Individuals looking to trade their non-Disney timeshare for a Disney Vacation Club resort stay now have to pay considerably higher fees.
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Back in 2008, Disney Vacation Club partnered with timeshare trading company RCI to facilitate trades between owners. A DVC member looking for a Colorado ski adventure or a week in the Caribbean can effectively swap a number of their Disney points in exchange for a resort stay in some location where DVC does not have a presence.
RCI members trading into most Disney Vacation Club properties have always been subject to a cash "resort fee" of $95 per stay. That fee has now been doubled to $190 per stay.
The resort fee is designed to cover a variety of products and services offered by Disney resorts which are not part of owner dues. Included in these services are the Disney's Magical Express airport transportation, theme park transportation, MagicBands, parking at Disney theme parks and more.
The $190 fee applies only to inbound trades to most DVC destinations. The same fee applies regardless of the length of stay. Trades to Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort are not subject to the fee.
For more information regarding RCI trades, visit RCI.com, DVCMember.com or discuss on the DVCNews forum.
It's likely that non-DVC owners trading-in also have to pay a fee to RCI at the time of the exchange.
From the [URL="https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/destinations/list/world-rci/rci/"]Member website[/URL]:
- Through August 3, 2016, a non-refundable $95 transaction fee applies per confirmed reservation or when an ongoing search is initiated (ongoing searches are available only for the Weekly and The Registry Collection® exchanges) through RCI. If payment is not received at the time of confirmation, Disney Vacation Club reserves the right to cancel the reservation.
- Effective from August 4, 2016 through December 31, 2016, the $95 transaction fee will be waived for Disney Vacation Club Members for any RCI reservation (regardless of travel date).
Was this fee something that DVC charges and it has nothing to do with RCI? I know there are sometimes fees involved at the different RCI resorts, like cleaning or resort fees for use of facilities but I always thought the $95 went to RCI.
The information quoted above applies to DVC members trading OUT to other destinations. Owners must pay a $95 RCI fee (waived until 12/31) and could also be subject to a separate resort fee imposed by their destination.
The original story here applies to people trading INTO DVC from another timeshare. They likely have to pay a similar $95 exchange fee to RCI. Additionally when they arrive at the Disney resort, will be charged $190 as the resort services fee. Disney keeps the $190. It's Disney's compensation for DME, theme park parking, MagicBands and other expenses which are not covered by timeshare dues.
All of the above fees are paid from our Owner Dues each year. This is DVC double dipping on the original fee as well as the new fee of $190. There reasoning doesn't pass the stink test!
There are a lot of RCI resorts that charge a resort fee and they are doing the same thing as DVC is now. (double dipping)
When will this end... never... as long as management thinks we don't care.
I wonder if each DVC resort gets credit for resort fees to be deducted from the Owner Dues. I would love to see a line item on the next DVC financial reports.
I for one don't think DVC should not charge a resort fee and DVC should require all RCI resorts that it trades with to do the same.