What is your favorite memory from taking a Disney vacation? If your first visit took place after you had children, you won’t soon forget the joy you felt watching their faces as they experienced that famous Disney magic.
Disney World and Disneyland and memory-making naturally go together. What happens at Disney doesn’t stay at Disney because you can’t help but talk about the fun at family gatherings for years to come.
One way you can keep the fun alive is by investing in a Disney Vacation Club property. You’ll never worry about whether your favorite resort has availability, and you’ll enjoy an array of other perks as well.
If you’re curious whether this is the right time for you and your family to invest in Disney properties, take a minute and read our guide.
How Does a Disney Vacation Club Membership Work?
Most people are familiar with timeshares. Disney put a whole new twist on the timeshare concept when they introduced the vacation club.
Unlike traditional timeshares where (in most cases) you’re limited to staying at one property when you own shares in a Disney property, you can choose from a range of resorts.
Each member purchases a certain number of points every year, which they exchange for reservations at a Disney property.
Think of points as currency. Each resort costs a certain number of points.
When you visit also impacts the number of points you’ll spend. If you schedule your vacation during peak tourist times, you’ll likely use up more points than if you visit during the week or when it’s considered off-season.
You can bank your points, which means you can use them next year. Borrowing against future points is also an option.
Is It Like Owning a Vacation Home?
In some ways, a Disney Vacation Club property is a vacation home. Most people only live in a vacation home part-time. You’ll likely spend one or two weeks each year at your Disney property.
The most significant difference is the investment. When you own a vacation home, you own everything about it, including maintenance, property taxes, insurance, and all the other expenses associated with homeownership. To purchase the home, you invest a large amount of cash upfront.
When you own a share of a vacation property, you only have to worry about when you can get time off from work, how you’ll travel, and what fun things you’ll do while you’re visiting. Someone else worries about landscaping, maintenance, and security.
If you have your own Disney property, you’ll pay less upfront. You’ll also only pay for the time you and your family spend at the property. Another bonus is you’ll never have to climb a ladder or fix a leak because the staff at the property take care of everything.
I Think I Might Be Ready
Investing in anything today means figuring out if you’re ready financially, but you’ll also want to think about your vacation style and how much time you have to spend at a resort, whether you have ownership in it or not.
Are you a person who loves the vacation lifestyle? Do you dream about and spend hours planning your annual trip? If you said yes to both questions, you’re in the right place.
Remember earlier when we briefly mentioned timeshares and how Disney Vacation Club differs? People who choose timeshares usually feel satisfied visiting the same resort every year. We can’t emphasize enough the benefit of being able to choose something different each time you visit Disney.
Even if your current job doesn’t make it easy for you to plan a yearly time away, the experience of having easy access to your own Disney vacation property could be the catalyst to think about making some lifestyle changes.
A Cost-Effective Way to Enjoy Disney World and Disneyland
The average Disney visitor books a room at an off-site hotel. They look for the best deals and hope for the best. The truth is not all accommodations near Disney theme parks makes the ideal place to lay your head after a fun-packed day.
Before you jump on-board, make some quick comparisons between standard hotel rooms and accommodations at one of the popular Disney properties, like Copper Creek DVC. While most hotels offer the basics, you won’t usually have your choice between a studio, villa, or cabin.
After reviewing the amenities, it’s time to make the cost comparison. Over time, you’ll spend more on that yearly week at a hotel than you will for your Disney Vacation Club package.
Combine the cost-savings and the more luxurious accommodations, and you may have your answer!
What Is the Best Way to Buy Your Share in a Disney Property?
Once you’ve decided you’re ready to buy, you’ll realize there’s more than one way to get the keys to your favorite Disney resort. You can either buy direct or purchase one of the Disney resale properties available on the market today.
For many Disney vacationers, buying on the resale market makes the most sense. First, you’ll enjoy significant savings over what you would pay directly from Disney. Second, you’re not paying for membership perks you’ll never use.
Club memberships come with an assortment of discounts, including savings on dining and attractions. Those perks aren’t guaranteed for life. Benefits can change, and some go away permanently.
Owning a Disney resale property gives you the same access to the resorts, but gives you more freedom when it comes to finding and using the discounts that work best for you and your family.
Are You Packing for Your Trip to Disney?
As you can see, taking a Disney World or Disneyland vacation isn’t only about the mouse. It’s also about making sure you have the best accommodations with the least amount of fuss. Resorts included in the Disney Vacation Club offer that and more, but so do Disney resale properties.
We hope reading today’s post gets you excited about your next Disney vacation!
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