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  1. Krista
    August 19, 2017

    Your website has some of the most helpful info I’ve found yet! We are trying to surprise our kids with a Disney trip April of ’18. Our boys are 17,15,12 and girls are 10&9. It is expensive to stay on site with our size family, esp since I’d prefer Bay Lake Towers or Polonysian since they have monorail and are so conveniently located. I placed a bid on time share stay for each, but can you tell me more about how I find out if the rooms we’d want are available for specific dates (not flexible due to school) if I buy DVC points? You may very well have that info on your site and I’m having trouble finding it on my phone! Thank you for taking the time to help others like this!!

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  2. Marion
    August 12, 2017

    If I rent DVC points from a private seller (someone I know) am I eligible for free dining? I’m looking at a 1 bedroom villa at AK lodge for a week in October. I am definitely open for other dates if I can book free dining. My family just wants to be there for the Halloween season. By the way your website is great! Very informative. Have a great day

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    • Dave
      August 13, 2017

      Marion, no. DVC rooms booked using points (either by the point owner, or for someone who is getting DVC rooms by renting points) aren’t eligible for free dining. Moreover, the last few years there’ has been next to no October free dining.

      Sorry to be so unhelpful!!!

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  3. Charles Hines
    November 2, 2016

    Hey Dave, we need some guidance, we have 3 couples and two teenagers and two small children that can sleep on a pullout couch. It seems for the price Animal 3 bedroom villa savanna view would be a good choice, anything else you could recommend? We would like to be closer to the park. Also, do they ever give free dining? Or would it be best to get two separate villas?

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    • Dave
      November 3, 2016

      Charles, not sure of your dates, but free dining in September and bits of October and some of November and December (and not much before late August) has been common for years now. However, three bedrooms are excluded. The least expensive approach for your group would be a two bedroom plus a studio (putting the teens and the small children on a pull-out couch)–I’d price that out compared to the three bedroom.

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  4. Michael Roye
    January 10, 2014

    Dave,

    Again, great great website… very helpful. Earlier this year I asked you for your opinion on where a group of 20-somethings should stay for maximum enjoyment/entertainment and you mentioned the Boardwalk Villas. I’ve also done some research into DVC points and the 8 hotels they represent (AK Villas, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Old Key, S Springs, Wildnerness, Bay Lake and Grand Floridian).

    Could you quickly elaborate on why you ranked Boardwalk Villas highest and maybe rank the above 8 for us (group of mid 20 yr olds)? Cost will definitely play a role for us, since we’re coming from California, and flights, etc add up.

    I also mentioned I want to bring my golf clubs, which makes the Grand Floridian Villas attractive, as I could literally walk acorss the street to the courses. Basically I want to get your opinion on the various villas.

    A quick initial search for the week of Nov 28 – December 5, 2014, revealed DVC point values of 151 for a 1 bd villa at AK Villas, which at $14 a point is ~$300 a night… not bad considering we might be splitting that 5 ways. Is there a reason the AK Villas are the cheapest of the bunch? Are they that much worse? Again, we really aren’t going to spend that much time in the room. Thanks in advance and keep up the amazing work!

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    • Dave
      January 11, 2014

      Michael, I like the Boardwalk Villas for you guys for the simple reason that you can walk to multiple bars, both on the Boardwalk itself (see https://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/01/17/review-disneys-boardwalk/ ) and, if you buy park-hopper tickets, in Epcot.

      AKL is a little complicated. There are actually two DVC at AKL–Kidani Village and Jambo House.

      Kidani rooms are more spacious but its bar is totally lame. Jambo has a great bar.

      Both sites have two basic views: Savanna, which is wonderful and thus more expensive, and “others” which are cheaper but less fun.

      Moreover at Jambo there’s also “value” studios and “value” 1-bedrooms, which are smaller, sleep only 4…and cheaper still.

      I can’t get your points to foot, but based on this chart I think you are pricing a “value” 1- bedroom at Jambo with an “other” view that sleeps only 4… http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-vacation-club/ak-points.htm

      GF is much more expensive, and you can’t really walk to the Palm and Magnolia. The only DVC which also has a golf course start is Saratoga Springs, which is a lousy choice in every other respect but price…However, WDW resort hotel guests with a tee time get free transport to and from the golf course (via a cab voucher), so don’t let golf affect your choice!!

      You’ve probably already seen this, but reviews of all these are here: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/04/26/walt-disney-world-resort-hotel-reviews/

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