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Dreamfinder2
08-01-2002, 09:47 AM
I was just wondering - what kind of folks are we? Stated differently, is there a profile of a "typical" DVC member? I'd guess we're all Disney fanatics, or else we would've taken our money elsewhere. It's apparent that we cover the spectrum of being married, single, no kids, a bunch of kids, grandparents, etc. For us personally, we are not what you'd call well-to-do; we're firmly entrenched in the middle class, but I'm sure there are plenty of y'all who have relatively opulent lifestyles.

So, in the spirit of "getting to know the neighbors," how would you describe yourself as a DVC member? I'm just curious (hopefully not coming across as nosy) as to what the common threads are that bring us to this amazing community.

Any takers?

keenercam
08-01-2002, 10:40 AM
Hey, Dreamfinder--I have often wondered this myself. It is such a huge financial outlay, that I have wondered at the fact that there are over 60,000 DVC members.
My DH and I are both professionals who feel incredibly blessed to be able to give our children Disney vacations, each having had no similar opportunities growing up (we both come from much less fortunate economic backgrounds).
We have a DD14 and DS9, who know that they are very lucky to have these opportunities. But, I must confess that I am somewhat self-conscious about the situation when around either of our families, since I know it would be viewed as "pretentious," and "obscenely expensive" to some people. The reality is that we are doing Disney vacations every other year on the average and this is actually an exceedingly economic way to do it. And I would hope that at some point we will be in a position to share vacations with our families because we can do it so economically. (we just joined -- recorded yesterday-- so still stumbling around figuring out how to maximize points)
Still curious about every one else.

Richyams
08-01-2002, 10:58 AM
We bought in when we were both almost 30, ten years ago. We have a twelve, oops, just turned thirteen year old daughter. My wife is an upper level TV exec, that is what brought us to Florida, I am a bit of an enigma. I owned a stair company in New York and since moving to Florida, have done everything from stay at home dad to stock broker, commodity broker, day trader and now I own a computer company.

I am more of a Disney nut than my wife. My whole family is. There are three other DVC owners in my family, none in my wife's.

I drive a big SUV and so does my wife.

I enjoy helping others and truly want to make the world a better place.

crisi
08-01-2002, 10:59 AM
If you are interested in household income (and I think that's your primary goal), you might be best off with a poll where people can post their range anonymously.

Me, married, two young kids. Both of us work in IT and have liberal arts degrees (Art History, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature), have Liberal politics (with a dash of Libertarianism), non-Christian Unitarians, mid-30s, live in a suburb of Minneapolis, avid readers. Well off compared to the average Bangladeshi, poor as churchmice compared to Warren Buffet.

Rock'n Robin
08-01-2002, 11:08 AM
We joined 2 years ago. I pay our points off out of my check every other week so I "don't miss it", but hope to get ahead of the game soon. My husband owns a small remodeling business and he really needs to take breaks--he would never take time off to stay here in Ohio. I teach HS English. Our kids are 4, 7 and 10 and we have the usual middle class nonsense--dance lessons, soccer, etc. Lilke Keenercam, I feel funny talking about DVC with people unfamiliar with it because they think we are rolling in $$. We just feel that family vacations are a priority because soon enough, they will be grown and gone.
Robin M.

yasuern
08-01-2002, 11:08 AM
Hi Dreamfinder2,

We are the average run of the mill middle class family. My husband with little college works as a technician and makes more than I will ever make as a RN. We have 1 DD 7y/o and are trying to adopt a 6y/o little boy. I come from a what some would say tough childhood in the city - but we learn from everything - my DH comes from the Ozzie and Harriett household so we are a good blend of econimic backgrounds. We love WDW and after our 3rd trip (actually during our 3rd trip) we bought DVC as a bargain way to get WDW vacations for years to come. We own at VWL and after a recent trip to OKW we loved it soooo much we are currently in the middle of purchasing a resale at OKW! When I retire I want to be a Main St Greeter for Disney! ;)

zulaya
08-01-2002, 11:18 AM
Married, 2 kids, live inthe northern suburbs of Minneapolis/St.Paul. Dh turned 30 this year and I wil next year. Started my career as an environmental engineer, but I currently am primarily a stay-at-home mom, but I work in direct sales as a kitchen consultant which brings in good money for the time I put into it. DH is a systems engineer. We are middle class and both come from middle class backgrounds, though I have to agree that I do'nt talk about DVC much. Haven't yet told either of our parents that we bought in March. His parents find out in December when we go to WDW - we are staying at the Polynesian but will visit BCV. My parents just can't fathom why I am so interested in going somewhere that I have already been 4 or 5 times. For me, and DH now that he's hooked on WDW, it forces us to take a vacation away from MN. He works a lot and we do go up north to grandma's cabin in the summer a couple times, but other than that, it was hard to make him (and me too for that mattter) to take a vacation. Now, it's already paid for. We'll lose out if we do't use those points. It's totally psychological here - but in a good way, in making us go. I am already planning through 2004 and amazed at the fact that I may have to bank to some points because we might not use them all in 2003. Strange! But exciting.

Dreamfinder2
08-01-2002, 11:37 AM
Really, I'm not interested in specifics as to household income - I was raised to not ask others that kind of question, and I'll bet you were, too!;)

My gut has been telling me that we're a diverse group, and many have been willing to make some sacrifices now for some extraordinary long-term benefits down the road. To be able to provide my kids (and, one day, my grandkids!) the opportunity for some great vacation experiences at my favorite place on earth - well, shoot, that comes pretty close to priceless.

So, puh-LEEZE forgive me if I sounded as though I were prying into your financial status! We're just folks, and I had a hunch many of y'all were, too.

MrsG
08-01-2002, 11:56 AM
Dreamfinder,

I don't think you were prying, just curious like most of us are about why we would plunk down a chunk of money with the Mouse.

We just closed on our first purchase. We have been tossing DVC around for years and it is only within the past few that we felt we could actually afford it. We've been to DisneyWorld approx 6 times with the kids over the years and stayed at the Carribbean Beach each time (most times on a shoe-string). We've had some of the best vacations of our lives at Disney. Now that both kids are in college, we decided that we'd like to travel to other destinations as well, but still want to occassionally vacation with the Mouse. DVC gives us this flexability.

No matter where I've travelled and what I've seen, there's something about walking down Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom that brings about such child-like joy that it is hard to describe. Hopefully, we've passed this joy to our children, and maybe someday, our grandchildren. It's almost like leaving a legacy.

magic cruiser
08-01-2002, 12:14 PM
Bruce and I love making memories at WDW ! That's why we joined DVC. Our home is BWV, but we have points at VWL and BCV. The best part is sharing these good times with our children, grandchildren and our sisters family. We say, one of these days we'll take a trip by ourselves .This month we'll be at VWL with our 6 yo gson, next mo we'll be at BWV w/ youngest son and dau-in-law, then in Jan we'll be on the western carib cruise- Magic w/ 8 yo gson ! Then next Aug we'll be at the BCV w/my sisters family !!

We spend more $ on vacations than anything else. We believe that you can't take it w/ you ! Bruce is a pediatrician and has many Mickey & friends' ties. His office has alot of DISNEY memo. I'm a RN but not working now.... worried I wouldn't get enough time for MICKEY ! Plus, I need time to visit my children & Gchildren. We're now emptynesters and everyone is out -of- to

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One day we'd like to retire in FL. Bruce would like to drive one of the boats at WDW and I would be a waitress at Prime Time !:Pinkbounc

gracelrm
08-01-2002, 12:18 PM
We've been members a little over a year now and just received notice that our add-on has been recorded! DH and I are both teachers so income level certainly isn't up there in the high range:( , but we managed to make vacationing a priority. We have three kids - 9, 6, and 2 and I am in my very late 30's and DH is early 40's. DH loves WDW and would read books, websites, etc... to prepare for our trips prior to WDW and plan, plan, plan! I was the one who had to be convinced to commit to DVC, but now I spend my time planning how to use points wisely. I believe everything is planned out through 2005 now! Like several other posters have said, we don't tell too many people about our DVC membership, in fact we're planning a big family trip for DH's family in 2004 and guess we'll have to tell them by then!

sitchu2
08-01-2002, 12:27 PM
Nurse and Construction Operator. 2 Very stressful careers, and 2 teenage DS and a 7 y/o DD =much need for some bi-annual family bonding and Escape.

R.J.'s Dad
08-01-2002, 12:58 PM
Everyone had very interesting comments about being a DVC'er. My wife and I are both 35 and live in a suburb of Chicago. We bought 2 yrs. ago after we had our son. I can't understand why someone would be afraid to talk about being in DVC. I'm very proud of myself for being able to do this for my family. I look forward to taking all members of my family not to show off, but to show them how much we love them.

(On my soapbox now)- I think that it's getting to the point in our country that you are supposed to feel guilty for being able to buy nice cars or go on nice trips. All part of the class warfare we hear daily from certain politicians. My wife and I both went to college and worked for what we have now and we pay plenty of taxes for who knows what. I wouldn't call us rich, but maybe my idea of middle class is different from others.

I'm proud to be in DVC and the more people I can tell and get involved, the better.

ZerasPride
08-01-2002, 01:19 PM
We joined DVC this past December. DH is definitely not a Disney fan but he really enjoys the laid back atmosphere of Hilton Head so we bought DVC there. For us it was the perfect compromise.

Also, owning DVC makes hubby take a vacation and I think he'd find ways to wiggle out of them if it wasn't for DVC.

I don't talk to family much about our purchase because they already think we're rich (far far far from it) and if most knew about DVC they would have more ammo against us (lol). They also think its "crazy" to go to the same place for vacation over and over again - at this point they don't ask IF we're going to Disney but WHEN we're going back!

I'm a legal assistant for a large law firm and DH is a welder for a small company - we are what I like to term the "working poor" but we like luxury on our vacations and the DVC accommodations give us that. Vacations are a priority for us and that's how I justify this purchase - DVC purchase: $12,000 - family memories: priceless!

POOH&PIGLET
08-01-2002, 01:23 PM
What a great topic! :)

We are a family of four. My DW & I have two DD's the oldest is almost 3, the youngest is 7 months. I am a prosecutor in NYC and I love my job! Being on the city payroll, I don't make that much money. We financed our DVC, we have a mortgage, and I still have student loans to pay off. We have an 8-year old car that we bought used 5-years ago (& paid cash).

We think DVC is a good investment / purchase. It works for us. When we can afford it, we hope to add on some more points.

DW & I are Disney nuts, not just DVC. We have almost every Disney animated movie available. We are "corrupting" our oldest DD daughter, she loves the Disney movies, the Disney channel, Disney clothing, Disney bed linens, etc. ;)

SJUGuy
08-01-2002, 01:27 PM
My wife and I have been DVC members for about a year now. We are both 25 and both graduated from college with degrees in Management and Info Systems and accounting. Currently my wife is working as an accountant at a hospital but......We are going to be having our first child within the next two weeks. (DVC Child). So she will not be working full time any longer. I currently work in the family business which is a Real Estate and Insurance Agency.

We both grew up on a barrier Island on the Jersy Shore where we met in High School. I guess we probably were pretty well off.(When I was a child I always thought that there was a money tree.) Now that we are out in the real world I have learned quickly that Money does not grow on trees. But to be honest I can't even imagine using my money for any other vacation then WDW. We started going as a couple for our honeymoon when we were married two years ago, and now we go evey year.(We both had many trips prior to getting married).

And by the way it is nice hearing about everyone. We have both enjoyed reading all about you.


SJUGUY

Kelly&John
08-01-2002, 01:39 PM
Hi!

I work for a professional sports / entertainment complex. DH works for an insurance company. I am a college gradute. DH has no college but received a Marine Corp education. :)

We have no children but borrow our nephews and neices whenever possible. We bought into DVC to guarantee ourselves some "quality time" together. (We work opposite shifts) It also provides us with a great escape from reality - if only for a week.

Kelly

GrammieMame
08-01-2002, 01:46 PM
So nice to meet you all. I'm a 62 year old retired State employee married to a 73 year old small businessman. Neither of these is the path to financial glory, but we make vacationing and travel a high priority in our lives (mostly me, actually, but he reports for duty when I get to urge to go). I have always felt that no matter what you buy and how much you love it, the excitement of a material object (be it car, clothes, etc), fades with time. For me, the only things that don't are the memories that come from fabulous vacation experiences. I wasn't able to do that much for my children because we were pretty poor, but I take great pleasure in being able to give my daughter and grandchildren vacations that they aren't able to afford. DVC fits right in, since we all love Disney and have the most wonderful time there. Next year, we are using DVC points to go to Hawaii. I love the flexibility and the ability to stay in really nice places that I probably wouldn't consider otherwise.

Credit Man
08-01-2002, 02:13 PM
I work in finance and my DW is the worlds best stay-at-home mom, and the one who keeps everything together. We are firmly entrenched in the middle class, and have been DVC'ers for 2 years. We have a DS and A DD who enjoy WDW almost as much as their parents.;)

LisaR
08-01-2002, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by GrammieMame
Neither of these is the path to financial glory, but we make vacationing and travel a high priority in our lives (mostly me, actually, but he reports for duty when I get to urge to go). I have always felt that no matter what you buy and how much you love it, the excitement of a material object (be it car, clothes, etc), fades with time. For me, the only things that don't are the memories that come from fabulous vacation experiences. I wasn't able to do that much for my children because we were pretty poor, but I take great pleasure in being able to give my daughter and grandchildren vacations that they aren't able to afford.

I couldn't have said it better myself!

People seem to think we are rich because we go to WDW so often. Of course, we are far from rich. I say it is all about priorities. It doesn't mean my priorities are right and others are wrong. It simply means that vacations are a high priority for our family. The great times and the memories we make and share at Disney (thanks to DVC) are priceless. On the other hand, the excitement from a new car or new house wears off shortly there after.

By the way, we are a family of 4. DH is an engineer. I quit working a week before dd was born (7 years ago) and we adopted the most wonderful little boy in the world from Korea 4 years ago (he will be 5 next week)! Life couldn't get any better!

Lisa

Dreamfinder2
08-01-2002, 02:29 PM
Man, do I ever have great neighbors!:)

I just realized that I wasn't playing my own game, so ... I'm associate editor for a large weekly religious journal; DW manages the recreation facility at our church. DS, 19, is finishing up his first year in the United States Marine Corps (that'll keep your prayer life active!), and DD, 15, is blonde, a cheerleader, knows how to toss her head and flip her hair ... you get the picture.

I would like to add that at our first trip to OKW last month, I can close my eyes even now and see the look of delighted astonishment on my DD's face when we first walked in our 2BR. Try to write a check and pay for THAT, pal!

Somewhere along the way I realized that folks were gonna think whatever they wanted to about me, regardless of our touting DVC or not. If they're curious I just say, "Do the math, but ultimately, follow your heart." Works both ways for us!

doubletrouble_vb
08-01-2002, 02:33 PM
single woman in her 40's. I'm a programmer. When I first looked at DVC I thought it was a lot of money even splitting by two. Now...splitting by one its just the way I choose to allocate my money rather than in cars or expensive enhancements to the house.

PoohBears#1fan
08-01-2002, 02:57 PM
We're just bought and are part of a reasonably rare breed of UK owners! (I've never come across any others than the ones I've met on these forums)

We're also in the middle, H works for SUN in the UK, I'm an RGN (same as your RN I think) by trade but not practising, since our DD started school I've been running my own jewellery franchise (which in comparison to your jewellery would seem extremely unimpressive and overpriced!!!! LOL)

We have one DD who'll be 7 in September and one on the way due in December this year.

We both love travelling and love Florida, I'm the major Disney freak and am heavily into Pooh Bear (our house is a shrine) and DD isn't far behind me. Family holidays are, to us a priority and our holidays create very fond memories that we'll look back on for many years to come. DVC, despite being a large initial outlay is a wonderful way of giving us the opportunity to go to WDW every year.

dbond
08-01-2002, 03:02 PM
People seem to think we are rich because we go to WDW so often.

Ditto! I hear this so much, when actually the truth is, we probably spend less on our WDW vacations than most. My husband is an executive with a training company and travels for work often. We can usually count on his airline miles to provide airfare for the 5 of us once, maybe twice a year. We grocery shop and prepare the majority of our own meals in our 2 br condo at OKW, so our only major expenses are our park tickets and we usually rent a car. We bought our DVC membership 5 years ago and paid cash with my husband's annual bonus that year. (It was a good year!) We had been waiting for 5 years prior to that before we felt like we could afford to make the investment. We have added on twice in small increments since then when we had extra cash. I am a stay at home mom, with 3 kids, one going to college this year. Becuase of DVC, we have spent the past 5 years taking as many family trips as we could squeeze time for before the oldest left for college. The only thing holding us back from more trips to WDW is time off from school and kids extracurriculars and not enough points. So when people are envious and assume that we are wealthy because we go so often, I just let them go on thinking that and feel so good at the end of another trip because I didn't have to spend as much as they did.

Maistre Gracey
08-01-2002, 03:19 PM
Hi, it's nice to "meet" everyone! :cool:

I am 38 years old, and my wife is 30. We are currently trying to have kids, and my wife is getting sad about our failure thus far.

I am a Pilot/Flight Standards Captain on a business stlyle jet. I fly all over the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Mexico (and more that I missed). I am gone for seven days in a row, then have seven days off.

My wife is an Occupational Therapist. She specializes in mental health, and works with children.

We started going to WDW together before we were married, and it has continued right through our honeymoon (1995).

Karl

cgcw
08-01-2002, 03:20 PM
We are also in the middle income group and happy with our DVC investments. DH is an anaylst with a financial firm and I am a home daycare provider. The income from my daycare business more than pays for DVC. It's the best of both worlds for us -- I get to stay home with our children yet bring income in. While we probably would have still bought our initial 150 pts, I'm not sure we'd have felt comfortable going ahead with the two add ons we've done at HH without my income. I love hear our DS7 say he'd rather go to HH over WDW anytime (I'm sure he'll enjoy our upcoming trip to WDW though). I hope DS2 feels the same way whe he gets a bit older. I know we'd never have been able to afford a week at HH ever summer let alone multiple trips to WDW without DVC....now we can plan on that for the next 40 years.

pwoodham
08-01-2002, 03:39 PM
We have 6 boys, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11 and 26. The memories we've made at WDW are priceless. I am so grateful for a place that really WANTS my children to show up!! I'm the Disney nut, but only because WDW makes my children feel welcome and has provided the environment for wonderful memories. I'm a "retired" IT manager, and my husband works as a Sales Director for semi-conductor equipment. I'm 45, he's 50. We home school our kids and love every minute. Politically we're very conservative. We serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
We aren't rich, but we love to share our "points" with our family. Since we joined in 1998, we've only been once by ourselves! We've taken various family members, and when we go this time, we'll be taking 3 sisters, 1 bil, 3 nephews, 1 niece, and 1 mil. FUN!!

BillM
08-01-2002, 04:21 PM
We are grandparents with 3 children, ages 41 to 47 and 7 grandchildren, ages 7 to 25. When DW and I bought OKW in 1998 our main motivation was to provide our kids and grandkids with quality accomodations at WDW at no cost. Also we intended to see that our 7 grandkids got to WDW since none had been before. Almost 5 years later we have gotten 5 of the 7 there several times. As grandparents we have joined our kids at DW about 4 times and enjoyed seeing them have fun. DW and I always have our own villa which is usually a 1 BR at OKW. WE have also been able to provide our DD and her family of five trips to DVCHH and DVCVB. Another DD and SIL went on a 3 day cruise.

I am a retired insurance agency owner and DW taught for eight years and retired so we could travel. We spend four months a year in a owned condo at Ft. Myers, Fl. and qualify for Florida Resident Seasonal passes.

I can't think of a better way we grandparents could have spent our $$$ than to give so many great vacations to our kids. WE have had to add on 4 times to have enough points for everyone to use.
I would encourage other Grandparents out there to join the DVC and help their "struggling kids" by sharing DVC.

mrsdon
08-01-2002, 04:25 PM
We're both 41 and have been members since 94. Dh was in the Navy at the time and I worked as a waitress at Shoneys.
We lived in Ga about 3 miles from the FL biorder. We thought we had died and gone to heaven on our first trip.
DH retired and moved us to Memphis where he is now involved in security sales and installtuion for a BIG company. *Johnosn Controls"
I work at Chick Fil A and really love it. Also a PT TDS CM
Working at TDS enabled us to buy 3 add-ons.
One was for VB with 100 points costing us 42.50 per point.

Simba's Mom
08-01-2002, 04:38 PM
Guess we're the only "newly empty-nesters" so far. Two sons in college (Thand goodness Texas state universities are fairly reasonable and didn't take all my income). DH is an engineer, I'm a Math teacher at a Military school. I'm the disney nut, and like a previous poster, DH knows he'd "wiggle out" of vacation if he could-he's such a workaholic who at least knows that's not good, so he was easily convinced to buy DVC-he was looking for a way to be forced to take vacation more. Didn't do it for the kids-did it for DH and me! I want to go there with my grandchildren some day, meanwhile with DH, and next year with both sons, as one FINALLY graduates.

wdwsos
08-01-2002, 04:39 PM
My DH and I are both in our late forties, and have three wonderful boys, ages 14, 16 and 19. The 19 year old will be entering his junior year at Boston University, majoring in film, the other two are still in high school. My husband is the CIO of a financial investment company; I'm a part-time editor, writer, web designer, working out of the house. We also try to give back in a small way to the community. My DH runs the soccer league here (1200 kids) and I have the Mickey SOS program to keep me busy. We live in Boston, have a simple Colonial, and drive minivans.

I'm the big Disney fanatic in the house, followed closely by my 14 year old. I try to go 3-4 times a year - why we live in a simple Colonial and drive minivans. ;) We bought into the DVC in 1995 and haven't regretted it for a moment.

I agree with how people think you're rolling in dough to be visiting WDW regularly. I often wonder why my timeshare in WDW seems to be so much more exotic than their house on Cape Cod. Some of my friends understand the obsession, others tolerate it - doesn't much matter to me because I'm happy. :)

CK1
08-01-2002, 04:54 PM
My sister and her fam of 4 bought into DVC at the very beginning, many moons ago. Now some 10+ years later, my DH and I are proud members as well. What sparked us to buy? SImple -- it makes a "family vacation" possible (and by family, I mean extended family); and also, it makes vacation a priority for within our our immediate gang of 5. Prior to DVC 3 years ago, our vacations were little more than the "World TOur For Peace" amongst my dh's and my families - easter at one house, the 4th at the other; Turkey day at one house -- xmas at the other. ONce we had our 3 kids, however, we knew the cycle must stop! Disney is wonderful middle ground! Our families are too proud, however, to let us "pay" for their rooms... but for some reason, DVC style works ("points" are mysterious enough, and it's as if we are just sharing what we already own, rather than paying their way!) ALso -- my dh is NOT good about taking time out for himself. DVC and the banking/borrowing system INSURES that he HAS to take a break SOMETIME (after all, he's no point-waster, either!!)

So who are we? DH and I are both 35, married for 12 years; we met in graduate school. DH has his MS and is in mgmt for a major Fortune 100 chemicals corporation; I have my PhD in chemistry and work for the same company as a rsch chemist. SInce the birth of our 3 kids (boys 7 and 6, dd age 2), I have been working part-time. We live in a very nice part of the mid-Ohio valley (well, actually, WV, but we can see Ohio from our street!) We usually take DVC trips every 12-16 mos....we hope to try HHI next year, just as something "different"! (We keep hearing such rave reviews!)

Next trip: VWL, Aug 11-22, 2002 (woo hoo!)

Cindy

Disney Doll
08-01-2002, 05:00 PM
DH is 44, I am 40, we have no kids, we have 200 points at OKW and are looking to buy 200 more somewhere soon. DH has been tossing around BCV...I can only hope!!!!!!!;)
I would consider us middle class in the income department...we both work, have a normal house(3 BR Cape, nothing fancy)in a nice suburban town.

sgtpet
08-01-2002, 05:26 PM
I am 32 and I am an Internal Audit Manager for a large insurance company in New Jersey. My 28 year old wife is staying at home with our 22 month old son. We both enjoy Walt Disney World in particular, she likes more of the other Disney things. We own a townhouse and have a pretty good life.


Update 9/10/02

In fact it is getting a lot better. My wife and I just found out we are preganant (actually she is the one who is pregnant). Looks like I will be looking at larger accomodations.

patsal
08-01-2002, 05:26 PM
Thanks for this thread...it is so hard to expalin that to DVC you do not have to be rolling in dough! We are a middle class family of four Me 35, DH 34, DS10 and DD7. We live in a suburban single home just outside of Buffalo, and have a duel income. DH is an engineer who specializes in software. I am a duel certified HS English teacher and Reading specialist. We are bogged down by rigorous schedules in the fall, winter and spring with sports, church activities, and the usual kid stuff. DH and I never had spectular vacations as kids. The fist time I went to WDW I was 26. Family vacations are a priority for us, especially since the kids grow up so fast. Right now we have 210 points, but I would like to get another 210 so that we can vacation generously with our children for many years to come.

DVC-Don
08-01-2002, 06:22 PM
I just hit the "half century" mark, my wife is early 40's. We started late with the kids who are only 10 & 11 now. My wife owns an insurance agency and I am a stay at home dad after a career in law enforcement. I also work part time as an agent for my wife. Neither of our parents went anywhere on vacation when we grew up. Family vacations are a priority in our household.:earsboy: :earsgirl:

DeeP
08-01-2002, 06:29 PM
This thread points out just how diverse DVC members are. I think I am the first single parent to post though. I bought into DVC, after years of going and paying for WDW resorts, when my kids were 13 & 15 they are now young adults in college. Once I sat down and figured out what I was spending to stay 10 nights at YC, Poly, CSR etc I thought this is crazy I could have bought DVC years ago, so I joined and it was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. My DVC needs though have changed a lot since joining because now I take many trips without my kids and I do not need as large of a unit so my DVC pts really stretch out and now I go 4 times a year!
Who am I and what do I do when I'm not in the land of Mickey? I own property in NJ where I live and work most of the year and also property in FL where I visit often and will one day make my year round home. I work for a large Health Care System in the Tri State area in Human Resources/Compensation Dept and I'm a Compensation Analyst. We live in a beautiful community 15 minutes from the So Jersey beaches but we are definitely middle class. I drive a Dodge Neon! For our family DVC has been worth every penny and then some.

Sue's Mum
08-01-2002, 06:40 PM
A struggling "middle-England" UK DVCer here. We started with 171 points, bought an add-on of 25 and are expecting FedEx here tomorrow morning with a contract for another 40 points. To say that we have had a bath, wash-hand basin and lavatory sitting in various part of the house for the last twelve months waiting until we have got the money together to have it installed and the bathroom tiled, redecorated etc. just about sums us up completely. Holidays before home!

By the way DH is 62 and retired, and I'm 57 and can't afford to retire - too many DVC points to buy.

MdmMim
08-01-2002, 06:54 PM
DH and I are just over that magical age of 50. :earseek: Kids have left the nest. ;) We joined DVC 2 years ago when DH told me he didn't care how often I went to WDW, as long as he didn't have to accompany me. :bounce: (He does visit WDW sometime!) We joined at the BWV and are just adding on at the BCV. DD is in her senior year at college and has used points during her winter break. DS has little or no interest in WDW at the present, although he may combine a stay at the BW with a trip to Daytona someday.

I retired 7 years ago and now work temp assignments to pay for my/our WDW "fixes." DH is in the medical field.

I truly appreciate where I am in life right now--I remember the days when I never for a minute thought we'd be able to afford to visit WDW--even once. Now we "own" a piece of the magic.

pluto109
08-01-2002, 08:31 PM
we live in the city..my wife is 45,I am 42..4 children ..one son three girls aged 23 , 21, 17,15..my wife is a teachers aid...I fix natural gas lines for a large company.. both of us are union workers....:D :) :) :) :) :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D next trip oct 20 ,,two bedroom at bcv:D

lsutigger2
08-01-2002, 08:54 PM
I think we're the first from the deep south (sorry if I missed someone). DH is an off-shore driller (gone 2 to 3 weeks at a time, and then home 1 to 2 weeks - it's not as bad as it sounds!! :p) I am an early care and development trainer and work for a non-profit agency. Childless, but we do have a dog!
Both between 45 - 50.

We bought DVC almost two years ago. We'd been to WDW several years in a row. DH likes to golf and staying in nice places. DVC fit the bill for us. No regrets. I work extra doing trainings to pay for our trips. Also have family who "don't get it". Maybe one day they'll be invited on a trip. :p

Thanks to all for sharing. It's nice to know your neighbors!

wordzylady
08-01-2002, 09:33 PM
We are looking forward to our first trip home at the end of September and then again in February. I am a court reporter and my husband is a laborer at a lumber yard. We have a son who is 13. We have been taking disney vacations since our son was 8 years old and finally took the dvc tour our last time in WDW. We had friends that are members, so we had heard about it. We considered it a great investment in good memories and family time. We could not believe we would be staying in those kind of accomodations. We usually stayed at the All Stars and one time at the Carribean Beach. Yes, it was a big financial commitment but I have no doubt we will gain much more valuable family time.

When we're not at WDW we spend family time at hockey games and college football games and a lot of time at the little league park.

sandieb
08-01-2002, 09:37 PM
What an interesting thread! We are new DVCers - in our 50's, kids grown, and have 4 grandkids and one in the oven. I am a recovery room nurse and my DH is a railroad engineer supervisor. We took our kids to Disneyworld only once as kids, then several times since. We love it there. We bought into BCV to provide vacations for us, the kids, and grandkids. We (finally) have a little extra - so we are able to do for them now what was so difficult to provide years ago. We settled one month ago, and I am already saving for an add on at Hilton Head. We sure have been bit by the Disney Bug.
Sandie - Freeland, Maryland

MBailey
08-01-2002, 10:02 PM
What a great group of people to be associated with in DVC membership. No wonder there are 60, 000 members.

As for our family we are 4, DH 40, DM 39 DS 10 and DD our own little Cinderella is 4. We bought an OKW resale with 200 points and have no regrets. My wife is an office associate with an investment firm and I am an automated controls mechanic (definitely middle income). We have been going to WDW for about the past 6 years regularly, so setting it up so it would be there every year makes sense.

The fact that we will always have a family vacation and the memories that go with it is priceless. One of my favorite memories are the moments just before Tinkerbell leaves from the castle. It makes us all feel that magic that is talked about so much.

Peggy Sue
08-01-2002, 10:29 PM
One thing that struck me as I was reading this thread is how the dynamics of this board has changed over the years. Names that I once know, I do not see on this thread, but I see a lot of new faces who have recently become DVC members.

There are several members on this board who purchased when DVC first opened. Sadly, we're not one of them. We joined in 1997, best decision we ever made.

When you look at the average DVC member, we are not in the majority. We are married without kids. We are middle-aged, and enjoy spending quality time together at disney and sharing the magic with family members...although, we like the guilty pleasure of going alone most of the time!

We are both in management, and live in a suburb north of Boston.

What drew us to DVC was the program itself. We toured several typical time shares and always walked away. When we sat down and talked with DVC we were amazed at the flexibility and the quality of the resorts.

What keeps us coming back to Disney? Stress! Our jobs come with lots of stress..and we find there is no better cure than driving through the gates of WDW....altough we do bring our laptop to stay connected, and our respective offices know how to reach us, there is something about the magic of disney that just melts all our cares away. We enjoy the resorts, parks and being with other happy families.

Initially, we thought we would use DVC to trade out to other places. Since 1997 we have only done this once..for a trade to Hawaii. We have enjoyed our DVC vacations so much, we find ourselves returning to WDW several times a year now. Prior to DVC we had only made three trips to WDW between 1985 and 1997. Since 1997 we have return 8 times, with another vacation coming up in early December. We've also gone to Vero and Hilton Head.

All of us have made the statement that others just don't understand why we keep returning several times a year to WDW. At least those of you with kids have some form of an "excuse"...but as two adults, we just shrug our shoulders and walk away smiling..because we know we've got years of wonderful vacations ahead of us..and there's not use trying to explain it to anyone......

Lesley
08-01-2002, 11:58 PM
I guess we're pretty average...family of 4, with kids who are 7yo and 2yo. We've both recently hit our 30's. Dh is a systems engineer and manager for an engineering firm. I'm a SAHM with a background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and I have my own business as a scrapbook consultant. We homeschool. Own a Geo Metro and a Dodge Caravan, but not a house. We rent the first floor of a very large, very old house.....mainly because we haven't decided where we want to settle!

Vacations are a priority for us, over pretty much everything except being home with the kids....luckily, and with DVC, we can manage both. We went to WDW for July 4th because it was cheaper than the beach!

greekboy32
08-02-2002, 12:18 AM
Hey Dreamfinder...
I have been reading all the profiles and I must say that I am a little out of the average here...I am 22 years old...I am graduating college in a week and a half. I am a cast member at the Disney Store near where I go to school. When I graduate I will be leaving the store :-( But Before I left I used the CM discount and MB to get an incredible price on the vacation club. I am not married, and I start my new job on Aug 12th (school teacher)so thats me! Having a blast too!!
Eddie

scott.campbell
08-02-2002, 12:44 AM
I'm 31 and my dw is 29, my ds is 5yrs old. We bought into DVC also on the 10 year financing option.

We are both supervisors for BP here in the UK, so I guess we are middle income. Although the same positions pays more in the States.

We all love our trips home to the DVC, and look forward to many years of happy holidays.

My only complaint is that Florida and the states could do with moving a bit closer to the UK. lol.

ghp918
08-02-2002, 01:21 AM
I am 24 years old and work as a Labor and Delivery RN. I am a college grad (Go Syracuse University) and do not have any children. I am the Disney nut in my family and I joined DVC (BCV Owner as of 02/02) because of the flexibility. I live with my Boyfriend and we both work very hard to maintain what we have and save for the future 42 years of vacations, the first DVC vacation comming up in 1 Week!

I do hesitate to tell people I am a member, because they think it is frivilous at my age and I am not responsible enough, can't afford it, or I instantly make "new friends" who look to me for a free vacation because they can stay at "my place"

Overall, I am so excited to be a new member and to meet my neightbors, you seem like a great bunch!

Bexx
08-02-2002, 06:10 AM
Another UK member here. We bought 210 points at OKW in March and I would dearly love to buy 40 points at BCV just to round it up nicely!! DH was very amenable about the original purchase, but is taking a lot of persuading about this next (hopefully) one. DH is 39 and is now doing something in computing?! having left events managment last year. I am 33 and a stay at home mum to our 2 year old DD. Nice house, elderly car and not too shaky financially, we are very lucky. Joining the DVC seemed ideal - we can now stay in beautiful self catering villas (I'm a big fan of self catering, especially with little ones) in such a wonderful place. Looking forward to taking our friends with us. I haven't actually told my Mum yet as she can't understand why anyone would want to go on holiday to Disney!?! It really does take all sorts!!! At least here I'm among friends.

Richyams
08-02-2002, 06:22 AM
You guys use such odd and cool phrases sometimes.

"self catering villas"

At first blush it sounds like you are saying DVC units come with a cook.....wonder what the dues for that would be.

I am assuming that it actually means 'with a kitchen'

Do you use that term to describe a house? Do all houses have kitchens? Does 'self catering' actually mean 'kitchen'?


Are you surprised that the term 'self catering' is not one many Americans are familiar with?

dianeschlicht
08-02-2002, 07:19 AM
We are a middle aged, middle class family. Our two children were already grown when we purchased, but one was stil at home. We just had a love of Disney, and knew that if we purchased a timeshare, it would be in WDW! We waited (sorry about that now) until we could pay for DVC in full so we wouldn't have finance charges. We realized that we were spending about $5000 per trip for 5-6 days in WDW every other year. It didn't take rocket science to figure out the cost effectivness of DVC. Now we stay 10-12 nights a year for our maintainance fees! We originally bought 230 points at OKW just before it sold out. We later added on 150 points when they replaced Comodore House with the new buildings.

I would say we are very middle class. DH is an electronics engineer (working in telecommunications) for Honeywell Inc. I have been in direct selling and also have BS in music, so I teach in a studio and groom dogs part time.

disney6
08-02-2002, 08:07 AM
We joined DVC after a good year of debate. Decision made when DH figured out we would always need 2 hotel rooms! Definately middle class folks here and happy. My DH is 43 (BS, Mech Engineering and MBA), I am 42 (retired engineer/stay at home mom), we have 4 kids (10 yr old boy, 6 yr old girl, 4 yr old girl and 3 yr old girl). Live in Canada but are US citizens (except the youngest- she's dual US/Canadian).
Going on 2nd cruise in October. Have never seen BWalk or Vero beach where we own (next year FOR SURE!) Bought 270 pts at BWalk site unseen (by phone) 2 years ago, went on cruise because of the special and bought 230 points at VB (couldn't pass up MB program-surprise and Merry Xmas to me!!). I am the vacation planner, hubby comes along for the ride! Have given up alot for me to stay home because we both want me to stay home and it has paid off tremendously (not $$ wise) for us. DVC is my "pay" if you want to call it that.

carone0318
08-02-2002, 08:48 AM
Great thread!

I would say that we are middle class also, but struggling just like most. Our entire family are disney fanatics.... I am (32) and dh will be (33) on 8/12. We have 2 children, dd will be (6) in 9/17 and my little man will be 18 months on 8/14 - my Valentine's baby.... We bought DVC 3 yrs ago. Our best friends also own DVC as does my brother and his family. We talk freely about DVC with my family, but my dh's family still has no idea because he doesn't want the "cheap advice" from his mom - how expensive it is blah, blah, blah... I told my dh that I want to vacation every yr because it is important to me. Growing up my family rarely went on vacation and I will do whatever it takes to take a family vacation every yr. Both of us are college grads, dh is an accountant with a sporting goods co and I am an inventory planner for a great co (GE). We make decent salaries, but sacrifices are still necessary. We live in a modest home, with no intentions to upgrade to a bigger house (rather vacation more.) I enjoy scrapbooking and being with my family. We usually go to DW once a yr, but this yr we got smart and purchased APs, which will allow us to be able to go in Dec and again next June, but we have to pay cash, not enough points for our Dec trip. We own 250 pts total - 150 pts at BWV and 100 pts at HH. It is great to be able to get to know everyone, I've enjoyed all of the bios :D

Alice Sr.
08-02-2002, 08:57 AM
Single mom of 2 DD's (soon to be 15 & 12) I bought originally because I wanted to make sure I would be able to take my girls on nice vacations every year and to a place I could feel somewhat secure as they got older and more indepentant. They have been given more freedom at the parks the older they get and I get a little time to myself. We pretty much always take one or two of their friends with us, and it makes for a wonderful time.


Alice

mickeys#1fan
08-02-2002, 09:15 AM
We're both from middle class families. Both consider DVC extravagant, especially after having celebrate DD's birthday at BWV last year. DW's best friend is a cast member and just doesn't understand our fanatacism.

I'm a pharmaceutical rep and DW is an executive assistant. We used to live in the Orlando area, and Disney is just a part of life for us. We still go at least twice a year, with side trips to HHI from time to time.

DVC made sense from the moment we saw it. We just couldn't afford it until 2000. It's a great way to vacation. Now we can go to WDW w/o being park commandos. In fact, by next Monday we'll be lounging around SAB - no parks this time. We did that last year for the first time and found that that can be just as magical a vacation!

Lhargus
08-02-2002, 09:49 AM
DW and I are in our early fifties. We have four grown children and four wonderful grandchildren. We have been in love with WDW since taking our honeymoon there.

DW is a retired (early) telephone operator and I am a corporate pilot who flies a demanding schedule worldwide. We love our DVC trips and almost always share them with family and friends.:cool:

tiffany123
08-02-2002, 10:30 AM
What an interesting thread! We are middle class empty nesters. We joined in October, 2001 and recently returned from a wonderful 19 night stay at HH, WDW, and VB. DH is a high school math teacher and cross country/track and field coach. He has been teaching for 32 years and is not ready to retire yet. I'm an RN but for the past 3 years I babysat our grandsons while our daughter taught part-time kindergarten. We have 3 beautiful grandchildren with another granddaughter due in about 4 weeks.
We considered DVC when the program first started but with 2 daughters nearing college age and knowing that weddings would be in the offing, we didn't buy until recently. We have 2 daughters, 2 wonderful sons-in-law and the beautiful grandchildren to share DVC with. Having made just one DVC trip so far, we can honestly say that we are very pleased with our purchase and our our subsequent add-on and can't wait until the grandkids are a little older so we can "share the magic" with them. (The oldest just turned 3)

MnParrothead
08-02-2002, 11:51 AM
We have owned for two years at VB. Yes, VB was our first choice with DVC. We planned on buying in 1996, but didn't feel like we could afford it yet so my husband went to school and then started a second career as a massage therapist. That's how we pay our payments and dues. I am 35, DH 36, DS's 15 and 10. We are middle class and have lived in the same starter home for 11 years. I have put off buying a bigger home because I love travelling so much that I don't think I could sleep at night if I couldn't afford vacationing a few times a year. I take the bus to work and my husband drives a 1996 Toyota with 200,000 miles on it. We also don't tell people we are DVC members, although we did bring our parents to VB last year and they loved it!

pwwhitehead
08-02-2002, 12:05 PM
i first went to Disney with my DW in March 2000.Ok i'm from the UK but it still cost me $3500.to stay at the All Star.Now im not a snob,but we loved the lpace so much we decidded to invest in DVC>This forces us to use our points and get a grerat vacation.

Home BWV,adore the place and the atmosphers.PS I'm a police officer and DW manages three sports shops.We valus our happy vacations.Even the 9 hour flight is great on the way Home

Pinnie
08-02-2002, 12:41 PM
Great thread and fascinating too!!

We bought into BCVs on our trip down over Easter this year. It is something we always wanted to do ever since we toured OKW way back in the mid 90s. We couldn't buy in then because we had 2 sons who were in high school and we knew that college expenses loomed in the not too distant future. With our oldest son graduating this past May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from LTU and the youngest DS in his junior year at Michigan State University, the finances finally came together for us to purchase this year.

We have vacationed at WDW too many times to even list, staying off site in those very early marriage years to save money ($9 a night at a place off I 4 in the mid 70s). Last year we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Disneyland and DCA with a wonderful group of friends.

DH is a program specialist for Daimler/Chrylser. His current project is weight management for the PT Cruiser convertible. I am a teacher in our local district. My classroom is Disney themed. We are the typical suburban family with a nice house in a great city. We tossed around purchasing a condo in FL, but realized that we could never leave our family ties up here and maintaining 2 places was beyond my scope. That is why the DVC was such a good fit.

In addition, we have a wonderful friend who is also a DVC owner and spoke so highly of the program. After staying in a 2 bedroom at OKW with him, it sealed it for us. When we were down at WDW in April of 2000 to watch our youngest march with his HS marching band at Disney's Magical Music Days, we found out that the BCVs were under construction and decided then and there that would be for us.

We bought 270 points to 'start' and plan on adding on when the new DVC at DD comes on line. We are also thinking about adding on a resale at OKW one of these days.

While some of our family up here considers our DVC a "bad investment" I just smile and nod...realizing that I have made a very GOOD investment in my family and any future grandchildren we may have. What better investment is there ????

I can't wait to see the look on DS's face when we tell him that he can use the BCVs for his honeymoon!!! SHHHHH now don't you all tell him!!!!

My only regret is that we couldn't to it sooner......


Pin
remember the magic

TheWho
08-02-2002, 01:01 PM
Great thread!!
I'm 38 and my wife is 35 and we have two DD (3 & 7). She's a teacher and I'm the typical middle management guy at a large company in NJ. (I feel like I'm on the wheel of fortune) I guess we're smack in the middle of the middle class. We're blesssed.

I read this board everyday. We joined DVC in 2000. Sometimes I post but always keep up on the news about DVC/WDW. Since going to WDW for the first time in '98, I have become obsessed in not just WDW, but Walt Disney the man himself. I continue to read any book about him and see him more than just a businessman, maybe some sort of visionary. Truely an amazing story and it continues.....

As you can see from my name, I'm also a long time loyal fan of The Who. I saw them play a reflective yet "life goes on" set in NYC last night. Remarkable. Like WDW, they have provided me with incredible memories and continue to be apart of my fabric.

Long Live Rock and WDW!!!!!!!!!!!

DVCajun
08-02-2002, 09:59 PM
LOL, Richyams! I know what you mean-- I see posts from our fellow members in the UK and I sometimes have to say, "huh?" It's pretty funny how our slang differs.

Maistre Gracey, keep your chin up-- your family will come. :)

We're a couple in our mid-thirties with a 16 month old little monster. I mean DS. We purchased DVC in 1998. Wanted to earlier than that but didn't have the means even *with* financing! I never regret buying in-- it has been such a rewarding experience. I'm such a Disney nut (as are most of you) that just the thought of "owning a piece of the magic" gives me a thrill. I'd pay for that alone! ;) We originally purchased a 150 point contract, and then added another 150 points a year later. I'd like to add on again, but DH insists on paying off our bills first. :rolleyes: What can I say, he's an engineer.

It's been great reading my neighbors' stories. We're a nice bunch 'o folks!

TDC Nala
08-02-2002, 10:49 PM
Guess I'm pretty atypical - single female, no kids, the membership's for my use and nobody else's. That has been a good way for a mid-level federal employee in the DC area to afford DVC.

ceejay13
08-02-2002, 11:12 PM
We are from Kansas. Not too many of us here in the heartland. We purchased in early 2000 and have added on twice since then. Both my DH and I are respiratory therapists. My DH is 43 and I am the older woman of 45. We have no children together but my DH has a 16 yo from his first marriage. We have been married for 13 years and we live to travel. I have a long love of all things Disney and as Mrs G said so well, there is nothing more special to me in the world as sitting on Main Street at the MK. Our friends give us the strangest looks when we tell them we have such relaxing vacations at WDW. Our only regret, we didn't buy in 1994, when we first looked at DVC.

nydizfan
08-03-2002, 12:04 AM
hello alll.

.......We became members in 1993. I am a chef. ( I hope by now). My wife is a RN. We love disney and got married in a GV at OKW in 1997. Cant say too much but disney is the greatest thing we have done . We have a 4 year old DS. We are members at OKW. We just love it... I am 38 and my wife is 41. We hope to have years of fun at disney.. one more thing.. 1 more year and its paid off...whooo hooo...............thanks...dave:cool:

Deb8821
08-03-2002, 12:37 AM
I'm the disney nut in our house. We are DH 35, me 41, DS twins 5, DS 2. DH is an operating engineer - construction (no college) and I'm an office manager (college degree) I have been doing Disney way back when I was single. Looked at DVC 2 times closely over the years and finally bought this year. Yeah Yeah I too say I should have done it sooner. DH isn't into disney and doesn't like to fly, so has only gone once in last 5 years. Mom and the boys have gone 10 or 12 times in 5 years. I like to go twice a year - one big trip one quick fix trip (or more if I can find a good airfare deal) Grandma usually comes with on the big trip 10-12 days. that starts to add up so the DVC really made financial sense. We are definately middle income. I did the 50% down and one year financing - it is a tight squeeze this year - but I love the feeling I will have it paid for in one year. Have a small home in a nice neighborhood - we have talked about a bigger place since the youngest was born . . .but . . would rather live in a smaller house and take the vacations I want. I dont think I will have to ever bank points - figure I will still have to watch the codes for at least my short trips!! I love the magic I get at disney and the planning just makes trip all that more great. Its great to meet everyone!

Johnnie Fedora
08-03-2002, 12:46 AM
I'm 38 have a M.S. in biology and am a molecular laboratory supervisor. DW 42 (goofy4wdw59) has a B.A. in psychology and is stay at home mommy. We have a 3yo ds and 4yo dd, and are expecting our final addition (dd to be named later) in Sept. We totally planned our 3rd addition around our DVC vacations. We are in our starter house which was/is a fixer-upper that will be undergoing a facelift and room addition soon. I plan on doing alot of the fix-up work myself, and paying myself with DVC points (which we already bought). We drive a 4 yo minivan and an 11 yo saturn. We don't eat out very much, and generally live a somewhat frugal lifestyle in order to afford DVC and vacations. We are definitely middle class (although sometimes it feels like we're sitting on the fence of the struggling middle class).

We vacationed at WDW several times pre-children, and stratigically avoided all of the DVC booths as we usually stayed offsite/onsite to cut costs. But after an $8000 DCL/BC vacation in 2000, we toured the VWL. We did not buy then, but bought before our next trip in 2001. With the kids, we decided that we would like to vacation at WDW frequently. DW and I never took consistent family vacations as kids, and it is something we have made a priority for our family!! We have added on 6 times in one year, and own at three resorts VWL, HH, BCV. Many people roll their eyes when they find out you're going to WDW AGAIN.

WDW is such a family friendly place, and provides our kids a very wholesome atmosphere to spend time in. Kids grow up so fast today and get a jaded world view very early :( I hope our kids recognize the importance of, and enjoy the innocence of WDW their whole growing up years. I can't imagine them not having happy memories from the 3 DVC vacations we've taken so far and the four more we have booked through Nov. 2003.

DVC is allowing us to plan things that would have been impossible to do otherwise. We have booked and GV and a 2br at HH for Thankgiving this year and are having a family vacation there with all immediate families (18 people total).:)

Let my tombstone read (many many years from now, preferably after 2042).....He REALLY knew how to vacation!! ;)

CarolynK
08-03-2002, 03:55 AM
Hi! I am 36 and stay at home with our two children, aged (almost) 7 and 5; my 37-yr-old husband is a physician.

Our first trip to WDW was pre-kids in 1995; my husband had passed the boards and wanted to go to WDW. Research for our next trip in '98 was done mostly on the DIS board (I think there was just one board back then!) and that's where I first heard about DVC!

In 1999 we bought 150 points at BWV sight-unseen. After returning from our '99 trip we added on 300 points, also at BWV.

My mother-in-law went along in '99 and we are taking my parents with us in March, but I don't see this as a pattern. Family and friends just don't share our interest in WDW (sounds familiar??).

DVC-Don
08-03-2002, 07:17 AM
We have been married for 20+ years now. I hit, and broke, the half century mark recently and my wife is 44. Both are college graduates and we have 2 children ages 10 & 11. My wife owns an insurance agency. I have had several "careers" but for the last 9 years I have been a stay-at-home-Dad. I now work part time for my wife as an insurance agent though. Neither of our families had done any vacation traveling when we were raised. Family vacations for us are a priority.

We started our WDW visits in 1990 with a one day visit to Epcot while staying offsite. In 1995 our onsite visits with children started with a stay at the BC. We finally took the "Tour" in December 2000 and bought at VWL then. Good lord I wish we had done it sooner!

Merilyn
08-03-2002, 08:10 AM
My twin sister and I decided to join after we stayed at OKW on a family vacation. Our mother joined with us along with my daughter. She had just turned 21 and at that time was the minimum age to be an owner. My sister and I are Medical Technologist at the greatest hospitals in Memphis. We live together and now have our handicapped brother with us after our mothers death 2 years ago. We had started taking family vacations several years before buying into DVC. We loved getting the whole family together every year. We stayed at OKW because we liked having a kitchen to save on food and because of our brother. After we got home and talked about the next years plan, we decided in check into what appeared to be a vacation club at OKW. We had not gotten the tour, but thought there was something there. We joined over the phone and have never regreted it. A few fact about our family-my daughter is a vet and going back to school to get her PhD to do research. My son is a computer engineer at a major computer chips company. We still try to get together yearly but it has become harder with the kids jobs and school. We have many more years of trips and lot more family memories to share. It is the greatest!!!! Oh, by the way we are in our 50's and have been members since 94. My son joined on his 21st birthday. Mom gave him her place as a present.

timC
08-03-2002, 10:05 AM
My turn! Are we the first Canadian's to check in? We bought our BWV contract when we were still living in the Toronto area. Both DW and I are born and raised in southern Ontario in/near Toronto. With the state of the Canadian currency, we paid a major premium to enjoy the DVC life.

We have made a good living in the high-tech industry. Infortuately, DW is recently unemployed from a defunct dot.com company. She'll jump back into the rat-race at the end of the summer. I work for an enormous high-tech company in Houston Texas (can you guess which one?).

We relocated to Texas, 2 years ago. Love the USA, and Texas. WDW is now within driving distance for us, so we feel the pull even more....Sooo... we bought some more! Our second contract is at VWL. This is my favorite place on earth. It so much reminds me of my childhood summers at the cottage.

Our to children DS11, DS8 are creating childhood memories even more magical.

scootersmom
08-03-2002, 10:21 AM
Very interesting reading about everyone.
We're a pretty typical family, I believe. I'm 47, DH is 41. I have two grown children from my first marriage, DD23 and DS26. We also have a DS9, the only one still at home. Our daughter and her husband presented us with a beautiful granddaughter in January, so add her to the list.
DH is a dept. manager for a machining corp., I work part-time a couple of hours in the evenings cleaning offices. They pay me well for what I do, and that more than covers our DVC expenses. Previously, I was a retail store manager, but first requested a demotion with reduced hours, and then eventually resigned to stay home with our youngest when he was a year old. I just couldn't see having him at the sitter's sometimes up to 12 hours a day.
We live in a small city, summer band concerts at the gazebo, that kind of thing. Bought an almost-century home as a fixer-upper, so we're constantly 'under construction', steaming wallpaper,etc. (Ten layers off the living room, ceiling and walls! OMG!!)
We both had family vacations as kids, mostly camping or visiting relatives. Both come from large families.
Just bought DVC last fall and added on this spring, which was good timing for us. DD graduated college in December last year and DS9 has a way to go, so we're paying off the financing in between. Also started a prepaid college tuition program for the youngest. Live and learn.
We love the fact that DVC will assure we take our vacations, and we can share with our families. We had DD, son-in-law, granddaughter, my parents and one of my sisters with us at HH last month and had a wonderful time. My parents will be joining us at OKW over New Year's week. Since we're scattered all over the country, this is a great way to get us together more often, but also looking forward to going by ourselves at some point.

sloneta
08-03-2002, 12:24 PM
I am Tara. DH (Kevin) and I bought in to the BCV when I was at a seminar in February. I have been going to Disney all my life (WDW opened Oct. 1971, and that's when I was born), but DH had never been until our honeymoon.

I am an attorney at what is considered a large firm in Detroit, and DH is an underwriter for an HMO. Based on income alone, we are probably lower upperclass, but with student loans and such, I consider us more middle class. We don't have any kids, but we do have nieces and nephews that we love to spoil.

Our first BCV trip will be in September for our 5th anniversary, and we already have the second trip planned for next May.

WDWguru
08-03-2002, 02:27 PM
DH (WDWguruDH) and I are THINKers (two healthy incomes, no kids) and both 31. I've been going to WDW my whole life (since it opened) while DH grew up with Disneyland. I took him on his first trip back when we were dating and he fell as much in love with it as I always have been. We started going multiple times a year about five years ago and just bought into DVC in December. As everyone says - wish we'd have done it sooner! We are having fun spending our points and have three trips planned with extended family, but enjoy going on our own and staying in a 1 bedroom as often as we can.

I grew up in Missouri and Florida, DH is from all over. Ended up in Salt Lake City about 10 years ago due to a job transfer and just fell in love with the climate and mountains. DH works with 911 computer/dispatch protocol systems and I am a Web designer for a major newspaper (and do freelance work at home).

Muushka
08-03-2002, 04:05 PM
OK here goes. I am 48 (ouch!) and my husband is a few years younger than I. We celebrated our 10th anniversary this past April with the mouse :D . I am a burnt out medical technologist. I have done it for 26 years and now work part time for LabCorp. My husband was an aerospace engineer, but became unemployed, so he went back to school for a degree in software engineering. Hoping he does not become unemployed :( .
Oh yeah, we don't have any children, but we are both just big kids, so who needs little ones ?;)

We bought into DVC in Dec of 2000 (when VWL began selling).

What is our profile?

Well, we are certainly not rich, but because of pretty careful money management we are able to take at least 2 Disney/USF trips a year. To be honest, I cannot get my husband to travel to any other place in the world but WDW! I guess there could be much worse things to complain about ;) .

jimmytammy
08-03-2002, 10:45 PM
We are thirtysomethings with two elementary aged children. We( me especially ) became instant WDW fans in 99 on our1st trip. I am a partner with my Dad in construction business but we live by middle class standards. In fact I work extra hrs. cleaning, building and installing cabinets and small carpenter jobs on weekends and nights to pay for DVC.
My DW will soon be homeschooling our son(developmental concerns that public school cant fix) while our DD is smart as a whip. DW worked PT for CPA firm until just a few days ago.
Reason we joined DVC is family time is important and we enjoy each treasured trip so far to WDW so we wanted to guarantee many more in the coming years. In fact we are on a long weekend getaway as I write and I was commenting to DW earlier how much better our kids do at WDW than anyplace else we go.

dvc_bwv
08-03-2002, 11:15 PM
DH 45 and me 51, married not quite 2 years. We are middle income. I'm a legal secretary and DH is a PC board designer for a telecommunications company. I have 4 grown children from first marriage and 3 grandkids. DH was never married before, no kids. Just the two of us and we purchased DVC while on our honeymoon at WDW in 2000.

We both love WDW as you can see from my signature as to how often we vacation there...it's the best place in the world!! :D We used to go about every 18 months or so, now we go at least twice a year!! We both wish we'd have done it sooner. DH actually did all the research here on the boards and was convinced it was the right thing but I wasn't sure until we took the tour. He was surprised that I was so easily sold on it, but it just makes so much sense!! Initially we bought 210 at BWV and did a 40 point add on 2 months later before we ever used it. Our first DVC trip was last November and we did a 100 point add on at VWL.

Like so many others, nobody understands why we "keep going back to WDW. You go so often, how can you keep going back?" They just don't get it!! People can go to the beach year after year and nobody thinks anything about that, but when you go to WDW year after year there must be something wrong with you! Those who think that have never been there and I always say "Don't knock it til you try it!"

SueOKW
08-04-2002, 09:11 AM
Middle class.. I work - a director at a large insurance company, DH doesn't.. our first child (a son, now12) was injured just prior to birth, so he has severe spastic qudrapalegic cerebral palsy. This is why I kept the job with the good insurance, and why we have a stay at home dad. The other two girls (10, 7) are just your average kids. (and frankly, are a lot more trouble than their brother!!!)

We found WDW to be the perfect vacation spot for us in 1997. A travel agent (oh how naive was I???) booked us in to OKW due to our need for space and a kitchen. We fell in love with the place.

Our son loves the rides, loves the Mouse, and as a rule, WDW is very handicap accessible. We realized that as long as Kevin can enjoy this we need to go every year to give him some fun. Then I learned how expensive it was to stay on site in a place with a kitchen, making yearly trips impossible. ($3,000 for a week!!) So, we bought DVC within about 7 months of our first trip, and haven't looked back.

Like many before me, most of my family does not know we've done this - as it implies rolling in dough - when actually, our current present enjoyment is much more important to us all than our future.. we kind of go one day at a time... so we've gone into hock to do this. It was easily the best decision we've made. No regrets that we pamper ourselves once a year!!!

Sue
(depressed Tribe fan, but will never give up!!!)

all4fun
08-04-2002, 11:41 AM
We're both'32. We joined in October of 1999, with 152 pts. at BWV. We are currently waiting for our add-on of 150 pts at OKW to be recorded.

We've been married for almost ten years and had enjoyed several Disney vacations before deciding to buy at the Boardwalk. We have not been blessed with children.

We stopped to talk to a CM at a DVC kiosk in MK on one of our trips to Disney and spontaneously decided to go see the presentation. If you had asked me at that time, I would have said, it's too expensive, but we were curious.

We were so impressed with the no pressure salesman and when we looked at the figures we decided that (with financing) we could afford it!

Anyway, John workes for the State, and I am a repair technician for a local Telco. We live in the small "starter" home we bought five years ago and have almost got both of our cars paid off (so we can afford the add-on!) We consider ourselves to be normal, middle class folk and that maybe the fact that we don't have children has helped us to have a little extra spending money for vacations. It also blows people's minds that we would want to own at DVC since we don't have any kids of our own, but they just don't understand!

We have enjoyed the "guilty pleasure" of many Disney vacations with no other company, just the two of us, however we have just started "borrowing" our neices and nephews to take with us. It is so wonderful to see them get excited about it. We took one of our nephews last Sept. and are taking his two sisters (twins) in Dec. It is so wonderful to be able to share with them something they wouldn't normally be able to do. We plan on enjoying (and sharing with others) our membership for many years to come.

disvaclub92
08-04-2002, 11:50 AM
In 1990, my family and my boyfriend (future DH) traveled to WDW. We stayed at Fort Wilderness, future DH was sure that WDW would be boring and he would never want to come back again. <He was a annual visitor to the Jersey Shore>.

Well, the magic hit him hard. From that year on we have been to WDW every year and stayed at better resorts each time. In 1991 and 1992, we stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club. This is when we saw the presentation and bought into it.

We now have two DG (6 and 4) and they have been there every year of their life. We love coming to WDW. DH and I plan our next trip almost before we have taken our last one.

This year we added on BCV.

OKW91
08-04-2002, 02:46 PM
My wife and I are both Disney nuts, have been since we were kids! that was a long time ago! We are retired now, going on 3 years, middle income folks, no college. Have 2 children, 4 grandchildren, part of our plan for buying into the DVC was for family trips, everyone together, we have had 3 such trips so far! Both of our children have made several visits on there own to OKW, and we visit several times each winter so we are getting our money's worth out of it.
We bought into the vacation club in Dec 91couldn't pass up the free park tickets till 2000, we have made2 add ons since then and have convinced some friends tobuy into it! They thank us everytime we see them!
I was lucky to have a postion before I retired that allowed me to travel around the world, and we both have seen alot, so all of are trips now are to WDW! It's the happiest place, and only place we wish to visit! Traveling is fun but just being at OKW is good enough for us!!

WDWDad
08-04-2002, 03:39 PM
We'll at the risk of sounding repetative. We purchased DVC in 97. DW was 31, I was 33. We had DD at the time, Two DS followed. Like everyone we believe we are of middle class background although I'm not completely sure what the boundaries are.

We love visiting Disney and usually manage two vacations per year. I am in construction and own my own Co. My wife has been home with the kids, but recently began sub. teaching again. We find that we have the desire to see other places , but if pressed we would just as soon be back at Disney.

I find it strangely reasurring that there are other folks out there who are just as crazy as we are. we have tried to explain to others the Disney Attraction. Most just don't understand. We have had the pleasure of taking many family members and friends with us to OKW. Then they get it !!!! One even bought.

Later this month I will be giving my most valuable employee, and friend, A honeymoon at OKW. Our membership has been worth every penny!

JVL1018
08-04-2002, 03:50 PM
DH and I first went to WDW together on our honeymoon in 1992 and we were hooked, have been going back once or twice a year since.
I am 30 and DH is 35. We have a daughter that will be celebrating her 3rd birthday in WDW this October and a son who will be ONE Sep. 5th. I have not worked since a month before our daughter was born.
DH is an assistant controller for a commercial real estate management firm here in NJ right outside of NYC.
We are middle class, don't own our own home, rather we share a 2 family with my elderly FIL. We are in the midst of movng downtairs(he's moving up) as downstairs has 3 bedrooms(upstairs only has 2), plus a playroomin the basement etc etc.
We bought DVC(BWV) while I was pregnant with our oldest,sight unseen. I'd say I wished we had done it sooner, but as we LOVE the BWV,'m happy we didn't join too early before they were built(much as I adore OKW, I'm thrilled BWV is our home).
We paid cash for our initial 170 poins, then cash again for a 30 point add on. Now with a new kitchen/new bath/new carpet/new furniture for the move and only 1 income, we financed 100 HH points last year and are waiting to hear back from DVC about a 25 point BWV add on(which is smal enough to be paid wth cash)
I was middle class growing up, DH was upper middle. My dad was a mechanic, his an account executve. My family made vacation time and family time a priority, his went on vacation together maybe 5 times growing up. Guess which side of the family we're emulating? <g>
I haven't gone a year without a vacation since I was born..and since DH met me, he hasn't missed a year either.
;) It is a HUGE prioriy for us to get away and spend time together..and we've gone other places, but always end up spending more $$ and saying during the vacation how we wished we were at WDW.
Even a week at the shore cost more, it's ridiculous.
Thank God my dh loves WDW as much as I do!
There are 2 things tha I think it's worth skimping to get:staying home with my kids and going to WDW, and we found away to do it. We reprioritized some things but to us it's worth it!

mmmcq
08-04-2002, 05:17 PM
My family moved from MA to FL when I was a senior in high school, but my dad had worked part of the winter managing retail stores in Jupiter and Palm Beach for years before that. So we visited DW as a family when it first opened. Honestly, I don't remember much about those visits except there weren't as many attractions! When I was in college up north everyone wanted to come home with me over vacations to visit Ft. Lauderdale and Disney World. I can't remember how often I visited DW in the 70's and early 80's, but it had to be at least 10 times. I never stayed at a resort, however. As a family we stayed off site and I just drove up for the day with my high school or college friends.

After our first two children were born we took our first trip as a family to DW when my husband had a conference in Orlando. With a group of friends also attending the conference, we stayed at Westgate Lakes and had a wonderful 2-3 days together in the park and poolside at the condos. We had such a good time that we came back 1-2 years later and stayed onsite at Caribbean Beach. This was also a wonderful trip, but I thought at CB the rooms were way too small for us.

In 1999 my in-laws gave us a week of timeshare to use and we converted it to Westgate Lakes again for a 7-10 day stay in April. Our big girls didn't know it then, but I was two months pregnant on that trip and had to spend a few mornings in bed "resting" while they went alone with Dad to Disney or Sea World. When we first arrived we had said to each other that this would be our last trip until our unborn child was at least 4 and able to enjoy the park with us. But we were having such a great time on that trip that we actually considered buying a timeshare at Westgate Lakes. Then we stopped and said.....we should really look into the DVC while we're here. And 48 hours later we signed on at BWV.

We've never been any good at bugeting in general, never mind putting money away each year for a vacation. I was tired of paying for our vacations on credit cards. Right now we plan a vacation at DW every other year for 7-10 days. I'd like to go more often and am envious of others who can get there 2-3 times/year!

This year our plans got caught up in the aftermath of 9/11. We were purchasing two rooms with cash with friends as part of group trip for 4/02 from my kid's school. We put some DVC points into a 3rd room for a babysitter and our teenage girls. When the trip fell through, we got all our money back, but our DVC points were put in a holding account and had to be used by 10/31/02. It wasn't something anyone of us could have forseen. So in order not to lose those points we gave up a rental of an island beach house in late August and instead will be heading soon to the Yacht Club for 5 days and then Vero Beach for 5 days. We're looking forward to the different venues.

We purchased DVC points because our lives are soooo busy we don't plan vacation time. And after the deaths of both my parents at a young 65 and a miscarriage I started forcing us to take time as a family. I needed to get away and it seemed the easiest vacation for me to plan was one to Disney. In the past couple of years I've added to our repertoire of family vacations, but the ones I love the most with our kids are at DW. Our 2 1/2 year old is soooooooo ready for DW, we know we are going to have a wonderful visit there in a couple of weeks. (And this time I purchased trip insurance for both the points and the airfare!).

mrace
08-04-2002, 05:35 PM
Dreamfinder2,

We have been going to Dis for about 24 years now. First started to go when we lived in Michigan - now we live in South Florida. Have lived here for about 22 years now. Our 3 kids have grown up and moved away on us. We just purchased BCV in July and am closing on OKW in September. All of our kids have grown up and moved away on us and it seems that it's easier to meet at Disney then to come down here. Wonder why?:bounce:

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ncligs
08-04-2002, 07:14 PM
This is a great thread and will add our post also. We just bought into DVC in early 99(OKW). After my sister had brought us down in a GV for a week at OKW back in 97. She was the 1st in our family to buy (1995-OKW). After seeing what DVC is all about, we decided to buy:) . Now 4 members of my family our DVC members.
My wife(46) is a high school teacher and I(47) work for GM in Lordstown,Oh. We will both be retiring in 5 yrs at the age of "52".
We both love to travel, and we have 1 son(28) 1 daughter 16, with our 1st grandchild due in Oct. We love to bring family down and friends. We also love to go to other places as well. We just got back today from Nags Head, NC., and went to San Antonio in early July to visit relatives. But we love going to a DVC resort the most!! You know everything at DVC will be 1st class!!!
We were lucky enough to not have to finance our DVC. So just paying the dues is not that bad for us. We plan on staying every Jan down at a DVC resort after we retire. For now we go at least 2-3 times a year. We plan on enjoying DVC many more years and leaving it to our children and grandkids to enjoy.:)

colleen costello
08-04-2002, 11:41 PM
Don't hate me, but... "I won the Disney lottery!" We went this past March with my parents and they bought DVC and put it in my name. How's that for great? DH works at Indiana University and I am a Mom. Kids are 8 and 4. NO WAY we could afford DVC. My parents took us down in March -- we stayed in a Wilderness Cabin at FW -- and on our very 1st day we went for the DVC presentation. My parents bought it just like that, and my Dad, ever the curmudgeon, said "Put in their names so the nursing home can never get it!"

I truly feel like I won the lottery. My parents gave the most wonderful gift to my kids, and when I get down, I remember, "I'm going to Disney World!"

It's all I can do to save for the trips even when the lodging is free. We don't go to the parks every day and we eat off-property a lot. No fancy meals, and we drive down to save money. But as everyone knows, just being there is enough! I think DVC is a wonderful thing if you can afford it. Thanks, Mom and Dad! Looking forward to all being together in a 2-bedroom at BCV in March 2003!

Dreamfinder2
08-05-2002, 12:36 AM
I just spent the last several minutes reading through all these posts in sequence, and you can't imagine what a blast it's been getting to know y'all (here in the South, we put a high premium on being "neighborly!")

At any rate, I just wanted to offer a thought. You know how we get those occasional posts from the Disney lover who's having trouble convincing the unconvinced husband or wife that DVC is the way to go? Just refer them to all of our neat bios, and the "whys" of why we purchased. It's pretty compelling stuff, actually. I'd guess that somewhere along the way, they'd see themselves in one of our current members.

"It's a small world, after all..." - and here's proof!

pwwhitehead
08-05-2002, 04:58 AM
From a brit who uses strange terms,no offence meant to our cousins over the water.

If we stay at a holiday location which we describe as Self Catering.This means the location provides cooking facilities which allows the persons to buy there own food and cook.Just as you would in our own home.If the place provides no cookinf utilites at all.We would be staying in a Room Only.Say All Star Resourt.

Or even half board or full board.Thats where the hotel provides food included in the price.Hope that explains things better.About out strange terms LOL

eva
08-05-2002, 06:13 AM
I just sat down and read all of this thread at once. What wonderful and diverse people we have here.

I am 39 and DH is 38. We have two DDs, 19 and 17. We were only 19 and 18 when we got married. We supported each other through college, so the money was tight.

We bought in 96 during our second trip to WDW. It's funny because DH had to drag me to the presentation. We didn't have too much money at the time and I thought that we would never be able to afford it. I had just graduated with a BS in math the previous year and was teaching high school. DH was a technical programmer with an insurance company. Both of us with plenty of student loans.

The Lord has definitely blessed us since then. Now I am a training manager at a computer training company and DH is head of Systems at the same insurance company. We still live in the same starter home that we purchased 15 years ago. We have remodeled it , but feel that our money is best spent taking our DDs on great vacations. The oldest is a college student starting her sophmore year with a major in graphic design. The youngest will be graduating HS this school year.

And we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary on August 14th!

bres@westernMA
08-05-2002, 12:03 PM
We are in our early 50s, have been married for 29 years (as of yesterday). Have two DDs, the oldest got her Masters this year. She is a preschool special needs teacher and is recently married. They plan to have grandkids but not just yet. The youngest got her Bachelors last May. She is working at the beach as a waitress this summer and will be looking for a permanent job, next month. I am a manager in Finance at a software business, my wife is a secretary at a local college.
We joined DVC, about five years ago. My wife was the driving force. She and both girls are very comfortable at WDW, they have gotten me to love it too. It is way more flexible than the timeshare that we own in the Bahamas.

erikthewise
08-05-2002, 01:52 PM
I am a math professor (50) and DW is a stay-at-home mom (45) with an accounting degree she'll eventually put to use. We have DS 8 and 5. We just bought BCV and I fully intend we'll both be around to watch our membership expire! We went in 92 and 94 but hadn't been back until last Dec, now hoping to make an annual trip to WDW.

Actually 60,000 people isn't that many and it would certainly be possible that we are all millionaires in DVC, but obviously that's not true. I am still living in my first house and still driving my first car, 14 years old! (DW and boys use the "new" car.) We live economically the rest of the year so don't mind splurging a little on vacation. DVC membership was a lot less than a vacation home or new car or other things that the "rich" people indulge in.

GraceDVC
08-05-2002, 04:38 PM
My DH, DD, DS and I have been coming to WDW since 1980, usually staying in the Contemporary every other year. When they became teenagers, they each wanted to bring a friend along, so we took three rooms at the CBR (for the price of one room at our beloved Contemporary). After the CBR, we tried different resorts, finally realizing that belonging to DVC would save us money, afford us a chance to return to the Contemporary occasionally, and also be able to have extended family join us.

As of the end of this month, my DH will be retiring from his position as a technical director with NYC's civil service; I retired early after 9/11, after having worked in a Wall Street area law firm as its manager for 20 yrs. We are both hard-working middle-class people with a love for taking vacations yearly. Now we may be able to visit the Mouse twice a year!

Both children are now married; our DD and her husband have an adorable almost-three-year-old son (our first grandchild). Our DS and his wife are expecting their first child at any moment! So, our investment in DVC will get even more use now!

For all you empty-nesters out there, it is not too late to purchase DVC -- for yourself and for your family members who will love you for thinking of them.

ripleysmom
08-05-2002, 09:05 PM
We bought into DVC in 2000. I was tired of staying in small cramped hotels and trying to find restaurants to eat at with my tired children bouncing off the walls after the park. While I loved staying onsite, I was ready for a suite hotel or a condo.

That is when we toured DVC and I found that we could have the best of both worlds. It's been great!!

DH, 45, is a technical sales engineer for IBM. I am 43, and a CPA who is a flaming liberal. I work part-time consulting on accounting systems. I am also a PTA co-president. We have 2 children DS, 10, and DD, 6.

Aurora2000
08-05-2002, 10:49 PM
Well we are a married couple ( 17 years---- high school sweethearts) , misplaced new yorkers living outside princeton Nj. Two DSs 10 & almost three. Hubby trades NASDQ stocks ( yes we are having a tough few years here!) He is a real life Prince.

After working for 13 years , I am a fulltime Mom now who spends her time advocating for my eldest son who is learning disabled and playing with my baby . I do charity work both locally and on the state level. and going to grad school soon!
( of course cooking cleaning ( ok I have HELP there) and pet care are my responsibilities too!)

I am a former director of a wall street firm but that seems ages ago. College grads History major........... we get lost in book stores for hours and the kids like them too! Normal middle class folks here.

Oh yes we have a dog and cat and on the hunt for a kitten!

We always loved Disney. We have been there many times. We also wanted a beach house. Disney was affordable to us.
I never got the impression people would think we were rolling in the dough because of belonging to DVC .

We did just buy a 2002 Tahoe which we drove down with this past JUNE it was wonderful.

We are all very happy here we have it and economically it is great for us because we were always spending alot of money on hotels. We all love disney even my baby boy who fell asleep with his Mickey sorcerrer hat on tonight.

Lyndarella
08-05-2002, 10:57 PM
I've enjoyed reading this the last couple of days!

When travel became cheap after 9/11, we took our 1st family vacation in 5 years, to WDW. Neither of our teens liked it (or 5 years ago either!) We stayed off-site in a fabulous 2 bedroom villa and attended a sales presentation. When we returned home, we looked into resales. I wanted DVC and DH wanted another one. So as a compromise, we bought both! Got DVC through Disney, to use their financing and MB. DH and I went without kids this spring and stayed both places!

DH is 48 and is a computer systems administrator for the state. I am 5 years older and work in a child care center with infants (truly a dream job.) We've reached the point where we've already moved into the better house, paid it down, refinanced, paid off our cars, and are ready to go into debt again! Now our biggest trip expense is getting there!

sueg
08-06-2002, 09:09 AM
I had to read every post before I joined in. We're long-time OKW owners ('93- 7 great yrs. of free passes) w/ a later add-on at HH. DH is 50 and I am 48. I convinced him to do a Big Red Boat cruise/WDW combo for our honeymoon. His first trip to WDW & he was hooked to a point where he is more of a disneyaholic than me. I'm the planneraholic. We have two wonderful DSs (15 & 7) who were raised on disney & are still really into it, thankfully!
We are both attorneys in the public sector. We are comfortable, but far from "rich". We have two priorities- our sons attend private school & we enjoy good vacations (2 per yr. -WDW in March & HH in Aug.) Last Aug, we used pts. to go to DL as part of a Calif. trip & loved it. We like to add spring training baseball to the March trip. We drive to HH & use that trip to enjoy east coast history--Wash.DC, Richmond VA, etc. This yr., it's Baltimore.
We love DVC & consider ourselves blessed w/ a wonderful family & a wonderful place to build family memories. We've given up, a long time ago, expecting any member of our extended families to understand the joy we get from DVC.

living la vida mickey
08-06-2002, 09:11 AM
Great Thread!!!
We've been members since 1993!!! It's the best purchase we've ever made. We're definitely middle class. My dh and I have been married for 32 years and our ds is 22 and finishing school in about a month. I'm a middle school teacher and my dh is an investor relations consultant (tough times right now). We've had wonderful disney vacations over the years including a 7 day cruise, 4 nites at the Plaza to celebrate our 30th (that's where we honeymooned), sending my parents on a cruise for their 50th, taking them down with us to WDW or sending them on their own.
We love OKW, but we sure miss those passes that we had!!!
We look forward to many more years of visiting WDW.
Maybe if things get better we can do an add-on.

Jacksmom99
08-06-2002, 08:00 PM
DH is 31 and I am 30. We have 2 children, DS 3 and DD 11 weeks old who is making her first trip home in 10 days. I am a high school teacher who works in a school for emotionally and behaviorally disordered children. DH works for a private social service agency dealing with the same type of children and their families. So, no we are not rich by any means. We are middle classers who live paycheck to paycheck and bought into DVC so we could prepay vacations. Both DH and I grew up in lower to working class and it was extremely important to him to provide our children with a Disney vacation every year because that was so out of reach to him as a child. We own a small home we bought from relatives and never buy new cars.

I also get embarassed talking about our Disney vacations to people. There are events and things we sacrafice during the year in order to pay for Disney, but people sometimes look at me funny when I say sorry we can't afford .......... right now. Oh well, my extended family has written me off as a looney liberal who had the nerve to move to Massachusetts (from Maine) and worse yet, MARRY someone from there!!!!!!!;)

Hey Credit Man....we are also arriving on the17th. That's our 6th anniversary. I will be at the BCV that night with the kids, but if you happen to be near the ESPN club, DH and MIL will be there decked out in their World Champion NE Patriots gear watching the game. Checkit out if you can, DH is a one man comedy routine and plans to razz the guys in the booth who told him last August that the Pat's didn't have a chance. P.S.ifyou'e a Jets fan that'll be evn funnier!!!

Kayceegee
08-06-2002, 09:14 PM
When DH and I married in 1995 I suggested we go to WDW for our honeymoon. He turned pale, but since he loved me he said OK (he had been once before, middle of July, stayed off site and HATED it--I would have too!). We stayed at the Yacht Club and he loved it. Went again in 1997 and bought BWV then.

DH is 49 and I am 50. We are both nurses; he works in Home Health and I in a hospital in Surgery. DH has grown children from a prior marriage and we love taking the grand kids to Disney, but we love going by ourselves, too.

Like most everyone, we have fairly stressful jobs and vacations are a priority for us. We will do without some things, but never will do without vacations. DVC works perfectly for us.

I feel proud to be among such good neighbors.

Karen

Boo
08-06-2002, 10:09 PM
DH and I are avid travelers which is why DVC appealed so much to us. We liked the idea of traveling to many different places and WDW once in awhile. DH and I met while we were studying abroad in Rome senior college year and we've been traveling together every since. We love Morocco at Epcot Center because we spent 1 week backpacking through it. We are the type that would rather spend our extra money on vacations than bigger tv's, cars etc.

We bought a few years ago, we both just turned 31. We have a 2yr old DD, and a 1 MONTH old little boy. We've already taken DD to WDW this past Feb. and looking forward to another family pilgrimage to the mouse in 2004.

DH is a grill buyer for a corporate hardware store. I'm a stay at home mom that works part time from home for a dsl company. We live in the Chicago burbs and try to take advantage of the great culture, restaurants, and overall atmosphere in the best US City!!!

Our parents thought we were foolish buying into a "timeshare deal". Since we've taken them to Hawaii and Concierge exchanges, they've changed their tune and have graciously offered to take the kids to WDW :-)

Granny
08-06-2002, 10:40 PM
Kayceegee (Karen)....thanks for taking the plunge and making your first DIS post. Please don't make it your last!

You summed up nicely what makes DVC such a great investment...vacations are very important. It took me too many years to realize how important they are for the family, and for my own health and energy levels.

nezy
08-07-2002, 12:57 AM
DH-38-FDNY for 17yrs.-Irish Catholic, Conservative
Me-36-teacher-at home w/ 3kids7,6, &4-Irish Catholic, Conservative, college-educated(MS in reading). For us family is VERY important. We like to travel and we do not have a lot of things. All I want for Christmas are more points!!

As a child we never took vacations. Dad had at least 2 or 3 jobs at a time. We lived in a beach community so vacation was going to the beach. No complaints from me. However, going to the beach in Jan. or Feb. living in NY requires some travel.

Dh & I have always felt that winter trip was a great way to rujuvinate. We are by no means rich-DH, 38, is a fireman FDNY and I am a teacher currently home w/ the kids doing odd-jobs to help pay for our trips "HOME" to the World.

I agree it is sometimes awkward to tell people we go to Disney every year, but it is definately more affordable and worthwhile than trying to scramble for a " bargain vacation" and try to do everything in one shot.

It seems for all of us no matter the demographics, family, vacation, and Disney are important!

Tootsietoo
08-07-2002, 02:21 AM
We have been traveling to WDW with our children almost every year since 1978. We joined the DVC in 2001. When choosing between material things (such as a bigger house, a new kitchen, etc.) or creating beautiful memories, we always choose the memories. I realize that going to WDW every year wasn't exactly cheap, but my kids will remember those trips forever, not the new carpeting!

My husband is a retired school administrator, presently doing consulting; and I am a teacher. We are both in our mid-fifties. Up until now, there was no way we could afford DVC. I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest entered first grade, and since 1991 have been putting our three children through very expensive private colleges (Go Irish!). My youngest just graduated. Perhaps if Disney had started selling DVC in the 80's, financing would have been an option for us. We spent a few thousand a year on Disney anyway; but when college tuition time rolled around, it was just not possible.

The main reason that I bought into DVC was to guarantee that my grandchildren will have those same wonderful memories as my children. My first grandbaby's trip to WDW will be this Christmas, and I can't wait!

This thread has been very interesting. Thank you!

ncligs
09-07-2002, 05:50 PM
Wondered if any new DVC'ers would like to add to this thread.....:D

jasmine206
09-07-2002, 06:34 PM
We are currently a family of 4 - me 34, DH 29, DDs 6 and 4 - trying to decide if there will be any other additions! DH is a firefighter for our city and I am an ER nurse practitioner who currently sells pharmaceuticals. Fireman and nurses don't have great hours, and I wanted to be home every night to eat with my kids! We bought into DVC at OKW last year and did it so that we could continue to afford to go to our favorite vacation spot affordably in the years to come. We've only stayed at OKW as DVCers, but we are going to VWL next month and can't wait. We are all equally fanactical about Disney! We are middle middle class, although DH drives the monster truck (I mean the Expedition); only affordable because I drive a company car. We don't go to movies or eat out a lot, occasional take-out and pizza is pretty much it. Love love love DVC!! :bounce: :Pinkbounc

zurgswife
09-07-2002, 07:57 PM
We are a family of 6. My SIL owned BWV before we purchased. DH did the finacial thing and said it wasn't worth it...We went down for a surprise visit for his 40th bday....by the time we left we had purchase BWV.....What a great present!!!!:D :D :D :D

My DH is a VP for a local Bank and I run my own cleaning business we have 4 kids in a church school....but WDW is the only real vacation we take every year.....and we love every trip.

And being a family of six it is a great deal....

tigger1bounce
09-07-2002, 09:07 PM
:wave: :wave:

I am a single mother of two DD 13 and 12. We (joint decision between all of us) to buy in 1999 at BWV. I have loved every minute of it!:sunny: And like almost everyone else, people think I'm crazy for buying into something so "extravagant". I am a general manager for a fast food restaurant. What a very diverse group we DVC'ers are:earsgirl: :crazy:

WDWLVR
09-08-2002, 12:41 AM
Great thread...thanks Nick & Cindy for bumping it up again as I missed it the first time around.

My DH (MarkRG) and I are DINKS (duel income no kids) that are living a happy middle class lifestyle. We own a small ranch home in a northern suburb of Chicago and I would say travel is the one thing we treat ourselves to most. I'm 45 and work as a middle manager in a direct mail firm, he's 35 and works as a service tech in the dry cleaning field.

We bought in early 2000 with some money we inherited from my mom's passing. Before that time it wasn't financially sound for us to buy even though we loved Disney and tried to go every other year.

Growing up I never went on vacation because the money wasn't there and I grew up in a single family home. I remember the tears in my mom's eyes on our first trip to Walt Disney World (when I was 19) because she thought she would never make it there or Disneyland. We had many wonderful trips together.

My DH grew up in a family that vacationed every year, but like most of his generation it was during times when school was out like Easter vacation. That was his taste of Disney - long lines everywhere.

When I suggested WDW for our honeymoon in 1990 he was cautious but agreeable. Since it was October the lines were short, the temps were wonderful, and we were staying at the Grand Floridian...he was hooked!

Buying into DVC has been one of the absolute best things we have ever done. We have stayed at Boardwalk (our home) during the holiday season. We've taken a 7 day cruise on the Magic. We even gave his parents 5 nights at Vero Beach! In less than a month we go back home to Boardwalk for a week long stay in a 2 Bedroom with his parents. Next February we are going on the SS Member Cruise and hope to meet many of you there.

Thanks for sharing all your stories - hope you enjoyed mine as well. Hi neighbors!

jskrup
09-08-2002, 10:12 AM
Hey,

I am married with 3 children. I am a Disney fanatic, although my wife is not as much of a fanatic as I am she loves Disney as well.
My children dd-6, ds-4, dd-1 are starting to take after dear pld dad in becoming Disney fanatics. We have been back to Disney World 2 times( oct '99, june '02) since our oldest was born. We became DVC members in fall '01 with home resort of Hilton Head and we are planning our first trip to Hilton Head in July '03.

Disney is one of the places in the world where you can escape the outside world and go back in time to a place where people are courteous and friendly. Disney has really remained the same in as much as it provides families with a place to vacation and have fun together as a family.

The DVC is such a wonderful way to make sure you can vacation every year together.

:earsboy:

hpygrll
09-08-2002, 11:03 AM
This is a fun thread!!!

I am 32, DH is 33 and we have an 8 month old little boy who is not going to go with us on our next trip in 13 days!!!! He is going to stay with his very happy grandparents!!! I am in retail management, DH is currently a stay at home dad. We are definitley lower middle class but are Disney fanatics. We own a Honda Accord (1997) and are leasing a Pontiac Montana(2002). We are very good with our money so have no debt (just mortgage, DVC and home equity_ sure no debt! HAHA)

I used to be in management with the Disney Stores so we bought into OKW in 2000 with a very nice discount - otherwise we probably couldn't do it. WDW is a priority for us and we also love Vero Beach - we take turns every other year. Someday we want to add more points. This year we will be at a 1 Bedroom villa at VWL and BCV - can't wait. It's been great getting to know all of you!!! - Jenny

ncligs
09-08-2002, 11:16 AM
Jenny(hpygrll),

Its always nice to see another "buckeye" DVC'er.http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/Eyecrazy.gif

TIdoublegaER
09-08-2002, 11:27 AM
Hi everyone,

DH is 33 and I am 31 with 2 dds 10 and 5. I am a mainframe security administrator (computers) working on my MBA and DH is an RN for an air ambulance service and will receive his master's in nursing as a nurse practioner this December. Have talked about relocating at that time, but we both agree that it would have to be further east to be closer to Disney! We are definately middle class and live comfortably in a suburb of Kansas City, MO. We joined DVC when we visited HH in 2000 and decided we would like to return every year. Several addons later we also also own at OKW and BCV. Decided we needed to go to HH and WDW every year! We have really enjoyed reading about all of our fellow DVCers and hope to meet some of you at Disney some day!

SheriB
09-08-2002, 04:47 PM
We are a family of 4 : myself 36, DH40, DD15, DS11. My DH is an inside salesman for a large industrial valve company(BS in business). I am a bookkeeper (AS in business)with a credit union for a local refinery. We are basically middle middle-class. Being from South Jersey, my childhood vacations consisted solely of a week at Ocean City, NJ every summer of my life. I absolutely love the shore, and will continue to vacation there. My husband, on the other hand, is the youngest of 7, and the only vacations he ever had was an annual week in the Pennsylvania mountains with his father, brother, uncles and close family friends to go deer hunting (let the record show that I despise hunting of any kind-but it's part of his heritage).

Both my DH and I had never been to WDW until our High School senior trips. My family never went because my dad (who worked 3 jobs when I was a kid to make ends meet)always told us we couldn't afford it (what's funny about this is that my parents, who are comfortably well-off now, have been to WDW 3 times themselves since their 3 kids grew up and moved out-my dad jokes and says it's alot cheaper to take 2 people than 5.LOL)

We took our 2 kids to WDW Apr. 2001 (stayed offsite). Had the best time of our lives (even though we did all of Orlando commando style in 10 days). This year my son came to me with a large post-card type advertisement for Disney moderate resorts and said, "Mom, is this a good price? Do you think we could go again this year?" I told him to go ask his father. We discussed it for about 5 minutes and said, "Why not?" Best spontaneous decision we ever made.

Now, we had never heard of DVC until we stayed at CBR in July and saw the little promo booths around the world. We kept saying all week, "We have to go check that out." We finally did when we were at the Boardwalk our last day, just killing time till we had to catch our plane home. We took the tour and knew it was something we wanted to do. But we didn't buy right then and there. We came home, looked over our finances, I thankfully found this board, tossed around the idea of a resale, but ultimately decided to purchase BCV through Disney. We are waiting to finalize everything.

We know that we could never possibly get bored at WDW, nor will our kids. Now we are guaranteed to plan on coming every year or other year at least. We are coming home for the first time next June, and, get this, we're taking my parents with us(the ones who couldn't afford to take their kids! LOL)! We're also looking forward to the years when it can be just the two of us (we joke and say that we're going to retire and work in the world-my DH even said he'd be a street cleaner on Main Street, cause even the trash is clean in WDW!)

I've really enjoyed this thread, and reading about everyone, and hope to meet some of our new neighbors real soon!

Sheri :tongue:

SCDizneyDawn
09-08-2002, 04:59 PM
Hi everyone!

We have a very strange demographic! I am a traveling ultrasound tech and 35 yrs old, my husband also travels with me and sometimes gets part time jobs and is 39 yrs old. Right now we are in Port Huron, Mi. Our home is Charleston, SC. I have been a Disney fan my entire life, but became more of an addict after we were married. We bought our DVC membership in Oct 2000 just before the BWV sold out. Then we added on at the BCV in Feb ( my valentine's day present! )
I try to go to Disney as offten as possible :teeth: , which normally ends up being 2-3 times a yr.
We also are planning to attend DIS Con II this yr so I can meet some of my fellow Disney addics! Hope to meet some of you then!:D

daisy2000
09-08-2002, 10:09 PM
I love reading all of your posts... its interesting to see the diversity of DVC members. We are new DVC members and are also in the middle, far from wealthy, and have had our share of financial ups and downs during our 19-year marriage. DH is a self-employed contractor & I work 2 part time jobs doing DH's books and working for an HMO, and I'm a full time mom (DS is 14, DD is 12) We all love Disney but I'm the biggest Disney nut in the house! We love to travel, love WDW, DCL and weekend trips around the Northeast, where we live.

Like most people, we can't have it all, so we own a much smaller house than most of our friends w/ comparable incomes. It is a sacrifice of space & so-called "status" :rolleyes: but it allows us to send our kids to parochial school and to live a really fun lifestyle that includes DVC and lots of fun weekend trips throughout the year! I know some people think we're crazy, but a big house is not our priority. Enjoying life and eachother is our priority and we feel very lucky to be able to give our kids some great experiences while making wonderful memories. In the end, it won't matter *where* we lived, but *how* we lived (I know its corny--but true!)

zillow
09-08-2002, 10:42 PM
Middle class here in central Mass. I'm 34 and now a stay-at-home mom with 2 children (girl 3, boy 4 months). Previously I collected unemployable degrees (BA English, MA German Literature, MLIS Library and Information Science). DH, also 34, works in finance. We purchased our points while on a getaway weekend trip at the Grand Floridian in 2000. I used to go to Disney every year as a child and it's always been very special to me so I wanted to pass that on to my children as well.
It's nice to 'meet' everyone.

Disney Doll
09-08-2002, 11:13 PM
I'm a nurse, work in a hospital on a medical floor, which is the one place that most nurses DON'T want to work.DH is a realtor. We have no kids:(. We bought at OKW in 1997, love it. We go to WDW at least 2x/year, usually one long 8-10 day trip and one shorter 4-6 day trip. We're pretty normal middle class types. We're thinking of buying more ponits...currently we have 200. We'll be going in October 2002, and staying at BCV, which we will look closely at to see if that's where we want to buy more points, or if we want to do a resale. We've been slowly, over the last 8 years, renovating ou house, which is a 3 bedroom cape in a nice town in CT. Like I said, we're pretty normal.

RAMWDWFAN
09-09-2002, 04:14 AM
Hey guys!

I'm a 42 year old Disney nut who also happens to be an attorney specializing in employment discrimination. Disney is my escape from reality, especially during those times when clients and judges are getting on my nerves. I try to get to WDW every three months now to get recharged. Then I can do a better job for everyone.

goofyforwdw
09-09-2002, 08:42 AM
Can't believe I have just found it. We are a family of 5 Dh and I will be married 25 yrs this coming Feb. Our kids are 15,17,and 20.
We bought in a HH back in 96 when it first opened .DH had been trying to get me to go to a presentation before that but I didn't want to give up vac. time to do so DAH. We are all six feet tall and over except for my DD (15) so the bigger rooms and beds really appealed to us. My 20 yr old 6'6" was so excited the first time we went into HH and he went in the room with the tub, I heard him really excited and asked what was wrong and he tells me" MOM a tub I can fit in" it was so funny. We are all disney nuts some more than other but all crazy. We are a higher middle class family that works hard for the thing we have. My DH has had his own fire sprinkler company for 25 yrs and just reaently gave it up and went in the local union bringing my 20yr old with him. They have worked nonstop for the last month 10-12 hr days and weekend. I work out of the house booking appt and doing sect. work for a company.We do own our on home and most times it need a lot of work we also have a log cabin in NH that is my salvation when the world gets to me thats the place I go to relaxe. We add on since our HH days to the point that we now have 850 pts. I am hoping to get a part time job at the DS and may add on 50 more pts so that some day the kids can share 300 each, that is if I am not using the but in forty more yrs I will be 86 and DH will be 95 so we may no be able to go as often LOL . As far as family goes they think we are nuts but I just try to explain it nicley and I think they are starting to get it, when I tell them some of the other things we do besides the parks. Some have come with us and are amazed at how nice the resorts are. We are taking both of our familys in 2 two bedrooms and 2 studios for a long weekend in Jan to renew our vows. There are 20 of us going out of 25 that we invited. We are provinding the rooms and some events they are own their own for flying,and park tickets ect. Some of us are staying for a week some are staying 3 days.DH and I are going for 5 days next week and the 4 days in Oct. and maybe a 4 day cruise in Nov. Taking the kids for 5 days in Dec then the family thing in Jan. Feb and March are up in the air and then a 2 bed in April and August at HH . We love to travel and love our DVC
Take care Brenda

DVC1996
09-09-2002, 11:17 AM
This is a neat and interesting thread to read:D dh and I are 49 years old. My husband is a regional pharmacy supervisor for a major drug chain and I am a speech and language pathologist who has recently retired. We have two grown children who are in college. I have been a Disney fanatic all my life! As a child, I religiously watched Walt Disney on the Wonderful World of Color and also the Mickey Mouse Club. I recall vividly the night he revealed his plans for Walt Disney World. We live in TN and my father promised that when WDW was completed we would go!
So......in 1971 he kept his promise! We stayed off-site at one of the motels on 192 which were really nice back in those days!
We were so excited when we got there that I remember we drove to the parking lot at the T&T center to see if we could see anything! LOL One thing that impressed me immensely back then was the cleanliness and quality of everything at Disney. It was near perfect ....as near perfect as perfect gets IMO. I recall that there was someone right behind you in those days to pick up any piece of litter or lint....... And the landscaping was so beautiful! ON that first trip, we took the ferry to the MK from the TTC rather than the monorail. My image of the MK at that time was that it was a magical island with a Castle on it. What an image it left in my mind!!! Now back to dh and our life vacationing at WDW and DVC. dh and I were high school sweethearts and married in 1977. Our first trips to WDW were in a Volkswagon bug with no air conditioning! What a ride..... but we were young and those are some of the best memories. We stayed off-site primarily during those early days. However, we began staying on-site after the first moderate was built- Caribbean Beach Resort. Until 1996, we vacationed annually at either the CBR, DL, or PO. We also stayed a couple of stays at the Poly and WL. We saw the booths at the hotels in 1991 advertising DVC but dh was very skeptical since timeshares had a bad name in our neck of the woods at the time and he refused to go to a presentation. In 1996, we received a postcard about a special at Vero Beach. Anyway....we vacationed there and dh feel in love with this place!
We then stopped by HH on the way home and toured that resort.
After we got home, we discussed it and called DVC for materials on joining. We had trouble getting through to the original guide assigned to us but I really liked the VG I talked to instead. Her name was Julie Hughes and I reguested that she be my guide. No problem. Anyway....we ended up buying 210 pts at Vero and two years later we added 50 pts at OKW. We have had no regrets except maybe not buying back in 1991-92. DVC is the right choice for us since is satisfies our yearly WDW addiction and our love for the Florida beach. Going to Disney always brings back precious memories and keeps me young at heart :D
WE LOVE DVC:bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc

Harriet

dvcelise
09-09-2002, 03:55 PM
Hello to all,
I am 34 years old, my dh is 35. We have been married 10 years and have 3 dd's, ages 7, almost 6, & almost 4. I am expecting another child (sex unknown) in Jan 2003. I am a Physical Therapist working an average of 10 hours a week in home care/acute care setting. My dh works for the local gas company. We joined DVC in 1998, right after my almost 4 year old was born. We originally purchased 250 points, but have added an additional 150 points since. Ultimately, we would like an even 500 points! Our home resort is BWV(250) and VB(150). We are both disney fanatics, well actually all 5 of us are disney fanatics! I do all the planning though, kind of the obsessive-compulsive type planner. Our next trip is WLV 10/20-10/30 in a dedicated 2BR. This has been a very interesting thread to read! Thanks to all for posting!!

Elise

SEC
09-09-2002, 04:30 PM
Our DVC family consists of myself and my husband. We bought DVC because we love to go to Disney and when we looked at the numbers, it made sense. I tell everyone I bought it as my 30th birthday present and it did make turing 30 a lot easier. We are both professionals and college educated. My husband has a master's degree and I will finish a MBA in May 2003.

KathyK
09-10-2002, 01:06 PM
My DH and are are in our early 30's. We first looked at DVC while on our honeymoon in 1998. We joined nearly 2 years later, after we had purchased our house (DH kept reminding me about priorities).

DH has a degree in Political Science, adn works as a fundraising consultant. I have a master's degree in Chemistry, and I write analytical chemistry methods at a major pharmaceutical company.

At the time we joined DVC, we had no children. We now have a DD who is 9 months old. When we joined, the main reason was that we wanted to be able to share the "magic" with our hypothetical future children. Well, DD will have been to WDW twice before she is a year old. We also wanted to share the "magic" with our families. In 2000, we went with my sister and her familY (BIL and 2 sons). They had never been to WDW before, and now they are going for tehir second trip in about a month. A DVC tour is on their itinerary. In November, we will be going to WDW with my MIL, FIL, SIL, and SIL's family (BIL and 3 sons). Sharing teh magic is what it is all about for us. I'm looking forward to the next 39 years of vacations and sharing the magic with our future children as well as other family members.

Marisa'sMom
09-12-2002, 11:10 AM
This is a great thread! I've enjoyed reading about families just like mine! :D My husband and I are in our 30's (DH mid, me late) and our DD is 9. We use to live in Florida and visited VB when it first opened, and we were bit by the DVC bug. At the time we could not afford points, so we would go out there and eat lunch from time to time.

Then a few years later we moved to NC and thought HH would be the perfect meeting place with our Orlando friends. We of course discovered HHV. Still couldn't make it work. Our folks live in Orlando and every time we would go home we had to go to Disney. We love WDW! Dec 00' we went out to tour at BWV and we were able to buy our first points at VWL!! What a blessing! Our families are happy for us because they know how much we love Disney. Of course they are disappointed because now we use our points instead of staying with them! ;)

We are middle class folks. I work as an Admin. Assistant for an Insurance Co. and my husband is a Pharmacutical Rep.

maddy
09-12-2002, 02:43 PM
This is a great thread. DP Janet and I have owned a home together for 17 years and now are empty nesters. We went to wdw only once with our daughter, when she was in high school. Several years later we decided to try it as a an adult vacation spot and have been regular visitors and DVC owners for ever sence. We own 155 pts at BWV and are hoping for a west coast add on sometime in our lifetime. NO one we are friends or workmates with gets the disney thing, so this board is a real life line to our people. Janet is the fiscal coordinator for OSU Alumni Association and I work for Hewlett Packard as a technician. Keep buying those printers, folks.
We supplement our yearly 2 week vacations in wdw with business trips and 1 and 2 day trips around the NW. We are in our late 40's early 50's and are helping our late 20's daughter get her life back on track after a stint in the Marines and a 7 yr marriage to a great but-not-the-right guy. As a college graduation present it will be off to wdw for the 3 of us again, full circle. Our dream retirement is an Airstream trailer and a winter time job at wdw.
Maddy

colleen costello
09-12-2002, 06:14 PM
It strikes me how many folks here are pleased because DVC will allow them to share Disney magic with friends and family who might otherwise never get to go. Isn't that nice! I hope to do the same. Dear friends of ours left Indiana to move back to South Carolina. They are not big "vacation people" like we are, and I am going to try to get a few nights at HH next summer so they can join us and enjoy the place. It will be a great reunion and a chance for our kids to have a ball together in a Disney environment (my favorite kind!) I just think a special part of being a DVC'er is the opportunity to share with friends and family.

wdwendyd
09-12-2002, 09:44 PM
Hello everyone!
I love the DIS boards and read them everyday. I am a Stay-at Home mom to 3 kids and I have a wonderful husband who is a WDW convert!
My love for all things Disney goes way back to before I was born as my older brother loved the movie Peter Pan, so my name was to be either Peter or Wendy depending on how things turned out. ;)
We grew up an hours drive from Disneyland and my brother took me on the Disneyland employee trips to WDW in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1983. My first job was working at Disneyland in the Frontierland shops as a cashier. The next year I worked on Main Street.
I love WDW more than Disneyland (and that is saying a lot!) and felt guilty trying to get my DH to go. Little did I know, he was beginning to like our trips. The only thing he didn't like was packing and unpacking all our camping gear.
When we went on the DVC tour my heart was racing. Maybe I could actually realize my dream of staying at the Boardwalk! After the tour, my DH said it wasn't a good idea. I had the saddest feeling inside, I can't even express to you what it felt like. :(
But then I discovered the DIS boards!:jester: And I found out about resales and I actually talked my husband into it!!!
Now I am so happy and my life has pixie dust in it everyday!

ncligs
10-20-2002, 02:33 PM
Any more new DVC members that missed this thread?http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/hat.gif

sheryl0521
10-20-2002, 03:16 PM
Wow, what a great topic!
Our family consists of Me(33) & DH(34), DS(9) and DS(15 mo.) My hubby and I have been married for 10 years and have visited WDW an average of twice per year since before we were even married. We first looked into DVC about 5 years ago, but it just wasn’t in the plan. I was diagnosed with MS this summer and our priorities have certainly changed! We bought into DVC in Sept and can’t wait to start to experience the magic!

I am a Systems Specialist with a local financial services corp. and DH is in the liquor sales field. I have a fairly normal schedule, but hubby’s schedule can be quite erratic and we certainly appreciate our time away with the family. Like other posts before mine, our friends and family don’t ask “if” we are going back to Disney, but “when’. I would say we are middle class as far as incomes go. We have definitely have put in the time to reach where we are today.

Most of our family likes to head north to VT, NH and ME to vacation, but we are the odd ones that like to head south to FL. We have tried to take “stay at home” vacations but by the second or third day we are always saying that we wish we had gone away (usually thinking about WDW!)

It has been great to meet about half of you and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the posts (the 15-mo old DS is waking up from his nap.)

Sheryl

WOW
10-20-2002, 05:04 PM
A UK DVC'r posted that she only comes across UK members on this site-----we almost always meet UK members when we are at OKW. I envy them because so many of them come for looooong periods of time.

We have been members since 93 and have had 10 years of gorious vacations. We are now 55 and 56 and our kids are 23 and 24. We all still enjoy DVC and go at least once each year. Of course, I am the real Disneynut and go more often---every chance I get. Have even gone solo (until Hubby caught up with me) and that was really nice to be able to think about only what I want to do. We almost stay exclusively at OKW because it seems to be everyone's favorite.

kel3420
10-21-2002, 11:05 AM
We are a family of five, dh (39), ds (15) dd (14) dd (5) and myself (37). We live in the suburban Chicago area and bought into DVC almost 2 years ago. Dh is a an engineer and I am a full time mom.

We had gone to several other timeshare presentaions are were SO turned off. I could have promised dh a new Ferrari if we went to another one, and he still would not go :)

We travel to Disney every other year, and when doing research for a trip, I ran across this board and was immediately interested, but confused. We usually stayed offsite or at the All Stars, but with that trip we had upgraded to the Poly and were very impressed. I had mentioned to dh about DVC on the plane trip down, and just suggested, that maybe, perhaps, would it be possible (lol) to just stop in at the DVC offices? We did, and were SO impressed that there wasn't a hard sell and the rooms were so much nicer than what we were even currently in. We bought it, lol.

As I mentioned we usually travel to Disney every other year, and do a beach/tropical vacation on the off years. We bought into Vero and have been quite impressed. Actually I look forward to our Vero vacations more than actually staying in the World. In a month, we go to the BCV for four days and Vero for four days. This is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition.

AEN
10-22-2002, 10:52 AM
I thought that this was a great thread.

We just joined in September and are really looking forward to our first trip. We are aiming for HH in August 2003.

I am a CPA and DW stays at home (doing some work with a contractor) doing the more important work, watching DD, 10, DD, 8 and DS, 6.

FYI on two other DVC members;

I brought based on the recommendation of two members:

A) One of my partners (also a CPA), and
B) A friend who is a detective in NJ and his wife is a computer analyst.

I hope this helps.

I really enjoy this forum.:D

DVC-LEROY
10-22-2002, 12:10 PM
Interesting posts! I always wondered who my neighbors were. My DH is a VP/GM of a manufacturing company. I'm a stay at home mom and an employee development/ customer service trainer & consultant. I'll be working again when our DS goes to school - he's 4. We bought in 2 years ago (VWL) after his first trip to WDW. We just got in on some BC points - we'll be staying there in February 2003.

SamS
10-22-2002, 03:23 PM
My wife and I are "empty-nesters", and have been for some time. Married in our late teens while I was a student at Penn State, we only had one child, who is now thirty-three,and has a son and a daughter. I'm a teacher; my wife works as a business manager ina dental office. I guess we qualify as upper-middle class economically. Retirement should be within the next five years, if all goes as planned. BCV ownership came after a visit to WDW with son and his family in June. We had not been to WDW since 1989, and couldn't believe we let that much time pass between visits. Although we vacation at the Outer Banks in NC and New England each summer, and take a group ski trip to Vermont each January, the Mouse will surely play a more important part in our future leisure life. We had the most fabulous time at Disney in June! It is so hard to wait for our first visit "home" next June. We even discussed a Thanksgiving trip, but decided against it because we'd have to shorten next June's 12 night trip or skip Xmas of '03. We're looking forward to making our visits at off-peak times, and eventually adding more points so we can go more often, and take our son, DL and grandchildren. That's about it.

DeeDeeDis
10-22-2002, 06:57 PM
Its nice to meet all of you

DH and I (both 43) just purchased DVC last month. Stopped in for the presentation while at WDW in august, left 3 hours later, very interested but not sold yet. DH found this board and 3 weeks later we took the plunge.
I work in recreation, DH Computers, we have 3 boys; DS16, DS14, DS11. We own a 4br cape in a nice town (around 10,000 people) in Mass. DH and I have always been big on vacations, normally do two big vacations a year, one skiing and one in the summer. Last two summers have been at WDW (offsite).

Whole family loves WDW and all three kids still think its fun to hang out with mom & dad (odd but true). Actually DS16 who is a HS Jr wants to go to college to become an engineer is now taking about becoming an Imagineer. Middle DS wants to be tigger.

Well off? No I'd say middle class. The timing was good for us to buy, finally had a little money put aside (it was suppost to be for wooden floors but hey those rugs can last a few more years), also the interest rates are real low (did not finance thru DVC, hoping we can pay off the DVC in about 5 years.

Also DH and I figure we work hard, spend alot of time involved with the boys, their school and their sports, we DESERVE to TREAT ourselves to some first class vacations.

Like someone said early in this post you can't take it with you. Family vacations, spending time with my boys (all 4) is priceless and I know it won't last forever.:)

MelissathePooh
10-22-2002, 07:46 PM
DINK's checking in here! d-r teaches at Michigan State University and I am a field claims adjuster for a large insurance carrier. We own an old house in an historic neighborhood and drive an SUV - sort of yuppie hanger ons I guess (d-r is 34 and I am 29). Our pride and joy is our furry little four legged boy (our dog of course)!

My mother always took me to WDW growing up - every year since I was 6 mos old and d-r went to high school in Florida so day trips to WDW were common for him. Neither of us realized what a large role Disney would play in our lives, but it became very important to us. We had to move across country when d-r was hired at MSU, so trips to WDW (where family would come as well) became our way of truly going home along with a nice vacation. We had a wedding at YC (originally eloped) and honeymooned there (of course) and now go every few months for at least a weekend. From collecting movies and lithographs, vacationing and now d-r building a model MK - its just something comforting that we share that makes us feel at home. So buying DVC was just a way of sealing the deal I guess.

No one understands why we don't get tired of it or what the attraction is to it - and I know there are certainly less expensive hobbies to have, but its our place for escaping and returning to a familiar place that just happens to be magical!

Suzi Q
10-23-2002, 11:59 PM
DH and I are 53 and are also empty-nesters. We met in high school and were married the year Magic Kingdom opened. We have wished many times that we had gone there for our honeymoon. We made our first trip to WDW in 1981 when our youngest of three sons was just 2 1/2. Our oldest son was 8 1/2. We had planned on staying 5 days, but had so much fun that we ended up staying 5 more days in Fort Wilderness. We have so many wonderful memories with our boys there. While our boys were coming with us, we stayed at Fort Wilderness and now our goal is to try all the resorts.

We never thought that we would be able to afford DVC, but after looking into it, we found it to be very affordable for us. We bought into DVC in 1998 at BWV and this year added on at BCV. How we wish we had checked into it sooner while our kids were home with us. It would have been a stretch at times, but it would have been worth every bit of it. New furniture, and other things are soon forgotten, but time spent together making memories lasts forever.

We are from the midwest. My husband is a computer software architect and I do medical transcription part time out of our home. We travel alot both with business and pleasure. We have travelled to several foreign countries, but WDW is our escape into the magical world. We go there 2-3 times a year.

We can't wait until we can bring our little granddaughter with us.

Our family and friends think we are Dis Nuts, but we don't care. They can't imagine why we go so often. We can forget about the world when we are at Disney and thoroughly enjoy every minute we are there.

Like many of you, we would like to spend our winter months after we retire "working" at WDW. My DH wants to drive a boat or work with the fireworks. I would like to help the gardeners or taste test the ice cream mouse ears!!

ilovefh
10-24-2002, 01:40 AM
we havent bought into DVC but we sure are thinking about it!! I agree with everyone, family vacations are wonderful! My family went on two vacations together per yr, whether we wanted to go or not (most times to Disney, and who wouldnt want t go to disney:D ) Thats one, of many things that i got from my family, that I want to pass on to my children. I had the greatest childhood, and I dont think my kids could have it any better than I did! Can you tell I think my parents are the greatest most supportive people in the world? But I think family vacations are such an important part of family life (if u can afford it, i know some people cant) I have friends who never went on vacation with their families and there is a huge difference between us (not that vacations solve all problems or kids who dont go on vacation turn out poorly) but my friends dont have the memories that I do. they have memories of doing nothing with their families! and thats why they think im nuts for wanting to go on one vacation at least per year, even if i have to save every penny i can find! they also think im crazy for still wanting my parents to come with us on vacation. :D :D :D

Patricia
10-24-2002, 06:11 PM
These were so interesting to read! Thanks to the original poster whose name I can't remember right now.
My husband talked me into buying DVC when we were 34, and 33 back in '93 and DID NOT have the money to be spending a chunk like that on DVC. But he really believed in it and we did it and it is the only thing that I let him say was his decision and is a good idea. Haha.
Fast forward 9 years...We have a 16 year old daughter, a 12 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I just returned to work as a teacher after a 7 yr. home stretch, and he works as an accountant for a brokerage firm. DVC is a luxury I pretty much hide from most from most people who don't know us very well. It just sounds like we have more than we do. Life is good for us but not loads of money left over. The leftovers are purely spent on our children and our vacations. Now that I am looking at only 2 years until my daughter is in college, I appreciate the memories we make at DVC even more. It's been the best gift we ever gave our family and I can't say enough good things about it.

Mic
10-25-2002, 09:04 PM
Glad to meet you, neighbors! We are a married couple in our mid-30's with 4 kids. DH works for UPS and until recently, was in the Army Reserves. I have a background in Early Child Ed., but found it did not pay well enough to afford daycare for our brood, so I opened my own small daycare. Like you, Dreamfinder, I have a 14-year-old blonde, hair-flipping cheerleader...and she has taught her 2 younger sisters well! We often joke that the youngest won't be able to stand herself in a few years! We have 1 son(child #3)that has so many "mothers" that he can't dress himself, but by all accounts, he is societally functional. We tried to take the kids to WDW when they were younger, but we had other priorities then(like buying a house) that prevented it. We finally made our first trip in 1998(kids were 4-9 years old) after my FIL passed away right before retirement, and we decided family vacations should take priority over EVERYTHING else. DH is not the disney nut I am, but he always accompanies us at least twice a year to WDW, and I have been known to take the kids alone for shorter trips(like a few weeks ago for 5 days). We are far from rich, but our families and friends think we are because of our multiple trips to WDW. Those closest to us know that I can go to WDW four times with the same amount of money most folks spend on 1 trip. We have taken family with us twice, and my DD invited 3 friends with us to celebrate her 14th birthday a few months ago(and you know what that means...we started a tradition...1 down, 3 to go). To be honest, I hope it is a tradition we can extend to our grandchildren some day. To that end, we have purchased 2 small add-ons since our initial purchase, and right now we can't afford any more. I hope to have enough points in smaller contracts to divide among our children in 20 years(unless, of course, their worst nighmare comes true, and DH and I live long enough to semi-retire at OKW). My next endeavor is a trip involving several families of my daycare children sometime in 2003. My kids are really looking forward to that trip because we are so close to them. I find myself apologizing to their families for corrupting them with Disney movies and songs, but I secretly long to see their little faces light up at WDW, just like I did with my kids. I don't try to keep DVC a secret at all, and I have even embarrassed my older kids a time or two talking Disney! Some folks (uh, family)will never understand our desire to return to the same place year after year, and I don't care to try to explain it to them again. I just smile when they talk about the $$ they spent at Myrtle Beach for a long weekend, and I keep planning my next trip to WDW, with a budget of much less. :p

sgtslovak
10-25-2002, 10:24 PM
What a fascinating thread! My DW & I are in our early fifties-no kids-married over 30 years. We live in Queens in NYC & both work for the big utility company in NYC-DW in the office, me in the field. Even though we are not management, we both have excellent paying jobs, thanks to our union. I also work part time as a tax preparer for a major national income tax franchise during the tax season as well as have my own tax preperation business out of our home. (needless to say, we never go to WDW from Jan to April 15th). We also rent out a walk in apartment in our house. All this puts us, I guess, in the upper middle class.
We bought into DVC in Jan 96 & love it. We own at OKW & WL It allows us to make 2 trips per year to Disney. Every other year one of the trips is to Disneyland & we did use points for the cruise a few years ago. Like others who have posted, family & friends can't understand why we keep going to Disney again & again (as well as thinking we must be millionaires!) We love all things Disney & are avid collectors. I like to say that Disney World is the real world-where we feel alive & revitalized and that the daily grind is the real fantasyland.

SimbaNoodle
10-26-2002, 10:23 AM
My DW and myself each just turned 34. We have a DD (8) and a DS (6). We own a Tire Recylcing Company and a Retreading Facility here in Mobile, AL with the rest of my family.

Joined DVC in February 2001. We were going every year anyway, so DVC just made sense for us. We do enjoy the villas much more than the traditional "hotel style" rooms and with the children getting older, we enjoy the privacy of a 1br villa also.

The cost of membership really doesn't compare to the cost to stay on site and some of the nicer resorts. I try to use my points as conservative as possible and last year managed 3 five night trips to OKW on 250 points. Just added on another 60 points last week.

Can't wait to celebrate Mardi Gras next March with Mickey and Friends.

Hope to see some of you there.:jester:

DeeDeeDis
10-26-2002, 10:56 AM
I posted earlier on this thread but keep coming back to meet the neighbors, its so cool to read about you all.

I'm amazed with the large number of families that joined DVC who have more than two kids (lets face it, if you only have two kids you could really stretch those points) and how so many of us think spending time with the family is much more important than "keeping up with the Jones".

How we all find creative ways to enjoy WDW more and more. One way we help to save for WDW trips is we have a large (bulk size) pickle jar that we put all our change in (the first few years we started this we had to glue the top shut). Its usually takes about 8 months to fill and we always have around $400.00

psst.. I have a secret hiding place, where I'm saving to buy 50 more points, hoping for BW, figure at two points a month I can buy in two years:bounce:

ncligs
12-02-2002, 07:20 PM
Just giving this a"bump" to see if there are any new DVC members.http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/newbie.gif

jcodespoti
12-02-2002, 07:57 PM
I am 31 and the wife is 28. I do Land surveying and my wife sells houses. We have NO KIDS, however I turn into an eight year old while at WDW and my wife has to try to control me;), poor girl.
We bought in 1999 would have bought in 97 had not been for a kid who blew thru a stop sign hit my wife :( . I love WDW and so does my wife..I swear if we ever get on jeopardy and disney movies are a catagory we will kick butt. (of course the other catagories are a problem)


Joe in CT

Rob&Jan
12-02-2002, 11:00 PM
This is a great thread!!
We have really enjoyed meeting all of you through the various posts and welcome homes that you gave us when we started to participate in the various forums on the DIS. We are both in our late 40's with a 14yr old DS, we live in a suburb of Toronto Canada. My DW is a Buyer for Wal Mart and I am a Marketing Manager with Sears. We have been going to WDW for 20 years and have been fortunate to have been able to stay on the property most times. We just joined DVC in October of this year probably should have joined earlier but finances didn't allow for it. Some of our fondest family memories have come from WDW and now we have 40 more years to create new ones. WDW truly is a magical place. After 9/11 "family" have become more important than ever and it really feels good to be part of the DVC family. We look forward to meeting some of you in person when we go "home".

Your northern cousins, Rob, Jan and David Skinner

Pig Pen
12-02-2002, 11:22 PM
I'm going to post this, then go back and finish reading this huge thread! It's fasinating.

DH and I are young empty-nesters. I am 44 (gee - am I really 44 already?) and DH is 47 and we have been married for 26 years. We have been going to Disney together since dating in high school. We both went to high school in FL and attended a grad night in 1975! Although I am the true Disney freak of the family, DH is a closet Disney lover.

We are both government employees, own a house, 2 cars, and that's about it! We are not rich and, now that DS (25 yo) and DD (22 yo) are FINALLY out on their, have just started to spend a little money on ourselves. Since we lived in Florida for a while we made many short trips with the kids over the last 20 years.

We have taken 3 extended vacations over the last 2 years - which all included Disney stops - and decided DVC would work for us. We just closed a few weeks ago and have ressies for VWL in May. I cannot wait!

We have not told very many people that we bought a "timeshare." We both come from very frugal families and this would seem to be a frivolous expense. If asked, we will say we are in the Disney Vacation Club and leave it at that. My son is VERY interested in the "collection" of resorts in the Caribbean, while my sister has been eyeing the cruises....hey these are OUR points!

MELSMICE
12-02-2002, 11:45 PM
Do I really need to tell my age? LOL

I'm 39 - took dance lessons starting at 3 & now own the dance studio that my mom took me to when I was 12. (also met my best friend there!). Being a dance teacher enabled me to stay at home w/ my 3 DD's during the day while DH worked. I teach a few nights a week & on Saturdays. I am fortunate to have employees that keep the place running when I'm not there.

DH is 40 & is an independent contractor for an advertising firm out of NYC. He had to set up his own company to do this & works out of our home. Because we are both home quite a bit we get to spend a lot of time together while our kids are in school. We always both try to be home when kids come home from school for the dreaded homework!

We are by far rich, but we live comfortably. When we moved to a new home a few years ago we lucked out & got the best neighbors there are. Even if I won the lottery I wouldn't leave here.

I have been a Disney nut since my parents took me there when I was 15. We took our oldest DD on her first trip when she was 2 1/2. All my kids are hooked & although my DH says he isn't he is always the one telling me to make the reservations to go. It was his decision to join DVC - but I didn't argue.

We have learned to take nothing for granted. We are thankful for everthing we have - especially non-material things. I noticed that some "neighbors" have friends/family that think they are rich because they go to WDW often. We have run into this many times. In fact, I once received a nasty threatening letter about it (can you believe it). Although sometimes it just about kills me, we try not to talk too much about our Disney trips to non-Disneyers just for this reason.

That's why I love these boards so much - I can talk about it as much as I want - HURRAY!!

vbfamily
12-03-2002, 07:38 AM
Hi there

I'm 30 (soon to be 31). DH is 30. We have a DS 6 and a DD 3 (soon to be 4, acts like she's 30)

Both of us went to WDW for the first time when we were little. DH was born in FL and lived there until the age 10. We went to VB for the first time in 2000 and have been back 3 other times and finally took our kids to WDW this year. We never went when we lived in Florida. DH works for the cable company-was transferred to Florida in 97-moved back to MI in 98:crazy:-have thought about moving back to FL every day. DH is a triathlete so we go to FL a lot so he can compete-they have great triathlons in FL. The schools in East Lansing are awesome-we would move to FL in a second if we could bring the school with us.

I'm a stay at home mom, love it! Our kids are great!

First thought about joining in 2000 and decided not to. Thought about it again in 2001-finally we are doing it.

We are not rich or anywhere close. Make a lot of sacrifices on things so I can stay home. Joining DVC because we go to VB at least once a year, maybe twice. We're pretty excited and a little bit nervous.


We enjoy below zero temperatures, cars that take an hour to warm up, driving on icy roads and shoveling our driveway, NOT!!!!!!!!!!:teeth: I wish we could buy enough pts to spend the winer in FL

MELSMICE
12-03-2002, 06:23 PM
I can't believe I forgot to mention my 3 DD's

Oldest is 13 & then we had twin girls - now 10 years old. What a surprise that was!!

DH figures if he can keep them loving WDW forever they will never be interested in boys & always want to go see "the mouse" with mom & dad. LOL

madcoco
12-04-2002, 03:44 AM
Glad to meet all of you:) Nomadic Disney nuts here.1st love is DW and DDWe're both 40.well I'll be 41 on the 8th.DD 13 soon to be 14 (going on 21:eek: ).Early retirement as a former solid waste engineering/ landfill owner(otherwise known as garbage man.LOL)and medically retired Airline Pilot. DW is fortunate to be able to stay at home (or unfortunate for putting up with me when home and with constant traveling.)2nd love is Treasure Hunting and Shipwreck history.Currently do volunteer work in the conservation lab at the Atocha/1715 fleet museum in Sebastian.If you are ever over at VB and stop in the museum,give a wave through the lab viewing window.Usually in there with a DVC hat on getting into some kind of mischief when not in WDW Always happy to meet fellow Disney Nuts.It is always so wonderful to meet such warm friendly people and their children at the DVC resorts.:)

Pa@okw95
12-04-2002, 04:03 PM
Bump!:bounce:

ToyStory Fan
12-05-2002, 10:27 AM
Our DVC profile goes something like this:


We love Disney.

DW & me early 30's 1 DS - 3 1/2, 1 DD 8m.

Both of us have done the Grad school route, both work in Finance/Accounting field.

We are both what you'd consider HIGH MAINTENANCE. We like our toys (cars, electronics, home furnishings, etc) and we like for our kids to have the things that we didn't always get to have growing up. (for example:I didn't know what Nike sneakers looked like until after I got into HS)

That is not to say we feel we should spoil our children, they will grow up knowing the value of a dollar and learning good morals, family values and how fortunate they are.

When we vacation we try to find the best value for our trip, but not to the point of skimping or compromising our enjoyment. That was why we chose DVC..we felt it was a good value, but at the same time if we want to go out to spoil ourselves (i.e. Fulton's Crab House or Victoria & Alberts) for dinners or other goodies while we are away we usually don't hesitate.

Pa@okw95
12-05-2002, 11:56 AM
My wife and I have been married about 30 years both of us have advanced degrees from various colleges, have 3 kids who are successful at their various jobs. My wife and I enjoy the good life, we spend about 2 to 3 weeks a year in Florida, plus about 25 to 30 nights a year we stay at one of our local casinos where they give us the room, breakfast, and a gormet meal all for free. Free treats at a casino come with an indirect price of course. We enjoy the free entertainment also at the casinos. We manage to go up north for a week in the summer, usually New Hampshire or upstate New York. On the down side, I have cancer, I have had it for about 6 years now. Some day I will die from it unless I get lucky and die in my sleep, but until then, I have only one thing to say, enjoy everyday you are on in this planet, smell the roses, love the sunsets, love your family, don't let too many days go by without enjoying them, get religion of some kind if possible, how could I forget, have grandchildren, they are the best things in life. My little angel calls me Pa, that is where the Pa@okw95 comes from.

Melrosgirl
12-23-2002, 12:36 PM
I'm trying to get this thread to still go on, so I'll add to it now that I purchased DVC!

Let's see...I'm 29, dh is 30 and we have a 5 year old girl who is a Princess fanatic as is her mom :). DH works for an internet company and I am a sales consultant for Close To My Heart - scrapbooking.

Although I had been to WDW many times as a child, we never stayed on site. In 2001 we stayed on site at POFQ and just loved it. Saw the DVC booths, but never took the tour since time was an issue plus I figured it would be too much money, blah blah blah.

Then last month we decided to look into DVC since we already had reservations at the Polynesian for a week in May 2003. That Polynesian trip for hotel only will cost over $3000 by itself. When I looik at it this way, DVC makes more sense. Soooo...after tons of questions asked on this board, lol, we decided to join up!

Waiting for FedEx man to bring me my paperwork - today maybe???

:):Pinkbounc

okwmiester
12-26-2002, 12:10 AM
After 10 years of membership (we bought in Dec of 92), I can't begin to explain the memories our family has gained from DVC. My former neighbors invited us to join them in a 2br at OKW and after dinner on the 3rd night, I was at the sales office filling out papers (skip the tour, I wanted in!) We had to purchase onsite because at the time it was still illegal to sell DVC to Minnesota residents outside of Florida. I am quite certain the our neighbors get the award for first family from Minnesota to join DVC. Since 92 we have added points at HH.

My family includes DW 45, myself 45 (married 23 years), dd 14, and ds 9. Both of us juggle professional careers and home responsibilities. I am a High School administrator and DW is a Human Resources MGR. Because of the financial committment, we rarely speak about our DVC investment, or any investment for that matter, unless asked. At home, however, we thank God to be so fortunate to have been able to take so many magical vacations with our family and friends.

We often need to pinch ourselves for buying in early enough to receive the full 50 years of magic!

Both of our children have grown to love the magic of Disney and they can't wait to get back again and again. What started as regular trips to OKW 2 to 3 times a year has evolved into ski trips, cuises, more WDW trips, and exchanges at resorts from coast to coast. I can't imagine how we would have ever considered trips like this if it wasn't for DVC.

Merry Christmas!:bounce: :Pinkbounc

waltskids
12-26-2002, 06:24 PM
My DH and I bought in '99 after camping at FW. We are from NJ and are both teachers (I teach third grade and DH teaches music) We have no children, but our love for WDW has us going back twice a year. We still camp often closer to home, but prefer to stay at the BW or BCV while on vacation. We initially bought at the BWV's, but added a contract at the BCV's in '01. That's our story:p

trishy
12-26-2002, 09:30 PM
Read but didn't add the first time around; but see this thread just keeps on going. Okay, I'll bite. I'm 36 dh 39 - he's a firefighter in Los Angeles, I'm an at home mom - been together since I was 16. 3 kids 13, 9, 7. Dh was talked into buying DVC by another firefighter he works with and now they bug all their fellow firefighters and everyone else who will listen. Very interesting to read the negatives about people's reaction to DVC. Can't imagine having to hide the fact we own DVC. We have a total of 900 points (450 BWV; 450 VWL) which is certainly not the most (a friend has 1080 points). We love to talk about it to our friends - some have gone with us and some will go with us. Reason we bought is the same as all yours - for the love of our family time together. You just can't get that togetherness at home - too many distractions here. Away from the obligations, we can be truly happy and have the time for each other. Better to do it now than when the kids are already grown up (but to those empty nesters and people with older kids - it is NEVER too late to enjoy DVC). We are Disneyland/DisneyWorld fans (not to be confused with Corporate Disney fans). Thinking about adding on when DI is finished.

lurontravel
12-26-2002, 10:44 PM
Hi everybody. I've read every post on this thread. Glad to hear th at we all have the same priorities. Vacations with our families. My DH (39!) and I (32) have 2 DS- 3yrs 2mos and 14mos. We are middle class somewhere I don't really know if we are middle middle or upper middle? But, I"m a NeonatalICU night nurse (12 hr shifts) so I can be a stay at home mom 6 days/nights per week, and my DH is an x-ray technologist turned Director of Radiology. We have had FL Res. Seasonal Passes since we were dating, I've always loved WDW. Grew up in FL and took many day trips to WDW (3 hr drive each way), as well as weekend trips where we never stayed on grounds. We were very happy going as a couple for long or short w/e and never seemed to get enough. When we were trying to get pregnant we temporarily gave up our passes. It ended up being about 2 very long years that we did not have them. By the time I had our 1st baby I was dying to go back to WDW. Exactly 14 days after I delivered our son, We left to go back to WDW. With the baby, of course. We go to WDW about 6-8 trips per year, ranging in length from 2 to 5 days long each. We stayed on grounds for the first time at All Star Sports in Sept 2000. We were so disappointed in the rooms, how far we were from the parks, and the resort (if you can call it that). I said that the only place at WDW that I would ever try again ( if I tried anything again) was the GF Concierge. When I was 8 and a half mos pregnant with our 2nd, my DH took me for my Bday (Aug 2001). It was so wonderful. We were in a honeymoon suite with a view of the castle and a jacuzzi tub and a balcony and an amazing bed. We decided that Disney had redeemed themselves. Then we began to dream of going back to the GF. We hated the hi pressure sales of timeshares, but decided to give Disney a chance-never know what you'll get... Well, we bought OKW on the resale in Oct 2002 (just b/c it fit our budget better then the BCV)and have stayed at OKW and WLV. The studio fits our life style very well. We bring our electric skillet and cook all breakfasts (my best meal of the day) and one dinner. It works so well to eat in with the kids. Our priorities are vacations and early retirement and no debt. Eventually we'll add our kids education too. I'm so happy we joined. Any one else feel like you just can't buy enough points?
My mom says that she and daddy boat and we do WDW, and she thinks that it is wonderful that we have a "hobby" that is a get away. We take at least one BIG trip every other year now that we have kids (used to be at Least once every year Before kids, to Russia, Europe, etc...) on the same budget or less then most families who vacation to WDW. We love it. I'm a big fan, my husband and ds too. My oldest talks to everyone about "Mickey Mouse WDW" and recognizes the signs on the turnpike on the way to WDW. No complaints, other then there just are Not enough points! We love it!

wilderness01
12-28-2002, 12:43 AM
DH is 40, I am 37, DS 8, DD 7 and DS is 3. DH is a government employee and I am an Registered Nurse. Bought into DVC about 13 months ago. We are very middle class and think vacations are a top priority. People who do not really understand DVC think we are crazy to go 3 times in a little over a year! It is wise to use the AP for more than just 1 trip. Most people who don't "know" just don't understand. That is ok though..... Going back to WDW in about 39 days. Hope the weather is good!:cool:

icydog
12-28-2002, 10:16 AM
My DH,71, is a retired General manager at a NJ gas co and I,56, was an Account Executive with a large phone company. We have been members since '92 and we bought on the phone sight unseen. I have a problem with passing our 800 pts down to our kids. I don't think any of them values the pre-paid advantage of WDW and DVC. I am sure none of them will pay our large dues payment each year, so our investment will be lost and not passed down.
We have enjoyed DVC immensly and have taken advantage of all our points each and every year. We have used the Concierge collection and the Disney Collection extensivly and of course many many visits to WDW. Our son lives in FL now and has used the OKW studio a couple of times and our daughter has been down many times when she was younger, and once recently, but our 3 other kids don't go because of the expense in flying down etc. We are not in the posistion to pay their way so they don't come. What a WASTE.
Anyway it was nice to hear from all of you and to know we have such accomplished neighbors.

ncligs
12-28-2002, 10:30 AM
Originally posted by icy-dog
. I have a problem with passing our 800 pts down to our kids. I don't think any of them values the pre-paid advantage of WDW and DVC. I am sure none of them will pay our large dues payment each year, so our investment will be lost and not passed down.

icy-dog,
You can always pass it down to me;) , I will gladly pay the dues.:p

Pa@okw95
12-28-2002, 10:43 AM
You can spend the whole month of January at OKW in a one bedroom. forget passing the points down, you are only 56, that means you will be 96 when 2042 rolls in. What a way to spend the winter every year. I will be 100 in 2042, I have some of the same thoughts about leaving my points to my 3 kids.

MELSMICE
12-28-2002, 02:47 PM
I would be willing to share the points with Nick & Cindy & I'll have no problem paying the dues either! :p

colleen costello
12-28-2002, 11:02 PM
Icy-dog, at least you have TRIED! Not everyone gets the Disney magic, but you have certainly gone above and beyond the call of duty in making family vacations possible for your family. My parents bought DVC last year, and it is the best gift they have ever given us. They have always been generous with my sister and I and my family, but DVC is THE BEST because it means time together -- so special -- in the greatest place in the world. They were just here for Xmas and I was so sad to see them leave, but in just 9 or 10 weeks we will all be together again in a 2-bedroom at OKW. The azaleas will be blooming and the boats will be running and the pools will be open and we'll be in the middle of all of it! For as many years as I can I will enjoy making special memories with my family and if my kids get bigger and don't want to go, the heck with them -- I'll take a neighbor if I have to! My friends here tease me and say I am so addicted to Disney that I need an intervention -- but I know better. Just looking forward to the magic.

I hope you and your family enjoy DVC together for another 40 years!

danny1649
12-29-2002, 02:44 PM
Hi all we bought in 1992 and never regreted our purchase. DW and I are a tad over 50 and have been married 35 years. We have one child Bruce who is married and 5 wonderful grandchildren. I am tool and die maker and DW has worked 30 years at our local General Electric plant.So if you have a side by side GE fridge my DW inspected it before it left the plant.We love WDW and go down each year first part of December each year. Love the MVMCP,CP and all the great holiday decorations.Also we give other family members some time at OKW.Glad we bought when we did and points were $50.00 each.We are middle class folks and no place near rich. We're happy and thats what counts in the end.Our family motto is "don't sweat the small stuff and remember it's all small stuff. Your DVC pals Danny and Belinda

icydog
12-30-2002, 09:59 AM
I never thought of using our points for an extended vacation as you suggested. The month of January without snow. Sounds like heaven. Did you come to any decision about passing points down to your kids?

ncligs
12-30-2002, 10:08 AM
Originally posted by icy-dog
I never thought of using our points for an extended vacation as you suggested. The month of January without snow. Sounds like heaven. Did you come to any decision about passing points down to your kids?

Thats what we plan on doing in 4 years when we retire(Jan in Fl),to get away from the snow of Ohio.http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/kyleico.gif

colleen costello
12-30-2002, 10:56 AM
We were down last March at Ft Wilderness, staying in one of their cabins. The crowded sleeping for the 6 of us was part of what convinced my parents that we needed DVC! Anyhow, I was amazed at the amount of retired people "living" at WDW for part of the winter. One nice woman I met was from Minnesota. She and her husband were down for two months -- staying in their pop-up type trailer. Too much "roughing it" for me! They got annual passes and some days they would go into a park "just to see a parade." They love missing the worst of the miserable northern winter. There were also people in trailers who had strung up lights at their sites and quite a few with satellite dishes for TV. They had really "moved in." So I think that staying during January, when point requirements are low, is a GREAT idea. Let's ALL retire in Orlando...

shelbyjosh
12-30-2002, 01:37 PM
We are a family of 4. We purchased our OKW share on April of 2000. At the time I was 31 and DH was 37. Our dd is 8 now and DS will be 5 in April. DH is an operating engineer and I am a stay-at-home mom. We, like most others, do not have enough points. An add-on is in the future but not sure when. We have taken down my mom, but that is the extent of taking guests. Family members introduced to DVC back in 99 and we have been hooked since. My mom cannot understand why "that is the only place you want to go". We have a blast and that is all that matters. We have just planned our next trip for March 5-14. Less than 3 months out and it feels great. DH will swear up and down that he could give or take WDW, but get him down there and there is no looking back. He is a kid again and doesn't regret the purchase at all.

JohnnyII
12-31-2002, 01:37 AM
I am probably pretty different than most DCVers. I just bought 200 points at BCV last week during a week long stay at AKL. I am 38 and divorced and I have custody of my 3 kids, DDs 9 and 16 and DS, 10.

I figure this will be a way to vacation with the kids for the next 40 or so years!! I haven't decided when to take my first trip home, maybe May if available, or October...

John

trampslady
12-31-2002, 08:20 AM
Me (34)--Customer Relations for Major Airline
Hubby (37)--Machinist for Major Cosmetics Firm

NO KIDS!

Our very first trip ever to WDW was in May 2002. We were hooked. We both work for outstanding companies whose philosophy is very similar to that of Disney. We were so impressed by the friendliness, cleanliness, ability to truly make the vacation what we wanted it to be, that we bought BCV sight unseen in July and took my mother and grandmother to AKL for seven nights in December! We love WDW and DVC.

On our December trip we went over to BCV and to see my husbands face all aglow affirmed our decision for me. I know we will continue to enjoy WDW and DVC for many years to come!

SnowWitch
12-31-2002, 02:42 PM
We are a family of four, my DH is truck driver and I am an RN working on my masters. So we are poor! We bought in 3.5 years ago after my hubby sat down and added up what we had spent on resorts in the last 12 monthes. Most of my family has no idea we bought into DVC, I lost count of how many times I've heard, "Your going to Disney again?" My dream is to take my newly retired father to VB this summer and show him relaxing and vacation are good things!!!

Thus far we have enjoyed taking my brother and family to VB and my best friend and her family to the BWV's. I love taking people with us!

ncligs
01-20-2003, 03:49 PM
Just in case there are any new DVC members....;)

ncligs
05-08-2003, 07:36 PM
Just giving this a "bump" to see if there are any new DVC members that haven't seen this thread.;)

WDWorld2003
05-09-2003, 11:58 AM
Nice to meet all of you! We just joined DVC (haven't even signed the papers yet!) so it's great to read all of these - lots of people from the Midwest!

We're an average family of 4. My DH is 47 and works in sales for the yellow pages, I'm also 47 and work out of the home. DD's are 15 and 13 and keep us going with dance, soccer, etc.

We went to Disney in 1994 and stayed offsite (a gift from F-I-L) and loved it. Because of financial reasons we didn't return again until this year and stayed at POR and loved it even more! A great escape from the long winter here.

We weren't even aware DVC existed until this trip. It has been a difficult decision because we feel it's very extravagant and our families will think we are out of our minds with college coming up! It was very interesting (and makes me feel better) to read how many people have not told their families or friends - I think we'll be in the same boat.... they just wouldn't understand - it's so hard to keep quiet about it though because we're soooooo excited :p Wait until we tell them we're going to WDW again next year ;)

We've taken a vacation every year but it's usually in the summer. A winter getaway will be heaven! Our vacations have provided us with such wonderful memories - there's no price on that! Can't wait to see BCV next March (purchased without seeing - if my family knew that!):eek:

KayleeUK
05-09-2003, 12:54 PM
Hi

Another UK Member here. DH (30) & Me (29), no kids. DH is 'in' computers and I am a Civil Servant. We brought in November 2000 at BWV. It was our first trip to WDW (We got married at the Poly)

Absolutely addicted, going back in October for 18 nights :D

Lexxiefern
05-09-2003, 12:55 PM
Great topic!

I am 24, a dental asst., (actually a stay at home mom right now), DH is 29, a kitchen designer/owner of kitchen company. We have a 2 year old DD. We just purchased DVC in April (haven't actually closed yet). I never went to Disney World as a kid and this was something I wanted to be able to provide for my children. To me this a great way to make sure that every year we are able to go.

My family thinks we are crazy when it comes to Disney and because of that, we are limiting who we tell about DVC.

We have been to Disney 4 times as a family and are looking forward to our next trip in October!

DVC4US
05-09-2003, 01:46 PM
Not new to DVC, but fairly new to the boards. We are a family of four - DH (41) is an orthopedic surgeon, myself (39) stay at home mom with an accounting degree, two DD's (13 & 7). We first purchased in 1998 (BWV) when DH was in residency. We added on in 2000 (BWV) and just recently added on again when they opened up the points at the BWV. With 700 points I think we have enough, but who knows what will happen when they open up Saratoga Springs.

We love DVC and go to WDW at least once a year. We went on the 7 day cruise in March, we are going to BWV in June, and on another 7 day cruise next March.

DVC was a great buy for us, because it forces us to take at least one vacation a year. And who could complain about going to WDW.
LeiLani

bbowers
05-09-2003, 02:14 PM
Me (40) Self-employed accounting software consultant (local and national, thanks to the advent of the Internet)
DH (50) IT head at local RV parts manufacturer (so yes, we can geek out together on computer stuff, and yes, we have a network in our bedroom!)

2nd marriage for both of us (no kids - uck! but 8 dogs - our BABIES) and had 3 WDW trips under our belts. Last year we barely took a vacation, and this year was scheduled to be a Disney year (November). THEN the software firm whose product I support decided to move their annual meeting from Palm Springs (snooze city) to Orlando (June), and suddenly we were planning 2 trips to FL in one year!

The more I planned (oh, LORDY was it a bad thing when I first started discovering Disney sites on the Web), the more wonderful I felt about the trips, and I realized that we HAD to take a GOOD trip every year. We just needed to. We reconnect so much when we're on a vacation, and have SUCH a good time together. (That couple that looks old enough to know better who are skipping through the parking lot holding hands - that's us.)

So, somewhere in all of this planning I started reading about DVC (I had pooh-poohed it before, not understanding that DVC was NOT like a tradtional timeshare) and suddenly THAT was the answer. That would FORCE us to have a good vacation every year (and maybe 2 if they keep our meetings in Orlando), and at least every other year to our favorite place in the whole wide world. We may squander some points at some places like Mackinaw (we're in Michigan and have never been there) or even Big Cedar (HAVE stayed there and loved it), but by God we will use our points for at least a week's vacation every year from now on!

We own 150 at VWL (we're into that rustic stuff). I'm an only child and my husband has no living siblings, and with no kids, the points are just for us and should do us just fine! (My mom already winters in FL, so she certainly has no need to borrow.)

And we are going home for the first time November 1! CAN'T WAIT!:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

lenshanem
05-09-2003, 02:25 PM
:teeth:

mamarobin24
05-09-2003, 02:31 PM
let's see:
40 y-o psychotherapist for a small rural hospital, married to an almost 42 -y-o business manager for a small start-up franchise of a French outdoor equipment company. We have two children from my first marriage: DS is 14.5, DD is 12.

We are not rich, as we live in a rural community, and I certainly don't make the typical salary of a psychotherapist. Don't get me wrong - we are definitely not hurting, and we choose to eat in most of the year so that we can go to WDW 1-2 times a year. We financed the whole thing for 10 years, but are looking to pay it off more quickly.

We have two hobbies: long-distance hiking and Disney, not necessarily in that order.:smooth:

Most of my colleagues think I'm nuts anyway, so going often is just a quirk. I've also gotten to spread the word that WDW is not necessarily outrageously expensive.

MinnieGi
05-09-2003, 03:26 PM
Hello Everyone! :)
We just joined DVC a few months back. We bought a resale at BWV and are taking our first trip home last week in Oct! Very excited!! :)

I'm a stay-at-home mom to our 2 1/2 year old DD. Before becoming a SAHM I was an elementary school teacher with a Masters in Education teaching mostly first and second graders. DH works in IT at Bank One. (Please no complaints about Disney Visa Card!!) :rolleyes:

I went on about 8 trips to WDW while growing up and my parents still enjoy taking vacations there. They are in fact going when we are at the end of October and they are excited we joined DVC. DH got his first taste of WDW on our honeymoon in 1994. He had a great time and we had a fantastic honeymoon. However due to financial constraits of buying our first home we vacationed mostly at DH's families beach house and went on a few skiing trips, but no WDW. After DD arrived we thought it was time to introduce her to the World. We took DD after she turned a year and got HOOKED and immediately planned to take a trip once a year. Okay now that's up to two a year! :) I looked into DVC (and knew it was right for us, DH however needed more convincing) and rented points from a member for our trip last Nov. at OKW. Ten minutes into that one bedroom villa and DH was asking a slew of DVC questions - I got him!! :) We toured all the properties and decided we wanted BWV as a "home." We waited patiently for the right resale and bought our BWV villa. :Pinkbounc To finance we actually took a cash-out option on our house refinance and paid for our DVC and the best part was our mortgage payment still dropped! How cool is that? I really like that I only have to pay dues for a week of WDW vacations till 2042!! :Pinkbounc :bounce: Of course I want more points now!!!!!!

Beast fan
05-09-2003, 03:30 PM
Only our 2nd year with DVC.

Prior to that, we had gone to WDW (staying onsite) in '95, 97 and 2001 and stayed at DL in '96. We considered DVC too good of a deal to pass up. Though my wife was more interested in DVC, I spend 100 times more time in researching resorts, transportation, etc. All she does is tell me where and when we are going to a DVC Resort (stayed @ HH last year, will be @ VB and VWL this year) and I plan the how. Oh yeah, she also plans our character breakfasts and "fine dining" meals (she hasn't done poorly in her selection).

BTW, DW is a University of Kentucky graduate (Class of '82), a SAHM (DS5 & DS2.5), while I am a Central Michigan graduate ('90) and currently a "road manager" (a.k.a. dispatcher) for a trucking company.

This December will be our first trip to WDW with our DS's. DS5 absolutely loves any-and-everything about trains and will be so surprised and thrilled when he gets to ride on the monorail. We haven't told or explained to him anything about the monorail (we had to surprise him somehow:teeth: ) Also, my in-laws bought into DVC about a month after we did, so DVC may bring us closer together.:Pinkbounc :bounce:

Princess Tink
05-09-2003, 05:03 PM
Let me start by saying that I am the Disney nut in my family, followed by my DS (5). I am 25 and work in customer service; my DH (30) is an autoworker. I would consider us to be middle class, at the very most. We live in a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri in a small 3-bedroom ranch style house. We've been married for almost 7 years...married a month after I graduated from HS. We both grew up in families that didn't vacation much. The only vacations I could remember growing up were with an Uncle that took me camping/canoeing for a week every summer as a reward for getting good grades in school (every year from 5th grade until 10th grade). My DH's vacations consisted of weekend trips to the Lake (3 hours drive).

When my son was 2, I negotiated a vacation with my DH, so to speak! He wanted a new boat, that I considered very expensive...costing twice that amount we paid for my car. Now granted he had a boat but it wasn't a big pretty one, like his friends had. Well, I wasn't giving in. I wanted us to go on vacation, and not to the lake. So, after many months of back and forth, I told him he could have the boat if we could go on vacation.... A REAL VACATION! I had a friend that had just come back from Maui and I decided that's where I wanted to go. After many sleepless nights, I decided maybe that wasn't the best idea.... would my DS (2) have fun.... how would he handle that long plane ride.... what would we be able to do that he would enjoy as much as we would? I decided this wasn't the best idea...so I started asking around. Another friend just came back from WDW with his family and said that it was the best vacation that he had ever been on! I called the TA up and told her to send me a planning book. We paid a lot of money going through the TA but at the time I didn't rally care too much. This was going to be a once in a lifetime trip and I was not worrying about how much money it was going to cost. I had been back to work for 18 months and been putting money into savings so that I would be able to take a vacation soon. We had $5000 is savings and if we used it all, good...that's what I had saved it for! I bet we used every bit of it too. We stayed 8 nights at Dixie Landings (POR) with Unlimited magic passes. Ate out 3 times a day at all the nice restaurants, and bought almost everything I seen! This was the most fun I had ever had in my life!

When we got back, all I could do is think about how much fun I had. Meanwhile, the new boat was ordered and we picked it up a month after returning from WDW.... 9 months after getting it someone else decided they like it more than we did! I was so upset. We dropped it off at the dealership to be serviced before the heavy boating season was under way. Went to pick it up a week later, on our way to the lake (vacation for 2 weeks) and it wasn't there...and the dealership didn't even know it was missing. I just cried, my DH and I worked so hard for everything we had and I couldn't see how someone could take something that didn't belong to them. Needless to say this was the worse vacation we'd ever had. Luckily, we had insurance on the boat, and our homeowners insurance covered the contents. The boat and contents were never recovered. We spent all summer running all over the place to replace the items the were in the boat. And we had to wait 3 months before we were able to replace the boat.

Almost a year went by and I spent every minute trying to figure out how I could afford for us to go back. My DH wouldn't budge, he wasn't going back for another 4-5 years. Or at least that's what I thought! My husband came home one day in January and said, did you know WDW was having a 100 Year Celebration? Well, of course I did! He asked me to start researching it and see how much it would cost and f we could afford it. Heck, half the work was already done! HAHAHA!!! At this point I had heard about DVC and looked into it a little but, I didn’t quite understand how it worked. And DH wasn't convinced it was a great thing. How could I convince him when I didn't understand it myself? So, we went and stayed at POR again, making arrangements on our own this time, spending about half the money we'd spent two years before. This was a whole new experience, how could you go someplace twice the same time of year and still have so much fun? I wanted terrible to take the tour but, our time is so limited when there are so many things to do! I didn't get a chance, too bad.

Another six months went by when I happen to tumble upon this site.....wow, there's a lot of info out here. Actually I was researching for the Cruise on DCL for May '04 when I happen to see this board! Every night I talked about all the information I was finding. DH just laughed and rolled hi eyes. Needless to say, we are now the proud owners of 150 pts (wanting more) at BCV. My DH says that this would be the only way to get me to quite talking about it so much, just let me buy and deal with it. First trip home planned for July of this year. My family and friends think we’ve lost it! They tell me I’m a Disney Nut, like that’s a bad thing! My parents are actually happy for us, as we are able to do things that a lot of people aren’t able to do. My parents also know that it is because we work very hard for everything we have. On the other hand, my DH’s parents would look down on us for this.

It’s actually very funny, I told my son we were going on DCL after he graduates from Kindergarten next spring when he’s 6. He recently turned 5 but, started saying he was tired of being 5 because he was ready for DCL. My mom asked him if he was going on vacation this summer and she told her that he wants to go to WDW. She laughed and said we created a little monster and said is was nobody else’s fault but our own. I love it! My husband and I both try to give him everything that we didn’t have growing up. I just hope that he understands that it is all because of hard work. We try to explain this to him but, I think it goes in one ear and out the other.

nick&nat
05-09-2003, 07:35 PM
Hi everybody,
First I want to say thank you for all the invaluable information from all you experts out there on this board. I'm both new to DVC and to the boards.
Bought 200 pts. in September after staying in The Swan this past summer. Walk around the Boardwalk, and finally went in to see what DVC is about. Although DH have been talking about joining since we got married 9 years ago, we never did, thought we could not afford it. But after the presentation, we knew it was the right thing to do since we go about twice a year and I am such a Disney fanatic.

We both just turn 40, have a DS 8, and DD 6. I'm a Elementary school teacher and DH a Sales Manager/Lighting Specialist.

We are planning our first trip home this August and doing the 7 day cruise. CAN'T WAIT! And am already needing more points and looking for an add on. Maybe another 100 points at BWV.

Again, thank you all!
Ginny

Mrs. Snowgod
05-09-2003, 09:07 PM
Hi, Neighbors!

First, thanks to Nick & Cindy for continuing to bump this thread. This is great! I'm not new to the DIS boards, nor to DVC, but somehow I hadn't seen this thread going. It's really great to read about all of you.

I am 46 and DH (Snowgod on these boards) is 49. We have a DD22 (out on her own) and a DS 18, who still lives at home, starting college next fall. DH is a Computer Network technician at a local private school as well as a longtime ski and snowboarding instructor/coach (that's where the screen name came from), and I am in management at a major insurance company home office. My mom lives in FL permanently after a decade of snowbirding, and we have been traveling to FL to visit her for a number of years.

We've loved our trips to WDW, but it was the chance to buy at VB with magical beginnings that finally got us to buy in '00 while at WL celebrating our 25th anniversary. VB is very close to my Mom's home, and we felt it would be a great way to combine visits to her with a resort experience. Since buying, though, we have tended to go to WDW and have her meet us there! It is so wonderful to give back to parents after having them do for us all our young lives!

Enjoying Epcot and World showcase during the Food & Wine Festival with my mom, taking her to the Adventurers Club, seeing her without a care is just wonderful. We also took my BiL and Nephew, along with our own family, to VB and OKW last summer. We hope to plan many extended family trips in the future, and also trips with friends. It is every bit as much fun to take our kids as young adults as it was to take them as children. Even better now in some ways, as pennies don't need to be pinched as much.

We are very fortunate to be able to do this, and as many in this thread have observed, it is really an economy measure that so many non-DVCers view as an extravagance! And yes, my co-workers say, "you're going to Disney AGAIN?!?!?", so I now just say, "I'm going to FL to visit my Mom". They don't need to know that we are meeting in WDW!

Since the first 200 point purchase at VB, we have added on another 100 points at VWL, and are now looking to do another MB add-on at BCV. Yes, we do have points-fever like so many others. Retirement is a number of years away, but the idea of spending January in WDW is very appealing!

Nice to meet you all, neighbors! Look forward to reading about more of you.

Quirky Cruiser
05-09-2003, 09:26 PM
I'm single....I'm 23...but I am in love with Disney (guess that's what I have in common!!!). I did not grow up going to Disney every year because we just simply didn't have the money (we are a family of 5). My first trip was in '93 and I absolutely fell in love. My parents went to the DVC presentation then, but decided they just couldn't swing it with my brother going off to college that year and 2 of us right behind him. We have taken a couple trips since then - but not as a whole family.

After graduating from college, I secured a good job and began allocating my money - car payments, college loans, and all the little things in between. Fortunately, my job is located near my home so I have moved back in with Mom and Dad for now (Not sure this is my final destination, so I haven't invested in a home). People began asking me where I was planning on investing my money - I had DVC planned the whole time - but didn't tell them because they don't understand DVC and believe I should invest in stock. My parents supported my idea 100% - they know my love for Disney and realize that this is one of the most cost effective ways to go on vacation year after year (They are kicking themselves for not joining years ago!!!)

I just returned from BCV/OKW this week - I travelled with two skeptical friends who now understand why I bought. They had to see it to believe it, but at least they now see things the DVC way. I hope to share this investment with my children someday - but for now, I will be sharing it with my parents/friends - My parents gave up so much to put me through college that it is my turn to pay them back. We will hopefully be going down next February as a family.

Sorry for the long story....but I felt it was something I could share with my DVC family - I have no regrets - and after having the most wonderful 1st trip "home", I'm looking forward to many many more over the next 39 years!!!! :) :) :)

Boardwalk4me
05-09-2003, 11:23 PM
45 married to DH 46 with DD 20 and DD 9. Live in southern suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We have been self employed for 17 years and are comfortable. We are in the waste management business or simply put garbage haulers. No college degrees. When we first invested in the DVC it was a stretch on the pocketbook, but now 5 add-ons later we have never looked back or regretted it for one moment. Our children are 9 years apart which meant vacations at WDW satisfied all ages. Yesterday did another add-on at BCV and know we have many wonderful years of vacations with our girls and without, with extended family members and friends. One of our main goals when purchasing the DVC was to bless others that maybe couldn't afford to stay in the resorts that we as DVC members are accustomed to. When we see their faces and the wonder that they experience it is so worth it. We were able recently to give as a wedding present a honeymoon of 5 nights at the BCV. Both had never been to Disney World, needless to say the newlyweds now believe in the magic of Disney.

All have different ideas about investments but we have always felt when we "invested" in the DVC we invested in our family and our sanity and have gotten much more than money can buy.
We look forward to the beauty, joy, our quiet places, the entertainment and the education of going "home" again and again.

ArnyVee
05-10-2003, 08:49 AM
Myself (31) and DW (30) have a beautiful DD (10 months today!). I work as an Operations Manager at a Call Center and DW works with a major communications company as an account executive. So, thank goodness, we are doing okay financially. We are not quite yet DVC members (soon hopefully!), but I definitely want to provide vacations year after year for my daughter and family. So, I can see the value of being a DVC member. My 'magically-impaired' DW seems to be seein' the light lately, but isn't 100% Disney yet. I'll get her there, just you wait! :p

Dizzie
05-10-2003, 12:26 PM
We bought DVC Oct 2001, but I didn't use these boards until this spring! Thanks to everyone, I've learned so much.

I am a 37 yo SAHM and a pharmacist before DS 8, DD 4 and DS 1. DH is also 37 and works in the golf course business. We love skiing, hiking and doing all the stuff kids do.

We bought because we love Disney, but we were always taking vacations to the Midwest to visit family. With DVC it forces us to go someplace other than MN/WI and we can take family with us. We consider DVC a prepaid vacation that can't be put off.

We are looking forward to a week at HH in July with friends, and a week at WDW in October with my parents!

jaysue
05-10-2003, 03:20 PM
One of the few Canadians on this board

Me (36), DW (37), DS (3) and on June 10th adding a D? to make four
Also DF (68) and DM (71) interested in coming from time to time

DW is a Drama/English teacher, I am a Senior I.T. Manager at CIBC (one of Canada's major banks)

We are upper middle class and are very fortunate to be able to afford somewhere like WDW and DVC

We bought because DW is a teacher, Toronto is cold during the winter, she gets March break off, DF and DM have a condo in Ft Lauderdale so I pledged that we would go to Florida every March break in exchange for a trip to WDW/VB every year so basically every trip will be 2 nights in FLL, then 5 nights WDW/VB then 2 nights FLL then back home to the grindstone

Thanks
jaysue

Kick it up a notch!
05-11-2003, 03:25 PM
This is a great thread and ncligs should be commended for bumping it and keeping it alive.

We have been DVC members for about 5 years now and really do enjoy it. I never realized the value of a vacation until joining DVC and since then have changed my profession for that reason (and many others) I formerly was a restaurant manager/chef that wanted to spend more of my time on the important things in life including vacations, and my wife works for a large mutual fund company. Her position (and income) are what enables us to enjoy our annual pilgramage to the most magical place on earth. We have two kids, 11 and 1, and we get to see Disney through the one year old's eyes which is a treat.

Those of you who have mentioned that you are embarrassed about telling others that you are members should not be. You should be proud that you are associated with the wonderful people on this board as well as others that are members. True, this is an extravagance that not everyone can afford, and I am sure that there are many who just scrape by to afford these vacations. Be grateful that you can enjoy them, not embarrased that you do and don't worry about what others think. They will think it no matter what, and you will be in Disney when they think it.

We take our oldest out of school to go on our vacations for a variety of reasons, but this is an experience that she will have for the rest of her life. Fond family memories and wonderful experiences are just two reasons we do it. Our child gets A's in school and if that changes so will our vacationing habits. If we can do it we will, and our children will benefit from it.

Growing up neither my wife nor I came from families that took vacations like we do now, and since we can afford it, we will give our children experiences they can take with them for the rest of their lives. My hope is that everyone gets to experience Walt Disney World once in their lifetime, it will be an experience they will not forget.

Enjoy DVC as it was meant to be enjoyed, a more affordable way to experience Walt Disney World more often than you would otherwise. I wish everyone safe and happy vacations that they can cherish for the rest of their lives!!!!

NancyDVC
05-11-2003, 04:59 PM
Wow what a diverse group. I am a mature adult woman who bought with my best friend 11 years ago. I am a physical therapist employed fulltime. My friend is a now retired surgical nurse. I live on Long Island (NY) and she lives on Shelter Island, NY.
People often ask why 2 single women without kids bought DVC. We love going to WDW. It provided us an opportunity to have the resource for quality vacation accomodations for many years to come. We were able to take 'family' vacations with my folks and my sister and her kids-great fun.
And we love Disney! All of our DVC vacations have been wonderful-OKW, VB, HH, BWV, WL (before VWL), The Plaza in NYC, and the DL hotel.
Now if I could only figure out how to afford more DVC points (and the time to use them.)

poohbear1029
05-11-2003, 07:05 PM
I am 31 yo, in insurance, DH is a Captain (hopefully soon to be Major) in the USAF. His career field is civil engineering.

We have no kids yet, just our 8yo dog, a friendly mutt who loves everyone!

We live in Central Mass and met here in college. Both of us are from MA, me from the Berkshires, DH from the Cape.

We both love vacations where we "do" stuff....I cant sit on the beach, it drives me crazy....DH loves to golf....so DVC and WDW are perfect for us!

Our families think we are nuts, but my parents scramble last minute to plan vacations every year and pay high prices...I know where and when my vacations are 11 months in advance!:bounce:

Doug Wolfe
05-11-2003, 09:42 PM
I am 47 and in the brokerage business with a major Midwest bank. My spouse runs the local Chamber of Commerce and is 43. We have three kids. My son is 12 (13 in June), my girls are 8 and 6. Our home resort is Beach Club Villas and we LOVE DVC. :wave:

Dreamfinder2
05-11-2003, 10:51 PM
Just for fun (and perhaps lending credence to the rumor around our house that I should get a life), I just read every post on this thread in sequence, from my initial question to Doug's.

What a blast. Diverse bunch, certainly, but what a neat family we have here!

Keep 'em coming!

ColinA
05-12-2003, 05:47 AM
Thanks for the interesting topic, I am 45, self employed manufacturing packaging machinery, my wife 43 is a nurse, and No kids! We both love WDW and DVC, Boardwalk is our second home. We plan to stay 3-4 weeks every year over Christmas and new year.

barrie
05-14-2003, 01:50 PM
Let's see if I can bump up the diversity level of this thread a bit...

I'm a lesbian. My 11 year partner, Sutree, and I bought into DVC in 2000. We actually learned about DVC through this board while trying to find affordable ways to get back to Disney after a wonderful trip that we took to Dixie Landings. We love owning a piece of the mouse! We own at WLV but have never stayed there because it is so much like Oregon. We like OKW best for the space - although we just came back from a stay at BCV and it was pretty nice being so close to everything. I wish we could buy at each of the resorts!

I am 43 and am a consultant at a non-profit agency. I work to increase the power of people with developmental disabilities to control their own lives and I teach people without disabilites how to be more respectful and supportive of those with disabilities. Sutree is 47 and is an artist who calls herself "a stay-at-home house-butch and all-around handidyke". We don't make tons of money but we lead a comfortable life - mostly due to the fact that we don't have kids. I don't know how people with kids manage...our pets just about do us in!

Disney is definately not highly regarded in the circles we run in. But that doesn't stop us from telling people about our ownership. We are used to being the odd ones out so it's no big deal! We bought in because we wanted to be able to go often and this made financial sense for us. We love the feel of the resorts. We'd never be able to stay in such nice places as often as we do without being DVC members.

My mom lives in Florida and I combine my visits to Disney with visiting her (not always though!). In October we are taking 6 of my co-workers to OKW. Our next trip after that we will take Sutree's brother's and their families to WLV. My sister and nephew are going to benefit next. We really bought in so that we could share with our friends and family. We thought that we'd also use our points to go to other places as well but I am starting to think that we will probably just keep going back to Disney because there is so much to do that we'll never get tired of it!

What fun it's been learning about who everyone is. Thanks for the thread. Barrie

Pa@okw95
05-14-2003, 02:31 PM
Barrie--I have given much thought to prejudices over the years and there are millions of them. One thing I do notice all the time that the subject of a prejudice depending on how severe it is, has trouble forgetting it. I forgot to say I was heterosexual in my profile because I am not conscious of being so. I doubt in your life time that will happen to you but you never know.

cheyita
05-14-2003, 02:53 PM
I finally read through all these posts for the first time (took two days), and I feel ready to post myself.

We're soon to be officially members - in the closing process. We first went on the tour last summer, when we stayed at BCV during their first month open. We almost bought on the spot, but we were afraid we were just too caught up in the magic of it. We went back to FL in December for what was supposed to be a trip to Tampa, but we could stand to be that close to Disney without going, so we actually paid out the almost-$500 a night to spend two nights at BCV. Already we were wishing we had bought that membership. When we started to plan our trip for this year, we realized that we need to do this.

Now...sorry, on to us. I'm 32 and DH is 36. We have two DDs - ages 7 and 4. My hubby's a blue collar sort of guy, and I'm currently purely a SAH mom - though I used to work various at-home jobs like medical transcription and daycare. While we're not rich, we are comfortable and we definitely believe vacationing is very important.

I've been thrilled to read about the families who are in their 40s with teenage children who are still happy they joined DVC ten years ago and continue to enjoy WDW every year. I'm hopeful that I'm reading into my future by reading those posts!

RichAyers
05-15-2003, 10:29 AM
Howdy Neighbors!
I am 34 and my DW is turning 32 in a few days. We live in the Chicago suburbs and ave a DD 4 1/2 and a DS 8 weeks. I am a Financial Analyst for IBM and my wife is currently a stay at home mom. She worked at IBM prior to our having kids in Training and Development. We both have our Masters. It is tight living on one income for now, but well worth it! We were married in Disney 10 yrs ago this Nov and are returning for a week at the BCV we just purchased a few weeks ago.

I REALLY wanted to surprise her with this, but was afraid I would get a kick in the butt instead of a hug and a kiss!! So I ran it by her first (she was luke warm to the idea, but as the weeks have passed she is as excited as I am). Kind of our 10yr anniversary gift to ourselves! We were married in the Yacht Club gazebo and just love that area of Disney. It just seemed right to buy there also. I am way more of a Disney nut than my wife and my DD is right there with me ( I have her converted already).

Since we got married at Disney, every time we go there it is so much more than just a vacation. We can walk by the gazebo and it seems like we were just married.

Already have 2004 planned with the out-laws (uh, I mean in-laws :-)) and hope to sneak in a short trip here or there as a surprise!!

If anyone is around nov 9-14, maybe we can do Beaches and cream and talk about the Dis!

Rich

CK1
05-16-2003, 12:39 AM
Hi, I'll add our profile and bump this thread back up again! :)

DH and I have been proud owners at BWV since '99, but have benefitted from DVC since '92 when my sister and her dh bought (and have always been so kind as to share!) DH is 37, I'm 36, and we have 3 little mice: two princes (ages 8 and 6 :smooth: :smooth: ) and one princess (turns 3 tomorrow!:Pinkbounc). We live in the mid-ohio valley area working for a fortune 100 manufacturing company; dh is in management, I'm a research chemist (currently working part-time as a chemist, full-time as a mom! :))

My sister has used her DVC membership for their family at Tanque Verde, a heap of inns in New England, Hawaii, California... but every time our fam of 5 considers doing that, we somehow end up at WDW! We usually visit every other year for a long stay... it's hard with 3 kids (especially 2 school-age sports-nuts and a coaching dh) to get away very often! Just got an add-on and hoping the extra pts can go towards a HH stay on our "off" years!

Nice meeting everyone!

Cindy et al. :earsboy: :earsgirl: :earsboy: :earsgirl:

disneymom99
05-17-2003, 06:14 PM
I am a part time occupational therapist and my DH works for the county. We have 2 DD ages 7 and 11. We are your very average run of the mill middle class folks. We began taking Disney trips in 1999 and stayed on property for the first time that year. Right then and there we knew we would be back many times. However, Disney vacations are very expensive. We stayed off property at Westgate in 2001. BIG MISTAKE! It was that experience that drove us to vow NEVER to stay off property again! Although DVC is a major financial addition to our already tight budget, we decided that we would make the sacrifice for 5 years (now about 3.5 left for the payments) to enjoy many years of the Disney magic. This also allows us to be able to provide our children with wonderful vacations every year. To us, it is well worth it. Gayle

Mrs. Snowgod
05-21-2003, 09:35 AM
Just love this thread.... let's see if it can keep going.

Anybody?

:bounce: :D :Pinkbounc ;) :bounce: :p :Pinkbounc :D :bounce:

WEDway2002
05-21-2003, 02:57 PM
Hi all ...

Well ... my wife and I joined in '94 when DVC came up to Long Island (we thought about it since '92 and then dove in)! We have truly enjoyed every minute of it. We are both music teachers on Long Island (my wife has taken some time off these past few years to be with my DS - 4). My DD is 9 and has been to OKW close to 16 times now. I would say that we are very middle class (especially with one income lately). We are also strong believers in making memories with our kids. I have been a Disney Store cast member twice, not for the income but just to be a part of the magic in my own small way. Our dream is to either retire to Central Florida and work at WDW or be "snow-birds" and still work there.

It certainly feels good to be in the company of such a wonderful group of people!

Dave :earsboy: :earsgirl: :earsboy: :earsgirl:

yesdisneyfool
05-21-2003, 05:11 PM
Joined in 2000.

Parents of one (DD) and we were just approaching 40 yrs old. Had visited WDW on an annual basis since 95 and said this is for us. Bought sight unseen at OKW (recommendation from a friend) and have never looked back. As a matter of fact we did the addon after the 1st year and we're looking forward to the next in a few years. We've never stayed off site and can't imagine ever doing so. DVC gives us the ability to come down more often and bring family and friends.

DVC rules! :D

LarryM
05-21-2003, 06:28 PM
Hi all
I am 39 y/o retail manager and DW is 40 y/o teacher we have no kids. while in Marine corp in the early 80's I went to Disneyland quite frequently. We went to WDW in 94. It was when MGM opened. This was her first exposure to the disney magic. We took a WDW vacation every year just about for 4 years always staying at Dixie Landings. Went on the tour when it was just OKW before BWV opened. We could not afford it at the time. Then in late 99 we bought sight unseen at BWV and closed in Jan. 2000. Now we go every year sometimes twice and always take friends or family memebers with us on one of our trips to give them the chance to go and experience WDW and see why we love it so. That is one of the main reasons we bought so that we could share WDW with our friends and family.

mrsdopey13
05-21-2003, 07:36 PM
We are two huge Disney fans who are professionals that bought last year while we were on our honeymoon so that we could make sure that no matter what,some day our (yet to be born) children can have wonderful Disney memories and be able to have great vacations guaranteed!!!

MiaSRN62
05-21-2003, 07:44 PM
Nice to meet everyone......
I'm 40 and an RN who works part-time in a very busy Labor and Delivery room in a suburban hospital just 15-20 minutes outside of Philly. My husband, Rob, works in management at the University of Penn and does home remodeling on the side.
We live in the typical house in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I'd say we're middles class---not rich but comfortable. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in WDW in 1986 and it took us 8 years to get back to the Kingdom after that---too busy having babies and all ! lol But once we went back as a family, we've made it our vacation destination ever since. I'd say we're there 1-2 times a year. We also have several family members we visit in FL when we're there.
We have three kids, ds (16), dd (12), and dd (10). We have a Rottie and 3 cats. We used to fly to and from Orlando, but since June 2000, when we bought a conversion van, we've been driving. Saves us like $1000-$1,300 every trip in airfare and rental cars. It's the best investment we made besides our DVC membership---which we also bought in 2000. We only purchased 150 points (OKW) because we already had another timeshare and just wanted something to add on to it. If it weren't for our Vistana timeshare which we purchased in '94, we would have most likely bought more points with DVC.
I enjoy photography, music, reading and scrap-booking when I find the time.
My husband keeps such a busy schedule. We treasure our family time in WDW. It gives us time to really slow down and smell the roses (and the MK turkey legs !) :Pinkbounc
Going to go back and read some more posts now.

ForTheLoveofDisney
05-22-2003, 01:18 PM
I am so glad someone asked this question. Before we bought, in June of 2002, I never thought we would be able to afford it. I started surfing these boards around January and everyone had such valuable information for me. I tried talking to my husband about the DVC and he said, "Did we hit the lottery or something? Because if we didn't, we can't afford that!!!!" Well, we went down for our annual vacation (somehow we could afford to go everyear) and I said come on, let's just set up an appointment and talk to somebody. He relented and we both were hooked. They had that great Magical Beginnings program which really helped alot. The monthly payment isn't painful at all. And we saw how much money we could save by joining. We couldn't afford not to buy.
As for our profile. . . my husband, his father and his brother are in business together for themselves. Sometimes things are great and sometimes they aren't. They say that's how it is for the first few years. I currently stay at home with our dog and do some of the behind the scenes work for the biz. We do not have any children yet. We just have an enormous love for Disney. I have gone many times as a child. My husband didn't go until he was 22. Like many, who have never gone, he didn't see what all the hype about Disney was. Of course that all changed when we got there. My husband is so intense with the business, sometimes working 12-16 hours a day we sincerely look forward to our trips. My husband once made a comment to someone, "I don't care if all the trees are "plastic" and they control the weather. . . the relaxed feeling you get when you are there is worth every penny to me." I second that. We aren't by any means well off, we are definately right in the middle of working middle class. Perhaps I could buy nice furnishings for everyroom and great accessories if I didn't have the DVC payment every month but those things don't matter to me. It's the great time we get to spend together connecting as a couple that's important to us.
Thanks for listening.

Verandah Man
05-22-2003, 04:01 PM
We have been going to WDW and DL since 1983. We heard about DVC on many trips and through our Disney magazines, but never thought we could afford it.

My grandmother moved to Florida in 1985 and my parents moved to Florida in 1988. Finally, we had free lodging anytime we went to Florida, so didn't give DVC another thought. What a mistake!!!

My grandmother passed away in 1995, and my parents moved back to New Jersey the following year.

It was during this time that my DW and I started our family by adopting a baby girl from Mexico in 1990. We still were able to make yearly trips to Florida, but not always going to Disney.

It was during our annual trek in March 2002 that we took the DVC tour. It was a vacation that almost didn't happen. My DW came down with a cold the day before we were to leave, our 11 year old DD, came down sick on the way to Florida, we almost turned the car around in Georgia and headed back home, I'm glad we didn't. I also started feeling ill our last day at WDW, we were supposed to visit friends in Ft. Myers after WDW, but never made it.

We arrived in Florida a day earlier than we had planned, we called WDW and they had a room available(this was Easter Week). The first morning, instead of going to the parks, we took the DVC tour. Our tour guide Glen Wilson was great, we had so much fun taking the tour and talking with Glen. We bought into the DVC with a 170 point purchase. We came home from that vacation and started planning our first trip "HOME." We went to VB for five nights and one night at OKW in November 2002. Before our trip, we did a 50 point add on in October 2002.

While staying at VB, we took a ride up the coast on Thursday and saw the Disney Wonder in port, what a sight!!! On the drive back to VB, we decided we wanted to take a Disney Cruise. A week after returning home to NJ, we called and got our cruise set up for August 2003. We are so excited about our upcoming cruise!!! Without DVC, we would probably never have been able to do the things we are doing.

We are a hard working middle class family. My DW had to stop working after 22 years in the collection field, because of health reasons. I have been reading water meters for my local government for the past 24 years. Our DD will be turning 13 y/o after we get back from our cruise. We feel blessed, that we are able to belong to the DVC, we just did another 130 point add on this month, taking us up to 350 points. We were able to refinance our home mortgage, and with the savings on our monthly mortgage payments, we used that $$ to buy these additional points.

We look forward one day, when we can pass our DVC down to our DD and her family, that's unless we live to be in our late eighties, and can still get around!!!

Andy

rsschneck
06-20-2003, 02:09 AM
I have been lurking on these boards for months now so I figure I will introduce my Disney Family.
I am 34 years young. I work part-time as a Dental Hygienist. Graduated college in 1991 and that was our last trip to WDW. I went to college in North Carolina while DH was in the Army (He served in the 1st gulf war). I volunteer at my daughter's school and try to keep the household running smoothly since DH works 60 hours per week on average. I am, of course, the families travel agent and love all the helpful hints I receive while reading these posts.
DH is 35 (don't tell him I told you). He works at Intel. He is a Physical Design Specialist. He helps design all the wonderful computer chips that keep us surfing faster and better. He works a lot and vacations are very important to us so he can relax and get a little more quality family time. He has loved Disney forever and now so do the rest of us (it is a sickness that is very contagious). We have been married for over 16 years. Our DD is 7 and has thought she was a Princess since birth. She is in the first grade. DD takes ice skating lessons, Golf lessons and swim lessons.
We purchased a 300 point resale @ OKW and closed 11/02. We purchased a 100 point add-on @ SSR in October of 2003. We have been on two Disney Cruises. We have used our points for one of the cruises, a stay @ HHI and a stay @ OKW. The 2004 year has 3 DVC trips planned HHI and OKW twice. We will try SSR in 2005.
We are Disneyland Veterans! We are very excited about becoming WDW Veterans as well. So little vacation time and so much WDW property to cover. I figure 40-50 years outta cover it!:smooth:

JLS
06-20-2003, 08:03 PM
Hi -

I am 29, my husband is 30. We have been married two years, and live in Los Angeles, CA. We don't have kids yet, but we hope to have our first within the next two years. I am an attorney and my husband is in sports public relations. We make pretty good money and are saving for a house and putting away money for a time when I might want to work in a less demanding job. We made our first Disney trip together in July of 2000 (we were still engaged then) and stayed a week at the WL. We loved it. I went back with a friend that December to the Beach Club for a few nights and fell in love with the Beach Club. We got married in 2001, so no trip to Disney. In May 2002, we took two friends with us and rented points from a member for a 2-bedroom villa at BWV. We were really impressed with that set-up and have been interested in DVC since. This May we took another trip and rented points at the Villas at WL (also stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge). We loved the WL Villas too. Our last day of our trip, we had gone to Blizzard Beach and then parked at the Boardwalk to have a leisurely late lunch and stroll around. We saw the sales/information center and decided to go in "just to get some information." 4 hours later we emerged as DVC members 300 points at BCV! I thought I was going to have trouble selling my husband on 150 points, and after the presentation, HE is the one that suggested 300 points.... I think what sold him was the fact that we can use points for stays at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe, which is where we got married. We put all of the purchase on credit cards (three different cards). We have some cash set aside, so we are paying it off that way quickly, instead of financing through DVC.

Going to Fla is a long way for us, but we are trying to plan our first trip to BCV. Probably not until next May, but I am hoping for something sooner.

Goofy's Mum
06-20-2003, 08:43 PM
Hi,
My husband and I are both 50-ish (okay, he's 50 and I'm 51!). He works as a claims coordinator at our friendly Wal-Mart, and I'm a medical transcriptionist for a medical group of about 75 doctors. We have no children (unfortunately), but we do have four wonderful pseudo-children in our cats, Noah, Abigail, Lydia, and Jesse. We joined DVC three years ago, never dreaming that we could afford it - we're solidly middle class and proud of it.
People often say "You're going to Disney again?" and we say "yup, we're going home!" And there's no place like home!!!:wave: :wave:

Loubon
06-20-2003, 09:00 PM
I guess it is my turn....

I grew up in New York City (can't you tell by my accent?) met my wife and moved to Long Island, NY (where she was from) got promoted at my job and moved to NJ (where we are since).

I'm 44, DW is 45 (and I never let her hear the end of the 10 month difference) DDs are 15 and soon to be 10. My wife retired when I got promoted (!) and has been a great mom to the kids. I spent my whole career in Sales & Marketing (MBA in MKT) until I crossed over to the dark side about 6 years ago. I now head up the Technology dept. for my company! (I knew why the boards were out the other day but I'm not a geek!)

Our honeymoon at Disney 19 years ago started the Disney fever (although it was always there). We looked at DVC in 1998 while at the Coronado but the money seemed like alot back then. 5 years made a big difference as it was easy this go around.

I enjoy seeing people help others learn the ropes here. I try to give back (and hopefully can do more as time goes by). But this board is more than posts. It is the people on the board that I feel I already know. You have to admit that sometimes you probably check a post based on who posted it or who replied last. There is an anticipation that comes with that. Sometimes a laugh or somtimes a "what's their problem now" or sometimes an animated smiley! It is that uniqueness that brings me back. I try to do the same. I try to be identified with lighthearted posts (what's the funniest you've seen or have you spotted any celebrities) so that people can get away from the day to day stuff as they countdown the next trip home.

Let those who don't understand us laugh. We always have each other!

Verandah Man
06-20-2003, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by Loubon
I guess it is my turn....

I grew up in New York City (can't you tell by my accent?) met my wife and moved to Long Island, NY (where she was from) got promoted at my job and moved to NJ (where we are since).

I'm 44, DW is 45 (and I never let her hear the end of the 10 month difference) DDs are 15 and soon to be 10. My wife retired when I got promoted (!) and has been a great mom to the kids. I spent my whole career in Sales & Marketing (MBA in MKT) until I crossed over to the dark side about 6 years ago. I now head up the Technology dept. for my company! (I knew why the boards were out the other day but I'm not a geek!)

Our honeymoon at Disney 19 years ago started the Disney fever (although it was always there). We looked at DVC in 1998 while at the Coronado but the money seemed like alot back then. 5 years made a big difference as it was easy this go around.

I enjoy seeing people help others learn the ropes here. I try to give back (and hopefully can do more as time goes by). But this board is more than posts. It is the people on the board that I feel I already know. You have to admit that sometimes you probably check a post based on who posted it or who replied last. There is an anticipation that comes with that. Sometimes a laugh or somtimes a "what's their problem now" or sometimes an animated smiley! It is that uniqueness that brings me back. I try to do the same. I try to be identified with lighthearted posts (what's the funniest you've seen or have you spotted any celebrities) so that people can get away from the day to day stuff as they countdown the next trip home.

Let those who don't understand us laugh. We always have each other!


Very Well Said Lou!!! I get that all the time, "Going to Disney again?" My reply, "Yes, and I LOVE IT!!!" Of course, this time it has changed a bit, we're going on a Disney Cruise!!!

BTW Lou, my DW is 13 and 1/2 months older than me, she'll be 50 next March and I'll still be 48 for another six weeks. LOL!!!

Loubon
06-20-2003, 09:11 PM
Hey Andy,

You're a perfect example of what I meant. We've never met but thanks to these boards I know where you got your name and that you love rock shrimp! ;)

Verandah Man
06-20-2003, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by Loubon
Hey Andy,

You're a perfect example of what I meant. We've never met but thanks to these boards I know where you got your name and that you love rock shrimp! ;)


Oh Boy, do I love my Rock Shrimp!!!

Loubon
06-20-2003, 09:23 PM
Actually, I would like to add the following....

I did my own sort of profiling in an earlier post but I think it got lost in the shuffle (3 replies and low views) due to a dull subject line (or maybe it just wasn't as funny as I thought when I wrote it?!?)

Anyway it fits this thread....

So in honor of my fellow posters I submit the following poster analysis:

Bashful - Afraid to ask questions for the fear of looking dumb. Not here. Everyone here looks to help regardless of how often the question has been asked.
Happy - All posters who just added on (or finally signed up after a long wait or won the ROFR)
Doc - Webmaster Doc. Always helping and even taking time to do SS spy missions for us.
Sleepy - All posters who give us the "live" reports while they are actually there after a full day at the parks.
Dopey - Anyone who takes a humorous poke at fun seriously (although I admit sometimes it is hard to tell, other times it is very obvious.)
Grumpy - Toliet paper, garbage, thermostats, parking etc. (And before you get mad at me please see Dopey )
Sneezy - Rich's alergeic reaction when he stays anywhere but OKW!

Verandah Man
06-20-2003, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by Loubon
Actually, I would like to add the following....

I did my own sort of profiling in an earlier post but I think it got lost in the shuffle (3 replies and low views) due to a dull subject line (or maybe it just wasn't as funny as I thought when I wrote it?!?)

Anyway it fits this thread....

So in honor of my fellow posters I submit the following poster analysis:

Bashful - Afraid to ask questions for the fear of looking dumb. Not here. Everyone here looks to help regardless of how often the question has been asked.
Happy - All posters who just added on (or finally signed up after a long wait or won the ROFR)
Doc - Webmaster Doc. Always helping and even taking time to do SS spy missions for us.
Sleepy - All posters who give us the "live" reports while they are actually there after a full day at the parks.
Dopey - Anyone who takes a humorous poke at fun seriously (although I admit sometimes it is hard to tell, other times it is very obvious.)
Grumpy - Toliet paper, garbage, thermostats, parking etc. (And before you get mad at me please see Dopey )
Sneezy - Rich's alergeic reaction when he stays anywhere but OKW!



I guess I'm Dopey most of the time, at least that's what my DW and DD would say!!! LOL!!!

SharonS
06-20-2003, 10:35 PM
I'm single. I'm 42 and work as a systems analyst for a health insurer in Harrisburg, PA. My Mom first took me to Disneyworld in 1973 and we have been going ever since. I now take her to Disneyworld. She lives with me and I take care of her.

I bought into DVC in 1999. I started out with 270 pts, then did an add on to bring my total to 350. I just added another 150 to bring my total to 500. My parents didn't have much money, but my Mom made sure she got me to WDW multiple times. I feel very fortunate to be able to afford to own DVC now and provide her with a wonderful place to stay!

We go to WDW 4 times a year. My Mom has had many health problems, so I want to go as much as possible while she can still travel. Our home resort is BWV. The folks at WDW have created some very special memories for my Mom and I. I am very happy and proud to call BWV home.

nezy
06-21-2003, 04:09 PM
I see this thread is up to 15 pages. I originally posted on page 7--last August!! So, I was definately interested to see what people had to say.

We are currently doing construction on our home and sometimes I feel guilty when I am planning my trips to DVC when there is such turmoil around us and we have all of the impending construction bills, but it was something said by "FOR THE LOVE OF DISNEY" that really struck home with me.

When we go "HOME" it is definately the time when our family gets to spend that very memorable time togehter. Owning DVC and making those plans ensures that we will have those times. If we waited until we had enought money to plan a trip and were ohterwise debt free, we would never go.

I also feel like although those of us who say we bought DVC "for the kids" are really kids at heart and want to share that "never grow up" feeling w/ our kids.

Lou-I agree w/ you re: reading the posts of those we know from the boards. It is a past time-when I am not planning our next trip "HOME".

Scrufsmom
06-21-2003, 11:39 PM
Well, we are a middle class family. My DH is a Sherriffs Officer and I am a Professional in the Medical Field. We joined DVC 1 1/2 years ago and wish that we had bought sooner...like on our honeymoon 4 years ago. We have a DD who is 8 years old and keeps getting excited with the prospect of a Disney Vacation every year.

We have worked very hard to get into this club. With every vacation it is a blessing to know that we can relax and enjoy our time together. We are a Disney addicts! Can you believe that we have even decorated our spare bedroom and bathroom with a Disney theme?! It's our obsession. Thank you!

As a child I have vivid memories of spending vacations with my parents at the WDW resort. We always stayed at the Comtemporary in the tower. So since my childhood, I have always stayed there. My DH has memories of the same with his parents. People that talk to us or see us think we are crazy because our perfect vacation is with Disney. They believe that we should spend our money going on cruises, all-inclusive resorts or just plain travel to exotic places. We can pretty much get all that using our Disney Vacation Club and still feel satisfied about being a part of this very large family......The Walt Disney Family.

goldilocks_63
06-22-2003, 11:49 AM
We got married 9 years ago at BC.... and have gone just about once a year since then, but resisted buying in the DVC.

That changed once I had my daughter, too hard to get around with a toddler in a hotel room.

We've bought, and added on, because we want to spend time with both our parents, while we and they can enjoy it.

DH and DW are both computer programmers, and made good money, but even with offering to pay, the grandparents didn't want to go.

After buying DVC, we just say, oh, well, I guess well just have to sell the points..... And now they come, and enjoy. (So we've had to add on twice). We have OKW, and BCV.

During these last 3 years, DW (me) lost my job, and was out of work for 1 year, which was humbling, to say the least. Somehow, we were able to hang onto our DVC, and believe it or not, I (DW) work in VA as a consultant during the week, and fly back to Chicago to see DH and DD on weekends.

So if anyone knows of any QA or programming opportunities in Chicago area, please contact me at: goldilocks_63@yahoo.com

In the meantime, it's the Disney Vacations that are the light at the end of the tunnel for us. ;)

DH is 44, DW is 40, and DD is 5

CoasterAddict
06-22-2003, 01:24 PM
I'm single, no kids, and have been going to WDW off and on since the year it opened. I just bought 100 pts resale in April, after spending "family reunion" time at VWL thanks to the generosity of another family member. Realized that since I'm averaging a trip a year or so to my "spiritual home" DVC was a sensible investment.

The resale contract came with the first year's points that were already in the Disney Collection and had to be used before September, so in April I treated my sister to two nights at AKL Concierge. (Darn!):smooth:

loveswdw
06-22-2003, 04:22 PM
I forgot all about this thread! I've been meaning to post since we finally joined so here goes...

Me, a 30-year old graphic designer for a national farm/truck dealer publication. My DH, a 30-year old deputy sheriff.

We made our first trip to WDW during the 25th anniversary celebration in Jan. 1998. This was our first WDW trip ever (we were both 25) and my DH's first trip to FL period. We liked it so we went back on our honeymoon (this is when we took the DVC tour at the Boardwalk). Well, we couldn't afford it then (or so we thought of course). We have been back in Sept. 2000 for our 1st anniversary, then in Sept. 2001 plus I went in Sept. 2002 w/my mom (her first WDW trip ever-- she was 58!). So we decided this would probably be best for us.

We decided that if we were going to join that we had better go ahead and join before we had kids. We knew we'd never get around to joining if we waited. So we closed on 150 points at BCV on March 25, 2003. Then found out on May 5, 2003 that we are having our first child due Dec. 31, 2003! Talk about timing, huh?

There's the spiel...:D

loveswdw

ncligs
06-22-2003, 06:12 PM
Originally posted by loveswdw
My DH, a 30-year old deputy sheriff.

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We decided that if we were going to join that we had better go ahead and join before we had kids. We knew we'd never get around to joining if we waited. So we closed on 150 points at BCV on March 25, 2003. Then found out on May 5, 2003 that we are having our first child due Dec. 31, 2003! Talk about timing, huh?

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"Congratulations".....http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/biggthumpup.gif

loveswdw
06-22-2003, 07:51 PM
Thanks ncligs!! I like your graphics!!

loveswdw

Lizardbeth61
06-22-2003, 08:29 PM
and that's pretty neat.

I'm 42, DH is 46 and we have two kids DS7 & DD10. Married 19 years and still going strong . . . right dear? Seriously, we just joined, haven't even been "home" yet and wished we'd done it sooner. It seemed natural to join when we realized how many times we'd been to WDW before and since we've had children and I have a passion for nice hotels.

We're middle class too . . . although our travel style makes people suspect we're more well off. Like so many of you, travel is our biggest priority. DH has a sign business and I have a promotional products business . . . run separately for the sake of the marriage . . . I admit it, I'd be too bossy. This way we share ideas, but don't get in each other's way. Anyway, we do the family thing with all the activities and our businesses and live for the next vacation where we really do get that quality time which is so hard to spend with the speed of our lives.

I'm so glad someone started this, because I was the same way . . . wondering what the DVC member profile was.

Lizardbeth61
06-22-2003, 08:30 PM
We're a lot alike in that we love to travel to Disney and realize the value of memories over a lot of stuff!

ncligs
06-22-2003, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by Lizardbeth61
. . . I admit it, I'd be too bossy.

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Lizardbeth61
06-22-2003, 09:31 PM
I got my own personal animated smiley! I've arrived. And aren't they cute! Thanks! I always get a chuckle out of them and I never expected one directed my way!

Dreamfinder2
08-14-2003, 10:13 AM
It's been a couple of months since I've had a chance to meet some new neighbors. So, here's a bump!

pod2314
08-14-2003, 12:21 PM
I am a career federal law enforcement officer, who after almost 30 years in the field is looking towards retirement. DW is a Personnel Mgmt Spec (also w/Uncle S) and we have a 15 year old DS. In the last 7 years since moving back to the east coast (we live in the DC metro area), we have been to DW at least once a year.

We had been interested in DVC for a number of years, but last year while on the DCL, we met a number of passengers who were sporting DVC caps, shirts, bags, etc. When I inquired, they said they used their points for the cruise. That sold us. Last September we bought on resale with BWV our home resort.

aero99
08-14-2003, 12:42 PM
My fiancee and I just put our deposit down for SSR.

I am a 26 year-old aerospace engineer (Not a rocket scientist though, I design/redesign aircraft). My fiancee is a 24 year-old software engineer. We have wanted DVC for a while but the time was never right. With the incentives for SSR and the extended use year, the timing is just right.

I am the disney freak in the family. We got engaged at midnight New Years Eve (2001/2002) on a fireworks cruise watching the MK's show. Can't wait for our first trip home!

Melissa :D



edited to fix spelling

mbb
08-14-2003, 02:18 PM
DH is 34, me too, and twin boys - 5yrs old (starting SCHOOL in the fall:eek: ) Hubby is a pharmacist, and I'm SATH...thinking about rejoining the work force....maybe! We save like crazy for vacations...because who wants to spend vacation stepping on lego bits in the hotel room?;) Much rather step on them in a 1bdr at BCV!

First trip to WDW was with Dad, mom, and two brothers...EPCOT wasn't even built yet...our first family trip was last year...DH's first time too. We won a trip from Kodak! See, real people do win those things! So, one HOT afternoon at AK (why does it always seem so hot there?), we approached the yellow SUV, and as soon as we heard "supervised Child Care while you take an airconditioned tour "- easy marks that we were;) , off we went, and realized that this was for us. Saved our pennies, and prayed the US/CDNexchange would get better (happily, it did!) and last day of BCV sales, we did it!
...thinking about an add on....:Pinkbounc :bounce:

prncssjas
08-14-2003, 03:31 PM
I haven't posted here in quite some time so I love this thread! DH and I bought DVC after our honeymoon at the GF in 2000. I always loved WDW but my DH had never been there. Needless to say, he is now as addicted as the rest of us! We are from a Detroit suburb--DH is an industrial engineer in management at a large automotive company. I am currently working on a PhD in Interpersonal Communication and work in Human Resources. We have an amazing 15 month old, who went to WDW when he was 6 months old (and of course, cried the whole time on the plane!). DH and I both feel VERY fortunate to be able to share such wonderful vacations with our friends and family. DVC is truly the greatest joy in our lives (aside from our fussy, crying son). ;)

DJGifford
08-14-2003, 05:02 PM
I don't have time to read through all these great postos, but I will get through.

As for us...I am 36 (almost) a RN stay at home mom now.. I also started my own small company making candles and associated items. My dh is 32 (yep younger, lol) and he is a technical support engineer for a leading Marine Electronics company. I have 2 children from my 1st marriage ages, 13 dd and 10 ds...my hubby and I have our own dd 1 1/2. We all love Disney. I had been researching DVC before our trip this past July...I got my dh hooked and we purchased only 160 points. But...it will do for now. We have 2 studios booked in April for 5 nights...we will bank our point and in 2005 stay longer. Anyway...we are definately middle class. We have the usual..hockey and other kids related things. Both my older kids go to private schools. Vehicles...well I drive a 2003 Ford Excursion, yes we really do need the room and dh drives a 1993, I htink dodge Caravan...less than 60,000 miles!

That is us...

ObieTrice
08-15-2003, 12:25 PM
:)

Hi,

First of all, I wanted to let this board know how much help you all have been to me in providing information and opinions to add to my pro and con list about buying DVC. It has been enlightening reading about who I am taking advice from! LOL.

We are set to close on 160 BCV points on Sept 1. First trip home, May 2004.

I am a 42 SAHM who will morph into a full time Culinary student in a little over two weeks. DH is 43, and is retired from the USCG after 23 years of service. He currently works full time as a charge nurse in the community blood program (yes, he is a vampire!). After living at near poverty levels for our active duty years, I feel that we have finally become part of the middle class. We have been married for 22 years, and have four beautiful children, DS 21, DD 18, DS 11, and DS 8. We live in a nice home in beautiful Traverse City, MI.

We vacationed at WDW this past May for the second time in 15 years, and this time we were totally hooked! We are looking forward to yearly vacations at WDW and the other DVC locations wth the little boys and future grandchildren.

I have really enjoyed reading this thread!

Jackie

floridafam
08-15-2003, 12:30 PM
ObieTrice,

Welcom to the DIS and to DVC.

Yes, Traverse City is beautiful. We have many good friends up there and try to visit them often.

We just added on at BCV. I hope we both love it!!

BCVOwner2002
09-01-2003, 10:22 AM
Bump

disneychick05
09-01-2003, 03:45 PM
My DH and I are both 23 y/o. DH has some college but was hired into the elevator union at 20 y/o and could not pass up that salary. Because of his great job we were able to get married at age 20 and buy DVC at 22! I am a graduate of Richard Stockon College in NJ. I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Right now I am a SAHM for our 1 y/o DS by day and a graduate student of Public Administration by night (Rutgers University). Being so young and owing DVC is really a blessing. We will be able to enjoy it until we are 60....but then what will we do???!! I am the typical WDW fanatic who just can't ever get enough. When I was a child we went every few years to WDW with a big group of my dad's fellow teachers and their families. My first trip was 1983 when I turned 3 at the Hoopedy Doo! After that I also turned 6,9,12, & 14 in WDW. In Oct. 2004 we will have our first trip home to BCV and DS will follow in my footsteps and turn 3 in WDW! It was nice to read about my fellow DVCers out there and to share something about ourselves. What a great thread!! Thank you!!

floridafam
09-01-2003, 04:10 PM
disneychick,

That's nice, your DS also turning 2 at WDW. How special.:D

I know what you can do after you're 60. Add on now and then stay at SSR.;)

Laurabearz
09-01-2003, 04:18 PM
I cant believe I never read this thread! Cool!

My husband and met in our mid 30's. He is a tech out at Fermi Lab, worked there over 24 years, and gets 5 weeks vacation a year. I was a teacher and retail manager for many many years..... Now I am a stay at home mom to the crew below and quickly aproaching 40 :eek:

We own 3 houses (2 are rentals) with plans to buy a 4th..... Our dream is to own 6-10 properties, rehabing and renting or re-selling them......

Vacations are important to us..... as a couple we traveled several times a year, and now as a family we do the same.... After seaching high and low for totally kid freindly resorts, we soon found out WDW and DVC were for us. Disney has set the bar, and DVC raised it with the 2 bedroom units....

We are heavly vested in DVC (1000 point club) and are thrilled to ba able to take advantage of ALL the WDW has to offer..... Esp in our lovely two bedroom units!

Verandah Man
09-01-2003, 04:23 PM
Originally posted by disneychick05
My DH and I are both 23 y/o. DH has some college but was hired into the elevator union at 20 y/o and could not pass that salary. Because of his great job we were able to get married at age 20 and buy DVC at 22! I am a graduate of Richard Stockon College in NJ. I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Right now I am a SAHM for our 1 y/o DS by day and a gradute student of Public Administration by night (Rutgers University). Being so young and owing DVC is really a blessing. We will be able to enjoy it until we are 60....but then what will we do???!! I am the typical WDW fanatic who just can't ever get enough. When I was a child we went every few years to WDW with a big group of my dad's fellow teachers and their families. My first trip was 1983 when I turned 3 at the Hoopedy Doo! After that I also turned 6,9,12, & 14 in WDW. In Oct. 2004 we will have our first trip home to BCV and DS will follow in my footsteps and turn 3 in WDW! It was nice to read about my fellow DVCers out there and to share something about ourselves. What a great thread!! Thank you!!


Hey disneychick05, fellow West Deptford resident here, we live over by the high school. We just got back from a week aboard the Disney Magic!!!

We took our first family trip to WDW in September 1983, but I was 28, a bit older than you!!!

Nice to see another WD resident on the boards!!!

pigget74
09-01-2003, 05:00 PM
We are a typical middle class family. I am a teacher and my husband started his own company a few years ago--which is in televison production. We have two children and we all love disney. Growing up we didn't get to go to disney but twice and never did any real family vacations. I wanted something different for my children and so we invested in DVC this summer on our 3rd trip with the kids. We have three trips planned between December of this year and next. I am even taking my parents and siblings next November. It will be 18 of us total with all the nieces and nephews. Pay on my note every month, but hope to pay it off early. Can't wait to go home.

goofy4dvc
09-01-2003, 05:33 PM
It's been great getting to know all of you. DH and I are 51. Second marriage for both of us. DH has 2 boys from previous marriage. I have 2 daughters from previous marriage. Empty nesters now. DH is senior vice president at large bank. I work for nonprofit organization. We have a total of 7 grandkids. Enjoying taking them to WDW. I'm the Disney nut. DH tolerated it at first, now he actually looks forward to going, so he's coming around.

Bought into DVC in 2000with 150 points, added 100 last year, then added another 100 a few months ago. Like many of you, we have found it is addictive!!! Wish we had found DVC earlier. Also wish I had found this Disboard before buying into DVC. Would have bought differently.

Usually go to WDW at least twice a year. Only planning one for this use year because we just went to Scotland and Ireland for two weeks this summer. Hope to go 2-3 times a year most years. Sometimes when it's just the two of us, we golf every day and never go to the parks. We save the parks for when the grandkids are with us. We keep thinking we will trade for II and go somewhere else, but it hasn't happened yet. And I really want to go on a Disney cruise.