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Old 12-11-2010, 08:01 AM   #451
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From our perspective

Pros
We like having the kitchen facilities. We generally eat breakfast in the room, have a large lunch out and nibbles for dinner back in the room. This saves money and is healthier. We also pick up milk, juice, wine and beer from Publics or other so we are not paying the WDW prices.

Love having the washer and dryer. We have an Owners Locker so are able to go for a 10 day vacation with carryon.

We did an adult only trip last year; we have APs so we did go to the parks but could easily just enjoyed the 'free' stuff. I can see us using this as a winter vacation long after DD has left home. There are a lot of 'mature' couples at the DVC resorts.

Cons
There are only three of us but we like the two bedroom units. Did the economics on a studio, generally get a two bedroom. (We sometimes invite friends to join us so it does not seem too extravagant.)

We have done three add-ons which is not uncommon. We are ok with this but you need to be aware that it is quite common.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:16 AM   #452
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Kiki Mouse,

We have been members since 93. 2 kids were 6 and 4 then (23 and 21 now). We went twice a year when they were younger, every year since then. Traded for Disney cruise 4 times (twice over New Years) have been for 5 Christmases. Stayed at home OKW, and BC, SS, AKL, always got our first choice of rooms and dates, never had to change plans, even at Christmas. Trick is to book as soon as you can.

Since the kids are older we go once a year alone or with friends and every other year try to arrange for the kids to come with us. A lot of trips we combine it with a 7 day non-Disney cruise and then go to the parks for 4 or 5days after.

We can see us still going every year for the next 30 years. There is so much we haven't done.

Best investment we ever made. Best memories we have are DVC made.

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Old 12-17-2010, 12:07 PM   #453
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Hi all I'm new here from Toronto had my first taste last march and will be taking the kids next time.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:15 PM   #454
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I've been a member since 2000 with ownership at VWL. However, we generally prefer to stay at OKW due to the size and different layout of the villas.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:04 AM   #455
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Apologize if this is in the wrong forum

my mind has been racing lately about going to Disney again and I am still keenly interested in getting into the DVC.

I think there are still some things that are same as usual (25 yr plan, have to buy it at Disney unless you are in Alberta, Ontario, etc) but I have some questions:
Has the price gone up? I think I was told 16 K when I went to their presentation
Is it possible to put a down payment ie 10% on credit card and pay the rest off w credit card?
What are the point system for using non home resorts ie using for pop century, POR
can it be used for the cruise lines?
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:33 PM   #456
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Apologize if this is in the wrong forum

my mind has been racing lately about going to Disney again and I am still keenly interested in getting into the DVC.

I think there are still some things that are same as usual (25 yr plan, have to buy it at Disney unless you are in Alberta, Ontario, etc) but I have some questions:
Has the price gone up? I think I was told 16 K when I went to their presentation
Is it possible to put a down payment ie 10% on credit card and pay the rest off w credit card?
What are the point system for using non home resorts ie using for pop century, POR
can it be used for the cruise lines?
I can answer some of those. You can use points for non home resorts but I think the amount of points are too high for most of them (in otherwords you get much better value doing a studio in one of the home resorts)

You can use it for the cruise, but again it takes a very large number of points. When I did the Disney cruise, I ended up renting out my points for the use year (half of what it would have cost me in points to book with them) and paid for the cruise for the 4 of us. I got a good deal with Dreams Unlimited.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #457
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I've been a member since 2000 with ownership at VWL. However, we generally prefer to stay at OKW due to the size and different layout of the villas.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #458
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I think we bought the dealership HHI last year and have already suffered addonitis twice, once in time SSR and AKV. We had four agreements, but we sold the original HHI. We love DVC and is one of the best decisions we made our families for future use.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:46 PM   #459
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Hi all I'm new here from Toronto had my first taste last march and will be taking the kids next time.
Welcome to the Disboards!

Are you a DVC member as well? At which resort?
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:50 PM   #460
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Don't think I am on the list - we bought VGC points in 2009 and will be making our second trip home this spring.

I have a question for Canadian VGC members - did you order groceries online - where and how did you pay. I tried to order with Vons but it wouldn't accept my credit card even if I used the VGC zipcode and then the bank put a stop on my card as they thought someone was trying to fraudulently use it - thank goodness I had hubby with me so we could use his card to settle the bill when checking out would appreciate any ideas for our upcoming trip.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #461
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we bought last year on our trip after staying at the grand californian.Loved it so much bought into dvc as we go every year to visit friends as well and loved the resort.We will be there in a week for another ten days in a one bedroom.We usually rent a car as it dosent cost much more than to take the disneyland express and i don't mind driving down there lol.This will be our first time with a kitchen so we will be going to one of the local stores the thing i want to find out is can a canadian buy a prepay phone down there to use as telus hosed me last year and will not be taking my cell phone anywere near california
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:45 AM   #462
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Income tax question

My wife (KikiMouse) and I bought into DVC on December 8th, 2010. Still new to all of this and trying to understand certain things. As we are now owners of a vacation club and income tax season is approaching, has anyone ever claimed their annual dues on their taxes.

We are from Winnipeg, and not sure if we can claim the annual dues on our taxes.

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Old 02-04-2011, 04:37 PM   #463
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Not in Ontario. You might be able to claim the property tax portion if anything.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #464
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Hi all fellow "Great White Northerners". We are freshly back from SS Treehouses. That convinced us. We have an offer into Disney ROFR on a 120 pt. contract @ SS. Here's hoping. It went in today, so 30 day count down starts! BTW, anyone have any good/bad/other experience with OWNERS LOCKERS?!?!
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:10 PM   #465
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Good luck. That would be a hard 30 day wait for me. We bought into SSR in 2004 but we bought from Disney. We have added on twice since then. Once more at SSR and once at AKV.

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