Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is a timeshare program operated by Disney. The program currently operates thirteen resorts: nine DVC resorts at Walt Disney World and one DVC resort at Disneyland in California, as well as one resort each in Oahu, Hawaii, Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Members buy into DVC by purchasing a set amount of “points”, which can be used on a yearly basis for stays at any of the DVC properties. Occasionally, for whatever reason, members (owners) cannot use their yearly points and choose to “rent” their points to non-owners. Here are 5 Reasons Why Renting Disney Vacation Club Points Is a Great Way To Save On Your Disney Resort Stay.
1) Stay Deluxe at Moderate Prices – Arguably the best reason to rent DVC points for your stay is the amount of money you will save over simply making a regular reservation at a Disney deluxe resort. In some cases, you can save as much 40% off rack rates! In the past, I’ve paid a moderate or even value resort price to rent DVC points at Disney World. The amount you can save depends on how and who you rent points from. Basically, you can rent directly from a DVC owner or through a broker. Renting directly from an owner will lower your cost, but contains some risk, since you probably don’t know the owner personally. Going through a broker is less risky, but will add a small % to your cost. Do your homework before renting!
2) Larger Accommodations – If your traveling party is 5 or more, finding sufficient accommodations at Disney World can be tricky and expensive. Oftentimes, large groups have to secure multiple rooms to accommodate their entire party. The result is value accommodations at a deluxe price! DVC properties come in several sizes, including studio (3-4 people), 1-bedroom (4-5), 2-bedroom (6-7) and grand villa (8-10). Of course, the larger accommodations require renting more points, resulting in a higher cost. Still, you will save money and your entire group can stay together. *Bonus tip: DVC studios come with a kitchenette and larger accommodations have a full kitchen, allowing you to save money on food and dining.
3) Pay Up Front – No matter who you rent your points from, you will be required to pay up front, before you arrive on your vacation. In most cases, the owner (or broker) will require a significant deposit (50-60%), with the balance due roughly 45-50 days prior to your stay. Not only are you saving money, but your resort stay is paid in full before you arrive! This allows you to spread out your vacations costs, resulting in less of a “shock” when you receive your credit card bill after your vacation.
4) Nicer Amenities – As you might expect, the DVC deluxe accommodations are quite nice. The rooms and beds are larger, bathroom space is larger, more dining options, larger and nicer swimming pools and a myriad of shopping and entertainment options.
5) Access to Theme Parks – In most cases at Disney World, the DVC resorts are closer to the theme parks than the moderate or value resorts. Some are actually within walking distance! Others are a short monorail or boat ride away, allowing you to come and go without wasting much time. On a Disney vacation, time is money!
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