Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Vacation Club > Purchasing DVC
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-05-2013, 06:26 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 360

What finally prompted you to purchase?

I have the bug, the DVC bug. Financially, it makes sense but my husband is hesitant. The layout and offerings of the villa's works best for our family. If you or your spouse was hesitant, what finally convinced you to purchase? What size contract is best to start with?
DOREEN1779 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
New DVC Member
BestDadEver's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Long Island
Posts: 672

Well neither of us were hesitant ,but when I saw the price go up 3 times in a very short period of time that is what prompted me to buy .
Member since 2012

BestDadEver is offline   Reply With Quote
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-05-2013, 06:42 AM   #3
DVCmom4's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NJ
Posts: 99

What did it for us is our first trip with the kids cost us just under $20,000! We knew that we wanted to take them back and we needed to find a better way. We looked in the buying from Disney or resale and thought about how we would use it. After about 6 more months we decided that buying resale would be best for us! We have 348 points, our home is Bay Lake Towers, and it cost us little more than our first trip with the kids!! Now our trips cost only around $5000 with airfare and dining plan, for a family of 6 that's not bad! (by the way now my dad is coming with us too)

Our first DVC trip was three years ago! We wouldn't change it!
DVCmom4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
DIS Veteran
bakerworld's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 726

About 5 years before joining we started buying APs which saved us $$ on our yearly trips with the various discounts but also inspired us to go more frequently than annually. Then we started using the discounts on better venues and found we really enjoyed the Epcot area. After about 4 stays DH said DVC made sense - if we were going to stay at the Epcot venues we might as well do it at the price of the moderates.

AKL 2008, BLT 2009, BCV 2013
bakerworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #5
Earning My Ears
Rmgdisney's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ma
Posts: 68

My husband LOVES Disney World and we usually go every couple of years. I personally have become valued (resort)out. Earlier this year we were planning on staying @ POFQ , I was really looking forward to it. To my surprise I did some research and learned about the DVC resale market. So I thought that if we could get a small contract (50pts) we could bank and borrow to go every 2 years and take a year off (staying in a studio). So we cancelled the POFQ and used that money and some to purchase a 50 point SSR contract. We have our 1st trip booked in December, really looking toward to it! I have a feeling that addontis will strike soon lol...

Oh by the way I was the hesitant one.....
me DH. DD

AK/BWV 2014 First DVC trip SSR/OKW2013
PC 2012 PC 2009 ASM 2007 DD 1st trip
ASM2002 CBR 2000 WLR Honeymoon 1998

Last edited by Rmgdisney; 07-05-2013 at 07:19 AM.
Rmgdisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #6
Pirate Granny
DIS Veteran
Pirate Granny's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,033

We rented points for a GV at OKW for our family vacation for 11 of us in 2011...it sold my hubby and I...wasn't sure about the yearly maintenance fees, but the resort was perfect and the space unbelievable ... We're making plans for our 2014 trip. We bought enough points to borrow and bank every three years! Of course addonitis struck and we have BCV points for the pool and VWL for Christmas visits...those points are for "our" vacations...this year we took our youngest grandson to BCV...now we plan to take each of them on their "own" trip in the years in between the entire family trips. Such fun...
Pirate Granny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
TIMLEO007's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: NC
Posts: 218

DVC Gold Member
Paid DVC Rent/Trade
Gold Membership

For us, we are a blended family of 8 now, so any time we go somewhere accommodations are a difficult thing. We also like staying in deluxe type rooms. Our youngest is 8 now, so they are outgrowing the MK/princess phases quickly, but we like to vacation on a regular basis too. I grew up in Tampa and visited Disney often, so it is in my blood At the age now where I can travel more and Disney World is near the top of the list still.

Looking forward to regular family vacations as well and memories to be made. We are rather frugal for the most part on extras, but like to do vacations right and DVC affords that option, if we want to cook in the room we have that option as well.


Countless times as a kid growing up in FL
Recent trips as a parent:
5/2002 Hilton Downtown Disney
5/2003 Dolphin concierge
11/2005 Villas at the Wilderness Lodge studio
4/2013 Boardwalk Villas studio

1/2014 Beach Club Villas 2bdrm dedicated
4/2014 Hilton Head Island 2bdrm

TIMLEO007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #8
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 875

I was staying on discounts at the Plaza in Downtown Disney for several visits. We were returning from Food and Wine one night on a bus with a bunch of loud, obnoxious drunks and I said "Basta." I had to find another way. I rented BWV for a couple of years from a very nice Dis'er. Finally he suggested I buy in and give DVD my money instead of him. So I bought 150 BWV points resale. When I was ready to add on 50 points to my Oct. UY I couldn't find anything resale so I bought direct. I added on direct 4 more times in 50 point increments. But the spread between resale and direct was not as large as it is now. And DVD paid the closing costs. I bought BLT direct when it opened. I've enjoyed my DVC for many years but I don't think I'll be adding on again. Way too expensive direct and it's very difficult to find small contracts with my Oct. UY.
VrBchJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:38 AM   #9

Disney Fan
dcfromva's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: VA
Posts: 2,686

When they built BCV.
dcfromva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #10
Sandisw's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 9,711
DISboards Moderator

We bought when BLT went on sale. We loved that location and had decided years earlier that if it was built there, we'd be in!! Don't regret it at all. We started in 2009 with 180 and quickly went to 210 within 4 months. Fast forward to 2013 and we now have 430!!! Some of the best money we sent and its so nice to know we have the option to go away if we want. Now that we have annual passes, and airline miles, it makes it just so much easier to up and go!!

Sandisw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
Mother of Dragons :)
twinsouvenirs's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,114

GFV and having twins set the stage but the real kicker is when we took a week off work this year for vacation but ended up staying home because we couldn't find any accommodations for nearby day trips that were worth the hassle of trekking babies out of the house. We started imagining how kid friendly Disney is, and how clean, and how the dvc properties have kitchens... and it suddenly seemed like there was at least one place we could take the girls and actually relax. Then I saw the low low price of some DVC resales now (specifically hilton head where we regularly visit) and got a little more serious about my research. Wasn't worried about saving money, just didn't want to make a foolish expensive mistake, because we'd pay with available cash so if the bottom falls out of our lives we could hopefully just sell the points and lose only up to the initial investment. Our biggest motivator is the intangible--DVC will make vacations a largely sunk cost, which will get our butts moving on making family memories. Also, long term it does not appear foolish for our situation.
twinsouvenirs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #12
DIS Veteran
spruce's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 720

We like timeshares as they afford us a style of vacationing that were unaffordable. Every timeshare we have owned has been a resale, except disney. We looked at okw in 96 but had just bought our house so decided not to buy. In 98 okw was within a month of selling out, so we bought as we knew we wanted a disney timeshare. Bwv began sales in 98 but we stuck with the more traditional condo timeshare style of okw and bought 164 points, plus the Florida tropical theme was awesome. After understanding point reallocation possibilities a couple years later we thought we'd do a small add on but okw was sold out and I don't think the 3 new okw buildings were announced yet. So we added a small 64 point bwv contact as a buffer against a point reallocation since our okw contract was just enough points for 6 nights in a 1 br during magic season. We loved bwv lake view but also discovered that we loved sab at bcv, so we added 50 points at bcv to get a pool/spa days during our trips. Then, with our love of bwv, I thought, let's add 1 more time and got 100 more bwv points.
We vacillate between which is our favorite resort. All 3 are great.
spruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #13

Earning My Ears One At A Time
disneynutz's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: North Texas
Posts: 18,740

Originally Posted by DOREEN1779 View Post
I have the bug, the DVC bug. Financially, it makes sense but my husband is hesitant. The layout and offerings of the villa's works best for our family. If you or your spouse was hesitant, what finally convinced you to purchase? What size contract is best to start with?
We decided that we wanted to vacation at WDW for the foreseeable future. We looked at the cost of paying for cash rooms each year and found that we could save some money if we bought a DVC contract and we liked the size of the DVC rooms. Wish that we had spent more time staying at the different DVC resorts before buying additional contracts. Buy where you love to stay.


disneynutz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #14
DIS Veteran
DrMomof3's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 4,694

We've been debating DVC for 5 years and we finally bought VGF (the closing documents are on the dining room table so I guess we haven't officially bought until we sit down and sign everything! ).
What finally convinced my DH was:
1. Villas at the Grand Floridian. He felt that this is a resort that we will continue to love long after the kids are gone. When we are older (we're already in our 40's), we will love the elegance of the Grand.
2. The ability to put a family of 5 in a studio at VGF. While we prefer a one bedroom or even a two bedroom villa, we were finally able to buy a starter contract (160 points) and still vacation for one week every year. We usually take the family in late August and a standard studio at VGF is 153 points during the time period. We don't need to bank/borrow to travel every other year. Eventually I think we'll buy more points so we can get a one bedroom every year but at least we can use this purchase annually from the start.

Proud mom to DS age 10 DD age 8 DS age 6
Ran the Disney Half-Marathon 2011; Full Marathon 2012; ToT 2012; GOOFY 2013; Princess 2013; 10k and full marathon 2014
Poly 01/2008; SSR 05/2009; CR 12/2009; YC 04/2010; BCV 08/2010; Poly CL 01/2011; BLT 08/2011; Swan 10/2011; GF CL 01/2012; Vero Beach 04/2012; Cabins 06/2012; WBC 08/2012; BCV 09/2012; Poly 1/2013; HGV 02/2013; WL, Kidani, SSR, Boardwalk in 2013; BLT 2014

Half-marathon PTR BCV Trip Report Half Marathon Trip Report Aug 2011 PTR
Aug 2011 TR
Multi-Trip 2012 PTR Running and Europe, 2014-15
Disney Dream
August 2013 PTR Aug 2013 TR
DrMomof3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:49 AM   #15
Deb & Bill
DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention
Deb & Bill's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 45,006

We bought in 1997 on our first trip as a family to WDW. OKW, BWV, VB and HHI were available and we bought OKW. We also got a great deal and were able to use our stay at the Polynesian towards our purchase. Our points cost us $50 a point direct from Disney. We still like OKW best of all.

We could afford it and we drive to WDW from our home each time. So we don't have to be tied to airfare. We usually book one bedroom villas for the space and king sized bed. We are a family of three with our son currently in college, so Bill and I can vacation when we want now.

Bill watched a lot of the DVC channel on our first trip so he set up a visit to the Commodore House at OKW to talk to a salesperson.
Deb - DVC Member since '97
OKW and VWL Homes

Stop the madness. No more DVC construction.
Bring back Vacation Magic. Dump Disney Files!
Stopped drinking the Kool-aid long ago.
Deb & Bill is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

DVC-Resales.com | 1-800-550-6493 (Contact The Timeshare Store) | DVC Resale Listings

facebooktwittergoogle plus youtube itunesDIS Updates

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: