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Old 09-26-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Keep This Going Foever: THE defining moment from your last DVC trip

Let's hear it....I'm looking for THE defining moment - that moment that made you say "I love this place" - from your last stay at a DVC resort. If you have to choose a moment from a park, no problem, but try to keep it to the resort....

In our August trip, the moment that will forever stick with me is when we were in the pool at BWV and my son and I joined the volleyball game. I would pick him up and let him slam the ball back over the net whenever it came our way. That moment was the best time of our trip, as it made me feel that the DVC investment was totally worth it and my son and I had a great bonding experience. A lot of people don't like the BWV pool, but we loved it!
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:21 PM   #2
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My last trip itself was the defining moment. In March I surprised my wife and we flew down for a 3-day get-a-way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary....alone! No kids, no family. If we did not have DVC, I doubt if I would have taken a get-a-way such as that. Instead, I may have planned a one day trip to a nearby city. DVC gave me that option and it was great.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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One night DH and I took the kids to the quiet pool at VWL. We were literally the only ones there. The kids played in the pool for over an hour while we sat and had a couple of cosmo's we had made in the room and brought down. It was awesome, like we owned the whole place!!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:14 PM   #4
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This isn't about a DVC trip technically, but since the trip was to a DVC resort and led to us eventually buying at that resort, I'll tell the story.

Several years ago, we booked a BW view at BWV (It was called a water view at the time) on a cash basis. When we arrived at BWV, no bell hop would come and help us unload our car. They were all "busy" playing football in the driveway. (This activity lasted the entire time we were at the resort) So we took upon ourselves to grab a cart and start unloading ourselves. A bellhop then came over and said we couldn't use the cart, they were only for bell services' use. I told him since no one would help us, we would do it ourselves. He got very nasty with me and then got someone to help us. When I got to the check-in desk, I told the CM about how we were treated and that I didn't appreciate being treated in that manner. He apologized to us, but evidently nothing was done past that because, like I said before, the football playing in the front drive continued for the entire length of our stay.

Back to the defining moment. Well, after my experience with the bellhops, I was madder than a hornet and really wanted to move to another resort. But when we got to our room and dropped our luggage, we went out to our balcony. When I opened the doors and saw the view we had of the lake and EPCOT, the madness completely left me and I was hooked at that moment. I knew right there if we ever bought into DVC, it would be at BWV. We finally bought last year and will be making our first official trip as members in 2 months. Hopefully the quality of the bell services has improved since that first visit. But, even if it hasn't, I take the view and carry my own luggage!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #5
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This past August sitting out the balcony at Kidani watching the giraffes right outside our villa and drinking a glass of wine with my DH, DD and SSil-thinking one day we'll bring grandchildren here! Even traveling during the summer (because they teach) and dealing with crowds and the heat I love sharing our DVC with them!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #6
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Mine was at Kidani too. I was sitting out on the balcony watching the giraffes and zebras and thought I'm so glad I have DVC. Who would have thought when I bought in 1999 with OKW and BWV being the only choices that we would have such a variety of choices 10 years later, including a resort with animals!
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Sharing the reclining chair in BLT living room with my wife and 2YO daughter while watching Wishes. Not sure it gets better than that.
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For me, too, it was sitting on my balcony at AKL and having my morning coffee and later my glass of wine while watching the animals (particularly the giraffes and zebras). It is like being in a different world. You know that not too far away some are frantically doing the commando park thing and you are just chillin' with the animals and enjoying life!
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:01 AM   #9
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I think it is as simple as Disney is just an amazing vacation time after time. DVC enhances our experience.

I love hearing "Welcome Home", and driving into a beautiful resort. In a few weeks we will be going to AKV, and it will be special because it is our first time at AKV. My wife ran the half marathon with my sister in March, and they stayed at the All-Star Resort. She called and said she missed staying at our home!!!

On our last trip, the defining moment was having family and friends come down with us. We rented a 2 bedroom at OKW, so my sister and family drove up and stayed for 3 days after they spent time in Naples with her in-laws. Then, my wifes niece and her family stayed another three days. Being able to book a 2 bedroom condo and share our membership and vacation was the defining moment of last year. Also - one of my best friends from high school also came down the same week and stayed one building over from us at OKW. It was our best vacation yet. The days at the parks were great having a group to hang around with - it enhanced the fun. This year we are going alone, and it will still be great, but that vacation will have memories that will last forever.

I think just being at AKV this year with our daughter will be amazing. Being around all the animals - she will be thrilled
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:36 PM   #10

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Buying DVC during our last WDW trip was my defining moment. Riding back to AKV in the DVC van whilst talking to the driver and not hearing a word he said due to the sheer joy I was feeling after making our first DVC purchase of 170 points at SSR, pretty much sums up the moment for me.
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