Disney Vacation Club Rentals
Disney Vacation Club may seem like a convoluted, super-expensive, questionable timeshare proposition on the surface. And it sort of is.
But get this: You, the average Disney DINK, can exploit the DVC system for your own advantage!
The long and the short of it is that DVC owners get a certain amount of points per year, and from time to time these points expire. So in order to recoop some form of return on their investment, members will sell their points to normies like us at sweet discounts before they expire.
What does that mean for you? You can stay at a Deluxe Resort Villa for a fraction of the cost! We’re talking Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower (Contemporary), Polynesian, and Animal Kingdom for around $300/night. And not just a standard hotel room—a studio with a kitchenette! (one and two bedroom villas are going to be a bit more, but could definitely be worth it especially for groups larger than two).
Now you can do this one of two ways. The first way is to contract directly with the DVC owner. You can probably get the best deal this way, but it also means making a sizeable financial transaction with a complete stranger, which isn’t always wise. You can interact with owners and sellers at mouseowners.com.
We’re much more comfortable using a third-party broker to act as our intermediary. They will charge you a bit more for their services, but as with all things DINK, paying for convenience and peace of mind is worth it! And you still end up getting your villa at more than a 50% discount.
There are three big names to know when looking for DVC Rentals. We don’t endorse any of these over any of the others—we just list them here and you can use your own discretion.
There’s the DVC Rental Store.
There’s David’s Vacation Club Rentals.
And there’s DVC-Rentals.com
Each of these have their own point systems (generally you’re paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $14-$18 per point), their own booking and refund policies, etc. Of course, Disney themselves will rent out Villas to you as well—but they’re going to charge you full price, which you need never pay.
So next time you’re looking to book some time at a Deluxe Resort, check out the deals to be had by renting DVC points. It might save you hundreds of dollars—and get you a much nicer room—than staying in the normal resort rooms.