DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates: Use Year

DVCNews Debates Disney Vacation Club contracts all list a specific Use Year.  The Use Year is a 12-month period during which the contract's points can be used by the owner.  The Use Year can be very important depending upon a member's vacation habits.  Individuals with fairly consistent annual vacation patterns would be best served with a Use Year which immediately precedes their arrival dates.  This allows the greatest flexibility in rescheduling trips (when necessary) and the banking of unused points.  

Some members give a great deal of consideration to a Use Year before buying while others simply take what is offered by DVC or an attractive resale contract. 

Before buying did you target a specific Use Year or simply take whatever was available?  Do you find your Use Year to be a good match for your vacation patterns?


DVCNews Debates: Buyer's Remorse

DVCNews DebatesAny Disney Vacation Club purchase is a pretty big financial commitment.  At today's prices the minimum 160-point buy-in will run $15,000 or more, plus hundreds more in annual dues.  Additionally buyers are committing to decades of theme park tickets, travel expenses, vacation dining expenses and so on.  

 Topic: Have you ever experienced buyer's remorse following a DVC purchase or add-on?


DVCNews Debates: ADRs 90 Days

DVCNews DebatesWalt Disney World recently altered its policy regarding Advanced Dining Reservations.  Previously guests were able to make most dining reservations 180 days in advance of their arrival.  Now reservations are limited to 90 days in advance. 

Disney Vacation Club members would seem to benefit from a longer window given the planning reqired to book accommodations up to 11 months in advance.  However many found it difficult to plan their meals as much as 6 months in advance.

 Topic: What do you think of the reduction in the ADR window from 180 days in advance to 90 days in advance?


DVCNews Debates: Economy vs. Luxury

DVCNews DebatesSimilar Disney Vacation Club accommodations can often go for very different nightly point rates depending upon the resort and room class.  For instance, a Studio villa at Disney's Old Key West Resort costs at little as 8 points per night in Adventure Season while a comparable unit with a Magic Kingdom View at the Bay Lake Tower is 17 points per night.  With many options available ranging from economical to luxurious, it raises the question of which approach members prefer and why.

 Topic: Do you tend to favor the cheapest resorts available when booking or target specific resorts and/or views regardless of the cost?


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