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How Does Disney Vacation Club Work?

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Posted on August 04, 2022

Disney Vacation Club is a vacation ownership club sprinkled with the magic of Disney to help you save significantly if you like vacationing often to Disney World. As a Disney Vacation Club member, you can personalize your membership to fit your needs and budget. 

This flexible timeshare program allows travelers to choose from 15 different properties to visit Disney World and Disneyland as well as Hawaii, Hilton Head and Vero Beach. Unlike traditional timeshares, DVC uses a points-based system for members to be able to vacation at their choice of destination at any time. 

How Do DVC Points Work?

Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio

When you become a member of Disney Vacation Club, you are allotted a number of points at a “home resort.” You can then use your DVC points annually to vacation at your home resort or migrate between Disney resorts if you decide you do not want to stay at your home resort for an upcoming trip. 

Your home resort is the resort you choose when you buy DVC points. This resort determines the allotment of your annual points because they are deeded to the specific resort. While you are able to use points across the Disney Vacation Club, it is important that you choose a home resort you are comfortable staying at on a regular basis. You also get first priority at available vacation dates at your home resort since you booking window starts earlier than for other Disney timeshare resorts. 

As an owner of a Disney timeshare, you are able to bank and borrow points. When you borrow points, you are using future points as credit to fulfill a vacation during the current use year. When you bank points, you save your points for trips at a later date during the following year. These options are very convenient if, for example, you decide you would like to save up your points to travel for a special occasion in a larger unit. 

Disney Vacation Club Benefits

California Adventure Park

Apart from using points to stay in the various Disney timeshare resorts across the program, one of the wonderful benefits Disney Vacation Club has to offer is their points exchange program. Disney partners with Interval International so you can exchange your Disney points for a stay overseas or domestically at an Interval International affiliated resort. 

Booking through II can also be a way to stay in a different DVC resort in case you are having issues booking your preferred dates through DVC. Remember that you can also go through II to book tours and cruises that may not be available through Disney as a resale benefit. 

Another great benefit to Disney timeshares is that suites are equipped with either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. This can help you and your family save money on vacation by grabbing groceries instead of spending a fortune on a meal. 

When you buy DVC resales, you own a part of Disney. Something to consider when buying resale is that you may not get access to every single benefit Disney has to offer. However, saving up to 50% on a Disney timeshare, which starts at $31,050 when purchased through Disney, is far more beneficial and cost effective than benefits such as discounts on dining and shopping.

Below are some of Disney Vacation Club’s most well-beloved resorts and their features: 

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney Saratoga resort

Inspired by the late 1800s New York retreat, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort offers studio units, one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas as well as the exclusive Treehouse villas. Each villa is equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, separate bedrooms as well as spacious living and dining areas. Treehouse villas are hidden between thriving forests and have private decks and charcoal grills. 

There are two pools and an aqua-play area to spend the hot summer days. The Paddock Pool features a 146-foot-long water slide and there are two mini water slides for the kids. You can also get physical and break a sweat at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course or the Health Club during your stay. 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

Giraffe at resort

This resort takes inspiration from the traditional African kraal and includes views of savannas where over 30 species of African wildlife roam. You can choose from deluxe studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, washer/dryer and, separate dining and living areas for your stay at Animal Kingdom. 

Take a plunge in the Samawati Springs pool down the 128-foot-long water slide or take the kids to Uwanja Camp to hone their animal observation skills. As a guest at Animal Kingdom villas, you can have access to the Wanyama Safari and Dinner to get up close with the animals and a lovely multi-course South African meal. 

Disney’s Old Key West Resort