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  • On Jun 29, 2024
    Helen Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Good morning I have an upcoming trip for July 24 we are staying at a Disney resort if we enjoy our experience a thought that going forward we will look at Disney Vacation Club as members of DVC do we receive additional benefits such as discounts Thanks

    Hi there, Helen--thanks for stopping by planDisney with another great question. I hope our advice has been helpful as you prepare for your July vacation at Walt Disney World Resort!  Let's settle in for a chat about Disney Vacation Club and go over some of the benefits of Membership before you arrive at The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

    Our family became DVC Members nearly a decade ago and we've never looked back! When we started bringing our girls at very young ages and realized we wanted to continue vacationing at Disney destinations, we started investigating Disney Vacation Club. I am not someone who makes snap decisions, so I spent quite a bit of time doing my DVC homework and determining if Membership was a good step for us. Some initial factors to keep in mind: 
    • Members may pay for their deed in full, or finance this purchase. Financing will likely add some additional costs. 
    • Annual Dues are charged for each year of the duration of the Membership, so it's important to factor this into your decision when looking at the cost of Membership. Dues can be paid in full at the start of the year, or in monthly installments. We typically purchase discounted Disney Gift Cards from our local discount department store and combine them to pay our dues. 
    The main benefit for us has always been the ability to stay in deluxe-level accommodations when we travel. We've done the math to see how much our past DVC vacations would have cost had we not been Members, and the savings are significant. Just this week, I booked a trip for next year with our Vacation Points, and then reserved a villa in the same building for another family member at rack rate. The DVC booking was substantially less. 

    Beyond the fantastic lodgings, there are many additional benefits for Members including exclusive events like Moonlight Magic. A current offering that is an excellent deal is the Sorcerer Pass, a deeply discounted Walt Disney World Annual Pass available only to DVC Members. Before we head out on our next Disney adventure, I always take a look at the Member Benefits site, which has an up-to-date list of available deals and discounts. These might include discounted water park tickets, savings on certain shopping and dining locations, and even some reduced-rate tours and other unique experiences (subject to change).

    Helen, since you'll be at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend scheduling a meeting with a DVC Guide who can go over the ins and outs of Membership and answer any questions you might have. In my experience, these meetings are very low-pressure and can really help you in your decision-making! They will also be up to date on any current incentives that can be applied to the purchase of a new Membership. 

    I hope this information is helpful for you--joining Disney Vacation Club is a big decision, but for us, it's been totally worth it to have years of memories with our family and friends. If I can help answer any other questions from a Member's perspective, please don't hesitate to reach out directly--I'm happy to share our experiences! Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful vacation with your family...

    Stay Magical!
    Susan 
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, Michigan

Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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