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Old 03-05-2017, 09:33 PM   #161
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First it might be helpful to know a little more about your family (ages of children?) and how you think you might want to use your DVC.

I would not recommend buying Vero unless you actually want e the points at Vero during peak season. Sure the buy in is low but the MFs are high and given it's location the MFs at Vero have a higher risk of climbing faster. If your plan is to use the points at WDW then you really should buy a WDW resort. Also, if you change your mind and want to sell, contracts at WDW sell very well. The best value at WDW when you consider initial buy in, MFs and expiration date is SSR. There's nothing wrong with starting with 50 points, just be aware that those small contracts are more difficult to find and they sell for a higher cost per point. The most important thing is sticking to a cost number that works with your family finances. If 50 points is what works right now, then stick to 50. If you are comfortable spending a little more, you will get a lower cost per point if you can go over 100 points.

Yes, you can use your DVC points at any DVC resort that has availability at 7 months. DVC is extremely easy to use points at any resort.

No, new resale purchasers cannot get into the special parties or use the EPCOT lounge. They also do not get any discounts. If getting access to the special events is important then you would need to purchase a direct contract. A resale buyer can still purchase the bulk of their points on the resale market. After buying resale these new members have the option to purchase as little as 25 points direct from Disney and then they get all of the perks.

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I've been going to Disney since it opened, and I even moved 20 min from Disney so I could go more often But a few years ago I had to relocate about an hour away, plus I train/show/breed dogs which means if I want to go away for a weekend there is a huge dog boarding expense to consider, so most of my visits are just to Disney Springs for a few hours. So I haven't gone anywhere for about two years. But now I see myself maybe getting away for 2-3 nights, once or twice a year, it would be me, my BF, and possibly my teenage daughter. Since I don't have an employer I am pretty flexible in my vacay dates, but I like to go in October if possible & possibly sometime during the summer. I've stayed at many of the Disney resorts over the years, I can recall when when the contemporary was $100 a night which my dad thought was "a lot" lol. But I've never stayed in any of the DVC rooms. Trying to get a DVC Rez for June right now actually!
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:42 PM   #162
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What do you think a fair price per point for BLT is on a small (50pt or less) contract?
Unfortunately, I can't give you any specific advice there. BLT isn't a good fit for my family so I haven't looked deeply into buying a contract there; I just know that, on average, BLT is a good value. http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=98979 has information about offers people have put in for various resorts. I'm sure someone else who has purchased there recently will also be able to give you insight.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:51 AM   #163
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Thanks for the insight. I didn't mean to imply that it wasn't good, I just noticed the resale prices were lower and some renters specifically say that they don't want SSR, and I was wondering why. I would guess that having to use bus transportation is a big part of renters not wanting it. I would honestly like to have the option of bus transportation at VGF in addition to the boat and the unreliable monorail as of late. The resort looked perfectly nice to me which is why I was confused.
No worries. I am actually happy that SSR is not as popular. I love it when a great product is seen by many as less appealing so I can come in and get a great deal.

Actually, at one time I thought I would not like SSR. Then on one of our rentals it was the only option, so we took it. Very glad we did because we ended up liking it a lot. If we had not been "forced" to stay there, when the time came to purchase I wouldn't have even considered it. That rental of having no choice but to stay at SSR ended up saving us quite a bit of money when it came time to buy.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:01 PM   #164
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Do the table service restaurants not always open for reservations at 180 + 10? I was trying to make a Hollywood and Vine res for september and there was 0 availability past 9/3.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:02 PM   #165
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Do the table service restaurants not always open for reservations at 180 + 10? I was trying to make a Hollywood and Vine res for september and there was 0 availability past 9/3.
It's not terribly unusual for that to happen and a restaurant to not get their times loaded right at the 180 mark. Just keep checking.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:16 PM   #166
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Do the table service restaurants not always open for reservations at 180 + 10? I was trying to make a Hollywood and Vine res for september and there was 0 availability past 9/3.
Are you checking in on 9/3, or are you checking in prior to that? If you are checking in on 9/3, your 180 day mark is tomorrow - you won't see any availability yet.

If you are checking in prior to 9/3, are you seeing availability beyond 9/3 at other restaurants? If so, then it is likely an issue with the loading of the reservations onto the system (that has been known to happen). If you are seeing nothing beyond 9/3 anywhere, however, you want to double check that your lodging reservation is properly linked to your account.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:20 PM   #167
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Are you checking in on 9/3, or are you checking in prior to that? If you are checking in on 9/3, your 180 day mark is tomorrow - you won't see any availability yet.

If you are checking in prior to 9/3, are you seeing availability beyond 9/3 at other restaurants? If so, then it is likely an issue with the loading of the reservations onto the system (that has been known to happen). If you are seeing nothing beyond 9/3 anywhere, however, you want to double check that your lodging reservation is properly linked to your account.
Checking in prior to 9/3 and have made reservations for after that at other locations. It's just H&V I'm having issues with. I don't usually book at 6mo for things except BOG and Cindy's, so haven't run into this before. I'll wait a few days and see
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:55 PM   #168
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Real, real newbie question!!

What is the advantage of renting DVC points vs. taking traditional route and going through my AAA rep??
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #169
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Real, real newbie question!!

What is the advantage of renting DVC points vs. taking traditional route and going through my AAA rep??
Accommodations could be nicer (all DVC rooms are considered "deluxe" accommodations by Disney). Studios have a kitchenette, 1, 2, 3 bdrm villas have full kitchens and washer/dryer in the suites. Your DVC room *may* be less expensive than booking with AAA or other travel companies. To know, you would have to compare the two.
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What is the advantage of renting DVC points vs. taking traditional route and going through my AAA rep??


Also.... welcome to MouseOwners! I see this is your first post.
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