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Old 11-11-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Hi every one I'm new to these parts. Been to WDW once and going next Aug. Just looking at DVC options and info really.

For example if we wanted 2 weeks august OKW 1 bed studio, any one know how much that would be down and how much monthly?

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Old 11-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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Are you interested in renting points ? If so, you would need 378 points for two weeks in August ( random dates of 12th - 25th )
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
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I think I mean buying...where you pay a large amount upfront and then monthly costs?

I may be completely wrong here just been having a little look around so only have basic info.

I was reading and it said to work out how long and where you would like to stay so you can work out how many points you would need, and how much it would cost. So we would look to go August (last 2 weeks is cheapest) 1 bed studio at OKW.

Thanks for all your help
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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Dave,

Do you mean a studio or one bed villa? A studio is a single room with a kitchenette while the one bed has a. Seperate bedroom, living area and full kitchen. There is a large difference in points.

You need to know roughly how many points you would need for a typical stay - points charts can be found here.

Once you know that you need to look at where you would want your home resort for the 11 month booking window. We own at BLT as that is where we want to stay most times

Lastly decide if you will want to trade out for things like DCL or other Disney options - they are not usually a good use of points but some people like them. If so you need to buy direct from Disney. A guide for prices can be found on DVC news.

If you don't care look at resales - you can save yourselves thousands of dollars. Checkout the Timeshare store they have a good number of listings to give you an idea of prices.

After your buy in cost you have annual dues which are per point from $3.89 for BLT to over $6 for Vero. You would need to check once you decide on a resort.

We love our DVC and wish we had bought sooner. There are small perks like $100 off APs, discounts on tours etc.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:06 PM   #5
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If interested in buying into Disney Vacation Club, have a look at
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:07 PM   #6
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Thanks year was just the studio room we were looking at ... sleeps up to 4 so will be fine. I will have a look at that website...

Looks like we would need 198 points ...2 weeks old key west studio. How much would that work out at?

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Where can you chat with a rep i can't seem to find it?

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Dave look at the resales websites if you are buying resale if not then you will need to contact disney. Decide how many points you will need, advice I will give is get as many points as possible that you can afford as to our cost we now like to stay in a 1 bedroom instead of a studio as our family has grown up. I can recommend a resale company if you like. Remember that you need to pay maintenence fees each year as well. Finally buy at a resort that you will be happy to stay in each year if you cannot get another resort at the 7 month mark. If you need anymore info just ask.
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Hi Dave,

Getting into DVC is great but you do need to do a lot of research first. The bottom line is whether in the long term you'll save money compared to paying OOP.

I've had DVC for a few years now and I've not hit the break even point yet (which is roughly 7 years of vacations assuming you use all your points and stay at a DVC resort) but a lot of things can effect that.

First thing to think about is where you are happy staying. If you are happy in a moderate or value resort then DVC isn't a cost effective solution.

Secondly, if you have to finance to buy in, then it probably isn't worth it either.

Thirdly, can you comfortably pay the annual dues? (these can be split down to monthly payments but only if you get a US bank account). I have 330 points and the amount I pay in dues pe year would happily cove a value every year or a stay off-site. But I'm a Disney snob and want to stay in a deluxe resort.

Will you want to use the points for DCL or RCI? (not a cost effective use for them but some people do) This will determine whether you can buy resale or need to buy from Disney direct.

Do you want to travel every year?

Those are just some of the simpler questions before you get into DVC, it can be very complicated to work out if it's worth it.

That being said I love my DVC points. I'm more than happy and would buy more in a heartbeat if I had the cash.

Anyway, if there's anything I can help with feel free to ask.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:45 AM   #9
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Thank you every one for you time. Given me some grate info and somthings to think about ....

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:30 AM   #10
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Thanks year was just the studio room we were looking at ... sleeps up to 4 so will be fine. I will have a look at that website...
Just a word of caution about Studios sleeping 4... That is a double bed and a sofa bed in the same room... I wouldn't consider sleeping 4 in there unless I had 2 kids who were teenagers and we'd only be using the room to sleep, and were going to bed at the same time, and out at parks all day. Dh and I stayed in a studio when it was just the 2 of us and it was the right size for us. When it was us and DS18 months we had a one bed, and ds slept in a cot in the lounge. This time we're taking my sister too and DS is 3 and we are having a 2 bed to give us enough space. Remember you've not just got the bodies in the rooms but the luggage too. I don't think you're intended to put as many people in a room as they suggest (rather like tents).

Think we have 200 points. We worked on the principle of doing a 2 week trip ever 2-3 years, but we didn't have kids then and were thinking of low season... so may have to buy more points.

Don't forget to factor in the rising price of flights... when we bought they were £300 and now they are more like £600 so that's increased the cost for us. Also the annual dues go up a little.

As a pp said, it's not a good investment if you have to pay in installments with interest etc.

We love our DVC it's meant that we've stayed in much nicer accommodation than we would otherwise have done, and it's making life easier for us with a fussy eater in tow, as we can do lots of meals in our room (with a full kitchen). The washing machine is also going to come in really useful this time with a 3 year old.

Occasionally I wonder if we should have looked at saving the money and stay in a villa with a private pool etc, but we love being on WDW property with the buses etc too much, so I always come back to being pleased we bought.

Hope that helps a bit
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