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Old 02-05-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Smile Calculating trip costs vs DVC cost

New poster but WDW veteran here. I'm wondering if any of you might have an idea of how to best compute the approximate cost of a future trip vs a DVC membership. The general plan is for a family trip over April vacation week in 2015 (my sister is finishing up her Masters to become a hs or ms teacher so the specific dates will depend on her school's calendar.) Our party would be my family (me, DH, DD age 4.5 and DS age 2.5), sister and potential partner if she has a BF/DH at that time, and our parents. Options for rooms would be either three separate rooms at a deluxe resort or a villa with 3 or 4 rooms. The latter would be great but more expensive, of course. Obviously that trip alone would be less than purchasing a DVC membership, but if the difference between what we might pay for a membership (to be used by any of us in the future) with enough points to cover a week like that is not huge, I feel it would be worth investigating at least. Our family growing up visited 6 or 7 times, and DH and I honeymooned there (his first visit where he had a blast.) With kids we want to visit semi-frequently, and will probably also visit DL as we live in Washington State and it's so much closer. I definitely see multiple visits to both parks as our kids grow up.

Anyhow, given all that is there a way to roughly compute how many points we'd need to have (banking and borrowing from the bookend years, and open to resale) for either scenario of separate rooms or a large villa, and compare that cost to straight up non-DVC cost as much as possible? Obviously I can't get it apples to apples but I'd like to see if its even worth investigating or if I'm just talking vastly different numbers. Needless to say not being the only one who would be using the points in a shared membership I'd need to get the rest of the family on board, as right now we ourselves can't cover the full cost of owning. I hope that is not too complicated, but i figured someone here might be able to share some thoughts. Thanks so much!
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