DVC Prices Rising Again in 2018! Polynesian ramping up to $220!

My DVC salespeople are calling me to ask if I want to add on at Copper Creek Villas, in addition to my Polynesian DVC membership. They are telling me that the prices are rising in a matter of days! I found this great resource at: DVCNews.com

DVCResaleMarket.com has published a list of direct sale prices scheduled to go into effect on January 17, 2018. Three resorts will soon be priced over $200 per point with the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel set at a staggering $235 per point. The complete list is as follows:

Resort Current Price Price Effective 1/17/18
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $176 $182
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort $185 $191
Boulder Ridge Villas (VWL) $165 $171
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $176 $182
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas $165 $171
Disney's Beach Club Villas $165 $185
Disney's BoardWalk Villas $165 $171
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort $115 $121
Disney's Old Key West Resort $145 $151
Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $176 $220
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $145 $151
Disney's Vero Beach Resort $115 $100
Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel $185 $235
Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $185 $220

I'm thinking about adding on but am REALLY thinking about resale. The moment I decide, I imagine it will be too late. What would you do?

1.) Add on at Polynesian (where I currently own) at $176/pt? (*Incentives of extra guaranteed week stay and $500 gift card as well as $2,500 developer bonus) before the price goes up to a WHOPPING $220?

2.) Add on at Copper Creek Villas at $176/pt before it jumps to $182? (*Same as above)

3.) Go with RESALE?

4.) Not add on at all?

 

Worst to Best: List of Disney Dining Experiences at Disney World Spring Break 2015, Number Seven (7): Tusker House

I've now been to Disney World four (4) separate times. The last time I went, I HONESTLY spent one month and a small fortune. Twenty thousand dollars and counting. Yes, you read that right. $20,000.00. Let's just say that for the life of me, "money burns a hole in my pocket". I am *that* ridiculous of a spender. This is NOT the blog where I tell you how I paid off $52,000 in three months or the frugal ways in which I save a buck. No sireebob. I am a spender and I am STILL paying for it. Not to mention that I have *added* to my Disney trips with my next upcoming adventure happening in March 2016. This post is a recount of Disney Trip #2, Spring Break 2015 with my kiddos in tow. We judged and ranked e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I'll be happy to write you back.

From twelve (12) to one (1), I give you the Worst to Best experiences as journaled and photographed by me and my kiddos during our Spring Break Trip 2015.

7th place: Tusker House Restaurant

Our overall family rating of Tusker House Restaurant, located at Disney's Animal Kingdom in "Africa" land, is 78%. Individually, my daughter ranked Tusker House 61%. The son gave Tusker House a 78% and my score was a 96%. What can I say? I love me some buffets!

Tusker House is an all-you-can-eat buffet and has wonderful options inspired by african and asian cuisine. Predominantly, the food at Tusker House takes on an American-African hybrid fusion, as buffets go. Here are three reasons (you decide if they are compelling) that we chose to rate Tusker House as we did. Scroll through the pictures and read the detailed synopses.

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Safari Mickey and the Whole Gang at Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom.

1. The food we ate was really quite good. Some of the lower scores had more to do with our seating and location that with the food itself. I can tell you that we were seated at the far, far, far and away back of the restaurant, in a corner. It was quite an adventurous voyage to walk the entire length of the restaurant past many empty tables along the way. I understand they probably had a rotation but too far is too far.

2. The characters took quite a while to come to us because they have a PARADE in the middle of the restaurant! It's actually quite fun. I really like the "safari-themed" characters and especially wish that I could have seen Minnie! Regardless, you'll get to see the quintessential Mickey, glorious Goofy, Attitude-in-Action Donald and ever FABULOUS Daisy Duck!

3. They either need to up the air-conditioning or get air-conditioning. We couldn't tell if they had it or not, but in "Africa" even in the spring, it's HOT! Orlando's hot too, which is, as I'm sure we know, where we are actually located. All I can say is that we were quite a bit overheated in the restaurant. Maybe the air-conditioning wasn't reaching us well, considering that we were seated in the back. I bet that's it.

In the final analysis, Tusker House Restaurant sits squarely in the middle of our many-restaurant outings. Not bad, not exceptional - decent. Truly decent. I would say worth it.

Worst to Best: List of Disney Dining Experiences at Disney World Spring Break 2015, Number Eleven (11): San Angel Inn

I've now been to Disney World four (4) separate times. The last time I went, I HONESTLY spent one month and a small fortune. Twenty thousand dollars and counting. Yes, you read that right. $20,000.00. Let's just say that for the life of me, "money burns a hole in my pocket". I am *that* ridiculous of a spender. This is NOT the blog where I tell you how I paid off $52,000 in three months or the frugal ways in which I save a buck. No sireebob. I am a spender and I am STILL paying for it. Not to mention that I have *added* to my Disney trips with my next upcoming adventure happening in March 2016. This post is a recount of Disney Trip #2, Spring Break 2015 with my kiddos in tow. We judged and ranked e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I'll be happy to write you back.

From twelve (12) to one (1), I give you the Worst to Best experiences as journaled and photographed by me and my kiddos during our Spring Break Trip 2015.

11th place: San Angel Inn

In the very dark and dimly lit San Angel Inn Restaurante at the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT

In the very dark and dimly lit San Angel Inn Restaurante at the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT

Outside the Mexican Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT. Basically you need to go *inside* to experience things.

Outside the Mexican Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT. Basically you need to go *inside* to experience things.

One must *always* wear the hats.

One must *always* wear the hats. Tenemos que SIEMPRE llevar los sombreros. Siempre.

The lighting at San Angel makes you think it's nighttime even when it's 92 degrees and blazing sun outside.

The lighting at San Angel makes you think it's nighttime even when it's 92 degrees and blazing sun outside.

I wear my sunglasses *upside down* at night...so I can, so I can... (name that tune)

I wear my sunglasses *upside down* at night...so I can, so I can... (name that tune)

Gazpacho at San Angel, Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Soy Free Eating at Disney.

Gazpacho Appetizer at San Angel: Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Soy Free Eating at Disney.

The receipt for San Angel Inn Restaurante

The receipt for San Angel Inn Restaurante

San Angel Inn comes in at 48% average total overall. Son gave it a 48%, Daughter gave it a 43% and I generously gave it a 55%. San Angel Inn is located in the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT. Here are some key reasons why we scored San Angel Inn as low as we did.

1. It's so dimly lit within that you actually grow tired. Instead of revving up the engines and powering up for more adventures outside in the blazing sun, we left the restaurant tired and in need of "una siesta". Then we were ray-blasted and pelted with "rapid pupil contrictivitis". OK, so I made up the word constrictivitis. Whatever. What I'm saying here is, MY EYEBALLS! EVERYTHING HAS TURNED WHITE!

2. The food really didn't beat out any good Mexican restaurant where I live in the Midwest. What I'm saying is: I live in the MIDWEST. We are not known for Mexican food! However, due to the influx of many Mexicans as well as their food and culture, even in the Midwest I can get tortilla chips and salsa which seems to be standard fare and was the first thing on the table at San Angel Inn. As for my children, the food was so uneventful that they didn't even remember what they had to eat later in the day. You might think that they have poor memories. They don't! I, very much, do. Therefore, I take many pictures.

3. The waitress/waiter forgot about us. They left us sitting for twenty minutes unattended, wanting to pay the bill. The good news is that it wasn't busy at the restaurant. The bad news is that it wasn't busy at the restaurant, so why did they leave us to sit for so long? Maybe they were switching shifts. Maybe we weren't important. I don't know. I shouldn't have to think up excuses.

4. The food didn't have any *love* or *zing* or *wow* about it. It was just decent Mexican food. That's it. Average, decent Mexican food. Calling Fiesta Cancun or San José Taquería right now, I would likely get equivalent fare. However, let me repeat that I'm in the Midwest and not Disney's Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT on a Deluxe Dining Program.

5. My kids liked the hats. Quiere decir,"los sombreros". Cuz, they cool, that's what.

6. San Angel is a one credit restaurant. So, as I've lived and learned and grown in my Disney experiences, I have found that to break even on the Deluxe Dining plan paying an adult price, one must account for at LEAST $37 dollars worth of food stuffs to break even at a one credit restaurant. We were $2.73 off that mark. So, our score for San Angel Inn was average, like its food, as a result.

7. I kinda HATE not having dessert options. I am a Disney Guest who adds special requests in advance that I have a dairy allergy and gluten, egg and soy intolerances. I got a $2.50 fruit cup that tasted like it had come out of a can. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Either way, for these Deluxe Dining plans and with advance notice, you'd think I could get something better than a fruit cup. My kids always get the great desserts! Lucky for them, at the least!