Mom And Daughter Horseback Riding Excursion
  • On Apr 23, 2015
    Kimberly from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi!! We are staying at the Grand Floridian in November and we want to go nov. 1 instead of nov 2. I heard we are able to use the dvc points at a non dvc hotel would there be a $95 fee?

    Hi Kimberly!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You are going to love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. With it’s elegant atmosphere, amazing dining, and convenient location right on the Monorail, it is a family favorite!

    You are correct, that you can indeed use your Disney Vacation Club Membership to stay in non-Disney Vacation Club accommodations at the Disney Resorts around the world. At Walt Disney World, this currently requires a $95 fee. The Vacation Points then become Reservation Points and can be used at many resorts on property. For a complete list, visit the DVC Member Website. Under the Destinations tab at the top of the page, choose the Disney Collection.

    If you are wishing to arrive a day early for your scheduled vacation, you have a few options. You can indeed book a standard room using your Disney Vacation Club Membership as you are inquiring about. You can also see if a Disney Vacation Club Villa is available to book with your points. This is usually a better value for your points than booking a standard room. Since standard rooms are not part of Disney Vacation Club, they usually require more points than a large villa, in addition to the $95 fee. 

    Another recommendation would be booking a room with cash. There are sometimes rooms available to Members that can be booked with a discount through Member Services. These rooms are limited however, so if you wish to do this I recommend doing so as soon as possible. You should also keep an eye on the Walt Disney World Resort Special Offers page to see if a room discount becomes available for the night you are needing. 

    I hope one of these methods gets you a terrific deal on the room you are requiring. Happy planning, and let me know how else I can help you as you make arrangements for your magical vacation!

    Wishing you Membership Magic!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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