WDW – Disney Vacation Club!

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After we made 3 trips to Disney within 3 years we decided to check out the Disney Vacation Club (DVC)! I had heard of it, but I was still a little confused on what it was all about! You will find DVC Kiosks all over the Parks, Downtown Disney and the Resorts! You need to set up an appointment to visit the Showroom and speak with a DVC Sales Rep which you can do at the Kiosks.

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We set up an appointment for the following morning. Someone from DVC picks you up at your Hotel and drives you over. You can tour the showroom, which features some of the layouts of the DVC properties. And then you get down to business. Since we were pretty much sold on the idea as soon as we made the appointment, it wasn’t so much a sales pitch as it was an explanation. There is also no pressure to buy in.

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The basics are that you buy points to use towards future vacations. The initial buy-in is a minimum of 160 points. For 160 points you can stay for at least a week, in a studio, at most of the Villas throughout the year. The Grand Californian, Grand Floridian and Bay Lake Towers need some extra points during Premier Season! You are purchasing these points for 50 years!! The DVC properties that you can buy into depends on what is currently selling. Right now it is the Grand Floridian and Aulani in Hawaii. Pretty soon the Polynesian will be coming up for sale! We initially bought 200 points for Bay Lake Towers as our Home Resort. Each year you do have to pay Condo Fees. Your fees are calculated by the number of points you own times the price per point at your Home Resort.

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When we made our purchase, we were given a discount for our current stay. Not sure if this is something that is normally done, or an extra perk we got! As well, we got an extra discount for having someone recommend us to DVC! So, if you are thinking of signing up, mention Christine Urias to see if you can get an extra discount. Supposably we will also get an extra perk if you mention us! We then had to put a percentage down, that we put on our credit card. DVC set us up with a loan for the remainder. Once we got home, we added it to our mortgage and paid off the loan. There are no penalties for paying off the loan at once. He also back dated our start date, so we would have extra points for our first stay!

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So now that you have bought points, what do you do? Our yearly date starts on December 1st. So every December 1st we get another 200 points to use to book vacations. You can borrow points from the next year, as well as bank points to use on a future trip! It does get a little confusing. For our first DVC trip, we had 2 years worth of points so we stayed for 10 days in a 1 Bedroom at Bay Lake Towers with a Lake View and it was an amazing room! Since then, we mainly stay in Studios so we can stay longer. You will be given a chart on how many points you need to stay at each Resort throughout the year. The values for the stays will stay more or less the same for the next 50 years! So even though the price to stay at the resort will go up, you won’t need to buy more points for your stays!

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The best value for your points is to use them at DVC resorts, including the Villas at Walt Disney World, the Grand Californian at Disneyland, the Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Aulani in Hawaii. However, you can also use them at other Disney Properties, on Disney Cruises as well as destinations around the world through RCI!! We spoke to people who have used them to stay all over Europe!

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When can you book? You can book 11 months out for your home resort. Meaning, 11 months before I want to travel I can book a room at Bay Lake Towers. However, at the 7 month mark, you can now try booking a room at any other DVC resort! Depending on the time of year and the resort, there is a good chance to get a room somewhere else. The only one I had trouble with was an Epcot resort over New Years Eve. So, we will be at Bay Lake Towers on New Years Eve, even though we will spend New Years at Epcot. But we have stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club and have reservations for the Boardwalk, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian! We plan on staying at all the resorts at some point.

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Being a DVC Member comes with extra perks as well!! You get a 10-15% discount on purchases made at Disney Stores and other shopping spots on property; as well as 10-20% discounts at a lot of Table Service Restaurants! They offer limited time special pricing on Tickets and Season Passes! You get discounts on some of the Tours and for Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba! Plus discounts for Boat Rentals, Richard Petty’s Driving Experience, Mini Golf, Regular Golf, Disney Quest, Bike Rentals, Horseback Riding, Archery, the Children’s Activity Centres and the Spas! Plus lot’s more!!

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They have also started a DVC Membership Magic Exclusive activities. Gemma and I took part in the DVC Member Night at Splitsville Bowling event. It was a great time to meet other DVC members. Ironically we bowled with a family from Ontario!

DVC Welcome Home

Every Wednesday they have a Welcome Home Party at the Boardwalk Atlantic Hall! Gemma and I went last year and I won a year membership to the Owner’s Locker. They also hand out swag and you get some snacks.

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Is DVC right for you? If you are dreaming about your next trip while you are still at Disney then I would say YES!! If you go at least once every 18 months then YES!! If you read this whole blog post then I would say YES!!

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Gemma and I go to Disney more than Mark. We love to plan where we want to stay, what we are going to do and where we are going to eat! If we weren’t DVC members, I couldn’t afford to go every year and I definitely wouldn’t be staying at the Deluxe Resorts! DVC has given us the freedom to come back year after year and enjoy our time there! Gemma has basically grown up going to Disney! She is even planning her Fairytale Wedding there!!

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Ep. 987 – Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die

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Today I am showing you the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Triangle Pattern die! This is part of their October Release! Simon Says Stamp has a huge assortment of Exclusive Products, Dies and Stamps! If you aren’t familiar with them you should definitely check them out! I decided to cut the Exclusive Triangle Pattern die from Black Cardstock. The die fits an A2 card. I adhered it over top of cards that I had previously sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays, using Multi-Medium! You can see the colours peeking through the patterns.

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I then did the same thing with white cardstock. When I applied the Multi-Medium it activated the Dylusions Ink Sprays. The colour from the card then coloured the white cardstock. I liked that it turned the starkness of the white cardstock into a tone on tone pattern! I demo this in the video!

On the next episode the Tim Holtz Frameworks Honeycomb die!

Thanks for watching!

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WDW – Transportation Around the Parks

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One thing I love about staying on Disney Property is that I don’t have to worry about renting a car! It all starts at the Airport! First off, be sure to add the Yellow Tags to your luggage! This allows you to get off the plane and head straight for the Magical Express! Disney will get your bags from baggage claim and they will show up in your room later that day!

While on the Magical Express, you will watch a video. This is a fun, informative video filled with information. They have updated the video recently so be sure to listen to the new information!

Waiting for a bus

All of the Hotels will have Bus Service to each of the Parks. So make sure you are getting on the correct bus!

Monorail

If you are staying at Bay Lake Towers, the Contemporary, Polynesian or the Grand Floridian you will be taking the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom and to Epcot!

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Even better, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary and Bay Lake Towers!

On the way to the Poly

Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian also off a boat service to the Magic Kingdom.

Epcot

If you are staying at the Beach and Yacht Club or the Boardwalk, you will be walking to Epcot!

Hollywood Studios

As well, you can either walk to Hollywood Studios or take the Boat Shuttle.

Downtown Disney Boat

Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter also offer boat service to Downtown Disney!

Beignets

We will sometimes take the boat from Downtown Disney to the French Quarter, stop for Beignets, then take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and walk back to Bay Lake Towers. Sounds like a trip, but it is better than waiting for the Downtown Disney bus. With all of the construction going on, it can take a while to get out of there!!

Even if you aren’t staying at the resorts, you can still ride the Monorail and the boats! The kids will love going on all of the different modes of transportation! And you will love not having to drive and pay for parking!! So sit back, you will be there soon!!

Do you have any tips for getting around Walt Disney World?

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Ep. 986 – WRMK 2 Colour Letterpress Plates – Dots

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Today I am showing you the WRMK 2 Colour Letterpress PlatesDots! You get 2 plates in the set: the dots and the stripes. You use these plates with the Letterpress Starter kit! Simply put an adhesive sheet onto the plate and place it onto your platform. When placing your plate, watch where you place the corner with the notch cut out of it. I was using the A2 Folded Card. I added the foam placement guides onto my platform so I can easily place the cards. Brayer your ink onto the acrylic plate and then onto the design of your plate. Fold over your platform and roll it through your die cutting machine. I use the WRMK Evolution. Then reveal your card with your first colour!

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Now you want to clean off your plate. You can use the WRMK Cloths. I use some Orange Solvent with a paper towel. Once your plate is clean, peel it off the platform. You now want to place the notched corner of the plate on the opposite corner. So if it was in the top right corner, the notch should now be on the bottom left corner. Then repeat the steps above with a second colour of ink!

When I am letter pressing I make a pile of cards at once! I then make little packs of 6 cards and give them away as Hostess and Christmas gifts!

When you shop at www.ShopWeR.com you can receive 20% off your order when you use the promo code SCRAPTIME!

Here is a video showing you how to use the 2 Colour Floral Letterpress Set!

On the next episode I am showing you a Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Die!

Thanks for watching!

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WDW – Photo Pass and Memory Maker

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As you walk through the Parks you will notice Photographers every where you go! This is the Photo Pass service offered by Disney. You can go up to any of the photographers and they will take your picture. This is great to get those family shots! The Photographers are usually stationed at the entry of the parks near the big attractions, like in front of the Castle or the Animal Kingdom Tree of Life. When you get your photo taken, they will scan your Magic Band, to link the photos to your account.

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You will also find the Photo Pass Photographers at the Character Meet n Greets. You can still use your own camera to take a picture, but they will be taking some as well.

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If your child goes to a special event, such as the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, there are Photographers there as well, taking pictures of all of the kids. After the event, you visit a Photo Pass store or kiosk, tell them the event and choose the pictures you want added to your account.

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The same goes for photos taken at the Beauty and the Beast attraction!

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And for the photos taken on specific rides!

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You will even find them at some of the Restaurants!

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I love that for special events, they will add details to some of the photos. Such as the ghosts during the Halloween Party! As well, we had pictures of Gemma holding Tickerbell that were taken on the Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.

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If you go to the Pirates League or the Bibbitti Bobbitti Boutique, those photos will be added to your Photo Pass as well!

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So now that you had all of these photos taken, how do you view them? You will set up a Photo Pass account where you will be able to view all of your photos. You will also be able to add borders and other fun details to your photos!

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How much do the prints cost? A 4″x6″ set of 2 (of the same photo) or a 5″x7″ is $14.95 each and an 8″x10″ is $16.95. Or you can download the photo from the website for $14.95. However, if you think you will want to get 10 or more prints, you have the option of purchasing the Memory Maker. If purchased in advance, it is $149.95 and you will receive either a disc, or be able to automatically download every photo that is in your Photo Pass account! If you decide to purchase the Memory Maker once you are at Disney, it is $199.

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So should you buy Memory Maker? On our trip during Halloween/Christmas I knew I wanted a bunch of photos, so I ordered the Memory Maker and took full advantage! I made my family take pictures every time we saw a Photo Pass Photographer!! On other trips we ordered just a few photos, that I bought individually! So think about what you are looking for. Do you want all of your ride photos? Are you getting a makeover? Do you want a bunch of shots with the whole family? Do you want multiple prints to give as a gift? The decision is up to you!

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