Are you a Disney Vacation Club member?
Are you a Disney Vacation Club member? Is it worth the investment?
The original Disney Vacation Club (Old Key West) - Photo by Tom Bricker
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The short answer is no, I'm not a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and maybe it's worth the investment.
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From the time the first Disney Vacation Club Resort was built, (oddly enough it was called the Disney Vacation Club but now they call it Old Key West
) I've wanted to join. I just never could justify the money. It's a lot of money and I've never just had $12,000 (about the price when the program was introduced) or more just lying around waiting to be spent on a vacation.
Is the Disney Vacation Club worth it? That depends.
The Disney Vacation Club works on a points system. You purchase points and "spend" these points to make your hotel reservation at one of the DVC hotels. It's a great system because you have lots of flexibility.
The points are yours for a number of years (originally it was 50, but depending on the resort you buy in, it could be as few as 29). On top of the points purchase there is a yearly maintenance fee you have to pay.
So to figure out if it's worth it, you have to figure out how often you are going to go to Disney World in the future. Then you figure out how much your accommodations would cost and compare that to how much the DVC points would cost.
Oh my goodness, that's a lot of work. Yes, I'll make it easy for you.
It all boils down to if you stay in the Value Resorts the All Stars, Pop Century or Art of Animation Resorts (Family Suites excluded) then no, you won't be able to justify it even if you go every year.
If you go to Disney World every year and if you stay in the Family Suites, Moderates or Deluxe Resorts every year then yes, it might make sense. If you go every other year, then you have to bump that up to the Deluxe Resorts to make it work.
If you always stay in a Deluxe Resort and you plan to go to Disney World every year or every other year for the next 30 years, then yes, it's worth the investment.
Dad's Bottom Line
Tims, the Disney Vacation Club is expensive. I have several friends (two are penny pinching accountants) that have points and they go multiple times every year. They love it.
I keep telling Mrs. Mom she should have let me buy in back when it was $48 per point, but oh, well.