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Old 04-26-2013, 03:35 PM   #16

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We do a 13-15 night stay every summer, and try to sneak in another week for either F&W, Halloween, Easter, or Christmas.

The two-week summer trip is typically a week in a studio for the two of us, and a week in a two-bedroom with friends/family. The 3rd week or long weekend trips, when we do them, are always the two of us in a studio.

We're very comfortable in a studio, and we've become accustomed to the DVC laundry rooms. We can deal with not having a kitchen because there are so many restaurants we love. The one thing I really do miss in the studio is not having the spa tub to relax sore muscles. Of course, there are the ones at the pool, which we make due with. I'm a cheapskate when it comes to our points, and although we've talked about it from time to time, I've never been able to bring myself to reserve a one-bedroom for just the two of us.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #17
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Our pattern is changing now that DS is out of school and in the world of work...but for the past 7 years, I'd get 25-30 nights at DVC...usually two 7 or 8-night trips w/DS on a school break (T-giving and summer), and then another 2-3 trips, of 5 nights each, w/various friends/family w/out DS...

For the DS trips, we stayed in studios until two years ago, when we "graduated" to one BRs...for the "other" trips I get two studios--one for me, and one for the people I'm "taking" ...

Now that the two week-long (plus a night) trips w/DS are "history" (altho we will get one 6-night trip in this year, in December), and all my Disney-obsessed friends have been w/some frequency over the past 7 years and are less "anxious" to go again "soon," we're not sure how it's going to work...we're playing it by ear...since I'm completely borrowed out through 2013 UY (still have more than half my 2014 points, but who knows how long that will last!), there's no hurry about deciding what to do...

I want to try a pure solo trip--so far, I've tacked on a day or two at the beginning or end of family/friend trips, but have never done a trip all on my own (altho I did do one business trip to Orlando and added 3 nights at BLT to that trip)...I think I'll love it, but it's just hard to carve out the time when it's "just me"...such a trip would be in a studio--I see no need for a full one-BR for just me!

So, we're in a "we'll see" pattern over here...
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:47 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by kkolbusz1 View Post
Just wondering how long everyone likes to visit Disney. When I was younger I have no idea how long our family stayed, but then we ended up with 7 days, now 8 & now that we bought into the dvc i think we may do some 7s to be able to do some 1bedrooms.
Thats another ? Do you use our full allotment of points & borrow to get a bigger room of always do a studio for a fam of 4 with 2 young kids?
We like to take more trips and are rarely in the room to do anything other than sleep or shower so we bought enough points (250) to spend about 2 weeks / year in studios (depending on the resort & season that may vary a little bit). I also have no interest in doing laundry or cooking (other than using the toaster) on my vacation so there is no real need for the full kitchen or laundry for us either. When I look at the point charts I feel like the points for a 1 bedroom are not worthwhile and are the worst value of any size unit because our DS would still not have a regular bed to sleep in. That is his biggest peeve. He does like a real bed when he can get one. But a 2 bedroom would be overkill for 3 people so it ain't happenin' with us. We'll do 2 weeks in studios any time.
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Since 2008 with our DVC, we have stayed in studios, one week in October for school fall break. We also stay varying amounts over Spring Break or summer at either WDW or VB or HHI in studios as well. This year, we are trying one trip only in a 1 BR. We have four, and dds are now 11 & 9, so the extra space may be enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by kkolbusz1 View Post
Just wondering how long everyone likes to visit Disney. When I was younger I have no idea how long our family stayed, but then we ended up with 7 days, now 8 & now that we bought into the dvc i think we may do some 7s to be able to do some 1bedrooms.
Thats another ? Do you use our full allotment of points & borrow to get a bigger room of always do a studio for a fam of 4 with 2 young kids?

There are 5 of us (6 on our last trip as DD brought her best friend) and we are in a constant state of borrowing. On our last trip we stayed at the THV and AKV, 10 nights total. I went way over points but it was so worth it. I like elbow room. I know some one bedrooms can fit 5 but I like to leave the living room a living room.

If we had 4 in our family, I'd be temped to do a Studio and save points but think I would ultimately rent a one bedroom.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:01 AM   #21
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We are a family of 3, one of which is a 20 month old. We ALWAYS get a 1 bedroom at BLT. I love the space, if our daughter is having a rough night one of us can take her in the living room and watch a little tv while the other parent can sleep. I LOVE having the whirlpool tub and king sized bed. I can't imagine staying in a studio, before booking our last trip we ended buying extra points so we had enough to book the 1 bedroom, but we are always known to borrow points as well. I figure I'm on vacation and having a small child we do spend about half our day in the room so I want something we can all be comfortable in. We also stay anywhere between 5 and 7 nights.

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We have been going for 6 or 7 nights in a two bedroom. We had 200 points banked the yeár we bought in so we have been able to have the two bedroom even though it was more than 200 points for the week. We bought in thinking it was enough for a week a year at AKV in a one bedroom but have never stayed in less than a two since becoming members. We are waiting for our new contract to be loaded, we just bought 100 add on at BWv so we can go on two trips a year and might try a smaller room since all of our kids may not be able to all travel together at the same time with us.
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