Which should I buy? AKV vs Riviera

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by Gizmo74, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Gizmo74

    Gizmo74 Mouseketeer

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    I messed up when I bought Poly direct 200 points. I put the points in one contract instead of splitting into two contracts. I have two kids and thought I would pass down contracts to them. I would want both kids to have to have access to any perks. The new contract only be 75-100 points so the kids who gets Poly contract will have to transfer some points each year or however they decide to be fair. Or who knows, maybe as we all get older and no one but be wants to go to Disney, I can sell Poly and keep my 75-100 direct contract. Just will give me options for the future.
     
  2. we"reofftoneverland

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    Oh, wow. I missed this. I assumed you were buying akv resale. Do you know if you buy old resorts direct now, they have the points right away? But if both are direct, I would do Riviera. But be aware that those resale restrictions on Riviera are awful. If you are willing to go resale on akv, I'd still do that option first. Major savings. Put the difference in stock market and leave that to your kids :teeth:. Those perks might not even be there down the line for your kids anyway.
     
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  4. disneynutz

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    Buy where you love to stay, have you stayed at the Riviera yet? Don't think that your kids will want to own a DVC timeshare. When they get older, you and they may be done with Disney. Our adult children don't really care about Disney, they have other things going on.

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  5. Gizmo74

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    That is very true about my kids maybe not even wanting to own DVC. But at that point they can decide to sell or rent out the points. Since they are direct points, renting would be easier because the points would qualify at 7 months at all resorts.

    My kids are 11 and 13 and already tired of Disney. My husband and I love it and make sure each time we go is a little different for the kids. I think my kids are at the age where they would rather stay at home with wi-fi. But knowing one day that I can pass something to my kids that meant so much to my husband and me is priceless to me, even if they sold it.
     
  6. rg35

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    My triplets are 10 (turning 11 later this fall). I'm interested to see what their thoughts are this year on our trip. Prior to taking a break from Disney last year (we did an NCL cruise), we had been to Disney each year from 2012-2017. Being in 5th grade now they have to deal w/ kids at school who say stuff like "Disney is for babies" and that kind of stuff (although it's usually from kids who have never been, so I'm sure there's a hint of jealousy to it too. I repeatedly remind my kids that they are more privileged than a lot of their friends). We're also going to Universal this year for the first time with them so I'm curious to see what their thoughts are as far as comparing/contrasting to WDW. Perhaps it will reach the point where we are just going down and spending our entire trip relaxing at the pool (not that I would complain about that either) and doing some half park days here and there.
     
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  7. MickeyTrooper

    MickeyTrooper Earning My Ears

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    Universal is Disney off steroids.. slower, less jammed, less pressure to monitor your cell phone, and overall pace staying in the park is SUPER... but ... you better be ready for headaches...because almost all the rides are computer screen.... after a while it's like watching a YouTube video
     
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    Our trips have changed alot since buying DVC. We do a lot more resort time and less park time. We still do a park each day but once fast passes run out we will usually head back to the room. We love hanging out on the balcony or by the pool. Next time we drive instead of flying I am sure we will explore Orlando and go to Universal for the day. We took them to Universal the first year Harry Potter opened mainly for my husband and need to take them back. We are very spoiled staying in a one bedroom villa because when we start pricing out other vacations in a normal hotel room and have to share a small space we decide to go back to Disney. We are doing Aulani again in February and excited about that trip. We also did a Disney Cruise last November and found we are not a cruising family.
     
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    Hard for me to do rides that are computer screens. I have a hard enough time getting on FOP wearing the 3D glasses.
     
  10. MickeyTrooper

    MickeyTrooper Earning My Ears

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    I've stayed with my 3 kids at Universal in the park three times .... loved each trip... everything food, hotel, pace, overall scale.... but we also said WOW is your head a bit dizzy after each ride that was on a screen.... I would recommend going... just be ready to be surprised on the upside and downside some
     
  11. Drewferin

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    Well my decision about direct RIV vs AKV direct may have derailed seeing how i have an offer in for 50 AKV points resale. Part of me want to own RIV since I want to stay there but my economical side wants to hoard AKV points. See what happens with my offer I guess.
     
  12. chicagodisneyguy

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    This thread has me wondering about a couple things:

    1) Is it possible to will one contract down to two adult siblings living at different addresses?

    2) If you transfer direct purchased points to someone who only owns resale points, do you inherent any direct-owned benefits on those transferred points?
     
  13. KAT4DISNEY

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    Yes, more than one person can be on a contract. Common ownership will require working together in use of that contract though and could get complicated.

    What points can be used for will follow the points. The incidental benefits like lounge access or getting AP discounts are with the membership ownership qualification not points. So using to stay at all resorts or for the Disney collection would follow with a qualified points transfer. Incidentals would not.
     

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