Disney Vacation Club
The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) ... it sounds like something everyone should join, right? But then again maybe not. The club is not for everyone, but if you fit the profile, joining might save you a bunch of money on your Walt Disney World Vacations for the next 50 years.
The concept of the DVC is simple. Pay for your vacation villa one time and use it for the next 50 years (or so). Yes, it's a bit more complicated than that in practice, but the general idea is to have a vacation home for a long, long time.
Disney Vacation Club - Bay Lake Towers Resort
At Walt Disney World
Over the last few years, Disney has vastly expanded the number of DVC hotels at Walt Disney World. Most of the newest hotels are part of the Club.
Animal Kingdom Villas
Beach Club Villas
Bay Lake Towers
Old Key West
Saratoga Springs Resort
Wilderness Lodge Villas
A few years ago Disney started expanding the Disney Vacation Club. Years ago they built a resorts in Florida ad North Carolina. In the last couple of years they've started expanding again and they've opened new resorts at Disneyland and in Hawaii.
Vero Beach Resort
Hilton Head Island Resort
The Villas at the Grand Californian Resort and Spa
Aloha. What could be better than a Disney vacation in Hawaii. Aulani is the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort. It's located in Ko Olina, Hawaii (across the island from Honolulu). It's truly a vacation in paradise.
(This might actually be better than the Polynesian Resort)
HOW DOES IT WORK
The Disney Vacation Club is unique in the timeshare world. It doesn't work on a "week" system, it works on a point system. You buy points in one of the resorts which becomes your home resort. Those points are used for making villa reservations at DVC resorts. Points can be borrowed or banked to expand the number of points available.
Points can be used for a variety of other Disney Vacations. You can book a Disney Cruise, you can go on one of the great new Adventures by Disney or even book a room at one of the Monorail Hotels.
You get a yearly allotment of points that have to be used or are lost. These points can be "banked" for one year. If the points aren't used or banked, they are gone.
WHAT DOES IT COST
Different home resorts are priced differently. Currently Disney Vacation Club points are priced from $80 to $150 depending on the home resort. For example the brand new Bay Lake Tower Villas are $150 per point. The minimum point purchase from Disney for a new owner is 160 points. If you already own DVC points you can "add on" points at any time.
Buying from Disney is not always the best way. You can buy "used" points. There are several locations that resell contracts. "Used" points sell at a substantial discount.
One great way to save money on a Disney Vacation is to rent Disney Vacation Club points. Sometimes DVC owners will "rent" points that they can't use that will be lost. You and the owner enter into an agreement where the owner makes a reservation for you and you pay them or "rent" their points. Renting normally costs from $9 to $15 per point.
This can make for substantial savings over the cost of renting points from Disney. For more information about renting points see David's Vacation Club Rentals.
WHO SHOULD JOIN
The Club is not for everyone. It's very expensive but if you meet the following criteria you should look in to it.
If you do all of the following...
- I go to Walt Disney World every year or every other year
- I always stay in a Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort
- I plan to go on Disney Vacations for the next 20 years or more
If that describes you then the Disney Vacation Club just might be for you. The next question is can you afford it? If you have to borrow money to pay for membership the savings you get from being a member is greatly reduced.
Dad's Bottom Line
The Disney Vacation Club is one of the fastest growing parts of the Disney empire. It's one of the best timeshare programs out there especially for Disney lovers.
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