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pmaurer74
03-21-2012, 08:49 AM
1. We really love the WL but I strongly dislike the decor at the VWL. Would this affect your decision? I know they will refurb at some point but I am trying to guess what our future vacations will be like. We have young kids now 5 and 2 so of course the parks right now are important.

2. I like the idea of BCV. The location and the pool as well as decor though the villas don't seem wonderful. I have heard this is hard to get so maybe it would be good to buy there?

3. I had never considered SSR until yesterday. The decor appeals to me. The location not as much but the lower MFs and better price points make me wonder if we can get more bang for our buck there especially as our vacation style changes over the years.

I like a variety of resorts so I do not want to stay at the same one every year. Everyone says to buy where you plan to stay the most. We are a middle class family so we take this purchase very very seriously. I had thought of buying 2 small packages at 2 different resorts or keeping all our points at one so we can do a 2 bedroom every other year. and a studio or 1 bedroom in between years. So I am thinking around 200 points total. 120 or so for the studio one year and 250 for the 2 bedroom at SSR springs every other year.

What would you do?

amcnj
03-21-2012, 09:43 AM
Well the "buy where you most want to stay" concept is just to insure that you won't be unhappy with a trip in which you had to stay at your home resort due to lack of availability elsewhere. It sounds like you have some really strong feelings about resorts and their decor, but only you can decide if such concerns will put a damper on a trip in any way.

When I purchased there was only one Vacation Club property, Old Key West Resort, so I didn't have to worry about making such a choice! Over the years I have stayed at Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Saratoga Springs, and while every property has its pluses and minuses, I never had a bad experience and can't say I would be unhappy owning at any of them. But OKW is still my DVC "home", and I have stayed there the vast majority of my trips, and it is a place I would never be unhappy staying at.

Do you need to travel at peak times? That may affect your ability to get into non-home DVC resorts at 7 months.

pmaurer74
03-21-2012, 09:56 AM
I know it sounds silly but decor and view have always been important to me. Since our kids will be in school and my husband is a college professor, we will travel with schools breaks most likely. This year my husband's spring break was early and we got great crowds and great weather. Next year it is later and not as good of a time to go. It seems like DVC is not as popular in the summer as the regular Disney rooms? I think on the calendar is is magic season on the points chart? I prefer the crowds ad temps for March and May but know that we will be restricted to summers for a few years in high school.

sweetdana
03-21-2012, 10:08 AM
Based on your post, I would buy some of wanted points at SSR. (Assuming you are buying resale.) I would try all 3 and I bet you will find, 1 that is "your home". SSR will be the cheapest, and you should be able to try the others. IMO one of the nicest (and under-appri resorts too. Having everything, from views, center location, great parking, great dining, walking to DTD, Artist Pallet, kids center, great bus system.. I am not sure if I am selling you or me right now :lovestruc )

Maybe it will end up being your fav "home", and maybe something else will. You can buy the other 1/2 of the points in 6 months - 2 yrs, when you figure out where you love.

Buying at 2 resorts gets you 2 diff resorts home priority. (OKW, and AK are easy to get into, but BC and WL will be tougher.)

I intend to buy more points in another yr or 2, once I make sure which I love more with older kiddos, BC or SSR. It is a toughy.

amcnj
03-21-2012, 10:08 AM
No, one's individual likes and preferences are not silly at all. Everyone has their own idea as to what is important. Just figure out what is most important for you and your family, what your "must haves" are, and see which resort meets the most of them.

PS I have a relative named P Maurer, if your screen name is indeed related to a "real" name!

jrtoastyman
03-21-2012, 10:24 AM
We bought at BLT because we subjectively liked it and its proximity to the MK, but we also thought that from a resale/renting of points/etc. standpoint, there would probably never be a time that a resort that was an easy walk from the MK would not be in demand. While we don't have any intention of selling our DVC now or ever, the fact that the resale market for BLT seems to be much stronger than some of the more distant resorts gave us some peace of mind in the event that we were ever in a situation where we needed to unload it.

pmaurer74
03-21-2012, 10:52 AM
We bought at BLT because we subjectively liked it and its proximity to the MK, but we also thought that from a resale/renting of points/etc. standpoint, there would probably never be a time that a resort that was an easy walk from the MK would not be in demand. While we don't have any intention of selling our DVC now or ever, the fact that the resale market for BLT seems to be much stronger than some of the more distant resorts gave us some peace of mind in the event that we were ever in a situation where we needed to unload it.

This is a good point and something I am considering as well. That is why I was thinking of BCV because of its location. I agree with you about BLT but I have never been interested in the CR or BLT. I would consider GFV but it will be way out of our budget for quite some time! I told my husband that at least for now the resale points can cover our dues in case we have a bad year or two.

I don't think I have any relative in Jersey.

zavandor
03-21-2012, 11:00 AM
2. I like the idea of BCV. The location and the pool as well as decor though the villas don't seem wonderful.

Looking at the pictures on the website I thought the same thing. BC was the least appealing to me.
However during my last trip I went to Cape May (the restaurant in BC) and I've seen the resort: wonderful! I nearly felt in love with it.
I was thinking to buy AKV or BWV, but at the end i bought... SSR! :D

I've seen AKV, BCV eating at a restaurant and BCW and SSR from the outside. I ended thinking that I'm sure I'll like every resort and want to try everyone or at least as much as I can. Since I'll travel during low season (January and September the most), I think I'll be able to switch resort often so I bought at the cheapest (MF wise) resort (and found a good small contract).

However since you plan to visit during high season you should understand what's your favorite resort since it can be more difficult for you to switch.
Maybe you can try to rent points at the resort you think you would like more and buy only after that stay.

drusba
03-21-2012, 11:09 AM
Personal recommendations: you are a young family. You should seriously consider not buying VWL, BCV or BWV. Their end date is 2042. Believe it or not once you hit your late 50s or early 60s you will likely still be going to WDW and, if like us, even more often than you ever did before. In other words, you should consider end date a very important factor. Those resorts may have extension offers later but if they do the cost is going to be high. Also buy all your initial points at one resort and aim for eventually being able to get that two bedroom and being able to use your 11 month booking advantage for it. Once you have enough for the 2BR, then you might consider buying at another resort. Moroever, you should seriously being considering resale because prices are way lower than Disney.

As to which resort, you need to find one that you are sufficiently satisfied with that you are willing to stay at it if for any reason you cannot switch to another at 7 months out. In other words, buy assuming that there will be times that you will have difficulty getting something you want at 7 months. There are times of year when it is easy to switch at 7 months (mid-Aug to late Sep, and much of Jan and early Feb) and times when it is very difficult to do so (major holidays, all of December) except that you will find SSR almost always open even if reserving 60 days out. There are other times when it can be difficult depending on what you want (Oct to first half of Nov and most spring break weeks) and if your heart is set on AKV concierge, AKV value, BWV standard view, BWV boardwalk view, BWV grand villas, or BLT standard view, you should assume that you really need the 11 month window for whichever one of those you want almost anytime of year. Also be aware that studios usually fill first, then 2Brs, and 1BRs are often suprisingly open when nothing else is.

As to your decor at VWL, you should not assume that it will change when a rehab is done. The changes made when there is a major rehab usually do not do any major changes to the overall decor. For example, other than paint and carpet color and the addition of modern TVs, BWV's decor today is the same as when it was built in 1996.

pmaurer74
03-21-2012, 11:37 AM
Thank you so much for the opinions and experiences! I had thought of the early ending contracts but was wondering like you said will we still be going later? There is 30 years left at VWL and BCV so that puts me at 68 when they expire. The newer contracts I would be late 80s and doubtful I would be going still. I am not even considering buying direct. We were 2 years ago but knew we would not be able to until DH got promoted and tenured a few months ago so now we are considering it again but only considering resale!

emilymad
03-21-2012, 11:39 AM
The first thing we considered in the resorts end year. DH and I are in our early 30s so the extra years at the newer resorts was a big deal to us. We also rarely plan vacations 11 months in advance. We ended up buying at SSR because of the low cost, the "non Disney" theme, being on a golf course, and the location for being close to DTD. We stayed there one night before a cruise earlier this year and we have a few nights booked in May. So far we are thrilled with the resort. It is so peaceful and has a homey feel which we like.

DenLo
03-21-2012, 11:42 AM
We chose our first resort, BLT based on the fact that we once lived in a high rise condo building and loved it. And to this day miss that life style, living in Downtown Denver and walking to the stadiums and arenas, the theater district and even walking to work. BLT fit that standard in our eyes. Also we prefer a more modern decor versus the old fashion look at many of the resorts. Maybe too many trips to grandma's house when I was young--I'm not sure why, but don't really care for decor at BCV, BWV and OKW. But that's just me.

However, I found myself sighing when I thought that we would never own at AKV, because we loved our cash stay there. Eventually we purchased points there as well.

We have stayed at AKV, BLT, BWV, OKW, VWL, HHI and next month we'll stay at SSR. So far our favorite resorts are our two home resorts. We like them both and miss them when we don't stay there. However, we have always loved WL. There's something about that resort. The rooms are okay but, they just don't work for me. However, if we didn't already own at BLT and VWL points were for sale at the right price, I would still think about buying points there. We just really enjoy our vacation there. But spending time in the VWL villa wasn't as enjoyable as it is at BLT or AKV for us.

To me, one the best parts about being a DVC member is spending more time in your villa. And if you don't like the villa, how can that be enjoyable?

htmlkid
03-21-2012, 06:42 PM
1. We really love the WL but I strongly dislike the decor at the VWL. Would this affect your decision? I know they will refurb at some point but I am trying to guess what our future vacations will be like. We have young kids now 5 and 2 so of course the parks right now are important.

2. I like the idea of BCV. The location and the pool as well as decor though the villas don't seem wonderful. I have heard this is hard to get so maybe it would be good to buy there?

3. I had never considered SSR until yesterday. The decor appeals to me. The location not as much but the lower MFs and better price points make me wonder if we can get more bang for our buck there especially as our vacation style changes over the years.

I like a variety of resorts so I do not want to stay at the same one every year. Everyone says to buy where you plan to stay the most. We are a middle class family so we take this purchase very very seriously. I had thought of buying 2 small packages at 2 different resorts or keeping all our points at one so we can do a 2 bedroom every other year. and a studio or 1 bedroom in between years. So I am thinking around 200 points total. 120 or so for the studio one year and 250 for the 2 bedroom at SSR springs every other year.

What would you do?

Our purchase was strictly price and carrying cost motivated. We purchased SSR resale cause it was cheap and one of the lowest in annual fees. Since we have stayed at almost every resort but SSR. With that being said, we have a very flexible schedule and have no problem booking at almost every resort, anytime we have had to waitlist it always seems to come through.

amcnj
03-22-2012, 11:22 AM
The good thing here is there are really no bad choices, some may just be a better fit for you than others. The end date issue is a good one, depending on your anticipated travel years remaining.

Good luck with your decision!


"I don't think I have any relative in Jersey. "

Sorry, I should have mentioned initially that my relative is in Switzerland!

mikron
03-22-2012, 11:37 AM
We got into DVC in 2004 when Disney was building SSR. My sister in-law worked for Disney and as family we got a discount over the discount Disney was given for SSR. We liked the DVC plan and bought SSR. We then bought resale in OKW because of the size of the units and the resort over all. Been happy with both resorts and still own both.

luckyman_apd
03-22-2012, 11:57 AM
Personal recommendations: you are a young family. You should seriously consider not buying VWL, BCV or BWV. Their end date is 2042. Believe it or not once you hit your late 50s or early 60s you will likely still be going to WDW and, if like us, even more often than you ever did before. In other words, you should consider end date a very important factor. Those resorts may have extension offers later but if they do the cost is going to be high. Also buy all your initial points at one resort and aim for eventually being able to get that two bedroom and being able to use your 11 month booking advantage for it. Once you have enough for the 2BR, then you might consider buying at another resort. Moroever, you should seriously being considering resale because prices are way lower than Disney.

As to which resort, you need to find one that you are sufficiently satisfied with that you are willing to stay at it if for any reason you cannot switch to another at 7 months out. In other words, buy assuming that there will be times that you will have difficulty getting something you want at 7 months. There are times of year when it is easy to switch at 7 months (mid-Aug to late Sep, and much of Jan and early Feb) and times when it is very difficult to do so (major holidays, all of December) except that you will find SSR almost always open even if reserving 60 days out. There are other times when it can be difficult depending on what you want (Oct to first half of Nov and most spring break weeks) and if your heart is set on AKV concierge, AKV value, BWV standard view, BWV boardwalk view, BWV grand villas, or BLT standard view, you should assume that you really need the 11 month window for whichever one of those you want almost anytime of year. Also be aware that studios usually fill first, then 2Brs, and 1BRs are often suprisingly open when nothing else is.

As to your decor at VWL, you should not assume that it will change when a rehab is done. The changes made when there is a major rehab usually do not do any major changes to the overall decor. For example, other than paint and carpet color and the addition of modern TVs, BWV's decor today is the same as when it was built in 1996.

I agree about the end date. Our decision started around End date. I KNOW we will use it in our 60's so the choice came down to AKV, SSR, or BLT. I would have been ok with SSR but the wife wanted BLT. Neither of us wanted AKV as we like to be closer to the parks. I would have liked to pay SSR price, but the boss won out :lmao:

disneynutz
03-22-2012, 12:29 PM
1. We really love the WL but I strongly dislike the decor at the VWL. Would this affect your decision? I know they will refurb at some point but I am trying to guess what our future vacations will be like. We have young kids now 5 and 2 so of course the parks right now are important.

2. I like the idea of BCV. The location and the pool as well as decor though the villas don't seem wonderful. I have heard this is hard to get so maybe it would be good to buy there?

3. I had never considered SSR until yesterday. The decor appeals to me. The location not as much but the lower MFs and better price points make me wonder if we can get more bang for our buck there especially as our vacation style changes over the years.

I like a variety of resorts so I do not want to stay at the same one every year. Everyone says to buy where you plan to stay the most. We are a middle class family so we take this purchase very very seriously. I had thought of buying 2 small packages at 2 different resorts or keeping all our points at one so we can do a 2 bedroom every other year. and a studio or 1 bedroom in between years. So I am thinking around 200 points total. 120 or so for the studio one year and 250 for the 2 bedroom at SSR springs every other year.

What would you do?

We wanted to buy BCV and we stayed there before buying. Loved the resort, bought and enjoyed our times there but we noticed that the views weren't that great and it felt like the DVC building was stuck behind the BC like a left over.

We stayed at SSR, OKW and VWL. SSR and OKW were both nice, we like the resorts but not enough to buy there. VWL was another story, it gave us a different feeling that felt like home, so we bought there. The views aren't great but better than BCV.

Then we stayed at BWV. We felt like a kids on our first date, the resort is beautiful,the location is great, the Boardwalk view is the best on property and of course we bought there and stay there every December. It is our favorite resort.

Bought AKV for something different and made the mistake of buying BLT without staying there first. We got caught up in the hype so we bought. The resort is like staying in a hi rise condo off property. Yes it's close to the MK and it has the monorail but that's about it. Average pool, view of the castle in the distance, parking lot and the roof of Space Mountain up close. IMO the building was poorly constructed and I expect increasing dues.

Bottom line is you can't tell which resort is your favorite until you stay there. Some honestly post that they bought XX resort, hate it and never stay there, but that they have been pretty lucky getting rooms at other resorts.

You could be spending $80,000 plus at Disney over the life of your contract for travel, food, admission ,dues and Disney extras. Buying based on dues or point cost doesn't make sense if you really don't love what you bought.

We have 26 contracts, 5 home resorts and vacation at WDW/VB 2 or 3 times per year, extra points are rented. If we had stayed at all of the resorts before buying we would have fewer home resorts.

:earsboy: Bill

ToddyLu
03-22-2012, 10:09 PM
:) I wanted to purchase DVC and would have really bought anywhere---so I thought SSR would be fine due to cost. Not DH, he picked AKV, our home resort. He loves animals and photography and he liked the calm, dark decor which is alot like our home.

We had never stepped foot on that property which I would NOT recommend to anyone. We had been to WDW a number of times and new the locations and I guess really in the end the vibe/decor of the resort mattered.

We did not like the size of SSR once we really looked at the resort. It is always so quiet there to me. DH does like the THV--so one never knows.

We live on the MS Gulf Coast so the decor of BCV and OKW where too much like home.

DH was a firefighter with the Department of the Interior and spent many a day fighting fires in our country's National Parks. So VWL reminded him of that and he didn't want to spend "any more time in the woods"

BLT held absolutely no appeal except for location which obviously was not high on our list since we picked AKV.

BWV.....clown pool...creeps DH out too especially when I show him the pics of it lit up at night.

VB and HH we have never been too and I am lucky to get DH to travel to WDW.

VGC--well since we live in Missisippi we don't expect to get there much.

Aulani--please refer to VGC..

So that is how we decided and DH is now a DVC purist and only wants to stay at AKV :confused3

robinbutterfly
03-23-2012, 09:18 PM
Personal recommendations: you are a young family. You should seriously consider not buying VWL, BCV or BWV. Their end date is 2042. Believe it or not once you hit your late 50s or early 60s you will likely still be going to WDW and, if like us, even more often than you ever did before. In other words, you should consider end date a very important factor. Those resorts may have extension offers later but if they do the cost is going to be high. Also buy all your initial points at one resort and aim for eventually being able to get that two bedroom and being able to use your 11 month booking advantage for it. Once you have enough for the 2BR, then you might consider buying at another resort. Moroever, you should seriously being considering resale because prices are way lower than Disney.

As to which resort, you need to find one that you are sufficiently satisfied with that you are willing to stay at it if for any reason you cannot switch to another at 7 months out. In other words, buy assuming that there will be times that you will have difficulty getting something you want at 7 months. There are times of year when it is easy to switch at 7 months (mid-Aug to late Sep, and much of Jan and early Feb) and times when it is very difficult to do so (major holidays, all of December) except that you will find SSR almost always open even if reserving 60 days out. There are other times when it can be difficult depending on what you want (Oct to first half of Nov and most spring break weeks) and if your heart is set on AKV concierge, AKV value, BWV standard view, BWV boardwalk view, BWV grand villas, or BLT standard view, you should assume that you really need the 11 month window for whichever one of those you want almost anytime of year. Also be aware that studios usually fill first, then 2Brs, and 1BRs are often suprisingly open when nothing else is.

As to your decor at VWL, you should not assume that it will change when a rehab is done. The changes made when there is a major rehab usually do not do any major changes to the overall decor. For example, other than paint and carpet color and the addition of modern TVs, BWV's decor today is the same as when it was built in 1996.

We are are a young family but we got BWV BECAUSE it ended in 30 years... the thought of being locked in any longer then that makes me nervous! Who knows what the dues will be then. The unknown makes me nervous.

gojoe
03-23-2012, 09:36 PM
We had diner at Flying Fish, it was our first time to the Boardwalk. Upon returning home I did research and convinced my wife to buy. She had one condition, it had to be Boardwalk. We never set foot in a DVC Villa or talk to anyone from DVC. Oh yeah, we had a wonderful diner. We totally enjoyed our evening on the Boardwalk. Diner, performers and just plain people watching. We were in love and still are!

Caren
03-24-2012, 07:56 AM
We bought at BLT for proximity to the Magic Kingdom. As it turned out, we never did really warm up to it and fell in love with OKW. We wound up adding on at OKW to get booking advantage when we want a grand villa and use our BLT points mainly at OKW.

TomD
03-24-2012, 08:26 AM
My first contract I bought I disregarded everyone's advice and did not buy where I wanted to stay. I bought based on priced. It was at SSR in 2005 while we were staying at BCV on rented points. After staying there we decided we did not like taking a bus to every park. So we walked over to our guides office and bought were we wanted to stay...BCV

PoohsFan1
03-24-2012, 02:43 PM
We own at both SSR and BLT, we first purchased into BLT when we became members in 2010. We liked the convenience of being able to walk to MK, the fact that it is part of a monorail resort, and that the contract was to expire much later then other resorts. Then this past November we decided to add on and wanted to do so at SSR because the p/p was very reasonable (looked into buying more points at BLT, but the p/p was way out of our price range). Before buying into SSR, we hadn't stayed there before, but did do so on our January trip and fell in love with the resort. We loved the decor, the secluded feeling it gave, and the all around atmosphere of the resort :goodvibes.

stitchlover
03-24-2012, 02:59 PM
We asked ourselves if for some strange reason we were NEVER EVER able to transfer at the 7 month mark which resort would we always be happy to stay at? Our answer was Animal Kingdom and that is our home resort.

DizBub
03-24-2012, 05:23 PM
When we bought we were unaware of resale. Only choices were BLT, AKV and SSR (Treehouses). When we asked about all the others they told us they were sold out. Went with BLT mainly because of MFs and location. Plus we figured we would need the 11 month booking window. Thank goodness we purchased and added on at a very cheap price compared to what they want now. YIKES!!!

We got a Feb UY because that's what they gave us, we knew NOTHING about UYs. :confused3 We really learned all that we know now by reading all the information posted here and on other boards. VERY helpful. Too bad we didn't have all the "facts" before we took the plunge. That said, I'm not unhappy with BLT as our home resort. Now that we are adding SSR resale, it makes it even better.

graueMaus
03-24-2012, 07:51 PM
We bought at SSR due to price and amenities available to us now and when the kids are grown and gone. The buses are not a big deal to us, in fact that is our primary mode of transport around WDW when we drive down. What we liked about SSR was the following:

1) Not BLT (not our style)
2) proximity to DTD as we tend to spend at least one full day there;
3) Spa on Site;
4) Golf course and practice facility in your backyard;
5) Easy to get offsite, we have relatives in Orlando and St Pete and use this as a base of operations to visit with family, also closest to offsite groceries and malls in the area as well as other attractions besides Disney
6) THV was the same cost as SSR 2BR (changing in 2013, I believe)


We plan on buying points at HHI or AKV at some point, as we have stayed at both and have enjoyed wonderful. Probably HHI as we will always go there (and it is halfway to Orlando for us).

AKV was very close, but at the time cost much more Direct than SSR.
Now that we are familiar with the resale market we will probably go that route for our next purchase.

DebbieB
03-24-2012, 08:18 PM
When I bought, the only WDW choices were OKW and BWV. I had stayed at OKW and liked it and had stayed at Beach Club and loved the area. At that time BWV resales were few and far between (1999), there were OKW resales for less than BWV direct. My BWV decision was based on having the home resort priority there and it was a great choice, I always got what I wanted at 11 months and never had an issue getting OKW at 7 months.

bnk1120
03-24-2012, 10:11 PM
We own at VWL, but have enjoyed trying out other resorts. Last summer we booked a last minute trip and SSR was the only thing available. My husband was very reluctant to stay there, but we wound up falling in love :lovestruc

DH and dd both ASKED to stay at SSR this summer, so I didn't even check to see if anything else was available. We plan on adding on there and will be perfectly happy if that is all we can get.

So many things will change for you over the life of your contract. I would recommend buying somewhere that you know you enjoy now. See how DVC works for you, try some other resorts, and then add on.

DVC has been money well spent for my family! So many happy memories!!!

ELMC
03-24-2012, 10:41 PM
I like a variety of resorts so I do not want to stay at the same one every year. Everyone says to buy where you plan to stay the most. We are a middle class family so we take this purchase very very seriously. I had thought of buying 2 small packages at 2 different resorts or keeping all our points at one so we can do a 2 bedroom every other year. and a studio or 1 bedroom in between years. So I am thinking around 200 points total. 120 or so for the studio one year and 250 for the 2 bedroom at SSR springs every other year.

What would you do?

There are so many different reasons to choose a resort. You need to figure out what is most important to you and use that to guide your decision. The saying "buy where you most want to stay" is true, you don't want to be forced to stay somewhere that you hate.

For us, the most important criteria was being able to walk to the parks. So we wanted to choose locations that we could book 11 months out and guarantee that we would be able to walk to the parks when we stayed. So we bought 150 BWV and 100 BLT. That way we have two home resorts that we can book at 11 months and do a split stay. (And we were tied between liking BCV and BWV so we went with BWV because it was much less expensive).

Good luck making your decision!

John, Lesley and Sam
03-25-2012, 05:39 AM
BCV was the location selling when we decided to join, and I'm so pleased we did, we love the location. Epcot is great, you can walk to Hollywood studios, and we love getting the monrail to the Magic kingdom.

We have since added on at AKV, but I find having two contracts a pain, and wish I'd just added points to our BCV contracat.

pmaurer74
03-25-2012, 08:37 AM
BCV was the location selling when we decided to join, and I'm so pleased we did, we love the location. Epcot is great, you can walk to Hollywood studios, and we love getting the monrail to the Magic kingdom.

We have since added on at AKV, but I find having two contracts a pain, and wish I'd just added points to our BCV contracat.

do your contracts have different UYs? This is one of the questions I have. If you have two contracts at different resorts and the same UY are your points pooled together?

dbs1228
03-25-2012, 10:17 AM
do your contracts have different UYs? This is one of the questions I have. If you have two contracts at different resorts and the same UY are your points pooled together?

Yes and no to answer your question, if you have 2 contracts, same UY, at different resorts you can pool your points at the 7 month window to make a reservation. At the 11 month window your points for your home resort is all you can use. We own at BLT and SSR and have reservations for NYE - we booked THV (SSR) for the 1st 3 nights at 11 months out and booked 6 nights at BLT GV for NYE week. I am planning to try to switch to AKV for the 1st 4 nights at the 7 month window and canceling the THV/ 1st night in the GV and using 2012 points from each contract to get the reservation.

pmaurer74
03-25-2012, 10:36 AM
so if you booked at 11 months all you have available is the points at that resort banked, current and borrowed you cannot use your other resorts points until 7 months? I thought all that mattered were the points available when you check in not at the time you made the reservation... do I have that wrong?

k3chantal
03-25-2012, 12:37 PM
Even though we thrilled with our home resort (AKL); there is 'something' about WL. Perhaps because it was our first trip using our vacation points and we have only stayed at the villas there and perhaps because it reminds me of the Grand Californian. We are from California and it is easier to get to DL.

Anyway, I love the Wilderness Lodge; I love the boat ride to MK when you stay there.

Interestingly enough, during a split stay between AKL and OKW, my family did not care for OKW even though the rooms were bigger. Personal opinion of course and perhaps it was 'decor'.... there are many people who love OKW.

As much as this decision of where is important, do remember that you will want to use your points to go to other places. So far we have been to Vero Beach, stayed at the Grand Californian, had a seven day trip to Kauai Hawaii, and experienced a 7 day cruise on the Disney Wonder. All things, we would not have done if we were not members of DVC.

So the amount of points you purchase is extremely important and making sure that you are purchasing points that can be this flexible is vital too (resale points have restrictions).

Good luck!

mdsd8700
03-25-2012, 12:43 PM
For us it was end date and then location. When we could finally afford to buy DVC and pay cash we didn't feel the contact dates were long enough. Most were 2042 and those that were longer were not located where we wanted to be. Once BLT opened it still took us a year to purchase and we did so without ever seeing a BLT room other than pictures on line. We are thrilled we our purchase and love BLT. The length of the contact means we will be able to take our grandchildren :)

chipdale74
03-25-2012, 12:44 PM
We bought into SSR (which was the only available at the time). I agree with you on the decor at WL. I actually love the decor at SSR and we have stayed at numerous rooms and resorts. BW is also similiar in theme (soft pastels). SSR is a great resort because you can walk to downtown plus the pools are very nice. You have to be happy with what you choose because that will be the resort you are able to get into 1st before any of the others. Good luck with your decision!

Missyrose
03-25-2012, 12:45 PM
so if you booked at 11 months all you have available is the points at that resort banked, current and borrowed you cannot use your other resorts points until 7 months? I thought all that mattered were the points available when you check in not at the time you made the reservation... do I have that wrong?

You have it wrong. You can only use points from your home resort at the 11-month mark. So if you have a BLT and an AKV contract, you can use the BLT points at BLT at the 11-month mark and the AKV points at AKV at the 11-month mark. But you would have to wait until the 7-month mark to use AKV points toward a BLT reservation.

gkrykewy
03-25-2012, 01:51 PM
We bought into DVC when AKV became available, because we already loved AKL. Easy choice.

gatorgirl02
03-26-2012, 09:48 AM
I just wanted to say that I appreciate everyone's feedback on why they choose their home resort and will definitely keep it all in mind as I make my own decision. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!:teacher:

pmaurer74
03-26-2012, 10:45 AM
I just wanted to say that I appreciate everyone's feedback on why they choose their home resort and will definitely keep it all in mind as I make my own decision. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!:teacher:

Me too. Thanks everyone!

gray52
03-26-2012, 05:49 PM
Purchased OKW mostly for the atmosphere... When we get to the later stages of the contract (no kids), we'll be able to enjoy the relaxing nature of the resort itself without ever stepping foot in a park. We bought at BWV for it being lively and within walking distance to EPCOT and HS. So far, in our opinion, OKW stands above all others for total experience.

John, Lesley and Sam
03-27-2012, 01:33 PM
Purchased OKW mostly for the atmosphere... When we get to the later stages of the contract (no kids), we'll be able to enjoy the relaxing nature of the resort itself without ever stepping foot in a park. We bought at BWV for it being lively and within walking distance to EPCOT and HS. So far, in our opinion, OKW stands above all others for total experience.

We travel from Europe and don't always have a car for our entire stay - can I ask, do you need a car to make a stay at OKW work ? I've always liked the look of the resort (we own at BCV and AKV).

John, Lesley and Sam
03-27-2012, 01:44 PM
Another factor to think about with two contracts rather than one contract is the points transfer rule. As I understand it, Disney limits me to a single transfer per year, so if I had all my points in a single contract I could transfer them all, but as I have two separate contracts (even with the same use year) I'm forced to transfer one and rent the other.

Two contracts give you flexibility if you want to sell some points later, it's not an all or nothing. Which is a good thing - smaller contract also appear to sell better and have a higher value per point.