Disney Vacation Club Buyers Guide 2015

What is Disney Vacation Club (DVC)?
Disney Vacation Club is a vacation ownership club in which members purchase a real estate interest in a Disney resort. Instead of owning a specific property, Disney Vacation Club members receive an annual allotment of Vacation Points that can be used to book accommodations at Disney Vacation Club resorts.

When joining the Disney Vacation Club, new members must choose a home resort. The home resort determines the cost per point, maintenance fees, reservation window, and other benefits, but members are not required to vacation at their home resort. Vacation points can be spent at any Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property provided there is availability.

Is DVC right for me?
Great question. We can’t answer it for you, but here a few important things to keep in mind:

  • In order to make the most of your DVC membership, you should plan on visiting a Disney resort every two or three years. To get more bang for your buck, you may want to visit more often, but the ability to bank and borrow vacation points will help compensate for those off years.
  • If convenience is a priority, DVC may be a good choice. Proximity to the Disney parks is one of the most frequently cited benefits of membership. Whether you’re visiting Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida, the main attractions are only a short walk, bus ride, monorail ride, or ferry ride away. Plus, vacation club properties feature everything from recreational activities to dining.
  • When it comes to luxury vacations, Disney is at the top of the list. DVC members don’t just pay for the Disney brand name, they receive the Disney experience. That extra touch of Disney magic makes a world of difference to a lot of vacationers.
  • DVC properties are great for families that value personal space or groups travelling together. Many units include multiple bedrooms and a living room.
  • Though not included in DVC membership, there are exclusive meal plans that are often a great value to families. Alternately, most DVC units include a full kitchen, so there’s always the option to prepare your own meals.
  • Due to limited availability and reservation windows, DVC membership is not always a good fit for spontaneous vacationers if you plan on staying for more than a night or two. Expect to book your stay 7-12 months in advance.

How much does Disney Vacation Club cost?
The cost of vacation points fluctuates constantly, and also depends on which home resort you choose. If purchasing directly from Disney, new members can expect to pay an initial purchase price ranging from $20,000-$40,000. This does not include closing costs or the annual dues.
DVC membership can also be purchased at a substantial discount on the resale market, though it may require a bit more time and research than buying direct. DVC search engine is a great place to start looking and discover the properties that are available. When it comes to making a purchase, we suggest Fidelity Resales. They are very professional and pleasant to work with and typically have many listings.

Which is the best home resort?
Saratoga Springs is often considered the most frugal choice because it typically maintains lower-than-average annual fees, but this really depends upon what you’re looking for and how you plan to spend vacation points. Click here for an in-depth look at the various DVC resorts. Personally, we prefer Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas because of its many unique features.

How many vacation points will my trip cost?
Vacation point charts are available on each of our resort pages, or you can check them all out below. Click the chart to expand the image.

Aulani Resort Point Chart 2015

Animal Kingdom point chart

Image courtesy of Disney Vacation Club. Subject to Change.

Image courtesy of Disney Vacation Club. Subject to change.

Boardwalk point chart

Grand Californian point chart

Grand Floridian point chart

Hilton Head point chart

Old Key West point chart

Saratoga Springs point chart

Vero Beach point chart

Wilderness Lodge point chart