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    Is the DVC any good?

    Yeah are they good

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "good." However, DVC's "value" will vary by person to person and situation to situation.
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    oh ok.

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    I find it amusing, but I was going to ask the same question. I guess, a blunt way to put my question: is the DVC really worth the fees they charge?
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    And, I'd most likely answer you the same. I encourage anyone interested in DVC to run the math and decide for themselves. For some people it is a value, due to the size/level of accomodations....others it is a value because it's like having part of your vacation always pre-paid. For others still who routinely stay at values or offsite....they may not see the value and think it is good idea for them. And really, DVC isn't for everyone.

    I'm quite happy with my membership, but I bought back when the points were MUCH cheaper. During these lean times while I'm not working and attending school, we've been still able to go on vacation. We wouldn't have been able to otherwise. I love our rooms, the resorts, the ability to trade out, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribbean Lady View Post
    I guess, a blunt way to put my question: is the DVC really worth the fees they charge?
    For me, the answer is YES!
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    Buying into DVC when we did was a good choice for my husband and I. Although life can be a stretch financially sometimes, it pays for us in that we have a vacation to get away from the chaos that life throws us the rest of the year. We plan to add onto our 350 points someday as well. We are happy with our choice to have family spend time with us at our favorite get away.

    I agree with the other though, you have to weigh the options for your own lifestyle to see if it is a good choice for yourself. It's a personal decision.

    If you were to ask me now if I would do it again given some of the difficult times we have had I would say YES - In a heartbeat! We LOVE LOVE LOVE our DVC membership. Sometimes we call just to hear the magical music!
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    We've been on the fence about joining. I want too real bad, but it takes some $. We have stayed at a DVC and loved it. We're probably staying again next year.
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    I kind of think of it as buying a summer home. Someday I will hopefully be able to talk my DH into doing it. Or I will win one in the YOAMD. That would be so fabulous!
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    yeah

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    What is the cost to join the DVC?
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    From AllEar's site
    Disney Vacation Club: A Primer

    What does it cost to become a member?

    Initial purchase: The current price to purchase ownership in the DVC, from the DVC, is $104 per point with a 160-point minimum. (The cost for current owners looking to purchase additional points is $101 per point.) There are often various incentives offered, usually in the form of a discount. Points for all resorts other than the Animal Kingdom Villas and Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, when inventory is available, can usually be had for a reduced price. Points can sometimes be purchased through a resale agent for less than the current DVC retail price.

    Interest: When purchasing through the Disney Vacation Club, financing the cost of membership is an option. The DVC offers one, three, five, seven and 10-year plans.

    Annual Dues: Annual dues are paid yearly and are based on the amount of points owned. The 2007 fees ranged from $4.12 per point at Saratoga Springs to $5.63 per point at Vero Beach.

    Exchange fee: A fee of $90 is charged when booking a vacation through the Member Getaways program, and a fee of $75 is charged when booking the Concierge Collection or the Disney Cruise.
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    Thanks Madabella, I found it right after I posted it. Thanks!
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    We're very happy with our DVC membership. if you think you'll be visitng Disney every other year or more frequently it's worth it. it's also very flexible, swapping vacatiosn etc. In many ways it Disney's version of a time share.
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    Membership in the Disney Vacation Club is not for everyone. DVC can make sense financially -- assuming you would always stay in a deluxe resort. If you always stay in a value resort, then it won't -- but that's not an apples-to-apples comparison. The DVC resorts offer deluxe amenities and room size.

    DVC membership might make sense if you meet most or all of these criteria:

    • The cost of membership and dues does not appear to present a financial hardship.
    • You vacation at Walt Disney World frequently: ideally at least once every two years.
    • You plan to continue vacationing at Disney World far enough into the future to make the membership at least break even.
    • You prefer to stay in Deluxe or DVC accommodations and/or you stay a long time (10 days or more per year). If you always stay at a Value resort, or always stay off-site, or you really spend the entire day at the parks away from your hotel, and you don't spend time at the resort itself (other than crashing at the end of the day), then DVC may not be for you.
    • You are able to plan your vacations well in advance -- ideally 7 to 11 months out. If you aren't a planner, don't even look at becoming a DVC member. If you can't plan and book your vacations 11 months in advance, and staying at a particular DVC resort is important, then don't join DVC. If you really don't care which DVC resort you end up with, then it's not an issue.
    • You stay more on weekdays and can limit Friday and Saturday night stays.
    • You can do without daily mousekeeping and room service (of course, you can pay extra and get mousekeeping as a DVC member).
    • You desire more space than a typical resort room (such as a 2 bedroom villa, with full kitchen, living room, 2 bathrooms and jacuzzi suite, and even a washer/dryer).
    • You’re not looking at DVC as an investment or a way to make money (it’s not). It is a decision to prepay, at today's rates, the next several decades of Disney trips.

    If the only consideration is whether it makes financial sense, then maybe you should be staying offsite and only eating offsite as well, since that beats staying onsite. Beyond just the financial considerations, DVC membership is emotionally satisfying (you “own a piece of the magic”), and it gives you a reason to take a vacation at WDW.

    Buying a DVC membership is a rational, financially viable option for some people: namely people who plan to stay in the higher-end accommodations at Walt Disney World on a regular basis.

    Buying into DVC is almost a lifestyle choice. A DVC purchase is a way of committing to an annual Disney vacation with family and friends. For some people, that may outweigh any financial considerations. DVC will pay dividends beyond mere dollars and cents – your return on investment will be the joyous times, the family gatherings, and the experiences of a lifetime.

    Only you can determine if DVC membership makes sense for your situation, based upon your lifestyle and financial capabilities.
    DVC Member - My Home Resorts: BLT, BWV, BCV and VGC


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