View Full Version : Do you really go to Disney every year or every other year?
03-31-2002, 02:14 PM
We are considering buying points at BCV. Howevever, 40 years committment is a long time. Do most of you really go there that frequently to make it worthwhile?
My husband is asking why don't we just rent the points from DVC members when we need them? To go to Disney each time, we have to incur costs in park passes, airfare which we will not incur if we go somewhere else closer. I love Disney, however, does it really make sense to make a committment for such a long duration?
I would love to hear your comments. Thanks
03-31-2002, 02:41 PM
We go twice a year, May and early December. If you are going to buy in, you should be sure you will want to go at least every other year. You can always trade out to other locations also. Regarding the long committment, I figured if I no longer wanted it, I could always sell it. There's a pretty big resale market. I bought in 1999 for $65 for point, it's going up to $80 per point in June, so I should be able to recoup my initial buyin. Renting points is a good idea if you are not sure. I had no intention of buying until a friend invited me to go with her on a trip and I fell in love with the 2 bedroom at OKW and the whole DVC concept. Didn't want to stay in a regular hotel room after that! :)
03-31-2002, 02:44 PM
Every year, around holloween or first two weeks of December. Have been doing it since '92 when we stayed off site and found DVC. Joined and have been very happy going every year. We sometimes take another vacation and have gone for one week instead of the usual 12 nights. But every year for sure.
03-31-2002, 02:44 PM
We go 3 times per year, when the kids are out of school or on break. We would go more but the kids say they're embarassed to have to tell their friends where they're going again. Once they're on their own, I'm sure we'll be there at least once a month. It is a great way to get away from it all.
03-31-2002, 02:47 PM
Our original plan was to purchase 150 points and go every other year....Didn't work....we go every 8-12months now and purchased an addition contract last year. Yet now we buy season passes, we are actually going to drive again this fall, we purchase a large portion of our food at the grocery store and eat in our villa...some people don't like cooking on vacation....I can't afford eating out every day 3 meals..., Some day we plan on trading out for one of the other timeshare choices...maybe skiing... Are there choices on the concierge collection(I thinkk that's its name) that might be closer for you where you might want to consider vacaitoning....
For us it is definately worth the commitment of 40 years....:D
03-31-2002, 03:09 PM
Do you really go to Disney every year or every other year?
If Zurgswife had her way we would go three times a year and take the cruise. Now if she would just get the right lottery ticket....
03-31-2002, 04:16 PM
We also go twice a year. Every now and then I feel a bit embarrased to tell friends and family that... yes, we are going to Disney World again. But then I just come here and read how often everybody else goes, and suddenly I feel a lot better about myself. The DVC Board ... it's therapy too!!!! You guys are my enablers!
03-31-2002, 04:18 PM
We bought DVC December 2001. We'll be going in July 2002 for our first DVC trip. Then we decided to go next year at Easter. So we decided to buy annual passes. Well, now we decided to go in July 2003 to make full use of the annual pass (LOL). Disney is addicting!! We had all intentions of only going once a year,but as you can see it gets in your blood! Next is maybe a little add on at BCV??? We'll see. We have taken many vacations prior to DVC but you can't beat the quality of the accomodations ad activities for the whole family. This includes the DH who has announced to the whole gang " If I'm lying with my eyes closed by the pool , I am having a good time!"
03-31-2002, 04:52 PM
Most people here really DO go that often.
But then, this is a self selecting group of admitted Disney addicts!
I think you are thinking about this the right way. You have to figure the cost of the vacations to see if its a good deal for your family. For a lot of the people here, they were already taking yearly trips to Disney, so DVC was a no-brainer. You are also looking into the future - for us, DVC is a great choice for the next 15-20 years (our kids are 2 and 3) and after that we will be going down mainly to golf. But if your kids are already 10 and 12, and you have no interest in vacationing at Disney without them, I don't think its a good choice.
At two year intervals, you maintenance fees begin to creep into your savings. If you go every three years (bank/borrow/use), you have $1500 in fees invested before you get on the plane - its hard to recoup that cost in lodging (well, its easy if you start with the assumption you were going to have a 2 bedroom anyway - but if you'd be happy in a room at the CBR, the math stops working in your favor).
There are other ways people make it work. You can buy a contract with friends or family, and alternate going every two years (so each family goes every four years). You can go every three or four years, and rent the points you don't use to recoup the fees - neither of these sound like great ideas to me, but other people have made them work.
03-31-2002, 07:42 PM
I am not ashamed to say it - I would live at WDW if I could! (until they rent out space above the shops on Main Street, DVC will have to do)
03-31-2002, 08:39 PM
We joined DVC in '98 at BWV because we had been every year for 5 years. With the birth of our third DD in '97, we now needed two rooms. Not only did we continue to go in February, we started going at other times as well. Long weekend, cheap airfare - WDW here we come. Consequently, we just purchased an OKW resale. Booked our 10 day August trip last week!
Only 134 more sleeps! Yes, it's addiction. One for which I don't appologize or seek treatment!
03-31-2002, 09:38 PM
LOL.. Vacationman... Our family too! I don't know how many times my daughter has asked if we could move into the castle? We keep talking about moving to Florida and she keeps telling everyone we are moving to WDW.
We started with the plan to go every other year, after the first year, the plan changed to every year and now that we bought DVC we plan to go twice a year.
YEARLY. We'd like to go more often but face tooooooo many financial and employment constraints. :(
03-31-2002, 10:47 PM
We go twice a year, and make a valiant effort to get in a third trip too!!!!!
03-31-2002, 11:06 PM
Always twice, sometimes more. We find that we go to the parks less often and spend more time enjoying the perks of the resort now. That crazed park visiting will stop once you know you will be back every year and it makes the whole vacation so much more relaxing and enjoyable. So don't think that because you'll be there 10 days a year will mean you'll need 10 days worth of park passes. The last time we were "home" we only went to the parks one day and it was a wonderful vacation. With DVC you can do as much or as little as you want and you won't feel like you're "wasting" your vacation. In the end, you'll decide to do what's best for you because only you can know for sure. But I will tell you this: I was hesitant to buy into DVC but my husband finally won me over. Now I can't remember what my problem was. It was the best thing I've ever done besides marrying him!:D
04-01-2002, 06:27 AM
I go to WDW at least once, maybe twice a year. I spend 3-4 weeks there in the dead of winter--and if I'm careful with my points, I can get another trip in later in the year. I spend some of this time solo and some with DH. I'm retired--he's not!;) I find that I, too, spend less time in the parks, but I just love to stroll over to Epcot at night, just to leisurely look around.
My friends know of my WDW "addiction" and accept it--in Jan., I have a girls' only trip planned, so these friends will get to enjoy the BWV with me (first time in a 2-bedrm).
DVC's flexibility is great!
04-01-2002, 06:39 AM
One of the main reasons we chose Vero as our home resort was because we didn't see going to WDW every year. We have since added on to BC.
04-01-2002, 06:49 AM
Before DVC, we were in the "every other year" category.
Now, we are planning on four trips in the next 18 months.
As has been pointed out, this was probably not the right place to ask any question about frequency of visiting WDW....at least not the right place if you're looking for an unbiased answer!! :)
04-01-2002, 07:04 AM
Like Granny, we were in the everyother year group until we joined DVC. We just couldn't afford to stay on site every year. Now we go multiple times one year and one time the next. We do that to capitalize on the annual pass rates. We buy annuals and try to get in 2-3 trips over the course of the next 12 months. Then we sit out twelve months and buy a new pass and start the process over again. That means a later Jan. trip followed by a fall trip, followed by another early Jan. trip. Then taking 12 months off and going again on a late January trip. Works great for us, and we usually get at least 21 days in on our Annual passes. We have also exchanged through II to Hawaii. Of course, that didn't mean we skipped WDW though. We just did one trip instead of three!:D
04-01-2002, 07:11 AM
Once a year is the minimum I can tolerate before I start to twich and display other unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.
04-01-2002, 07:26 AM
We go once a yr to OKW, and now we will go off-site to VB once a yr. Once we retire in 6 yrs .......look out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
04-01-2002, 07:41 AM
We bought into DVC last year. We have been going every year since 1998. We will continue to go once a year until we can get more points.
04-01-2002, 08:19 AM
We go at least once a year...but have been up to 3 times in a year. Would live there if I could. :p
04-01-2002, 08:37 AM
Most of you must think I am crazy.
I really expected that after I moved to Weston, near Ft Lauderdale, that I would be making all kinds of trips. We really haven't changed our vacation habits very mouch. Basically, just a once a year trip. I have only done two or three short trips in the five years I have been down here.
Five years, well not quite, it will be five years this fall.
That is always my yardstick for how long I have been on this site. I found this site about a year before we moved to Florida.
04-01-2002, 08:41 AM
Most of you must think I am crazy.
Rich, Why would you think that in your above quote??:p
04-01-2002, 09:00 AM
When we were deciding whether to do DVC, we realized we had gone to WDW an average of 2 out of every 3 years. We not only went to the parks, we used it as a base of operations to run over to the beach or the Space Center. Plus, there was always something we hadn't quite gotten around to seeing or something they were building that we had to come back to see. (right now that would be the Mission:Space in Epcot). So, it looked like a good deal, at least in the short run.
Since buying in we've discovered other reasons to go - the Food & Wine Fest is a great adults only getaway, DS and I have popped down for a short trip to see the Christmas decorations, Vero turned out to be awesome and a new reason to go to Florida. All these things are part of WDW, but not really "park". If we consider that we usually have frequent flyer passes and actually like to cook in the room, the trips become practically free - especially in years when we have an annual pass.
04-01-2002, 09:06 AM
Just another point of view...we have owned since 1997 and have been going every 8 months or so. At this point not only are we tired of going but our 9 year old son wants a change. It looks like now we will go every 2-3 years, and visit Hilton Head more often.
04-01-2002, 09:19 AM
Lack of enough time and money are the only reasons we don't go more than a couple of times a year.:smooth:
04-01-2002, 09:31 AM
My DW and I hit the DCL in Jan, Sept, and Dec of 2001. We hit WDW in January, May, Sept, Dec, and Dec again in 2001. We joined DVC in April of 2000. It was the best thing that we ever did.
04-01-2002, 02:38 PM
We've gone to WDW at least once every year since 1987. I love it and luckily so does DH. Even my kids who are now 19 and 16 1/2 love it. Obviously DVC was the perfect purchase for us.
04-01-2002, 03:02 PM
I'll be dropping in at least twice a year - WDW is a great place for a single person like me, I can stay busy on my own if I need to - but I've got 5 trips booked this year, two weekends, one 5-night and two week-long trips, and will be accompanied on all of them. WDW is a short and relatively cheap flight from DC, and I wouldn't mind going down there without setting foot in any parks!
04-01-2002, 08:31 PM
Just wanted to weigh in on the side of less frequently. I have only been a member for a few years but do NOT go every year. We used to go every 2 years and now that we are members go about every 18 months.
This DOES work well! We usually go for a longer stay (10-12) days and bring family and friends (they help offset costs by paying for some of their points). This fall we are spending 3 nights at WLV and 6 nights at the BWV Grand Villa - can't wait! We still save an incredible amount of money - I am even thinking of buying a resale at BWV (our homeresort) to add on!
As has been mentioned, you can always rent out your points or even sell your contract if you find you aren't going as often.
DVC is still great even if you don't go several times a year!
04-02-2002, 08:51 AM
We bought into the DVC in 1995 and my husband and I go once a year for 10 to 12 nights. We purchased 310 points and added 100 points on two years ago. Our two married children alternate and go every other year with us, so we get great use out of our points. Planning to bank and also borrow one year to use a Grand Villa for all three families soon. It's the greatest purchase we have ever made.
04-02-2002, 11:53 AM
We go every yr. We tend to do longer trips, inviting family or friends (not both, they don't mesh too well;) ) We own 250 points and this yr we are going to buy an AP and slip back before they expire in May 03. I have 2 small children and between day care, parochial school, after school care, I can only afford to go once a yr. But let me tell you, we do not want for anything when we go. It turns out ot be an expensive vacation, but I'm not complaining :p
04-02-2002, 08:37 PM
My childhood started at the age of 29, with my first WDW visit. I've been making up for a lot of lost time and although I get a LOT of grief about it, it's where I am happy 24/7. I have a pic of WL sittng in front of me at work and I daydream about my other home. We try to get there twice a year for 8-12 nights. It's not for everyone, but most here will agree that familiarity does breed contempt and that's part of what makes us addicts.
04-03-2002, 05:51 PM
Now that we own (at VWL) I am constantly checking Orbitz for good fares out of the NYC area. My DD and I went ,due to a very cheap flight ($98 rt!), and went this past Feb. All of us will go down for DH's first trip as owners in July. Little does he know that I booked another trip for this New Years Eve! I can't get enough and neither can DD. It's DH that isn't crazy about WDW. I just hope that this July his mind willl change and he'll get more enthsiastic about going!
04-03-2002, 06:09 PM
We go three times a year and there are years when either our son or daughter and there families go also. We have just added on more points at the BCV and our looking forward to our first visit there probably in January. We visit every Xmas it's a family tradition, and then we visit during the winter, usually January & Feburary, now with the added points we may stay and visit in March!
We started visiting in 72 and have gone there almost every year since, We purchased in 91, the DVC was one of the best thing that could have happened for our family. We just can't seem to get enough of the place!
04-03-2002, 06:56 PM
DW and I have been members since 2000 and have been going at least two times a year. Normally with our 270 points we own at OKW we have enough to go twice a year. This year we had some extra dollars from Uncle Sam, Okay actually they were mine to begin with, so we planned an Easter trip that we paid cash for. We will be going again the first week of June for a week with both DD's. And then in December we are taking our neighbors, my brother and niece and staying in a 2 bedroom at OKW.
Is it worth it you ask. Yes, DW and I buy AP's so that we can go to the park when we want but we also do other things like enjoying different dining options, swimming at the pool or just enjoying refreshments while soaking up the sun by the pool.
Oh, and by the way, before you ask so far we have never been to IOA or US or Sea World and have no desire to go to those places.
04-03-2002, 07:27 PM
We live out west, so we can only go around once a year or 1 1/2 years, depending on purchases of AP's. We skipped 2000 in WDW, but did head out to Disneyland for a Disney-fix. We have visited Disneyland every year since 1986 before we found WDW in 1997 and bought in to DVC.
We did WDW in June 2001, and are going back end of May 2002, but won't be returning until October 2003.
If we lived closer and did not have to pay such high airfares for a family of five, we would probably make two shorter trips a year. So, we make one long trip instead!
04-03-2002, 10:01 PM
We own at BWV. We just renewed our APs during our trip last week, and we will be able to use the passes for 3 more trips (Oct, Dec, Mar '03).
We've made (or have planned) one trip for each "year's" points.
August '99 (before DVC)
Sept. '00 (1st DVC)
Oct. '02 reserved
Sept. '03 planned
04-04-2002, 12:17 AM
Since we bought into DVC we go at least twice a year, and are thinking of going three times this year. Now that the kids are older, we can go more often for long weekends.
04-04-2002, 11:53 AM
We always go in August, and usually in November. This year we will go in August to BCV, November to BWV, and April 2003 to BWV for Easter! We would go more often if we could, but we're both teachers and our vacation time is in the summer:)
We go to WDW 3-4 times per year. I would go every month if I could but a little thing called a job gets in the way. My friends and family just simply ask when is your next WDW trip, they are never surprised when I give them the dates because they know I always have at least 1 or 2 trips planned at a time. I am happier and more relaxed at WDW then any other place I have ever traveled to. Before I purchased DVC, we went to WDW once a year but now I gladly go 3-4 times a year, gotta make good use of those DVC points and APs, you know! :D
04-04-2002, 07:38 PM
Since we bought last year, we have DVC'd twice. This use year, we will be going to WDW three times on an AP--June VWL, January BCV, June BCV or OKW. All stays will be about 6-7 days. We also will be spending TG at HH in a GV. For the WDW trips we will sometimes stay at a resort (usually ASM, sometimes Poly depending on $$) for Fri and Sat then Sun-Thurs at DVC. Sometimes we drive, and sometimes we take family along (who help offset some of the expenses), and they get to enjoy WDW at a reduced cost. To save money, we eat most meals in the room. I would rather travel more and eat out less. After this round of WDW trips, we will probably give the parks a rest for a year and do HH and a cruise in 2003. I would go to WDW every year, but I find the park passes cost prohibitive. Without a better park pass discount -HINT HINT, we plan on staying at DVC and going to the more affordable Orlando attractions. I really like the DVC off-sites as a more affordable vacation. We will be making use of them, especially HH since we own there. I know owning DVC will allow us to vacation more than we ever would with out it.
04-05-2002, 12:32 AM
We have been OKW owners since 96' we go at least 1-2 times a year. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS WE EVER MADE. We have no children but always bring some family members with us! My whole family have become Disney Addicts....( they used to tease us about it) but not any more. We go to the parks but we really do enjoy relaxing and swimming by the pool and the other activities like Disney Quest etc. I love to meet people from ALL different parts of the world. We have been going to Disney and staying at their resorts since our honeymoon 16 years ago. It is sometimes our saving grace... since we live in an area that has very long cold winters. You have to go with the flow. We go every September (not as many people) and try to go in May. We try to buy additional points whenever possible. Hope to move in the area someday - maybe Celebration. Would like to do the Cruise soon.
Our next trip is in 29 days. CAN'T WAIT!!
04-05-2002, 05:05 AM
Welcome to the DIS;) , we know what you mean about the "winters". We love DVC also.:D
04-05-2002, 12:26 PM
We go 3 or 4 times a year. If my DH could get any more vacation time, we'd easily be there 5 or 6 times!
04-05-2002, 11:13 PM
Looks like we're fitting into the twice a year catagory; we made the "oops" trip and didn't buy in at the last minute.....paid for that one dearly. Made reservations today for a three night stay, no kids, for our anniversary in May 6,7,8....couldn't pass up the friends fly free deal with Southwest.
Probably will just relax and enjoy the pools this time. Soooo glad we did this .
04-06-2002, 04:56 AM
We bought in 2000 at BWV and we only have 150 pts. With that we have brought my family for a trip in Jan. (sis-in-law, brother, his two kids and granny plus my own family) to OKW, then off to Hilton Head. That March, we went again to BWV just my family, the following year we went in March to BWV and then two nights at WLV. I just booked two days at DLP and five days in MArch for a two bedroom at BWV so thatmy daughters can bring friends. None of this would have been possible without DVC. Yes I am a compulsive planner and I do not think I could have done all this without comparing points and times of the year to go etc. But I am a teacher and I have to work around Xmas and a March break. (If I didn't have those constraints- who knows how many other trips I could squeeze in:D )
I have a stressful job- teaching unmotivated teenagers with a high incidence of teen pregnancy, social services, arrests, etc- Do not get me wrong- I love my job and my students- but I look forward to my March break when I can go to the happiest place on earth and relax and come home refreshed and renewed. That is one of the best parts of a Disney vacation is coming home renewed. It forces us to take a vacattion! Living in Canada, another advantage to going in March is getting away from winter and when we come home spring is almost here.
I love my DVC!!!!!!!!!
04-06-2002, 05:36 AM
We also fit into the twice a year club!! I go in the fall with my dd and grand children, and in the spring with dh! It's terrific, 2 totally different trips, as dh is really not a park lover, but then I get to go later with 2 little kids, and behave like one myself!! Only 27 more days till VWL!!!!!!
04-06-2002, 07:02 AM
We've been going every year since we joined. This year we are going to HHI instead and may start doing that in the odd years. Most of my intent in joining was to make sure we took a vacation. I also think that we may try trading out to II.
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