We are not DVC members. Being frequent Disney-goers, we have looked into it several times, but it just doesn’t fit our vacation style. So this is not an anti-DVC post because I definitely see the positives of DVC, especially with the grown in the past few and upcoming years. But being a family with teenagers, this might help.
My sister and I are two years apart. Both being girls, sharing a bed is no problem. We are the standard family of four, which has made traveling very easy for us.
We stayed in the BLT Studio last year, so here is our comparison of DVC studio room vs. standard hotel room:
We had to sleep on a sofa bed, and it was smaller and less comfortable. Even if we upgraded to a one-bedroom DVC room, we would still be stuck on the sofa bed. We’re just two little girls, though (5’2" and 5’0")… I can imagine sofa beds being very uncomfortable for big teenage guys.
Being girls, we spend a lot of time in the morning getting ready. So things like a double vanity or a desk with a mirror really help cut time spent primping. The DVC studio at BLT had a single sink, and it was too high for us. It came up above my waist, so leaning over the counter was difficult. Now, this is just the BLT studio, so I doubt all of them have this problem. But the studio room definitely had less bathroom space than a standard deluxe resort room.
Beyond rooms, a big reason we didn’t buy into DVC ten years ago was because of the resorts available. Most were in the Epcot area, and at the time (still, even), Epcot was our least-frequented park. We prefer to stay in the MK resort area. However, now there is BLT and perhaps another popping up in the next few years.
Also, even though we travel to WDW often, we didn’t want to feel “locked in.” The trade-out options didn’t seem like you got enough bang for your buck. Points get you the most at DVC resorts. However, now there is the Grand Californian and Aulani… and definitely more in the future.
I think the idea of giving your kids honeymoons would definitely be more affordable with DVC. The point charts for Aulani don’t look that outrageous. However, airfare to Hawaii is typically outrageous. And then you have to keep in mind all of those other things you’d want to do… luaus, surfing lessons, helicopter volcano tours… I’ve never been to Hawaii, but my parents honeymooned and anniversary there. Plus I’m a Travel Channel addict. I enjoyed A Millionaire’s Hawaii. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
But the resort is on O’ahu. The resorts there are really nice, and it’s not all touristy like Maui or Waikiki Beach. Maybe one day I will see for myself! :happy: :laugh: