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Old 02-13-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Talking Spontaneous solo trip in 3 weeks!

I'm so excited!!!

I'd been hoping to get to visit WDW next week on a tentative last-minute work trip to FL, but yesterday the work trip was postponed indefinitely. Although it was uncertain if I'd have been able to take a few days to go to Orlando, I was still really disappointed. Then I got to thinking... I'm planning to get an AP when I go on my May trip. What if I got my AP pass a little early, could the savings on the May trip free up enough $$ for a quick trip in between now and then? YES! . Once I got the idea in my head I just ran with it, looking things up last night, and this morning as soon as I got up, I called and booked a 3-day trip at the beginning of March. Given that I was planning to pay for my AP in May anyway, the numbers work out so that even though I'm adding another trip, all I'm really paying extra for is my $200 flight I've been on Cloud 9 all day, I'm SO excited. The CM I got on the Reservations line was awesome too and just hyped me up even more. Now as well as my phone app ticker saying 76 days, there's one next to it saying 19 days

I think it's probably too late for booking ADR's or tours etc, but that's ok - this is just a low budget getaway treat until my May trip. I'm just so happy to be back in the World in 19 days with a dole whip and a gran marnier slushie!!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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I was able to book a lunchtime adr at Chefs de France at 10:00 for noon the same day, so it's never too late.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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Jealous! My next trip isn't until early next year, but it's a doozie. 9 nights, hoping to rent DVC points. However, I have some free time in either March or April coming up, and I'm starting to think about whether I want to subtract a night or two from the January trip to make a last minute trip down this year.... Hmmmmmmm
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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Jealous! My next trip isn't until early next year, but it's a doozie. 9 nights, hoping to rent DVC points. However, I have some free time in either March or April coming up, and I'm starting to think about whether I want to subtract a night or two from the January trip to make a last minute trip down this year.... Hmmmmmmm
:rotlf2: I hear ya! My May trip was originally 9 nights but I felt too antsy about being away from work that long, so I shaved it down to 6 nights. But I made sure the CM explained their changing-reservations policies to me very clearly, in case I wanted to add my days back on.... y'know.... just in case *shifty eyes*

I'm curious about DVC points too, I'm a little wary of it just because of the fact it's handled privately and things, but I'd LOVE to be able to switch out my Value resort for somewhere like AKL for similar pricing!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #5
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...but I'd LOVE to be able to switch out my Value resort for somewhere like AKL for similar pricing!!
I would consider the pricing of a DVC villa closer to a moderate resort than a value. For example, a standard view studio at AKL will cost either 16 or 18 points per day during that time frame (weekday vs. weekend), with most points to rent between 11 and 13 $/point. Also, you have to do a lot more work to find the right deal, and you would generally need to plan much farther in advance.

You do get a full kitchen and generally more space.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #6
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I always hear about renting DVC but never seem to find it cheaper or close to same price. For example. I can do Thurs-Sun night at POR for $600. But renting points for AKL for same days is $850. That's not the same as a moderate to me. Am I doing it wrong?
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I just looked at the beginning of march, and POR was 220 per night. I like your prices better! Either way, it's more expensive than a value resort, which was original point....
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #8
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Jealous! My next trip isn't until early next year, but it's a doozie. 9 nights, hoping to rent DVC points. However, I have some free time in either March or April coming up, and I'm starting to think about whether I want to subtract a night or two from the January trip to make a last minute trip down this year.... Hmmmmmmm
Hi Singastory, I'll be at WDW this April (2013) and if you do get over there around that time, maybe we could meet for a meal somewhere in the range April 13 - 19, if you'd like some company!
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #9
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Hope you have a great time, but for the record, to me, spontaneous means that I got up this morning and all of a sudden decided to jump in the car and drive to Orlando.

Yours sounds like a long range planned trip.
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I always hear about renting DVC but never seem to find it cheaper or close to same price. For example. I can do Thurs-Sun night at POR for $600. But renting points for AKL for same days is $850. That's not the same as a moderate to me. Am I doing it wrong?
I own two DVC contracts and have rented out my points. If you are concerned you could rent though someone on Ebay that way you can see feed back about the person.

POR is a moderate resort and the cash price is lower for staying there. At POR you will only get a very very small fridge no microwave.

Where as AKL is a deluxe resort and is a high cash price. With DVC points for a stay at a DVC resort you will get either a kitchenette (mini fridge-bigger than the ones at the POR/ microwave/toaster/coffee maker) in a studio room. Or a full size kitchen in a one or two bedroom. So that is the difference in the pricing.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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Hi Singastory, I'll be at WDW this April (2013) and if you do get over there around that time, maybe we could meet for a meal somewhere in the range April 13 - 19, if you'd like some company!
Hi there! Unfortunately my free time doesn't start until after your trip is over. Thanks for the offer and I hope you have an awesome time!
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