As I sit here curled up next to a greyhound on this chilly November evening while I browse through DVC availability, I can’t help but think about how lucky we are. By we, I mean myself and my husband, Paul, along with all of us fortunate enough to call ourselves Disney Vacation Club members.  

Through meeting more and more members on the DVC Fan Facebook Page, I realize we’ve been brought together by a common bond- an unequivocal love of Disney and the way owning a piece of the magic brings happiness to our lives. While there are lots of people who love Disney without ever getting the chance to step foot into the most magical place on earth, I sit here a little astonished as Paul and I prepare to embark on our fifth trip of 2019. At the time of this article’s post, we set out early tomorrow morning. 

Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower
Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower

When Paul and I fell in love with Disney as a newly married couple, we often fantasized about hitting the lottery, visiting more often, and staying at dream resorts like the Grand Floridian or Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had deemed these fantasies unattainable without striking it rich not only since we were at the beginning of our careers, but because we could not justify paying the nightly rates of these deluxe hotels. 

Fast forward a few years after we found Disney Vacation Club and its affordability through the resale market, and the rest is history. Four contracts, three home resorts, and multiple DVC stays later, and I still can’t shake the surreal feeling I get every time I check into a DVC resort and think to myself, I’m staying here.

Fall at Magic Kingdom

Sure, I could spend time dissecting Disney and the changes being made to DVC policies along with increases in pricing. At the end of the day, I’m absolutely thankful to be a member. I’m thankful for the frequency in which we get to vacation at a place we love. I’m thankful that it’s now easier to share our love of Disney with family and friends. I’m thankful to stay at so many beautiful resorts, to spend so much time in the parks, to explore good foods, experience great shows, and to have time to slow down and take it all in. I’m thankful for how easy magic bands make vacationing, how Disney transportation eliminates worrying about how you’re getting there, and how bell services make resort hoping seamless. Most of all, I’m thankful for the wonderful memories and excitement I’ve been able to share with my husband. For being a Disney Vacation Club member isn’t about owning direct or resale, which resort you buy into, or how many points you have. It’s about the ability to continually experience something that brings you so much enjoyment and to share that joy with those you love. As the wise Donald Duck once said, “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” 

Happy Thanksgiving DVC community, and may you always have a reason to be thankful to own a piece of the magic!

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. She is also a contributing writer for a few DIS websites.

2 thoughts on “Giving Thanks: Reflecting on Life as a DVC Member

  • So true…..

  • You must own at least one non resale to get all the benefit,s or do you buy annual passes and just use those discounts

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