Different Ways to Rent DVC Points

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Disney World is the place where princesses live and fireworks fly in the sky each night. For some, Disney is a once in a lifetime vacation. For others, Disney trips are an annual, lifelong adventure. Disney Vacation Club, the Disney timeshare, makes it possible for more visitors to enjoy the best resorts Disney has to offer.  What if you’re trying to decide if you want to join? If you’re wondering if you can rent DVC points, you can! It’s possible to rent DVC points instead of jumping right in and buying DVC. Renting DVC points allows you to stay in Disney timeshare accommodations without making the big commitment to joining. If you’re already a Member you might need to rent points too. Here we’re talking about the different ways you can rent DVC points and why, and when, you might need to. 

Rent DVC Points to Try Out Disney Vacation Club

There are a few different reasons you might want to rent DVC points. Maybe you’re trying DVC out to see if you like it. Whether you love deluxe resorts and have stayed at many or have only stayed in value or moderate resorts, DVC rooms are a little different. The bigger villas especially as they have added amenities like a kitchenette or kitchen and a washer and dryer. If you’ve never stayed in a DVC villa, you might want to rent points to try these different room styles.

Maybe you are interested in DVC at a certain resort but would like to stay there in the DVC section of the property to get familiar with it. When you buy DVC, you pick a home resort and get to book there before others do. This makes your home resort matter when you have specific times you want to stay at a particular resort. You might just want to rent points because the price is right. Whatever the reason, you get the same room experience when renting DVC points as those who are already Members. You can rent DVC points at any of the following Disney Vacation Club home resorts:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

Aulani, Disney Vacation Club 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 Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – A Disney Vacation Club Resort (opening 2024)

The Villas at Disneyland Hotel (opening 2023)

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Can anyone stay at a DVC resort?

Anyone can stay at a DVC resort. These special deluxe resort hotels are not just for Disney Vacation Club Members. You may know many of the resorts on the DVC resort list above. Some of these properties have been around for a long time and had DVC built later on. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a great example of this. First, the DVC building between the Grand Floridian lobby was constructed around 2013. Then later on in 2022, the Big Pine Key building behind the lobby was renovated to expand DVC.

Other resorts were built as an entire DVC resort from the start like Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort. Even at these all DVC resorts, you’ll find rooms available on Disney’s website. It’s understood that a portion of rooms at each of these resorts are reserved for those booking with cash, not DVC points. 

Can you rent DVC points from Disney?

Anyone, including non Members, can book a stay at a DVC resort online. When you start searching for rooms on the Disney Website, you’ll see Places to Stay. There you’ll find Deluxe Villas under the Disney Resorts Collection. This isn’t really renting DVC points, it’s a way to book DVC rooms though. To get the best price possible on your stay, you’ll want to price out booking a DVC room this way and another way. Depending on what special savings event Disney has going on, there might be a more cost effective way to stay in villa accommodations.

Renting points from a third party site can often be the best option when it comes to price. These services exist outside of Disney and help match Members not using all of their points with those wanting to stay on points. All resorts and any kind of booking you do will be based on availability. We understand these and the ones on Disney’s website to be different pools of rooms. Just because one is sold out or unavailable, doesn’t mean the other is. If renting DVC points from a third party company is not an option for your trip specifications, see if you can book on Disney’s website.

What comes with renting DVC points?

For a while, Disney implemented parking charges at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels for overnight guests. As of 2023, overnight parking for resort guests is now complimentary again. While DVC Members always had free parking, everyone now has that again. There may be parking fees at other hotels like The Villas at Disneyland Hotel. It can vary by resort.

When you rent DVC points you have access to all of the deluxe resort amenities and perks available to overnight guests of the resort. One of the most valuable is the extended park hours offered just for deluxe resort guests. In the past, Disney offered Extra Magic Hours to all resort guests. Now, Disney has replaced that offering with two different kinds of extra time in the parks experiences. In the mornings, all Disney resort hotel guests can enjoy 30 minute early entry into all four Walt Disney World theme parks every day.

There’s even more for deluxe resort guests. Extended Evening Hours is just what it sounds like but it’s only available for those staying at deluxe resorts including DVC villas. The additional evening hours aren’t offered every day so follow up close to your trip to see when you can enjoy these late nights out with lower waits. It’s been announced that this will stay through 2024. 

DVC Perks

While renting DVC points, you won’t have access to DVC exclusive perks like Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Not even all DVC Members can visit this space and others. In order to qualify for DVC perks like discounts and events, new Members must purchase a minimum of 150 points directly from Disney. If you aren’t as interested in these perks but want the best rate on Disney hotel stays, DVC resale opens up a lot of possibilities. When someone is selling their DVC contract, you can buy it for a fraction of the cost compared to buying from Disney directly.

Another Kind of Renting DVC: One Time Use Points

Something else to consider if you’re looking into becoming a Member is One Time Use Points. Let’s say you have a resort and set of dates in mind but you’re short a few points. Disney Vacation Club allows you to pay to borrow these special points for a single, particular use. It’s kind of like renting points from DVC. However, if you find yourself using one time use points regularly you might want to add on points by buying an additional contract. It’s a better spend. If your vacation style changes you can always sell DVC and get a different contract, a bigger one if that’s what suits you.

DVC Resale vs Direct Prices

Renting DVC points is one way to experience the magic. When considering becoming a Member, take a look at resale DVC prices. The prices below are from around June of 2023 and reflect an interesting moment where the market has very low per point prices. 

ResortResale average price June 2023Direct price 2023
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas$114$210
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas$91$217
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort$131$275
Disney’s Beach Club Villas$138$275
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas$112$240
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge$92$215
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge$145$250
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel$252$320
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort$155$217
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort$72$165
Disney’s Old Key West Resort$83$205
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows$147$250
Disney’s Riviera Resort$133$217
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort$97$205
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort$50$150

DVC Resale Experts Can Help

DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in resale DVC. Whether you’re adding on points, buying or selling Disney Vacation Club, the Experts can help you find the right price to place a bid with or list your contract for. Our independent, licensed real estate agents are former Disney Vacation Club Guides. They have decades of pixie dusted experience selling DVC and delight in providing excellent service to their clients. The Experts have seen it all and are happy to answer your questions throughout the process. It’s a great time to buy DVC resale. Prices have been lower in 2023 and there are some fantastic deals to be found. You can keep up with DVC resale average prices in our monthly series.

DVC resale prices can pleasantly surprise Members interested in selling DVC. See our resale DVC listings for a look at real time availability and pricing. Ready to sell DVC? Get in touch for a complimentary valuation of your specific contract today. There may be someone waiting on our Buyer Wish List for a contract just like yours.

Disney Blogger Nicole and Disney CEO Bob Iger

Sparkly Nicole

Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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