we first thought about it but hindsight is a great thing LOL. Every now and again i look at it and i just can't seem to get it to work for me. DH isn't as keen about WDW, he will go but doesn't want to be tied in.

    There is however another way to stay in the DVC resorts a lot cheaper than the rack rate but it is a bit of a risk. Renting points off of members, you can do that on some forums or through a broker which is a bit more expensive but more secure.

    eg a week in a studio at Bay lake towers is around 145 points in early december, i can get this for about £994 by renting privately, through a broker it is around £1353. It's £2191 to book through disney as a non DVC member.

    Just throwing that in there... not an easy decision though LOL
     
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    Thank you for that info!:hug2:
     
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    Another thing to bear in mind is that being a DVC member does not restrict you to stay only on Disney property.
    Through an association with RCI, you could use the points to visit almost anywhere in the World, from say a Kenya Safari to a stay in a London hotel. :yes:
     
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    That's what I said to Chris, but he wasn't going to fall for it :lol:
     
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    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".

    GoofyMac
     
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    Hi GoofyMac and welcome to Secrets :earswave:

    It sounds like you have definitely been bitten by the Disney bug :yes:

    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 :D 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 :)
     
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    Hi GoofyMac. It`s good to hear from another DVC member. :wave:

    I assume that you are/were in the armed forces in Afghanistan? If so, then a big THANK YOU from me. :yes:
     
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    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.

    Goofymac
     
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    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. :hug2:
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     

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