If you have not done a DVC presentation, I would highly recommend giving it a try. During our first experience, we were compensated for our time spent with the agent. More importantly, it was a presentation that would forever change how my wife and I plan our vacations. At the end of our presentation, we decided to join DVC at the brand new Riviera Resort. While our decision had a quick turnaround, there were several questions that we had brainstormed before, during, and after the presentation.
Was DVC right for us?
My wife and I both reside in Southern California with no kids. We are in our early 30s, both working professionals, and have been married for a few years (since the writing of this article). During our DVC presentation, we were amazed at the professionalism and pressure-less scenario but also felt out of place. Most of the attendees were folks with several generations; the multimedia had more to say for families.
However, with the new Riviera Resort Tower Studios, we found those to be the perfect accommodations for the two of us. The new resort had plenty to offer for us two and provided the perfect transportation options that we were already familiar with. With the new Disney Skyliner Transportation System, we found this mode of transportation to work well with our travel needs. While advertised as alternative transportation to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, access to the WDW Monorail is an added plus. While the point value and availability for a Tower Studio is not as efficient, the flexibility of direct DVC points gives us the opportunity to stay at other resorts.
Can we see ourselves using DVC for the next several decades?
We have friends who travel all over the world, and having DVC might feel like we will be stuck. However, we realized that our vacationing habits needed to be physically away from work (no staycations), minimal travel planning (no zealous planning), and ease of accessibility to fun and entertainment. DVC checked all these boxes. While it is difficult to think a few years ahead, we saw this as an opportunity to invest early. In our most recent trip to WDW for the Dream’s Unlimited Travel 20 Years of Dream event, we had the opportunity to attend the Animal Kingdom Moonlight Magic event with some other DVC members. We took this opportunity to ask this question, and everyone’s regret was not buying sooner.
During our opportunity to purchase, we had two options: resale or direct. While the price of resale was very attractive, we wanted to take advantage of the direct contract benefits. For direct purchases, Riviera Resort and Aulani were advertised, but our DVC guide also gave us the option to purchase our favorite resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge. However, we ended up with Riviera Resort for the 50-year contract.
Before our trip, we had familiarized ourselves with the DVC Show and the DISboards, which was very helpful and informative. We were familiar with buying resale through vendors like The Timeshare Store. But what really helped the most was to talk to DVC members in-person.
Is DVC worth it?
DVC is a big financial investment. Depending on the number of points, the monetary amount for a contract could be equivalent to a new car. What convinced us to purchase was comparing the amount spent on our most recent cash stay. We saw the cost of our value resort vacation was equivalent to a DVC contract down payment. Since we had already planned for annual visits to Walt Disney World, we decided to put our vacation savings into a DVC contract. After buying our Riviera Resort contract and sifting the point charts, we are now able to fit two trips a year!
Since signing our direct contract in Summer 2019, we already took advantage of Moonlight Magic @ Disney California Adventure and booked a couple of trips for 2020 (March @ Animal Kingdom Lodge, August @ Old Key West and Riviera Resort).
What is your experience like doing DVC? Do you have any tips for two?