Disney Vacation Club
The Disney Vacation Club is a great way to own a piece of Disney and get to stay at some incredible resorts. DVC is Disney's version of a vacation ownership program where members buy in at a certain number of points and then have the flexibility to travel where and when they want.
While most people are probably already familiar with DVC there are probably at least few that aren't (don't worry I didn't know a whole lot either.) So I set out to learn a little more about the DVC and share it with you all!
So how does the points system work?
At the time that you buy into the Disney Vacation Club you purchase a set number of vacation points. Each year those points will be allocated to your account for you to use for your vacation accommodations. Different times of year, size of the unit, and the resort itself all affect the amount of points that are used to pay for accommodations.
If you don't use all of your points in one year you can "bank" them for the next year. DVC also allows you to "borrow" points from an upcoming year, but once points are banked or borrowed they cannot be returned to their original year. And you cannot combine more than three years of points at any one time.
Unlike the majority of timeshares, DVC ownership does expire. Now don't start to freak out just yet because you still have until 2042 (and in some cases longer) to enjoy your Disney ownership, just a heads up.
So where can I stay as a DVC member?
Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney's Old Key West, Disney's Boardwalk Villas, the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort Tree House Villas, Disney's Beach Club Villas, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, and Disney's new Aulani Resort are all DVC properties.
Points can also be used for other Disney World Resorts, the Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, resorts in Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris, and may also be traded out for use through RCI at over 500 locations.
So what are the benefits to DVC?
Staying in a vacation club villa at Disney is a great because generally (unless you are in a studio) have a suite like accommodation with more than one room. Villas also have a kitchen or kitchenette that can provide useful and cost-effective (perfect for making breakfast in the morning!)
What I consider to be the best perk of owning DVC is the discounts! Members get discounts on dining, spa treatments, water sports rentals, golf memberships, merchandise, theme park tours, and theme park annual passes!
What are your thoughts on DVC? Is it worth it? DVC owners- what are the pro's and con's for you with DVC?