Originally Posted by mulberrybush
I have done a TON of reading on here this week and have learned that the most valuable lesson for me before joining DVC is just this:
Learn to love it, limit complaints to true "needs", and enjoy something that will enrich my family for years. This seems to be true from use year to mousekeeping to room assignments.
Actually, if you haven't bought yet, the best thing you can get out of all your new knowledge is an informed decision about whether you want to buy in at all. Personally, I would not buy and then hope I could learn to love it. That sounds a little like marrying someone with the expectation that you'll be able to change them into someone you like better...
DVC doesn't make sense for most people, and the good news is, there are a zillion other ways to enjoy a Disney vacation without belonging to DVC. Its great that you have learned so much before buying, because now you'll know what you are getting yourself into and whether it is really what you want or not. Finding this out after the fact probably explains at least a portion of the number of contracts on the resale market...