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Old 01-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #16
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I do this too.

Checked the 9 night trip we just returned from. Adding the upcoming trips in May (7 nights) and September (11 nights).
Keep in mind that January and September are lowest point seasons and May isn't the highest.
For these 3 trips I have a combination of 17 nights in studios and 10 nights in 2 bedrooms.

Grand total including tax (nearly $2000) comes in just under $17,000.

Don't forget to add the 12.5% tax to your totals. DVC does not charge any tax. Savings over cash stays that people tend to ignore.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #17
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Have you considered going on the monthly payment plan? Since you're writing a check and not using a credit card, from what you wrote, why give Disney all your money up front when you can spread it out over the full year?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Breyean View Post
Have you considered going on the monthly payment plan? Since you're writing a check and not using a credit card, from what you wrote, why give Disney all your money up front when you can spread it out over the full year?
No. I'd rather have it out of site, out of mind.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:52 PM   #19
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But not everyone who goes to WDW has found the DIS yet. (Poor them.)
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #20
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And our july 7 night stay in a 1bdr OKW would cost.........$ 3628,,,,,Yowzer Yowzer Yowzer!!!Gotta love it!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #21
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Our upcoming trip would be $7,680 if it wasnt for the DVC membership

It is crazy to think people pay that!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #22
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That is definitely the beauty of DVC membership. Before I bought, we usually did room only, so that meant the bill for the room came after I got home. Ugh!

It drives me crazy when people on this board complain about the "lack of perks". The whole thing is a huge perk!
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:00 PM   #23

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Originally Posted by BabsBunny View Post
Thanks for your replies.

I see so many negative threads on here. Personally, I'm happy we bought in and try not to take these nice accommodations for granted.
I don't think that anyone will argue that DVC can save you money on equivalent accommodations or that renters can save money on a room compared to booking direct from Disney.

The increasing negativity IMO is due to owners learning that Disney and the DVD/DVC isn't as honest and/or forthright as we expect Disney to be. Unfortunately not going with the flow or offering information contrary to what Disney puts out can be considered as a negative.



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Old 01-25-2013, 07:46 PM   #24
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Rack rates are what got me to buy in the first place. $3,000 for 5 nights, garden view at the Cont vs. $12,000 for 5 nights for 37 years plus MF at the BW That was a no brainer! (I've added on twice since then)

My Nephew called me 2weeks ago and priced out the Ak SV for 5 nts,$2800 vs 98 Dvc pts. And that was just for the room.

I figure I can stay 28 days including weekend during choice season in a studio std view at the BW for 340 points. Imagine what that would cost at rack rates.

So I guess we shouldn't flip out when our Mf go up! And its only going to get more expensive as the years go by.

This March will be our 9th week long trip with DVC since we bought in.

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:46 AM   #25
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Several years ago we were staying at the AKV Jambo House over Christmas and New Years in a 1-bedroom Value. We were there for 11 nights over the most expensive time of the year. I calculated that our room cost if we had paid rack rate would have been $6,615.00, and since there are often no discounts over the holiday period for room rates this is close to true cost.

I remember going to the front desk at the middle of the trip to get new room keys (due to how the trip had been segmented). While I was there a man walked up and asked what was available. I don't know if he booked it, but the only price he was quoted was $800/night for a 1-bedroom at Kidani. Wow !

His first two nights would have covered the our cost of the points for out 11 nights. His third night would have covered that trip's "usage" of out annual passes (Zero , actually, since we reached the break even point on a previous trip.) his fourth and fifth night would have covered EVERYTHING ELSE on that trip - dining, groceries, gas and food to/from WDW. I remember totaling it up in Mint and our out of pocket expenses were just a little over $1,300.

Yep - I'm happy with DVC too !
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:14 AM   #26
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We have also greatly enjoyed our DVC. Those rack rates are unbelievably high and there is no way we would stay there at those prices! However, I just typed in our upcoming early June trip and Disney has a pretty good promotion going on right now. SSR and OKW one bedrooms for $350 a night is not a bad deal...just a heads up for any of you who are out of points.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #27
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Thanks for the thread! I just calculated my 2012 stays at WDW - keep in mind we used
2 years of points but our Feb. stay at THV for 10 nights would have been around 6600.00 our Dec stay 4 ni. THV 3660.00 and 6 nights at BLT GV priced out around 9126.00 all around 19300.00!!!! Our dues is about 2600.00 a year less then what we paid staying at FT. Wilderness cabins once a year - last 2 times we stayed there it came to 3500.00 for a 10 night stay room only! Love DVC!
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:11 PM   #28
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We had never stayed Deluxe before DVC. And if we hadn't bought DVC, we still wouldn't be. I am not willing to shell out those prices for a room, much less the cash prices for a villa. It amazes me that people do. Our last vacation in a BCV 1BR for 5 nights would've cost over $3,500 (with whatever discount they were offering at the time). That's room only. That's a lot of dough for a room! Even if its a 1BR with a kitchen, jacuzzi, and washer & dryer!

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #29
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I've paid deluxe, with a PIN code prices before and couldn't be happier. Our last trip, plus the next 2 booked would come to $17,949! I definitely look at this, and while that is rack rate, if at peak times as we often travel there may not even be cash discounts available. I will say this though, traveling at peak times sure pays off that initial investment awfully fast!

As with most, I wish I'd have bought earlier but am loving it now.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:48 PM   #30
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I travel peak times due to work

My Spring Break trip at OKW is 2,909.00.(studio)

Glad I have my DVC
I bought resale,paid cash,small point contracts and now just pay
yearly dues-really makes my yearly vacation affordable.

Edited to add:
I have been enough times that I now just enjoy hanging around the resort ,DTD ,
and maybe going to one park if interested.
That 10 day hopper-non expiry is going to last a long time.

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