Deciding between BLT and AKV for resale purchase

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by JessLCH, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. staceymay00

    staceymay00 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2008
    I agree, BLT location is unbeatable for MK, but for traveling to every other park (including EP), I would rather stay at almost any other DVC resort. I would not mind owning some points at BLT for staying a couple of nights while we visit MK, but for a longer stay I would prefer AKV over BLT. I do think BLT is more difficult to book at 7 months than AKV, though, unless you want AKV value or concierge. Now that our kids are older, we don't spend as much time as we used to at MK.

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  3. drusba

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    Aug 19, 1999
    AKV savanna or standard view is open at 7 months out most of the year with risk of not getting it Thanksgiving time, first half of Dec and possibly Christmas time (about Dec 23-Jan 3). BLT lake and theme park view is difficult at 7 months out during those same periods and also from end of Sep to mid-Nov, and also potentially from the Wed to Mon of Marathon weekend in Jan. During about mid-Jan to end of Sep, AKV savanna and standard view and BLT lake and even theme park view are usually open at 7 months out. Thus, if you are looking at the entire year, it will be easier more often to get AKV at 7 months out than BLT. Particularly during that mid-Jan to end of Sep time, AKV is also far more likely to be open well beyond the 7 month window, whereas BLT tends to go quicker once the 7 month window opens.
  4. JessLCH

    JessLCH DIS Veteran

    Oct 24, 2006
    Thanks all. We decided on BLT for a few reasons. First, I think it will be very desirable to rent out if we ever decide to do that (which we will certainly do now and then). Second, It seems like, overall, we have a better shot at AKV at 7 months than BLT. The lower maintenance fees were also a consideration. Finally, the location next to MK is desirable for our group. I do hope to have opportunities to stay at both in the future.

    We just got an accepted offer and are waiting on paperwork.
  5. dbs1228

    dbs1228 DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2010
    Good for you!!!! If the contract passes you will FOR SURE have many opportunities to stay at both resorts - all the resorts for that matter! I cannot wait to say I have stayed at all, Congrats :cheer2:
  6. rusafee1183

    rusafee1183 DVC Owner Since 2012!

    Mar 11, 2008
    Congratulations!! For as much as we love AKV, I was also going to recommend BLT for you. I have noticed that it's much easier to get AKV after the 7 month mark.

    Welcome Home! (almost) :cheer2:
  7. sgtpet

    sgtpet DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2001
    Congrats you made the right choice. BLT is more valuable than AKV. You can almost always get AKV beyond the 7 month window, less likely at BLT. Plus you can watch the wishes fireworks from your room.
  8. bisney

    bisney Earning My Ears

    Apr 5, 2013
    Congrats on choosing BLT... as long as you're happy, there's no wrong choice.

    I saw that a number of replies indicated that AKV dues are higher than BLT which is true in theory but may be slightly misleading in practice.

    The points required to stay at AKV tend to be much lower than BLT, especially if you take value accommodations into account.

    For example, 2 bedroom villa at BLT during Magic Season requires 354 pts for a standard view whereas a value 2 bedroom at AKV during Magic Season requires 243 points. BLT's dues at 4.4972 per point gives a cost to stay at $1,592.01 whereas AKV's cost to stay (albeit in value accommodations) are $1,379.00. In other words, you can get away with buying less points and therefore less overall in MFs at AKV than at BLT if you can stay in the value suites. Also, the initial buy-in for AKV is much lower than BLT.

    Just wanted to throw my $0.02 in. That said, there is a ton of inherent value in location and convenience so as long as you're happy, you made the right decision.

    Congrats! :yay:
  9. disneynutz

    disneynutz DIS Veteran DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Dec 11, 2006
    Sorry that I didn't post earlier.

    We own 5 resorts, BLT & AKV included. Many people looking to rent don't want to pay for the higher number of points at BLT. BLT has had 2 years of 6%+ dues increases and it has a higher than normal furnishing and hard goods wear.

    I would stay at the proposed resorts before buying. The longer that you are owners, the more time that you will spend in your room and at the resort. That makes buying at your favorite resort even more important.

    :earsboy: Bill
  10. AJA

    AJA DIS Veteran

    Sep 16, 2008
    BLT for sure if you are worried about resale or being able to rent out points.

    We liked AKL and AKV well enough but would not choose to spend a vacation there after DD gets a little older. If you have a child that loves animals it's a great resort (also as every other resort it will have some that consider it a favorite) but all in all BLT wins hands down for location.

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