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Old 05-25-2018, 01:54 PM   #1
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I have much to tell!! I have a lot going on in my brain right now so I will try my best to be orderly but I can’t make promises here!!

I always know when Muffin is up to something. Yesterday, we were having a normal conversation and he blurted out the following:

“ Would you be willing to give up some stuff like your BMW and our Vegas portion of our trip this summer and our cruise in January?”. I automatically asked him if we were in financial trouble but : That wasn’t it.

I responded with something like, “Why on earth would I do that, then?”

I could see that he was struggling with bringing something up so I said, “ Oh, just spill it!!” Well!

I don’t know if it’s the stress with our parents or Muffin is softening up in his old age but apparently he saw an offer from DVC recently and when he finally broached the subject with me, I could tell he had been mulling it around for a few days. He told me not to go nuts but that I should at least call and inquire about the offer. Then we would need to crunch numbers and decide if at our ripe old age, it would be worth it for us to do.

So after I picked myself up from fainting, I asked him why now?!

He said that he was finally ready to admit that even though he grumbles, he loves WDW as much as I do. He also pointed out that it was not a cheap vacation and that his November show would be in Orlando for the foreseeable future.

Many of you know that I am a huge advocate for joining the DVC. Over the years on each and every trip, I have asked Muffin about joining. We got as far as hearing the presentation for DVC twice but when it came down to it, we just didn’t do it.

I cautiously went into my office and called the number on the website. I spoke with a CM by the name of Aldemar who was amazing! He sent me an email while on the phone with me and answered every single one of my million questions. He worked through pricing with me and walked me through the points chart.

I told him that I needed to relay all of this information to my husband and that I would call him back..........

So Muffin and I spent the next hour going over the various price points. We read reviews good and bad and even checked the resale sites. We crunched numbers in the hope that we would still be able to go to WDW for the next ten years.

Finally, Muffin told me to go for it so I called Aldemar back and was totally ready to commit. The one snafu was that we already had a vacation booked for November. He asked me for my reservation information and said he would call me back. So I waited and waited and waited some more.

Finally, he got back to me and said that he had no idea what was going on the week of November 7-13 but that every single DVC Resort except for OKW was booked solid. This was so disappointing because it’s taken me forever to get Muffin to sign up for this venture and although there is always the possibility of another promotion, it is certainly not guaranteed.

We are hard pressed to give up the WL and the Poly to stay at OKW. Not that anything would be wrong with that but we really wanted to stay at MK resorts for this trip. And isn’t that resort under construction?

On the other hand, we would love to take advantage of the current promotional offer and we don’t relish the thought of spending an extra 4 Grand on the WL and Poly on top of buying into the DVC. We really don’t know what to do.

We have to gather our thoughts over the next few days. Aldemar also promised me he would keep an eye out for me and call me if anything else popped up that week. I am not putting any money down on that front but you never know.

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Oh, Tara! How exciting!

It seems like they should be able to pull a few strings and let you use points for those rooms you already have booked! Especially since it's a matter of "will we do it or not?" I realize the rooms you have now are not in the DVC section, but seems like they should be trying a little harder to make you happy.
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Maybe another trip to the casino is in order!
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Well, I think you know how much we love the DVC and we've never regretted buying in, so I say go for it - if you think it's right for you.

We've stayed at Old Key West on our last couple of trips and had a blast there. It's got such a wonderful community feel to it and you should see the size of the rooms there - they're huge.

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So, if you're looking for an opinion that would sway you away from buying DVC, I think you came to the wrong place. If given the chance, I would buy into DVC in a heartbeat.
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It seems like they should be able to pull a few strings and let you use points for those rooms you already have booked! Especially since it's a matter of "will we do it or not?" I realize the rooms you have now are not in the DVC section, but seems like they should be trying a little harder to make you happy.
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Maybe another trip to the casino is in order!
That is the blessing and the curse of DVC sales people. Aldemar was lovely but honest!! I honestly believe that he tried his best.

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Well, I think you know how much we love the DVC and we've never regretted buying in, so I say go for it - if you think it's right for you.

We've stayed at Old Key West on our last couple of trips and had a blast there. It's got such a wonderful community feel to it and you should see the size of the rooms there - they're huge.

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So, if you're looking for an opinion that would sway you away from buying DVC, I think you came to the wrong place. If given the chance, I would buy into DVC in a heartbeat.
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Just stayed at OKW in April. I think it was our third or fourth time there. It is beautiful and as said before, the villas are huge! We had no problem with the bus system, there is a boat to Disney Springs, and it's absolutely awesome!!!

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But isn't it pretty far from everything?
Well, it's not far from Disney Springs. We used it as a base to head offsite in fairness, but it's not that far from Epcot or the Studios - don't forget, we always have a rental car, due to all the problems we've had over the years with Disney buses.
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Just stayed at OKW in April. I think it was our third or fourth time there. It is beautiful and as said before, the villas are huge! We had no problem with the bus system, there is a boat to Disney Springs, and it's absolutely awesome!!!

Best wishes in your decision process. Don't give up!
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Well, it's not far from Disney Springs. We used it as a base to head offsite in fairness, but it's not that far from Epcot or the Studios - don't forget, we always have a rental car, due to all the problems we've had over the years with Disney buses.
We love DS but we never get a rental car anymore. We will see what shakes down.
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The Saga Continues

So! When I last left off, we were trying to decide whether or not to wait until November to buy in. We researched OKW and went back and forth about the pros and cons of staying there. In addition, we looked at tons of images and I even read Muffin what both Cheryl and Barb said in their posts. We decided that we are leaning in this direction but have to clarify a few things first.

At the same time, we went back and forth about how many points to buy. Of course, I wanted to buy alot of points and Muffin wanted to buy the bare minimum to be able to book a deluxe studio so we pulled up the points chart again and tried to decide what we would really need to start out.

In the end, we decided to compromise and start out with 150 points. This would allow us to stay in virtually all of the studios with the option of either borrowing a little from the following year or in some cases purchasing additional points if we wanted to upgrade.

Poor Aldemar must be sick of me but I am going to call him again this morning. I have some more questions for him and then we will make our decision as to whether or not we will take the plunge now or wait until November.
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How exciting for you, hope it all works out.
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