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momberry
08-24-2011, 11:48 AM
Just need to vent....heading to OKW in 9 days!!! Haven't told the kids yet.....can't wait to see their faces when we tell them.

On to my vent....we originally booked a 1 BR....but then DH's friends were going to come. And mentioned to in-laws....and they thought about coming too....so we upgraded to a 2 BR to have the extra space for our guests. Well...now in-laws don't think they can make it...and friends "forgot" it was Labor Day and already have plans. So now...we have a huge 2 BR for just the 4 of us. Just frustrated about the last minute cancellations. So I figured I'd check to see if we could stay somewhere else for a change....Beach Club, Boardwalk......and nothing else is available.

Just don't like it when things don't turn out the way we think...part of the reason we are still DVC owners is to share with friends and family.....

patsal
08-24-2011, 11:51 AM
Get used to friends and family who think it is all free and doesn't cost you anything either! For some reason people are odd when it comes to time shares and thinking they are free stays. I'd be ticked if I put out all those points and could have had 2 vacations rather than one.

MrsG
08-24-2011, 12:00 PM
That happened to us once, too. I would up just being DH & me with a 2br. Instead of lamenting the lost points (althought it hurt), I have to tell you we really enjoyed the 2 br. Each of us spread out in our own bathroom, and we used the extra br to lay out the luggage and things we bought, instead of being so fussy about squirreling everything away. We still talk about the time we had so much room! Wouldn't do it on purpose, but just try to make lemonade out of lemons. :hug:

Granny
08-24-2011, 12:06 PM
On to my vent....we originally booked a 1 BR....but then DH's friends were going to come. And mentioned to in-laws....and they thought about coming too....so we upgraded to a 2 BR to have the extra space for our guests. Well...now in-laws don't think they can make it...and friends "forgot" it was Labor Day and already have plans. So now...we have a huge 2 BR for just the 4 of us. Just frustrated about the last minute cancellations.

If you read these boards regularly, you will see a bunch of posts from people who have had similar experiences that you did. And similar frustrations. It seems that it is a common issue...one of the best ways to avoid it is to only make the reservation once the guests have paid for their plane tickets. Then at least they have some skin in the game.

For what it's worth, we normally book a 2BR for the four of us. But I can see that if this puts a strain on your points where you would be quite upset.

Clear and FIRM communication up front seems to be the only thing that helps. And even then, people just don't understand what cancellations do to you.

I am not surprised that there are no 1BR villas available at any DVC resort since that is Labor Day weekend. Is there any chance to "downsize" at some point in your trip after the weekend is over?

Aunt Michelle
08-24-2011, 12:14 PM
Very sorry everyone bailed so close to the trip!

Since you cannot make any changes I say make the best of it! Put the kids in their own bedroom, you and DH get your own room, fewer people means taking advantage of the extra bathroom space for getting ready and out the door, and you can relax in the living room without feeling like you're encroaching on someone's sleeping space! The most dangerous thing is you might like it! You'll always talk about the trip where you had all the space! :goodvibes

Have an excellent time!

dianeschlicht
08-24-2011, 12:37 PM
We have only had people bail on us once. No problem, because they just never get invited back if they do that.

As to the 4 in a 2 bedroom issue. I guess I see it as a non-issue too. We usually get a 2 bedroom if we have more than 2 people so everyone has their own comfortable space.

supersuperwendy
08-24-2011, 12:42 PM
I'm dealing with a similar situation. My husband wants me to stop inviting other people on our vacations. I'm starting to think he's right.

cvjw
08-24-2011, 03:22 PM
We routinely get a 2 bedroom for our family of 4. Everyone has their own bed and own room. The living room can stay a living room - the sofa is always just a sofa, and there isn't someone's clothes all over the living area. The extra bathroom is heavenly. Enjoy it, you will be wishing for that 2 bedroom just for your family on your next trip - you will be spoiled!

Bouncin-Tigger
08-24-2011, 03:25 PM
Sounds terrible going to Disney in a week and having too much room. Just kidding have fun.

DebbieB
08-24-2011, 04:24 PM
The problem if you downsize now is the extra points would go into holding.

dmoore22
08-24-2011, 05:01 PM
I can totally empathize with you. Like Granny said ". . .one of the best ways to avoid it is to only make the reservation once the guests have paid for their plane tickets.Then at least they have some skin in the game." I know you'll have a great time in spite of this glitch. I hope this doesn't mess up your points too badly.

momberry
08-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks everyone!!! You're absolutely right!!!! We're going to enjoy the extra space....and let everyone spread out!!! Let the kids pick their OWN bed! No suitcases in the living room.....or breaking out the sleeper sofa every night!!!

And...the best part....we don't have to worry about "entertaining" anyone!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.....9 days!!!! WOO HOO!!!! :cool1:

a742246
08-24-2011, 05:39 PM
Thanks everyone!!! You're absolutely right!!!! We're going to enjoy the extra space....and let everyone spread out!!! Let the kids pick their OWN bed! No suitcases in the living room.....or breaking out the sleeper sofa every night!!!

And...the best part....we don't have to worry about "entertaining" anyone!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.....9 days!!!! WOO HOO!!!! :cool1:

If you still have the space available I'll go...:lovestruc LOL Enjoy your extra space and have a wonderful vacation.

n2mm
08-24-2011, 06:27 PM
I'm dealing with a similar situation. My husband wants me to stop inviting other people on our vacations. I'm starting to think he's right.

Whoa! don't tell him he's right (even though I think he is too). It would just ruin him. My invitee list is very small now. We do have many folks always trying to invite themselves, we just smile and ignore it.

DisDaydreamer
08-24-2011, 09:02 PM
Whoa! don't tell him he's right (even though I think he is too). It would just ruin him.

:confused3

Every (infrequent) chance you have to tell a man he is right is an opportunity to help him know right from wrong. Otherwise, you're just confusing us...

Mickey527
08-24-2011, 11:22 PM
Have you thought about seeing if you can get the rooms as a non dedicated and posting on the for rent boards to see if someone might need a studio room last minute.
You can get the key cards with different locks so that they can come and go as they want and your stuff will be safe in the 1 bedroom.
wish I could get away last minute, I would take it in a minute. I really miss my AP, I am saving for a new one, (couldn't swing it this year) and hoping they will offer the monthly payment deal.

Mickey'sApprentice
08-25-2011, 12:18 AM
We've had ungrateful people show up (my sister), and not show up (mother-in-law).

Trust me...if your guest weren't going to be 100% into the trip...you are so much better off without them!!!

castleri
08-25-2011, 12:26 AM
If you really want to enjoy the room try 5 in a GV. That is what we had when 4 people decided not to go. It was Christmas week and not chance to downsize for that. We just spread out and almost had enough bathrooms so everyone had their own. Will be in a 1 BR at BLT and then a 2 BR at OKW for the labor day period with 5 people and am hoping the 1 BR proves to be big enough. Trying to save points and felt with 2 Bathrooms we can do it since it gave us an extra night at OKW.

rescuetink
08-25-2011, 12:27 AM
I'm starting to think he's right.

Whoa! don't tell him he's right (even though I think he is too). It would just ruin him.

:confused3

Every (infrequent) chance you have to tell a man he is right is an opportunity to help him know right from wrong. Otherwise, you're just confusing us...

:lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :laughing: :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :laughing:

Brian Noble
08-25-2011, 07:40 AM
So now...we have a huge 2 BR for just the 4 of us.
This is a feature, not a bug!

Cee
08-25-2011, 07:53 AM
Five of us stayed in a THV once and it was HEAVEN. They sleep 9 but we spread out and really enjoyed having all that room. You do the same! :goodvibes

crisi
08-25-2011, 08:26 AM
Thanks everyone!!! You're absolutely right!!!! We're going to enjoy the extra space....and let everyone spread out!!! Let the kids pick their OWN bed! No suitcases in the living room.....or breaking out the sleeper sofa every night!!!

And...the best part....we don't have to worry about "entertaining" anyone!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.....9 days!!!! WOO HOO!!!! :cool1:

We've been doing the four of us in a two bedroom for a few trips now. My kids are tweens and its really nice.

We've pretty much exhausted the guest list and I don't know if we'll invite many more people.

dianeschlicht
08-25-2011, 08:55 AM
We've pretty much exhausted the guest list and I don't know if we'll invite many more people.

We are kind of at that stage as well. We haven't had guests for a couple years now. We do have a couple joining us next March for a few days, but no plans for any others in the foreseeable future.

maburke
08-25-2011, 09:08 AM
This is a feature, not a bug!

What are you, a software engineer or something? :)

ktmmt
08-25-2011, 09:19 AM
DVC vacations should only be for your family. People who do not own DVC do not get the whole DVC or Disney thing. If you want to go on vacation with the freinds/Family, book something other then Disney. Also the Disney parks are not fun with a big goup. Beach vacations are good for the big group stuff.

TeresaNJ
08-25-2011, 09:31 AM
This has happened to me more than once. It is indeed frustrating & annoying. I've learned my lesson.

DVC-Don
08-25-2011, 09:49 AM
We always book a 2 bedroom for the 4 of us. That way someone (me) can get up early and have a coffee without disturbing anyone else.

Brian Noble
08-25-2011, 09:58 AM
What are you, a software engineer or something?
Something like that. (http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~bnoble/UM_EECS/Welcome.html)

jodifla
08-25-2011, 12:45 PM
DVC vacations should only be for your family. People who do not own DVC do not get the whole DVC or Disney thing. If you want to go on vacation with the freinds/Family, book something other then Disney. Also the Disney parks are not fun with a big goup. Beach vacations are good for the big group stuff.


Not for us...we almost always travel with friends and family BUT I never have my heart set on them coming.

I get a 2 bedroom, and if they come, GREAT! The more the merrier. If they don't GREAT! DS gets his own room, and we can all relax and spread out.

What normally happens is that we have friends join us about half the time.

BEASLYBOO
08-25-2011, 12:57 PM
Just don't like it when things don't turn out the way we think...part of the reason we are still DVC owners is to share with friends and family.....

Hey "Friend",

If you get bored or lonely, we're only 2 1/2 hours away from Disney, can be there in a jiffy and we're a lot of fun! :thumbsup2


If you really want to enjoy the room try 5 in a GV. That is what we had when 4 people decided not to go.

Wow! I'd be a tad bitter! Fortunately for me, it's the opposite, I usually have to beat them away with a stick! Nine in a 2br is an adventure! 13 in a GV, an absolute blast! Quiet pool, no such thing !

We always book a 2br, we genrally travel with 2 or 3 friends and I like to have room to hang out.

Momberry, Enjoy yourselves anyway!

chepic
08-27-2011, 07:25 AM
I'm with Beaslyboo.....I will come down and stay with you!!! Nothing better than sharing with another DVC/Disney lover!!! :goodvibes

I also agree with all the others. There are 4 of us, have been "stuck" with a 2 bedroom due to people backing out but absolutely love the room. The boys (10 and 6) love having their own beds, and I love being able to hang in the livingroom while they are in bed!

Have a great time.

Cheryl

SabresFan
08-27-2011, 09:54 AM
Thanks everyone!!! You're absolutely right!!!! We're going to enjoy the extra space....and let everyone spread out!!! Let the kids pick their OWN bed! No suitcases in the living room.....or breaking out the sleeper sofa every night!!!

And...the best part....we don't have to worry about "entertaining" anyone!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.....9 days!!!! WOO HOO!!!! :cool1:

There is one down side - your kids will realize how wonderful it is to have their own bedroom with their own bed.

We did a 3 night time share look-see at Myrtle Beach last summer, and had a 2 BR - the kids still talk about how wonderful it was that they each had their own Queen bed.

Don't let them get used to it! :lmao: