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Disney Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Club
Can you ever get enough of Disney? Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members are betting that they can’t. DVC is Disney’s kinder, gentler version of a vacation timeshare, and offers several enticing twists on the timeshare experience. The DVC offers the promise of frequent, reduced-cost Disney vacations in exchange for a significant up-front investment.
Disney operates 13 Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts. Here at Disneyland are the Villas at Grand Californian (beginning on page 43 ). At Walt Disney World, you'll find Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Villas, the Bay Lake Tower villas at the Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian Villas. Elsewhere, there are DVC resorts at Vero Beach (Florida coast), Hilton Head Island (South Carolina), and the Aulani Resort (Hawaii). The newest addition are the bungalows and villas at the Polynesian Village at Walt Disney World, which opened in 2015. Coming up are new bungalows at the Wilderness Lodge, also at Walt Disney World. Studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas with kitchen and laundry facilities are offered (studios have kitchenettes and access to laundry rooms). Housekeeping is limited, with full services every eight days.
THE DVC PROGRAM
With a typical vacation timeshare, you buy an annual one-week (or multiple-week) stay during a particular time period in a specific size of accommodation. DVC uses a novel point system that adds far greater flexibility and complexity to the process. You can use your points however you wish to create several short getaways or a single, grand vacation—at any time of the year and at any DVC or other Disney resort. Here’s how it works: You buy a certain number of points at the going rate (from $168 per point as of press time). 100 points is the minimum—so every year you’d have at least 100 points to apply toward accommodations. You might need 17 points/night for a studio at the Grand Californian on weeknights during the off-season, whereas 224 points/night may be needed for a three-bedroom Grand Villa on weekends in peak season. Just as with a regular resort room, rates are affected by size, view, location, season, and day. You also pay annual dues based on the number of points purchased. Rates vary, depending on your “home” resort—from about $5.28 to $8.08 per point—so dues on a 100-point purchase would be about $528–$808. If you compare the combined cost of points and fees to renting comparable, non-discounted resort rooms, it takes about six to eight years to recover the value of the points purchased. After that, vacations might cost half the prevailing rental rates. Membership contracts expire in 2042, with the exception of Saratoga Springs (2054), Animal Kingdom Villas (2057), Bay Lake Tower and Grand Californian (2060), Aulani (2062), Grand Floridian (2064), and Polynesian Village (2066).
Top Photo Slice: Grand California Villa Kitchen (One-Bedroom Villa) (℗ 52064) Photo contributed by © chezp
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