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  • On Apr 25, 2021
    Jeffrey from KY Asked

    We are Vacation Club members. We just booked several days at Kidani Village from May 3-6. However, we saw that the only way we can get into the parks is to purchase an annual membership. We are happy to do that but don't see how we can do online.

    Hello Jeffrey,

    Welcome Home! I’m so glad you stopped by to see the Disney Vacation Club Panelists here on planDisney. I am always happy to see questions from my fellow DVC Members.

    The Disney Park Pass System was implemented with the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort to limit the number of Guests inside the theme parks. This makes social distancing possible, and increases safety for Cast Members and Guests. With things improving in the United States, Park Pass Reservations are booking several weeks to months in advance.

    Sales of new Walt Disney World Annual Passes have been paused, and so you won’t be able to purchase them at this time. Disney Vacation Club Members with current Annual Passes must renew them by calling Member Services, as neither sales nor renewals with the Disney Vacation Club discount cannot be done online. If your family had Annual Passes that expired during the shutdown, or you canceled your Annual Passes at that time, you may be eligible to purchase new ones. You would need to begin by calling Disney Ticketing to submit a request to be reviewed, and you would be contacted with the decision on that application. This option takes time and it is possible by the time you were given a decision, the Park Pass Reservations for Annual Passholders could also be booked.

    I see a few choices for you in this situation, Jeffrey. The first option is to plan a resort-only stay. There are so many things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort outside of the parks that Guests often miss. The pool at Kidani Village is a great place to spend your day, but you can also consider a visit to Disney Springs for shopping and dining, a round or two at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf (DVC discount!), or a visit to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (DVC discount!).

    If you opt for a resort-only stay, I would continue to watch the Theme Park Availability Calendar daily, or multiple times daily to see if any additional reservations are added, where you could quickly purchase tickets and make Park Pass Reservations. Other Guests do change plans and cancel and sometimes luck favors those that stalk reservations.

    Alternately, you could try to reschedule. I don’t know when your Vacation Points expire or how much time you have to use them. Usually, a cancellation within 30 days results in your Vacation Points going into a Holding Account. I do believe that it never hurts to ask politely, and so perhaps you could explain to Member Services that you were unaware you couldn’t get into the theme parks and ask if there is any way you could avoid the points going into Holding?

    I hope one of these ideas works for your family, Jeffrey. I do encourage calling Member Services to see if there are any other options available. Sending pixie dust for a happy solution.

    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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