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Old 01-02-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Does DVC make sense for me?

I know this is an individual question but I want some input anyway. My family has myself, my wife and two daughters (3 and 1). We all love Disney, we generally go two or three times per year. We always stay either off site or at value resorts however every time we go I think I would much prefer to be on the monorail. I am now thinking about purchasing DVC.

We tend to go for long weekends (wednesday or thursday to monday), we generally go around halloween, around the february long weekend (presidents day?) and around the May long weekend in Canada (generally around may 24th).

Currently we do not have annual passes however we have had them in the past and would like to get them again.

Even though my goal would be to stay at BLT due to the monorail or walking to MK, the points are more expensive here and thus I was looking at Saratoga Springs in order to save some money. Because of this I would generally hope to be able to book BLT at 7months as routinely as possible (how likely is this?) We would be staying studio for now, but in the future we would move up to a 1 bedroom once our girls get a bit older.

I was thinking a 200 point contract would make sense for us however the number crunching hasn't fully been done yet. Due to the savings on annual passes it seems as though the cost would be far less than booking rooms at the contemporary in order to get monorail access. It may be more than we are used to paying at values but that is fine, my main concern would be staying at the monorail. That said, is it stupid to save money and buy Saratoga Springs points and should I just put out the extra money to get BLT points? Cost is an issue and so I would prefer to save the money if possible. Thoughts?
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:24 PM   #2
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Always buy where you wanna stay. If you want a monorail resort your best bet is to buy there. That said, will you be able to get in BLT at 7months? The answer is maybe depending on time of year, how many days you want to stay, special events going on, type of room you want etc.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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Ok so I mentioned time of year we stay, how many days we stay and the type of room we want, does anyone have input on if BLT would be easier or harder to get given these circumstances? I don't mind checking every day for availability if that is something that increases chances
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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If you want a lake view room, you are likely to get it probably half the time, maybe more. If you want standard view to save points, forget it - it isn't happening with an SSR contract.

Note that the girls - while you won't believe this - in a blink will have outgrown the MK and will be looking to other parks - or perhaps even Universal - or perhaps even other vacations - my son would much rather be on a beach than at WDW.

Also, keep in mind that Disney vacations once you have DVC is a huge financial commitment - as the kids get older, you have four Disney adults to buy park tickets for, airfare for, food for. If money is an issue, consider carefully the long term implications of points - you may find you have more flexibility renting point than investing yourself.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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It's funny, we own BLT and hardly ever stay there. Don't get me wrong, we really like it but it is rather point expensive to stay there. So we always plan 11 months ahead and get standard views. The last time we did this we got a studio on the 1st floor looking out on the bocce ball courts. Not very magical but hey, we were "home". The big draw for us is the actual walk to MK.

If you want to buy SSR I would suggest you get enough points for a 1 bedroom and try your luck at 7 months at BLT. Most likely you will be able to get a lake view if it's at a slow time.

Best of luck with whatever you decide to do!
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:37 PM   #6
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It sounds like you live close to WDW. I would rent distress points at David's, the Timeshare store, or even the rental boards first. You may only get SSR , AK or OKW but at $9-10 a point you can then explore all the DVC resorts, before making a decision.
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Ok so I mentioned time of year we stay, how many days we stay and the type of room we want, does anyone have input on if BLT would be easier or harder to get given these circumstances? I don't mind checking every day for availability if that is something that increases chances
Buying where you want to stay is the only way to guarantee your happiness. If buying SSR to stay somewhere else worked for everyone, SSR would be completely sold out and the point prices there would be more expensive.

You can't look at the past or present to guess the future. Disney is spending a billion dollars to develop software and hardware to help pack us in all year long. They are coming up with programs and events to fill the place up and if they know that attendance is dropping off, they close the parks down early.

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I know this is an individual question but I want some input anyway. My family has myself, my wife and two daughters (3 and 1). We all love Disney, we generally go two or three times per year. We always stay either off site or at value resorts however every time we go I think I would much prefer to be on the monorail. I am now thinking about purchasing DVC.

We tend to go for long weekends (wednesday or thursday to monday), we generally go around halloween, around the february long weekend (presidents day?) and around the May long weekend in Canada (generally around may 24th).

Currently we do not have annual passes however we have had them in the past and would like to get them again.

Even though my goal would be to stay at BLT due to the monorail or walking to MK, the points are more expensive here and thus I was looking at Saratoga Springs in order to save some money. Because of this I would generally hope to be able to book BLT at 7months as routinely as possible (how likely is this?) We would be staying studio for now, but in the future we would move up to a 1 bedroom once our girls get a bit older.

I was thinking a 200 point contract would make sense for us however the number crunching hasn't fully been done yet. Due to the savings on annual passes it seems as though the cost would be far less than booking rooms at the contemporary in order to get monorail access. It may be more than we are used to paying at values but that is fine, my main concern would be staying at the monorail. That said, is it stupid to save money and buy Saratoga Springs points and should I just put out the extra money to get BLT points? Cost is an issue and so I would prefer to save the money if possible. Thoughts?
You're going from a value/off site situation to a requirement to be in a monorail resort each time, that's a large leap. DVC will cost you more money by far but it may be worth if if you can easily afford it (my definition is pay cash and no other consumer debt). I'd rent and try it out. It doesn't sound like SSR is a good choice for you at this point and I'm not getting the sense that you're quite ready to make such a leap. Get info and make a good decision for your family so whatever you decide will be a blessing for you and your family.
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That said, is it stupid to save money and buy Saratoga Springs points and should I just put out the extra money to get BLT points? Cost is an issue and so I would prefer to save the money if possible. Thoughts?
if you want to stay at BLT in a standard view room, i agree with crisi...you are very likely to be disappointed if you buy at SSR. there's a reason people pay more for BLT.

i also agree with dean that going from value rooms to BLT is a giant leap...if you were happy with the idea of buying at SSR or OKW and planning to stay in an OKW studio (with 2 queen beds, it's a much better fit for your family in a few years than the tiny BLT studios), that is a much better value from a financial standpoint.

i think you need to do a lot more research. maybe rent points to stay at BLT and see how it goes before making a big commitment...
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If you need to ask the question IMO it's not the right time for you. I would wait until you have no doubts.
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