Deciding to join the Disney Vacation Club is a big decision. We all went through it, and we had a thousand questions in the process. One of our goals is to try and answer as many questions as possible. The DVC forum on DISboards is also a great source of information.
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There are a number of benefits to joining the DVC. First, the value of the points that you purchase will never change. The same value you receive today, will be the same value you receive in 30 years. While the cost of staying at a Disney hotel rises by 5-10% per year, this is a great hedge against inflation. DVC offers discounts at the Disney Water Parks and a variety of WDW restaurants, recreational programs and tours. A complete list is provided to members when they check in at their resort and the DVC Member website.
Members also receive a discounted price on Walt Disney World Annual Passes.
You also have the benefit of being able to book at your home resort up to 11 months in advance of your check out date. Your home resort is the resort at which you purchased your interest. Current DVC resorts are Old Key West (OKW), Boardwalk Villas (BWV), Vero Beach (VB), Hilton Head Island (HHI), Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge (VWL), Beach Club Villas (BCV), Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (SSR), Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV), Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Bay Lake Towers (BLT), Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa (VGC), Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (VGF), and Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (PVB). You can reserve up to 7 months in advance at any DVC location that is not your home resort.
Membership in Disney Vacation Club is included with ownership at a DVC Resort. The program is currently scheduled to end on January 31, 2042 for VB, HHI, OKW, BWV, VWL and BCV. After that date, the present resorts will revert back to Disney ownership. Ownership rights may be transferred to others in a will or by a direct sale, after consult with DVC.
DVC has added additional resorts which have a different end date. The Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (SSR) memberships run through January 31, 2054. At the Animal Kingdom Villas, the membership runs through January 31, 2047. BLT and VGC memberships run through January 31, 2060. Aulani membership runs through January 31, 2062. VGF runs through January 31, 2064, and PVB through January 31, 2066.
All of the discount programs are subject to change and may be modified at any time, but the DVC resorts and their total points may not be changed.
Many ask if Disney Vacation Club will change the point requirement for a stay at a DVC resort. While the total number of points sold at the resort is a fixed number and cannot be changed, point needs for stays can be changed. However, if points needed for some nights (or room types) are raised, other nights (or room types) must be lowered, as the total points required to stay at the resort for the year cannot be changed. This has occurred only once, in 1996 at OKW, and is likely to happen only if necessary to keep resort utilization in balance for the benefit of DVC members. At that time some nights were raised a few points, some were lowered a few points and most were not changed at all.
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