Comparison of resorts - why the point differences?

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  1. lbwilliams

    lbwilliams Earning My Ears

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    Hi,

    I've been interested in DVC for about 10 years since 2000 (but never purchased) and I had a few concerns that I was hoping I could be enlightened on.

    (1) Why is there such a drastic difference in points required for units in WVL and BCV versus the other two combined villas: AKV and BWV?

    From a hotel standard, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom are grouped together in the same category and the Boardwalk Resort and Beach Club are grouped together. If anyone has any insight, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    (2) I've also noticed that points per night has slowly increased over the years. My understanding is the value of a timeshare interest is buying in at today's prices (though I could be wrong about that). So, if someone where to buy 170 points today, with the intent of staying in a standard 2BD at Bay Lake Tower for five days. In 2011, that same stay would require 185 points. To me, that is really just "raising the prices" same as everyone else, and provides little incentive to buy into DVC.

    Any feedback on either of these two questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! ~ Lesley
     
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  3. dianeschlicht

    dianeschlicht <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Hon

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    I answered in the body of your quote for my ease.
     
  4. drusba

    drusba I went to Iowa once, and it was closed.

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    Points total for the resort do not change. Point shifts can occur. What you have seen as being an "increase" in points per night in last two years has actually been Disney's carrying out a plan to raise weekday nights while lowering weekend nights, thus weekday nights went up while weekend nights came down significantly. Thus, you do face the risk that points for the particular days you like to go yearly may go up while other days decrease.

    BCV and VWL points are not much higher than BWV. What you are comparing is BWV standard to those. BWV preferred (about 80% of all rooms) is actually the same or close to the same as VWL and BCV throughout the year.

    Age of resort has an effect on points needed per night. Much of the evaluation that goes into determining point costs per night and total sold is the cost of land and building the resort which costs of course continuously go up from year to year. VWL opened in the early 2000's, AKV opened in 2008. Also AKV has so many categories -- value, standard, savanna, concierge--that it is difficult to make a comparison (value and standard at AKV are less than VWL which has only one category but its room views would mainly be considereed a woods, garden or standard view elsewhere and AKV savanna view offers the premium of seeing animals)
     
  5. lbwilliams

    lbwilliams Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much for the answers! I didn't realize that points were just "reallocated" and that available units and views were taken into account.
     
  6. DebbieB

    DebbieB DIS Veteran

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    Dues are much lower at BLT but the points per night required is higher than at BWV or BCV. Another thing to consider.
     

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