Special Info for these Crazy Times:
News for 2021:
- Disneyland Finally Scheduled to Reopen
- Planning and Executing Your Walt Disney World Vacation During These Trying Times
- 2021 Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Ticket Announcement
- Using Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets in 2021
- Using the Walt Disney World Theme Park Reservation System
- Park Hopping Returns to Walt Disney World Starting in 2021
Everything is Different at WDW since it Reopened. See Our Trip Reports:
- 2022 Disney Armed Forces Salute Timeline
- Our Return to Walt Disney World (Aug/Sep 2020)
- Our Second Trip Back to Walt Disney World (Nov 2020)
- Our Third Trip Back to Walt Disney World (Jan 2021)
Walt Disney World’s Disney Vacation Club Resorts are eligible for up to 40% off of list prices with the Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discount.
DVC General Info
The Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s version of a timeshare. Members buy points for a fee and then pay annual maintenance fees on top of that. Points are sold for a specific resort, which is called you home resort
DVC resorts offer Deluxe accommodations in studio, one, two, and three bedroom suites. These suites can also be rented through the regular Walt Disney World reservation process and are eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute 40% off room discount, though the number available is very limited.
Points may be used at any Disney DVC Resort or traditional Disney hotel room as well as the Cruise Line and other properties.
Reservations may be made for your Home Resort 11 months in advance and for all others 7 months in advance.
How to Stay at a DVC Resort
There are 3 ways that you can stay at a DVC Resort
- Buy into the DVC
- Rent DVC Points
- Reserve through Disney Reservations just like one of their hotel rooms
There are many different companies that act as intermediaries between DVC owners who are unable to use some or all of their points and those who would like to rent them. In this situation everyone wins. The company gets a fee for their service, the owner doesn’t loose the value of their points, and the renter gets to stay in a Deluxe DVC property for less than they’d pay with Disney’s general public rates.
Walt Disney World breaks their resorts down into several categories. From cheapest to most expensive these are:
- Value Resorts
- Moderate Resorts
- Deluxe Resorts – the DVC Resorts are part of this category
You can read more about Disney’s traditional resorts on our WDW Resort Page
Disney’s Deluxe Resorts
The Deluxe Resorts are the premier hotels of Walt Disney World. They are decorated exquisitely based upon their overall resort theme.
These hotels are for those who really want to splurge on their accommodations. They are high in both price and in services.
Standard size rooms offer 2 queen beds and in some a sofa bed, which will sleep four to five (a crib may be requested for children under 3). The Deluxe Resorts all have room entry doors from an interior hallway.
Disney Deluxe rooms are larger that the Moderate rooms and fall into 3 size groupings: 400 square feet plus (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian), 370-380 square feet (BoardWalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club), and 344 square feet (Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges). Prices in this category fall in a larger range than in the others due to the different room sizes and special amenities offered.
The Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges are sometimes referred to as Moderate Plus or Deluxe Minus, due to their room size and price.
Deluxe Resorts offer a table and two chairs or a desk and chair, dresser, TV, and small fridge. The bathroom proper is separated from the double sink vanity area.
These resorts are at the top of the Disney World lineup! You’ll find all the amenities that you would expect at a first class resort, such as: Fine Dining, Table Service dining, Quick Service food court, room service, an arcade, playground, the best heated pools with slides, hot tub, a full service Spa at most, a gym, indoor and pool bars, luggage service, valet parking, balconies or porches, in room safe, iron and board, and coffee maker.
The Deluxe Resorts are all near at least one of the theme parks, which gives you easy access to that park.
All the Deluxe Resorts have a single Disney Transportation bus stop located near the lobby.
Disney Vacation Club Resorts
There are currently nine DVC resorts at Walt Disney World that are co-located with a Deluxe Resort and share facilities with that resort.
The Colocated Resorts are:
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Cooper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
And there are three standalone resorts that are not paired with a Disney World Deluxe Resort.
The Stand Alone Resorts are:
Staying On Walt Disney World Property
Staying at a Disney owned resort comes with many benefits, the most intangible of which is that you will feel like you are at Disney during your entire trip, not just while at the parks. Staying at a Disney owned resort is an immersive experience and so much more convenient. This includes the DVC Resorts.
Check out this list of amenities that you’ll receive when you stay in a Disney Resort:
- Free Disney provided roundtrip transportation to your resort from the Orlando International Airport (Disney’s Magical Express).
- Free transportation from your resort to all WDW destinations via Disney’s fleet of buses, boats, monorails, and gondolas.
- Free theme park parking, should you decide to drive your car.
- Participation in Extra Magic Hours – early entry and late stays at designated parks on designated days. The general public is not allowed in during Extra Magic Hours.
- Property wide charging of your Disney purchases (Merchandise, Dining, etc.) to your room.
- Disney Merchandise delivery to your resort (from the theme parks or Disney Springs)
- Guaranteed theme park entry on high attendance days when the parks close due to nearing capacity
- Booking FastPass Plus reservations 60 days prior to check in
- The ability to add the various Disney Dining Plans to your vacation
- The ability to book Advance Dining Reservations for your entire trip (up to 10 days) at the 180-day mark.
Also See these Related Resort Posts:
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- Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Categories and Room Types
- Military Disney Tips Tested and Approved Resorts
- Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green
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- Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
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