What is Disney Vacation Club?
version of timeshare vacation ownership. Since 1991, DVC has grown from a
single resort to 13 uniquely themed resorts:
Walt Disney World
Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs
Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Resort
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand
Californian Hotel & Spa
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Florida
- Disney’s Hilton
Head Island Resort, South Carolina
- Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas,
Ko Olina, Hawaii
Vacation Club at one of these resorts. Unlike traditional timeshare ownership
models which tie their members to specific room types at a specific resort on
specific dates for a set duration, a DVC contract is an annual allotment of
“Vacation Points” which can be used for a variety of room types at any
of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts at different times of the year. That
flexibility means that members can use their vacation points to build a custom
vacation each time they visit.
initial purchase price and annual dues. The initial purchase price is based
upon the number of points to be allotted annually multiplied by the price per
point for the resort for which the points are being purchased. In addition to
the initial purchase price, members are required to pay annual dues during the
life of their contract. Annual dues can
increase from one year to the next.
properties, Disney’s Polynesian Village and Aulani, are selling directly from Disney at $168 per
point and will expire in 2064. A
100-point contract at Disney’s Polynesian Village would cost $16,800 plus
approximately $426 in closing costs.
Annual dues would currently be $50 monthly.
Vacation Points Work
as the time when a member’s points become available. Points must be used between the month they
are allotted and the start of the same month of the following year. This is
referred to as a “Use Year”. If a
contract has a March Use Year, points become available each March and they must
be used by the start of the following March or they are forfeited.
allows members to bank points from one year to the next, or borrow points from
next year into the current year. The
contract’s Use Year determines when decisions on banking points must be made
by. Once any point has been borrowed or
banked, it cannot be borrowed or banked again and must be used within the Use
Year it ends up in. If a reservation is
canceled outside of 30 days, the points return to the member’s account. Within 30 days, points from a canceled
reservation are put in a holding account and must be used for a reservation
within 60 days of the check-in date.
months before the first day of their stay.
For all other resorts, members can book stays starting at 7 months
out. Home Resort priority can be an
important factor for members who want to stay at a specific resort, especially
during a peak season when rooms are in high demand.
also be used at a collection of non-DVC Disney Resorts called the “Disney
Collection”, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures By Disney vacation packages.
Through a partnership with RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange network,
all members can exchange their DVC points for stays at hotels and timeshares in
the RCI network all across the globe.
followed by 1-bedroom units, 2-bedroom units, and grand villas. Much like traditional hotels, weekend rates
are higher than weeknights, peak season rates are higher than off-season, and
rates for the same room types may differ based on the resort, or even based
upon the difference in view within the same resort. A Disney Vacation Club stay
can be as short as one night or last several weeks.
Savanna View Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas in mid-June would
have cost 120 points. A week at Aulani in a Island Gardens View Deluxe Studio
during July was 168 points. One week in Europe in a 2-bedroom accommodation
during Low-Season through the World Collection was 200 points.
are no taxes to be factored in. Each
resort is locked to a total number of points it can charge for all of its rooms
over the course of a given year. If
Disney decides to increase the rate of a 1-bedroom villa during value season at
Saratoga Springs, they must reduce the rate of another room type at the same
resort to balance it out. DVC contracts
do not lose value over time in regard to how much vacation you can book using
even have multiple contracts with different Home Resorts.
couple of ways. First, the rooms are
larger and replicate small apartments.
DVC accommodations range from studios with kitchenettes to multiple
bedroom villas with full kitchens, washing machines, dryers and multiple
bathrooms. Convertible sofas take the
place of some beds to provide a living area.
The design caters to guests with larger families, who want extra space,
or intend to spend more time inside of their rooms than the average hotel guest.
your own laundry is not something you find in a standard hotel. Guests have the
option of spending more time in their rooms and less time going out for
For stays less than 7 days, DVC guests will only receive “trash and
towel” service on the 4th day of their stay. That includes emptying the
trash, replacing the towels and replacing the toiletries. For stays of 8 days or more, there is one day
of full housekeeping on the 4th day and “trash and towel” service is done on
the 8th day. The cycle
repeats starting on the 12th day for even longer stays. Additional housekeeping services are
available at an added cost for guests who prefer to have it more often.
and Disneyland, as well as its resorts in Hawaii and Japan. Informational
sessions are held aboard each sailing of the Disney Cruise Line. If you can’t make it to any of those places
in person, you can go to the Disney Vacation Club website and sign up for a guided phone tour, where a Cast Member will
walk you through all the information while you look through the website.
Disney, which actively sells contracts at some its newest resorts and has wait
lists for contracts at its older resorts.
Financing is available.
in the resale market. These contracts
are often sold for less than their original purchase price and the sales have
to be approved by Disney, which reserves the right to buy the contract
back. Points acquired through the resale
market are only eligible for use at DVC resorts or exchanged into the RCI
network. Resale points cannot be used
for the Disney Collection, Disney Cruise Line, or Adventures By Disney