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Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by denneg, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. dwight16

    dwight16 Mouseketeer

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    i bought a 160 contract in jan 2011 on the resale market bc mostly bc it was the cheapest. i have done 2 trips and got BWV in may and BCV in oct. now i am looking to add so i am about to get a 25 or 30 point contract at the BW or BC to start to build my points at another resort. personally i have not had a problem with getting good resorts OBV value rooms at BW will go like hot cakes. at 7 months rooms are available at AKL OKW SSR BLT and BW. you pay a few extra points for a lake view or what not but i would get in the door a cheap as you can
     
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  3. icephoenix25

    icephoenix25 Earning My Ears

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    We thought long and hard about it, but being in CA and having the GCV being so small we decided to be patient and wait for a resale to come up. Luckily we found a large contract at an incredibly reasonable price. For anyone that will primarily go to Disneyland and looking into being a DVC member, definitely get one with GCV being your home resort. It didn't take us long to learn that it fills up practically everyday that is within the 7 month window for everyone else.
     
  4. crisi

    crisi DIS Veteran

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    Buy where you won't be disappointed to end up.

    DVC is for the long term. We don't have any control over the choices Disney makes.

    When we bought BWV way back a dozen years ago, Food and Wine was a four week thing that started in the middle of October - our "standard" vacation was a week the kids had off school the week before that.

    The year we bought, Disney pushed Food and Wine to the first week of October. The whole "you will have no problem getting BW or Standard View even if you don't book right away" became "call day by day at eleven months"

    Within what seemed like the blink of an eye, the kids were in middle school and October didn't work any more with their schedules - suddenly we were going in Summer.

    If you won't mind staying at SSR, then its a lovely resort to buy. If you need to stay at BWV, either buy there, or keep your money in your pocket and rent points.

    (Now, the dirty secret is that the resort where my heart is is VWL - I adore it. But, we prefer walking to Epcot over the themeing of VWL - although I care what my room looks like, its the proximity to Epcot that has us not trying to book VWL).
     
  5. dbs1228

    dbs1228 DIS Veteran

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    Keep your eyes opened I just had my offer excepted (pd asking price) for BWV 55.00 PP :cool1: which is lower then some SSR contracts listed and it has all this years points and all points going forward. Yes maintenance fees are higher/shorter contract but I want a BWV view when I stay there and i like to know I can get it! BLT is our favorite resort and have plenty of points there also.
     
  6. Disbound

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    Just another $.02...........
    We bought at Saratoga Springs back in 2003. We were newbies and had no idea you could even buy at other resorts then, we just thought you could only buy at the resort that was currently being built. That being said... we have made the trip every year since purchasing. We have booked in March, April, May and September, (as others have said, plans change as kids do!) and we have NEVER stayed in our home resort! This year, we are going in March again, we leave this Saturday actually! We booked at SSR at the 11 month mark, then called to change to BWV with a Boardwalk View at the 7 month mark and got right in no problem. Maybe next week won't be as busy as this week for vacations, I don't really know, but we got right in first try. We have stayed in WLV, BCV, OKW and BLT. Maybe our vacation times were not peak and that is why we have been so lucky, but we don't want to visit during Christmas or Halloween because of the huge crowds anyway so it works for us. Hope you find what works for you! Good luck!
     

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