After reading the title of this article, you immediately might feel FOMO — the fear of missing out.
In all honesty, I wondered if I’d be feeling this as my family took our first trip to Walt Disney World on Disney Vacation Club points last month as new members. We purchased a small resale contract with DVC Resale Market to become DVC members earlier this year, adding a very modest direct contract shortly after. Due to the significant minimum direct point investment, we aren’t close to having the number of direct points needed to obtain “Membership Extras.” Frankly, I don’t know if we will ever have enough points to qualify for these perks, as limited as they are as of today.
Staying at a DVC Resort as a Resale Member
I know many resale members (especially new members!) might wonder if they will be treated differently than their direct purchase counterparts during their Disney visit. Is there a special note at check-in that says “resale,” or somehow a marker (outside of the digital card system, which you may choose to show or not show) on you that somehow mentions how you bought your points? The short answer is… no.
Points are points! Whether you bought, borrowed, or rented points — you will indeed still feel the same Disney magic when you visit. My family had a wonderful trip last month. At no point were we identified in any other way besides DVC members. I think with the challenges that Disney has faced in rolling out digital DVC Membership Cards, Cast Members are likely trying to do their best to make sure that everyone is having a magical experience as always — despite if whether a member has access to “Membership Extras” or not.
Are the DVC Membership Extras or ‘Perks’ Worth It?
After all, you will often be reminded that you should never buy DVC for the perks, as those are never guaranteed. The last few years have shown this exact point in action. With the uncertainty on annual pass sales resuming for DVC members, I believe that many members are wondering what the future might hold for these perks in general.
Although we won’t be able to go to Moonlight Magic or visit the Villian’s Lair anytime soon, I’m confident that our trips will continue to be just as magical! At Disney’s Polynesian Villas, the resort activity Cast Members knew us by name by the time we left. The look on my son’s face as he searched for the animals from our balcony at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village was priceless. No “Membership Extras” needed for those memories!
Do you view access to “Membership Extras” as a significant added value to a DVC membership? Please let us know what you think below!