How To Use David’s DVC Rental To Save Thousands On Your Disney World Vacation!

on October 20, 2018

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The single easiest way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to use Davids DVC Rental for stays at Disney Deluxe resorts. My family has been doing this for years and it allows us to visit Disney World often, even on a limited budget.

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to book your Disney World vacation with David’s DVC Rental, which is by far the simplest way to go about renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points.

I’ve had lots of readers ask me if this is too good to be true, but I promise it is the real deal!

Why Rent DVC Points?

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A DVC room at Disney’s Polynesian

Disney Vacation Club is basically Disney’s version of a “timeshare”. People who are DVC owners buy a share of a Disney resort and pay annual dues on their share.

In return, they get a set amount of DVC points each year that can be exchanged for a stay at any DVC resort. Sometimes owners aren’t able to use all of their points for the year, so they decide to “rent” the points to others. 

A DVC owner can make a reservation with their points in anyone’s name, even if the people on the reservation are not DVC members themselves.

Renting points from Davids DVC Rental is essentially paying a DVC member to use their points for a resort stay for your family. The benefit of renting points for a stay in a Disney resort versus booking through Disney directly is HUGE savings!

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort

You’ll still get all of the benefits of staying at a Disney-owned resort and pay only a fraction of what you’d pay Disney directly. These Disney benefits include:

  • Free Magic Bands for everyone in your party
  • Free Magical Express airport transfers for you and your luggage
  • Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks
  • Advance 60-day Fastpass booking window
  • Ability to add a Disney Dining Plan to your reservation

For example, you can rent DVC points for a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for $144 per night and up with Davids DVC Rental, my recommended source for renting points.

This same room can cost up to $656 per night during the same time of year when you book through Disney. That’s savings of over $500 per night or $3,000 over the course of a six-night stay! 

You can expect to save about 50% off the cost of your Disney World resort stay when you rent DVC points, and sometimes even more.

Next, I’ll show you the easiest way to book your stay, then how to select a resort and dates for your stay.

Why Use David’s DVC Rental?

bed and sofa in DVC Studio Villa at Saratoga Springs

DVC Studio Villa at Saratoga Springs

There are several different ways to go about finding someone who will rent points to you for your vacation.

You can try to contact an owner directly through the Mouseowners Rental Board or through DVCapp. This will save you a little bit of money but takes a significant investment of time and extensive knowledge. You can read about the basics of renting points in this post.

Or, you can pay only slightly more and have a points broker handle everything for you.

Points brokers are companies that help DVC owners rent their extra points to interested parties. I strongly suggest using David’s DVC Rentals, my recommended points broker. They have an excellent reputation and have been helping people rent DVC points for years.

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This is how the process works: first, you submit a reservation request on David’s site. This requires that you have your preferred dates and resorts narrowed down already, which I’ll help you with in a minute. 

You can make DVC reservations up to 11 months in advance (to the day). For example, if you want to start your stay on December 15th, you can make the reservation on January 15th. You can make a reservation request before that, but they won’t be able to confirm your reservation until the 11-month window opens. 

You will pay a $112 deposit when you make your reservation request, which is refunded to you if David’s is not able to secure a reservation for your dates and resort.

David’s handles finding someone with the right points, for the right resort, who is willing to rent at the quoted price. They also handle the rental agreement and making the reservation. Basically, they do all of the hard work for you!

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If they are able to find availability at a resort that works for you, they will send you a rental agreement and the remaining balance is due with the return of the rental agreement. And then you are set!

The reservation will be made in your name and you will get the Disney confirmation number that you can use to link the reservation to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account.

Then you’ll have access to all the perks of staying at a Disney resort, such as Magical Express airport transfers, free MagicBands, a 60-day priority FastPass booking window, and more! The reservation is just as if you made it with Disney once it is linked to your MDE account, but you’ll have paid far less for it. 

While David’s does not give refunds if you need to cancel, they will allow you to change the names on the reservation (with the exception of the lead person) and add people to the reservation as needed.

One other benefit of using David’s DVC Rental is that your trip is eligible for travel insurance!

Because of the non-refundable nature of renting DVC points, I strongly suggest getting a quote for travel insurance for your trip of more than two nights. If you are traveling during hurricane season in Florida (generally June through November) then travel insurance is an excellent idea.

I recommend Travel Guard, America’s leading travel insurance plan provider. You can get a free quote here in minutes. 

How To Pick Your Travel Dates

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort

If you have some flexibility with your possible travel dates you can save substantial money on your trip.

Disney charges significantly more for its hotel rooms during high-demand seasons, and DVC is no different. The cost to stay in a DVC villa varies quite a bit depending on what time of year you visit.

The two most affordable times of year to visit are during what DVC calls “Adventure Season” and “Choice Season”. Here are the dates for these seasons in 2018:

  • Adventure Season: January 1-31, September 1-30, and December 1-14
  • Choice Season (slightly more): October 1 – November 20, November 24-30, and December 15-23

Luckily, many of these dates fall within the most recommended times to visit Disney that I share in this post! My personal favorite time to visit is the beginning of November, which falls into DVC’s Choice Season.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House

You can view the Points Charts for all of the DVC resorts over at ResalesDVC.

These will allow you to compare the cost (in points) between different times of year at the same resort. Or you can compare different resorts for the same time of year to help you decide where to stay.

How To Select a Resort and Room

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Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

These are the nine DVC resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida:

  • Animals Kingdom Lodge Villas (Jambo House & Kidani Village)
  • Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort
  • Beach Club Villas
  • Boardwalk Villas
  • Grand Floridian Villas
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge Villas (Copper Creek & Boulder Ridge)

DVC resorts are all in the “Deluxe” category at Disney World, which means they have amazing pools, excellent dining options, and more.

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Gorgeous bathrooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

DVC rooms are definitely a step above any regular resort hotel room you will find at Disney World! They are larger than standard rooms and have home-like amenities such as full kitchens, living rooms, and more.

The DVC rooms are referred to as “villas” and they can sleep from 4 to 12 people. They include Studio, One-Bedroom, Two-Bedroom, and Three-Bedroom Grand Villas.

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The kitchenettes in DVC rooms are super convenient

Picking the right resort and villa for your travel party can be daunting. Here are some of my general tips:

  • Studio Villas can sleep up to five and are by far the most cost-effective option. If you are trying to stay on a limited budget, Studio Villas are the way to go.
  • The resorts with the most affordable Studio Villas are Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Boardwalk, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs. 
  • The resorts closest to the Magic Kingdom are the Polynesian, Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, and Wilderness Lodge. If you are going to be spending a LOT of time at the Magic Kingdom, these resorts are most convenient.
  • Most Studio Villas have one queen bed and a pull-out couch. The pull-out bed is only recommended for kids, as it isn’t very comfortable for adults. Old Key West studios are the exception – they have two queen beds.
  • These are the DVC resorts with Studio villas that can sleep five (thanks to a single Murphy bed): Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge. The Studio villas at other resort only sleep four.
  • If you are traveling with a group, try sharing the cost of a two-bedroom villa. It will be slightly more than booking two separate Studio Villas, but you will get a huge living room and full kitchen in which to cook meals.

giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

My family’s favorite DVC resort is Animal Kingdom Lodge. We love the atmosphere there and it is one of the most affordable resorts. You can read my full Animal Kingdom Lodge review here or check out my review of a Studio Villa at the Polynesian, our second favorite resort here. 

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I hope this post helped you understand how to rent DVC points from my recommended points broker, David’s DVC Rental. It truly is the easiest way to save the most money on a Disney World vacation!

If you have any questions about the process, please leave a comment below or join the discussion in my free private Facebook group for readers of The Budget Mouse!

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17 Comments

  • Gina Ingle

    Leah, our family of 6 are going to WDW last week of Sept 2019. We were planning on renting 2 preferred poolside rooms at Value resort Pop century. In looking at rack prices ( including tax) for that time, I would be paying on average $200 per night. According to your post, I could possibly rent studio villa for that much – or less! What I was wondering, are there added costs that you did not mention- housekeeping, or anything else? We have to scrimp & save for these trips, they are few & far between. I wish there would be way for me to know Dr sure which would be cheaper, renting DVC points, or staying at POP Century. Could you please advise. Thanks, Gina

    October 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Good question, Gina! If you click any link on this page and go to David’s site, you will see a “Cost Calculator” button along the top of the page. Click that and enter your dates to see the cost of renting points at the various DVC resorts. I think you will be able to stay at one of the less expensive Deluxe resorts for the same as you’d be paying for Pop Century. That is during the cheapest season for DVC so that works to your benefit!

      October 25, 2018 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Emily

    When renting points, do you still need to buy park tickets? You mentioned other perks (transportation, fast pass) but I wanted to clarify. Thanks!

    November 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Emily!, Yes, if you want to visit the theme parks you will still need to buy park tickets. I suggest getting them at a discount through Undercover Tourist. They are easy to link to a DVC reservation on the My Disney Experience website or app so everything works smoothly together! Here is my post on how to save money on Disney World tickets: https://www.thefrugalsouth.com/how-to-save-money-on-walt-disney-world-tickets/

      November 13, 2018 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Michelle

    If you rent DVC rooms, are you able to purchase dining plan options?

    November 26, 2018 at 10:29 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Yes! You can add a dining plan when you rent DVC points. It’s one of the wonderful perks!

      November 27, 2018 at 9:20 am Reply
  • CHELSEA A WILLIAMS

    How do you receive your magic bands after you book with rented points?

    January 7, 2019 at 11:15 pm Reply
    • Leah

      After you link your DVC reservation to your My Disney Experience account you will be able to customize your Magic Bands. Then they will be shipped out to you about 30 days before you check in!

      January 8, 2019 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Michael Marshall

    Just curious if you can take advantage of the Free dining plan deals with the DVC points?

    January 19, 2019 at 11:13 pm Reply
    • Leah

      No, you have to book a room through Disney directly to get free dining – it’s not available when booking with DVC points unfortunately.

      January 20, 2019 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Rob Jones

    How does parking work? do i get free parking only at the Resort and have to pay for it at the Parks?

    January 23, 2019 at 11:49 am Reply
    • Leah

      When you rent points you’ll get free parking at both the resort and the parks. Anytime you stay at a Disney resort you get free parking at the theme parks. When you book through Disney, you have to pay to park at your resort only. By renting points you are exempt from the nightly parking fee which is $24 per night! I’m updating the post to clarify this – thanks!

      January 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Rhonda L Martinez

    Hello! I cannot believe I am just NOW discovering this!! Thank you so much for this information! We bought an annual pass for the first time last month. Are there any conflicts being an AP holder, or do I need to inform when I book this way? I’m actually a little upset that we invested in an AP now 😉

    February 12, 2019 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Rhonda! Nope, there is no conflict at all in having an AP and renting DVC and you don’t have to mention it when you book. In fact, most DVC owners have APs as well. DVC reservations are totally separate from your ticket, but they are all linked to your same My Disney Experience account. Congrats on the AP it is SO much fun!

      February 12, 2019 at 8:59 am Reply
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  • Jenny

    Hi there! Thank you for all of this information – it’s very helpful. Question for you, can you book more than one room at a time? We are planning a big family vacation and would need two rooms (if we got the studio villa). Also, how far in advance can you book using DVC rentals?

    April 25, 2019 at 11:06 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Jenny! When you complete the request on David’s I’d do separate requests for each room and note in the comment area that they are for the same party traveling together. You can book up to 11 months in advance to the day. I will add this to the post – thank you!

      April 25, 2019 at 2:32 pm Reply

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