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Old 08-14-2013, 12:55 PM   #31
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Thanks for the good feedback. Yes, a studio room would be fine for a long time I think. I would prefer to stay more than 6 nights, but you are right, I can add on once we can afford it in the future.
Think what you will find many people do - including us and our 190 pt OKW contract: Get there (via Car or Air) on a Saturday and stay off-site. Then, check in on Sunday. We then plan a park day, DTD or a Resort Hopper day for Sunday and check-in when the room is available.

Is expensive to check-in on Saturday or stay through Friday when you look at the Point requirements.

My Wife never likes moving from one hotel to DVC, but, it is a economic decision. Friday / Saturdays are expensive, and, we can get a better value off-site then on.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #32
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Your toddlers won't be toddlers long, and then you'll be saying "my geek likes Epcot" or "my thrill ride teenagers want to spend all their time at DHS."

Reading here its easy to get the impression that 1) everyone owns points at multiple resorts so they get the home booking window and 2) its impossible to book 'not home.' But neither of those things are true. It is true that if you want something in high demand, you want to be able to take advantage of the home booking window - and a lot of members own BWV or BCV specifically to stay at those resorts during F&W, or own BLT specifically to get the standard view, or VAKL specifically for conceirge - in addition to owning points at another resort for less specific reasons. But VWL is open at seven months for most of the year without a problem - and BLT too, if you budget for Lake View.

The problem is when people make the assumption at purchase that the places you can stretch points (BWV/BLT standard, VALK value) will be available seven months out - you can always stretch points at OKW at the seven month window - but many people buy under the assumption that at seven months they'll get BLT standard - THAT isn't likely to happen. So if that is what you want, that is where you need to own. If what you want is to stretch 50 points - OKW is a great resort, a bargain on points, and usually has great availability much later - you don't need to own it to stay there.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:10 PM   #33
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$1000 to $2000 for park admission also take a big chunk out of the budget. And ticket prices continue to go up each year. Also, annual member fees go up each year. Plus you've got to get there. So depending on how far away you are, it could be a lot.

Disney vacations are not cheap by any means like others have already said.
Agree with your comments. We go every year, but, do everything to keep the trip cheap:

1) We buy 10 Day no-Exp - those last us 3 or 4 years. We have been to the Park's so much we don't feel we need to go but once or twice a trip. Regardless, we do spend more time in the park we choose.

We have been lucky that our 2 kids have been College Program members and get us in free.

2) Always come back at 1 or 2 for Lunch / Dinner and a power-nap in the room. Then, head back for more. It is our opinion (and budget) that Dining Plans are not needed. I understand that many at DVC feel it is a vacation and cooking is optional - if you have the budget - I agree!

3) One or two days a trip we go on a Resort Day and check out all the other resorts.

4) Will usually splurge on a Dinner at Swan/Dolphin, Whispering Canyon, Cape May, etc. And, usually a Lunch at AOA, Caribbean or Coronado.

5) At nights on non-park days we head to Poly or BLT for Fireworks. Or, go check out Bob Jackson at PORR.

6) We have the extra advantage of being in Atlanta and get us all down / back for $250 in gas and then park for free.

So many of my friends say: What do u possibly like about going to WDW every year? Well, my wife does not like flying - and - has no aspirations of European Vacations.

I have 4 Million miles logged on Delta - I have seen the world twice and don't need to see it again! In my opinion, WDW is one of the greatest resorts in the world - you don't have to go to the park every day to enjoy it. We look forward to it every single year!

It is not for everyone, but, it is right for us.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #34
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If you don't care where you stay, what category of room, or how many points it costs, buy at the resort with the cheapest point and dues cost.

If you like a certain resort, category of room, view, buy at that resort.

We have stayed at each resort several times and we now know that the resort matters to us. VGF and VWL for MK stays and BWV for DHS and Epcot stays.

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Sounds like us, except we go to BCV for hitting EPCOT or DHS.
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We bought AK for the low pt rooms and BLT for the location thinking we had everything covered but after 3 years running of not being able to get a studio during the F&W we just bought 55 at BCV think every other year we'd borrow to do a week.

We like studios because we've no small children - often large adult children, yes - with us and do not spend much time in the room. We've done 1br and 2br but they're not our thing. I don't do laundry or cook on vacation and prefer to nap at the pool.
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