Thursday, October 25, 2012

DVC Open House

  If you've been to Walt Disney World, you have no doubt seen the Disney Vacation Club booths. So what are they all about? These booths are there to give you some information and to try to sign you up for an open house of the DVC. For those who don't know, Disney Vacation Club is Disneys take on the timeshare, that uses a point system to allow you to book any dates, as long as you have the points.
  If you sign up, first you pick a time you'd like to go and where you'd like to picked up at. Disney will pick you up from anywhere on Disney property, be it theme park, resort, Downtown Disney, etc. You'll get picked up by one of the red DVC vans you see driving around Disney, and taken to Saratoga Springs. When you arrive, you check-in and get a name tag. At this point, if you have a child over 3, you can take them to the playroom, which has everything from blocks and dolls, to video games and TVs with Disney movies and shows playing. After checking-in, there is a very nice waiting area with drinks and refreshments for you as you wait for your DVC sales reprentstive to come.
  The tour lasts about 60 to 90 minutes. Your first stop takes you in a room with many screens and a big light map that explains what the DVC is all about and shows you all the different resorts you can use your points at. Not only can you use them at Disney resorts, but also at over 500 partner hotels around the world. After that, you move to another building where you get to take a tour of a few different rooms available. When you first enter, they have a scale model of a Treehouse Villa, which I have to say even in model form is very impressive. The tour then goes through rooms from Aulani and the different room types from the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
  After the tour, you get the opportunity to sit down with the sales rep for some one on one time where they go over prices and availability. In a very no pressure environment, they give you the info and let you decide for yourself. If you decide this is for you and can afford, not only am I very jealous cause I wish I could afford it, but they will get you signed up. You can also wait and "sleep on it" and make a decision later or decide it's not for you. No matter what you decide, after you are done it's time for ice cream. Yes, at the end of the open house there is free ice cream for all in a private ice cream parlor.
  Another bonus is the incentives that are offered from time to time. Last time we went they were offering a $50 Disney gift card just for taking the tour. Now they don't always offer that but what they do always have is that each member in your party gets 3 immediate use fastpasses, which means you go to the fastpass machine and it kicks out a fastpass for right away, for each day of the rest of your trip! My recommendation is to go early in your trip. If they are offering something else aside from the fastpass, you have to chose one. It's usually either money or time, as in less time waiting. After you're all done, you board a red DVC van once again that will take you anywhere you want to go on Disney property.
  So we have done the open house 2 times now and if we had the money we would most certainly buy into it, and I would recommend it to anyone who goes to Disney often. Have you done the open house? What were your thoughts? Did they have any extra incentives when you did? Let us know in the comments below or on the Addicted to Mickey Facebook page. As always have a Magical day, and see you real soon!


  1. So to summaries it all Disney Vacation Club or DVC is for teen souls in adult bodies so that everybody can have fun. Sounds good to me.

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