MamaMouse is a Disney Vacation Club member and I can honestly tell you that it is worth it! DVC ownership is NOT a timeshare and offers the most amazing flexibility in terms of planning vacations. Not only can you stay at Disney properties, but through a partnership with RCI, you can use your points (plus a nominal reservation fee) at hotels worldwide. Add in Disney cruises and adventures, and you have an awesome travel experience awaiting you! Please note that if you do buy points through resale, you are under different terms and conditions and are not afforded the same benefits that you would get if you bought directly from Disney.
Since it was founded in 1991, Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has become one of the highest-rated vacation-ownership programs in the industry – and a prime example of how Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is growing its family vacation business by addressing a broad range of vacation experiences. DVC was created as a unique experience for guests who like to return to Walt Disney World Resort on an annual basis and stay for longer periods of time. It has quickly grown to include a wide range of vacation offerings, currently boasting 10 properties both inside and outside Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Members access their vacation club ownership through a highly flexible vacation point system that allows them to tailor vacations to their personal needs. Members receive an annual allotment of vacation points that can be used in a variety of ways for different types of accommodations.In 2009, DVC reached a company milestone, with more than 420,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and every U.S. state having made a long-term commitment to unforgettable vacations.
· DVC has doubled its membership since 2003 to include more than 420,000 member families from each U.S. state and approximately 100 different countries.
· Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas feature intricate African-inspired details and home-like amenities, and many vacation villas offer sweeping views of an expanded savanna inhabited by a variety of African animals.
· At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a horse-racing fanfare can be heard across the resort every hour on the hour signaling the top of the hour to amused members and guests.
· A special room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge houses a collection of train memorabilia and artwork, including an exhibit featuring two of Walt Disney’s personal scale-model railroad cars.
· There are 167 miles of post-tensioning cable running through Bay Lake Tower’s concrete slabs. These cables could stretch from Bay Lake Tower to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and back.
· Environmental sensitivity was extremely important to Disney Imagineers while constructing the new Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. As a result, 5,178 tons, or 65.22 percent, of materials from demolition were recycled, including concrete and metal.
UPDATE! Disney Vacation Club will be offering new villas at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in the future. Construction is currently underway!