How Does Disney Vacation Club Work?



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Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s version of a vacation ownership program. This extremely popular club allows individuals to purchase an allotment of points that can be used to book vacations at the 15 Deluxe DVC Resorts.

What Is Disney Vacation Club?

Created in 1991, Disney Vacation Club, or DVC as it’s affectionately called by owners, this vacation ownership program differs from traditional vacation timeshares. Instead of owning a designated week each year, DVC owners purchase contracts with a number of points. Owners can then use these points to book vacations of one or more nights. Owners can book these vacations multiple times a year until their points have been exhausted.

Common Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Terms

When you begin to learn about Disney Vacation Club, you’ll commonly hear the following terms:

DVC = Acronym for Disney Vacation Club.

Owners = Individuals who have purchased DVC points.

Members = Often used interchangeably with the term “Owners.”

DVC Contract = The contract signed with Disney Vacation Club designating your Use Year, number of points and Home Resort.

DVC Points = The “currency” used to book vacations within the Disney Vacation Club program.

Home Resort = The designated resort on your DVC contract. While owners can book vacations at any of the 15 DVC Resorts, booking a vacation at your Home Resort offers additional benefits. See How To Choose Your Home Resort for more information.

Use Year = The month in which your DVC points are allotted each year. Points are valid for one full year beginning on your Use Year. Learn more about Use Years here.

Expiration Date = The date in which your DVC contract expires. Each resort hold a different expiration date. See the expiration dates here.

DVC Resorts = The 15 Deluxe resorts built by Disney as part of the Disney Vacation Club program. The resorts are as follows:

Disney World Resort, Florida

Animal Kingdom Villas

Bay Lake Tower

Beach Club Villas

Boardwalk Villas

Boulder Ridge at Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Wilderness Lodge

Grand Floridan

Old Key West

Polynesian Resort

Riviera Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Oahu, Hawaii

Aulani Hawaii

Vero Beach, Florida

Vero Beach Resort

Hilton Head Island, North Carolina

Hilton Head Resort

Disneyland Resort, California

Grand Californian

How Does Disney Vacation Club Work?

As an owner of DVC, you use your points each year to book rooms at the DVC Resorts. Each night at the DVC Resorts requires a certain number of points based on the resort, season and unit type. As mentioned above, owners can book vacations from as short as one night. The program allows owners to potentially book multiple vacation per year.

What If You’re Not A DVC Owner?

If you’re not yet a DVC Owner you can purchase a DVC contract from a current owner. This is called a RESALE. DVC Resales can offer huge discounts in price when compared to purchasing directly from Disney. If you’re considering purchasing a DVC Resale, contact DVC Shop Resales today or start searching available inventory now.

If you’re not ready to become an owner just yet, DVC points are available to rent as well. DVC Shop Rentals works with DVC Owners who are currently not using their points. These owners are interested in renting their points to non owners who would like to book deluxe Disney vacations. Contact DVC Shop Rentals today or start searching the available confirmed weeks below.

Disney Vacation Club is a great vacation ownership program that allows owners (and renters) to use points to book deluxe stays at the Disney Vacation Club Resorts. DVC is a terrific way to save money while creating magical memories with your family for many years.

Katherine Rand

DVC Shop Editorial Team

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