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  1. Reasons Why DVC Can Be a Better Fit When Planning Your Vacation

    There’s much to consider when planning the perfect Disney vacation, with convenience and cost usually being the most vital determining factors. Disney Vacation Club offers 11 properties in the Orlando area at Disney World. These properties are within driving distance of some of Orlando’s most fantastic attractions, including the Disney parks, Disney Springs, Universal, and more. Below, we’ve included five reasons why DVC is superior to other Orlando accommodations. 

    DVC will save you money if you’re a frequent Disney goer.

    As mentioned, Disney Vacation Club requires an upfront payment, which allows you to purchase your vacation at the current price, avoiding inflation. Keep in mind with DVC ownership comes annual membership dues. We like to think of DVC as a pre-paid vacation plan. You pay your upfront purchase price, and then you have annual membership dues that are a fraction of what your hotel accommodations would cost if you were paying cash. 

    Disney Vacation Club resale comes with some perks.

    Disney Vacation Club resale owners are offered accommodations at “Deluxe” level resorts, free parking at the hotels (cash guests have to pay daily parking fees), access to Early Entry or Extended Park Hours (exclusive to Disney hotel guests), and complimentary resort transportation.

    DVC properties are perfect for larger party accommodations and provide many home-like amenities.

    Every DVC property offers a variety of options for larger parties, including larger villas and multi-bedroom suites. Great for bigger groups of people who are vacationing together and would like proximity to their travel companions. With these villas offering kitchens/kitchenettes, laundry facilities, and large living rooms, longer stays become more comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective. 

    The spacious living area and kitchen in the 2-bedroom villa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Perfect for hosting and enjoying time with the family.

    Disney Vacation Club properties provide flexibility, priority booking, and excellent member services. 

    Since Disney has DVC properties in Orlando, Vero Beach, Hilton Head, Hawaii, and California, your family’s vacation options are limitless. Booking your vacation through DVC’s reservation system allows you to book your trip before non-members. This is handy during peak season when rooms like Mickey hotcakes fly off the shelves. Planning a vacation requires much attention to detail, and DVC member services can provide just that. They can assist in planning your trip, making reservations, and more. This service ensures you get the most out of your Disney Vacation!

    DVC Community

    Disney Vacation Club ownership encourages the close-knit community of Disney enthusiasts to mix and mingle, enhancing your Disney experience! There’s a plethora of online communities and forums you can join to discuss your experience and more! 

    Breathtaking views at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

    Knowing Disney Vacation Club requires substantial upfront costs, it may not be the best option for everyone, but with that being said, the prospect of rentals can be just as good as any. Rentals allow you to ‘try before you buy’ and can offer some of the advantages being an owner brings, minus a few. You can access our current inventory for confirmed DVC reservations here. If one of these rentals work for you, or you’d like to request a different reservation, please fill out the attached form, and one of our team members will contact you.

  2. How Much Does DVC Cost? Prices for 2023

    Looking to join the Disney Vacation Club but wondering how much it cost? Look no further! If you’re looking at buying points with DVC its good to know what the options are and how much per point you’ll be spending if you choose to purchase direct from Disney, the developer. Purchase prices vary by resort, starting at $150 per point up to $310 per point.  There are also different minimum point requirements based on resort and if you’re an existing member or new member.



    It is important to note that these rates and terms below apply only to points purchased direct from Disney Vacation Club, not to points purchased on the resale market. Minimum purchases are subject to change and can be confirmed with a DVC sales rep. As of 2021, 150 direct purchase points are required in order to be eligible for Membership Magic perks and benefits.

    Resort  New Members Current Member Add-On
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Boulder Ridge Villas (VWL) $215 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $215 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $210 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $240 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $150 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $310 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    25-point minimum

    Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. Source: DVCNews.com – updated 12/5/22


    If Disney’s direct prices are out of your budget, then you’ve come to the right place. We can help you become a DVC member for a fraction of the cost. Savings range from 21% up to 50%! 

    Disney sets the rate for direct sales, whereas prices on the resale market can be negotiated with the seller and are usually substantially lower. You can purchase any of the DVC resorts by resale at a much lower rate. Take a look at the chart below to see just how much you can save.

    Resort  Direct Price  Avg. Resale Price
    Resale Savings
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $217 per point $109 per point 50%
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 per point $160 per point 42%
    Boulder Ridge Villas $215 per point $116 per point 46%
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 per point $154 per point 38%
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 per point $127 per point 40%
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 per point $158 per point 43%
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 per point $142 per point 41%
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 per point $85 per point 48%
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 per point $113 per point 45%
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 per point $158 per point 37%
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 per point $118 per point 42%
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $217 per point $139 per point 36%
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 per point $76 per point 49%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 per point $244 per point 21%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $217 per point $161 per point 26%

    Click here for previous price comparisons


    While there are some restrictions when buying resale, the drastic savings usually outweigh these. Another factor to consider are the minimum point requirements for new members. As seen in the first chart above, Disney usually requires new owners who purchase direct to make a purchase of at least 100 points, however, to gain the “blue card” member benefits you must purchase a minimum of 150 points.  If you are a first time buyer wanting less than 100 points, the best option, and sometimes the only option, is to buy resale.

    Eleven of the 15 DVC resorts are “sold out,” meaning all the allocated points for that resort have been sold and you cannot readily purchase points for those resorts direct from Disney. Aulani, Copper Creek, Riviera and Grand Floridian are the only resorts that are not completely sold out and are readily available to purchase direct from Disney.  Disney can acquire inventory for sold out resorts through owner foreclosures and Right of First Refusals but they are sold first-come first-serve according to buyers on a waitlist. You may be waiting a while to get exactly what you want.   So if you have your heart set on another resort, you may wish to purchase resale where there are more options steadily available and at a lower upfront cost.

    We’d love to walk you through the process and help you find the perfect contract to fit your needs.

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  3. Merchandise for EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 2022

    Here’s a look at some of the 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival merchandise found at Port of Entry in EPCOT. Lots of fun fashion and cute merchandise. Theming includes, but is not limited to: “Grow Happiness”, “Grow Green”, Spike the Bee, and of course the adorable Original Florida Orange Bird.

    “Grow Happiness” large mug/utensil holder and Mickey water bottle. Both $29.99

    “Grow Happiness” mug $19.99

    Tervis Tumbler 24 ounce $26.99

    Back of the “Grow Green” Spirit Jersey

    “A Little Dirt Never Hurt” apron and  gardening gloves

    “Grow Green” Hat $39.99

    Everyone’s favorite little Orange Bird.

    Orange Bird shoulder sitter $19.99

    Orange Bird Dooney and Bourke

    Orange Bird Mug – $19.99

    “Think Orange” Hat – $27.99

    Orange Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers – $9.99

    Orange Bird “Squeeze Me, I’m Full Of Florida Sunshine” cup – $29.99

    Spike’s Collection: shirt, mug, bowl, salt and pepper shakers, rain jacket and “Bee Kind” tote.

    Spike large Flower and Garden Festival mug with spoon – $22.99

     Passholder 2022 Flower and Garden Festival zipped hoodie featuring our favorite, iconic, purple dragon, Figment. – $44.99

  4. Eating EPCOT: International Festival of the Arts

    Everyone loves a good EPCOT festival. What’s a good festival without the food? We stopped at three quick service locations during a short visit to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. PopEats! was by far our favorite. Here’s a review of our tastings.

    Pop Eats!

    Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese: A simple grilled cheese sandwich made with buttery Texas toast with a side of creamy, cheese-topped tomato soup. Yum! $5.25

    Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese: The soup was creamy and topped with cheese. The grilled cheese brie, bacon, and apple was a surprisingly delicious combination. $6.25

    Pop’t Art: A “modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling”.  This is your basic iced sugar cookie with a tasty chocolate-hazelnut filling. This cookie is similar to the Lunch Box Tart found at Woody’s Lunch Box in Hollywood Studios. $4.50

    Refreshment Port

    Gnocchi Poutine with Red Wine-braised Beef, Cheese Curds, Basil, and Burrata: The flavor of the beef was delicious. The burrata was a nice light cheese and also a nice addition. The gnocchi was an interesting substitute for the french fries found in the traditional poutine. $9.00

    Deco Delights

    Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues: The orange mousse and the cookie it sits on was good. The lemon cake was generic, but not bad. The raspberry meringues were hard and crunchy and while the raspberry flavor was distinct, the taste and texture was not something to be desired. $4.50

    Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Brownie, and Cassis Mousse: It’s a little hard to tell what all is going on here. First off, I’ll start with the chocolate ice cream which came on the side and melted very quickly. The ice cream was of course yummy and the crunchy, cookie crumb-like pieces under it was a nice texture combination. The brownie was good, as was the chocolate mouse on top, yet it was very rich. Cassis mousse is made with blackcurrant, therefore giving it a purple tint. The purple is visible, but the taste was not quite there, unless the blackcurrant was in the smear on the bottom which I was unable to taste due to the thin layer being dried to the plate. This was by far the best dish from Deco Delights. $5.00


    Dulce Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Crémeux and Dark Chocolate Truffle: The chocolate crémeux  was rich and tasty as was the dark chocolate truffle. The dulce chocolate mousse was a big a disappointment. The flavor, or the lack there of, was not what I hoped for. The cookie the cake and mousse sat upon was good. The ornamental chocolate side piece tasted like it was covered in paper. $5.25

  5. Top Reasons to Love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

    The Grand Floridian is one of the most well-appointed and upscale Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World.  This Disney Vacation Club location invites guests to relax in the lap of Victorian luxury.

    The iconic, red-topped buildings with their imposing white walls, steeply pitched roofing and spire-like accents are purely Victorian, and visually stunning.

    There are many reasons why the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian would be a great Resort choice.  For my family, we love how the architecture, grounds, and amenities surrounds us in extravagance.  

    In a nutshell, this resort offers so many features to love.  The theming is spot-on with an impressive lobby, multiple shops, lush gardens, water everywhere, and more dining options than any other Deluxe Resort.  The pool and water play area are fantastic, and the location means you have convenient options for getting to your destinations.

    Enjoy feeling pampered? Want multiple modes of transportation?  How about exemplary on-site food options?  The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort may be the option for you! 

    Top 5 Reasons I Love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa…

    #5 – Shopping

    This resort has more in-resort shopping and service opportunities than any other Disney Deluxe Resort!  From general trinkets, toys, and Disney paraphernalia to niche men’s and women’s shops.  There is even a Salon if you care to get your hair done!

    I don’t know about you, but I quite enjoy puttering about the resort and checking out the merchandise.  It’s especially fun on those poor-weather days when you just want to stay inside. I love the shirts, hats and fragrances at Curiouser Clothiers. My wife and son love the wonderful soaps and fresh smelling bath salts found at Basin White.

    #4 – Lobby and Ambiance

    An elegant embodiment of grandeur…From marble tile flooring to the pineapple ‘welcoming’ chandelier hanging from high above, you will be impressed by the visual appeal of this majestic ballroom styled lobby. Speaking of ballrooms, be sure to catch the famous Cinderella’s waltz. Even the floor tiles depict magical scenes from timeless Disney film classics, such as Peter Pan.


    The ambiance of this resort goes beyond the lobby and the villas, extending to the grounds, the beach, the water views, and the accents of Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh.


    #3 – Feature Pool and Mad Hatter Kids’ Water Play Area

    The feature pool has a great slide, a view of the lake, and a rock-faced waterfall.   

    While the feature pool is great, it’s the kids’ water play area, themed after the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, that gets us excited.  Our son loves it!

    So many fun slides and water features for the kids, but also lots of space to play. Our favorite part is the huge Hat that fills with water and then topples over!

    #2 – Dining Options

    The food options available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are diverse and excellent! The experience starts at their quick service style on-site eatery, Gasparilla Island Grill for those times where a quick meal is preferred.  Quick does not mean less enjoyable at Gasparilla Island Grill.  They always have plenty of fresh food options from the grill or the panini press.  


    There is also some really good food served up poolside at Beaches Pool Bar & Grill. In fact, the Grand Floridian has more dining options and lounges than any other Disney Resort!  They even have a tea room and the much-loved 1900 Park Fare for enchanted tea parties and buffets with beloved Disney Characters.

    We always enjoy eating at the Grand Floridian Café where you can enjoy beautiful, spacious surroundings while enjoying a full menu of great food options.

    Then, there are the higher-end dining experiences that can be had at multiple on-site restaurants such as Citricos, Narcoossee’s, or Victoria and Albert’s. And of course we can’t forget about the Enchanted Rose Lounge.

    For a foodie, this resort has you covered all under one roof.

    #1 – Location and Transport Options

    Well, here we are at our favourite reason for loving Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  The resort’s location, on the Monorail loop, gives you direct access to the comfy, fast transportation to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, and the Polynesian Resort.  This convenience opens up your available opportunities.

    Further, you are a short walk away from the Polynesian and the nearby Ticket and Transportation Centre where you can then easily access other modes of transport, including the Epcot line of the Monorail.  

    Additionally, the new walkway from Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom means you are never fully reliant upon bus, boat or train.

    The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of the most luxurious places to stay at Disney World.  It offers great shops and restaurants, as well as pools and a relaxing beach area; you can literally enjoy a week here without ever leaving the resort.  

    The iconic white buildings against contrasting red roofs creates a breathtaking visual experience that sets the stage for a truly upscale, relaxing, and fun experience.  This resort justly lives up to its name in every sense of being ‘Grand’.

  6. 3rd Quarter – DVC Resale and ROFR Report

    This article contains our Third Quarter DVC resale report which includes Right of First Refusal (ROFR) and average sale prices from offers that were accepted and sent to ROFR during the months of July, August, and September 2021. Average sale prices continued in an upward trend and Disney’s ROFR rates increased as well.  We are continuing to see a lower amount of inventory as more buyers are looking to make a purchase creating a shift in supply v. demand. Garden Views Realty (ResalesDVC) sold close over 23,000 DVC points this quarter with just under 25% of those being exercised by Disney’s Right of First Refusal.

    What is Disney’s Right of First Refusal?
    The purpose of Disney’s Right of First Refusal (ROFR) is to control the value of their property. When there is an accepted offer and a signed contract, DVC will do an analysis of the terms of the contract and decide if they wish to “step in” as the buyer. The criteria DVC uses for ROFR is not public information but one important factor for exercising ROFR would be if they feel the selling price, including who pays closing costs and maintenance and taxes, is below the target price they have established.

    July-September 2021 

    When viewing the data below, keep in mind that individual sale prices can easily vary based on the size of the contract (in points) and the current point availability of the contract – “loaded” (having current points + banked points) or “stripped” (having no current points). Smaller point contracts tend to sell for around $10-$15 per point higher due to high demand and lower inventory. Prices below do not include closing costs or annual dues – two separate features to the sale terms.

    RESORT Avg. Sale Price
    Apr-Jun 2021
    Avg. Sale Price

    Jul-Sep 2021
    Animal Kingdom $128 $127 130 points @ $121
    150 points @ $120
    150points @ $121
    180 points @ $118
    220 points @ $127
    300 points @ $125
    Aulani $109 $128
    Bay Lake Tower $166 $161 100 points @ $140
    435 points @ $155
    Beach Club Villas $153 $163
    Boardwalk Villas $130 $141 350 points @ $120
    Grand Californian $260
    Grand Floridian $184 $175
    Hilton Head $80 $85
    Old Key West (2042) $114 $124 130 points @ $110
    210 points @ $108
    230 points @ $100
    230 points @ $120
    Old Key West (2057) $150  $139
    Polynesian $168 $170
    Riviera $147 $156
    Saratoga Springs $119 $124 100 points @$125
    100 points @$125
    125 points @ $120
    130 points @ $128
    150 points @ $115
    150 points @ $120
    150 points @ $120
    150 points @ $121
    150 points @ $123
    150 points @ $123
    150 points @ $123
    160 points @ $122
    160 points @ $126
    200 points @ $118
    200 points @ $120
    200 points @ $125
    210 points @ $125
    225 points @ $110
    230 points @ $125
    245 points @ $105
    270 points @ $122
    400 points @ $119
    Vero Beach $70 $76
    Wilderness Lodge: Boulder Ridge $102 $104 210 points @ $112
    Wilderness Lodge: Copper Creek $159 $161

    Contract sizes sold this quarter ranged from 25 points up to 600 points with the average amount of points purchased being 153 points. The most points were sold at Saratoga Springs, followed by Animal Kingdom and Bay Lake. 



    Click here for previous DVC ROFR data

    Working with a trusted brokerage with the knowledge and experience you need to make sure you get a fair price and have a successful purchase or sale is so important in times like these.  If you are unsure of what you should offer or what you should accept as far as an offer goes, please contact us!  We are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about Disney’s ROFR or want more details on a particular sale or resort, please email us at team@resalesdvc.com or call 866-544-2919.

  7. A Look at the Updated Saratoga Springs Deluxe Studio Preferred Room

    These photos were taken during my stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa on September 30th to October 1st, 2021. My room was in The Springs section which is conveniently located near the High Rock Spring Pool, The Artist’s Palette restaurant and gift shop, and the bus stop. Also in this area is the Win, Place, or Show Arcade, the Community Hall, On The Rocks Pool Bar, the fitness center and Senses the spa.

    Here’s a look at the newly updated Saratoga Springs Deluxe Studio Preferred room. The “Preferred” rooms are located in The Springs and Congress Park. Remember, “preferred” refers to location, not necessarily view. They sleep four with a queen-size bed and a double-size Murphy (pull-down) Bed.  Check out the sweet artwork and hidden Mickey! The new Murphy Bed, although firm, is more comfortable than the traditional pull-out sofa with a bar across your back.

    One bonus feature for this room is the amount of outlets and USB ports available. The nightstand had several “plug-in” spots along with the TV stand.

    The room is your typical Deluxe Studio. The floor plan on Disney’s website for this room shows a table and chairs, however this was not the case, at least not for this room. Fortunately the coffee table opens up into a space that allows in room dining. I would find this somewhat inconvenient if traveling with more than one other person.  Also, keep in mind that the person sleeping on the Murphy Bed must be awake to use the loveseat.

    The bathroom is neutral colors with a shower/tub combo, sliding glass doors, and a fancy shower head. The shower head also includes a handheld attachment which I was glad to see. This feature will come in handy when trying to wash hair on the little ones. Don’t forget about the pull out clothes line for hanging those wet bathing suits the coveted Disney H2O+ toiletry items.

    The sink area is a nice clean white. There is a magnified makeup mirror on the wall and a hair dryer in the drawer. The closet gives ample space and contains an ironing board, iron, hangers, extra pillows (the blanket is already on the pull-out bed), a room safe, and even a vacuum cleaner. The kitchenette consists of a mini fridge, drip coffeemaker, toaster, and microwave. Paper plates and plasticware are supplied for eating. Grab extra creamer, there were only 4 in the room.

    The room has a small balcony with chairs. My room overlooked the road. Remember location not view!

    Let’s get one more look at that adorable artwork. Welcome home!

  8. Top Reasons to Love Copper Creek and Boulder Ridge

    The Wilderness Lodge is home to both Copper Creek Villas & Cabins as well as Boulder Ridge Villas.   This Disney Vacation Club location whisks guests away from the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day lives and immerses them in the Pacific Northwest.

    There are many reasons why Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Copper Creek Villas & Cabins as well as Boulder Creek Villas) would be a great Resort choice.

    For my family, we love how the lodge surrounds us in nature, hardwoods, and wildlife.  From the low wetlands to the lush forest, you feel at one with the landscape.  In a nutshell, this resort offers many features to fall in love with.  The theming is spectacular with a soaring lobby and beautiful walking paths.  The pools are set in the rough frontier and a boat service adds an extra means of transportation.

    Enjoy being at one with nature?  Want a quick boat ride to the Magic Kingdom?  How about great on-site food options?  Copper Creek Villas & Cabins or Boulder Ridge Villas are the Wilderness Lodge options for you!  

    Top 5 Reasons I Love Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Copper Creek Villas & Cabins as well as Boulder Ridge Villas …

    #5: Lobby – Including Pin Board and Chip & Dale

    The lobby at this resort is breathtaking!  No detail is spared in this turn-of-the-century, great American Northwestern depiction of history and wilderness. 

    From bubbling brooks that originate in the lobby and flow to the feature pool area, to soaring, stone fireplaces, this lobby is a delight to explore.

    Also, it is not uncommon to encounter some of our favourite Chipmunks hanging out at the Lodge, Chip and Dale.

    There is always a group of kids following these two fun-loving characters around the lobby! And, if you love Disney Pin Trading, you will not be disappointed by the very active pin board in this resort’s lobby.

    #4: Dining Options

    The food options available at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge were exceptional!  While a higher-end dining experience can be had at Artist Point, we even loved the plentiful dishes at the counter service restaurant, Roaring ForkThe real winner for us was the food and good times being served up at Whispering Canyon, located right in the main lobby of the resort.  Family-style skillets and dishes that had us looking forward to the next visit!

    Who doesn’t love starting dinner with a never-ending milkshake?

    But don’t get too full on the milkshake because the dinner spread is nothing short of amazing!  Chicken, Sausage, Ribs, Pork, Green Beans, Corn Niblets, etc.

    Wonderful food and a very fun vibe are found at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.

    The breakfasts at Whispering Canyon were equally incredible! And, yes, if you request Ketchup, you will be in for a surprise!

    #3: Location and Water Taxi

    The Wilderness Lodge is located in what feels like such a remote haven, but with a convenient Water Taxi, you are still not too far from the action!  Such a convenient and relaxing mode of transporting yourself directly to the Magic Kingdom!

    #2. Pools

    This resort has a very nice feature pool and kids’ water play area, but it also has one of the nicest quiet pools on Disney World’s property, Boulder Ridge Cove Pool.

    The kids always have a blast at this water play area that has bubblers, sprayers, water cannons, slides and buckets of cascading water!

    And then there is the impressive Boulder Ridge Cove Pool. This pool was our favourite spot to relax in the sun and play in the calm waters.  The zero-entry feature allows for very easy pool play for the kids and the ample deck seats allow for close parental oversight.

    #1: Theming, Grounds, Wildlife

    Well, we finally made it to our favourite reason for loving the Wilderness Lodge.  The grounds and theming as well as resident wildlife is simply breathtaking.

    The subtle remnants of an old Mining and Railway company immerse you in the serenity of this resort.

    While the beauty and vitality of nature surrounds your every sense… 

    Gorgeous wood plank walkways for enjoying the low wetland areas. And even a geyser that blows multiple times each day.

    Wilderness Lodge (Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, and Boulder Ridge Villas) is one of the most relaxing places to stay at Disney World.  If wildlife, nature, relaxation, and rustic elegance is what you seek, look no further.

    Overlooking beautiful Bay Lake, you cannot help but feel connected to the environment around you.  This resort should appeal to all ages, boasting rustic charm, but enveloped in luxury with all of the amenities and activities to ensure a wonderful and memorable stay.

  9. New DVC Villas Opening At The Grand Floridian

    Disney's Grand Floridian

    (Press Release)

    Disney Vacation Club Announces Expansion at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    Orlando, FL (May 19, 2021) – Today, Disney Vacation Club shared plans to reimagine one building of existing hotel rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa into Disney Vacation Club Villas.

    “This is great news for Disney Vacation Club and our Members,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president, Disney Vacation Club. “It will provide us with new and diverse inventory at a resort that is cherished by our Members and their families.”

    Located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and on the monorail line to Magic Kingdom Park, the proposed project will transform Big Pine Key (building nine) at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa into approximately 200 Resort Studios, accommodating up to five Guests.

    Featuring the Victorian elegance and charm of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, these new Villas will offer Members luxury accommodations and amenities, with some Villas boasting stunning views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom. Projected to open in summer 2022, these new Villas are an expansion of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and will be a part of its current condominium association. Information regarding the start of sales and rental bookings will be released at a later date.

    Since 2013, Members have reveled in the Victorian splendor of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, enjoying the comforts of home, impeccable service, amenities and fun-in-the-sun recreation available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa currently has 100 Disney Vacation Club homes and offers a mix of accommodation styles, ranging from Deluxe Studios to three-bedroom Grand Villas.

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    Disney Vacation Club, a leader in vacation ownership, debuted in 1991 with a flexible, vacation points-based system rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Today, Disney Vacation Club has more than 220,000 Member families, from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries, who have discovered the joys of membership.

    Disney Vacation Club Members are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club Resort or one of thousands of other vacation options in destinations around the world. Plus, when purchasing directly from Disney, Members can also enjoy the Disney Collection, which includes select Disney Resort hotels, Disney Cruise Line and guided vacations with Adventures by Disney, as well as the Concierge Collection, a portfolio of extraordinary hotels in sought-after destinations. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club Resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks.

    With Disney Vacation Club properties located near the Disney theme parks in Florida and California, Members have easy access to new and innovative attractions on both coasts for years to come. For more information, visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.

  10. Managing DVC Points During THE PANDEMIC

    Managing DVC Points During THE PANDEMIC: I Don’t Want to Lose My Points!

    Disney has done a fabulous job at bending rules and reworking the program temporarily to the benefit of DVC owners.  It has now been well over a year since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic and fortunately, our family has not yet lost any of our DVC points.

    Have you been unable to travel due to restrictions in your area, or due to your own personal choice to remain close to home? Our last Disney trip was in December of 2019.  After that, things got scary in the world and cancellation followed cancellation (March 2020, July 2020, December 2020, January 2021 Cruise, and March 2021).  

    All of a sudden, our family, like many DVC families, fell out of sync with the regular routine of planning, booking the rooms at 11-months out, booking the dining reservations at 6-months out, booking fastpasses at 60-days out, and then starting all over again for the next trip.  It was a routine that kept us in the Disney mindset all year long, always dreaming of what was to come and anticipating the fun and excitement.  Then the routine became one of hitting the ‘cancel reservation’ button online and praying for some normalcy to return to the world.

    How have you managed with your DVC points to date?  The reality is that many people would have had points expiring, and despite Disney’s efforts, we still hear of many people discussing their ‘distressed points’ (meaning that they are expiring soon).

    Here are some tips on how to manage your sanity and your points during the Pandemic.

    #1. STAY INFORMED – DVC Website / Disney Website

    Regularly visit your Disney Vacation Club online dashboard for all of the most up-to-date information on Disney’s Phased Reopening.  It is important for peace of mind to know the plans for the resorts and parks, as well as to be aware of what activities, experiences or dining locations will be open before you plan your vacation.  There is no need to be unexpectedly disappointed upon arrival because the Disney website and the Disney Vacation Club website both provide the most accurate information on the resorts and parks.


    Banking points is the first step towards protecting your points.  Keep track of what you have available for the current use-year and be sure to bank those points prior to your banking deadline.  Remember that banking can only be done up to the end of the 8th month following point allocation.  So, if for example, you have a Contract with a December Use-Year, you must bank your points by the upcoming July 31; an April Use-Year (points allocated April 1) would have until end of November before banking is disallowed.


    The EASIEST way to offload those extra points!

    There are thousands of families looking to book a trip to Disney at any given time, and your points have great value to them!  Most families that are aware of POINT RENTALS tend to want to ALWAYS rent, while those families who DO NOT know about point rentals would LOVE to stay at the Deluxe Resorts for a FRACTION of the retail booking cost by renting YOUR points!

    The biggest hurdle is simply getting those points exposed to potential renters.  There are two main options available to you for renting out your points:

    1. Through a Company – ResalesDVC (https://www.resalesdvc.com) assists customers with point rentals, for example.
    2. Privately, On Your Own

    Of course, some prefer the peace of mind that comes with letting a reputable company tend to the details, while others prefer to earn a slightly higher rate per point, and find renters on their own.  The easiest way to find renters is through word of mouth and various Facebook groups dedicated to point rentals.

    Whatever route you choose, the earlier you decide to market those points, the better your chance of both finding a renter, and getting top value for the points.  My experience with renting points is that I can get my dues covered for the points and reap a small profit as well.  The renter gets to stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort for a fraction of the retail cost.  Once you rent privately, you likely will have a customer for life. Even if you have only a small number of points, or if they are very distressed with a close expiration date, do not fret.  Many local or nearby residents to Walt Disney World enjoy last minute deals and short stay getaways.

    Via Napoli Pizza#4. STAY DISNEY FOCUSED

    Don’t let the temporary pause in your Disney vacations get you down. Keep booking those beautiful resorts, and don’t stop planning the ‘next’ trip. Keep dreaming of that next Via Napoli visit and that wonderful pizza!

    You do not have to lose your DVC points during this pandemic.  There are lots of people looking to travel to Disney World right now!  So many people would love the opportunity to wake-up to the Savanna at Animal Kingdom Lodge or to relax all day in Stormalong Bay at Beach Club.

    Stormalong Bay at Beach Club

    Stormalong Bay at Beach Club

    So, remember, you may be able to bank your points, and the DVC program is constantly updating its rules for cancellations, removal of ‘holding account’ penalties, and returning points back to original use-years.  

    Further, there are LOTS of people out there looking for your points right now!  Renting offers a win-win for everyone involved, and it’s super easy.  With everything else going on these days, don’t let DVC points be a source of stress.  

    Stay safe, and be prepared for that next visit to WDW!

    Kids' Water Play Area at Wilderness Lodge

    Kids’ Water Play Area at Wilderness Lodge


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