When it comes to the Annual Pass discount for DVC members, how do they determine if you bought resale or not? It’s a great question considering you want to make sure you’re getting all of the benefits or perks you’re eligible for. In order to determine eligibility for Disney Vacation Club Membership Extras, whether it be the Annual Pass discount for DVC Members or anything else, you need your Disney Vacation Club Membership Card. Disney Vacation Club Membership Cards are all now digital, as of 2022, and accessed in the My Disney Experience App.
The Annual Pass discount for DVC Members has been a celebrated perk, offering up to $100 off per person in the past. As of late 2021, when the Annual Pass system for Walt Disney World specifically changed, so did the Annual Pass discount for DVC Members. It’s important to note that Annual Pass discounts are one of the perks only available to those with a blue Disney Vacation Club Membership card.
If you’re just buying into Disney Vacation Club now, you’ll need to buy 150 points direct from Disney, not resale, in order to qualify for the Membership Extras. From Disney Vacation Club’s website, “Effective June 3, 2021, to obtain a Disney Vacation Club Membership Card, Members must accumulate a total of at least 150 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc.” This amount of points may already be what you’re considering. If not, it might feel like you need to spend more on direct points in order to be eligible to save money with discounts when it applies. Wait, what?
Yes, this is the kind of consideration some people do when it comes to deciding between buying DVC resale or direct. There are perks that are only for direct owners with a valid blue card and while they might seem tempting they might not really be worth the extra cost of buying direct. Especially when you can see the savings upfront on a resale DVC contract.
Something else to consider. In the Important Information about Membership Extras fine print on DVC’s website it says, ‘These incidental benefits are subject to change or termination without notice, may require the payment of a fee and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.’
Other Membership Extras like special events or member cruises might be something to think about if those are really important for you to have. However, when it comes to getting the best financial value you can, look at the numbers closely. Saving thousands of dollars up front is certainly better than the chance to potentially save 10% on meals or $5 on special event tickets with no guarantee. Disney has also demonstrated that, even if there is a DVC discount on certain kinds of Annual Passes, sales of these tickets can be paused at any time.
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