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WNA01
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disney vacation club

pros/cons?

we are seriously thinking of getting a timeshare at the bay lake towers

TIA!

Posted 4/23/11 11:16 PM
 
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twicethefun
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Re: disney vacation club

My brother has it for a large family and seems to truly enjoy it. My dh and I considered it and realized that it we could take two really nice vacations per year for that price (Disney & cruise). Another friend did the vacation club and backed out of it after 3 yrs cause they felt they were throwing away their money.

even after its psid off the yearly fees are SO MUCH>

No one cleans your room during your stay is a big con to me.

Message edited 4/24/2011 6:10:34 AM.

Posted 4/24/11 6:09 AM
 

Mill188
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Re: disney vacation club

I've owned my DVC for about 7 years now. My sister and I bought it together.

We purchased a total of 270 "points." I think at the time we paid $96 a point, so it was approximately $26,000 - or $13,000 each. Yearly dues and maintenance run about $1,000, so approximately $500 a year each.

We use it all the time and definitely have made it worth while for us to own. Between the two of us last year alone, we spent 23 nights in Disney on different trips. It we stayed at a deluxe resort for 23 nights the mininum room cost would be $9,200 ($400 x 23).

However, it is like any other timeshare. You have to USE it to make it worth while.

DVC now trades with RCI so we have used our points to go other places too (a night in NYC, Arizona, etc.).

If you're looking at it as an investment, it's not a good deal. If you are looking at it that you are prepaying vacations for the rest of your life, it's a different story.

Posted 4/25/11 11:37 AM
 

LINewbie
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Re: disney vacation club

It really depends on how much you go to WDW. If you are planning on going often enough that it will save you money in the long run, then it is worth it. they say if you go every three years.

DH and I own at bay lake tower and love it. I also love that we can stay at any of the other dvc properties too.

Posted 4/26/11 4:46 PM
 

montimom
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Misha

Re: disney vacation club



If you're looking at it as an investment, it's not a good deal. If you are looking at it that you are prepaying vacations for the rest of your life, it's a different story.



Totally agree with this statement! We have owned for 10 years now.
Pros: Love having suites and kitchens where we stay, it has gotten really difficult to stay in a regular hotel room now with 3 kids! You get kind of spoiled with the space. Love that it makes us take a vacation every year. Love that I can use it at other resorts around world. Love that I can pick and choose when to go and which resort to stay in (for the most part).
Cons: Hate that its pricey, especially the last few years--Disney has given away so many deals over the last few years like extra nights, free dining, kids free, etc. that it would have been cheaper to not have DVC--assuming that will change again with economy! Hate the annual fees, mine are over $1000. Hate the fact that DVC members get just about no extra perks at all. A few discounts on some of the restaurants and shops but hardly worthwhile. This bothers me so much that they don't offer something--like discounted tickets or discounts to special events, something to make you feel like its worthwhile. And lastly, hate that it is only good for a limited number of years, not like other timeshares that you can pass down.

But we DO go every year and I love Disney so overall I am glad we have it.

Posted 4/26/11 11:08 PM
 

LINewbie
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Re: disney vacation club

Posted by montimom



If you're looking at it as an investment, it's not a good deal. If you are looking at it that you are prepaying vacations for the rest of your life, it's a different story.



Hate the fact that DVC members get just about no extra perks at all. A few discounts on some of the restaurants and shops but hardly worthwhile. This bothers me so much that they don't offer something--like discounted tickets or discounts to special events, something to make you feel like its worthwhile. And lastly, hate that it is only good for a limited number of years, not like other timeshares that you can pass down.

you do get a GREAT discount on APs... but regular ticket discounts would be nice!

And to clarify your last point - it is only good for a number of years (50 from when it was first offered i think?) but you CAN pass it down to your children.

Posted 5/4/11 2:15 PM
 

WNA01
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Re: disney vacation club

thank u we decided it is definitely right for us. we just bought an initial 160 points at bay lake Chat Icon

Posted 5/4/11 3:35 PM
 

Mill188
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Re: disney vacation club

Posted by WNA01

thank u we decided it is definitely right for us. we just bought an initial 160 points at bay lake Chat Icon




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Posted 5/5/11 9:41 AM
 
 

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