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The “Disney Vacation Club Membership Essentials” are helpful “pointers” that will help you understand how a Disney Vacation Club membership works.

 • DVC Member NumberThis is your Disney identification and you will need to have it available when contacting Disney Member Services. The Member number will consist of a 12 digits.

• Annual Dues (aka Maintenance & Taxes) Annual dues are determined by the Home Resort and the number of points owned at that resort. Payment may be made either in one lump sum which is due by January 15th each calendar year (not “Use Year”) or by a monthly payment option. If dues are paid monthly a direct debit from a U.S. Bank Account and can be set up with Disney Member Services after closing.

DVC Resort Annual dues 2017
Animal Kingdom $6.76 per point
Aulani Hawaii $7.54 per point
Bay Lake Tower $5.92 per point
Beach Club Villas $6.44 per point
Boardwalk Villas $6.55 per point
Grand Californian $5.88 per point
Grand Floridian $6.13 per point
Hilton Head $7.71 per point
Old Key West $6.72 per point
Polynesian Villas $6.20 per point
Saratoga Springs $5.86 per point
Vero Beach $8.53 per point
Wilderness Lodge Boulder Ridge $6.93 per point
Wilderness Lodge Copper Creek $7.26 per point

• Use Year – Is the month you receive your new allocation of Disney Vacation Club points. It was created by Disney for banking or borrowing  purposes.  As an example, if you had a “March Use Year”. This means every March 1st you would receive your annual allotment of points (plus any banked or borrowed if applicable). If you were to bank your points, you have 8 months from when the “Use Year” starts to decide if you want to use or bank the points into the next year. The “Use Year” also sets a deadline for you to make a decision on your vacation plans. The Use Year does not effect your booking window or travel dates.

• Home Resort – Is the location you own DVC points.

• Home Resort PriorityYou may book at your Home Resort (location you own) up to 11 months in advance of your check-in date.

• Non-Home Resort BookingReservations at any Disney Vacation Club resort can be booked up to 7 months in advance of your check-in date.

• 11 month window – Is how far in advance you can book a reservation at your “Home” resort location. The 11 month window is from the day of check-in.  Your 11 months booking window has nothing to do with your “Use Year”.  You can book 11 months in advance regardless of what “Use Year” you own.

• 7 month window – Is how far in advance you can book a reservation at any DVC resort location. The 7 month window is from the day of check-in.  Your 7 months booking window has nothing to do with your “Use Year”.  You can book 7 months in advance regardless of what “Use Year” you own.

CHECK-IN DATE HOME RESORT
(11 months before your check-in)
DVC Resorts
(7 Months before your check-in date)
January February June
February March July
March April August
April May September
May June October
June July November
July August December
August September January
September October February
October November March
November December April
December January May

• Borrowing – Borrowing is the term for moving your vacation points from the next Use Year to be used for a reservation for the current Use Year. Borrowing is a final transaction and cannot be put back if you cancel your plans.

• Banking your points – Banking is the term used for moving your current Use Year points into the next Use Year. It is a final transaction and you will have to use those banked points in the next Use Year.

• Banking Window  Is the window DVC members have to “bank” their points. The banking window is 8 months from the start of your Use Year.  Once the banking window has passed the points must be used before the next Use Year begins or they will expire.

Use Year Banking Deadline
February September 30
March October 31
April November 30
June January 31
August March 31
September April 30
October May 31
December July 31

• Exchanging – DVC Members can exchange their Disney Vacation Club points for reservations through an outside network of timeshares. Disney calls this option “The World Passport Collection” and includes over 2,000 resorts worldwide. These collections are the RCI exchange network and the Buena Vista Trading Company which includes Club Cordial and Club Intrawest.

• Expiration date The date the resort reverts back to Disney. Expiration dates will vary based on Home resort location.

DVC Resort Expiration Dates
Animal Kingdom January 31, 2057
Aulani Hawaii January 31, 2062
Bay Lake Tower January 31, 2060
Beach Club Villas January 31, 2042
Boardwalk Villas January 31, 2042
Grand Californian January 31, 2060
Grand Floridian January 31, 2064
Hilton Head January 31, 2042
Old Key West January 31, 2042
Polynesian Villas January 31, 2066
Saratoga Springs January 31, 2054
Vero Beach January 31, 2042
Wilderness Lodge Boulder Ridge January 31, 2042
Wilderness Lodge Copper Creek January 31, 2068

• Holding points – If you cancel a Disney Vacation Club resort reservation less than 30 days before check in, the points will go into a “holding status.” This means the points will go back into your account has “Hold Status” points and can be used for a reservation up to 60 days in advance from check in. “Hold Status” points must be used in the current “Use Year” or they will expire. If you cancel any reservation over 30 days prior to check in, your points would go back in your account as normal.

• Wait List – If a reservation is not available at a desired resorts when you want to book it, a member can request to be wait listed for that reservation. If the room becomes available, Disney will book the room for you.  A member cannot have more than two active wait lists at one time.