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Old 05-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Smile Talk DVC with the Dis Dads

I figure I see others doing some threads so I thought I would throw this one in the mix. I know there is always some talk about DVC so we can have it here in one place now.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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I will kick it off by saying, Yes I am a DVC owner.We own at SSSR.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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Us too. AKL. SO wanting to add on in the near future.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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I'm in! We're DVC with BLT as home resort! Love it!
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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We own at SSR (2008) and BLT (2010). I enjoy being a member and do wish I had joined when we first started going with our children in 2005. If I can offer my $.02 (which is probably worth less), for whoever is considering DVC, selecting your home resort is the most important factor. There are lots of other things to consider, cost, financing, UY, resale, annual dues, ticket prices, etc. But, IMO, your home resort is key. Do you want a hotel style or resort style? Do you want to be near the parks or furthest away? Do you want near MK? Epcot/ DHS? Plan time to take the tour. We have stayed in all most all the WDW DVC resorts and am happy to answer any questions. Good luck in your planning.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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I'm in on this one. We own at AKV, SSR, VGC and Aulani. We'd love to add on at VWL and even OKW... but those have to wait a while.



Here are a few links to each of the various DVC Resort specific threads.... in case anyone has specific questions about a specific resort or wants to dive deeper into their research about that particular resort and hear from other others outside of the DIS Dads.

Animal Kingdom Lodge: ***Official AKV Owners and Lovers Thread***
Aulani, Resort & Spa: Aulani Owners Thread - Aloha!
Bay Lake Tower: ***Bay Lake Tower Owner's Thread***
Beach Club Villas: "STORMIN THE BEACH" BCV Owners - and GROUPIES WELCOME HOME!
Boardwalk Villas: The I Love BWV (yes, Hallways and Clown Pool, too!)
Grand Californian:The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owner's & Lovers Group 2.0
Hilton Head: HHI Roll Call, Adoration & Information Thread 2010
Old Key West: OKW Lovers Thread !!!
Saratoga Springs: SSR Lovers & Owners Part 2
Vero Beach: Vero Beach Adoration 2010 Thread... We Need New 2011 Thread...Somebody?
Wilderness Lodge: VWL Lovers & Groupies Thread: Mees-ka, Mice-ka, MOOSE-kateers
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:56 PM   #7
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I am one and own at SSR, so I'm in.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:04 PM   #8
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I'm in on this one. We own at AKV, SSR, VGC and Aulani. We'd love to add on at VWL and even OKW... but those have to wait a while.
I knew you we're looking to add on at VWL. I really would like to add on there but DW wants BC or BWV. I see you bought at Aulani. Have a trip planned?
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #9
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I knew you we're looking to add on at VWL. I really would like to add on there but DW wants BC or BWV. I see you bought at Aulani. Have a trip planned?
Not in the sense of having a reservation - but it is on the long-term calendar yes. We're looking at 2013. We only bought enough at this time to do the every 3 plan. Our first points will be this December which we'll bank, so with the borrowing, summer of 2013. But we're cool with that. The airfare every year would kill us, so every 3 is good until the kids are grown and gone.
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AULANI: 1 so far. More to come though, & definitely looking forward to returning!

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:42 AM   #10
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I'm in, we own at BLT and have not stayed there yet. We just bought in last year and our first DVC trip will be in July. We will be staying at AKV Kidani.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:47 AM   #11
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non-DVC guy...but do allot of research on it.

Main hold out reason ---> Maintenance Fees.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:54 AM   #12
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NON-DVC guy here....but have DVC envy....

My wife is all for it which is a huge plus.

My main debate is - do I purchase a smaller point contract (i.e. 200 points at SSR) and only go over other year to the world (since we always go during high peak season due to mine and the DW's jobs.).

Or do I save money until I can afford that 400 point contact?

I definitely like the cost of the maintenance fees for the 200 pt contract better!

SSR is attractive for the resale cost...since it is less expensive. But I think we would really prefer either BLT or an EPCOT DVC resort.
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Question for you DVC Dads....Are their any additional yearly fees besides the maintenance for your points? I.E. Taxes etc...

Trying to budget this out...to monthly payment and yearly expenses.

Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:36 AM   #14
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Question for you DVC Dads....Are their any additional yearly fees besides the maintenance for your points? I.E. Taxes etc...

Trying to budget this out...to monthly payment and yearly expenses.

Thanks!
Scott, the Annual Dues cover all maintenance costs and property taxes. The only additional fees you would be looking at are transportation costs, food (if you plan to eat), and entertainment (park tickets or whatever you choose to do while using your accomodations).
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #15
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Another DVC owner checking in. We bought at Boardwalk the day it opened.

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NON-DVC guy here....but have DVC envy....

My wife is all for it which is a huge plus.

My main debate is - do I purchase a smaller point contract (i.e. 200 points at SSR) and only go over other year to the world (since we always go during high peak season due to mine and the DW's jobs.).

Or do I save money until I can afford that 400 point contact?...
200 isn't a small contract. We first bought 250 points which we found was a good starting point. Spent a lot of time in Studios. We wanted more stays in 1 BRs so I added 50 more.

If you know you are going to buy and you think DVC works for you, I would take the 200 point plunge now. You can always add on smaller contracts. Besides, the one thing we have found is that point prices keep going up.
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