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Old 11-21-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Since buying Dvc. Park touring for me is different. We used to be there at rope drop. We stroll in whenever now. After hanging out in the room and taking our time to dress. We don't do breakfast ressies. We tend to eat breakfast in the room. Cereal or pop tarts and toast. If we don't get to ride something we sayy well do it next time

Lots of other things too. That I can't think of But I wouldn't change it. I just keep beating myself up for not buying sooner.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Isn't it wonderful to actually relax while on vacation?! That is the best change for most DVCers.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Isn't it wonderful to actually relax while on vacation?! That is the best change for most DVCers.


Gone are the commando days! DVC ownership is a beautiful thing, and sharing it with friends and family makes it even better!
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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Yes it is.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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No more APs, now you can switch to non expiring 10 day tickets. One of my favorite things is talking to CMs and Guests around the resort.

A couple of years ago I stayed up all night watching Disney put up Christmas decorations at BWV.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:54 PM   #6
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Last month was our first trip as DVC'ers and let me tell ya it was a change. In years past it was go go go hop to different parks depending on where our dinner reservations were, and get back to the hotel at god only knows what hour. This time though there wasn't really alot of hopping and we were able to enjoy walking around a park and taking our time. When we were hungry we would go back to the room and cook dinner, relax, and let the kids swim at a normal hour. I tell ya it was a change but a great one. Can't wait to go back next year.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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I feel more magical But I still do rope drop.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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I feel more magical But I still do rope drop.
We'll try for rope drop and we'll park hop--did 3 parks last trip; went to HS just for the lights. But now we'll only spend one day at the parks, maybe 2. Most of the trip is spent relaxing. We don't have kids with us so we can really relax! And of course, there's always the next trip.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:01 PM   #9
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I think you've hit on the true "Best kept secret" from DVC; the ability to relax!

Sounds like our touring plan, but here is another great part you'll find, being able to share with friends/family you care about!

We gave our close neighbors a couple nights at the DL Hotel and Paradise Pier via points this summer. On Sunday, we'll have my parents with us (in their own studio) for a couple nights, so they can enjoy the new Fantasyland, MVMCP, and Candlelight Processional with DD (as us, too).

Yep, lots of great things about the DVC lifestyle.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #10
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No more APs, now you can switch to non expiring 10 day tickets. One of my favorite things is talking to CMs and Guests around the resort.

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Bill,

Just wondering... do you think it's worth it to get the non-exp MYW instead of an AP? Is it because you only go once a year or you don't visit the parks alot when you go?

I love my DVC. Sometimes I go solo, other times I bring friends or the nieces and nephews. I still park hop and do rope drop (or close to it) at times. If I do rope drop, I'll then go back to the room in the afternoon to relax and hit another park at night. I love the extra space and the W&D.

But I think what helped me "relax" more was getting an AP. When I had MYW pass, if I only wanted to get to a park for a short time (or for dinner at EPCOT), I felt like I wasted a day off the ticket. With the AP, if I go to a park for 2 hours and then leave I don't have that feeling of "not getting my money's worth". Now, I only get an AP if I know I'm going to be tehre a couple times a year. Otherwise it's a MYW ticket.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:36 PM   #11
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Bill,

Just wondering... do you think it's worth it to get the non-exp MYW instead of an AP? Is it because you only go once a year or you don't visit the parks alot when you go?

I love my DVC. Sometimes I go solo, other times I bring friends or the nieces and nephews. I still park hop and do rope drop (or close to it) at times. If I do rope drop, I'll then go back to the room in the afternoon to relax and hit another park at night. I love the extra space and the W&D.

But I think what helped me "relax" more was getting an AP. When I had MYW pass, if I only wanted to get to a park for a short time (or for dinner at EPCOT), I felt like I wasted a day off the ticket. With the AP, if I go to a park for 2 hours and then leave I don't have that feeling of "not getting my money's worth". Now, I only get an AP if I know I'm going to be tehre a couple times a year. Otherwise it's a MYW ticket.
I am curious to read Bill's rationale for this as well.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #12
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Bill,

Just wondering... do you think it's worth it to get the non-exp MYW instead of an AP? Is it because you only go once a year or you don't visit the parks alot when you go?

I love my DVC. Sometimes I go solo, other times I bring friends or the nieces and nephews. I still park hop and do rope drop (or close to it) at times. If I do rope drop, I'll then go back to the room in the afternoon to relax and hit another park at night. I love the extra space and the W&D.

But I think what helped me "relax" more was getting an AP. When I had MYW pass, if I only wanted to get to a park for a short time (or for dinner at EPCOT), I felt like I wasted a day off the ticket. With the AP, if I go to a park for 2 hours and then leave I don't have that feeling of "not getting my money's worth". Now, I only get an AP if I know I'm going to be tehre a couple times a year. Otherwise it's a MYW ticket.
We have been members for many years and we go into the parks less and less as time goes on. We used to vacation at WDW 3 times per year maybe 10 days per trip. Then twice per year, still about 10 days per trip. Depending on what's going on we still have AP vouchers that we can use but we also have several 10 day hopper and non hopper, non expiring tickets.

Looking at our park pattern one day I realized that spending the money on APs didn't always make sense based on how many days we went into the parks. Same thing with park hoppers, why buy hoppers if we don't hop?

Now by deciding ahead of time which trips will be park trips and which will not, we have saved hundreds of dollars by matching the admission media to our park schedule.

The freedom to have a AP and to go into a park to have dinner or just to go on a ride or attraction is nice but it does get expensive.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #13
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We have been members for many years and we go into the parks less and less as time goes on. We used to vacation at WDW 3 times per year maybe 10 days per trip. Then twice per year, still about 10 days per trip. Depending on what's going on we still have AP vouchers that we can use but we also have several 10 day hopper and non hopper, non expiring tickets.

Looking at our park pattern one day I realized that spending the money on APs didn't always make sense based on how many days we went into the parks. Same thing with park hoppers, why buy hoppers if we don't hop?

Now by deciding ahead of time which trips will be park trips and which will not, we have saved hundreds of dollars by matching the admission media to our park schedule.

The freedom to have a AP and to go into a park to have dinner or just to go on a ride or attraction is nice but it does get expensive.

Bill
Thanks for responding Bill. This is what I thought you meant but I am glad to have your explanation to confirm it.

I think we are beginning a similar phase in our Disney life and I will need to look into our ticket costs/ purchases more carefully.

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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We are planning to do just that next nov with my brothers and mom. Sis in law and nephew and niece
We also shared with my in laws this past June.
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Sharing is my favorite part. We are headed to Aulani on Friday with a group of 10, family and friends.
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