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Old 01-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #71
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I wonder about this too. Our trip in Oct, I noticed a bunch of conference folks using DVC.

I also think rooms are taken out of commission due to renovation. It was BWV for like 2+ years, then BCV and now it's OKW with SSR upcoming. We bought DVC in 2006 and for like the first 4 years it seemed there were no renovations happening....until the 2010 at OKW. So maybe that's part of the availability issue.
Perhaps those who were there for a conference were using DVC membership owned by a host or vendor corporation? Disney can't arbitrarily hold rooms for cash; they can only sell those that result from breakage or the remaining % that they own. The renovation theory is very plausible, though!
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:33 PM   #72
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I wonder about this too. Our trip in Oct, I noticed a bunch of conference folks using DVC.

I also think rooms are taken out of commission due to renovation. It was BWV for like 2+ years, then BCV and now it's OKW with SSR upcoming. We bought DVC in 2006 and for like the first 4 years it seemed there were no renovations happening....until the 2010 at OKW. So maybe that's part of the availability issue.
I've used my points for conferences. I've made a deal with my employer that if they would pay for registration and transportation I would donate my lodging.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:22 PM   #73
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We used to go to WDW all the time, then moved to LA and have only been back once since. Now itís mostly Disneyland for us, which we have a love-hate relationship with. Itís awesome! And exasperating!

However buying DVC was one of the best decisions we ever made. We have 25 HHI points, which we bought resale because we wanted to buy VGC and it was going to be offered to DVC owners first and possibly sell out before the general public would even have a chance to buy in. Then the economy tanked and that didnít happen. A year or so later, we bought 85 resale points at VGC for $92/pt.

So glad we have them, itís just the right amount for us. We love our 11 mo booking window but being local, we get surprisingly good use out of our 25 HHI points, since we can be so flexible and just pop down for a single night.

DVC is very user-friendly. Good ability to book online. No fees beyond your MF. And the craziest thing is that it has appreciated in value. Thatís a home run for a timeshare. Banking/borrowing is an amazing feature- we love an occasional trip to AKL or Aulani, every 4-5 years, we bank/borrow to take a non DL trip. And Moonlight Magic??? Cmon, what timeshare adds substantial addition free benefits to owners? Next Nov, Iíll take 4 of my staff from work to DL for 4 hours for free.

We also own Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood/Vistana timeshares. We actually are more Hyatt people as far as what appeals to us, what locations we want to visit. But DVC as a timeshare program is hands-down the pick of our litter.

Would I buy now? Nope, too expensive now for us, given our mixed feelings about DL. But weíre really glad we bought and really donít want to sell, we like our grandfathered in perks too much,
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:01 PM   #74
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Having purchased when we could afford all the 'rest' (air and park tickets), yes I'd do it again - and again - and again. Considering the current cost of the motels annual dues don't bother us.

We're not really planners - I try for one ADR a vacation at a 'bucket list' venue and I'll do FP's at 60 days for the 2 full days at the vacations beginning. We like to relax and as they're just 2 of us we can always eat at the bar - if one venue's bar is full (usually Raglan Road) we move to another. As for the FP's we only try for the parks in walking distance - the rest can wait for another vacation. This way our frustrations stay low.

Even pre-DVC I always reserved a year out (BTW, the soonest you can book with DVC is 11 months vs. 12 months with CRO) and then I'd track specials and change the vacation. So the early booking is our normal. We keep our frustrations low by using our various homes reflective to the part of the year (BC during F&W, etc.) and knowing - after experiencing - that we don't fully enjoy some of the venues (altho, every DVC venue has many positives) so we try for the venue we enjoy the most - which we happen to own.
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