I am most certainly not a DVC expert, but we just purchased in April, so I can remember some things… :laugh:
First, you decide how many points you want to purchase, based on the number of nights you typically stay, what time of year you typically go, and which resort you want to stay in.
Once you’ve decided that, you have your purchase price. There is a minimum of 10% down.
Yes, there is a monthly payment if you choose to finance through Disney. There are also annual resort maintenance fees. These are calculated based on the number of points you purchase and vary from resort to resort. These can also be paid monthly if you choose.
I know there are some good deals right now if you want to purchase at Saratoga Springs. They are trying to sell it out real fast so they can concentrate on Animal Kingdom. We didn’t want SSR as our home resort, but the deals allowed us to buy more points, which will help us in the future.
We haven’t stayed in DVC yet, first time coming up in October, but we thought it was worth it because we know that we want every vacation for the next few years to be to WDW. We wanted to have room for our family of 5, plus the full kitchen and laundry right in the room. We truly wanted a “home away from home” and feel like DVC is the right choice for us. Plus, there are other discounts available to DVC members, such as annual passes, dining discount cards, etc. We are ecstatic to have joined the DVC family!
The cost per month/year depends totally on the number of points you purchase. The points cost a certain amount per point.
Each night of your stay “costs” so many points. Friday and Saturday nights are always more, the size of your room matters, the resort matters, the time of year matters, etc. So, you just have to look at the chart they provide and see how many points your proposed trip would “cost.”
The nice thing about DVC is they allow you to bank and borrow points. For example, if you have 200 points in 2008, but aren’t planning on taking a trip in 2008, you can “bank” those points to use in 2009. So, you’d then have 400 points to use in 2009. OR, if you aren’t planning to go in 2009, but are going in 2008, you can “borrow” points from your 2009 use year. Does that make sense? So, even if you only have 200 points, if you need 214, you can borrow 14 points from next year. It really adds to the flexibility.
Plus, if you buy now, they are throwing in an extra year’s worth of points. We purchased in April 2008, but as an incentive, they gave us the amount of points equal to what we purchased in 2007 points. So, our trip in October is actually using banked 2007 points, and we haven’t even touched our 2008 points!
Our DVC rep was Anne Middlemiss and was a pleasure to work with. I’d just give her a call at 888-889-3819 and she’d be happy to send you the information.
Well first off- your payment is based on how much you finance. You need 10% down to do it through disney and its based on down payment and term. Kind of like how much a car payment would be.
Second- the points are like a big gift card. Different times of the year and different days have different costs of points. Depending on when you decide to go you will be spending so many points from your magic gift card. If there is some left over you can bank it and add it to the next gift card and if you need more you can borrow from the next one. How much depends on the size of the room, the location of the resort and the days that you stay.
Is it worth it? Well Im a very frugal person and I have hemmed and hawed over this for a long time. But in the end we were paying so much for the rent of two rooms each trip and in the end had nothign left to show for it but pictures… it was not worth blowing that cash anymore. Then we stayed for the first time there and it was unreal- it was 10x nicer than I ever thought and it was so relaxing. Im kicking myself now. I can also take it anywhere I want to go wether it is here in CT or over seas to Europe- they trade with interval international and it is highly prized and worth a lot to trade.
if you have anymore questions feel free to pm me. (I wont pm you since rumor has it that if you ask dvc questions, the world pm’s you for the referral)
Right now, you can only purchase SSR or AKL. I want to say our points at SSR were something like $108/point, with a $10/pt credit. So, ultimately, $98/pt. I also believe the min amount of points you have to buy is 160.
If you really wanted Beach Club, you could do DVC by resale, or get on a wait list through DVC, but that’s a whole other thread…
You almost have it!! Once you buy points at SSR or AK, that would be your home resort. You can book a vacation up to 11 months before at your home resort using your points. If you want to stay at another DVC resort (SSR,
AK, BWV, HH, BCV, etc…) you can use your points and book 7 months in advance - depending on availability. You can also use your points at over 500 destinations around the world. Also, the points you buy will be good for over 45 years. So it is well worth it.
For instance: this year alone, I used 11 nights in a studio at Boardwalk in May and then i have 8 nights in October in a 2 bedroom villa at the Boardwalk. The cost to rent these rooms for that many nights is over $8500 - I used 1 1/2 years worth of points for these trip combined. So you can see, after 45 years, you would save tons of money.
I suggest you do make an appointment with a DVC cast member. It is not a HARD sale, and they don’t pressure at all. They don’t need to, because it is a very good deal. I’m very happy to answer any questions you have - but theres nothing like talking to the DVC cast members and getting a tour.
Everyone here has given you good information.
The cost per point is differnt for SSR than AKV, slightly higher at AKV.
My advice, as will be the advice of many others- buy where you’d want to stay. That’s the most important thing. Because having that 11 month advantage mens less availability at other resorts at 7 months.
Call DVC or visit them while down there - they are definitely the best source of info!
I loved that it was a one time purchase price for 50 years of vacation - the cost of the DVC membership will pay for itself for me over 2 or 3 years.
So worth it!
with inflation,room rates in the long run will increase ,and with that room taxes also…with the dvc you don’t pay room taxes because you own and are not renting ,also it depends on the type of resort you usually stay at the break even point comes MUCH faster if you were staying at moderate or deluxe resorts,if you stay at values then the breakeven point will take longer to raech ,also be aware that dvc charges $95 for non time share bookings ,that is por cbr etc also when you usually go point usage varies during different times of the year
Yeah - I forgot to mention the maintenance fees. I pay about $100 a month (I have 300 points). The more points you have, the more maintenance fees (dues) you will have to pay. So now that I have my points paid off - the cost per year is $1200. The maintenance fees will increase each year. I’m not sure by how much. They can give you an idea if you go in for a tour. You still save tons of money and get to stay in deluxe resorts. We really LOVE it. Can you tell???
You can add points to your membership. The minimum is 25 point add on. You buy them the same way you bought your initial contract. The average cost is $108 per point. You buy them, and then you have them for the life of your contract.
We bought 250 initially, and then added on 50 points a few years ago. Now we have 300 points availabe every year - does that make sense???