A Disney World vacation can cost as much as $8,000 for a family of four, but you don’t need to break the bank to experience the magic of Disney on your next vacation.
There are two main ways to save money on a Disney vacation. The first is by buying into Disney Vacation Club timeshare and the second is when you rent DVC points.
Here’s how to get the best price on your next trip to the wonderful world of Disney.
What is DVC and How Can You Benefit From It?
Of course, you’ll achieve the greatest savings through a Disney Vacation Club membership, but DVC rentals are still incredible value for money.
Disney Vacation Club allows Disney fans to buy into a lifetime of vacations at selected Disney resorts. They start by buying a week or two at one resort. The owner pays a predetermined amount for the upkeep of their week every year.
You can also buy a week from a resale company at a fraction of the price of a ‘new’ week if you’re interested in a Disney timeshare. For example, a week at Disney Saratoga Springs costs as little as $6,000, plus the minimal annual fees, for a lifetime of vacations.
Each week they buy is worth a certain amount of points. If they don’t want to occupy their week, they can either use these points to vacation at an equivalent spot, for a fee or rent them out to the general public.
Since the cost of these exchanges is relatively low compared to renting traditional Disney accommodation, you can often get to enjoy superior savings when you rent your accommodation this way.
How Much Will You Save When You Rent DVC Points?
If you can’t afford to sign up for a DVC membership, you can always rent DVC points instead.
When you go this route, you could pay the same amount to stay in a luxurious resort as you would pay for a mid-range resort if you were to go the traditional rental route. On average, you’ll pay about 50% less than if you’d rented directly from the resort.
What’s more, you’ll experience several other cost-saving benefits when you rent a DVC timeshare.
DVC timeshare apartments are villas, which means they’re larger than hotel rooms and have catering facilities in the room. That means you’ll save a ton on dining out during your stay.
These resorts also have laundry facilities on-site, so you can pack light and save on baggage costs if you’re flying to your destination.
Timeshare owners don’t pay parking fees at Disney resorts, and nor do their rental guests.
How to Rent DVC Points for Your Next Vacation
One way to rent DVC points is to respond directly to an advertisement placed by the owner of the timeshare points. Usually, these people book a desirable week in a sought-after resort and then advertise it to the public.
Of course, there’s always the risk that you’ll fall prey to an unscrupulous person posing as a Disney timeshare owner if you decide on this option.
The safest and most flexible way to book your DVC rental is with a reputable broker. You’ll have a choice of resorts available and these established companies won’t rip you off.
This how it works when you rent from a broker:
- The timeshare owner contacts the broker to rent out a certain number of points
- The broker keeps a record of all the available points
- When you enquire about a particular resort, the broker checks their pool for an owner with sufficient points
- They then ask the owner to book that week
- If they’re successful, you’ll pay the exchange fee associated with the week
- The owner then contacts Disney Vacation Club to advise them that they’re sending a guest to occupy their booking
- Once that’s finalized, you’ll receive an official guest certificate for your stay
Disney Vacation Club notifies the resort about who will occupy the timeshare week about seven days in advance. So, when you arrive, all you need to do is hand over your guest certificate and enjoy your vacation.
It’s a straightforward process from the renter’s point of view. All you do is call in to request a reservation, wait for confirmation of availability, and pay the rental fee.
During busy times of the year, you might need to provide a second and third choice.
Disney Resorts Available Via DVC Rentals
When you decide to rent your Disney accommodation this way, you’ll have access to the following resorts, depending on availability:
- Jambo House and Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
- Disney’s Bay Lake Tower Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s Boulder Ridge Villas
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s Boardwalk Villas Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii
- Disney’s Grand Californian in California
- Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in Southern Carolina
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida
There are currently two additional Disney Vacation Club Resorts under construction, Disney’s Riviera Resort and Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge.
Plan Your Next Vacation Like a Boss
When you rent DVC points, you’re assured of a quality vacation at a fraction of the cost. Yet. this is only one way to get more bang for your buck when you travel.
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