New DVC member - Questions, please help!

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by GFShelley, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. GFShelley

    GFShelley Earning My Ears

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    We just purchased our first DVC! I'm so excited. We live close to WDW but opted to buy Aulani for the 11 month booking privileges. We plan to go to Aulani every other year and hopefully rotate HHI or Vero and of course, WDW for the "off" year.

    Has anyone visited Aulani? And other Orlando DVC members?

    I keep reading booking is tough but I was able to get Memorial weekend at BW, 4th of July & Labor Day at BLT, and my husband's birthday at AKL. Did I just get lucky? Booking weekends here and there are important to me and I keep reading it's tough. Can someone explain what the issue is so I can learn more?

    Thanks!!!!
     
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  3. nalajms

    nalajms DIS Veteran

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    Not sure when your DH's birthday is, but the other times are considered low season for DVC.

    And it's much easier to book a few days here and there, versus a full week.
     
  4. disneynutz

    disneynutz DIS Veteran DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    The best test is for you to check availability for yourself. Past availability patterns do not necessarily tell you what will happen in the future. A lot of things can change over the years. The events that create some of the booking times now didn't exist 10 to 20 years ago and you just bought a 50 year contract.

    :earsboy: Bill
     
  5. chalee94

    chalee94 <font color=green>I thought all sand was ground up

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    booking weekends should be relatively easy, as weekend nights are often more expensive than weeknights. some people still mostly focus on booking just Sun-Thursday stays to save pts.

    i would still recommend booking right at the 7 month window to be safe but i expect you'd have a lot of options for the Fri-Sat parts of your stays.
     
  6. com_op_2000

    com_op_2000 DVC Member since '93

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    Local here. Have been a DVC member since '93.
    There are currently considered two seasons for availability:
    High Season - Mid-Sept through Mid-Jan
    Less High Season - Mid-Jan through Mid-Sept except for around holidays
    Very few times have I not been able to find a night or two available at one of the DVC resorts at WDW, at any time of the year. You just have to be willing to accept the limitations, of maybe not getting what you want when booking late but I choose to look at it like, hey, I am going to WDW, no matter where I am staying.
    DW and I several times have been at DTD for the day and decided we wanted to stay the night. Called the resorts directly (back before MS was open on Sundays) or MS and checked in within 15 minutes. Yes, last minute reservations are possible.
     
  7. GFShelley

    GFShelley Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for your thoughts! So far, I'm really pleased. I just hope to continue with the booking luck. One reservation at a time, right?
     
  8. com_op_2000

    com_op_2000 DVC Member since '93

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    WHAT!
    I have booked already for the next 11 months trips in May(DVC & DCL), July, 2 in Sept, Nov, Dec, and Feb.
    You need to be looking at least two - three years down the road to make the most/best use of points. Already planning points usage out to May of 2016 for a 30th anniversary DCL.
     
  9. bakerworld

    bakerworld DIS Veteran

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    Weekends and 2 or 3 night stays tend to be much easier that 4D+ if wanting to stay at the smaller venues.
     
  10. DVCTiff

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    We last went to Aulani on our SSR points, but then we added on when we were there bc my DH had a CM discount. Alas, he's no longer with Disney (they're actually not a fantastic company to work for. Shockers). However, we leave for our second trip to Aulani on our points tomorrow. It's absolutely GORGEOUS. One of the nicest resorts I've ever been to in my life. And it makes much more sense for us now since we live on the West Coast.

    Now, for you guys it's a long trip. I also wish I'd factored the higher dues in and maybe used my DH's CM discount for another WDW DVC and just traded in to Aulani. To remedy that feeling, I think we're going to try to book at Christmas next trip to really take advantage of the 11 mos window.

    Hope you get there soon! Enjoy!
     

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