I was raised by people who were convinced that vacation clubs were basically giant ponzi schemes and I personally have enough commitment issues (and financial issues) that joining the Disney Vacation Club never really seemed like a good idea to me. Though I think we all know that you’re officially a mature adult when the most exciting hotel room feature you can imagine at Disney World is not a view of a theme park or a pool but a washer/drying in the room. And you can do LAUNDRY FOR FREE. Holy shit, now that’s what I call a magical experience.
So, I was really curious when in a Facebook group the subject of buying DVC points came up. It’s a lot cheaper in some cases to rent the points than to pack rack rate at a deluxe hotel and I was immediately having dreams of washer/dryers on a race weekend and let’s just say I haven’t been that excited in a long time.
Apparently, you can rent the points through third parties or through a contract negotiated with the vacation club member him or herself. The cost for a studio at some of these deluxe hotels were not only less than what I would pay for a rack rate room at the deluxe hotels, but they were also not that much more than what I’d pay for the Art of Animation room that isn’t subject to any of the general discounts Disney offers through promotions. Mostly, I was moved because I wanted to try out the Contemporary and all the standard rooms are apparently booked through central reservations.
The downside (as far as I could see) to this method of points renting:
- You can’t cancel the reservation once it’s made.
- You can’t get any kind of refund through the third parties.
- You can’t change the hotel.
- Studios don’t have washer/dryers.
- The weird thing about DVC rooms is that they have a pull out couch and a king bed and the idea of spending my race weekend on an uncomfortable pull out bed is just totally unappealing.
So the idea struck me to do this for Princess Half but on top of that it was really hard to find a hotel for all the nights of my trip and I’m not interested in changing hotels mid trip. I’m here to vacation, not to spend lots of time at a check in desk. It’s one of those things that’s now in the back of my mind and I’m seriously considering giving it a try at some point, but February won’t be that time.
DVC members: How do the points work? How do you know when you can go? Is it as expensive as I think it is?