We have all seen those booths set up in each of the Disney parks with information on the Disney Vacation Club, but maybe a few of you have been too scared to approach, for fear that you’ll be talked into something that you know nothing about. Fear not! I have compiled general information on Disney Vacation Club as well as some questions to ask yourself on if it is right for you and your family. Let’s get started!
1. What is Disney Vacation Club?
Disney Vacation Club is basically Disney’s version of a timeshare. You are essentially paying for a piece of Disney property, and it will allow you to stay any time of year based on the number of points that you purchase. When you purchase your points, you choose a home resort, which will allow you to book your stay up to 11 months in advance. If you choose to stay at a resort that is other than your home resort, you can book your stay up to 7 months in advance. All of the resorts that are a part of the Disney Vacation Club are their deluxe resorts, so each trip that you use your points will be in the top tier of resorts that Disney has to offer. Keep in mind that the Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare, so your points work only on your stay. You cannot use your points to redeem them for food, souvenirs or park tickets. As a DVC member, however, there are certain discounts that are available to you for use in shopping and eating throughout Disney World. Check out “Disney Vacation Club – 5 Things You Should Know.”
2. Is the Disney Vacation Club right for your family?
There are a lot of different factors to consider before purchasing into the vacation club. First, how often do you go to Disney, or would like to go to Disney? If you wanted to spend your vacations in Disney at least once every two to three years, this might be a good option for you. Keep in mind that you are purchasing into this, and it isn’t cheap! You’ll have to put a down payment (if you aren’t paying in full) as well as closing costs at the time of purchase. As an example, I paid over $2000 when my fiancé and I bought into it, and we are splitting the rest of our payments and annual dues in monthly installments for the next 10 years. Once we are paid up when the ten years is over, we only have to worry about annual dues until our contract ends. This brings me to my second consideration. Is this fiscally responsible for your family? You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you can’t afford the membership anymore or need to sell it off before getting the full benefit from it, and you certainly don’t want to empty your pockets for this either. There are plenty of ways to have a fun and less expensive trip to Disney, so really consider if it’s fiscally worth it to you and your family before purchasing.
3. Anything else to consider?
There is something else that should be mentioned. You can purchase your DVC membership directly through Disney, which will give you the added benefit of using your points not only at Disney World, but also Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, as well as partnered hotels throughout the world! If you purchase through an outside company through resale, you don’t get to use your points at all of those locations, however it will end up being a cheaper cost. A DVC membership isn’t something to take lightly or jump into. You should consider your 10 year plan. Do you have a good career? Do you plan on starting or expanding your family? What about any emergencies that might come up? There is a lot to think about, but once you decide it is right for you, remember that you’ll have a guaranteed Disney vacation for many years to come! And that, in itself, is worth it for me!
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