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What Is DVC?

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A Disney Vacation Club information booth at Epcot

I have family in town right now and they’re staying on property. I stopped by right after they checked in, and I was there when the bellman brought some of their stuff to their room. When he asked if they’re DVC Members, no one seemed to have the slightest idea of what he was talking about. I sometimes forget that not everyone hears about all things Disney all the time, so I thought that I’d say a little bit about DVC here.

DVC is short for Disney Vacation Club. You’ll see representatives for it all over the place when you’re at Walt Disney World. It’s Disney’s version of a timeshare, but Disney has gone way above the traditional “one week a year at this resort” type of program.

With DVC, instead of buying a specific week you’ll buy points. The points have a lot of flexibility to them. You will pick a home resort, but you are not limited to staying there. In fact, you don’t ever have to stay there if you don’t want to. You pick when you want to travel and where you want to stay. You’ll then use points from your points bank. If you don’t want to use any one year, save them for a huge vacation in a couple of years. If you prefer shorter trips, you can use points several times during one year. You can vacation your way.

You do not have to use your points at Walt Disney World. You can use them at other Disney Parks across the globe, or for a Disney Cruise. Points are also good at Aulani in Hawaii, Vero Beach in Florida, and Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It doesn’t stop there. Disney has partnered with resorts across the globe. If there is a destination that you want to visit, there’s a good chance that you can use DVC points there.

I am by no means an expert on Disney Vacation Club, so I’ve only shared a few basics here. If you’re at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort and want more information, just look for a DVC booth or kiosk. Unlike people who work for some of the other local timeshare programs, the representatives aren’t pushy. In fact, I’ve talked with many of them, and rarely was DVC even mentioned. If you’re not near a Disney park and would like to learn more, visit the Disney Vacation Club website. You’ll then be able to get a better idea of what membership is all about, and if it is something that might work for you.