The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) started selling memberships in December of 1991. Since that time, there have been many changes, but one thing has remained the same…. Disney quality.
Unlike others in this business, DVC is a vacation model which uses a point system based on a real estate interest. It’s similar to a timeshare, in that when you purchase a membership you own an interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort. The interest you own then allows you to receive an annual allotment of points based on the size of the interest purchased.
The time of year that you receive your points is called the Use Year. This annual time frame is not to be confused with the calendar year. Point values are based on several variables, including:
• Time of year: Each destination will cost more points in high season as compared to offseason.
• Choice of resort: Each resort has a value based upon its location, resort type and the amenities offered.
• Size of accommodations: A deluxe studio will cost fewer points than a three bedroom Grand Villa.
• Length of stay: Needless to say, the longer you stay, the more points it will cost your family.
One of the best parts about owning a DVC Membership is the flexibility of the point system. Points earned this year can be banked and added to next year’s points, giving you a larger sum to spend for a greater vacation experience. Also, you may borrow points from the next year if you don’t have enough for your current years’ vacation.
Another way to increase point earnings is to purchase an additional interest in a DVC Resort.
One of the greatest advantages of a Disney Vacation Club Membership over traditional travel, is that the points will never decrease in value. There will never be a cost increase. The point charts do adjust each year based on seasonal demand, and as the calendar changes, but the overall value of your points are inflation-proof. So, if the vacation points increase by 6 points in a particular week this year, then 6 points will be subtracted from someplace else on the chart that year. That is a DVC guarantee!