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Old 05-15-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
Octomonkee
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Join Date: May 2013
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New here, and thinking about buying DVC

Hello. We're newbies here, and we're thinking about buying DVC. Been doing some research but still have some questions. First I'll tell you about our situation and then ask a few questions.

We're long-time Disney fans. I'm in my mid-40's and actually worked at Disneyland in my teens (Go Tomorrowland Merch!). We live about 45 minutes from DLR. We've been to WDW 4 times over the years and have stayed at different on-property hotels each time (usually go about every 5 years). Have also been to Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland Resort once each. Have seen DVC kiosks and have been intrigued about it for about 10 years now but never took the plunge (have never been to the presentation, but planning to do so in then next couple of weeks). Hubby now works in Burbank at the Studio. There's only the two of us.

Questions:
#1. Would it be better to choose our home resort in Orlando or Anaheim? This might seem an odd question, but we obviously go to DLR more often and was thinking that if we were at risk of losing our points we could use them at VGC and possibly have a better chance of reserving a room if that's our home resort? If anyone doesn't think that would make a difference then we'd just go with a WDW Resort.

#2. I've been doing a bit a research about the "other" resort options like RCI, the Disney Collection hotels (for Tokyo and Paris), and DCL. Let me preface this by saying that I have read all about the cons in using the points for these things, but we see this as more about pre-paying for 45 or so years of vacations so we're fine with the "bad" use of points. So my question is, how easy is it to use this part of DVC? The official website makes it seem like it's super easy and one can go anywhere at anytime. If we're basically buying into DVC as a pre-paid vacation plan how feasible is it that we're going to be able to travel for the rest of our lives using this option without running into many obstacles? I don't want to find out after we buy that the only option really is doing a WDW vacation-only for the rest of our lives. I mean, we love Disney but that would be a lot for the next 45 or so years.

#3. If going on Disney only vacations is the feasible only option, then maybe we'd like to go every three years since that is what seems to be the maximum point grouping (banking, current year, and borrowing). Do I have that right, or can the points be saved for longer? What would you recommend for a number of points if I only wanted to go every 3 years? AKV is about 116 points for a week during the time we normally go (October-ish). I don't want to over-buy since I read that as a Cast Member (hubby) we wouldn't be able to rent out unused points.

#4. We like to travel in the spring and in the fall. Usually around April/May and Sept/Oct. Would a September UY be best? I still don't know why, but that seems to be the research that I've found.

I think those are my questions for now. I would really appreciate any insight.

Thx,
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