Have you ever wondered about Disney Vacation Club? There are many reasons why you might want to consider joining, including the many exceptional Disney resorts you could stay at once you become a member. Here is your guide to everything you need to know about Disney Vacation Club, and our top picks for places to stay once you join.
What is Disney Vacation Club?
Disney Vacation Club, commonly known as DVC, is a vacation ownership (or timeshare) program that provides members with a cost-effective way to enjoy Disney vacations, virtually guaranteeing DVC owners with Disney vacations for life (or for as long as they are owners).
On the DVC website, Disney explains that membership begins when you purchase a deeded real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort. Real estate interest is represented by an annual allotment of vacation points. These vacation points can be used on a variety of room types, from studios to three-bedroom villas, making it easy for DVC owners to customize their Disney vacations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts, as well as over 4,000 other vacation destinations worldwide.
When you purchase DVC points directly from Disney, you can use them at other Disney hotels, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney vacations.
Why should I join DVC?
Disney outlines several benefits to joining Disney Vacation club, including the value of points, potential savings, and flexibility of each vacation.
When you become a DVC member, you “lock in” the price of the points at the time of purchase. This means that while prices may increase over the years, your cost stays the same as it was the day you purchased your points. Points have a high value because they can be used at a variety of DVC Resorts on several types of accommodations, including a studio and one-, two-, or three-bedroom villas.
DVC vacations are also flexible, as members are never obligated to stay at a specific resort during a certain time of year or for a certain period of time. DVC members can use their points however they want, wherever they want, according to their use year. You can also put “bank points” to be used the following year, or borrow points from a future year to be used during the current year. Take a look at the many flexible ways DVC members can use their points.
Disney Vacation Club members also receive exclusive benefits. Members can save up to 50% on Disney Vacation Club Resort accommodations over the life of their membership, compared to the same vacation at a non-discounted rental rate. Members also gain access to DVC-only events, as well as exclusive discounts on vacations, dining opportunities, merchandise, Disney Parks tours, and more. Visit the DVC website to learn about the current offerings for DVC members.
What does it cost to join?
The current, one-time purchase price is $18,200, plus closing costs and annual dues, for an ownership interest equal to 100 Vacation Points. Disney offers financing options for qualified buyers. For more information, visit the Disney Vacation Club official website to chat with a representative.
So, is joining DVC worth it for you? Depending on your lifestyle, how often you like to take Disney vacations, and your ability to purchase or finance your membership, DVC may or may not be the best option for you or your family.
If you’re curious about the various places you can stay using your DVC points, take a look at our list of the top seven Disney Vacation Club Resorts below.
Top 7 Disney Vacation Club Resorts
1. Aulani: a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa is unquestionably number one on our list. You can’t beat the location of this beautiful resort. Vacationing in Hawaii is a dream come true, but add a heavy dose of Mickey Mouse, and you’ve got yourself the vacation of a lifetime. Why wouldn’t you want to call this resort home? If you are a DVC member already, you’ve got to add this resort to your list of vacation destinations. And if you aren’t a DVC member, we’re sure Aulani will persuade you otherwise.
2. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located at one of the most gorgeous (and convenient) locations in all of Walt Disney World. Modeled after the Atlantic City BoardWalk at the turn-of-the-century, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is a waterfront resort located within walking distance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot theme parks. The DVC accommodations are top notch, the dining is excellent, and the pool is almost as good as Typhoon Lagoon water park. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.
3. Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is already a breathtaking place to stay. Now imagine the beauty of the Polynesian elevated even more, and you get the wonder and delight that comes with staying at the DVC villas and bungalows. DVC members can stay at their choice of a more traditional DVC villa or an extraordinary over-water bungalow. This resort is incredible in its own right, but it’s hard to compete with an over-water room with views of Cinderella Castle.
4. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Within walking distance of Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake Tower is like no other. The resort combines the modern elegance of Disney’s Contemporary Resort with the elevated luxury and convenience of Disney Vacation Club. You receive access to the resort monorail, award-winning dining at California Grill, and incredible views of the Happily Ever After fireworks. Plus, the DVC lounge here is unlike no other. What’s not to love?
5. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The only Disney Vacation Club location in California, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is unique in its own right. DVC rooms here offer stunning views directly overlooking Disney’s California Adventure park; often, guests can hear the rides operating right from their DVC balconies.
Luxurious rooms, fine dining, and California accommodations will make any DVC member feel right at home here.
6. Kidani Village and Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
If you want to feel completely transported during your DVC stay, consider making Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge your home. DVC members can choose from staying at villas at either Jambo House or Kidani Village, with rooms that overlook the breathtaking savannahs. A savannah view villa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is as close as you can get to staying right in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. For the animal lover or travel addict, this is definitely the place to call home.
7. Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Following our theme of the most immersive Disney Vacation Club resorts is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, themed after the national parks of America’s northwest. Disney describes Copper Creek as a new dimension of rustic elegance on Disney property, and we couldn’t agree more. The entire resort feels like a warm hug, and the newest DVC accommodations here are no different. As a DVC member, you have access to Reunion Station, a relaxing retreat that includes lounge dining and members-only resort activities. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge truly is an amazing site for DVC owners.
Where do you call home as a DVC member? Let us know in the comments below!