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Granny
03-22-2002, 08:46 AM
I've read a lot of experiences about people sharing their excitement of DVC with others and seeing them get enthused as well.

Frankly, for some reason, all of our relatives, neighbors, friends, and co-workers that we talk about DVC seem very uninterested. Admittedly, most are uninterested in WDW, but even the ones who go occasionally show no interest.

We don't get anyone telling us they think DVC is a dumb idea, we just sort of get a "that's nice" nod.

I don't think we'll be seeing any of those referral awards! :(

But, on the bright side, I don't think we'll have people bugging us to bring them along for our "free" lodgings at WDW. :D

I guess that's part of the reason I enjoy this board so much....at least here I can find others who share our enjoyment of WDW and DVC in particular! Thanks to all for your continued information, opinions and speculations! :)

drusba
03-22-2002, 08:50 AM
They don't call Missouri the "show me" state for no reason. You are obviously among those who cannot get enthused unless they actually experience it.

Granny
03-22-2002, 08:57 AM
LOL drusba. I think you actually might be on to something there! Must be that Midwest stoicism! :)

kem330
03-22-2002, 09:07 AM
Granny, We have the same problem- no one we know is as excited as we are about DVC and WDW. It just seems like you either get WDW or you don't. Some people see it as a tourist attraction you visit once and others like us appreciate a first class resort with tremendous entertainment value. I think midwesterners tend to be conservative and even if they can afford it would never dream of investing in DVC. Others may have limited vacation time and think it would be limiting. We look at it as an addition to our other travels- somewhere you can go for 4-5 days with beautiful accomodations, plenty of activities and total escape.

yesdisneyfool
03-22-2002, 09:12 AM
Hey Granny, I know what you mean - same here in Southern Louisiana. Folks say "Yeah that would be nice but I don't know if we'd go every year." Then I respond, "we use to go every 12 months, now with DVC we go 3 times a year." Just think of how much of the Magic we get to keep alive. Maybe if those folks put the pencil to the paper and or the memories in the book, they realize like all DVC MEMBERS that we found the "Not so Hidden MICKEY".

fkj2
03-22-2002, 09:30 AM
Well, that's all true, and I've not YET done it, we all have a lot of other OPTIONS through DVC and it's exchanges. In the present economy, exchanging out may not be so much of a bargain but in higher economic times, some vacations to Hawaii, Europe etc. may not be as affordable except through an exchange. I have another 40 years or so to figure it out though.

llp479
03-22-2002, 11:51 AM
I've got a close friend who would be a perfect candidate for DVC. She thinks it might make sense, her DH doesn't want to be "tied to WDW". However, they have gone every year for the past three, and are planning yet another trip for next year at Boardwalk!

Maybe staying at Boardwalk will convince them that DVC is the way to go.

gonzalj1
03-22-2002, 01:29 PM
I know how you fell lip479. We have quite a few friends who go to WDW at least once if not twice a year. Most of them seem indifferent and one even flat out said he thought it was a bad investment. Can you imagine paying the going rate for your hotel room for the next 40 years instead of paying off your DVC commitment and then having 30 or more years of vacations paid for?

Some people just don't know value when they see it.

DebbieB
03-22-2002, 02:15 PM
I agree that you have to see it to appreciate it. My Mom thought I was totally nuts when I bought DVC. When I took her, she came home and just raved to everyone about the "apartment" (1 bedroom) we stayed in.

Shadeaux
03-22-2002, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by yesdisneyfool
Hey Granny, I know what you mean - same here in Southern Louisiana. Folks say "Yeah that would be nice but I don't know if we'd go every year." Then I respond, "we use to go every 12 months, now with DVC we go 3 times a year." Just think of how much of the Magic we get to keep alive. Maybe if those folks put the pencil to the paper and or the memories in the book, they realize like all DVC MEMBERS that we found the "Not so Hidden MICKEY".

We're in southern Lousiana also. Most of the people we've told about WDW & DVC tell say, "we have Astroworld a few hours away, so why would we want to go all the way to Florida for the same thing?" I've given up trying to explain. We've been members since '94 and have only had one referral.

jmminarik
03-22-2002, 05:32 PM
We've had mixed reviews from our friends and associates. The non-believers go 'Oh, that's nice' when the topic of Disney comes up. Our friends who are believers are jealous...the fact that we can stay at BWV and not pay hotel rates is one big reason.

Of course, you have the whole predjudice against timeshares thing going on too...every reason people dislike timeshares can factor into the indifference.

-Joe

Regina
03-23-2002, 08:51 AM
Only yesterday my sister asked my almost 17 year old DD if she wasn't sick of going to WDW. She gave her aunt a "are you crazy look" and responded with an emphatic "NO!"

And yes, these boards are the perfect place for spending time with fellow "disney nuts." It's what brought me here, and kept me here. :) :) :)

Eeyore2U
03-23-2002, 09:30 AM
A number of friends and coworkers who have never been don't get it and never will.

But for those that go it seems their opinions change.:rolleyes:

jcodespoti
03-23-2002, 11:31 AM
I wonder if its the whole timeshare stigma. Some people have heard horror stories about timeshares (most true).


Joe in CT

Cruelladeville
03-23-2002, 12:53 PM
Most of the people I talk to seem indifferent, too, yet they eventually became members! I have convinced 3 people so far, and all I have done is just talk about our trips. My brother badmouthed the whole DVC thing for years, then he went down in January and bought a membership!! Unfortuneately, in Michigan I can't receive any rewards for referrals:mad:

infobahn
03-23-2002, 12:58 PM
Cruelladeville

Just make him use his points for a family trip with you.

That would be compensatation.

Cruelladeville
03-23-2002, 01:46 PM
No such luck--my brother keeps wanting me to let HIM use some of my points so he can get a two bedroom unit. Of course,he would gladly let me stay in the second bedroom:eek: I have told him several times that he OWES me for getting him interested in DVC in the first place, but so far all I've gotten for my trouble is a beer:p :p

Lyndarella
03-23-2002, 03:09 PM
I am not able to discuss DVC with anyone here, because most people here have never been to WDW, and I suspect some have never even heard of Florida...

valeriekc
03-23-2002, 03:56 PM
How many of the posters on this board have ever made (and received the 200.00 credit) for a referral?
We got one last year and it was pretty nice.

I think that anyone that wants to buy in should make sure they pick one of us to refer them from now on.
Just email me okay?
Hah Hah

But seriously folks I'm sure there are tons of casual referrals that don't get credited and you should work to make sure you get yours.
I'm from Missouri as well and I didn't believe it until they "showed me the money"!

Tink Fans
03-23-2002, 07:47 PM
We stopped telling anyone about DVC. Oh, how I wish some of my friends would join (not for the $$$) but for all the fun we would have at the BWV. In just the few years we've been members it has been GREAT!! I think I just might add on some at BCV's when I'm there next week. Thanks all.

AZKathy
03-23-2002, 11:12 PM
I live out west, so the big question always asked is "Why don't you just go to California and do Disneyland???" Well, been there, done that, and we just prefer heading to Florida more!

Fortunately, one of my co-workers is also a member of DVC and she and I always talk Disney. We are planning a combined trip with both sets of points in October 2003 and taking another friend and her family for their first trip to WDW! (that is how we did WDW the first time with another friend who is a DVC member and she took us on her points and from then on, we were hooked!!!)

Unfortunately, due to state's laws, my friend got nothing for referring us to DVC, and I got nothing for referring my co-worker to DVC.

DisDream's
03-24-2002, 10:03 AM
Shadeaux said,


We're in southern Lousiana also. Most of the people we've told about WDW & DVC tell say, "we have Astroworld a few hours away, so why would we want to go all the way to Florida for the same thing?" I've given up trying to explain. We've been members since '94 and have only had one referral.


As a life long Houstonian and former employee of Astroworld your friends don't have a clue about WDW. Astroworld is not even on the map with WDW & DVC.

Yes some people "Just Don't Get It".

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Lesley
03-24-2002, 10:16 AM
We generally get the "Ew, you mean like a timeshare?"...to which we have to say,"yes, but its Disney....we decide when we go, where we stay, and how long" Most then admit.."wow, that sounds pretty nice"

But most of our family either really can't afford regular vacations, or don't feel its a priority.

Granny
03-24-2002, 05:00 PM
DisDreams....WELCOME to the DisBoards! :) :) :)

I had the same thoughts when I read what Shadeaux's friends had said, comparing WDW and AstroWorld! :rolleyes:

Maybe it's just as well that lots of people "don't get it"....if everyone felt like us we'd never be able to budge once inside any of the WDW parks. :eek:

dkellumw
03-24-2002, 08:26 PM
Astroworld. There is no comparison.

We live about 45 minutes away and have not been in years.
Looking forward to the 16 hour drive to WDW in November.:)

SamSam
03-25-2002, 06:13 PM
Dh and I run into the same reaction. We've been going to WDW for the last 13 years and now with the kids grown and away from home, we find we enjoy it as much, if not more than when they were with us. Family and friends just look at us like we're crazy, so we try not to talk about our trips much.
We finally bought into DVC and our biggest regret is that we didn't do it many years ago.

cgcw
03-25-2002, 06:41 PM
The reaction we usually get is "you spent how much on that?". For the people we do tell, it isn't in any way to sound as if we a boasting as to what we have done. Most people can't believe that we've spent that much on a "vacation". Years from now, I hope to be able to remind those people of how much we spent on our vacation (when we are going on just our annual dues). No one has caught on to the idea that we could bring them with us or set up accommodations for them. I wonder if they'd look at things a little differently if they understood the big picture. Fortunately for us, we'll just keep that tidbit of information to ourselves. I enjoy the information I get here.

We bought because a neighbor was telling us about how happy he was with DVC. He did get a credit when we bought. I doubt we will ever refer anyone.