Disney Tips – Resort Options Part 2
Along with the normal resort options available at Walt Disney World as well as off property, a hidden gem that few know about is the Disney Vacation Club. This is Disney’s timeshare that works on a point system. You purchase a set number of points to use to rent your accommodations: a studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, or Grand Villa which is normally 3-Bedrooms.
We are fortunate in that on our honeymoon to Disney, we purchased a contract with the Disney Vacation Club. Almost all of the deluxe resort options have an attached Disney Vacation Club (DVC). There are also several dedicated DVC properties such as Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, which is right next to Downtown Disney. The advantage of these resorts is the ability to get a 1 or 2 bedroom room option that provides you with a full size kitchen and a washer/dryer. The kitchen as well as the washer/dryer have been a LIFESAVER when traveling with small children. It has saved us money, time, frustration, and allowed us to have more room available to us than a normal hotel room would provide.
You don’t have to be a member of Disney Vacation Club to stay at a DVC resort. You can pay cash to stay in those rooms, but that will be extremely costly. The easiest way to experience the Disney Vacation Club is to rent points from another member. This option can wind up saving you a lot of money and give you much more room to spread out versus staying in a normal Disney resort room.
There are several ways to go about renting points from a DVC member. If you happen to know someone that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club, you could rent from them. You could also try renting on your own through message boards such as those at Mouseowner.com and Disboards.com. This option does involve a certain amount of risk in that you are working with an individual that you do not know. Often a non-refundable deposit is required up front and the member makes the reservation for you.
To eliminate the risk, a third option is to use a broker service. One that we have used in the past to rent our points is DVC Rentals from David. He makes the process simple and easy. He eliminates the risk associated with renting points from a member and handles all the money exchange. He runs a great site with a lot of information as well as helping you to rent points and stay at one of the many Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or even the properties in Hilton Head, SC , Vero Beach, Fl. or Hawaii. This provides you a way to get great accommodations without having to purchase in to a long term contract with Disney. The cost works out to be less in some instances to what you would pay for a comparable stay at some of the moderate or deluxe resorts on property.
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