15 Jul Disney Vacation Club Sounds Great, But Is It Right for My Family?
Disney Vacation Club Sounds Great, But Is It Right for My Family?
Since you’re on our website considering Disney Vacation Club Membership, you have asked yourself this exact question. I asked myself the same thing before I became a DVC Member. This is a question only you can answer, however we can help guide you through your decision making process. After all, Disney Vacation Club isn’t right for everyone, so let’s see if you feel it has value, and if it fits the way you and your family like to vacation.
As you consider whether Disney Vacation Club Membership is right for you and your family, keep these questions in mind:
- Do I value quality vacation time with my family?
- Do I love and trust the Disney brand?
- Do I plan to vacation at least once every 3 years?
- Do I prefer to stay on Disney property?
Is Disney Vacation Club a Good Value?
If you’re already vacationing in Disney resorts and you plan to continue, disputing the value of Disney Vacation Club is difficult. Consider Copper Creek at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, where as a DVC Member buying resale, your effective cost per night would be approximately $180 per night. If you’re not a Disney Vacation Club Member and book the same room, the published rate is about $600. For an in-depth look into the value of DVC and other examples like this, please take a look at What Is The True Value of Disney Vacation Club? How Much Do I Pay Per Night as a DVC Member?
Another factor you may be considering is the time value of money since with Disney Vacation Club you’re paying upfront for your future vacations. Far outweighing the time value of money is how DVC has proven to be a powerful hedge against inflation over the past 31 years since the total number of points at each DVC Resort can never go up. For a detailed look into this aspect, along with calculations showing you exactly how much you save over the years, please reference How Much Do I Really Save with Disney Vacation Club?
Ok, But Will I Use It?
Now, it’s hard to argue with the economics of Disney Vacation Club being a good value, but will you use it? Well, do you plan to stay at a Disney resort at least 5 times over the next 30-40 years? Because that is the typical break even period. Ideally though, do you see yourself vacationing at least once every 3 years? With the flexibility of banking points from last year and borrowing points from next year, ideally you should be vacationing at least every third year, otherwise, DVC may not be a good fit. If you are the type of family that views vacations as a necessity rather than a luxury, then you’ll want to consider how you’d like to vacation.
Using your Disney Vacation Club Membership at one or all of DVC’s 15 resorts (soon to be 17), provides the absolute best value. DVC’s exchange partnership with RCI is also a great value and provides more than 4000 other incredible resorts for you and your family to enjoy around the world, however that shouldn’t be a deciding factor for you to buy. Although DVC has always had an exchange program, first with Interval International (II), and now with Resort Condominium International (RCI), this benefit isn’t guaranteed and could go away. Now it’s not likely to go away, as almost all timeshare companies rely on an exchange program such as this to enhance the value of their membership, but it could. So, if you do see yourself vacationing every year, but only visiting a Disney resort every five or six years, then DVC Membership probably isn’t the best fit for you and your family.
If you do see yourself staying in one of the gorgeous Disney Vacation Club Resorts at least every three years, and using the RCI network now and then to visit destinations around the world, then Disney Vacation Club Membership is definitely a wise investment for you and your family.