One question that frequented my thoughts shortly after signing my first Disney Vacation Club contract was – How much money will I be saving with this investment?
Before getting started, I feel I must preface this post with the fact that before DVC, my wife, Amy, and I allowed ourselves to visit Walt Disney World every two to three years and stayed at moderate level resorts. Based on our previous spending, I have since concluded that I will save nothing in the long run and have instead committed myself to spending thousands of dollars at the Walt Disney World Resort over the next 40 years… you’re welcome Disney stockholders!
Although many on the DISboards have previously provided a very detailed approach to determine the value of their own DVC memberships, I’m choosing a more basic and laid back method. Here, we will quickly look at the cash prices listed by Disney for three upcoming trips my wife and I have planned for this year.
First is a seven night stay this June at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House in one of the resort’s elusive 2-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa Value Accommodations. This unique DVC room category is essentially made up of both a 1-bedroom villa and deluxe studio that were rebuilt from the lodge’s original rooms prior to becoming DVC. Since the sizes are a little smaller compared to other DVC villas, it is an excellent deal for 209 vacation points. By combining the price of both a 1-bedroom value and studio value accommodations, this stay holds an approximate cash value of $6,651.
Next, we jump to a busier part of the summer for a split-stay getaway during the 4th of July holiday. This trip begins with two-nights in a Garden/Pool View Deluxe Studio at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas for 36 vacation points. While this specific room category is unavailable for traditional cash reservations, a comparable standard view totals $986 during this season. The trip then concludes with three nights in a Standard View Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows for 77 vacation points and a cash price of $1,564.
Our final scheduled stay of 2019 occurs during one of the busiest DVC weeks in December, immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday. While we have multiple waitlisted resorts for this stay that will likely never see the light of day, our current reservation has us enjoying our home resort of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House for five nights in a Savanna View Deluxe Studio for 74 vacation points and a cash price of $2,826.
Totaling over $12,000 in cash value, these resort stays already validate for me why I purchased Disney Vacation Club. The rack rates of these resorts (even when combined with discounts) are steep for the average consumer, yet DVC makes them attainable. There is value in the fact that my wife and I now have the opportunity to visit a place we call home with such frequency and stay in resort accommodations previously thought of in our dreams. Add that to additional DVC discounts on annual passes, dining, merchandise, and more and I am satisfied with the price and value being received as a member. True, I will not necessarily be saving money and instead will spend more while vacationing more. The REAL value of DVC (and what we have really invested in) is the happiness it will bring by guaranteeing us years and years of Disney vacations.