Terrell; I’m a widowed mother of three girls, DVC member since 2003, and lover
of all things Auburn. I live in Daphne, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay or 7
hours 48 minutes from Disney World.
always loved Disney; it was a yearly vacation spot for us. My father insisted we
always stay on Property and never liked staying at the same place twice. This
is lucky for me because I can honestly say I have stayed in every Disney hotel
except Swan, Dolphin, & POP.
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wonderful Disney memories for my children and I felt DVC was the best way to do
so. Our Home Resort is Saratoga Springs but we have enjoyed all of the Vacation
Club Resorts at Disney World, with Bay Lake as our favorite. I use DVC strictly
for Disney World, but my parents have stayed at Vero Beach Resort & Hilton
to Disney once every 12 to 18 months, stay for 5 or 6 nights in a two bedroom
villa. Oh and by “we” I mean my parents, my brother, my aunt, my 3
girls (15,10,&8) and myself. I still have to buy the tickets and pay for the
Dining Plan, but we get to stay in a nice big room with a full kitchen, washer
& dryer, three baths, and everyone is comfortable. Let’s talk money. We have
200 “points” annually, which gets us about 8 to 10 nights a year and any points
we don’t use can be “rolled over” to the next year. We paid about $13,000 to
buy in and pay about $80 a month in “fees”, which is tax deductible. I also
love that DVC is a one stop shop when it comes to my planning; I call them
everything, dining reservations, everything. We also get discounts in some of
the shops, restaurants, pet boarding, stroller rental and annual passes. We DO
NOT, however, get a discount on the Dining Plan or regular park tickets.
You can buy as many points as you want and use them any way you like. This year
we were able to use the points we saved from years past on a three bedroom
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Our most recent trip ended last week, and we only had one
problem our whole trip. We were a group of 13 this time and dining with that
many can be a nightmare. Luckily I was able to get reservations for everywhere
we wanted to go. All of our dining experiences were great except at Disney Jr.
at Hollywood & Vine. We had a 10 am reservation for breakfast, arrived 10
minutes early and waited 30 minutes for our table. Meanwhile people without
reservations kept coming up and were seated right away. When I questioned the
hostess, she said they were getting our table together and that’s what was
taking so long. They finally call our name, I was shocked at how empty the
place was, and WE had to but our table together. My cousin’s 3 & 1 year
olds were so cranky by the time we finally sat down it was hard to enjoy it by
then. It was still a great trip and it’s a miracle that was our only problem.
not you can find me on Twitter @WDEHST or on Facebook, Heather Silvernail
Terrell. Have a Magical Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. War Eagle!!