If you are a Disney addict, much like myself, then I am sure from time to time you have thought about becoming a member of the Disney Vacation Club. It really sounds very elite, one day I picture myself sipping on some fruity cocktail saying, “Oh yes, we are DVC members.” But in reality, the concept of the Disney Vacation club is pretty simple.
Here is a quick over view if you are not familiar.
- The first thing you need to know is the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is a points based timeshare program owned and managed by Disney!
- There are 11 resorts included in the Disney Vacation Club Program
- You get a specific number of points to use a year. The larger your real estate interest the more days or bigger accomodations you have to enjoy annually.
- How you use your points is up to you. You can use them, bank them and even borrow them from year to year. Of course its more complicated than that, but you get the idea.
- You can buy your very own DVC points, rent points, and even purchase them through a RESALE company. (Keep reading RESALE is where it gets good!!)
Here are the Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
- Bay Lake Tower
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
- The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
- Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
Becoming A DVC Member- There are two ways to become a very elite Disney Vacation Club Member. You can buy Directly from Walt Disney World, which many people have done and it is a great option. The resorts that are available for purchase right now are:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
- Bay Lake Towers
Now if you are a sensible person you will say now wait Jackie, the list above isn’t all the DVC Resorts, why? Well that is because Disney has sold out of rooms at the other Resorts so you are no longer able to buy in for your “home” resort at the resorts that are sold out.
If you are a smart shopper, you probably like to shop around for the best prices before purchasing a big item! I know we do that, so I was so excited when I found out you can purchase a DVC membership through a resale. The concept is pretty simple, if someone doesn’t want to be a DVC member anymore they can sell their share to someone else. I know what you are thinking, WHO would EVER want to get out of the DVC?! But it happens, especially in this economy. But that is good for you because purchasing a DVC membership through a resale is considerably cheaper than purchasing one brand new!
I have found a great company SellMyTimeShareNow.com that has made the whole process super simple for you! On their website, they lay it out in 6 simple steps!
- Choose the Home Resort and Points Package you want!
- Make an offer to buy a DVC resale
- Negotiate the price
- Bring the sale to closing
- Disney may operate its Right of First Refusal
- You are now a DVC owner!
Head over to this link HERE and you can see all of the whys to the steps above!
Are you ready to see what I am talking about? Check out this ad HERE for an Animal Kingdom Villa DVC membership. WOW, talk about a sale price! That is way more doable for my family than a traditional brand new DVC membership. I encourage you to take a look around the website sellmytimesharenow.com if you are interested in becoming a DVC member.
Besides the price, I really like the idea of a resale for the DVC because you have to chance to purchase your home resort at some of the sold resorts like the Beach Club or BoardWalk. I like having the possibility of choosing from all of the resorts instead of the 3 that are left on the Disney website. It gives you the opportunity to get what you really want – and if its cheaper YAY!
Here are some Pros and Cons, in my opinion of the Disney Vacation Club:
- Pro – Getting to stay at Deluxe Resorts for long periods of time. My family normally stays in the Value to Moderate Categories for the simple factor of price.
- Pro – Discounts on Annual Passes
- Pro or Con depending on how you look at it is the ability to cook in your room. Some people have food allergies or want to save money. Cool.
- Con – No daily maid service. Um, I am a housewife and the last thing I want to do at Disney is pic up after my monsters.. Am I right?! But I could probably live with it.
- Pro- Washer/Dryer combo. I would love to not have to do coin laundry at Disney anymore!
- Pro- I am pretty sure a lot of the rooms have large bathtubs, maybe even jetted. Wouldn’t that feel nice after a long day walking the Parks?!
- Pro-Disney Dining Plan is available for DVC members. You must book through the DVC Services and everyone in your room must book the same.
There is so much information out there about the Disney Vacation Plan, you really have to do a lot of research for yourself to see if it is worth it or not. But two good places to start are this post and over at SellMyTimeShareNow.com on their Disney Vacation Club Page.. They have got a lot of information over there regarding the DVC and resale. I have talked with a representative from the site, and I can tell you they are so very friendly over there. I am sure they will be more than happy to help you along the way!