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Old 08-17-2011, 12:56 PM   #46
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My family knows, have never been critical of us, but it still makes me uncomfortable so I choose not to talk about it. My Sis and my bro and their families have made other choices which leaves them with less opportunities to travel then we have (one is a minister and one a SAHD). My niece told my daughter a few weeks ago that she wishes I was her mom so she could go to places more often. However, I share it with the extended family whenever we can. I have taught my girls to not brag and tell friends and family that they have been 30 times. Really, I would rather that they don't know...so my thought is if you are comfortable with it, keep it a secret.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:25 AM   #47
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I LOVE hearing everyone's experiences!!! I am past the stage of doubting our purchase now because I know whole-heartedly that this is a great opportunity for myself, my wife and daughter. I never want to ever have the feeling of regret of not spending quality time with the ones that I love. DVC will allow me to create amazing memories with my family. I am so passionate about it that I think I'm ready to break the news to friends and family should they ever ask. And based on everyone's responses, I shouldn't worry about what other people think as we are allowed to spend how we see fit. I can't believe I never joined earlier!!!
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:51 AM   #48
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I LOVE hearing everyone's experiences!!! I am past the stage of doubting our purchase now because I know whole-heartedly that this is a great opportunity for myself, my wife and daughter. I never want to ever have the feeling of regret of not spending quality time with the ones that I love. DVC will allow me to create amazing memories with my family. I am so passionate about it that I think I'm ready to break the news to friends and family should they ever ask. And based on everyone's responses, I shouldn't worry about what other people think as we are allowed to spend how we see fit. I can't believe I never joined earlier!!!
Timeshare, DVC or otherwise, has been a terrific 'investment' in our lives. Before timeshare, we rarely travelled with friends or family outside our immediate household. Other than a few cruises, it was often too difficult to plan trips that pleased multiple decision-makers. Having timeshare, somehow, made that easier as we could simply "invite" with no strings attached. FWIW, we are not afraid to invite friends and family along; the experiences have been wonderful. Some of our favorite multi-household timeshare travels include:
  • DVC SSR Grand Villa, Oct 2010: We shared the unit with my folks and my in-laws.
  • Worldmark Coeur d’Alene, ID, May 2003 (?): Shared a 3BR unit right on the lake with another couple. Highlight: Hiawatha Bike Trail
  • Worldmark Oceanside, CA, July 2002 (?): Booked 6 units for a family gathering.
  • National Park Roadtrip, Summer 2008: Shared a roadtrip with my folks visiting several National Parks and Monuments: Zion, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain, etc. Used Worldmark timeshares in Utah, Montana, Colorado and Nevada for all but 2 nights of this 16-night loop. We supplied the timeshare, they supplied the vehicle and we shared other expenses.
  • Warner Spring Ranch to celebrate major events: We book 3-5 units at a time housing family to celebrate birthdays, New Years, recognize deployments (to/from), etc.
  • Worldmark Branson, MO, and Grand Lake, OK: Both locations are easy drive-to destinations for my in-laws. We fly in, they pick us up at the airport and we share a few days together at the timeshare. The large units give us sufficient space w/out the stress of "having family in one's house."
  • Spring 2011 Land/Sea: We and my folks booked cabins on the DCL Wonder for the Los Angeles>Vancouver repositioning cruise then shared a 2BR unit at Worldmark Leavenworth, WA for several days. FWIW, the timeshare portion of the trip far exceeded the sea portion as it offered more relaxation, quiet and "homeyness."
  • Various trips to New Orleans: We have lots of family in the New Orleans area. Having timeshare (Worldmark and a local property) gives us a roost for visiting extended family more often with less stress.
I'm soooooo glad we've been building these memories together over the years!
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:52 AM   #49
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We bought 15 months ago and still haven't told anyone in our family. At first, we were afraid of the reactions we would get, but we're in our 30s...old enough to make our own choices and it's no one's business. We might be telling DH's parents soon as we are thinking of inviting them on our trip next year but really, it's no ones place to judge us. We're not going our of our way to tell anyone.

PS We don't tell extended family because we don't want anyone to ask if they can come with us!
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:10 PM   #50
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csharpwv,

Loved your response. I too agree that those who don't condone our purchase are just either jeaolous, or ignorant. Also, everyone is different, and how they spend their vactions are different. This for us, is perfect, and what WE like as a family. I do, however, get upset when people frown upon it because they really do not understand. I have learned that unless someone specifally asks about our DVC, then I don't offer the information. I am now able to feel someone out to see if they are really interested to find out more, or if they are just trying to make me feel that I made a bad decision to buy. When I think it is the latter, I just end the conversation.

I am also so happy to hear that you were able to share something so special to you with your Mom.

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:37 PM   #51
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csharpwv,

Loved your response. I too agree that those who don't condone our purchase are just either jeaolous, or ignorant. Also, everyone is different, and how they spend their vactions are different. This for us, is perfect, and what WE like as a family. I do, however, get upset when people frown upon it because they really do not understand. I have learned that unless someone specifally asks about our DVC, then I don't offer the information. I am now able to feel someone out to see if they are really interested to find out more, or if they are just trying to make me feel that I made a bad decision to buy. When I think it is the latter, I just end the conversation.

I am also so happy to hear that you were able to share something so special to you with your Mom.

We haven't told many people either. It though us our decision not theres. People think i need disney therapy anyway!!!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #52
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What I tell anyone you tries to give me lip:
He who pays the piper calls the music .
If any of your family members want to pay for you to go on vacation, go and have a great time on them. If you are paying, go where you choose and do not worry about what they think.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #53
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We bought into DVC in 1998 and have told very few people. I'm sure we told our parents at the time and although my parents mention it from time to time I don't think his parents even remember. Not sure if SIL knows or not and I have three sisters and I think the two who live close know about it, but no one really says much about it. One of my sisters looked into it and didn't think it was for them, but not critical of us for making the opposite decision--at least not when talking to me! We have mentioned it to a few friends over the years, but no one really ever mentions it to us. We like it and feel like it was a good decision for us, so people's opinions wouldn't matter much anyway.

Had we asked my parents for advice before we bought in, I suspect they would have been against a "timeshare". We didn't tell them until afterwards though and since we were adults and both working and meeting our obligations, they would never have questioned what we did with our money. We actually spend more time at Hilton Head than we do at the parks, so we don't get too many questions from people about going to Disney again.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:25 AM   #54
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We are very careful how we let it out. We have become the Disney specialist around here and help a lot of people start their travel plans. Most will not make the investment so they dont realy say much the two hurdles we had to get past was the Mil and DM. My DM is traveling with us the next two times and have no issue with it, infact she is looking to buy in the future so she can travel Disney on her own. Mil, well that is another story, nothing makes her happy and she complains we spend too much money across the board but has no issue spending hundereds on her trips and she has no job.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #55
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we bought our first contract, BWVs, in 1999.
at that time, DH, our 2 kidlets, and i went once a year for about 7-10 days (staying in mods, deluxes, and DVCs on CM cash rate). my brother and his family, my parents went every other year, and paid the cash rate for a BWV
2-bdrm (about $550+ per night at that time).

i started looking into DVC, and did a full breakdown on the cost per night using DVC points (inital point cost divided over life of contract, plus dues per year). i showed dad, who has a degree in accounting in addition to being an aeronautical engineer, and he saw the black and white: our cost per night went to about 60% off of cash rate.
we still wanted to go to WDW, but i knew i didn't want to stay with TDS much longer (TDS was no longer a "happy place" - new SM who "hates disney"), so i bought in with CM discount and left the company not long afterward.
the only people we told were my immediate family and friends, and only when they brought the subject up.
of those who have inquired and we have told, only one (not-so-nice wife of a very nice friend) showed jealousy - the "Disney Queen" gets quite arguementative whether or not she is right. we learned to just nod our heads (really, it doesn't cost $1K per night!), and walk away.

others, like my friend whom we gifted a BWV vaca (college graduation/birthday), wound up buying their own contract.

be very selective about who you tell, and try not to bring it up unless asked. especially, avoid discussing your DVC purchase with those who don't share your other joys in life, or feel your pain when you have sorrow - keep it to your true friends (whether family or not).

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:44 AM   #56
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We are brand new to DVC and couldn't be happier and more excited about it!!! It's been almost 2 months since we joined and we're taking our first vacation next month on points. We are SO excited and we want to share the news with our friends and family but haven't because we are afraid of their reactions when they hear the news that we bought a "timeshare". That word has such a negative connotation to it that I don't think they'll understand DVC and will probably pass judgment without even looking into it.

Has any other people had similar experiences and/or any suggestions on how to break the news to them? We want to tell them so badly and want them to share in the fun of Disney but don't want them to think we are idiots for buying into a "timeshare".
most of my family and friends think we're strange for our disney 'obsession' so when we announced we were buying DVC they chalked it up as par for the course.

my BIL (a successful business owner) asked in front of entire family at Christmas gathering how much we paid. When we told him he groaned and said we were 'taken' and could've purchased a pop-up tent trailer.

fast forward to present, we've enjoyed our membership; especially being able to gift stays to my adult kids over the years when we had other plans. My SIL decided to venture to WDW without BIL who still goes nowhere but up to his camp an hour from home. She asked to use points, i told her we were fresh out but gave her information on the FDP offer...she and her friend are there now.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:50 AM   #57
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Most of our close family know, but given we're all a transatlantic flight away I think they would see it as rather too expensive to come with us even with free accommodation so we probably don't have as much of an opportunity for sharing as I'd like. I just call it a timeshare, if people want to judge my purchase that's their choice and more importantly I can't really be bothered to go into all of the intricacies!
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #58
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Most of our family know because they were there when we bought in.

In 2008 my wife lost both of her parents, a couple of months apart, and ended up with a fair-sized inheritance. We decided we wanted to do something with family, and since her sister had her own plans, we decided to splurge with my side of the family. We treated my brother and two sisters, and their families, to a 7-night Disney Cruise; 14 of us all together.

We took our two kids and went down to FL a week early to surprise them with their first trip to WDW, and while we were there, we took the DVC tour. We had looked into DVC in the past, but couldn't afford it at the time. We knew we could afford it now, but we held off. Then, on the cruise, we attended the DVC presentation and the incentives were too good to pass up. We bought two 160-point contracts at Bay Lake Tower so that we could bequeath them to both of our kids when the time came (the contract will expire when our youngest turns 59, so they should get good use out of them). And, because we had the money at the time, we bought the contracts outright, no financing.

Since then, we have booked a week at BLT before our second 7-night cruise (one of the incentives we received for buying DVC on-board ship); booked a March Break week at OKW for my sister-in-law, 2 nieces and their cousins; rented out points; and have now booked a week long split stay in March for us and my sister and her son. We are also in advanced planning for taking my other sister and her husband to WDW, or booking for them so they can go.

So, yes, the family knows of our DVC ownership and is perfectly fine with it. It is likely something they would never buy for themselves, mainly because they couldn't afford it, but neither we, nor they, have any problem with taking advantage of having accommodations at WDW and using our DVC membership to its fullest.

Myself, i am looking forward to eventually trying all of the various resorts.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #59
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I would much rather spend on dvc than on most things in life. So i am fine with waiting for new carpeting or a trip to vegas. Disney makes me and my family happy. We are excited to be dvc members and we have neighbors who are also dvc so i have someone to share my obsession with.
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