Disney World is getting more and more expensive…that’s just a fact. Guests flock to Florida every year and spend thousands of dollars on park tickets, food, merchandise, and lodging. So for those that like to pinch their pennies, yet want to stay on Disney property, they will probably opt to stay at a Value or Moderate resort to save some money. But what if I told you that you could pay almost Moderate resort prices, but stay in a Deluxe Villa through a DVC rental? It’s true!
Given you’re on this page then you probably have an idea that booking a DVC rental can save a lot of money but there are some things you should know before booking a Disney Vacation Club rental stay.
What Is DVC?
We can start really granular here, so what is a DVC rental and can you just rent DVC points? Essentially, it is a Disney timeshare program that works on what is called DVC points and is very flexible. You purchase DVC points at a “home resort,” but are able to use those points at other resorts very easily. For those that enjoy vacationing at Disney owned properties, and return at least every other year, Disney Vacation Club is so worth it. For many DVC members they know they may not be able to make it down to Florida to use their DVC points that year so instead of just letting the points sit (they are still paying fort he points if they don’t use them) they offer their points up for “rent”, which means you don’t have to buy into Disney Vacation Club to be able to stay in a DVC villa.
The process that goes into a DVC rental is rather simple, but there are some things to know about before getting started. Read on to learn more about the DVC rental process and some tips if you’re thinking of renting DVC points to stay at a great Disney resort on your vacation.
You Can Save A LOT Of Money With A DVC Rental Compared To Rack Rate Disney Hotel Rooms
As mentioned above, a night in some DVC villas using points can cost a lot less than paying out of pocket prices at Disney World, sometimes as much as 60% lower! That savings is amazing when you think about how much on-property Disney Deluxe resort hotel usually go for. Prices vary depending on when you stay and other factors but that means that if you want to stay at places like Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk Villas, Bay Lake Tower, The Polynesian or even Old Key West, many times these rooms will be in the $350 – 450 per night range, so by renting DVC points you could potentially get that room in the $200 per night range. You can even rent points to stay in some club villas as well.
You Have To Pay Upfront
DVC members that choose to rent out their vacation club points will require renters to pay for the entire payment when booking the reservation with their DVC points. There is a liability that Disney Vacation Club members take when renting their DVC points, so they need to be sure that renters can cover the entire cost in case there is an issue later. This is where it’s much different when you rent Disney Vacation Club points compared to booking regular rooms through Disney because when you go through Disney you can put a down payment down to reserve your room but when you rent DVC points you have to pay for the whole stay up front.
Book 11 Months Out For More Choices
DVC owners can only book 11 months out from the time for their reservation with points at their home resort, and the more popular resorts are booked up quickly (the Boardwalk Villas, Monorail resorts like the Grand Floridian and now Copper Creek, mostly). At the 7 month mark, all Disney Vacation Club resorts are available for booking, even if the member doesn’t own at that particular resort. So it is advisable to find a member that owns points at the resort you are wanting to book at in order to get that desired reservation at 11 months out. This is why using a service like David’s DVC is a great option because they have members with home resorts all over Disney property and have a larger inventory for you to potentially choose from.
DVC Resorts Have Many Categories Of Rooms To Choose From
You can use DVC points, depending on availability, to stay in Deluxe Studio villas, 1 Bedroom villas , 2 Bedroom villas and even Grand Villas, etc. There are many room choices and the DVC points required per night vary depending on size of room, location, and which resort. For example, one of the standard view studio villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort requires less DVC points per night than some 2 bedroom villas at The Beach Club Resort for the same dates.
The Points Are Assigned A Certain Value For Rental, Depending On The Resort
As you can imagine, more popular Disney resorts require a higher cost per point as they have less availability than the less popular ones. If you have ever found yourself trying to find someone for the purpose of a DVC rental, you might hear, “I have 200 Polynesian points that I rent for $18 per point,” or, “I rent 150 points at Old Key West for $15 per point.” Obviously, the more coveted reservation would be booked at Polynesian based on the price of the points. Again, this is why a service like David’s DVC is great to use because they make this whole end of things simple and they go looking for DVC members to look for DVC owners with points on your behalf.
You Get Free Parking At Disney Resorts
In March 2018, the Walt Disney Company announced that they would be charging overnights guests for parking during every night of their stay at Disney resorts. But if guests are staying on DVC points, whether they are DVC members or rent from another Disney Vacation Club member, parking is free. This is another cost saving measure, as you could $100+ during your stay on parking alone on top of the money you can save by renting DVC points compared to a traditional Disney resort booking.
Feels Like “A Home Away From Home”
Since DVC is essentially a timeshare (but it’s not one of your typical timeshare rentals), it functions in similar ways that others do. One notable way is with housekeeping. Daily housekeeping is not included in the reservation, but you can add it on at an additional cost. What is included is trash and towel service on day 4 of your stay, and a full cleaning on day 8. You have a little more privacy this way and don’t have to worry about housekeeping coming in to clean every day, like a true vacation home.
You Can Add The Dining Plan Without Having A Vacation Package
When staying via DVC rental, you have the option to add on the Disney dining plan to your reservation separately. No need to buy tickets through Disney first (or again). You can purchase tickets from authorized brokers, or just use an Annual Pass if you have one, and purchase the dining plan without having to buy an official Disney package to get it.
Changes To The Reservation Must Be Made Through The Renting Member
If you do decide to add the dining plan or Magical Express on to your reservation, you must contact the member themselves to make the change for you, or if you go with David’s DVC Rental or other DVC rental companies they will take care of that for you. If you use DVC points via rental from someone with a DVC membership directly this can sometimes be tricky but when you use a David’s DVC it’s one less thing you have to worry about when planning your Disney Vacation Club rentals.
Using A Disney Vacation Club Rental Company Makes It Easy
You have a few options to how you can go about Disney Vacation Club rentals. You can rent directly from a member as there are message boards and forums online where you can find people who have reservations with certain days already reserved you can rent or some people will just post they have points available to rent from. If you are able to find a member to rent points from, usually, the member draws up their own personal contract and asks for payment through Paypal or other means. There is a lot of risk with this method because you won’t know who you are renting from (more than likely) and there is the potential that you pay someone for the points and they don’t hold up their end of the bargain with the reservations being booked.
That’s one reason why we recommend DVC rentals though a Disney Vacation Club rental company, our favorite is David’s DVC Rentals. What these DVC rental companies are is essentially the “middleman” between DVC members and people wanting to rent from Disney Vacation Club members. They help give you a peace of mind and simply the process when renting DVC points as they take care of all the grunt work for you. They contact the members, make the offer, ensure the villa is rented in your name, handle payments, check days and availability, and more. For first time that have never rented or repeat renters, we STRONGLY recommend going through David’s DVC Rentals for the ease of mind and one less thing you have to worry about when planning your trip.
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