Family with balloons at Grand Floridian
  • On Apr 18, 2022
    Amy from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Seriously considering purchasing DVC for the first time at the Villas at the Grand Floridian, with a use year of December. Can you clarify when I start having DVC member benefits before Dec? Is it at closing? What's your favorite DVC perk? Thank you!

    Hi there, Amy! Welcome back to planDisney! I'm so happy to see you here with another fantastic vacation planning question. The fact that you're considering magical vacations for the next 40 years with a Disney Vacation Club Membership makes this the ultimate vacation planning question! Chatting Disney and gushing over DVC are my favorite things to do, so, I'm thrilled to answer your question today.

    Just when I thought I had enough Disney Vacation Club Vacation Points, DVC announced the sale of The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and released the photos of the new Resort Studio accommodations and the enhanced Villas. My jaw dropped! They're ... They're just ... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! These new rooms are absolutely stunning, and with the Resort's location, fabulous dining options, an endless list of recreation offerings and Resort activities, and the beautiful and convenient new walkway right over to Magic Kingdom Park, this DVC Resort is the practically perfect magical home away from home. How can I resist?! It seems as if you can't resist either, Amy, so, let's chat about getting you to your first "Welcome Home."

    You're considered a Disney Vacation Club Member as soon as you begin the contract process with your Guide and pay your down payment, and the perks begin immediately! Your Guide will make sure that your account is set up on the DVC website, and once your Vacation Points are loaded into your account, you can start booking pixie-dusted vacations with just the click of a button! After you log in to your DVC account online for the first time, your Membership should automatically be linked to your My Disney Experience Profile. Then, just log in to your My Disney Experience app, click the three-line menu icon and then "Disney MagicMobile" to download your digital DVC Membership Card to your smartphone's digital wallet. This Card will be your key to accessing all of your DVC perks and discounts. Magic unlocked!

    While I love having access to DVC discounts on dining, merchandise and Walt Disney World Annual Passes with the DVC-exclusive Disney Sorcerer Pass, my favorite perks are the Member-exclusive locations and events. I love unwinding and recharging in the Member Lounge at EPCOT, and while Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort is still temporarily unavailable, it is my favorite spot in all of Walt Disney World Resort to grab a cocktail and watch fireworks. I've been wishing upon every star that it reopens very soon! But my all-time favorite Disney events are the Moonlight Magic events! These free (yes, FREE!), Member-exclusive, after-hours theme parks events, full of rare character sightings, short attraction wait times, snacks, special nighttime spectaculars, and more are nothing short of pure Membership magic and are the ultimate DVC perk.  

    Amy, I guarantee that knowing that your next magical vacation is always just around the riverbend is priceless and is truly the greatest benefit of Membership. I can't wait to offer you a warm "Welcome Home," so, please stop by any time with any questions you may have. Your only regret will be not joining sooner! 

    I hope to see ya real soon,


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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