Anyone have info about Disney Vacation Club?

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Anyone have info about Disney Vacation Club?
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Sat, 04-23-2011 - 11:41am

DH and I are looking into purchasing Disney Vacation Club, I'm having them mail us the info.

Amy-1
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Registered: 06-28-2001
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 12:16am
Hi there - we're DVC members since '03, right after our first trip. We had no intention of joining, but we stayed in a DVC villa on that trip b/c we wanted the extra space. We were impressed and decided to take a tour. After careful thought and some spreadsheets that my husband prepared, we decided to buy in.

The DVC is not your typical time share. You are not assigned a particular timeframe, a particular accommodation and you're not limited to just a week's vacation as with many other timeshares. With the DVC, you purchase points, with a typical purchase starting at 150 points. You receive your allotment of 150 points each year and you may use them any way you like: for long or short trips, at any of the DVC resorts and for any type of accommodation at any time of year. However, just as a studio room costs less money than a 1 bedroom villa or a week in September would cost less than say, Easter week - a studio will cost less points than a 1 bedroom, a week in Sept less points than Easter week, a 3 day trip less points than a week long trip. Each DVC resort accommodation is assigned a points value, and there are diff't point values assigned according to the time of year. Each year DVC produces charts for all the DVC resorts so you can figure out how many points your particular trip would require.

That first trip we paid regular rack rates for a 1 bedroom for a week in May at the Wilderness Lodge Villas. When we went on our tour, we looked up on the chart to see how many points that trip would have cost us - at the time, it was 350 points. My husband figured if we went to WDW every other year, we only needed to purchase 175 points. You can "bank" or save your points from one year to the following year (they won't carry over longer than a year, though) and you can also borrow points from the next year too. So his math was right, purchase 175 points, bank them for one year so the next year we'd get another 175 points for a total of 350 and that would be enough for our trip. (We've since added more DVC points on but that's a whole other story! LOL).

There are several things to consider - first, this is not a cheap commitment. It is costly to join although right now there are many incentives to buy. If you do not plan on going to WDW often and regularly, buying DVC does not make sense. Our girls were young so we knew that they'd enjoy going for a while, but we were afraid what would happen when they hit teenagerhood.. However, I'm a huge Disney fan and it seems that they're following in my footsteps (they're almost 13 and 10-1/2 now). I can see that they'll be enjoying our trips for many years to come. Of course, you can use your points to go other places, some Disney-related like Disneyland or the Disney Cruise Line or Disney Adventures but you can also use them at other traditional type time share places.

DVC is not an "investment" - you will not make money from buying into DVC, even if you turn around and re-sell it. In the beginning my husband's spreadsheets told him that if we took a similar trip every other year (1 week, during a regular season - not super busy/not off-season - in a 1 bedroom villa), we would break even in about 5 trips. The contracts for DVC last 40-50 years so that's not bad. HOWEVER, remember that there are other costs involved in a trip to WDW than just the accommodations: transportation, tickets, meals, souvenirs, etc. While we love going to Disney and certainly get to stay at wonderful resorts that we might not have paid for if we hadn't joined, we definitely wouldn't be going to WDW as often as we do. We could be saving a lot of money :D However, we felt it was an investment in our family time :)

While DVC can be financed, realize that DVC is a luxury. In today's economy, you have to really do the math to see if this is something you can afford. We were very fortunate that my DH had gotten a fantastic bonus that year so we paid for our DVC out-right and did not finance it at all. If buying into DVC had caused us financial hardship, we would have not even considered it.

I don't know if any of this cleared up DVC to you or made it more confusing. My dad had a timeshare so I thought I knew everything there was about them but I too was extremely confused duirng our tour. However, these days I'm the one who figures out if we have enough points to go on
vacation; once you look at a chart, it's really easy.

I might have sounded like I was talking you out of purchasing but I'm merely trying to point out things that need to be considered. We have never regretted purchasing our membership. If you need more help, just post again, and we'lll try to help you out.

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 9:41am

Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing your info:smileyhappy:

Amy-1
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Registered: 06-28-2001
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 12:12pm
Glad I could help a lil bit. I would think you'll receive the chart info with your materials - you might be able to find it on the DVC site, not sure if it's available to the public or only on the member area of the site.

With a group of 7, you would need a 2 bedroom villa, party of 9 would be a 3 person or Grand Villa, with the exception of the TreeHouse Villa (where we are right now!) Which sleeps 9 but only has 2 bathrms so they only require points equal to a 2 bedroom rather than the Grand Villa :)

Just as it costs more money to stay at the Contemporary versus say the Wilderness Lodge, it will cost more points too. However we've been thrilled with all of our DVC accommodations so far (stayed at villas at Wilderness Lodge, Animal kingdom Lodge, Saratoga, treehouses and Beach Club).
Check www.allears.net and www.mousesavers.com for some add'l DVC info.

We usually stay during Easter week - that week and Christmas week cost the most points of all. Staying a week before or after would be less so if your Spring break is not eAster week, a lil more affordable :). If I get the chance later I'll see if I can look up how many points on the DVC site.

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 11:21pm

Val has given you a lot of good information.

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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 1:11pm

Thanks for all the info ladies, it sure did help alot:)

Amy-1
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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 8:46pm

Well you've probably already looked over the stuff, and maybe even made your decision.

In peace,
Max       

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Mon, 05-30-2011 - 12:40pm
Thanks! I can always use more info:)
Amy-1