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Old 12-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Need a kind soul to give me some much needed info... WDW site seems to be down.

I realize this should be on some form of the DVC threads, but I am in a bit of a rush and will hopefully get a quick answer here....

We just spent last night in a hotel and I had a big dose of reality hit me. We CANNOT survive in a standard room for 9 nights in Disney, which is what we are currently booked for. I am bummed because we have a standard/pool view room booked for AKL which is supposed to be big splurge for us and we have been so excited about it. But for 9 nights, I just don't think we can do it without killing eachother. My kids are very tall and my husband is a big guy AND a snorer. In years past, we have either rented points or stayed offsite in a one or two bedroom villa.

Can someone ballpark what it might cost for us to either rent DVC and buy the regular dining plan for a 1 bedroom at AKL (or any deluxe I suppose) or to actually book through WDW with my free dining pin.

I am having trouble with the website...so I'm hoping someone will have a general idea off the top of their head.

We are there from 1/31 to Feb 9th, and my kids are 10 & 12.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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And I am wondering if I could get a suite at AofA instead and not feel like we are "downgrading" from AKL. Since we've never been there...I guess we won't know what we'll be missing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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I realize this should be on some form of the DVC threads, but I am in a bit of a rush and will hopefully get a quick answer here....

We just spent last night in a hotel and I had a big dose of reality hit me. We CANNOT survive in a standard room for 9 nights in Disney, which is what we are currently booked for. I am bummed because we have a standard/pool view room booked for AKL which is supposed to be big splurge for us and we have been so excited about it. But for 9 nights, I just don't think we can do it without killing eachother. My kids are very tall and my husband is a big guy AND a snorer. In years past, we have either rented points or stayed offsite in a one or two bedroom villa.

Can someone ballpark what it might cost for us to either rent DVC and buy the regular dining plan for a 1 bedroom at AKL (or any deluxe I suppose) or to actually book through WDW with my free dining pin.

I am having trouble with the website...so I'm hoping someone will have a general idea off the top of their head.

We are there from 1/31 to Feb 9th, and my kids are 10 & 12.
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And I am wondering if I could get a suite at AofA instead and not feel like we are "downgrading" from AKL. Since we've never been there...I guess we won't know what we'll be missing.
Just looked up availability and there is some for those dates. It would take 307 points, so multiply that by the rental rate ($13 if you go through an agency). The DDP is $55.59 per person for each night, which is $1778.88 for your trip.

If you're going to rent points, I would do so fast. The closer you get, the less likely there will be availability.

And yes, there are big differences between AKV and AoA.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Just looked up availability and there is some for those dates. It would take 307 points, so multiply that by the rental rate ($13 if you go through an agency). The DDP is $55.59 per person for each night, which is $1778.88 for your trip.

If you're going to rent points, I would do so fast. The closer you get, the less likely there will be availability.

And yes, there are big differences between AKV and AoA.
So...that's for renting points. Do you happen to know what it would cost to book a 1 bedroom directly through Disney? Or am I asking a stupid question? If I can do that and use my free dining Pin, I may save money over renting and buying DDP. Though chances are - we can't afford either. This trip has costed enough already! Sheesh!! Thanks, by the way. I still can't get the site to work. GRRR
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:20 PM   #5
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I can't help you with specifics - but I can offer a few thoughts...

1. I am pretty sure your choices will be slim to none at renting points of AKL on such short notice.
2. We have stayed at AKL twice and visited AOA on it's opening day. You just cannot compare the 2. COMPLETELY different atmospheres and vacations.
3. If space and quiet is something that you need - perhaps the Cabins at FW might be an option for you. I hav never stayed there (just not my thing) - but I know many who love it.

Good luck!

eta - I stand corrected! Good news on availablitly!
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never mind - read it wrong.

The only way to know what the cost is for a Villa (and to even see if it has availability with your PIN) is to call Disney.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:29 PM   #7
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I was able to get a quote...Assuming you CAN use your Free Dining PIN (which would require you to pack rack rate)...
A one bedroom Villa with a Standard View for your dates is $5,255.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #8
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If you are going to do a 1 bedroom, get it at AKV Kidani, not Jambo. It is larger and has 2 bathrooms. You'll have a king bed in the master, a queen sofabed and twin sleeper chair in the living room.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #9
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So I guess waiting until the last minute to rent points...does NOT give me a chance for getting them cheaper, huh?! I know some of you are probably having a good laugh at that thought, right?

Oh well....I guess I was being naive and hopeful. But more naive than hopeful.
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So I guess waiting until the last minute to rent points...does NOT give me a chance for getting them cheaper, huh?! I know some of you are probably having a good laugh at that thought, right?

Oh well....I guess I was being naive and hopeful. But more naive than hopeful.
Not laughing at you at all!
In some instances you can get a good deal for last minute rentals - but unfortunately AKL is typically not one of the places. Like Bay Lake Towers and the Beach Club Villas, they book quickly.
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So I guess waiting until the last minute to rent points...does NOT give me a chance for getting them cheaper, huh?! I know some of you are probably having a good laugh at that thought, right?

Oh well....I guess I was being naive and hopeful. But more naive than hopeful.
It's true that you can sometimes get good deals on last-minute rentals.....in terms of the cost. The problem is, the availability isn't there. Most DVC owners make their reservations between 7-11 months out, so by a couple of months out, your choices are very limited.

That said, you may still find availability at the largest resorts - SSR and OKW, and maybe even AKV, at this point. I'd say it's worth a try. Check out our DVC Rent/Trade board, check out David's Vacation Club Rentals
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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Through the Disney website I'm getting $519 a night for a 1 br standard view for those dates. A savannah view would be $594. Those are pre tax. I don't know if you could get free dining.
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