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Old 12-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #91
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we are doing GCH 8 nights in feb, picked up some awesome flights $850 rtn syd-lax with qantas , so had to take them then sept we are doing a back to back cruise on freedom of the seas, 7 nights wdw @ BWV or OKW then after the cruise 4 nights for food and wine fest staying hopefully WLV......

we did 9 nights at aulani last feb ......fan bl00dy tastic....make sure you have a hire car, its about 30 min drive outside honolulu, but freeways are huge so easy trip....we didnt want to leave the resort, hung by the pool most of the time, right on the beach..paradise.....will go back maybe feb 2015 when my BLT/VB points come back
Wow. That is awesome. A lot of my friends can't understand my obsession with Disney. I'm lucky my husband feels the same and loves it just as much. I'm always planning our next visit.
So where are all the places you have been to?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:30 AM   #92
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OKW is great, very laid back, no food court. It is more like a tradtional timeshare with a very homey atmosphere, lots of room, parking at your door, low rise, huge washing machines, there seemed to be a reasonable sized pool at every building, not over the top themeing (other than tropical laid back) no amazing big pool. It's not a suite hotel like some of the newer ones, they are very much like a very spacious home. All the units are HUGE compared to the newer DVC. I would imagine kids would probably prefer one of the more themed DVCs. The boat to DTD is lovely

Most of the Orlando Marriott timeshares are on a similar scale and layout to OKW, and for a tiny tiny fraction of the cost (if you know where to find them) off site has it's advantages!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:15 AM   #93
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Most of the Orlando Marriott timeshares are on a similar scale and layout to OKW, and for a tiny tiny fraction of the cost (if you know where to find them) off site has it's advantages!

The cheaper cost for offsite is possibly the only advantage!
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #94
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We have done both on off site, enjoyed both. Last trip we stayed at the sheraton vistana so no Disney touches but the room was huge, close to everything, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, newly renovated for $160 a night. It just makes it hard to justify the $550 per night for the poly we paid when the kids were small. DVC is interesting in terms of being able to stay onsite deluxe but it still seems that you are paying around $500 night for a room with two beds.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #95
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The cheaper cost for offsite is possibly the only advantage!
but it can be a huge advantage that out weighs the onsite advantages. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Marriott sleeps 8 for less than $500 for 7 nights vs over $500 for one night DVC same size, that's over $3000 difference for 7 nights for free parking, early access to the parks, the ability to have your Disney purchases sent back to the resort, Disney transportation system, Disney themeing, money can't buy that if you stay at Marriott, but over $3000 extra for one week is a ridiculously big advantage.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:42 PM   #96
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We have done both on off site, enjoyed both. Last trip we stayed at the sheraton vistana so no Disney touches but the room was huge, close to everything, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, newly renovated for $160 a night. It just makes it hard to justify the $550 per night for the poly we paid when the kids were small. DVC is interesting in terms of being able to stay onsite deluxe but it still seems that you are paying around $500 night for a room with two beds.
When you say two beds do you need a studio room or two bedroom.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:41 PM   #97
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but it can be a huge advantage that out weighs the onsite advantages. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Marriott sleeps 8 for less than $500 for 7 nights vs over $500 for one night DVC same size, that's over $3000 difference for 7 nights for free parking, early access to the parks, the ability to have your Disney purchases sent back to the resort, Disney transportation system, Disney themeing, money can't buy that if you stay at Marriott, but over $3000 extra for one week is a ridiculously big advantage.
As you have mentioned before one of your favourite parks is in Universal.

For ourselves the only place we want to visit is Disney. Once we get on the DME bus and go through the main gates we want to stay there. I can dine and stay outside Disney for much less cost, but for us there is much more than just going to the theme parks each day. Staying at a Disney resort in either value or deluxe or DVC is part of the experience.
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When you say two beds do you need a studio room or two bedroom.
The DVC for GCH seems to have a studio for 260 or so points per night, the next one up is in the vicinity of 600 points per night. The studio only has a queen bed and queen sofa bed, even a queen and two singles would do.

We do love the immersion of onsite, WL was awesome, and we even stayed at the GCH as well, loved that too. But the sharing of beds as the kids get older is fast becoming not an option.
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The DVC for GCH seems to have a studio for 260 or so points per night, the next one up is in the vicinity of 600 points per night. The studio only has a queen bed and queen sofa bed, even a queen and two singles would do.

We do love the immersion of onsite, WL was awesome, and we even stayed at the GCH as well, loved that too. But the sharing of beds as the kids get older is fast becoming not an option.
I am not sure where you get the 260 points per night from. At GCH the weekly studio is 129 points for Adventure season up to 224 points for Premier season.

If I were to rent you points I would do for maybe $11.50 per point, If you owned DVC on what we have paid I would cost at $9 - $10 per point.
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I am not sure where you get the 260 points per night from. At GCH the weekly studio is 129 points for Adventure season up to 224 points for Premier season.

If I were to rent you points I would do for maybe $11.50 per point, If you owned DVC on what we have paid I would cost at $9 - $10 per point.
I used that Davids points rental banner to check the price and thats what i came up with. Where should you check??
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I used that Davids points rental banner to check the price and thats what i came up with. Where should you check??
http://www.dvcstore.com/grand-californian/index.htm

This is one of the sites.

Davids might be listing the cost, not the number of points required.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:53 AM   #102
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I used that Davids points rental banner to check the price and thats what i came up with. Where should you check??
Work on the points on per night, I think David charges $13 per point, or you can work with your own renter.

You might find GCV is hard to get into unless the renter is booking at the 11 month window.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:04 PM   #103
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Work on the points on per night, I think David charges $13 per point, or you can work with your own renter.

You might find GCV is hard to get into unless the renter is booking at the 11 month window.
I got GCV right on the 7 month mark...we are going in low season /feb....but you have to be on the member services site right at the stroke of 7 am i think it is.......

it is possible, just go in the off season if you can
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:28 AM   #104
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I got GCV right on the 7 month mark...we are going in low season /feb....but you have to be on the member services site right at the stroke of 7 am i think it is.......

it is possible, just go in the off season if you can
I hope we can get it in September 2014. My luck I won't get anything
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:41 AM   #105
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I hope we can get it in September 2014. My luck I won't get anything
sept should be easier to get into than other months.....just keep positive and plan plan plan
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