IF our DVC purchase goes through (currently in ROFR), we will have purchased at SSR.
The decision to buy there wasn’t easy. We played out a LOT of scenarios, planning most-likely times of year we would want to go, staying at which locations, etc, while staying within our price range.
Most ideally, we would have found a contract at BWV, since that is our preferred resort. We loved staying there in December, and the location is great. BUT, finding a contract at the size and price we wanted was proving to be impossible. And even if we did, we were paying quite a lot for a smaller number of points and length of contract.
We spent hours watching DVC resort video tours for each of the other DVCs, and decided that once the refurbs were done at SSR, we found that one beautiful. Downside was proximity to parks. BUT, even at BWV, we would have to take buses to two of the parks. Still, it also has direct access to DS.
This led us to start playing out scenarios staying at SSR. We could get more points for a cheaper price there, and be able to book what we wanted around the early December timeframe (which is when we expect we want to visit most frequently). BUT, looking at other times we might want to go, such as late January, early Feb., we saw that there is a fairly decent chance in finding availability in a 1 bedroom at BWV or BCV. So, if we alternate trips, Christmastime one year, late January another, we could probably experience the best of both worlds.
With the extra points through SSR, it also opened the possibility to do some add ons…either more days, upgraded view, or perhaps tacking on a day or two at Vero Beach, etc (which is something we were thinking anyhow since we have friends who live in Vero Beach).
Without having money to burn, we decided SSR was the best financial decision for us, and a resort I feel we will be quite happy with overall if we can’t manage to book at other resorts. The contract length being 2054 was added value.