The Following are highlight notes for our DVC episode
Official DVC website HERE
DVC is celebrating its 25th year – beginning with the first resort Old Key West
DVC resorts are…
FL: Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and Kidani Village, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary, Disney’s Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian, Old Key West, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Saratoga Springs, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Vero Beach (Not at Disney World)
CA: Disney’s Grand Californian
NC: Hilton Head Island
HI: Disney’s Aulani Resort
Points charts available HERE
Minimum purchase is 100 points, only resorts available through the official DVC site (as of May 2016) are Aulani and Polynesian. Others are available through resale sites.
You can mortgage the cost of points for up to 120 months (10 years)
Current price for point is $168. So the minimum buy-in would cost $16,800
DVC Financing Calculator: HERE
Maryann’s quick math: $16,800 = 56 nights (9.3 years if you go six nights a year) @ $300/night, but at that price, you own the points for approx. 40 years (the expected life of the hotel itself, which they may extend).
MOST rooms have a stackable washer/dryer, regular sized fridge (you can make ice!) and a full kitchen with pots, pans, plates, etc. (except studios, they do not have a washer/dryer and they have a kitchenette with a microwave, small sink, and small dorm-room-style fridge).
The configuration and size of the rooms varies from hotel to hotel, but for the most part…
Studio: a queen-sized bed and a foldout couch (sleeps 4) Newer studios have an adorably themed pull-out bed beneath the TV that sleeps a child. Here’s the Dumbo-themed one at the Grand Floridian:
1-bedroom: a king-sized bed in the bedroom, a foldout couch and a sleeper chair in the living room (sleeps 5)
2-bedroom lock-off (which we didn’t mention in the podcast): it’s basically a 1-bedroom and a studio combined – a king-sized bed in the bedroom a queen-sized bed and a foldout couch with kitchenette in the second bedroom, a foldout couch and a sleeper chair in the living room (sleeps 9)
3-bedroom: various configurations (sleep 12). Basically you can invite everyone you’ve ever met. Not all hotels have 3-bedroom villas. (Check out the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs or the Bay Lake Grand Villas for a treat!)
Your “Home Resort” means you can book at that hotel 11 months out. You can book at ANY DVC resort 7 months out.
You can use your points for other rooms at Disney resorts, Disney Cruises or at partner hotels around the world. More info HERE
Maryann’s husband offered this correction: The Vikings were playing the Saints. The Saints won.
Also, Maryann’s family never sleeps more people than are allowed…ever.
DVC Members get discounts on some purchases (10% like Annual Passholders). There are also member perks and getaways.
Jambo does indeed mean “Hello.”
Arianne’s husband prefers briefs. Giraffes have been traumatized.
Maryann prefers Jambo House to Kindani Village. Jambo House has slightly better animal viewing (opinion) and there are a lot more food options at Jambo House. Kidani Village only has Saana and the DVC Mart for food.
Maryann’s grandmother, Evelyn, on her 90th birthday, teaching her great-granddaughter, Genevieve, how to speed in a motorized scooter:
You can will points to other people if you croak. You can also resell them.
Feel free to covet the personal pools at the Polynesian Bungalows:
Maryann really did work for a cruise line. Here she is in Bora Bora:
Saratoga Springs Pillows:
Bay Lake cool Space Mountain lithograph:
The view of the New Year’s Fireworks from Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake:
DVC Members also have access to Adventures by Disney, which we failed to mention: HERE
Arianne now has straightened snakes.