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  • On Nov 4, 2009
    Kimberly from NV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can anyone who is a DVC member answer these questions? Thinking of joining within a year or two (when able). How far in advance must you book? How long does it take to break even if one vacay a year? Will 160 points a year suffice or do you need more?

    Hi Kimberly,

    My husband and I became DVC members back in 2001, and have vacationed 2-3 times per year to Walt Disney World ever since!

    Now since every families vacation habits are different, and I can only speak for myself when I say it is the best investment in family fun we have ever made. 

    By always traveling off season, we have been able to vacation 2-3 times per year using our vacation points.  I will say that when we purchased I was pregnant with our first child, and have added on twice since then -- two more children, and two more point add-ons.  We simply needed the extra space and now always stay in a 2-br villa.

    With the vacation club, your vacations can be booked either seven months in advance (at your home resort), or eleven months in advance at other DVC resorts. 

    There can be many different ways that people determine when they "break even", but I think typically it is believed that within seven years you've paid for the rest of your vacations going forward.  I know that if I were to add up the rates for "regular" reservations for all of the trips we've taken, I would have spent much more than I did with our initial investment.

    So my best advice is to contact www.disneyvacationclub.com to get more information.  If you have the opportunity to take a tour and see the presentation, it is a fantastic, no pressure way to have all of your questions answered. 
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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