Join us for an exciting chat with Earl Joe Pirato, where we journey through his experiences with Disney Vacation Club (DVC), timeshares, and his love for Disney that all started on his honeymoon at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in 2008. We discuss the thrill of upgrading to DVC life and the challenge of canceling their DVC contract at Bay Lake Tower because of a significant financial event just after purchasing. Episode 269
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Earl Joe Pirato further enlightens us on his timeshare journey with DVC, transitioning to becoming a Hilton member, and the various considerations he had to make when contemplating DVC and Hilton points. Listen in as we explore the ups and downs of his journey, from the hurdles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to his ultimate decision to buy a resale contract at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We also touch on his bucket list, the cost of a VIP tour, ways to save money on flights to Hawaii, and the pros and cons of buying a direct contract from DVC. This episode is packed with incredible insights, so don't miss out!
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(0:00:00) – DVC, Timeshares, and Disney Stories (12 Minutes)
Earl Joe Pirato joins us today to discuss DVC, timeshares, and his Hilton story. We get an insight into his Disney story, which started in 2008 when he and his wife had their honeymoon at Animal Kingdom Lodge before they upgraded to the DVC life and stayed at Bay Lake Tower. His wife panicked at the bill, and they had to give up their DVC points within the return window, reminding us of the importance of adult responsibility.
(0:11:50) – Considerations for DVC and Hilton Points (14 Minutes)
Earl Joe Pirato shares his experiences with timeshares and DVC and his journey to becoming a Hilton member. We discuss the benefits of being flexible when traveling and the relationships he's built with other Disney guests and cast members. The difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic are discussed, and how it paused his thoughts of buying DVC and how he ultimately decided to purchase a resale contract at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Lastly, we explore his decision to stay loyal to DVC and not exchange his points for Marriott's Ocean Club in Maui.
(0:25:23) – Bucket Lists (13 Minutes)
We chat about the perks of being part of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and explore the cost of a VIP tour and ways to save money on flights to Hawaii. Earl Joe Pirato shares his experience with timeshares and DVC and explains why he would love to experience the VIP tour. We also discussed his strategy for adjusting to time zone changes and the benefits of booking flights to LA and then onward to Hawaii. Finally, we discuss the pros and cons of buying a direct contract from DVC and the challenges of getting a reservation at Grand Floridian.
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