We are big fans of DVC, which is why we bought into multiple resorts. We love the perks that you get as a member, and love the great excuse to visit as often as we can! It can really save you money if you already like to stay Deluxe when you are on property. Here are our top 7 pro tips for the Disney Vacation Club:
7. Buy annual passes
You should definitely count up the number of days that you plan to visit and try to stack your stays so that you come twice within a one year period. If you can do that, as a DVC member, you can save tons on your park admission by purchasing an Annual Pass. DVC members get the annual passes at the Florida Resident rates, so the passes are extremely discounted and end up saving money just within one long visit, and save lots if you plan on visiting more than once. You also get all of the discounts and perks associated with being an annual passholder that may be different from the DVC discounts.
6. Do you offer a DVC discount?
DVC members actually get a ton of different discounts around Walt Disney World on food, shopping, tours, spa services, etc. Be sure to ask around at each location you visit to see if a discount is offered. Every little bit adds up, so you don’t want to miss it. There are also lists of eligible locations in the member’s information. Be sure to have your DVC card on you, as this will be required in order to provide proof to get the discount.
5. Relax at one of the private lounges
The Epcot lounge exclusively for DVC members on the second floor of the Imagination pavilion in Epcot. This lounge is a great place to cool off, rest and recharge during a hot day in the park. There are complimentary soft drinks, charging stations, a children’s play area, computers with printers and a lot of comfortable seating. This is definitely nicer than the majority of the seating you will find around the parks, so don’t forget to check it out. Plus, you don’t want to pass up a visit to The Top Of The World Lounge located at the top of Bay Lake Tower. Again, exclusive for DVC members, this is a great place to watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks, enjoy the full service bar, and have a tasty appetizer or two.
4. Add on one of the Disney Dining Plans
If you like the all-inclusive feel to your vacation, the Disney Dining Plans allow for you to pre-pay for your meals so that you know exactly what your costs will be and won’t have to worry about budgeting those in later. Typically you have to be staying at a Walt Disney World resort and purchase a ticket package, but for DVC members, you can add on a dining plan without the ticket package. You can simply call Member Services and add on the package. It must be done at least 3 days before your tip and must be paid for in full. All members in your party must also get the plan, too.
3. Check for special events
Disney is very loyal to their DVC members and likes to give them a lot of extra rewards and magic. Disney regularly hosts and offers special events that are exclusively for DVC members. The events typically do come with an extra ticket cost, but are limited to DVC members and their guests only. They include meals, snacks or desserts and typically character interactions, too. There are events coming up for the Halloween and Christmas season that are exclusively for DVC that look amazing!
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2. Check out the Disney Files Magazine
The magazine is exclusively for DVC members and has a lot of information about DVC as well as The Walt Disney Company and all of its various parks and resorts. When these arrive in the mail, it helps to keep you in the loop on what is going on, and helps to give you a little bit of magic to build up the anticipation between visits. This is a great extra that you get for being a DVC member.
1. Consider renting DVC points
OK, so I just talked about all of the great things that you get as a member. These are all true and definitely great reasons to become a member. If these things don’t interest you, or if a DVC membership isn’t something that fits into your budget right now, then you may want to consider renting points. You don’t get ALL of these perks from renting points, but you do get to stay in a fabulous DVC resort with deluxe accommodations. You also get the benefit of the kitchenettes that are in most of the villa rooms. Not only that you get them for a fraction of the price if you rent points as opposed to if you booked directly through Disney. If you are a DVC owner and you have points that will expire, then you can also rent those to other guests, too. There are brokers out there that can handle these transactions so that you don’t completely lose your points.