Have you ever wondered about the Disney Vacation Club? We've broken down the basics below to give you a little insight into what being a DVC member is like. If it sounds like something you might be interested in, contact us and let us know if you'd like us to put you in contact with DVC. They'll follow up with more information and help you decide if DVC is the right option for you!
First and foremost, DVC is a timeshare or real estate interest. When you purchase a DVC membership, you a effectively purchasing ownership in one of the many DVC resorts located at Disneyland, Disney World, Aluani, or Hilton Head Island. You membership works on a points basis-- so instead of buying a specific week, etc, you get a set number of points each year that you can use to spend time at one of the DVC resorts. Different rooms cost different numbers of points and there are various seasons where it costs more or less points per night based on the the resort peak seasons. Along with your points, DVC generally comes with many other benefits and perks (though Disney likes to remind members that perks and benefits are subject to change and never guaranteed). Keep in mind, along with real estate ownerships come an annual dues fee that will be due each January and pays for upkeep, taxes, etc. Most if not all of the DVC ownerships are a 50-year contract-- regardless of whether you pay cash up front or finance your membership. So basically, you're pre-purchasing 50 years of magical vacations that can be gifted or willed to family even after the owner passes away.
More About Points
Contracts can be as small as 50 points and up to 500 or more. Members can also purchase multiple contracts and pool points. To book a stay, members can reserve a room at their home resort 11 months out or 7 months out for non-home resorts. Additionally, points can be banked into the next calendar year to provide more points for a future trip and they can be borrowed from a future year in the same way. So someone with 150 points could, in theory, manage to use 450 points in a single year if they bank 150 from one year and borrow 150 from the next year's available points. This can be helpful if planning a large family, using points for a Disney cruise or Adventures by Disney experience.
Benefits & Perks
You do not get free entry to any of the Disney parks with DVC membership. Members get $20 off of Disneyland Annual Passes and a special discounted rate on DisneyWorld annual passes. Generally, many of the food, merchandise, and event ticket discounts available to DVC members mirror those of annual passes. As a member, you will be able to see all of the benefits at any given time in the DVC portal. One VERY, VERY important thing to keep in mind is that if you choose to purchase your DVC contract second-hand or from a third party, you will NOT have access to the benefits or perks offered to Disney Vacation Club members who purchase contracts directly through Disney. The only exception to this is if you have an existing or additional contract purchased direct through Disney.
To be honest, I was a skeptic when I got stopped at Hollywood Studios on a trip several years back. I always thought timeshares were a giant scam and that this was just a way to rope people into something expensive and unnecessary. I now completely disagree with that sentiment and realize that DVC is actually an incredible value and an amazing way to get to experience the more luxurious resorts at Disneyland and Disney World.
If you want to find out more and are ok with a Disney Vacation Club representative reaching out to discuss this amazing opportunity, contact us!