Friday, March 5, 2010

Disney Vacation Club

My husband and I first took our two little girls to Disney three years ago. It was a last minute decision, literally, and we didn’t know what to expect. My husband is a hard working man and we don’t see him as often as we’d like. So our impromptu week at Disney was like finding Heaven on Earth. Not only did the kids get to experience Disney magic for the first time, but they also got their daddy’s undivided attention for an entire week! We stayed on Disney property at a moderate resort and we instantly fell in love with the idea of more Disney vacations. As we traveled the World, we realized that although our resort was great, Disney property could be even greater. But as we longed to experience an even grander Disney resort, we knew that the price was a bit (or a lot) too steep. Thanks to Disney’s Vacation Club, or the DVC, my family now gets to experience the magic of Disney every year! With this experience, we now stay only at the top of the line resorts and get treated like Disney royalty.


The DVC is a timeshare, but run Disney style. With this timeshare you can pick anytime and anywhere you want to take your vacation. Since you buy points, rather than weeks, you can even divide your points to take several vacations a year. You are also able to bank points you would like to save, or borrow from a different year if you are planning an extra long vacation. The DVC has a costly buy in, but after doing the math, we will have paid it off in about 6 ½ vacations. This year we will be staying at either the Animal Kingdom Resort or the new Bay Lake Tower resort. Without the DVC, one night at the Animal Kingdom (one-bedroom, Savanna View) would cost us $550 or $4,331 for the week. One night at Bay Lake Towers (one-bedroom, standard view) would cost us $480 or $3,780 for the week. This year our annual dues were $650. That means that we will be staying in one of these fabulous resorts for one week at only about $100 more than a single night. It doesn’t get better than that! If you love Disney and are interested in the DVC go to http://dvc.disney.go.com/dvc/index  or feel free to email me any questions you may have at betweenthelines-kam@hotmail.com . I can refer you to a great sales rep who never calls or bothers you at home (unless of course you ask her to). And as they say in Disney World, Have a Magical Day!

38 comments:

Audrey said...

Lucky you!! I wish we'd know about this 15 years ago :) My kids are too old now to want to visit Disney.
Following you back!!

Shirley R. said...

Stopping in from Friday Follow! Have a great day! I am a new follower

Deb said...

Thanks for the friday follow...following you back :)

Misty said...

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sheila said...

Get this one....we went to disney in 01 (flying through priceline, hotels through the entertainment book - 5 star)...total cost for my fam of 5? Including park hopper tickets, food, flying, hotel, everything?
$3000.00

I thought that was great! I'd love to go back and see the Harry Potter thing now that the kids are all older.

pixie13 said...

Thanks for the follow & am now following you back. Have a great weekend!

Yellow House Knits said...

I haven't been to Disney in years. How fun for you!

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Tara said...

Thanks for linking up. Following you back!

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Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I have tried to look into this myself but I have the bad luck of living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Disney folk told me that I can buy in but they can't mail information to BC - I would have to fly down to them! :P Not really that easy. I'm still hoping I can get down there within the year and talk to them in person. It sounds like a great idea.

Thanks for following. I'm following now too.

Nancy from The Affordable Mouse said...

Kel what a great blog. I truly enjoyed looking through it and enjoyed the stories too! ;)

Could not agree more about DVC: we joined in Jan. 2005 and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Since our first Disney trip when my daughter was 7, we have been in love with the place ever since....and she is 19 now lol!

Keep up the great blog, I will enjoy future posts!

Kel said...

Nancy, I'm so glad that your famil has enjoyed the DVC so much. I'm looking forward to many more wonderful years with my family!

Kel said...

Marilyn, Some of my family had the same problem because they live in Hawaii. But they just signed up on their next trip down. Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions!

Kel said...

Sheila, What a great deal!!!

Cinde said...

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Oh My Baby said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm following you now too :)

Jen R said...

Found you through the FF. Thanks for stopping by my blog:-)

SquirrelQueen said...

What a great looking blog you have, I can't wait to read more.
Thanks for the follow, I am following you back.

Have a great weekend,
Judy
The Road to Here

Frugal Vicki said...

We have a Disney fund started, I can't wait to take the kids when they get older! Happy FF!

bigguysmama said...

I'll have to mention this to my friend who's planning on going to Disney in the Fall with her family!

Following you now from FFF @ MBC.

~Mimi
http://marvelousmomreviews.blogspot.com

Millennium Housewife said...

Whoa! It's rare I read a post where I actually make some changes! That was great advice, we're still saving to take our kids to the real Disney (as opposed to Disneyland Paris, wet, French with cold food and squeezy cold cheese)but the transatlantic flight + accommodation+wanting to give them the time of their lives is taking some time. I'll have a look at what you've posted and hopefully we'll be there soon!

Brooke@Brooke'sBargains said...

Thanks for stopping by with FF! This DVC is something I'll have to look into, thanks :) and i'm your newest follower!

Frosted Fingers said...

I've been interested in the club but have never looked into it.

thanks for following me!

Kel said...

Feel free to email me any questions you may have. Anything Disney!!!

Ann said...

Our family would love to take a trip to Disneyland. We almost went last summer, but we need to research more (find the best deals!)

Thanks for the follow. If you would like to join my blog for the Friday night party "Virtual Girls Night Out" come on over! It's a fun way to share your blog and visit fellow bloggers.

Hope to see you.

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Jules said...

Just stopping by from Friday Follow. :)

2 little Boys said...

I am returning your FF, thanks for coming by

Laura Ann

Wendy said...

Hi Kel! I'm excited to see your blog! I love the recipes,and your writing is very good! You have a real knack at story-telling! I'm following back from Follow Friday, and I'll be back soon!
Blessings,
Wendy @ Faith's Firm Foundation

Velvet Over Steel said...

Following you from the FF! Great blog!:-) ~ Coreen
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mavericks_mommy said...

Thanks for the Friday Follow!!

Following you back!!

Mavericks mommy

jackie said...

Happy Friday!! We're taking my son to Disney next year. I'm super excited about it.

Thanks for following. I'm following you back.

Linds said...

thanks for stopping by my blog... I am now following you too!

Campos Family said...

Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you back! We can't wait to take a family trip to Disney!

Jack said...

I have thought of joining a few times but never have pulled the trigger.

I do hear good things about it.

Holly said...

Thanks fro the follow...right back at ya! We live din L.A and went to Disneyland all the time (even thought I said I wouldn't)...it is a magical place for kiddos.
Holly
504 Main

bizzimommiofboyz said...

That is an amazing deal!

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One Take On Life - Heather said...

Following you back from FF. That is a great savings. Makes me want to go to Disney world. Thanks for stopping by!