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Old 03-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #16
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We have been going to Disney for years my eldest DD is 22 now and we have twins age 6. And my brother in law first got us interested in the DVC by renting points and we stayed at the BCV and loved it. And we decided right there and then we wanted in. So now we are on the waiting list for BCV and we can't wait to be welcomed home.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by WDWLayla View Post
I didn't want to rent anymore and I chose to get on the list.

I hesitate only as soon, I'll be on my own, and it's quite an investment to enjoy sólo.
i can't recommend buying direct at current price levels. you will instantly lose 50% of your "investment" should circumstances change such that you need to sell. even a resale purchase is a luxury, but buying direct is too much like throwing money away...

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:42 PM   #18
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WE are Disney fans. WE rented BCV points liked the resort and bought into it. Since than found off property Marriott's and trade them for other places. Than fell in love with Maui and bought Westin on Maui for those trips.

Now kids are grown (20s, they still like disney) and wife and I love Food and Wine Festival by ourselves.

You may find that if you pay for vacations (i.e. DVC stays) when your kids are older they will go with you (if thats what you want) or you can go with friends for adult time.

There is a lot to do in Orlando outside of the parks.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #19
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My DH and I bought DVC in 2001 so we could spend two weeks in a studio during Food and Wine. Now we use DVC to take our DD 5 and parents and inlaws
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:50 PM   #20
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We went to WDW every year for 16 years when we finally bought in and oldest DD was already in college. We just came to the conclusion we love going to wdw and we want nice/bigger accommodations. Since buying in 3 years ago (and now sending our 3rd DD off to college in the fall) we found we love bringing family and friends. I did a girls week for my friends 50th there were 3 of us in a 2 bedroom, brought another couple for 5 nights again 2 bedroom, did 6 nights in GV at BLT over NYE our 3 daughters brought friends/boyfriend and we had a blast! We provide the accommodations they buy their own air and park ticket.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #21
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We love WDW and DLR. We take a trip every year and have been since 1993. We have only been DVC members for 3 years. It took us a long time to decide to purchase and to have the cash to do it. With DVC we are now taking two trips per year so that adds to costs but it is great to share Disney with our family and friends. For us I am glad we waited but also very glad that we bought.

If you are uncertain renting is probably a better idea and lots of research helps too.

Good Luck!!

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #22
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Being from Canada we usually take a Florida trip 2-3 times a year. We enjoy the villas (esp. 1 bedrooms with full kitchen & laundry) and would never be able to afford them on a yearly basis as prices rise.

We also are looking forward to using our points at HHI, VB and Aulani for those times we desire a non-park trip.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #23
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We bought because we love WDW and wanted something larger than a hotel room while on property. We own at BLT and love it. The ability to walk to MK or take the monorail is a real plus. We will also use our points to stay at Hilton Head this summer and maybe Aulani one day!

One thing we do realize is that our membership is nothing more than prepaid vacations. It is not a real estate purchase. It will not appreciate and monthly dues will only go up from here. That said, we are thrilled we have our membership and love sharing it with others! Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #24
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2008 : 5D@YC (discounted) w/5DPH = 1850x2 = 3700 + 4D@WL (discounted) w/3DPH ~ $1400 = 4100 uninclusive of food or transportation except ME. Direct DVC $28,000 / 20y ? (own 2 50y contracts but I am trying for real ) = 1400: annual dues 1300 + APx2 800 + TIW 100 (DDP = doesn't include Bev of Choice) = min outlay 3600.

Since we'd been doing and plan on continuing multi-year trips to WDW, kind of made the decision easy.

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:18 AM   #25
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We bought in September of 2010 and have not regretted it one bit, we only wished we bought sooner. We have been going to Disney since our kids were 4 and 2 and even though they are 11 and 9 now, they still love Disney as much as they did when they were little. I know they are still within the Disney age, but I really don't see them ever not loving Disney since it is such a big part of their lives. DH and I have said that when the girls get old enough to where they don't want to go to Disney as much, we would still go and just use the resorts as resorts and probably only go to Epcot since that is our favorite park .

But to answer your question, we decided to buy because we go to Disney every year, sometimes twice a year. We also like to stay in the Deluxe resorts, so with that said, DVC just made sense for us. Also, like I said before, Disney is a huge part of our lives. DH, both of my DDs, and I love Disney and are very comfortable there. Yes we go to other places when we vacation, but WDW is like home to us.

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #26
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I bought because I like to visit Disney and have for over 40 years now. Also conferences I attend were making WDW their location more and more so it made sense from that direction also. And I wanted to have a bit of a vacation "forced" rather than only tacking on to conferences which had completely become my M.O.

I enjoy having friends and family along but I bought DVC for me. (DH enjoys it too so he gets to come along - most of the time. )

I would not buy direct though when the expense can easily be lessened by buying resale.

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Old 03-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #27
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My wife and I are in the process of completing our direct purchase after our first visit to WDW, courtesy of our son and his wife. They are DVC members and thought a family Christmas at WDW would be a memorable one (they were right). Being in Canada we were looking for a winter get away and Florida (and WDW) is perfect. We decided to buy direct as we may want to take advantage of stays at other locations. So with the kids grown up and moved out & us at the very young ages of 50 and 52, we decided to buy 200 points at BLT. We have our first trip reserved for Dec 2013 and the next two planned (Spring 2014 at WDW and Jan 2015 at Aulani). We are financing ourselves and, if my calculations are correct, should have it paid off in 3.5 yrs and it will have paid for itself after our 7th or 8th trip.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:15 PM   #28
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The Question should be Do YOU want to continue to go to WDW. We own at OKW and AKL and our kids are now in the late 20's and still go every year with us. We go twice a year, in June for the kids,and Oct. for the FWF. they go in June with us but still try to go with us in Oct. If you really love Disney you can't go wrong at DVC. If your teens are old enough you can put their names on the title as we did. Points do expire: OKW 2042, SSR 2054, AKL 2057, BLT 2060.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #29
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It was because of a giraffe...

We booked a room at Animal Kingdom Lodge and, you can call me a nut, but there was a giraffe that followed me every time he saw me. He would come as close to our balcony as he could. If I was viewing the Savannah from a different part of the resort, he would come as close as he could to me there.

It was wonderful!! Where else am I EVER going to interact with a giraffe like that? I booked a tour on the next-to-last day and became a proud AKV owner!

I hope they gave that giraffe an extra treat!!
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by DVC Sue View Post
It was because of a giraffe...

We booked a room at Animal Kingdom Lodge and, you can call me a nut, but there was a giraffe that followed me every time he saw me. He would come as close to our balcony as he could. If I was viewing the Savannah from a different part of the resort, he would come as close as he could to me there.

It was wonderful!! Where else am I EVER going to interact with a giraffe like that? I booked a tour on the next-to-last day and became a proud AKV owner!

I hope they gave that giraffe an extra treat!!
US TOO!! We made trips to Disney at least every other year when my twins were little. We went on the DVC tour many times(boardwalk), wishing we had the money to spend. Whenever we went to Disney, we would stay for at least one night at AKL. DH said "when they have DVC here, that's when we'll buy...and that's when we did." The only regret we had is that we couldn't do it sooner. Now we own AKV and OKW. Love them both and are planning on many more trips with our kids, then our friends, and ultimately with our grandchildren someday.
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