One of the indirect perks of larger Disney Vacation Club accommodations is that it's a bit more palatable to invite guests to join one's party. Whether the guests are friends, family members or simply a child's best friend, it is much easier to add one or two individuals to a reservation when staying in a Two Bedroom villa than it would be for a standard guest room at a Value, Moderate or even Deluxe resort.
Disney Vacation Club contracts all list a specific Use Year. The Use Year is a 12-month period during which the contract's points can be used by the owner. The Use Year can be very important depending upon a member's vacation habits. Individuals with fairly consistent annual vacation patterns would be best served with a Use Year which immediately precedes their arrival dates. This allows the greatest flexibility in rescheduling trips (when necessary) and the banking of unused points.
Some members give a great deal of consideration to a Use Year before buying while others simply take what is offered by DVC or an attractive resale contract.
Before buying did you target a specific Use Year or simply take whatever was available? Do you find your Use Year to be a good match for your vacation patterns?
Disney Vacation Club is comprised of seven resorts at Walt Disney World, one at Disneyland and two non-theme park destinations (with a third under development.)
Topic: Where would you most like to see future expansion occur: theme park resorts or non-park destinations?
Any Disney Vacation Club purchase is a pretty big financial commitment. At today's prices the minimum 160-point buy-in will run $15,000 or more, plus hundreds more in annual dues. Additionally buyers are committing to decades of theme park tickets, travel expenses, vacation dining expenses and so on.
Topic: Have you ever experienced buyer's remorse following a DVC purchase or add-on?
Walt Disney World recently altered its policy regarding Advanced Dining Reservations. Previously guests were able to make most dining reservations 180 days in advance of their arrival. Now reservations are limited to 90 days in advance.
Disney Vacation Club members would seem to benefit from a longer window given the planning reqired to book accommodations up to 11 months in advance. However many found it difficult to plan their meals as much as 6 months in advance.