Thursday, August 11, 2011

Disney Vacation Club

  My husband and I first took our two little girls to Disney four years ago. It was a last minute decision, literally, and we didn’t know what to expect. My husband is a hard working man and we don’t see him as often as we’d like. So our impromptu week at Disney was like finding Heaven on Earth. Not only did the kids get to experience Disney magic for the first time, but they also got their daddy’s undivided attention for an entire week! We stayed on Disney property at a moderate resort and we instantly fell in love with the idea of more Disney vacations. As we traveled the World, we realized that although our resort was great, Disney property could be even greater. But as we longed to experience an even grander Disney resort, we knew that the price was a bit (or a lot) too steep. Thanks to Disney’s Vacation Club, or the DVC, my family now gets to experience the magic of Disney every year! With this experience, we now stay only at the top of the line resorts and get treated like Disney royalty.

The DVC is a timeshare, but run Disney style. With this timeshare you can pick anytime and anywhere you want to take your vacation. Since you buy points, rather than weeks, you can even divide your points up to take several vacations a year. They don't even have to be vacations to Disney locations.  Your Disney points are good towards Disney Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and most RCI timeshare properties.  You are also able to bank points you would like to save, or borrow from a different year if you are planning an extra long vacation. The DVC has a costly buy in, but after doing the math, we will have spent the equivalent in about  6 ½ vacations. Last year we stayed at the Beach Club Resort.  A one night cash stay in a one bedroom villa runs about $670 per night!  If we were not DVC members, our week stay would cost us  $4690 for just the room.  We didn't even spend that much on our last two trips to Disney put together (and that's including airfare!)  Instead, we spent 211 points for the week.  Last year our annual dues were $650. That means that we stayed at this fabulous resort for one week for $20 less than a single night. It doesn’t get better than that! 

As a DVC member, you also receive great discounts good for Disney dining, shopping, shows, and all night parties (including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party). If you love Disney and are interested in the DVC go to  or feel free to email me any questions you may have at . I can refer you to a great sales rep who never calls or bothers you at home (unless of course you ask her to).   As they say in Disney World, Have a Magical Day!


Mouse Fan Diane said...

Great post, I'm a DVC member too.
I'm also a new follower. Please stop by mine Disney blog too.

DisneyMom said...

I love Disney. I am not sure about those clubs though.

We hope to go to Disney World again in the next few months!

Lady Hill said...

I'm a DVC member too. I love it. I can't wait to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge next month. Something I never could have done if I wasn't a DVC member.

~Lady Hill

a little bit of everything said...

On a trip to Disney in 1990, we saw the ad on Disney TV about their new vacation club which was about to start up. We jumped on board and have not looked back. It is a great investment and Kel describes it very well here. We have made about 20 trips to disney over the years since then and will be going in Oct. with our entire family for our first grandchild's introduction to the World of Mickey. Oh, and for the Wine and Food Festival taking place in Epcot every fall! There is something for everyone at Disney World....