- Mar 10, 2014
I think this is super-self-aware, and I agree - since we already owned at BLT and VGF, I look and say, RIV studios may cost more than BLT but they sleep more people more comfortably with a better bathroom layout. And RIV standard any size costs fewer points than VGF standard, so by my experience, this is what I am used to paying for a nice DVC villa. I value each of my 3 home resorts for different reasons, but the fact that they are fairly close in pointiness (love the term) is ok with me because I think they each have something different to offer that make them preferred for different stays.Point chart. This one seems to be the controversial one. You can get more room for less points at other DVC resorts--absolute fact. I think coming in as a newbie DVC owner provides a certain perspective (or maybe a willful ignorance, in my case at least) on this aspect. I can look at points charts all day, but it's abstract. I've never experienced how far my 100 points go elsewhere or most of the other rooms/resorts, so I don't know what I'm missing. I think Disney counts on this. I think the Riviera point chart is a much harder pill to swallow for folks accustomed to and expecting to see their points go further. In my case, seeing the tower studio in person was crucial. Even though the same points could get me a bigger room elsewhere, we liked Riviera, the tower, and its point chart, which all was doable for a buy-in we were comfortable with. But I'm equally sure there will be new prospective buyers who just can't get down with the idea of spending more for less at Riviera vs. resale at other DVC resorts, and that's cool too. Ultimately, I think you have to really, really love RIV first and foremost. Then decide if you can get past knowing that others are able to stretch their points further than you can, and if the benefits of the Riviera to you are worth that trade-off.
Edited: Now, if I'd ever owned points at BWV and stayed more frequently, for example, I might be singing a different tune. We stayed once on cash in a 1br as our first DVC stay, and loved it.