RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement

Together the Two Industry Leaders Bring a Bit of Magic to Vacation Ownership and Exchange

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PARSIPPANY, NJ, Feb 20, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Disney Vacation Club recently renewed its multi-year affiliation agreement with RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries.

Through this renewed affiliation, Disney Vacation Club offers its member families access to thousands of RCI affiliated vacation ownership properties across the globe while RCI's approximately 3.7 million subscribing members gain access to the 12 Disney Vacation Club resorts.

"We are proud to renew our affiliation with Disney Vacation Club, one of the best-loved hospitality brands in the world," said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. "The high-quality properties that are a part of this internationally recognized vacation-ownership program carry the signature Disney experience that has perpetually captured the hearts of visitors. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the brand, as we both work to bring new and innovative services to the industry."

Disney Vacation Club offers vacation ownership options at 12 resorts located in Florida, California, Hawaii and South Carolina, which are part of RCI's exchange network of affiliated resorts around the world. These include Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas in Florida; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.

Disney Vacation Club recently announced that its next planned resort will be built at Disney's Polynesian Resort, located on Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort, near its newest property to open, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. When Disney's Polynesian Resort project is completed, Disney Vacation Club will have destinations at all three resorts on the monorail system, including Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Resort, allowing easy access to Magic Kingdom Park.

"Our renewed affiliation with RCI provides our Members with more choice, expanded access and improved flexibility," said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. "We want our Members to enjoy vacations when they want, how they want and where they want. The exchange options available through RCI are an important part of this commitment, giving families even more opportunities to have fun together, see the world and make lifelong magical memories."

About Disney Vacation Club Disney Vacation Club debuted in 1991 and today is approaching 200,000 member families from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries.

Disney Vacation Club is a flexible vacation-ownership program that can help families enjoy both the magic of Disney and savings on Disney vacations for decades to come. By purchasing a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club resort, families can choose from among a variety of vacation destinations, including a stay at any of the 12 Disney Vacation Club resorts or at an expanded list of more than 4,000 other popular Member Getaways vacation destinations around the globe. When purchasing directly from Disney, members can also take trips on any of the Disney Cruise Line ships or guided vacations with Adventures by Disney. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks, depending on availability.

Recently, several prestigious awards have been won by resorts with Disney Vacation Club accommodations, including Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, which was named one of AAA's prestigious four-diamond hotels, as well as one of the World's "Best Hotels for Families" by Travel + Leisure magazine. Travel + Leisure magazine also named five other resorts with Disney Vacation Club accommodations "Best Hotels for Families." Also of note, Fodor's Travel named Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, which also has Disney Vacation Club accommodation, "Best for Families" in their Top Ten Hawaiian Resorts for 2013.

About RCI RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI(R) Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points(R), the industry's first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI's luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection(R), is the world's largest program of its kind with more than 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands WYN +0.01% . For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

Reader Comments
Re: RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement -- denlo
2014 Feb 20 02:23:28 PM
We haven't used our points for other than DVC stays. However, we might want to exchange, but the current system seems cumbersome and you could actually deposit points into RCI and never find an acceptable resort for your vacation.

I hope this is true:

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"Our renewed affiliation with RCI provides our Members with more choice, expanded access and improved flexibility," said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. "We want our Members to enjoy vacations when they want, how they want and where they want. The exchange options available through RCI are an important part of this commitment, giving families even more opportunities to have fun together, see the world and make lifelong magical memories."

Re: RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement -- wdrl
2014 Feb 20 02:43:39 PM
Through this renewed affiliation, Disney Vacation Club offers its member families access to thousands of RCI affiliated vacation ownership properties across the globe while RCI's approximately 3.7 million subscribing members gain access to the 12 Disney Vacation Club resorts.


I wonder if this is a misstatement or if the new DVC/RCI agreement is giving DVC members access to the entire RCI inventory. This would be a significant change because under the old agreement DVC members had access to only about 500 RCI properties world wide.
Re: RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement -- JaxFLBear
2014 Feb 20 03:13:08 PM
DVC posted the following on the new 'Membership Magic' page of the member website (entry dated Jan 29, 2014). Select 'Exchange Collections' on the 'All Topics' drop down menu.:
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Enjoy more vacation options than ever“More.”
This seemed to be a popular theme during discussions around ways to enhance the exchange options available to Members.

As a result, Members will soon have “more” vacation options around the world and “more” rooms available in the most popular places.

Members will soon have access to thousands of RCI options that allow Members to dream bigger than ever before and, of course, to make those vacation dreams come true. Details around the enhanced Member Getaways program will be announced this Spring with re-imagined collections featuring increased inventory at Members’ favorite exchange destinations (many of which will require fewer vacation points). In addition, you will be able to enjoy a refreshed Disney Collection with new resort options.

What are some of the exciting locations around the globe you're planning to visit?

[Memberships not purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. on or after March 21, 2011 will not have access to the full portfolio of vacation destinations.]
Re: RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement -- Ranger275
2014 Feb 20 03:28:31 PM
I used to belong to RCI through a different timeshare. We could never get the better hotels or condos through RCI. You could get some if you weren't looking for the top resorts or locations but not in good locations. We finally gave the timeshare back to the owning company because the week wasn't good for us and RCI never seemed to work for us and we didn't pay much for it. Didn't make sense to belong if you couldn't get the resort you wanted to stay at. Not sure what other choices Disney has but I can't see us trying to use RCI after our previous experience with it.
Re: RCI and Disney Vacation Club Renew Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement -- TimK
2014 Feb 20 03:45:35 PM
Ranger275 wrote:
I used to belong to RCI through a different timeshare. We could never get the better hotels or condos through RCI. You could get some if you weren't looking for the top resorts or locations but not in good locations. We finally gave the timeshare back to the owning company because the week wasn't good for us and RCI never seemed to work for us and we didn't pay much for it. Didn't make sense to belong if you couldn't get the resort you wanted to stay at. Not sure what other choices Disney has but I can't see us trying to use RCI after our previous experience with it.

Due to its nature as a trade facilitator, RCI has to assign a trading power to individual resorts. Basically it's done to limit those who own undesirable locations from trading into high-demand destinations.

DVC seems to trade quite well within RCI.

DVC was previously aligned with Interval International. While Interval has more impressive affiliations (Marriott, Starwood, Sheraton), by most accounts DVC did not trade very well within their system. II has a ton of Orlando-areas resorts and the DVCs were not strongly sought-after.

Timeshare trading is one of those areas where folks can really benefit if they learn the ins and outs of the system. There are people who buy timeshares for $1 from eBay and then spend years trading into DVC and many other popular locations.

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