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★ ☆ ★ The DVC Information Center ★ ☆ ★
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Welcome to the DVC Information Center! The DVC Moderators have created this as a table of contents or index to much of the information about DVC here on the DISboards DVC forums.

We hope you find this index useful!

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Purchasing DVC
  • A Comprehensive Introduction to DVC - Perhaps you have wondered whether buying into Disney Vacation Club is actually a good idea for your family. We can't give a definitive answer to that question that fits everyone, but we can supply you with the information you'll need to make an informed decision.
  • Does buying DVC make sense? - Since most people consider purchasing DVC a large investment, time should be spent before making such a big decision evaluating the pros and cons, the costs and benefits. The initial cost of joining DVC is significant. So, is it worth it?
  • Should I buy direct from DVC or buy resale? - Most people who first hear about DVC hear directly from Disney, and may not even be aware that there is an active resale market where DVC contracts may be purchased - just like you can purchase a new or used home.
  • Choosing your home resort: what to consider? - One of the first decisions a prospective Disney Vacation Club member has to make, after deciding to buy into DVC, is which resort they should purchase and make their home resort.
  • Annual Dues - There are two cost components to DVC ownership: the initial purchase price and Annual Dues. This thread explains what annual dues are, provides the dues for each DVC resort - as well as historical dues back to 1991.
  • Why buy DVC if I can keep on renting points? - So, you’ve been renting DVC points and getting a great discount off the cost of booking a reservation with Disney. Should you consider buying DVC now that you’ve discovered you enjoy staying at a DVC resort?
  • Understanding Your Use Year - What is a Use Year? How does it relate to when I can make a reservation? Why does it matter which one I have?
  • Choices in deeding your DVC purchase - If you’re getting ready to close on a DVC purchase, please be aware that your decision on how to deed your real estate interest might affect your rights and/or tax liability depending on if you live in a community property state, or an equitable distribution state.

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The History of DVC


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DVC Point Rentals

  • An explanation of renting points - READ BEFORE RENTING. There are significant differences between renting points and booking a hotel reservation with Disney. It is your responsibility to educate yourself on the process of renting points and perform the necessary due diligence prior to entering into any agreement to rent points.
  • Sample DVC Point Rental agreement - It is important for the DVC Member and the Renter/Guest to have set clear expectations surrounding a particular rental. A written contract or letter of agreement, signed by both of you, spelling out exactly what the rental will cost, when payment is due, dates of the stay, etc. will go a long way towards setting clear expectations and responsibilities of both parties.
  • Guide for members to rent out their points - So, you have some excess points that for some reason you’re not going to use and you either can’t bank them or you don’t want to. Maybe you have other plans this year and want to turn your points into cash and use the cash for another vacation experience. Maybe you just need a year away from Disney. Instead of letting them go to waste, you can rent them out to others and pocket the cash for whatever you need. Yes, renting IS allowed.

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Using Your Membership

  • How difficult is it to book a reservation? - How hard will it be for me to book "xyz" resort? Find out about peak DVC usage times and hard to get reservations. Good summary of resort availability rules of thumb.
  • Wait Listing a Resort - If there is no availability when you try to book, you can go on the wait list. We explain how it works.
  • Split Stays - A split stay is any stay that involves checking out of your room and checking back into a different room during your trip – whether that room is at a different resort or not. A split stay may involve moving resorts, changing room sizes or just changing the view. What do you need to be aware of?
  • Getting groceries to your room - Some DVC members cook in their rooms or, if not, get snacks and other items so that they don’t have to eat at a Disney counter service or table service for every meal or snack. We cover the various options.
  • Room Occupancy - A thread dedicated to discussion of room occupancy limits.
  • Walking a reservation - DVC allows members to add and remove days from an existing reservation. While this provides great flexibility to members if their plans change, it also creates opportunities to potentially “manipulate” the system.
  • DVC Point Reallocations - Do the number of points needed for a stay change year over year? It could. DVC can make adjustments to the point chart for a resort to better reflect supply and demand.
  • Point Chart Inflation - Why do the points required to book a particular room size generally keep rising for each new resort built?

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DVC Resorts

  • DVC Resort Information - Here you'll find useful information about each DVC resort, including rooms, room floor plans, resort maps, age of each resort, and more.

Old Key West (OKW)
Vero Beach Resort (VB)
Hilton Head Island (HHI)
BoardWalk Villas (BWV)
Villas at the Wilderness Lodge (VWL)
Beach Club Villas (BCV)
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (SSR)
Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV)
Bay Lake Tower (BLT)
Villas at the Grand California (VGC)
Aulani
Villas at the Grand Floridian (VGF)
Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (PVB)

Resort Comparisons
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History of Annual Dues


Code:
Year OKW VB(s)  VB   HH  BWV  VWL  BCV  SSR  AKV  BLT  VGC  AHV(s) AHV  VGF  PVB

2015 5.84 6.28 8.06 6.52 6.07 6.03 5.97 5.17 6.30 5.05 5.15 4.89  6.51  5.52 6.02
2014 5.54 6.06 7.75 6.28 6.01 5.93 5.79 4.91 5.97 4.78 4.94 4.84  6.44  5.41
2013 5.34 5.79 7.40 6.02 5.84 5.79 5.64 4.81 5.67 4.50 4.58 4.70  6.25  5.41
2012 5.20 5.58 7.12 5.93 5.62 5.61 5.50 4.73 5.44 4.22 4.33 4.48  5.96
2011 4.98 5.31 6.78 5.68 5.46 5.34 5.28 4.51 5.01 3.89 4.07 4.31  5.73
2010 4.87 5.18 6.61 5.57 5.36 5.20 5.15 4.46 4.95 3.78 3.94
2009 4.73 4.97 6.41 5.36 5.21 5.04 5.00 4.34 4.85 3.67 3.82
2008 4.56 4.71 6.04 5.16 5.04 4.87 4.80 4.21 4.71
2007 4.40 4.39 5.63 4.98 4.85 4.73 4.63 4.12 4.62
2006 4.24 4.12 5.27 4.34 4.69 4.61 4.48 3.98
2005 3.86 3.84 4.87 3.86 4.41 4.35 4.27 3.83
2004 3.68 3.67 4.67 3.70 4.25 4.22 4.18 3.80
2003 3.49 3.37 4.37 3.69 4.11 4.05 3.97
2002 3.22 3.33 4.17 3.49 3.92 3.80 3.77
2001 3.13 2.70 3.98 3.32 3.83 3.63
2000 3.16 2.87 4.07 3.25 3.94 3.62
1999 3.16 2.82 3.99 3.18 4.02
1998 3.17 2.76 ---- 3.20 3.94
1997 3.14 2.90 ---- 3.16 3.84
1996 2.99 2.82 ---- 3.16 3.70
1995 2.84 2.76
1994 2.70
1993 2.63
1992 2.56
1991 2.51
 
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    Commonly used DVC Forum Abbreviations and Acronyms

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    Since there have been a number questions regarding the acronyms and other abbreviations used frequently on our DVC Boards, there may be some value in creating our own list.

    There is also a list of common abbreviations already on the DIS which is fairly comprehensive. So be sure to check there also for others not on this list.


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    A
    AA - Audio-Animatronics
    ABD - Adventures by Disney
    ADR - Advance Dining Reservation
    AKA – Also Known As
    AK – Animal Kingdom theme park (aka DAK)
    AKL – Animal Kingdom Lodge resort
    AKV - Animal Kingdom Villas
    AP - Annual Pass (park access) or Artist's Palette (SSR) or Animator's Palette (DCL)
    AFAIK – As Far As I Know
    ASMo – All Star Movies
    ASMu – All Star Music
    ASSp – All Star Sports

    B
    B&C - Beaches & Cream (at BC)
    BB – Blizzard Beach water park
    BC – Beach Club resort
    BCV – Beach Club Villas
    BF – Boyfriend
    BIL - Brother-in-Law
    BLT - Bay Lake Tower
    BR – Bedroom (i.e., 1BR, 2BR)
    BTMRR - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    BTW – By The Way
    BW - Boardwalk
    BWI – Boardwalk Inn
    BWV – Boardwalk Villas

    C
    CB - Character Breakfast
    CBR – Caribbean Beach Resort
    CdS - Cirque du Soleil
    CG - California Grill
    CH - Community Hall
    CM - Cast Member
    CM's - Chef Mickeys at the Contemporary
    CP - Crystal Palace or Candlelight Processional
    CoP – Carousel of Progress
    CR - Contemporary Resort
    CRO – Central Reservations Office
    CRT - Cinderella’s Royal Table
    CS - Counter Service
    CSR – Coronado Springs Resort

    D
    DAK - Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park
    DAKL - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    DCA - Disney's California Adventure (Anaheim)
    DCL - Disney Cruise Line
    DD – Disney/Dear/Darling Daughter
    DDE - Disney Dining Experience (old name for TiW)
    DDP - Disney Dining Plan
    DH – Disney/Dear/Darling Husband
    DHS - Disney's Hollywood Studios
    DINK - Double Income No Kids
    DL – Disneyland (Anaheim)
    DLP – Disneyland Paris
    DLR - Disneyland Resort (Anaheim)
    DME - Disney's Magical Express
    DQ - DisneyQuest (at DTD)
    DS – Disney/Dear/Darling Son
    DTD - Downtown Disney
    DVC - Disney Vacation Club
    DVD - Disney Vacation Development
    DW – Disney/Dear/Darling Wife

    E
    ECV - Electronic Convenience Vehicle
    EE - Expedition Everest
    EMH - Extra Magic Hours
    EOS - Earl of Sandwich (at DTD)
    EWP - Electrical Water Pageant

    F
    F&G - Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot
    F&W - Food and Wine Festival at Epcot
    FIL - Father-in-law
    FKA – Formerly known as
    FOTL - Front of the line
    FP - Fast Pass
    FW – Fort Wilderness Campground
    FW - Future World at Epcot
    FWIW – For what it’s worth
    FYI - For your information

    G
    GCH - Grand Californian Hotel (at DLR)
    GF - Grand Floridian / Girlfriend
    GMR - Great Movie Ride
    GV - Grand Villa

    H
    HDD - Hoop De Doo Revue
    HH - Hospitality House (OKW)
    HHI - Hilton Head Island Resort
    HM - Haunted Mansion or Hidden Mickey
    HTH - Hope that helps

    I
    IASW – It’s a Small World
    IG - International Gateway at Epcot
    II - Interval International (timeshare exchanges)
    IIRC – If I recall correctly
    ILs - In-laws
    IMHO - In my honest/humble opinion
    IMO - In my opinion
    IoA – Islands of Adventure
    ITA – I totally agree
    ITTBAB – It’s Tough to Be a Bug
    IYKWIM – If you know what I mean

    J
    JC - Jungle Cruise
    JIYI - Journey Into Your Imagination
    JMO – Just my opinion
    JMHO – just my honest/humble opinion

    K
    KS - Kilimanjaro Safaris
    KTTW – Key to the world card

    L
    LOL – Laugh out loud
    LOS - Length of Stay

    M
    MCO - Orlando International Airport
    MIL - Mother-in-law
    MF - Maintenance Fees (DVC annual dues)
    MK – Magic Kingdom
    MNSSHP - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
    MS – Member Services
    M:S – Mission Space
    MVMCP - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
    MDE - My Disney Experience
    MYW - Magic Your Way (park tickets)

    O
    OKW - Old Key West
    OMG - Oh my gosh/goodness
    OOP - Out of Pocket
    OTOH – On the other hand
    OVIR - Ocean View Inn Room (at VB)

    P
    P&PP - Pirates & Princesses Party
    PAP - Premium Annual Pass
    PD - Pixie Dust
    PH - Pool Hopping
    PI - Pleasure Island
    PM - Private Message
    PoC/PotC - Pirates of the Caribbean
    Poly – Polynesian Resort
    POP – Pop Century
    POFQ – Port Orleans French Quarter
    POR – Port Orleans Riverside (fka Dixie Landings)
    PS - Priority Seating
    PTC - '50s Prime Time Cafe
    PV – Preferred View
    PVB - Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

    Q
    QSDP - Quick Service Dining Plan

    R
    RCI - Resort Condominiums International
    RCID - Reedy Creek Improvement District
    RnR – Rock 'n’ RollerCoaster
    ROFR – Right of First Refusal
    ROTFL – Roll on the floor laughing

    S
    SAB - Storm Along Bay (at BC)
    SIL - Sister-in-law
    SM - Space Mountain
    SO – Significant Other
    Splash - Splash Mountain
    SSE - Spaceship Earth
    SSR – Saratoga Springs Resort
    SV – Standard View or Savanna View
    SW – Sea World
    SWW - Star Wars Weekend

    T
    TDL - Tokyo Disneyland
    TGMR - The Great Movie Ride
    THV - Treehouse Villas (at SSR)
    TIA - Thanks in advance
    TiW - Tables in Wonderland
    TL - Typhoon Lagoon
    TLS - The Living Seas
    ToT – Tower of Terror
    TOTWL - Top-of-the-World-Lounge at Bay Lake Tower
    TS - Table Service
    TTS - The Timeshare Store (largest DVC resale broker and DIS sponsor)
    TT – Test Track (at Epcot)
    TTC – Ticket and Transportation Center
    TTA – Tomorrowland Transit Authority

    U
    US/IOA – Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

    V
    V&A - Victoria and Alberts (at GF)
    VB – Vero Beach Resort
    VGC - Villas at the Grand Californian
    VGF - Villas at the Grand Floridian
    VWL – Villas at the Wilderness Lodge

    W
    WDW – Walt Disney World
    WL – Wilderness Lodge or Wait List
    WoD - World of Disney store
    WoL - Wonders of Life
    WP - World Passport Collection
    WS – World Showcase
    WTG – Way to go

    Y
    Y&B - Yacht & Beach Club resort
    YC – Yacht Club resort
    YMMV – Your mileage may vary
     

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    History of DVC direct sales price


    Here is a history of DVC as compiled from past posts over the years:

    Pre-Construction -- $48 (230 pt. minimum)
    October, 7, 1991 -- Sales begin at The Disney Vacation Club Resort
    December, 1991 -- OKW opens (as The Disney Vacation Club Resort) at $51
    January, 1992 -- $51 (230 pt. minimum)
    February, 1992 -- $51
    July-August, 1992 -- $54.50
    11/1/92 -- $56
    May, 1993 -- $56 (190 pt. minimum)
    July, 1993 -- $57.50
    January, 1994 -- $57.50 March, 1994 -- Announce Newport, CA plans
    April, 1994 -- $59 Increase announced for June
    6/15/94 -- $60.50
    November, 1994 -- $61.50
    7/1/95 -- $62.75
    March,1995 -- 150 point minimum begins
    Summer, 1995 -- "The Disney Vacation Club Resort" changes to Disney's Old Key West Resort (OKW)
    October 1, 1995 -- Vero Opens
    March 1, 1996 -- HHI Opens
    May, 1996 -- $62.75
    July, 1996 -- BWV Opens
    May, 1997 -- $62.75 (150 pt. minimum)
    May, 1998 -- $62.75
    Fall, 1998 -- OKW Sells-out
    Fall, 1998 -- Announce WLV
    January, 1999 -- $65
    October, 1999 -- $65 (notice of OKW selling out again after adding buildings 62, 63, 64)
    Mid-May, 2000 -- $67
    June, 2000 -- $67
    November, 2000 -- VWL Opens, BWV Sells-out
    December, 2000 -- VWL sales begin
    January, 2001 -- $72
    March, 2001 -- an increase to $75 announced for June
    June, 2001 -- $75
    February 3, 2002 -- Sales begin for BCV
    March 6, 2002 - Reservations begin for BCV
    June, 2002 -- $80 per point
    July 1, 2002 -- BCV opens
    Dec 1, 2002 -- $84 per point (announced early Oct.)
    Aug 4, 2003 -- $89 per point (SSR Sales begin with $10 discount = $79) with expiration in 2054.
    May, 2004 -- SSR opens.
    May, 2004 -- $95 per point @SSR, $89 at other DVC resorts.
    June, 2005 -- $98 per point @SSR, $92 at other DVC resorts.
    Jan (?), 2006 -- $101 per point @SSR, $95 at other DVC resorts (with some variances at OKW, VB and HH). Incentives are also available lowering the effective purchase price for 150 or more points.
    Fall , 2006 --AKV announced.
    February 1, 2007 -- AKV sales begin for existing members. $101 ($8 incentive discount also available)
    March, 2007 -- $104 per point. (160 point minimum) ($8 incentive discount available)
    July 2, 2007 -- AKV opens as part of main AKL resort - Jambo House. (Original opening - was moved up to July from September)
    Summer, 2007 -- GCV Announced (opening in 2009)
    Fall, 2007 -- Ko'Olina, Hawaii DVC resort announced (opening in 2011)
    September, 2007 - DVC extends OKW land lease until January 31, 2057. Existing members have the option to purchase the extension at $15 per point thru February 29, 2008.
    May, 2009 -- AKV - Kidani Village - opening.
    September 16, 2008 -- BLT announced. Sales begin on 9/21 to existing members at $112 per point plus a $5 incentive. Sales for new members begins on October 5, 2008. To open on September 1, 2009.
    September 16, 2008 -- THV announced as an addition to SSR. To open in Spring, 2009.
    January 15, 2009 -- Price increase to $112 for AKV purchase.
    Spring, 2009 -- GCV sales begin at $112 per point.
    August, 2009 -- BLT opens.
    Sept 23, 2009 -- VGC opens.
    Fall, 2009 -- Price increase to $120 for BLT and GCV purchases. Other incentives available.
    Summer, 2010 -- Aulani Hawaii (AHV) sales begin at $120. Incentives are available. Resort to open in Fall, 2011.
    December 1, 2010 -- Base pricing for BLT increases to $130. Incentives still available.
    June 8, 2011 -- Base pricing for BLT purchase increases to $140. Incentives still available.
    July, 2011 -- AHV sales halted.
    August, 2011 -- Base pricing for BLT purchase increases to $150. Incentives still available.
    December, 2011 -- Base pricing for Aulani purchase increases to $135. Incentives still available.
    December, 2011 -- Construction of VGF confirmed at Annual Meeting.
    February, 2012 -- Base pricing for BLT purchase increases to $155 and AKV increases to $125. Incentives are also available.
    April, 2012 -- Base pricing for BLT purchase increases to $160 and AKV purchase increases to $130. Incentives still available.
    July 15, 2012 -- Base pricing for BLT increases to $165 and AKV increases to $135. Incentives still available.
    December 19, 2012 -- Base pricing for AKV and Aulani increases to $140. Incentives still available.
    March 20, 2013 -- Base pricing for AKV and Aulani increases to $145. Incentives still available.
    May 23, 2013 -- Sales begin for existing members at Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort (VGF) . $145 with a minimum purchase of 25 points.
    June 19, 2013 -- Base pricing for AKV and Aulani increases to $150. Incentives still available.
    June 19, 2013 -- Sales begin for non-Members at the Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort (VGF) $150.
    February 12, 2014 -- Base pricing for VGF, AKV, Aulani increases to $155 100 point minimum. Base pricing for BLT, VGC increase to $165 with 100 point minimum. No incentives.
    June 24, 2014 -- Base pricing for Aulani increases to $160. Base pricing for VGF increases to $165.
    January 12, 2015 -- Sales begin for existing members at Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (PVB) $160.
    February 9, 2015 -- Sales begin for non-Members at Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (PVB) pricing increases to $165.
     

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    Disney's Old Key West Resort OKW Opened 10/1/1991 - Expires 1/31/2042 or 1/31/2057
    1510 North Cove Road
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 827-7700
    Fax: (407) 827-7710

    Disneys Vero Beach Resort VB Opened 10/1/1995 - Expires 1/31/2042
    9250 Island Grove Terrace
    Vero Beach, FL 32963
    Phone: (772) 234-2000
    Fax: (772) 234-2030

    Disneys Hilton Head Island Resort HH Opened 3/1/1996 - Expires 1/31/2042
    22 Harbourside Lane
    Hilton Head, SC 29928
    Phone: (843) 341-4100
    Fax: (843) 341-4130

    Disneys BoardWalk Villas BWV Opened 7/1/1996 - Expires 1/31/2042
    2101 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
    Phone: (407) 939-5100
    Fax: (407) 939-5150

    The Villas at Disneys Wilderness Lodge VWL Opened 11/15/2000 - Expires 1/31/2042
    801 Timberline Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 938-4300
    Fax: (407) 824-3232

    Disney's Beach Club Villas BCV Opened 7/1/2002 - Expires 1/31/2042
    1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 934-8000
    Fax: (407) 934-3850

    Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa SSR Opened 5/17/2004 - Expires 1/31/2054
    1960 Broadway
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 827-1100
    Fax: (407) 827-1151

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas AKV Opened 7/2/2007 - Expires 1/31/2057
    2901 Osceola Pkwy
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 938-3000
    Fax: (407) 938-4799

    Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort BLT Opened 8/4/2009 Expires 1/31/2060
    4600 North World Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 824-1000
    Fax: (407) 824-3539

    The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa GCV Opened 9/23/2009 Expires 1/31/2060
    1600 South Disneyland Drive
    Anaheim, CA 92802
    Phone: (714) 635-2300
    Fax: (714) 300-7300

    Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i ARS Opened August 29, 2011 Expires 1/31/2061
    92-1185 Ali`inui Drive
    Kapolei, HI 96707

    The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa VGF Opened October 23, 2013 Expires 1/31/2064
    4401 Floridian Way
    Lake Buena Vista, FL
    (407) 824-3000

    Polynesian Villas and Bungalows PVB Opened April 1, 2015 Expires January 31, 2066
    1600 Seven Seas Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
    Phone: (407) 824-2000
     
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