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Old 11-07-2018, 11:45 AM   #16
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Ok, I just went to check that out. I couldn't find availability for January - late May for studios (I didn't bother with November/December, as I figured there would be nothing left). However, I could find studios available from 27 May.
I assume you are looking on the Walt Disney World hotel booking site. Cash availability is very different than DVC member inventory.

I'm not going to try explaining availability in detail because it would require 500 words just to touch on the basics. Suffice it to say that people would be very wise to choose a Home resort that they like and don't mind staying at. The recommended procedure is to book one's Home resort as close to 11 months out as possible, then try to switch the reservation to a new destination at 7 months.

If you cannot consistently book 7+ months in advance, DVC is not a wise purchase.

Other than that, it's important to note that DVC only covers the lodging. An entry-level DVC purchase will cost $300-400 per month, if financed, for the loan and annual dues. Then you still have to pay for theme park tickets, transportation to and from Orlando, meals, and all other expenses.

In the long run, DVC will probably enable you to make more frequent *Deluxe* hotel stays, but you will probably end up giving more money to Disney than ever due to the extra costs associated with those visits. If you're accustomed to staying in a Value resort or off-site, DVC probably won't save you anything. Also there are no "free dining" or other promotional offers for DVC points stays.

A hotel guest can schedule their visits when finances allow. DVC owners are locked into paying year-after-year. Renting out points can help recoup some $$$ if there's a period where visits are not practical, but rental revenue will not cover the cost of dues + month payments on a mortgage.

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Old 11-07-2018, 12:54 PM   #17
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I assume you are looking on the Walt Disney World hotel booking site. Cash availability is very different than DVC member inventory. .
Gosh no - I was looking on the DVC member website. I don't remember the last time I looked at the hotel booking site. In fact, I'm not even sure I could find it, we've been DVC members for so long!
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Sometimes, I think DVC should be named something that sounds more weighty and serious.

Calling it a club suggests you can simply withdraw from membership if it doesn’t work out for you.

I once saw someone ask advice about financing DVC who was advised to think of it as Disney Vacation Mortgage instead, explaining that it’s easy to gloss over the implications until something happens rendering you unable to afford the payments.

Tim’s advice is very sound, IMO.
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We joined in 2010 (BLT) and have never regretted it for a moment. We now also own at Boardwalk Villas as well.

I would say there are a couple of cons: One is that keeping track of points, use years, banking and borrowing, etc., gets complicated and sometimes tedious. It's easy to live in fear of somehow losing track of your hard-earned points!

Second, it does kind of tie you down to Disney. Especially if you have somewhat limited funds, be aware this will make it much harder to take real vacations elsewhere. Be sure you are a Disney addict!

But on the whole, it is truly wonderful. Good luck with your decision!
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Gosh no - I was looking on the DVC member website. I don't remember the last time I looked at the hotel booking site. In fact, I'm not even sure I could find it, we've been DVC members for so long!
Sorry...somehow I thought your post was written by OP. Apologies.

To expand on the topic of availability a little more:

- There WILL be times where it's difficult for a DVC owner to book on anything less than 11 months notice

- If there is availability left at 7 months, it's often gobbled up within days or hours (or minutes) by non-owners at the resort

- The traditional "busy" times for the theme parks do not always apply to DVC reservations. Some buyers make the mistake of thinking "I'm not going during spring break or the summer, so I shouldn't have any problem getting what I want!" DVC owners tend to avoid the high crowds, gravitating toward slower periods like the fall (Sept - early December.)
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DVC owners tend to avoid the high crowds, gravitating toward slower periods like the fall (Sept - early December.)
Also when we “starter home points” people go unless we want to borrow—cheap season!

(Makes note to self: Must save change to add on points. )
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Not trying to muddy up the water too much but I thought I should show an alternative since the OP did say they may be looking at buying into a non-DVC time share. Here is our experience over the past few years with non-DVC time shares. My wife and I own two time shares (not DVC) in Virginia. We bank our weeks and points each year and then draw on the banked time to fulfill our travel needs. Over the past 4 years, (on an annual basis) we have used the time to stay 6 to 8 weeks in a one or two bedroom unit in Kissimmee. {Two times we have exchanged into DVC. One at Wilderness lodge and one at Saratoga Springs (both one bed room units.) In each case, we stayed a week and then moved over to our normal resort.} The rest was at a resort only a few miles from the main gate on World Drive across the street from Celebration. In addition, we usually stay a week at both of our home resorts in Virginia, plus one week in Williamsburg and at least one week in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area in Tennessee. Because we are using banked time, we do have to pay exchange fees for each stay and sometimes we have to pay an amenity fee. We compared our use pattern to what we could get using DVC and to see how many points we would need to accomplish the same amount of travel. We found that the points total would be well beyond our reach since we would need several thousand points. With the current estimated price per point being in the range of $160 and the maintenance fees running about $5 per point, it was well beyond our budget. By the Way, we do NOT always travel in the off or cheap seasons. Our current plans are to be at the resort in Kissimmee from the 8th to the 22nd of December. Next will be from February 17 to March 3, 2019 with a possible extension for the next week since Madre Gras is on the 5th. We are Disney annual passholders so we get free parking at the parks and our resort does not charge for parking. We do drive since we live in NC.
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