What Is The Disney Vacation Club?
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is Disney’s timeshare system; it operates on a “points” system, which allows members to use their points, flexibly, at any of the DVC resorts. Owners pay a premium to buy points which allow them to stay in Deluxe accommodations for the duration of the life of their contract.
Every year during their contract, they pay maintenance fees, too; these are ‘per point’ and billed monthly; so in addition to the upfront cost of the DVC contract, the maintenance fees could add a not insignificant, ongoing cost.
Once purchased, DVC members own the timeshare “points” which is, in effect, a pre-paid, annual vacation plan which enables them to stay at their choice of Disney Vacation resorts. Sometimes, owners are unable to use all of their points, and then they choose to ‘offer’ their allocation and be able to rent DVC points out to others.
The more points an owner has, the longer they can stay – the number of points needed will vary depending on the size of the chosen accommodation type, as well as the resort itself.
Choosing to rent DVC points could save you a lot of money (we’ll show you later how much, but the saving is substantial!) compared to booking your accommodation at the same deluxe Disney resorts, directly. When I say a lot of money, I mean, A LOT OF MONEY!
What Are The DVC Resort Locations?
Whilst Saratoga Springs Resort and Old Key West Resort are DVC resort locations and have some great attributes, we’re going to look exclusively at the DVC resorts that are right next to the Deluxe Disney Resort hotels; where we think you’ll have a better experience and better value if you choose to rent DVC points.
DVC resorts have all been creatively designed to delight all ages and interests and any of them would be a good location to rent DVC points. The resorts are all uniquely themed and are located as follows:
- Beach Club Villas (located in the same building as the Beach Club)
- BoardWalk Villas (located in the same building as the Boardwalk Inn)
- Bay Lake Tower (in a separate building at The Contemporary Resort location)
- Animal Kingdom Villas (some of these are located in the same building as Animal Kingdom lodge – Jambo House – and some are in a separate building – Kidani Village)
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge (in the same building as Wilderness Lodge)
- Copper Creek Villas at Wilderness Lodge (next to the Wilderness Lodge)
- Grand Floridian Villas (located next to The Grand Floridian)
- Polynesian Village Resort (located at The Polynesian)
You can even rent DVC points at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina Hawaii, at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and at Vero Beach Resort. You can peep all the locations on the DVC rental website!
Why Rent DVC Points?
To be honest? To save money and stay at EPIC Deluxe resorts on the cheap. Okay, nothing at Disney is exactly cheap, but it is for darn sure more affordable than the normal rate you would pay for a Deluxe Resort!
- You could choose to rent DVC points and use them to stay in a studio, which are most like the Disney hotel rooms (but with better kitchen amenities and which come with access to laundry rooms with complimentary use of washers and dryers). This is what I most often book as I don’t need much space and don’t want to spend a ton. These can also sleep up to 5 people which is incredible!
- Then, for a different level of accommodation, there are the villas. These range from one to three-bedroom (and all have well-equipped kitchens as well as dishwashers, washers and dryers) and will take your Disney vacation to a whole new level! Being able to rent DVC points to get accommodation in this level strikes us as being particularly attractive to families.
Pros And Cons For Renting DVC Points
For us, the biggest attraction is staying at deluxe resorts that may otherwise be out of our budget! Yes, renting DVC points really can make that sort of difference! I hadn’t stayed in a Deluxe Resort for over 20 years before I learned about DVC rental. When I discovered David’s DVC Rental through the Disney Facebook groups, I was skeptical as heck but gave it a try and now I am so sold!
You can have flexibility – you don’t have to rent DVC points in blocks of a week, for example, like most timeshares and, if you want, you could choose to resort hop and experience the very best Deluxe DVC resorts that Disney has to offer! You could choose to rent DVC points at as many resorts as you like, to create your dream vacation.
If you can be more flexible, depending on your circumstances, you can save even more money by modifying the dates you want to stay – prices can vary significantly.
You can save even more money, when renting DVC points, because you’ll have free resort parking while staying at a DVC rental. Yes, that’s right! Even though Disney has introduced resort parking fees for their guests, DVC owners (and their guests, who rent DVC points) can still park for free!
That means if you are on the DVC Request website and you see the “total price” before you submit your request, that is the TOTAL price. There are no added fees. No extra taxes. No parking. That price is all you will pay! [This is one of the questions I had to ask the online chat help!]
If you’re traveling with children, you should note that all DVC rooms can have a child in a Pack n Play (Travel cot to international readers), who won’t count towards your permitted capacity.
Finally, it is absolutely NOT the case that renting DVC points will mean you don’t get all of the usual perks of staying at a WDW resort, you will still be able to use Magic Bands; access on-site transportation and make full use of Extra Magic Hours.
You can even add a Disney Dining Plan to your DVC rental, if you like! Even better, you can add the Disney Dining Plan without needing to buy park tickets, giving you the option to save more money and buy from an authorized ticket broker, rather than directly from Disney.
Staying in a DVC rental, you’ll get reduced Mousekeeping in your room, although there will be daily trash removal (if it’s really important to you, daily mousekeeping can be arranged and paid for when you check in). You can request a broom and dustpan, and many rooms include it. We don’t have any problem cleaning up after ourselves so this is what we do.
For stays of up to 7 nights, you will get Mousekeeping ‘Trash and Towel’ service on day 4, which includes:
- Fresh bathroom towels
- Replenishing toiletries, tissues, toilet paper etc
- Replenishing coffee, sugar and cream
- Replenishing sponges, dish washing liquid, dishwasher and laundry detergent (as applicable, based on your accommodation type)
For stays of 8 or more nights, you will get a full cleaning from Mousekeeping on day 4 and the above ‘Trash and Towel’ service on day 8. Full cleaning includes:
- Changing bed linen
- Vacuuming and dusting
- Bathroom cleaning
- Cleaning the kitchen
We think these cons are REALLY outweighed by the pros you’ll get if you choose to rent DVC points.
Next, when you rent DVC points, you agreement is with the owner, not Disney. This is why I like using a service like David’s DVC Rentals because they play the intermediary. You are paying the owner and David’s DVC Rentals will help take care of the rest. This way, you simply deal with Davids and they deal with the owner.
Finally, when you do rentals for DVC, there is limited inventory. If you wanted to go next month, you will have to check the Dedicated Reservations Page [more on this in a moment!] but if you request through the normal portal, your chances will be slim.
For best luck, book as far out as possible and when you make your request, if it is closer to your date of travel, ask the team to let you know alternative dates!
Renting Through David’s DVC Rental
How To Rent DVC Points
When you’re ready to book at David’s DVC rental, complete the straightforward reservation form. Before you submit the form, you’ll need to pay a deposit, which can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal; this is non-refundable (as long as they can reserve one of your identified choices).
Once you’re notified that your reservation request has been fulfilled, you’ll be required to pay the balance within 24 hours.
How much do you save by renting DVC points?
|September 2020 Travel Dates||Beach Club Resort||Riviera Resort||Boardwalk Villas|
|Studio Room via Disney||$572/Night||$534/Night||$569/Night|
|DVC Studio via David’s DVC||$275/Night||$342/Night||$216/Night|
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If you can be a little flexible with your dates and your resort choices, then we think you’ll get a superior experience that you absolutely won’t regret!
I am totally obsessed, but it works for me. This is what I would recommend my out-of-town friends to try or anyone that has the budget that works for DVC rentals! If you can’t be flexible or don’t want to deal with this sort of arrangement, that is okay too! I want you to want to make renting DVC points work for you!
It’s always a good idea to check out the cost against what you can get directly from Disney for a moderate resort, to see for yourself if it meets your pricepoint. Sometimes, Disney offers surprisingly low prices for resort stays, but, in general, choosing to rent DVC points will save you money.