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Understanding Home Resort Priority

November 18, 2018

Understanding Home Resort Priority

Many buyers looking to purchase a membership at the Disney Vacation Club, ask us whether it matters where they choose to own their DVC points. Their thinking is that if a particular resort sells for $50 less per point (for example), why not simply buy a contract there and use those points at a more expensive resort?  Isn’t the idea of owning a Disney Vacation Club membership about flexibility and staying at different resorts?

The answer to these frequently asked questions is yes—and no. Let me explain….  The purpose of the Home Resort Priority Rule is to allow members to make reservations further in advance at their Home Resort. This gives those members the best opportunity to successfully book a stay at their Home Resort without all DVC members having access. This is especially important during the busy times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter Holidays. Another example is for those members who enjoy the convenience of walking into Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival in the Fall or the Flower and Garden show in the Spring. If you don’t own your DVC Points at either Disney’s Boardwalk Resort or Disney’s Beach Club Resort, that is a very difficult reservation to get!   Disney's Explanation:

What if you like to travel in more of the off-season, or you’re not as tied to a particular week or weeks. If you have more flexibility in your schedule, you will likely find more success at booking a stay outside of your Home Resort. The Disney Vacation Club program is based on the idea of staying at different locations, and that is what most members like to do. You may love the pool at the Beach Club, but you also enjoy taking the ferry from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort over to Disney Springs to have dinner or go to a movie. Every DVC Resort has a different experience waiting for you to enjoy so you’ll want to try them all!

Home Resort Priority Rule

Members can make reservations up to 11 months ahead of their check-in date using points from their deeded Home Resort.

At seven months before your vacation, you may book at any DVC Resort.  After the first four months, any DVC member can make a reservation at your home resort (just as you can make reservations at other DVC resorts at that time).

Choosing a Home Resort

So, which Disney Vacation Club Resort should you call Home? The most popular philosophy is Buy Where You Want to Stay. If you really love a particular resort, then purchase there. Some people have a particular fondness for a resort and really want to stay there the majority of the time-- and they would be unhappy if they were not able to get a reservation there.  These folks should definitely buy where they want to stay, provided that they actually plan in advance and take advantage of the 11-7 month Home Resort booking window.

If a specific resort (theme/style, location, villa type and/or view) is really important to you and you can take advantage of the 11-month booking advantage, then buy into that resort. The need for Home Resort priority varies by resort, villa type, view and time of year.

If you are not a planner and are flexible on your vacation dates, then why not take advantage of purchasing at one of Disney’s less expensive Resorts? Below is Disney’s explanation of Home Resort Priority and how it work.

From 11 months through and including 8 months in advance of their desired Check-In day for a reservation of up to 7 consecutive nights after the desired Check-In day, Disney Vacation Club Members have exclusive access to reservations at their Home Resort. During the Home Resort Priority Period, only Members who have ownership interests at the Home Resort and who are using Home Resort Vacation Points will be able to request reservations at their Home Resort.
Members who wish to reserve vacation homes at a Disney Vacation Club Resort that is not their Home Resort may begin requesting reservations 7 months in advance of their desired Check-In day for a reservation of up to 7 consecutive nights after the desired Check-In day. During this period, all Members will be able to request reservations at all Disney Vacation Club Resorts.

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