Save Money on a Luxury Disney Vacation by Renting DVC Points

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Want to live it up at Disney? Walt Disney World doesn’t need to be value resorts and quick service restaurants. If you’d prefer a more upscale stay to level up that bucket list trip we’ve got you covered. The Disney insider secret that will get you into a deluxe hotel for less? Rent DVC points. It will cost less and give you extra perks. We cover how to rent Disney Vacation Club points whether you’re visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Aulani.

If you’re not ready to commit to buying a Disney Vacation Club membership but you want the wow factor and perks that go with it, rent someone else’s DVC points.

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs are within easy walking distance of Disney Springs: Photo credit: Jill Robbins

How Do You Rent DVC Points?

It’s simple: The person who owns the DVC points agrees to rent the points in exchange for a certain sum of money. The owner makes the room reservation in the name of the renter. That’s it. Really.

This same process applies if a DVC Member wants to book a room for someone else. For example, if I wanted to gift my daughter and her family a three-night stay, I could make the reservations for her in her name and she’d go check-in and have fun. The rental process follows these same lines.

Of course, this process assumes you know a DVC member that has points they are willing to rent. So what if you don’t know a Disney Vacation Club member? No problem! Disboards has a forum to connect people who are looking to buy and sell points.

While there is some risk to making an arrangement with an individual comes with some risks, this forum is well structured and managed.

Read More: How DVC Points Work- A Full Explanation

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We loved the perks that came with our DVC points stay during a girlfriend getaway!   Photo Credit: Nasreen Stump

The Safest Way to Rent DVC Points

SheBuysTravel recommends David’s Vacation Club Rentals for saving money on deluxe Walt Disney World resorts, including Animal Kingdom Lodge and Saratoga Springs. David’s is an established company with a very good reputation. They offer a wide selection of rooms and the process is laid out very clearly. See more details in this video:

If I were renting points, I’d prefer to deal with a company versus an individual. That’s a personal choice.

Read More: Is David’s Vacation Club Legit?

What Are the Pros of Renting DVC Points?

Renting DVC points is a great way to maximize your Disney dollars. You’ll get deluxe-level perks at moderate at value-level pricing. Who doesn’t like that?

The nightly rate for a one-bedroom Deluxe Villa booked directly through Disney averages about $600. You can get the same level of luxury for about half the cost by renting someone’s points. Easy choice. The number of points required varies depending on resort.

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Paying instead to rent DVC points to rent that Deluxe Villa will cost about the same amount per night as staying at a moderate Disney resort. I think the level of amenities between a moderate resort and a deluxe resort is substantially different.

Read More: Walt Disney World Resorts – Value vs. Moderate vs. Deluxe vs. Deluxe Villas

But the cost savings is just one reason to rent DVC points for your accommodations. You might save more by staying in a non-Disney hotel, but you lose out on the perks. Renting DVC points gets you on property at a bargain price. Why not stay in a one-bedroom villa for the price of a standard hotel room?

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Some perks available to deluxe resort DVC guests? Staying late in the parks after nighttime shows and fireworks to ride even more rides! Photo credit: Nasreen Stump

Will I Get the Same Disney Perks when Renting DVC Rooms?

Yes!

You are just another resort guest when you rent DVC points. Staying “on property” for your Disney trip entitles you to all of the resort-guest-only amenities. Disney transportation, early entry into the theme parks, and Extended Evening Hours.

When the Disney Dining Plan returns you’ll be able to add it to your Walt Disney vacation as a resort guest. Disney resort guests also get earlier access on the My Disney Experience app to purchase Individual Lightning Lane (a la carte) time slots that aren’t available through Genie+ service. On-property guests can book at 7 am vs. off-property guests who can only purchase ILL when the park opens.

Read More: Here’s How Disney’s Genie+ Works

SheBuysTravel Tip: One GIANT perk of the room types offered through DVC point rental is that they all come with a kitchenette or full kitchen. You can even have groceries and snacks delivered before you arrive for your Disney vacation!

screenshot of davids vacation rental site with regular, premium and advantage pricing

There are 3 different price points for DVC rentals through David’s Vacation Club.

How Much Can You Save by Using Rented DVC Points?

In short, quite a bit. If you’re using David’s Vacation Rentals, our recommended vendor, it’s an easy process. When you’re looking for your DVC villa through David’s there are two ways to make reservations. You can either rent points and specify your dates and choose your Disney Vacation Club Resort OR to get the best deal search the Dedicated Reservations section at David’s Vacation Rentals. These are reservations that already have specific dates set. It’s where you can really save big bucks on your vacation. The lowest prices we’ve seen have been on last minute reservations.

David’s Vacation Club Pricing Levels

David’s pricing structure has changed in recent years to encompass three levels premium, regular, and advantage. The pricing depends on both resort and timing.

  • Premium points are $25/point and include a specific list of resorts booked 7-11 months in advance.
  • Regular points are $23/point. This price point includes Bay Lake Tower and Animal Kingdom’s Kidani Village and Jambo House OR any of the premium point resorts booked 0-7 months in advance.
  • Advantage points are $20/point. Two Walt Disney World options fall into this category, Saratoga Springs and Old Key West, as well as Hilton Head Island and Vero Beach.

BUT Dedicated reservations? Those can be found for way less. They can be found on the DVC Guests Drop Down menu under confirmed reservations. We’ve found reservations there for as low as $17/point!

We looked through the confirmed reservations and found an offering in May for 5 nights at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The cost was $17/point or $2,890 for the stay. It’s in a two-bedroom villa that can sleep up to 9 people. With a total cost of $2,890 this is a smoking good deal. In fact, you’d TWICE as much booking directly through Disney.

screenshot of Old Key West confirmed reservation deal with David's vacation rental
Save money on your Disney lodging with DVC point rental. Save even more by looking for Dedicated Reservations! Photo Credit: Screenshot David’s Vacation Club Rentals

That same stay booked through Disney would cost a whopping $5692.50. By using point rentals you save $2802.50 off the top our your Disney vacation. That almost covers the cost of 4 days of Park Hopper tickets for 3 members of your party!

screenshot from disney website of cast for 2 bedroom villa at old key west resort

Check these deals BEFORE picking your travel dates so you can save the most money on your Disney vacation.

Which Disney resorts have Disney Vacation Club Rentals?

  • Animal Kingdom Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani Village and Jambo House)
  • Magic Kingdom area resorts including Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Villas and Bungalows at Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian
  • Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • EPCOT area resorts including Boardwalk Villas and Disney’s Beach Club Villas (walk to EPCOT!)
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Saratoga Springs Resort

DVC Resorts Outside of Orlando, Florida

Did you know that you can rent DVC points for Disney vacations that aren’t for WDW in Orlando, Florida?  Points can also be used at:

  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa (Disneyland)
  • Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (Vero Beach, Florida)
  • Hilton Head Island in South Carolina
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina (Oahu Hawaii)

What Can Go Wrong When Renting DVC Points?

There really aren’t any negatives, except for the slim possibility that the DVC owner will flake out on you or rip you off if you don’t book through a service. This is why we recommend using a reputable company like David’s Vacation Club Rentals.

If you prefer to rent directly from an owner, it’s a smart idea to use a credit card that offers some protection in case things go south. You should also buy travel insurance to cover cancellations outside your control.

Jill Robbins is a freelance writer covering lifestyle, travel, health, and commerce. Her writing has appeared in SheKnows, HuffPost, Tripsavvy, Insider, AARP, and other publications. Jill lives in San Antonio with her husband and two youngest kids, although she’s usually somewhere else. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.
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  1. Love this! We have been DVC members for 13 years and absolutely LOVE our membership. However, many of our friends don’t have the resources or don’t see the value in ownership and I have always steered them towards renting points. Its an excellent value.

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