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Old 07-21-2013, 10:27 AM   #31
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I know the eating in room for trip would save us $$$ but I don't cook well at all & part of a vacation for us is my wife not having to cook, plus part of the magic is the restaurants at Disney. My wife says she wouldn't mind cooking but I just can't let that happen on a vacation.
No cooking required Having breakfast in your villa (microwave, toaster, fridge) just for easy things will save a fortune, you can get milk, OJ, poptarts, cereal, bread, bagels, fresh fruit, the 3 older kids can make their own food ... plus snacks for them during the afternoon, kids that age eat every 2 hours that will save you too. My boys are 12 and 13 (almost 14) and I know how much food it takes to keep them satisfied. Lunch could also save money just by buying cold cuts, PB&J, chips, etc. Nothing that requires cooking. Then your only meal out would be dinner. Heck dinner out for 8 people is still going to cost a couple of hundred bucks at least. I'm sure your wife won't mind once she sees the savings. Plus her peace of mind is going to be preserved by you guys having your own master bedroom with a king bed!
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #32
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Oh, I wanted to add...although the only large villa we have stayed in was at OKW, I have heard that the AKVs are really nice too. We have only stayed in a studio at AKV and it was our overall favorite.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #33
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Oh, I wanted to add...although the only large villa we have stayed in was at OKW, I have heard that the AKVs are really nice too. We have only stayed in a studio at AKV and it was our overall favorite.
We have stayed at Kidani in a 1 bedroom and it was AMAZING! I can only imagine the 2 bedroom would be even more fantastic. OKW is great too, but we never have a car so we found Kidani to be easier being all in one huge building.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:03 AM   #34
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]I think many of us misunderstood as you asked for an "affordable" way to do this vacation. To me, and probably many others, that means being willing to compromise to save some money. [/B]That sure doesn't mean the DxDP, at least not to me. I would never consider that "affordable" but then everyone has a different price point that they consider affordable.

The DDP barely saves us any money, lol, and sometimes it doesn't save us anything at all. But then we don't like to schedule TS meals every day of our trip. My kids prefer to get in all the rides/attractions and only a few restaurants rather than the other way around.

If the only thing in question is where to stay then I'd start by doing the math. Add up the cost of two POR rooms at rack rate. Add up the cost of two POR rooms with whatever discount is typical for the time frame you are considering, just for comparison purposes. Look up how many points would be required to stay in the DVC villa(s) you would like. Multiply those points by $12 to see what it would cost to rent them. See how the numbers compare.

The only time we have had larger than a studio it was at OKW and the kids LOVED it.
Yes, that's exactly what *I* was thinking. Like you, the regular DDP doesn't save us money, but we are no longer in the DDP "sweet spot" of having children 10 and under or being able to score free dining anymore. If the OP can go during free dining, then I think it's a no brainer to book POR for the free regular DDP and request AB for the flexibility in having the extra bed in the room. BUT ... given the ages of the OP's brother's children, I don't think that will happen. One-two of them will be in High School. I know that many folks don't think twice about taking their 2nd or 3rd grader out of school but a high schooler? Nope. I personally wouldn't allow it. So, I think the OP is probably limited to school vacations. If he were to book a DVC 2BR I would suggest a Standard View over at AKV-Kidani. It sleeps 9 people (2 in the master, 4 in the 2nd bedroom and 3 in the living room on foldout couch and chair) and it has 3 baths. For the second week in June it comes up at 287 points or $3444 at $12 per point (you don't pay taxes). Any DDP can be added to that and you are not required to purchase tickets to qualify for it.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:17 AM   #35
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Yes, that's exactly what *I* was thinking. Like you, the regular DDP doesn't save us money, but we are no longer in the DDP "sweet spot" of having children 10 and under or being able to score free dining anymore. If the OP can go during free dining, then I think it's a no brainer to book POR for the free regular DDP and request AB for the flexibility in having the extra bed in the room. BUT ... given the ages of the OP's brother's children, I don't think that will happen. One-two of them will be in High School. I know that many folks don't think twice about taking their 2nd or 3rd grader out of school but a high schooler? Nope. I personally wouldn't allow it. So, I think the OP is probably limited to school vacations. If he were to book a DVC 2BR I would suggest a Standard View over at AKV-Kidani. It sleeps 9 people (2 in the master, 4 in the 2nd bedroom and 3 in the living room on foldout couch and chair) and it has 3 baths. For the second week in June it comes up at 287 points or $3444 at $12 per point (you don't pay taxes). Any DDP can be added to that and you are not required to purchase tickets to qualify for it.
I may have mistitled the thread as I wanted to know the most affordable way to a magical trip for them that includes a dp and staying onsite at Disney since this will more than likely be the only time in there lives they get to do something like this. I'm not sure though if doing a reg dining plan then paying oop if they need more would be better or just doing a DXDP or doing something different entirely. Not sure about renting pts vs. booking through Disney etc.
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I may have mistitled the thread as I wanted to know the most affordable way to a magical trip for them that includes a dp and staying onsite at Disney since this will more than likely be the only time in there lives they get to do something like this. I'm not sure though if doing a reg dining plan then paying oop if they need more would be better or just doing a DXDP or doing something different entirely. Not sure about renting pts vs. booking through Disney etc.
Okay, got it!

The only way to know is to do the math for your particular situation. It's going to vary for everyone and every time of year. Pick a time frame. Price out a week at POR in two rooms. Calculate how many DVC points you would need for a two bedroom villa at AKV and/or OKW or wherever. Multiply the points by $12. There's your cost comparison for the resort.

Make a list of the places you want to eat. Someone posted on another thread a link to a dining calculator but I don't have it handy. Maybe someone else can post that if they have it. Personally I think they're going to make more memories with park attractions than with restaurants, but that's just my opinion. I would not want two or three TS meals each and every day, and neither would my kids, but everyone is different.
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Okay, got it!

The only way to know is to do the math for your particular situation. It's going to vary for everyone and every time of year. Pick a time frame. Price out a week at POR in two rooms. Calculate how many DVC points you would need for a two bedroom villa at AKV and/or OKW or wherever. Multiply the points by $12. There's your cost comparison for the resort.
Remember that the WDW resort price needs to include taxes (12.5%) while the point rental does not. Also, DVC accommodations do not include daily housekeeping.

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Make a list of the places you want to eat. Someone posted on another thread a link to a dining calculator but I don't have it handy. Maybe someone else can post that if they have it. Personally I think they're going to make more memories with park attractions than with restaurants, but that's just my opinion. I would not want two or three TS meals each and every day, and neither would my kids, but everyone is different.
I totally agree with you.
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