|09-21-2012, 11:31 AM||#1|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Memphis, TN
DVC Options--Resale vs Disney?
We just returned home from our first Disney Cruise on the Dream and had a fantastic time. We did go to a DVC session, and ended up signing up on the boat. We're still within our 15 day period to change our mind (TN residents), and now that I'm home, I've been looking at a lot of different options and trying to figure out what is best for our family.
We have two small children, and see several WDW trips in our future. We want to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in Hawaii, and were looking seriously at Aulani. We also enjoyed cruising on the DCL, and the Adventures by Disney looked awesome, but very expensive point-wise.
If we go to WDW, I would want to stay on-site, and we do like the deluxe accomodations. I do plan our trips several months in advance, and would likely make point reservations at the maximum window (11 or 7 months).
I've looked at the resale options, and boy, the prices look much more appealing than buying from Disney! What restrictions do I have from purchasing resale? From reading these posts, it looks like resale points are not available for cruises or the Adventures. What other restrictions are there? We were interested in both of these activities, but, in light of the high number of points needed, could also pay cash. If you have resale points, do you still qualify for DVC discounts for the cruises and special offers via email?
While our (pending) contract is for AKV (we weren't really given a choice for any other sites on the boat), we were more interested in Baylake on WDW property (for the monorail access as opposed to the buses, and being between our two favorite parks) and also Aulani (we were eyeing the 11 month reservation time for our anniversary, but probably wouldn't visit very often). If we buy points from each site, can we simply combine so we could have 11 month reservations at numerous resorts?
We also had some concerns about limiting our vacation choices for the forseeable future. While yes, I love Disney and see several vacations at WDW or off-site DVC resorts in the future, we also enjoy more quiet resorts with private lodging options instead of staying in a huge multi-story building with everyone else. We like to be right on the beach, and I don't see that option with the Disney resorts. Several of my "bucket list" resorts also aren't included in the RCI listings, so those would probably be big trips outside of the DVC.
Any assistance/advice would be appreciated. We'll need to do something with our pending contract by the middle of next week.
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