My parents have been taking me to Disney World since I was just a toddler. We stayed at the Grand Floridian majority of the time, and we were on the Gold Key Plan. Eventually Disney stopped offering that plan.
My parents eventually bought into Disney Vacation Club. We still vacationed on money for quite some time. After they took me, wife, and daughter to Disney World, and we stayed in a DVC villa I saw what a savings this could be.
We toured some of the other Florida timeshare properties. We were not happy. We took one final journey into the DVC sales office. After speaking with Kelly Jo we decided that we needed to think a bit more. To our astonishment Kelly Jo didn’t pressure us one bit. As a matter of fact she told us that she would give us some paperwork to look over, and if we were interested we could call, and do everything through the mail.
The other timeshare presentations were high pressured, and just as a note… the FREE food is absolutelly the worst. (Hot Dogs, and soda are what we were given at the last timeshare presentation we went to prior to purchasing Disney Vacation Club (DVC).
We went home, and I did a lot of number crunching. The wife, and I decided that this was definitelly an opportunity for us to take advantage of. We initially purchased 150 points. Later on we added 50 more.
Since we became DVC owners we have gone on more trips to Disney World. We also used the points to go on Disney Cruise once, and also stayed at Vero Beach once. All together we have hit the savings already.
We go to Old Key West majority of the time, and stay in a 1 bedroom villa. On occassion we will stay at either the Boardwalk, or Saratoga Springs. Granted we almost always vacation in Disney at Value times.
My daughter of 9 absolutelly loves going to Disney, as we don’t work on a schedule, or cram a lot into a day. We have actually started a ritual of going to Disney during Easter. My daughter loves the activities that the DVC resorts have, plus that is one of the only times that she has numerous days out of school.
The reason that the season means a lot is that Disney has structured the points values based on the time of year. Major holidays are “Peak.”
By going as much as we do, we have found that purchasing an Annual Pass works best if you are going to vacation in Disney at least 2 times within the 364 days. DVC members get a discount on their Annual passes.
We successfully get to see each of the parks during each trip. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios (Hollywood Studios).
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