Membership in the Disney Vacation Club is not for everyone. I consider it a luxury purchase. Some people decide to become DVC members while others don’t.
[B]How did you determine that DVC made sense for your family? [/B]
Here is the criteria I used back when I made my decision:
[li]The cost of membership and dues did not appear to present a financial hardship.
[/li][li]I vacationed at Walt Disney World frequently: ideally at least once every two years.
[/li][li]I planned to continue vacationing at Disney World far enough into the future to make the membership at least break even.
[/li][li]I preferred to stay in Deluxe accommodations and I typically spend a good amount of time enjoying the resort and its ameneties
[/li][li]I am able to plan my vacations well in advance (i.e., at least 11 months out)
[/li][li]I can do without daily mousekeeping (of course, you can pay extra and get mousekeeping as a DVC member).
[/li][li]I desired more space than a typical resort room (such as a 1 bedroom villa, with full kitchen, separate living room, whirlpool tub, and even a washer/dryer).
[/li][li]I wasn’t looking at DVC as any sort of financial investment or a way to make money (it’s not).
[/li][/ul]I knew that DVC wasn’t going to be the least expensive way to visit WDW (I could staying offsite and only eat offsite if I wanted that). However, it has turned out to be a lot cheaper than staying at the Deluxe resorts year after year.
Beyond just the financial considerations, I knew that DVC membership was going to be emotionally satisfying as well (I “own a piece of the magic”), and it gives me a reason to take a vacation at WDW.
As it turned out, I am pleased with my decision and I remain a happy DVC member!
[B][I]How 'bout you? Why did you join?[/I][/B]