We’re going over the main details from every letter from DVC stating what perks DVC resale gets, or should I say doesn’t get. Over the last decade or so there have been multiple contract updates from Disney Vacation Club in an attempt to make purchasing direct from Disney more appealing. For some, this tactic might work. It’s important to weigh both sides and see what’s right for you. For those who care the most about paying the best price for DVC, resale will always be the answer.
The Details: Letter From DVC Stating What Perks DVC Resale Gets
In a letter sent in 2016, Ken Potrock, then Senior Vice President & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club & Adventures by Disney, shared new details of restrictions for resale. Membership Extras such as discounts, experiences and events were reserved for those who purchased from Disney directly from this point forward. Prior to this restriction, booking restrictions had been put in place against those who did not purchase directly from Disney as early as 2011.
Years later in 2019, resale restrictions were upped again with the pending introduction of Disney’s Riviera Resort. This is where it gets really interesting with Disney Vacation Club essentially separating the resorts open at this time from any new one yet to open. The original fourteen Disney Vacation Club Resorts became their own tier in a way. If resale is purchased at one of those Home Resorts, those points can be used to book at any of the others.
Those original fourteen resorts include:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort was the fifteenth Disney Vacation Club Resort and fell into its own special category. Those who buy resale DVC points at Disney’s Riviera Resort can only use their points to book there. And, if someone buys resale DVC points anywhere but Riviera, they can not use those points to book at Riviera. Disney Vacation Club’s wording seems to imply, or at least leaves it open, that it could be this way for all additional DVC resorts that open as well.
What’s been really nice for resale DVC Members is recent additions like those at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The new rooms added became a part of the original Disney Vacation Club Resort at the hotel and not an additional and separate resort that is unable to be booked with resale points. Outside of this scenario is a situation like the addition of Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This was a considered a new DVC Resort at this property and sold separately from Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. New and separate resorts at existing resort properties that open like this after the addition of the 2019 booking restriction would seemingly not be bookable with resale DVC points.
Upon first mention, the wording used by DVC makes it seem that the tower being added to Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is also an addition to the existing DVC Resort. If so, this would make it part of one of the original fourteen Disney Vacation Club Resorts and bookable with resale points.
So while restrictions stop those with resale DVC points from booking at Disney’s Riviera Resort, not every new DVC addition moving forward will fall into that same category.
Disney Vacation Club has a Frequently Asked Questions information page on their site with answers to reselling questions specifically. The most up to date information on what is included with resale Disney Vacation Club is there.
No matter how you spin it, resale Disney Vacation Club points are the best value. There are still excellent perks included with resale. The complimentary parking makes a great impact at $25.00 per night in savings at Deluxe resorts. The ability to bank and borrow points, book at other DVC resorts if you buy at one of the first fourteen mentioned above and the eleven month Home Resort booking advantage are all included with resale. Those who buy resale DVC points can also access Top of the World lounge when it’s open which is a huge perk. The most exciting part of Disney Vacation Club is the ability to commit to years of Disney vacations in advance and pay today’s rate for trips in the future. Resale makes DVC that much more affordable or makes your dollar reach even more points.
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