One question that I get asked frequently is – How much money will I be saving by becoming a Disney Vacation Club member?
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!
But when looking at what we previously were paying for each vacation versus our current costs, it is hard to ignore the benefits and savings that becoming Disney Vacation Club members have offered us!
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 trips next year (2023).
Summer Animal Kingdom Lodge Getaway
First is a seven-night stay in June 2023 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. Due to its size and amenities, Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most popular Disney Vacation Club properties. For this stay, I’ve selected a 2-Bedroom Savanna View Villa, which features three full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, washer and dryer, and a balcony. This stay would cost 319 Disney Vacation Club points and holds an approximate cash value of $12,785.60 (including taxes and fees).
July 4th Holiday at BoardWalk
Next, we jump to a busier part of the summer for a quick three-night getaway during the 4th of July holiday. For this trip, I’ve selected a Garden/Pool View Deluxe Studio at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas for 48 vacation points. These accommodations include a queen bed, double-size sleeper sofa, kitchenette, and balcony. This stay would cost approximately $594.33 per night, totaling $2,005.89 after taxes and fees.
Holidays at Bay Lake Tower
Lastly, we jump to the monorail loop during one of the busiest times of the year at Walt Disney World for a holiday getaway at Bay Lake Tower. If we’re at BLT during the holidays, we have to watch the fireworks in a 1-Bedroom Theme Park View Villa. This accommodation sleeps five adults and includes two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a balcony. A four-night long weekend here would cost you 206 vacation points, or approximately $6,148.
Totaling over $20,000 in cash value, these three 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. For a similar $20,000 investment, you could already be well on your way to Disney Vacation Club ownership with a DVC resale contract.
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 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.