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Old 04-24-2013, 08:24 PM   #16
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Club level and concierge are the same. (IMHO) Kilimamjaro Club Concierge.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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As much as I love AKV I know MOST of the time I will be able to get a room at 7 months and not have to pay higher MF. BLT for me is all about location, location, location! We travel during school breaks and always rent a car and what we found is all parks and DTD are easily accessed with a car EXCEPT MK. We love walking to the MK, monorail to Epcot and drive to HS and AK. I prefer the rooms at AKV but would not EVER trade the location of BLT. Having stayed 6 ni. in the GV at BLT over NYE was a dream come true - all 3 DD's had a friend/BF's and it was so easy! Good luck in your decision!
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #18
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We are doing our third AKV/BLT split stay this year. Currently, we own at BLT and are thinking of adding more points at AKV. Our split stay this year will be 5 nights AKV / 6 nights BLT. The ammenities and experiences are so different. We love our balconies. I love morning coffee looking at the animals and relaxing evenings watching fireworks without fighting crowds. I'm glad I don't have to pick just one!

AKV is the most unique place we have ever stayed. It is very relaxing and beautiful.

BLT is fun and convenient. My DD loves Mickey's BBQ, which is just a boat ride away from CR. My DS could spend all day on the monorail. I like not having to worry about how we will get to our breakfast at Ohana on time.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:28 AM   #19
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We've owned at BLT since it first opened and have just passed ROFR on an AKL contract. We love BLT for the location and the convenience of being able to walk to MK or hop on a monorail to Epcot. Owning there means we've always been able to get a 1 bed standard view (even this past Holiday season when we were there for 10 nights) and we only ever use our BLT points to stay there. We also own at OKW and use those points to stay at other resorts.

The reason we bought an AKL add on is that we also spent some time there this past Christmas and loved the resort (I'd rented points from a friend to book a standard view before the 7 month window) We are hoping to go back for Christmas 2014 and I'd have to rent points again so it made more sense to buy there. Hopefully we'll be able to get club level booking at 11 months but if not I'll still be happy with what ever we get.

I don't know how many points you're looking to buy but I'd probably pick one resort and buy them all there and if it were me my first choice would be BLT. The points are more expensive but I think they'd hold their value.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:18 AM   #20
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I have narrowed down to interest in only these two properties for various reasons.

If you were choosing to purchase, which, between these two would you buy?

Our kids are 11 and 8 and we often travel to Disney with extended family.

We will almost always travel during a peak time (New year, Thanksgiving, Feb. school vacation).

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First - those resorts are SOOOOO different in character!!

If you're travelling during those peak periods, you definitely need that 11 month booking window - so choose the Home Resort that you really want to stay in ...

From a practical standpoint, AKV will cost less up front in $$ (and maybe for MF over the years) and you need less points for each trip - so overall less cost ...

Personally - we LOVE AKV and it was the only Home Resort for us ...
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #21
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We have stayed at BLT twice over the past two years and have another 4 day stay this summer. While we like the proximity to MK, there is not much else we like about the place. The decor is fine, although a little bland for us. The pool is just okay. Getting to the other parks is about at painful as bussing from any of the other resorts; and that includes Epcot (which in our experience is about a 40-45 minute commitment by monorail). We don't spend much time dining around the monorail resorts, so that proximity is not important to us.
I agree, BLT location is unbeatable for MK, but for traveling to every other park (including EP), I would rather stay at almost any other DVC resort. I would not mind owning some points at BLT for staying a couple of nights while we visit MK, but for a longer stay I would prefer AKV over BLT. I do think BLT is more difficult to book at 7 months than AKV, though, unless you want AKV value or concierge. Now that our kids are older, we don't spend as much time as we used to at MK.

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:52 PM   #22
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So, would you say if we own at BLT but want to stay at AKV we have a better shot at the 7 mark than owning at AKV and trying to stay at BLT at 7 month mark? Like I said, most likely will be travelling peak weeks. Trying to figure out which scenario gives us more options. I do already have a sense of the cost differences.
AKV savanna or standard view is open at 7 months out most of the year with risk of not getting it Thanksgiving time, first half of Dec and possibly Christmas time (about Dec 23-Jan 3). BLT lake and theme park view is difficult at 7 months out during those same periods and also from end of Sep to mid-Nov, and also potentially from the Wed to Mon of Marathon weekend in Jan. During about mid-Jan to end of Sep, AKV savanna and standard view and BLT lake and even theme park view are usually open at 7 months out. Thus, if you are looking at the entire year, it will be easier more often to get AKV at 7 months out than BLT. Particularly during that mid-Jan to end of Sep time, AKV is also far more likely to be open well beyond the 7 month window, whereas BLT tends to go quicker once the 7 month window opens.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:14 PM   #23
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Thanks all. We decided on BLT for a few reasons. First, I think it will be very desirable to rent out if we ever decide to do that (which we will certainly do now and then). Second, It seems like, overall, we have a better shot at AKV at 7 months than BLT. The lower maintenance fees were also a consideration. Finally, the location next to MK is desirable for our group. I do hope to have opportunities to stay at both in the future.

We just got an accepted offer and are waiting on paperwork.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:33 PM   #24
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Thanks all. We decided on BLT for a few reasons. First, I think it will be very desirable to rent out if we ever decide to do that (which we will certainly do now and then). Second, It seems like, overall, we have a better shot at AKV at 7 months than BLT. The lower maintenance fees were also a consideration. Finally, the location next to MK is desirable for our group. I do hope to have opportunities to stay at both in the future.

We just got an accepted offer and are waiting on paperwork.
Good for you!!!! If the contract passes you will FOR SURE have many opportunities to stay at both resorts - all the resorts for that matter! I cannot wait to say I have stayed at all, Congrats
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:48 PM   #25
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Congratulations!! For as much as we love AKV, I was also going to recommend BLT for you. I have noticed that it's much easier to get AKV after the 7 month mark.

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Old 05-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #26
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Congrats you made the right choice. BLT is more valuable than AKV. You can almost always get AKV beyond the 7 month window, less likely at BLT. Plus you can watch the wishes fireworks from your room.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #27
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Congrats on choosing BLT... as long as you're happy, there's no wrong choice.

I saw that a number of replies indicated that AKV dues are higher than BLT which is true in theory but may be slightly misleading in practice.

The points required to stay at AKV tend to be much lower than BLT, especially if you take value accommodations into account.

For example, 2 bedroom villa at BLT during Magic Season requires 354 pts for a standard view whereas a value 2 bedroom at AKV during Magic Season requires 243 points. BLT's dues at 4.4972 per point gives a cost to stay at $1,592.01 whereas AKV's cost to stay (albeit in value accommodations) are $1,379.00. In other words, you can get away with buying less points and therefore less overall in MFs at AKV than at BLT if you can stay in the value suites. Also, the initial buy-in for AKV is much lower than BLT.

Just wanted to throw my $0.02 in. That said, there is a ton of inherent value in location and convenience so as long as you're happy, you made the right decision.

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #28
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Thanks all. We decided on BLT for a few reasons. First, I think it will be very desirable to rent out if we ever decide to do that (which we will certainly do now and then). Second, It seems like, overall, we have a better shot at AKV at 7 months than BLT. The lower maintenance fees were also a consideration. Finally, the location next to MK is desirable for our group. I do hope to have opportunities to stay at both in the future.

We just got an accepted offer and are waiting on paperwork.
Sorry that I didn't post earlier.

We own 5 resorts, BLT & AKV included. Many people looking to rent don't want to pay for the higher number of points at BLT. BLT has had 2 years of 6%+ dues increases and it has a higher than normal furnishing and hard goods wear.

I would stay at the proposed resorts before buying. The longer that you are owners, the more time that you will spend in your room and at the resort. That makes buying at your favorite resort even more important.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #29
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BLT for sure if you are worried about resale or being able to rent out points.

We liked AKL and AKV well enough but would not choose to spend a vacation there after DD gets a little older. If you have a child that loves animals it's a great resort (also as every other resort it will have some that consider it a favorite) but all in all BLT wins hands down for location.
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