Disney Officially Announces Changes in Policy For Vacation Club Members

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Are you a Disney Vacation Club member? You’ll want to read this!

Disney Vacation Club has just announced changes in policies to their program due to the temporary park closures and ongoing global pandemic.

All Disney Vacation Club Resort reservations that were scheduled to take place during the temporary park closure time will be automatically canceled by Disney Vacation Club on a week-to-week basis. The vacation points returned will not be placed in a holding account — The points will be returned to the current Use Year.

Other changes to Disney Vacation Club include Borrowed DVC Points and extension of current DVC points.

Related: FAQ: How Can You Get A Refund Or Cancel Your Disney Trip?

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According to the official Disney Vacation Club website (last modified, April 24, 2020):

Temporary Updates to Our Cancellation Policy

Until the decision is made as to when the Resorts will reopen, all reservations scheduled for arrival during the closure time will be automatically cancelled by Disney Vacation Club on a week-by-week basis. Members do not need to cancel the reservation online or contact Member Services. Vacation Points returned due to a cancellation of a Resort reservation will not be placed in a holding account and will be returned to the current Use Year. This applies to all reservations checking in within the next 30 days. When a reservation involving Borrowed Points is cancelled, the Borrowed Points will be returned to the Use Year they were borrowed from regardless of arrival date. Please allow up to 15 business days for this process to be completed. Reservation Points returned due to a cancellation of a Disney Collection or a Concierge Collection reservation will be returned as Reservation Points in the current use year.

Some Members had reservations for Disney Vacation Club Resort stays during the closure period using Points that are set to expire. 2019 Use Year Points for April and June that are set to expire in 2020 and that were used for these reservations will be extended for one year from the current expiration date. 2018 Use Year Points for April and June that were banked into 2019 and used for these reservations will be extended for six months from their current expiration date. Please note this temporary policy only includes expiring Points that were used to book a stay between March 12 and the end of the closure period and that involve a reservation cancelled after February 29. In addition, to better support Member availability, Disney Vacation Club will not extend the life of our expiring developer Points.

In light of this and to help with Resort availability in the coming year, beginning today, Members who want to borrow Points to complete a reservation will temporarily only be able to borrow up to 50 percent of their future Use Year Points per contract, as permitted by your Home Resort Rules and Regulations. Doing this will help manage inventory and accommodate more Members who want to schedule their vacations once the Resorts reopen. Points already borrowed for a stay outside the closure period will be honored, even if they are above the 50 percent threshold. We will continue to monitor our inventory and re-evaluate, with the goal of returning to our standard policy as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

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More on Disney Vacation Club

The Disney Vacation Club is a vacation timeshare program which is owned and operated by Disney Vacation Development, Inc. The DVC allows members to buy a real estate interest in a DVC resort.

The official DVC website states “Purchase a real estate interest directly from Disney Vacation Club—a flexible timeshare—that’s represented by Vacation Points.” Any DVC Member can use their DVC Points to book incredible and one-of-a-kind accommodations at select Disney Resorts and other destinations.

Some Disney Vacation Club Resorts include Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, and Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — all located at Walt Disney World Resort. DVC Resorts are also located at Disneyland Resort, Aulani, and more.

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More On Temporary Park Closures

We recently announced Disney made changes and canceled previously made reservations for Walt Disney World travel dates in mid-May due to the temporary park closures, which you can read more about here.

As of right now, Disney Parks has not yet made an announcement on when the parks will reopen to guests, but Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we find out more information. For more information on Disney Resort reservation cancellations, you can visit our FAQ article here.

Has the current pandemic affected your Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments.

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