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Old 10-13-2009, 04:54 PM   #1
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What are your favorite/best DVC planning tips?

The title says it all....
I am new to the DVC boards, and am busy planning our vacay in 2010 and a cruise in 2011. So I would love to read what your favorite tips are that you have learned over the years or from other members on this board.

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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Ooohh....subbing. I need veteran's tips too!
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #4
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You already know the best tip...the DIS boards!

In the DVC Miscellaneous board, find the thread for your home resort and you will find lots of tips and suggestions on where to stay, etc.

If you want to stay at another resort, find that thread and look for tips.

There are so many tips specific to certan resorts, you are best reviewing the individual threads.

If you are visiting the parks, visit the Theme Parks and Restaurant boards.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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Read this board, or post questions, you will always get good answers.

The best lesson I can give you is : Relax, take it all in, and just know that if you miss something you will be back.

DVC has made this a reality for our family. We actually come back from WDW feeling refreshed. Sure, it is a bummer to go down and find one of your favorite rides down for rehab (like Space Mountain for our trip next week). The beauty is that we will more than likely be back next year and get to do it.

I love WDW, and of course hate to leave without hitting everything. But honestly - I have enjoyed our trips so much more knowing we will be back again and again.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:58 PM   #6
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Having an owner's locker has made packing a breeze. We now travel with only a carry-on. We figure not paying the luggage fees pays for the locker.

We even have a crock-pot in our locker.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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Might be a silly question, but what exactly is an owner's locker? How big is it and what do people usually sore in them?
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:55 AM   #8
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Our best DVC tip? :

BEWARE extended family & friends who'll want to join you

at your fabulous DVC villa that you've booked with your DVC points !!

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Old 10-15-2009, 12:52 PM   #9
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If there is a certain area of the resort you'd like to stay make sure to request it when you make your reservation. You will not be gauranteed the area, but it can't hurt and we've always been pretty lucky with our requests to get what we want.

If you can rent a car or drive take advantage with a trip to the store and using the fridge and cooking in your room. The dining plan is great, but you can save a bunch and eat when you want when you're the chef

Just a couple off the top of my head.

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:03 PM   #10
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I agree with some previous posters, the DIS is full of very well informed people that are glad to pass on the knowledge they have gained to help others out. I have learned to slow down and enjoy the trip a great deal more knowing that I will be back again and again. I do still believe in arriving early to parks because you can do so many things before the big crowds arrive. We usually have TS meals at lunch time and then head back to the villa for naps and pool time.

The villas, particularly the 1 and 2 bedrooms, are so much more conducive to lounging around the room than a regular hotel room. The more we go the more time we spend in the room so stay in the biggest room you can afford pointwise. I have stayed in a studio but only once when it was just DW and me. When we had three of us going, we stayed in a one bedroom and 4 or 5 of us going, we stayed in a two bedroom.

Need a year off from WDW or does your wallet need one from purchasing tickets? Vero Beach is a great change of pace and a wonderful resort. We stayed there this year and had a great time and are planning to go there again this year. I am planning on going against of my own tips next year and having three of us stay in a studio for Food and Wine festival!

If possible try some different times of the year, I am looking forward to this myself! I know some are locked into when they can go. I've usually had to go early summer when the kids got out of school, but did sneak in a early february trip without kids for a three nighter and was so different. i am looking forward to being able to go when we want to in a couple of years when we become emptynesters.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:07 PM   #11
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Tip #1:
My best tip is to eat in the room most of the time. We did that the last time and couldn't not believe how much money we saved, not to mention the amount of extra time we had! I didn't realize how much time we spent on meals -- traveling to/from, waiting for table, etc. And the quality of many counter service meals leaves a lot to be desired.

I didn't make gourmet meals -- just simple stuff like meatloaf, spaghetti, hot dogs, breakfast food, etc. On our next trip, we will probably order in pizza as well. You can supplement with a few table service meals during your stay, for a change of pace. It is still cheaper than the dining plan and the food is much better!

Of course, this really only applies if your villa has a full kitchen. Cooking in a studio is quite limited, I imagine.

Tip #2:
Take your time. As a DVC owner, you have the luxury of knowing that you will be back....soon. Don't go commando and knock yourself out so that you feel like you need another vacation when you come home.

Tip #3:
Think long and hard before inviting family or friends to share your villa. If you do, make sure you book a villa large enough so that you each have a place to go to get away from "the crowd".

Tip #4:
Don't limit yourself to the parks. There are so many other things to do that do not involve the parks at all, i.e. water sports, cruises, pool-hopping, etc. Also, the DVC resorts are an experience all their own. Spend whole days without leaving your resort. There are always family-friendly activities going on to keep your days interesting. Or.....you can just lounge by the pool all day. The beauty is that you have a choice.

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Old 10-15-2009, 05:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the tips so far!!!

I'm loving it!
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:48 PM   #13
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For studios and DCL -- bring along a pocket shoe organizer that hangs. This really help deal with toiletries and laundry soap and lots of other things in smaller spaces.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:27 PM   #14
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Tips for staying in a 1 or 2 BDRM

1. bring laundry detergent
2. zip loc bags
3. sheets of aluminum foil if you cook
4. big bar of bath soap if you hate the small ones or stay for an extended time
5. coffee and filters
6. tea bags
7. park tickets, buy a ten day non expiring pass from a ticket broker
8. make ADR's at the 180 day window
9. spend a day at a water park
10. I pack plastic cups (family of 6 here)


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Old 10-24-2009, 07:19 PM   #15
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Might be a silly question, but what exactly is an owner's locker? How big is it and what do people usually sore in them?
http://www.ownerslocker.com/

As for what to store in it, see previous post
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