Looking Out From the Garage: July 2007

DisneyWorld Bargain Strategy

OK, I've already told everyone that Moab, UT is my happy place.  But, there is another place that I really enjoy with my family.  DisneyWorld. Garrett with the Mad Hatter

I will be the first person to admit that Walt Disney World (WDW) is not a cheap place to take the family for vacation, but that doesn't mean that one can't maximize their value from the experience.  Although I'm certainly FAR from being a local, and there are plenty of people that have been there more than we have, I thouth I would pass along a few tips that we've picked up from our WDW travels.  Although I don't want to turn this post into a link extravaganza, there will be a few more links coming. 

Some of you might be familiar with the DVC or Disney Vacation Club.  It is Disney's version of a timeshare.  Even though we have thought about buying into it, we haven't, but that doesn't mean that we can't take advantage of it to get a better deal.  The way we take advantage of it is to rent points from a DVC member.  There is a resource called DISboards that is a great place to find point rental opportunities.  DVC members buy points that they can use each year for Disney trips.  If they have more points than they can use in a particular time frame, they can rent out those point to third parties.  While the points can be used at almost every Disney resort, there are specific properties that are DVC Properties.  A DVC member, or point renter will get a lot more bang for the buck at these resorts.  Generally, the DVC resorts are on par with Disney's Luxury Resorts.  In fact, several are on the same properties.  Those are: Animal Kingdom Villas, Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas.  There are also Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, which are primarily DVC properties.  You might also notice that these are listed by Disney Travel as "Home away from Home" resorts.  All of the DVC properties have a kitchen or kitchenette.  Some of the larger ones also have their own laundry facilities, too.  There are Studio, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Three Bedroom villas available.

But, where is the deal?

On our last trip, we stayed at the Boardwalk Villas.  We were in a studio.  We went during the Adventure Season, so the room was 9 points per night Sun-Thurs, and 20 points for Fri-Sat.  We arrived on Sunday, and left on Saturday, so we used 65 points.  We were able to find points for $8 each, so the room for the week was $520 for 6 nights.  That averages out to under $87/night.  At that time, they were offering Value Resorts (the All-Star Resorts) for $89/night, and the Moderate Resorts were $119/night.  Luxury Resorts were starting at $179/night.  Had we booked our room through Disney, it would have been $349/night.  I think we did OK.  Here is a point chart.  Last night I ran across points for August for $6ea.  That means that one could stay in the same room for $66/night Sun-Thurs, and $156/night Fri or Sat.  The only difference that you will notice is that the rooms do not get daily maid service.  If you are there less than 4 days, you won't have any maid service.  If you are there longer, you will get a maid visit after each four days.  Garrett and Lane with Goofy

The next strategy is with tickets.  If you plan on going again, you might look at No Expiration Tickets.  They are a little more, but they are good forever.  Additional days don't cost that much, so the more you buy, the cheaper it is per day.   I also recommend the Park Hopper Tickets.  we like to visit different parks at different times of the day... like the Japanese Pavilion in Epcot for a Sushi Dinner

Speaking of food... there is a fairly new dining plan available.  It only became available for DVC stays since our last visit.  Basically, it allows each person to get One Sit Down Meal, One Counter Meal and One Snack per night of stay.  They don't have to be used each day.  It costs under $40/night/person to add on.  While it seems kind of pricey,  it isn't that bad compared to  paying Disney prices for food, and the Sit Down meal can often be a Character Dining experience.  Make reservations and maximize your dining dollars.  And remember, the Disney Calories are FREE.  I keep telling myself that...  and I tend to walk about 15 miles per day while we are there. 

Another GREAT source for info is AllEars.  Wander around the web, and see what sort of deals you can find.  The AllEars Newsletter often has ticket discounts that aren't otherwise available.


Find YOUR Dream HomeWhat's YOUR Home Worth?How's the Market?

Unless otherwise noted, all content of this blog is the property of Lane Bailey, ©2012 Lane Bailey. 

I'd love to hear from you...

DeliciousDiggRSSOn TwitterFaceBook

Email Me

Comment balloon 2 commentsLane Bailey • July 30 2007 10:44AM
DisneyWorld Bargain Strategy
OK, I've already told everyone that Moab, UT is my happy place But, there is another place that I really enjoy with my family. DisneyWorld I will be the first person to admit that Walt Disney World (WDW) is not a cheap place to take the… more
I'm Telling You… The Garage is the NEW Media Room
Take a look… The Chicago Tribune posted a story today about garages. Here are a couple of excerpts: Home builders, remodelers and specialized garage-organization companies see that problem as an opportunity to sell you a solution… more
Do you have a Unique Selling Proposition?
I touched on this in another thread but I think a lot of people thought it was actually about cars, so I am going to go into a little more depth, and be a little less cryptic. But, the main point of the thread was… They are saying… more
Hello, Media… Are You Listening? Real Estate is LOCAL.
How many times do we have to hear that the housing market is doing one thing… and that must mean that the whole market is doing the same thing? When the price of a barrel of oil goes up, it is a singular commodity moving. While there are… more
Does this mean I'm GREEN?!?
I have been reading a bit about green construction, and green living, and green (yada, yada, yada fading away… ) Let's see. I changed my lifestyle in part so that I wouldn't have to drive an hour to work every day. In doing so, I cut the… more
What is a RE license really worth?
I alluded to this here but didn't really jump into it. There is another part of the story though… Let's recap. I said in the previous post that I thought that real estate licensing requirements (from the state) should be relaxed or… more
Maybe it's time to bury dual agency
First, let me say that I work for a brokerage that does NOT allow dual agency but does allow designated agency. Second, let me say that I work in a state which does allow dual agency if it is disclosed on the contract to all parties. … more
We Specialize in European, Asian and American Cars and Trucks
I've seen several shops with that very "slogan. " But, what does it mean? Nothing. It doesn't mean a thing. Aside from cars and trucks made in Asia, Europe and America, what are there. I suppose there could be some cars… more
The Dirty Little Secret that the FSBO Companies won't tell you.
I keep seeing and hearing about "dirty little secrets" that real estate agents won't tell their clients. Most of them turn out to be pretty stupid points. However, today while going through my morning routine (dead-heading, so my brain… more
What is going to happen to interest rates?
OK, the water is chest deep now. I started wading in here and I just don't know when to stop. So, what do I see happening with interest rates? Overall, I see them going down. But, I think they'll go up first Was that vague enough that… more