Changes to the Disney Vacation Club points system: What you should know

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Heads up, Disney Vacation Club owners and those who want to buy-in to DVC: Disney is changing the Disney Vacation Club points system. Here’s everything you need to know about the updates.

The changes are being made to the DVC points system will go into effect for 2021, so keep that in mind if you are planning to use your Disney Vacation Club points for a vacation in 2021, or if you are planning on purchasing DVC points anytime soon. The changes affect how a DVC owner can use their points for each of the DVC resorts at Disney World.

According to the 2021 points chart published by Disney on the official Disney Vacation Club website, there will be seven seasons in 2021, and these seasons will be differentiated based on their demand. Seasons with higher travel demand (a.k.a. more popularity) will require more points, and seasons with lower demand (a.k.a. the seasons that are considered “slower”) will require fewer points.

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Here’s what Disney has to say about the new changes to Disney Vacation Club points for 2021:

After a thorough analysis of Member travel patterns and Resort demand, Disney Vacation Club will be adjusting the 2021 Vacation Points Chart in order to encourage travel throughout the year with the goal of improving availability.

The 2021 Vacation Points Chart will feature 7 seasons that offer a wide range of options. Travel periods with greater demand will require more Points and travel periods with less demand will require fewer Points. However, those Members with more flexible travel schedules can enjoy stays using fewer Points than the previous year. For example, Members can enjoy stays for fewer Points than the year before when traveling in early September and during the summer period. On the other hand, Members who wish to travel in certain weeks in October and November will require more Points than the year before.

These changes only affect Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort. They do not impact Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas.

To clarify, here are the resorts affected by the 2021 DVC point changes:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – Opening December 16, 2019
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

You can view the points charts for each of the DVC resorts online here.

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Even though 2021 is still over a year away with the 11-month booking window at your home resort, it’s never too soon to start thinking about your next Disney vacation and plan ahead for when you will use your DVC points, especially since the more popular resorts during the more popular seasons tend to book up quickly. So Disney Vacation Club members, be sure to do your research for 2021 so that you’re prepared to use as many points as you need for your trip.

Are you considering buying into the Disney Vacation Club? If so, we highly suggest traveling to Walt Disney World Resort to have a tour first. You can speak with expert Disney Vacation Club Cast Members and figure out a contract that works best for you and your family’s lifestyle. And if you’re booking a trip to Walt Disney World to check out DVC, why not have an expert book your trip, too? The Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel know everything about Disney trip planning — and they can even book you a stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel that is also a Disney Vacation Club Resort! Click here for a free, no-obligation Disney vacation quote from Academy Travel.

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What do you think of the changes being made to the Disney Vacation Club points? Do you think the changes will impact how you choose to use your points at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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