Timeshare Remodels Seem Better

I have been in quite a few of the DVC resorts before, and after their refurbishments.  The resorts do appear, and look different.  The latest refurbishment we were around for was Old Key West.  The most recent resort we stayed in after refurbishment was Animal Kingdom Villas. The rooms seemed to increase in space for some reason.  I am not sure if it was just changes in some of the furniture, or the fact that the tvs are now concealed on what appears to be peerless mounts in the furniture.  I have also found that the mattresses seem more comfortable.

Have you ever stayed at a DVC resort?  Which one?  How did you like it?

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Disney Timeshare Are Quite Authentic

Now that I have owned my timeshare for a few years we have visited quite a few of the resorts in the Disney Vacation Club system. Each of the resorts has their own personalized look to them. There is a broad selection of looks that you can find. I have not caught a glimpse of what the new Grand Floridian DVC resort will look like. My family has stayed at the Grand Floridian, and the atmosphere is very nice, and the look of the resort is very unique.

My family like the Animal Kindgom Lodge. The rooms have a look as if they came straight out of Africa. They may not have rustic dining tables, but they fit with the theme perfectly. If you don’t know it, or have never seen the DVC resorts then you should know that Disney does a spectacular job at revolving their resorts around a specific theme.

The one resort that I haven’t fully figured out is Old Key West. The look of that resort is very similar to the look of the Boardwalk Resort.

What are your thoughts on the DVC Resorts? Do you think that they have done a good job at decorating the resorts?

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Is A Disney Timeshare Worth The Money?


Many years ago I asked this very question.  I had gone to many timeshare tours in Florida, and also Atlantic City.  I knew what kind of money I was spending by going to Disney World 1-2 times per year.  This was calculations based on 2 adults + 1 child in a “Value” resort.  We were spending on average $600-$700 in accomodations.  My mother and father came home one year and told us about the Disney Vacation Club.  Being we had done many timeshare tours in the past we basically tried to tell them what we didn’t want.

My parents showed me where the savings would be, and asked if we would just meet with the guide and see what she could offer.  We agreed to this as long as noone tried to pressure me.  We got there and met with Kelly.  She went over everything and at the end told us to call if we were interested.  My wife was very hesitant at first.  She said that we should just look into houses for rent when we go to Florida.

WAIT… She didn’t try to keep us at the table and sell us on the spot?  No.

After we got home and evaluated everything we called Kelly and told her that we were ready.  She said she would send us all the paperwork to finalize through the mail.  We were very pleasantly surprised at how easy everything went in comparison to the other timeshares that we saw.  Disney financing went through quick, and easy.

Disney Vacation Club accomodations have Studios, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom, and Grand Villas.  Each accomodates a maximum amount.  Each also has a specific set of ammenities included.  The best part is that I get points, and those points can be used at any of the DVC resorts.  I am automatically part of an exchange program so I can go to other places that aren’t part of Disney.

Looking back at our decision I realize that it was one of the wisest things we could do.  We have already made our money back.

Would I do it again…?  Yes.  I would hope to get my hands on any of the original properties only because of the cost.  The cost of the DVC properties has gone up quite considerable since we bought.

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Fun Things To Know About DVC

Since it was founded in 1991, Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has become one of the highest-rated vacation-ownership programs in the industry – and a prime example of how Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is growing its family vacation business by addressing a broad range of vacation experiences.

DVC was created as a unique experience for guests who like to return to Walt Disney World Resort on an annual basis and stay for longer periods of time.  It has quickly grown to include a wide range of vacation offerings, currently boasting 10 properties both inside and outside Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Members access their vacation club ownership through a highly flexible vacation point system that allows them to tailor vacations to their personal needs.  Members receive an annual allotment of vacation points that can be used in a variety of ways for different types of accommodations.
In 2009, DVC reached a company milestone, with more than 420,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and every U.S. state having made a long-term commitment to unforgettable vacations.
Fun Facts
·        DVC has doubled its membership since 2003 to include more than 420,000 member families from each U.S. state and approximately 100 different countries.
·        Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas feature intricate African-inspired details and home-like amenities, and many vacation villas offer sweeping views of an expanded savanna inhabited by a variety of African animals.
·        At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a horse-racing fanfare can be heard across the resort every hour on the hour signaling the top of the hour to amused members and guests.
·        A special room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge houses a collection of train memorabilia and artwork, including an exhibit featuring two of Walt Disney’s personal scale-model railroad cars.
·        There are 167 miles of post-tensioning cable running through Bay Lake Tower’s concrete slabs.  These cables could stretch from Bay Lake Tower to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and back.
·        Environmental sensitivity was extremely important to Disney Imagineers while constructing the new Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.  As a result, 5,178 tons, or 65.22 percent, of materials from demolition were recycled, including concrete and metals.
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Purchasing A DVC Membership

While there are many different timeshare out there I only recommend DVC (Disney Vacation Club).  I own a DVC membership, and I have been on tours of many other timeshares that are available.  Most of the other timeshares are very high pressure, and on top of that you get “Weeks” to use.  With Disney you get “Points.”  Here is some things to account for if you have considered purchasing a DVC membership. 

  • Figure out roughly how many trips you want to take a year.
  • Come up with an idea of how many people will be going majority of the time.
  • Decide what kind of accomodations you will want.

These things are important to know because if you are single, or married, and only need basic accomodations, then that is a studio.  If you have kids going, and you want to save money by cooking, then a 1 bedroom will work.  The scenarios keep going.  The amount of points is important if you want to go away multiple times, or if you are going to get larger accomodations.

Before you decide on buying you can contact your preferred banking lender with a free credit score, and see what they will charge you for interest, and the loan.  If you don’t want to do that, then you can just leave it in the hands of Disney Vacation Club.  Their rates are pretty good, and I haven’t heard of a lot of people being declined the credit.

After all is said and done you will be able to vacation roughly 2-3 months later.  There are usually some sort of promotions going on if you purchase, so watch out for the deals.

Email me if you want to get in touch with a DVC rep. like ours, Kelly Jo.  Kelly Jo will make sure you get all the information you need, and you will be very happy with the level of service that you get.

If you have DVC, then what do you think of it thus far?

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