Advantages My own piece of the Magic!
Disadvantages Need to check finances carefully to make sure it works for your family.
As a family we have been lucky enough to holiday at Walt Disney World in Florida several times and on many of these trips we had noticed billboards and badges promoting “Disney’s Best Kept Secret”. In all of the parks there have been stands with Cast Members handing out flyers emblazoned with the same statement under the title of Disney Vacation Club (DVC).For years we walked past these brightly coloured offerings without a second glance and didn’t think anything they were promoting could possibly be of any interest to us.
After searching for some information about Park opening times on the internet I came across a Disney Forum and ended up reading the information posted there about DVC. This scheme is actually the Disney version of Timeshare and the more I read the more interested I became in the idea. We had some money set aside which we had thought of using to help us move house but since there didn’t seem to be anything for us to buy that ticked all the boxes we had decided to stay put whilst the children were at school and the money sat in the bank. I thought that DVC might be a good, long-term use for the money but I decided that I really needed to do my homework first.I spent a long time researching on the internet about owner’s satisfaction as well as how the scheme worked and then eventually ordered a promotional DVD from Disney. To order this I had to give my phone number and the next day I got an unsolicited (but not unexpected) call from a DVC agent. I was surprised to find him informative but not at all pushy; he answered all my questions and suggested that, since we were heading to Florida in a few weeks, we should book ourselves a DVC Tour when we arrived.
I was very surprised that no matter how many Disney owner forums I went on I rarely found people that were dissatisfied with purchasing DVC.
The Tour takes place at the Sales Centre which is located at the Saratoga Springs Resort near Downtown Disney so we drove ourselves there. As soon as we arrived we were greeted and then the receptionist explained that the Sales Agent we had spoken to on the phone was off sick but someone else would see us. They had obviously tied together our name from the booking against the telephone enquiry which I thought was very efficient.Throughout the visit we had a continuous supply of cans of soft drink, snacks and cookies which certainly impressed my son. Young children can use the crèche facilities instead whilst their parents do the tour if they wish.
The Agent explained about how DVC works and then took us around the Saratoga Springs Resort which is one of the biggest DVC resorts.
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