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    Anyone with first hand experience with DVC?

    So, I really am sorta interested in looking at the DVC more seriously, probably with my next trip to WDW likely in a year or two. I didn't get to their whole tour guide on my most recent trip, but it's always been something on my mind that I'd like to do eventually, and with a likely incoming promotion and such, I'll probably have a firmer financial footing to seriously consider this as I know I won't have my dad to bum around all the time for cheaper fares at Shades of Green (and let's face it, having stayed there for 5/6 trips, it is getting a bit old).

    So what I'm curious about is, how do other members like it? The points based system seems reasonable, granted I really haven't looked much at all at timeshares and other things in general so I'm trying to educate myself more on them, but are y'all generally happy with DVC if you have it? What sorts of problems have you had if you were dissatisfied with it? My main concern is, as I'm a single guy, this seems like a rather expensive option just for me unless I bring along friends/other family; is it mostly families that look at it, or are there other general singles who like Disney enough to want to become a member? And what other perks do they give, I know speaking with a kiosk person you get discounts on tickets and such, and I guess the stores must give one as that's about the first thing they all ask, but yeah...having not done their guide, I'm not really sure what the other perks are. And if no one minds discussing, what do the annual fees look like as well, I know they vary depending on your "home" property, and that there's a one-time initial fee too, and monthly fees...is there any other costs that aren't as obvious?

    Thanks for any advice you guys might have


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    Overall I am very happy with our Kidani Village DVC purchase. Me more so than my wife. I believe that we are currently ahead of the game although the yearly dues continue to chip away at the financial benefit of buying into DVC. And that is the one downside that I would warn people about. Depending on how many points you buy the yearly dues is significant and eats into the reasons for buying into a time share.
    Another thing that was kind of weird, for the first few years of being DVC owners it seemed like we were treated differently by cast members. Differently meaning we felt like second class citizens. It was odd and we have asked around about it but haven't gotten a good reason for it. It seems to have lessened over the years but it was pretty bizarre.
    And my final thought is that we would buy more points today if it wasn't for the annual dues.


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    That is pretty odd, about the first question I got at the register was are you part of DVC or have other discounts whenever I went to buy things; seems odd they'd treat you as second class back then especially when it was a newer program, you'd think it'd be the opposite.

    But yeah, the annual due thing is what sounds scariest to me because I dunno what that cost looks like; do you happen to have a general figure of what to expect it to be? I mean, something in like the $1k range a year is what I sorta thought of in my mind, but if it's something significantly higher, that's no bueno for me...


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    Quote Originally Posted by xezat View Post
    That is pretty odd, about the first question I got at the register was are you part of DVC or have other discounts whenever I went to buy things; seems odd they'd treat you as second class back then especially when it was a newer program, you'd think it'd be the opposite.

    But yeah, the annual due thing is what sounds scariest to me because I dunno what that cost looks like; do you happen to have a general figure of what to expect it to be? I mean, something in like the $1k range a year is what I sorta thought of in my mind, but if it's something significantly higher, that's no bueno for me...
    Yes, ours are close to $800 a year. And we bought at Kidani. I just read in a trip report that Hilton Head members had a big surcharge due to storm damage and I think that can affect yearly dues. Even major unexpected maintenance could up the dues. It definitely wouldn't hurt to sit down with a DVC sales person and talk it over with them. As far as the way we were treated, I still can't explain it. We do enjoy the "Welcome Home" greeting when we get it. And most of the time, when we are in the parks or other places no one can even tell we are DVC or not. So we get treated pretty darn good usually. And we try and treat others the same way.
    I am sorry you aren't getting more responses to your questions. We usually have great conversations about the pros and cons with DVC people we meet at WDW.
    Last edited by wdwchuck; 05-23-2017 at 07:48 PM. Reason: more to say

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