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Old 01-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question To buy or not to buy.....

I know, I know...I have read and read and still feel dumb about DVC...

Here's my deal, lay it on me.... what are your thoughts...
  • I go to DL about 4-5 times a year for 2-3 days at a time and have been doing this for years and plan to continue forever
  • Sometimes I book a trip only like 3 months out, I suppose I could plan better
  • I like to stay on site
  • I don't need a lot of space, sometimes the whole fam comes out and we get 3 rooms.
  • I try to get out to WDW every 5 years (planning in November this year), not picky where I stay out there, but onsite for sure.
  • Resales scare the poop out of me
  • Have about 5K now
  • Disney cruise is 3 years
  • Not really trying to plan for using it other places
  • I am a bottom line kinda girl...what's my bottom line?

I don't want to go listen and then jump without some opinions..going back to DL in 3 weeks, was going to go ont he "tour" then!

THoughts? THANKS!
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Looks like your primary use of DVC would be at DL, and the DVC at DL is very, very small...it'll take a whole lot of luck to get a villa there on short notice, even once much less 4-5 times per year. So, if you can't plan 11 months in advance you might find yourself w/DVC points you mostly won't be able to use...

You'll read here that using points for a Disney cruise is not as cost-effective as simply paying cash for the cruise...but I've never cruised so don't really have a feel for that...

Once every five years to WDW is probably not often enough to justify (on purely economic grounds) a DVC purchase...

There are rumors that Disney will expand the DVC presence at DL...or you may find you can (even if you don't normally) plan almost a year in advance...

But based on your summary of your DL/WDW travel habits, I think you may find DVC won't work very well for you...

Good luck w/your choice!
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Looks like your primary use of DVC would be at DL, and the DVC at DL is very, very small...it'll take a whole lot of luck to get a villa there on short notice, even once much less 4-5 times per year. So, if you can't plan 11 months in advance you might find yourself w/DVC points you mostly won't be able to use...

You'll read here that using points for a Disney cruise is not as cost-effective as simply paying cash for the cruise...but I've never cruised so don't really have a feel for that...

Once every five years to WDW is probably not often enough to justify (on purely economic grounds) a DVC purchase...

There are rumors that Disney will expand the DVC presence at DL...or you may find you can (even if you don't normally) plan almost a year in advance...

But based on your summary of your DL/WDW travel habits, I think you may find DVC won't work very well for you...

Good luck w/your choice!
I agree, DVC will not work for you.

Your not going to have much luck getting into DL on that short a notice and WDW every 5 years is not frequent enough to make owning there worth while.

You could always try renting out points for DL and see if you end up getting anything just to test out if it is possible to book there in your timeframes.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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From what I've read, the ONLY DL resort is booked up LONG before short notice, and you do frequent trips.

Even if you plan all those frequent trips in advance, getting into VGC is difficult (having such limited choices for California/West Coast DVC members).

I would have thought they'd put up more resorts at DL, but with your style of vacationing, I don't think it'll work (and I'm not one to say that very often... don't want to dash someone's dreams).
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I suppose I could book ahead of time...like I ALWAYS go in Feb and Nov!
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A decision to book ahead of time is, of course, up to you--you have little risk of "losing" if you have to cancel, so long as you do so more than 30 days ahead of time (if within the 30-day window, points go into holding and there are some pretty tight restrictions on using holding points), and/or prior to the end of your banking window (8 months prior to the end of your use year)...you can rent points you're not going to use (even with banking)...

Still, think hard about whether you want to "lock yourself in" that way...from your initial post it appears you'd have some difficulty using points if there's no availability at DL when you want to go...if you don't mind the idea of renting those points, then no problem...but if you do, it's something to think about...

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I suppose I could book ahead of time...like I ALWAYS go in Feb and Nov!
If you can't book ahead of time around 11 months out for most of your yearly trips, the risk may be too great in your situation. If you can for a significant portion and will ONLY use the points at DVC, it's likely a good choice if you normally stay on property anyway. Just buy what you need for DVC, not to use for DCL. One thing to consider as a risk that the weekend points may increase at some point, assuming you're planning on doing mostly weekends.
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