DVC sign

Image courtesy of Disney Living Online

Last week, in the midst of all the normal chaos and craziness, my phone rang. It was Disney Vacation Club. (I know, because I have their number in my contacts list. Yeah…there’s this really fine line between geek and stalker….) They’ve called me a couple of times, and to be honest, I’ve let it go to voicemail. Reality is, right now DVC is outside of our budget.

But . . . with a little bit of pixie dust, that could all be changing soon. We’ve got some pretty big stuff in the works, and if any of it works out, it will be a game changer. So I answered the phone this time. Call it an act of faith.

They called to follow up because I had registered for this webcast on DVC with Samantha Brown. Ok, I was wallowing! I get to do that sometimes šŸ™‚

After the webcast, we had talked about DVC a little more, and narrowed it down to three main DVC decision points:

  • The villas.
    We’ve stayed in resort condos before. I didn’t like it. They felt too much like home! I can do dishes and laundry here in Illinois, thanks. When I go on vacation, I want to be off-duty too. I really like hotels because I get to be pampered and catered too – someone else does the dishes and cleans the bathroom. Hotel rooms are so different from home that they’re easier to keep neat, somehow (or maybe I’m misremembering our last family vacation!). The last thing I want to do is spend my vacation seething because the villa is a mess.
  • The math.
    How much is this going to cost -vs- how much would we likely spend on a yearly vacation to Disney? Ugh. Math. Really complicated math. But basically what it comes down to is that if we pull off paying cash for DVC, we will pay about 1/3 of what we would otherwise spend onĀ accommodations. If we finance it, it will take about 10 years to break even. This is ignoring discounts on dining plans, free dining promotions, park tickets, etc. Just looking at resort costs.
  • TheĀ commitment.
    Right now we’d love to know that we’ve got a yearly Disney trip locked in, but will we feel the same way after 10 yearly trips? IĀ think we will, but who knows? Things change. In 10 years, our oldest will be turning 21 (yikes!!) and our youngest will be almost 15 (double yikes!!). If we’ve gone to Disney every year for 10 years, will we feel like Orlando is our second home, or will we be bored by it? I guess that’s where the Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney and other options come into play. They’re more expensive, of course, but they’re there as options. The real question is, will we outgrow Disney? That’s a whole other blog post!

The fact is, there is no hard and fast answer for two of these three questions. The math, being math, has a solid answer. The rest, however…not so much. So, once things fall into place in life, we’re going to set a date for that 3-day weekend grown-up getaway we’ve been dreaming of, and check out the DVC resorts for ourselves. Seeing the villas is the only way to really know whether they feel like a resort or like a house I need to keep clean. As for outgrowing Disney, there’s just no way to answer that question with certainty, except to look around at Disney fans. Sure, a lot of us have young kids. But there are quite a few who are adults without kids or adults with teenagers or grown kids. This is another question that weekend trip will answer. If we go back and Disney doesn’t live up to our memories, then we know. But I’m not too worried.