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DVC Memberships are in very high demand and hold their value better than any other vacation club ownership program. With 15 resorts decorated around the country, owners can take the magic with them to top timeshare destinations located in Hawaii, Hilton Head Island, California, Vero Beach, and of course, Orlando.
DVC uses a flexible points-based system, allowing owners to travel to their home resort for priority booking access, or see all that DVC has to offer. The brand is also affiliated with RCI, one of the largest vacation exchange platforms. Owners have access to a portfolio of over 4,500+ hotels and resorts around the world.
A leasehold property is similar to a “right to use” timeshare contract, with a few exceptions. Timeshare right to use means the contract or deed that is owned has an expiration date. You can normally purchase right to use timeshare contracts in Mexico, Aruba or other international countries, where an international buyer cannot hold land ownership in.
With a leasehold property, a developer leases a piece of land for a certain number of years. Disney Vacation Club leases from Disney Vacation Development Inc., where they build upon their leased land with resorts.
This is why each DVC resort contract has the same expiration date. Once your DVC contract expires, you will no longer own a piece of the resort or have the option to use your DVC points for vacations elsewhere.
Owners receive an annual allotment of vacation “points,” which can be used as currency for travel. The number of points you receive depends on multiple factors. Your Home resort popularity, unit type and size, as well as season you own within all determine how many points you receive every year.
When you’re ready to purchase DVC points, especially from the secondary market, you’ll want to pay special attention to choosing your home resort. Owning points at your home resort gives you priority access to making reservations before other DVC owners are able to. This advantage allows you to get first dibs on the best dates or times you want to vacation. DVC resale owners are only able to make reservations at their Home resort, making this decision that much more important.
We highly recommend Vacation Club Loans when you’re looking into financing a Disney Vacation Club purchase. Vacation Club Loans rates start as low as 9.9% and allow you to finance up to 80% of your purchase. There are no early payment penalties, and the approval process is quick and easy.
Being a Disney Vacation Club owner comes with many benefits that normal Disney renters don’t get. The good news about buying DVC timeshare resales is that you still have access to a lot of valuable ancillary DVC Membership benefits offered with a retail sale. Some of the extras that transfer over when you buy a Disney Vacation Club Resale are:
Have the incredible opportunity of being in the parks before their official open. Extra Magic Hours offers a great advantage for getting into the most popular attractions before the public.
This gives you the ability to vacation around the world by exchanging with Club Intrawest, RCI and Club Cordial.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers the Top of the World Lounge for unforgettable views to watch in awe of the light shows.
Go to other select Disney resort pools and experience the different themes of each location.
DVC members don’t have to worry about hailing a cab because one of the added benefits of their purchase is a free shuttle ride to and from Orlando International Airport.
No need to worry about forgetting your room key, you’ll be wearing it. These bands act as your hotel key, park tickets, FastPass+ entrances, and much more.
15 magical North Amercia locations to choose from
1600 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
92-1185 Ali’inui Dr
Kapolei, HI 96707
22 Harbourside Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
2901 W Osceola Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32830
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
1600 Seven Seas Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
901 Timberline Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
Disney’s Board Walk Villas
2101 North, Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Riviera Resort
1080 Esplanade Ave, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
1510 N Cove Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
9250 Island Grove Terrace
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Disney Vacation Club’s Vacation Points system gives you flexibility and peace of mind. Disney publishes annual points charts for each resort promising that the only fluctuation from year-to-year will be around holidays that float (for instance Easter and Thanksgiving which are peak travel holidays that never fall on the same day, unlike Christmas which is always December 25th).
We have a complete guide to DVC points located on our website that include annual points charts. To check out the points charts for every resort, visit this link.
How many points you should purchase is totally up to you. The number of Vacation Points you’ll need for each stay depends on when and how long you vacation, where you want to stay, and how many people you need to accommodate. These are factors you should definitely consider.
If you purchase Riviera points today, you will not be able to exchange them for any other resort in the brand. But, if you purchase Animal Kingdom points today, for example, you can exchange those points for any existing resort except the Riviera.
Banking is the term DVC uses for moving unused vacation points from the current use year to the next use year. Like “saving” them for a later date. Owners must bank their points within 8 months from the start of their use year. You must complete travel on reservations made with banked points by the end of the use year they were banked into or they will expire.
In the example below, to Vacation Points are moved from this Use Year to the next Use Year to lengthen the stay, upgrade accommodations, and much more!
Borrowing refers to bringing points from the next use year to apply toward a vacation in this use year.
Yes! Renting vacation points from another owner is a great way to make up the difference if you need a few additional points here and there. Additionally, renting out your points to others can supplement the annual dues and payments on your DVC contract!
Keep in mind that it’s better to have a few extra points on hand than to come up short. You can strategically bank, borrow or rent points to make up the difference.
Like every vacation club, there are certain restrictions for resale buyers that need to be weighed over. When you purchase directly from Disney Vacation Club, you have access to a world of perks and benefits. DVC direct owners are able to use points to make reservations at any one of Disney’s fifteen resorts and more. However, buying DVC points from the resale market can save you thousands of dollars all while still enjoying your Home resort to its fullest potential.
|2020 DVC Resale Vs Direct Cost Per Point||Fidelity Resale Cost Per Point||DVC Cost Per Point|
|Animal Kingdom Villas||$105.06||$176|
|Bay Lake Tower||$133.05||$225|
|Beach Club Villas||$132.19||$225|
|Old Key West||$87.83||$156|
Disney undoubtedly offers some of the best perks to its owners, and that is something important to consider when deciding whether you want to buy direct or on the resale market because not all benefits transfer. Deciding which benefits you can’t live without is a great way to decide if resale is for you. A few benefits that do transfer include magic bands, pool-hopping, use of the fireworks viewing lounge, use of the Magic Express, Disney Skyliner, and Extra Magic Hours.
DVC contracts purchased on the resale market will not have access to membership extras like parties and DVC Member’s Only Lounges. It also means resale buyers will not receive discounts on annual passes, dining, and merchandise.
Fidelity has created a DVC Priority Mail List that will deliver new listings to your email inbox 24 hours before they are advertised for sale to the public. It’s a great way to stay ahead of the competition and spot that perfect point package. Shop 8-12 months in advance when browsing DVC resale. Having time on your side will give you an edge in finding the right point package and negotiating the sale. Sign up here!