We wanted to take the time and explain some of the information that has been recently released by the Disney Vacation Club. We will include some quotes from the letter that Disney sent to their owners and explain the true benefits of the Disney Vacation Club as well. From this point on, when you purchase on the resale market there will be some benefits that will not carry on to the new owner. This is in addition to what they have done already back in 2011.
Quote from member newsletter:
Effective March 21, 2011, Getaways included within the Disney Collection (e.g, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney) and the concierge collection, which are now membership extras have not been available for ownership interest not purchased directly from Disney Vacation Club. Now, effective April 4, 2016, Members who do not purchase their ownership interest directly from Disney Vacation Club will not have access to other Membership Extras, such as exclusive Member experience and discounts. (Those who already own, regardless of where they purchased will not be affected by this new policy change).
What does this mean for you? Is it still worth purchasing on the resale market? What is an incidental benefit? We will help with those answers.
What is an incidental benefit?
The definition of an incidental benefit is as follows: Accompanying but not a major part of something. Another definition would be: Occurring by chance in connection with something else. With this in mind, incidental benefits that may be offered are not guaranteed and can change at any moment. When you make a purchase such as the Disney Vacation Club, we should all keep in mind what it really is we are purchasing and purchase for the right reasons. Anything that is listed as incidental should not be the reason you make such an investment.
When you purchase on the resale market, you will still have full access to all of the DVC Resorts themselves as well as RCI as your exchange company. Isn’t that why all of us are members? That has remained unchanged. You still have your 11 month booking window for your home resort and 7 month booking window for a non-home resort. You still receive a member ID number. What will happen is after closing, Disney will mail you a letter with your member ID number on it. They will not issue you actual member ID cards from what I was told by a Disney cast member. You can still log in online or call member services and use your member ID to make reservations. Again, this is the real reason we are members of the Disney Vacation Club.
Is it still worth purchasing on the resale market?
The best way to determine this for yourself is to find out the purchase price Disney is charging per point and compare to the prices on the resale market. For current resale pricing, please visit the DVC Resales Listings page and see what kind of savings you are afforded if you purchase on the resale market. Our suggestion with merchandise discounts and dining discounts is to purchase an annual pass. With your annual pass you will receive discounts on merchandise and dining, just like DVC Members. You can also purchase a “Tables in Wonderland” discount dining ticket as well.
DVC Magic Resales is here to help if you have any DVC Resale questions.