[QUOTE=Mickey Mom;938976]We’ve been to Disney so many times we certainly have considered the DVC, but everytime I crunch the numbers, I don’t see the where the savings is. If you have to pay $673 just in dues every year does it really work out that money is being saved? I’m sure I’m missing something here. Maybe someone can help.
It also seem hard to justify buying in right now when Disney is offering so many resort discounts. Do you get any credits for free stays when offers like the 4/3 deal are out? It seems to me that the DVC is really only a benefit if you only want to stay at Deluxe resorts and if you do not stay for more than a week or so a year.
Please help if I am way off here. I really would like to be a part of the program, I just need to justify it to the finances.[/QUOTE]
Welp, I personally never looked at joining DVC as a way to make life cheaper. I only know that YES I do pay around $650./year on annual dues but I ALSO stay on average 9-12 nights a year at a deluxe Disney resort guaranteed. If I WASN’T a DVC member Daniel and I would only go MAYBE once a year & stay at Pop or at the Moderate resorts (which I dislike) like we did before becoming members.
It’s provides a DIFFERENT way to vacation in WDW/DL, allows you the freedom to go several times a year with LITTLE cash out of pocket (our 9 day June trip is LITERALLY only costing us about $1,800 cash) & there are a lot of other perks like $100 off annual passes (which I love), etc.
I’ve said this before & people can disagree with me 100% but it’s just MY feeling. DVC is a LUXURY. When golfers join a country club they aren’t doing it with the priority to save money on Greens fees, they’re doing it because it’s a lifestyle they love & want to be ‘part of the club.’ If people can afford the luxury it’s a FANTASTIC thing, if not they are probably better off taking advantage of all the great ‘deals’ out there & booking when they can afford it.
I personally have NEVER regretted joining DVC for one moment. I absolutely LOVE being able to call & say “Hey, I wanna go to WDW next month” & then only spending minimal cash on food & airfare. It’s WAY cheaper for us to take a DVC trip than when we do our full on ‘real’ vacations to other destinations in the world.
Cost & worth are two VERY different things.
Just feel it out, get all the info, & you’ll eventually know whether it’s right for your family or not. I don’t think there’s a ‘magic’ answer that fits everyone’s situation.