Disney Vacation Club reviews

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Reader rating Reader rating 6.2 / 10
Average Reader Rating: 6.2  
"Not Worth It"
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2013 by Susan
Rating: 1  
We have had a DVC membership since 1998 and we have come to the conclusion that unless you want to spend every vacation at Disney World it is not worth it. We have tried to get into Hilton Head with no luck, we tried using the time share exchange with no luck, most recently we tried to go to the newest resort in Hawaii, again no luck. Once you buy into this, the only option that is available is Florida and usually your home resort. I got so fustrated that I sold my points for the last two years through a third party, which was totally hassle free, and used the money to go elsewhere. When you talk to member services they just tell you sorry there is nothing they can do and they even admit that Disney has oversold their timeshares and it is very difficult to get a reservation into a location besides your home resort or other DW resort. So unless you have very small children and plan on going to Disney every year, spend your hard earned money elsewhere, this timeshare is too expensive to be so restrictive!
"Compare, it's excellent"
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2013 by Gary Pearson
Rating: 9  
I've been with DVC for about 6 years. I've had family holidays at Vero Beach, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs at Disney, and Mount Tremblant in Quebec Canada, as well as a 3 day getaway for 2 to Washington DC. The points are flexible and trade incredibly well. Compare to other time share plans. This is easy for us to do because before buying Disney, we bought elsewhere. Our other property and plan has been nothing but frustration for us. We can't trade for good value, the people managing the trading are not helpful and we can't sell the thing because it has held no value. The Disney brand and approach to customer service is what you're paying for and it is definitely worth it. With our family of 5, holidays can get crazy expensive. While the original outlay for Disney points looks expensive, over time it does pay for itself. Also, there is nothing wrong with buying your points resale, as we have done. It works just as well and doesn't have the big mark up. You get the same 'Welcome Home' when you arrive whether you paid $115 per point from Disney, or $49 per point resale. Give in to The Mouse. Resistance is Futile.
"Great value"
Reviewed on Aug 12, 2013 by Linda
Rating: 9  
We have purchased over 1300 points over several years, some through the secondary market. Our resorts are Wilderness, Vero Beach, Bay Lake, Animal kingdom, Aulani, Boardwalk and Old Key West. We have stayed at all of them several times. In the last 16 months, I figured out that we used over 50 days at Disney resorts, mostly for us but also gave about 12 days to friends and family. Assuming an average of about $500 a night, since our two bedroom at Aulani for 15 days would have cost over $2000 a night alone, the 3 bedroom cottage at Vero Beach for three nights would have cost about $700 a night, and 4 nights in a one bedroom club level at Animal Kingdom would have been $600 or more, I would estimate we have gotten well over $30000 in value for these nights and probably more. For about 10000 in maintenance fees, I consider that a good value. Obviously you have to use your points, but we are at Disney at least 3 times a year, so it is totally worth it to us.
"Great deal!"
Reviewed on Dec 17, 2012 by Matt
Rating: 10  
I have been coming to Disney for five years. If I had bought the DVC plan, it would have been paid for already. The big Plus is that there are 500 + other locations around the world to visit. And they are covered under the plan also. Great deal for people who like to travel a lot.
"DVC never responds to complaint!"
Reviewed on Oct 10, 2012 by Tracey
Rating: 3  
We stayed at Bay Lake Tower back in Feb of 2012. We emailed our complaint to DVC and still have never received any response. Why spend all this money by buying Bay Lake before its even built and our poor experiences don't even rate a response. We had a 2 bd kingdom view and a studio lake view across the hall. New guy moves in next door and has a bunch of drunk friends over so we move the studio to another resort the next night because Bay Lake can't move him and would move the studio to another floor after we've been there for 5 nights! Cost us more points and just showed how much being a vacation club members really must count. Even the housekeeping staff told us how people who just complain about a hair on the floor get upgraded but they couldn't do anything for a DVC member. Why pay all this money for this kind of treatment? Btw you have to complain 2 times not just once about a drunk, at Disney World, the family resort!
"Almost impossible to use DVC"
Reviewed on Jul 31, 2012 by Davel
Rating: 1  
We purchased Bay Lakes membership last year for $45,000. Imposible to get a reservation. However if we book through Travelocity - no problem.
This is my third DVC membership. We never had a problem with reservations when they first started. Apparently they are overselling memberships. I would not rejoin and now trying to sell all memberships.
"buying into DVC"
Reviewed on Sep 01, 2010 by baylakebeliever
Rating: 10  
Hi! I had to write.I'm not that big on discussion forums or blogs however we just came back from our first visit to our 'new home' at Bay Lake Towers and I only have good things to say! We had a 2 bedroom Magic Kingdom view and I jumped up and down with excitement like a 5 year old when we first walked in! Also having 3 bathrooms with 3 teenagers is priceless. This is our 4th WDW trip since 2004 and I wish we had bought into the vacation club when we first inquired about it while staying at the Polynesian in'04. I could go on and on but I truly think you need to go to the presentation and discover for yourself how truly wonderful this can be. If you love Disney than it will be a no -brainer!. One last item if I may,we were thinking of a stay over February school break at Vero Beach. Just wondering what others thought? Thanks!
Reviewed on May 17, 2010 by floridabill
Rating: 10  
Well I don't know who DisneyKnowitAll is, but this fool is not a disney know it all! Vacation club is the best thing that disney has to offer! there are a dozen of places to stay in disney world alone! Not to mention you can use the points for the cruise line as well. The flexibility alone is the best, you can bank and borrow points when needed. Disney also has locations outside of disney such as Vero Beach and hilton head and coming soon hawaii!! Oh and i forgot to mention you get the vacation club for 50 years!!!! And the rooms that you stay in with your points are deluxe accomodations that range to $380 a night! you can stay at any vacation club resort at anytime to restrictions and no block out dates! =) But i guess if you want to scrimp and save to stay at the all star low budget resort, or save for years and take one vacation and then never another one again, then don;t get it and pay separate like disney know it all. then fine. but if you want vacations for life with a nice place to stay guaranteed! then Vacation Club is the right choice!!
Reviewed on May 16, 2010 by DisneyKnowItAll
Rating: 3  
Not Worth it ............. just better to pay seperate
Reviewed on Oct 24, 2008 by BrownDerby07
Rating: 10  
We saw the booths at our hotel lobby and Hollywood Studios, but on the last day we finally decided to go on the tour at Saratoga Springs. Trust me, check it out, even if you decide not to sign up you get some nice gifts just for going :-)
It makes staying at a deluxe resort affordable. Amazing deal.
Reviewed on Jun 19, 2008 by maryszhi
Rating: 10  
all of there are amazing, really makes you feel like your home
"great, worth joining dvc"
Reviewed on Feb 27, 2008 by maryszhi
Rating: 10  
All of them are amazing and have a uniqueness i cant explain
"like home."
Reviewed on Jan 14, 2004 by fanofdinsey1981
Rating: Not rated  
every place we have stayed with the vacation club is amazing. Old Key West and Vero Beach are perfect for relaxation, and I love the idea of going to our 'beach house'.
"The BEST value"
Reviewed on Jul 05, 2003 by WDWFred
Rating: Not rated  
Of all the time shares this is top of the class. There is a no pressure tour to see if it's for you. The different places to stay are endless.It's good to have a places to go year after year.
"old key west"
Reviewed on Sep 25, 2002 by mitros
Rating: Not rated  
This has to be the most convenient resort going. You can always park right by tour room. It is also very quiet
"Best of the Best"
Reviewed on Sep 05, 2002 by goofyman
Rating: Not rated  
We looked into many time shares but none compares. They have it all and being aregular visitor made it that much easier to deside.
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2002 by RAYROBBINS
Rating: Not rated  
"Hilton Head Island Resort"
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2002 by celticdog
Rating: Not rated  
Disney's Hilton Island Resort occupies it's own little island within an inland waterway. The view across the tidal marshes are beautiful, especially at sunset. The resort is nestled among large oaks draped with spanish moss. The swimming pool contains a large circular waterslide. There is no resturant on-site only a small food service counter (dogs, burgers, snacks), however there is a marina/shopping area with multiple restaurants within walking distance. There is a beach house faclity within a short drive. It's quite nice, with a large food counter, shower facilities and beach rentals, plus a ocean side pool. The rooms are wonderfully themed in a 1920's fishing lodge style. The rooms are also very large and all have large balconies. The staff has the typical Disney courtesy and style. Hilton head Island is a beach/golf/tennis resort type community, so if you are looking for a relaxing vacation, try the Hilton Head Island Resort.
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