Disney Vacation Club by Kim Lawton

DVC Old LogoWe have been Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Members for 15 years now. Wow how time flies when you can share the magic each year. We have been able to add on and I have learned to ‘budget’ our points each year for 3 getaways for my husband and me as well as a family vacation each year. For us, the decision to purchase DVC points has been a good one.

The DVC is a vacation ownership program offering convenience, flexibility and affordability to its members. Dates and length of stay, room types and destinations are all offered with the added benefit of the high level of quality and service with a smile that is a Disney staple. There are 9 DVC Resorts at Walt Disney Worlds, one at Disneyland, one in Hawaii, one in Vero Beach and one in Hilton Head. Each resort has various types of accommodations that can be booked with vacation points. There are many other options for travel available to members including RCI trade possibilities. My family and I have only used our points at Walt Disney World so far.

I realize this isn’t a cheap purchase and my family had to do much thinking and budgeting before we bought into the program. The program may not fit everyone’s budget but if you travel, take family vacations and like to include a Disney destination you should take a look at the program. You can find many of the particulars including other options, fees and rules at http://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com . As with all contracts be sure and check all the fine print.DVC New Logo

DVC has allowed my family vacation accommodations that were roomy and comfortable as our children grew. It helped with our food budget by allowing us to cook in the room or at least stock snacks for growing teenagers! It afforded us a resort where we could walk to two Parks! Our home Resort is the Boardwalk. We have met countless great Cast Members over the 15 years and now call many of them friends. We look forward to going home for vacation! Many perks go along with membership as well. Dining and merchandise discounts. Annual Pass discounts. And others. The best one is feeling like part of the magic!

Over the years I have seen many changes in the DVC program from all our documents being on paper to residing on line, from phone reservations to on line reservations. Magic Bands are also a change for members. There is even a new logo! At times we have felt as if members were losing benefits as cost cutting has been done over the years, but overall it remains a great experience. The main constants are the Disney attention to detail and commitment to friendly service.

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