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One of the many lovely homes in the town of Celebration.

Today, we attended the required timeshare tour … required by the package which I had been given by my aunt :-)

 

  • It started with a free lunch in a fancy restaurant in a nearby town called Celebration.  The town is about 10 years old and expanding … it has beautiful classic American-style homes and a similarly styled town centre ... like Peyton Place or Stepford Wives.  No megastores here; only boutiques.  

    Properties here are very exclusive … purchases were chosen from a lottery.  Prices are high and with strict maintenance and gardening requirements, the town is visually a gem. 

  • Then came the tour of the Vacation Village at Parkway timeshare resort not far from Celebration.
    One of the many lovely homes in the town of Celebration.
      Over 600 beautifully decorated and fully-equipped units on the property.  Each unit is divided into two self-contained units, which I will call the main unit and the guest unit.  Both have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/kitchenette and living area.  There is even a spa in the main unit.

  • Finally came the hard sell.  They were very convincing.  Initial price was about USD18,000 for a week’s share in a unit (plus about USD499 maintenance per year plus exchange or booking fee of up to USD199 when you book a holiday).  Then they threw in two extra weeks of usage, meaning we could have three weeks usage instead.

    As we weren’t in a position to purchase this, they offered a lower package … ie. they did not simply discount the same product.  

    And as that also failed, they then offered a similar product at older foreclosure property for a very attractive price of under USD4000. 

Tempting but as you probably know, this isn’t our kind of travel.  We spent over four hours with the timeshare people in total.  It wasn’t wasted time as we got to visit areas we never would have found … and saw properties that I wouldn’t like to holiday in … they’re so gorgeous I want to live in them, damn it!

 

Anyway, they were very slick and professional throughout … except for our sales agent who had a handicapped placard seemingly for the special parking privileges all around town. 

 

vances says:
Welcome to America...land of rich, sterile, gated communities that insulate you from anything resembling real life.
Posted on: May 04, 2007
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