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Old 09-20-2013, 11:13 AM   #196
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Christmas week is spectacular, but bear in mind its BUSY. Busy-like-you-have-never-seen-it busy . The decorations are gorgeous and its just so darn festive, but if you are not prepared for the crowds, its going to be a shocker.

We met up with a poor young family on the boat to DTD from POR on our Christmas vacation this past year, and they were sooo upset....I just felt horrible for them. They had been to AK earlier in the day, and got on 3 rides in 9 hours. They had two wonderful little boys, and I hated seeing them so downtrodden. The magic got lost for them amidst the masses.

Definitely try to squeeze in a waterpark or two someday. Well worth a trip!
Thanks for the warning, but I've actually been to the world on christmas! I know how crazy busy it is. I'm well aware. Lol. Its not our ideal time to go, but my sister is a teacher so we have to plan around her christmas break so she is able to go.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #197
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Thanks for the warning, but I've actually been to the world on christmas! I know how crazy busy it is. I'm well aware. Lol. Its not our ideal time to go, but my sister is a teacher so we have to plan around her christmas break so she is able to go.
I totally get it . I look forward to the day that the school calendar doesn't dictate when I can (and cannot) travel. It's not *that* far off for me!
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #198
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Sooooo.........I have a little news.

We bought a timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana Resort.
And as they always say at Sheraton "welcome home!"

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After much debate (because I tend to overthink just about everything ) and enough reading and researching to make my brains to liquid and start leaking out my ears, Steve and I took the plunge.
See? I told you the research would be painful! But since you have done the research, you are going in with eyes wide open. Congratulations on your purchase, sounds like you got a deal!


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I totally get it . I look forward to the day that the school calendar doesn't dictate when I can (and cannot) travel. It's not *that* far off for me!
And that's why we are fixed week 10 - DW is a school teacher, so we have many more years of being a slave to the school calendar. Come retirement, we may regret owning when all the kids are down there, but we can always trade for another time.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:12 PM   #199
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And as they always say at Sheraton "welcome home!"

See? I told you the research would be painful! But since you have done the research, you are going in with eyes wide open. Congratulations on your purchase, sounds like you got a deal!

And that's why we are fixed week 10 - DW is a school teacher, so we have many more years of being a slave to the school calendar. Come retirement, we may regret owning when all the kids are down there, but we can always trade for another time.
Thank you Munro!

I have a file that's FULL of stuff I printed off, highlighted, circled, and marked. I have read and read and re-read the TUG boards. Steve calls my mania my "Timeshare OCD" . But I had such a huge list of questions that I needed to have answers to before we committed in any form. You were a huge help in that, BTW....you gave me not only lots of information, but also lots to think about. So thank you, again, for all your kindness and your patience. It was great to tap into your resources and your knowledge!

We feel like we have the best of both worlds with our fixed/floating week. Our deeded week is in the middle of summer, so if and when we have school-aged grandchildren to consider, we have that summer week secured. Otherwise we can float throughout pretty much the whole year. I am secretly dreaming of the other times of year that I'd like to travel .... Halloween is tops on the list, as is mid-December and early May. My mission is to try each month at least once .
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #200
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Sooooo.........I have a little news.

After much debate (because I tend to overthink just about everything ) and enough reading and researching to make my brains to liquid and start leaking out my ears, Steve and I took the plunge.

We bought a timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana Resort.

I am not sure if the thought makes me want to do this: , or this: .

lol, no really.....we are super excited!!!

Our week is a deeded week 30, with the option to float during weeks 5-35, 40-47 and 50-52. So it will give us lots of flexibility as we transition our life from parents of a teenager to empty-nesters. We will use it for the first time on our 2014 vacation, and the boys are so thrilled.

Our signed documentation has been submitted to the closing company, so now we just wait for the legal process to run its course. We should hopefully have our final paperwork in hand for about the time I celebrate my 40th birthday. Best. Gift. Ever.

So ya'll are the first to know . I haven't even told my mom yet!

Get out!!!!!
That is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!
Congrats Gina!!!
Just think. This is the promise of fabulous vacations for years and years to come! I am just so excited for you. We've looked at it a lot since you started this trip report too. I plan on joining TUG. I don't think it will be for a few more years yet, but an offsite timeshare is starting to look better and better to us too.
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Sooooo.........I have a little news.

After much debate (because I tend to overthink just about everything ) and enough reading and researching to make my brains to liquid and start leaking out my ears, Steve and I took the plunge.

We bought a timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana Resort.

I am not sure if the thought makes me want to do this: , or this: .

lol, no really.....we are super excited!!!

Our week is a deeded week 30, with the option to float during weeks 5-35, 40-47 and 50-52. So it will give us lots of flexibility as we transition our life from parents of a teenager to empty-nesters. We will use it for the first time on our 2014 vacation, and the boys are so thrilled.

Our signed documentation has been submitted to the closing company, so now we just wait for the legal process to run its course. We should hopefully have our final paperwork in hand for about the time I celebrate my 40th birthday. Best. Gift. Ever.

So ya'll are the first to know . I haven't even told my mom yet!
Congratulations, Gina! That is wonderful news!

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Thanks so much!

And what can I say? It was his Momma that taught him all he knows .
Gotta pass that gene along!
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #202
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Get out!!!!!
That is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!
Congrats Gina!!!
Just think. This is the promise of fabulous vacations for years and years to come! I am just so excited for you. We've looked at it a lot since you started this trip report too. I plan on joining TUG. I don't think it will be for a few more years yet, but an offsite timeshare is starting to look better and better to us too.
Thanks pigletto!

I must admit, I'm rather excited. I can't wait to have that official deed in my hands. Hopefully the closing process will be speedy!

TUG is a fantastic resource. People are so knowledgeable there, particularly about exchanging. That's not something we'll be doing for at least a few years....we want to use our Vistana week at the Vistana, at least until we tire of it (will that ever happen? )....but it may be something we consider down the road.

Have you got a particular property in mind?

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Congratulations, Gina! That is wonderful news!
Thanks, Debbie!!!
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**Christmas 2012 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3041415
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Thanks pigletto!

I must admit, I'm rather excited. I can't wait to have that official deed in my hands. Hopefully the closing process will be speedy!

TUG is a fantastic resource. People are so knowledgeable there, particularly about exchanging. That's not something we'll be doing for at least a few years....we want to use our Vistana week at the Vistana, at least until we tire of it (will that ever happen? )....but it may be something we consider down the road.

Have you got a particular property in mind?
No, not really. I think reading your trip report this time and seeing how nice it was at Vistana was really what got me thinking about it. That and how much we spend every year going to Disney when we could be offsite, see some more of Florida and STILL get to go to Disney for less money? Seems like a no-brainer. We too have dreams of being snowbirds one day. My love of Florida and Disney started as a little girl. My grandparents had a place in Holiday (very near Clearwater) and they spent their winters there. We were able to visit every winter and they are some of the best memories I have. So whether it will be time share for awhile and hopefully a winter home someday.. well who knows. But we sure love to dream about it
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So I get caught up on the reading this morning and I find a big surprise in this thread!

Congrats

I'm madly in love with the thought of owning my own place, either timeshare or condo, but realistically it doesn't make sense for us right now.

BTW, after saying that we are really not going to FL next summer I find myself furiously plotting a trip for...... next summer. Before going this year I knew I would be going through big changes at work before Christmas....hence the trip. Right after we got back DH was also informed of major changes for himself in the next 6-8 months. So with all these changes my reaction is...I need to book another vacation. As much as I want to venture off someplace else I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Florida and get the most bang for my buck there.
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As much as I want to venture off someplace else I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Florida and get the most bang for my buck there.
This is us too. I have a list as long as my arm of other places we want to go. And we will. But when I do the research, and I priced things out for month after our last Disney trip, my money goes further in Florida and we always have an awesome time. We will absolutely do the other trips we dream of, but when I can go to Disney/Florida for thousands less, and everyone has a blast, it's still our number one choice at this time.
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This is us too. I have a list as long as my arm of other places we want to go. And we will. But when I do the research, and I priced things out for month after our last Disney trip, my money goes further in Florida and we always have an awesome time. We will absolutely do the other trips we dream of, but when I can go to Disney/Florida for thousands less, and everyone has a blast, it's still our number one choice at this time.
I am very fortunate that I have traveled all over the world but at this point in my life a 1 week vacay just doesn't do it. The last time I took a week I felt like it was a waste of time and money. I can stay in FL for 12-14 days the same cost as a week in other places. Our August trip cost $2800...3 people, 2 weeks and I brought home $700 worth of stuff (we shop a lot). It's really hard to pass up a deal like that.
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There is something about Florida with me too. Here I am in brazil reading the disboards.
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Congratulations on your Sheraton Vistana purchase! You'll be enjoying that for years to come.


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Maintenance fees are due on January 1st each year, so I guess the biggest downfall is having to pay for our maintenance fees right around the expensive holiday season.


What is it with Timeshares? Ours are due in November, when we try to buy all our gifts so the December budget can cover any travel. Although I've never understood why NaNoWriMo is in November, either. Probably because it was set up by someone who doesn't do the U.S. Thanksgiving.

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Lord knows our extended families will not share in our joy, so it means a lot that I can celebrate here with all of you!
We hauled my parents out on vacation with us just as our purchase was finalized; haven't gotten any grief from them since.

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Otherwise we can float throughout pretty much the whole year. I am secretly dreaming of the other times of year that I'd like to travel .... Halloween is tops on the list, as is mid-December and early May. My mission is to try each month at least once .


I like that mission! I think I'll wait until I have fewer kids tied to the school calendar before I tackle it, though. Fall is my favorite season, and every year I swear I'm going to abandon my middle daughter to vacation then (she's tied to Nutcracker rehearsals all fall). She's the only one who ties me down the same times every year, though, since we home school and since the other kids rotate or change activities more.
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Although I've never understood why NaNoWriMo is in November, either. Probably because it was set up by someone who doesn't do the U.S. Thanksgiving.
My daughter does this each year. She likes that it is after midterms and before exams. Of course, shopping for the holidays only happens after the term is over.....she didn't get that from ME!
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So you would say that Congo River is the best of the mini-golf places? We LOVE mini-golf but haven't made it to that one yet.

Your report is amazing. You all look like you're having so much fun together.
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