Disney has become a household name to many generations over these last one hundred years. The pure joy guests experience on a visit is remembered with the fondest of memories. It’s no wonder families, couples and individuals join Disney Vacation Club. The flexible Disney timeshare gives guests the opportunity to return year after year for Deluxe Disney resort hotel stays. One of the key things about becoming a DVC Member is choosing a home resort that you’ll enjoy staying at. Members pick a resort along with a point value that suits their vacation needs and choose a contract that aligns with both of these details. So what resorts are DVC home resorts?
What Resorts are DVC at Disney World and Elsewhere?
All of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts are in the Deluxe tier of Disney resort hotels. There is also a moderate tier and value tier of resorts which are not DVC and we’ll go over those below as well. There are eleven DVC resorts at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with more on the way. Disney has been very quick to name and build new resorts and take over existing resort areas to convert them to DVC accommodations.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. There is an all DVC area of the resort called Kidani Village and also DVC rooms in the Jambo House main resort building.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a fifteen story building next to the original 1971 hotel building.
Disney’s Beach Club Villas sits next to Epcot with its own DVC building and a neat, themed lobby inside.
Across the water, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas charms guests with its old world charm and many restaurants.
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has its own awe inspiring building with a cozy, lobby inspired by Walt Disney’s love of trains.
Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is an add on that brought brand new cabins along the waters of Bay Lake and renovated some rooms off of the main lobby into DVC villas.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has its own DVC building that was constructed in 2013 and another building that was renovated to expand DVC in 2022.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort is the original Disney Vacation Club resort property and hosts a peaceful, nature focused atmosphere.
An original property, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has a new tower going up that will increase the DVC rooms at this resort by hundreds.
Disney’s Riviera Resort is an all Disney Vacation Club building that has a Disney Skyliner station.
Lastly, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is a sprawling property located across the water from Disney Springs.
A DVC Category of its Own
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground are in a unique situation as its the only offering of its kind at Disney. This was considered a moderate tier resort. However, Disney is replacing the existing cabins with new ones and transforming this part of the resort into a Disney Vacation Club home resort. Enhancements to the resort overall have been promised. Until this point, all Disney Vacation Club resorts were in the deluxe tier property. This is the first situation of this kind at Disney World. Fort Wilderness offers an exciting array of amenities in the recreation department. While it may not be a traditional deluxe resort, these campsites offer a secluded accommodation experience surrounded in nature and adventure.
DVC Resorts Outside of Disney World
Outside of Walt Disney World there is Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida about two hours south east on the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina which is about four hours by car from Disney World. Over at Disneyland on the west coast, there’s The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Disneyland now also has The Villas at Disneyland Hotel which opens September of 2023.
The Hawaiian DVC resort is Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas on the island of O’ahu.
What Disney Resorts are Not DVC
Aside from Deluxe resorts, there are also moderate and value tier resorts at Walt Disney World Resort. None of the following moderate and value resorts have a DVC component. However, it may be possible to exchange your points to stay at Disney collection resorts. This is not usually an economic spend of points. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort are value tier resorts and are not part of DVC.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside are moderate tier resorts and are not part of DVC. At Disneyland Resort there is just one other resort that is not part of DVC. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is now in the process of becoming Pixar Place Hotel.
What is the Difference Between Deluxe and Moderate Disney Resorts? What about value resorts?
The main difference between deluxe and moderate Disney resorts is the quality of the resort experience overall. At deluxe resorts, you’ll notice finer craftsmanship and more authentic dedication to theming. For example, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a value property, has over the top, larger than life animated atmospheres and characters around the property. The rooms are very much covered in Disney move characters and colors. The commitment is nice but the theming is very direct and not sophisticated. Some people love this! It feels like you’re in a movie.
However, Disney’s attention to detail in theming really shines in hotel properties like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a deluxe resort. This space is meant to feel like a real lodge and it sure does. The fireplace in the lobby details the layers of the Grand Canyon over many stories. There’s a geyser that goes off outside and many cozy places to enjoy around the buildings. The restaurants support the theme of the resort with rustic interiors and views you won’t forget. The amenities at deluxe resorts are also much nicer. You can see more in our Disney deluxe resort vs. moderate vs. value comparison.
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