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Old 05-26-2018, 10:11 AM   #16
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Yes sir!!


We did it!!!

We are now official DVC members!!!!! We are booked in at OKW for our vacation week and are waitlisted for Copper Creek and the Polynesian. We are so so so so happy!!!!

Muffin (You know, the guy it took me 20 years to talk into DVC ) is already saying that we can split our points between November and summer with Logan! I’ve already received my member website information and can now access all of the DVC information which you can bet I will be poring over!!

Did I happen to mention that we are very happy?!?!?!

We had to, of course, cancel our reservations for the WL and Poly and we may need to cancel and/or switch around some ADRS but we are just fine with that!!

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So excited for you! OKW is a lovely resort! We stayed there in January and loved it.
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Hooray!! I too was the first to want to buy into DVC and it took for us to take 5 trips within 16 months for DH to agree - wholeheartedly!!! We have 300 points, all at SSR and have stayed at almost all of the WDW DVC resorts. In fact we finished paying off both contracts within the last year. Congrats to you and Muffin!
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Thanks, Donna!! The more you guys tell me that, the better I feel. I guess it's fear of the unknown.

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Hooray!! I too was the first to want to buy into DVC and it took for us to take 5 trips within 16 months for DH to agree - wholeheartedly!!! We have 300 points, all at SSR and have stayed at almost all of the WDW DVC resorts. In fact we finished paying off both contracts within the last year. Congrats to you and Muffin!
Well, better late than never, right?! Thanks, Barb!!!
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Okay, so I already have a question:

Our home resort is Copper Creek. If we wanted to try and stay there next summer with Logan and our points left for this year are 82,my understanding is that I have up until the end of July to bank those points and that after December that would give us 232 points to use in 2019. Also, if we wanted to try for Copper Creek next July, we could book it as early as this August.

Is all of that correct?


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Congrats! Just wait until you check in and they tell you ‘Welcome home!’ for the first time. You’ll cry! Or maybe that’s just me....

Yes, always pay attention to banking windows! After being members for 14 years, I screwed that up for the first time and have 4 points stranded for the use Year about to end. Happy it wasn’t more!
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Yes, always pay attention to banking windows! After being members for 14 years, I screwed that up for the first time and have 4 points stranded for the use Year about to end. Happy it wasn’t more!
I can't wait for that and I am most certain it will make me cry! Thanks for the advice!!
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Don't feel bad, I still sometimes get confused with the points. Have to keep reminding myself that the new points arrive in August each year, and that 2018 really goes from August 2018 - August 2019. Hard to wrap my head around that sometimes. I of course have a spread sheet to keep track of our points. We have our original contract of 100 points, because we bought the bare minimum, and our resale contract of 60 points, so I need to see it on paper to figure out what we have.
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Congratulations and WELCOME HOME!!!

It took me only 5 years to convince Dave it wasn't a scam and we would get our use out of it! It took the birth of his first grandchild for him to see the error of his ways! We have 500 points at SSR, we love SSR, it's not 'out in the boonies' really, it's not wedded to a single park and is really kind of centrally located, and is right next to OKW. In fact, the Lake Buena Vista golf course connects the two!
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Don't feel bad, I still sometimes get confused with the points. Have to keep reminding myself that the new points arrive in August each year, and that 2018 really goes from August 2018 - August 2019. Hard to wrap my head around that sometimes. I of course have a spread sheet to keep track of our points. We have our original contract of 100 points, because we bought the bare minimum, and our resale contract of 60 points, so I need to see it on paper to figure out what we have.
That's good to hear, Donna! I thought it was just me!!

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It took me only 5 years to convince Dave it wasn't a scam and we would get our use out of it! It took the birth of his first grandchild for him to see the error of his ways! We have 500 points at SSR, we love SSR, it's not 'out in the boonies' really, it's not wedded to a single park and is really kind of centrally located, and is right next to OKW. In fact, the Lake Buena Vista golf course connects the two!
These boys!! They do come around eventually, though! We are so excited!!!!
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