Does it matter which resort I buy points in?

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  1. dianeschlicht

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

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    While walking to the MK might be an enticement now....what about when the kids have flown the nest? We are in our 60's and the MK is the place we visit least at WDW. We much prefer the space and quiet, so our favorite resorts are OKW and AKV. OKW is our Vacation Home, and AKV is our vacation destination resort. We own points at both.
     
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  3. DVCGeek

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    Even if you don't have a strong preference for what resort you stay at, if you usually plan to go to WDW I would at least buy in the cheapest (Based on total cost of ownership: factoring in up-front purchase price, length of contract, AND dues!) resort there. That way you can book @ 11 months someone in the World and change if/when you want. (i.e. don't consider HHI, Vero, AVH, or even VGC). If however you wanted to frequently go to DL, then strongly consider VGC as your home resort since it is the smallest DVC property and sometime people are already reporting difficulties book it @ 7 months out. If you plan to stay at multiple resorts, you could always go multiple smaller contracts like I have! :3dglasses

    Same here! I love the monorail and several MK attractions are family favorites {BTW, no human kids!}. Plus, easy walk to MK bus stop if we want to swing over to a different resort for a meal or just to visit. Plus, love the boat to WL, another fav or ours.

    I like booking there @ 11 months and then sometimes trading out @ 7 if something is available since we eventually want to try all the resorts. If not, staying at our fav already so no harm done!

    After that and our first stay @ the Grand Cal. hotel on developers points, addonitous kicked in BIG time! :)

    I own the VGC points since we want to book @ 11 months for our (less frequent so we bank and borrow as needed to go once every 2 or 3 years) DL trips. The AKV & VWL ones are mainly funded & used by my parents; I made them associates on my membership and they LOVE staying @ VWL in winter and trying for value studios @ AKV in the summer to conserve points. :cool2: I'd also like a shot at one of the 5 coveted concierge studios at least once, so AKV will benefit me at some point as well. :thumbsup2
     
  4. physicalt104

    physicalt104 Princess since the '50s

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    Boy, did I pick the right thread!! :thumbsup2
    DVCGEEK, DIANESCHLICT, SANDISW, DENLO, A742246,FINDINGFIGMENT, METSOSKIL

    Thanks for the wisdom-
    We are leaning towards buying something middle-of-the-road at BLT. If I can motivate my husband quickly, we can cash in on those incentives!!!
     
  5. mtw58

    mtw58 Earning My Ears

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    We go every Spring Break and I've never had a problem getting into BWV at the 7 month window.
     
  6. MommyBell08

    MommyBell08 DIS Veteran

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    Sounds kinda like us. We were able to get a SSR contract for a steal, and for us, we will be happy staying at any of the DVC resorts. The difference in price was enough for us to be very happy with the SSR contract, and we will love anywhere we stay. Having said that, we are staying at AKL Kindani in a one-bedroom in March :) Cant wait! Good Luck with your decision. If Price is not an issue, and you have one resort you just love, then go with that, but if your are flexible with where you stay, and would like to save the extra cash, go with a less expensive contract! :laundy:
     
  7. dvc_john

    dvc_john DIS Veteran<br><br><font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Con

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    While I generally agree with the 'buy where you want to stay' crowd, the one thing not mentioned is:

    If you CANNOT or WILL NOT book more than 7 months out, then points are points, and factoring in lowest cost per point, lowest maintenance fees, and end date furthest out would make sense.
     
  8. adminjedi

    adminjedi I use my powers for good

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    Purchase price is not the only factor in cost of ownership. Be sure to include MF's when deciding where to own!
     
  9. physicalt104

    physicalt104 Princess since the '50s

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    Oh my- what is a MF? :upsidedow
     
  10. disneynutz

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    Keep in mind that the 7 month booking rules could be changed if Disney wanted to. The only thing guaranteed in your purchase contract is that you can book at your home resort. I wouldn't think that Disney would change the booking rules but then again I didn't think that they would change the rules and limit us to only two wait lists and charge us $95 each time that we stay at a non-DVC resort.

    :earsboy: Bill
     
  11. disneynutz

    disneynutz DIS Veteran DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Your annual dues that increase about 3% each year.

    :earsboy: Bill
     
  12. dvc_john

    dvc_john DIS Veteran<br><br><font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Con

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    MF: Maintenance Fees
     
  13. Mjasp

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    Disney is still selling OKW? I thought they were only selling BLT, AKL and SS
     
  14. Sandisw

    Sandisw Moderator Moderator

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    Yes. Actually, any resort can be bought through DVC. Right now, they are actively selling BLT, AKL, SSR and Aulani.

    However, all the rest can be purchased. If they don't have what you want, they will put you on a wait list for when more points become available (ie: through ROFR is my guess).
     
  15. Mjasp

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    OHhhhh, I didn't know that. Interesting
     
  16. physicalt104

    physicalt104 Princess since the '50s

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    Thanks!! :goodvibes
     
  17. Y-ASK

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    Yeah I'd have to agree that you should buy at the resort you want to stay at the most. You'll be disappointed when you try to get the resort you want but can't because you own somewhere else. That's not to say don't try them all, but just go with the one you don't mind going back to year after year. Peak times when school's are out can be hard to get so getting that reservation for sure at 11 months at a place you would like to stay is the ticket. Then just call at the 7 month mark and see if anything is available at the resort you would like to visit.

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  18. Magic Marker

    Magic Marker Earning My Ears

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    What incentives did they offer you? We just got back today. Went on the tour 3 days ago. It was a great presentation and got my mind working. They offered us an additional one year bonus points and 10% off. Although, David didn't say how long that offer was good until.
     
  19. dmancuso

    dmancuso Earning My Ears

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    Buy where you want to stay most.
     
  20. aiterry

    aiterry Earning My Ears

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    I agree with everyone else. If you travel during really busy times, then you will want to purchase where you want to stay so you get the extra month window for booking.
     
  21. physicalt104

    physicalt104 Princess since the '50s

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    That was esentially it, though he was firm about a one week window for the incentives. (He also mentioned that it is usually 3 days, but because my husband was at home, he would extend the limit...) Perhaps this depends on whom your Rep is??
     

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