DISNEY DINKS HACK: Save 50% on Resorts!

DISNEY DINKS HACK: Save 50% on Resorts!

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.

Jaci Lund partner, creative director, designer Jaci’s quick wit and native intelligence comes across as soon as you meet her—and carries over to her design, where she fuses fun and sophistication in just the right doses. With a dual focus on creating original branding for new concepts and revitalizing the look and feel of even the most-established brands, Jaci approaches each project with a fresh and thoughtful perspective. While she recognizes the relevance of current trends, she’s hyper-conscious of the fine line that separates “trend” from “fad,” and tends toward more timeless and classic looks for her clients. Before founding Treebird, Jaci was instrumental in growing the design department at Atlanta’s The Reynolds Group, Inc. Through a five-year tenure that saw her quickly ascend to senior designer and then become the company’s first creative director, Jaci worked on design and branding projects with visionaries, entrepreneurs, and business leaders whom she admires greatly and whose own passion elevates her sense of what’s possible through new design, branding, and communication. Jaci has won nine ADDY Awards (and counting) for her design and branding work and has twice been featured in the national design blog “Art of the Menu.” She holds a B.A. in communications from Michigan State University and completed the graphic design program at The Creative Circus, where she also teaches a quarterly course called “Introduction to Creative Thinking.” To see Jaci's previous work please visit jacilund.com.