The Disney Vacation Club, or DVC, is a vacation ownership program. The program is similar to a vacation timeshare program, but has its own set of rules that makes it unique.
You become a member of the program by purchasing a real estate interest in one of the Disney Vacation Club resorts for a one-time fee, plus a yearly resort maintenance fee. The amount of real estate interest you purchase is allotted to the member in terms of points.
The DVC members can stay at a Disney Vacation Club resort. However, where, when, and how often is determined by the number of points that the DVC member has purchased.
Like other timeshare programs, DVC resorts can be booked by non-DVC members who “rent” current DVC members points. Making it an interesting prospect for non DVC members looking to stay at a DVC resort for below room rack-rate prices. Sometimes, saving the renter thousands of dollars!
How DVC Points Work
Disney’s vacation ownership program is different from other timeshare programs, in that its members didn’t buy into a week at a certain resort for a certain timeframe, or whatever the stipulations are, they bought an allotment of points that can be used anytime at any of the DVC resorts based on availability. Allowing for greater flexibility as to when, where and how often they can stay at a DVC resort.
Instead of a dollar cost per room per night, DVC resort rooms have a point cost per room per night.
The point cost per room per night does change and fluctuates based on the time of year you go and if you are staying on a weekend or weeknight.
For example, if you wanted to stay at Bay Lake Towers, Standard Room September 1, 2017 – September 5, 2017 for 4 nights, it would cost 60 points. However, if you wanted to stay at Bay Lake Towers, Standard Room July 7, 2017 – July 11, 2017 for 4 nights, it would cost 82 points.
Click here for a DVC point calculator to find out how I got that point calculation.
Where Can You Stay?
The DVC program operates in 13 different resorts. 9 Resorts are located in Disney World. 1 Resort is located at Disneyland in California. 3 Resorts are located at various beach locations.
Disney World, Florida
- The Animal Kingdom Villas
- Bake Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Beach Club Villas
- BoardWalk Villas
- Villas at Grand Floridian
- Old Key West Villa
- Saratoga Springs
- Villas at Wilderness Lodge
- Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- Villas at Grand Californian
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Vero Beach, Florida
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
Disadvantages of the Disney Vacation Club
Not Much Last Minute Planning
For some people who are planning on going to Disney World, plans are made many months in advance. However, for some of us, last-minute, is the way we roll.
However, if you want a to stay at a Disney Vacation Club resort, reservations should be made many months in advance.
Disney Vacation Club rentals are popular and room availability is limited, while their can be some last-minute availability, you shouldn’t plan on it.
You do not receive daily housekeeping.
You will receive Trash and Towel service on day 4 for stays of more than 4 days. If you stay 8 or more nights, you will receive a full cleaning service on day four, and Trash and Towel service on day eight. If you stay 12 nights or more, the cycle repeats again.
However, when you check in for your stay daily housekeeping can be arranged for a small fee. Rates vary depending on what and how often you want it.
How To Stay at a DVC Resort
You can stay at one of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts listed above by either buying DVC points and becoming a DVC member, or renting points from a DVC member.
Buy DVC Points
Buying DVC Points is a big process that involves a lot of research and financial commitment.
If you want to know more about buying DVC points directly from Disney World and becoming a DVC member, I suggest you start by reading the official Disney Vacation Club Blog, Membership 101.
You can also purchase DVC points from current DVC members who no longer want or need their membership. This is called DVC resale.
There are pros and cons of purchasing points direct from Disney vs through DVC Resale, here is a great post explaining the main differences.
For more FAQ’s about Buying DVC Points click here.
Full Disclosure! Buying DVC Points is the same as buying a Timeshare Interest. The links above lead to pormotional materials that are being used for the purpose of soliciting shares for Timeshare Interests.
Rent DVC Points
Sometimes, DVC members decide they are not going to use their DVC points and decide to rent them out.
In this case, anyone interested in staying at a DVC resort can rent these points directly from the current Disney Vacation Club members or indirectly through a Disney Vacation Club points broker.
Points are rented out on a per point cost, currently the cost is between $13 to $16 per point. Sometimes you can find them cheaper than that, especially if the DVC points are about to expire and they need to sell them fast.
Advantages of Renting DVC Points Vs Buying Them
Renting DVC points is a great option for people who would like to stay at Deluxe Disney Resort Hotels for moderate prices, and save literally thousands on their Disney World accommodations.
DVC Points allow you to stay at a Deluxe Disney resort for a much, much lower rate than staying at the same resort and paying the rack room rate.
For Example: a family of 4 staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in a Deluxe Studio – Standard View for 7 nights in February 2017 would pay: $2,938.28 purchasing the room through Disney’s Online booking system, but could rent the room from a DVC broker for $1,740 for the same dates.
An even bigger savings would be for a family of 4 staying at Bay Lake Towers in a Deluxe Studio – Theme Park View for 7 nights in February 2017 would pay $5,184.00 purchasing the room through Disney’s online booking system, but could rent the room from a DVC broker for $2,745.00 for the same dates saving the buyer just over $2000.00.
Note: All prices quoted are subject to change, and depend on the time of year you go and the price per point currently being offered.
Another benefit of renting Disney Vacation Club points for rooms, is that you can add the Disney dinning plan without purchasing park tickets.
THIS can be a huge advantage for people who want the Disney dinning plan, but don’t want to have to purchase their tickets directly from Disney.
You can than purchase discounted tickets from an authorized ticket broker, like Undercover Tourist, for a discounted price.
Test the Waters
They are also a great option for people who are interested in the Disney Vacation Club, but are not sure about the commitment yet.
Renting Disney Vacation Club points allows you to test the waters before taking the plunge into a big investment like the Disney Vacation Club.
What are the Disadvantages of Renting DVC Points
Of course the savings can be amazing, in some cases, even better than staying at some Moderate resorts. However, there are a few disadvantages to renting points to stay at a DVC resort.
In most cases, 100% of the rental fee is required at time of confirmation with the DVC member or DVC point broker.
Also, due to the complexity of these reservations there is usually a no cancellation, no changes, and no refund policy in place.
This is different from booking through a Disney Resort Directly, as most room-only bookings (only booking the room, and adding tickets on later) can be cancelled up to 5 days before your arrival date with a full refund.
Because DVC reservations are timeshare bookings and NOT hotel bookings, the same cancellations/modification rules do not apply. DVC owners have different limitations and restrictions when it comes to cancelling or rescheduling a reservation.
For that reason, there is usually a no cancellation/no changes/no refunds policy in place for all secured reservations. So think, all sales are final, so make sure your plans are firm, and you have travel insurance.
The reservation is in your name, but you don’t actually make the reservation, so you have no control over it.
renting points from a DVC member is a private transaction between you and the member.
The Disney Vacation Club and Disney company has nothing to do with it at all and are in no way affiliated with that transaction.
If something goes wrong, you cannot call Disney directly. They will have nothing to do with it, even if the member you are renting form is a legitimate DVC member they are acting privately and not on the behalf of Disney World.
The DVC owner books your reservation, and makes any requests changes or additions to the reservation like adding Disney’s Magical Express or the Disney Dinning Plan.
You still have control over making your Disney Dinning Plan reservations and FASTPASS+ reservations, which is part of your My Disney experience account, where your DVC reservation can be linked to.
Just make sure the names and e-mail address you give to put on your DVC resort reservation matches exactly with the name email address you have on your “My Disney Experience” profile and the names you have attached to any dinning or FASTPASS+ reservations you have pre-booked.
Not The Same
Renting from a Disney Vacation Club member is not the same as being a Disney Vacation Club member.
As a renter you will not be entitled to any of the membership privileges the comes with being a Disney Vacation Club member. That includes no annual pass discounts, park entry discounts, merchandise discounts, or restaurant discounts.
However, you will receive all the perks and benefits of any guest staying on site at a Disney Resort, such as free transportation aboard all Disney Transportation vehicles, including the Disney Magical Express, and Extended Magic Hours.
Interested In Renting DVC Points?
If you want to know more about renting Disney Vacation Club Points, then you have come to the right place.