What You Need to Know About DVC Availability

Disneyland: the happiest place on earth and one of the most expensive. The cost of a week’s holiday at Disneyland for a family of four can end up verging on the extortionate.

Factoring in flights, accommodation, food, and activities, you could end up paying almost $10,000 for a seven-day vacation.

Of course, the kids will love it. The parks are great, and there’s always so much to do and see. But, if you can put a price on the shine in their eyes when they get to meet their favorite Disney characters, three zeroes does seem a little steep!

But what if we said you could stay in style at even the most exclusive of Disney’s resorts? While also saving up to 80% on the cost of your accommodation? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Cue the DVC.

Continue reading to find out more about DVC availability, what it is, and how it could save you a ton of money on your next Disney holiday.

What Does DVC Stand For?

For those not in the know, DVC stands for “Disney Vacation Club,” which is sort of like a timeshare that helps families stay at some of Disney’s most sought after resorts.

You can enjoy this kind of access year after year with very little outside competition. Their access to advanced booking helps them secure the top spots on-site…well before non-members can reserve rooms for themselves.

The word timeshare, we know, is unappealing to many. It conjures up ideas of investment scams and substantial outgoings with very little return. Disney’s scheme, though, is a bit different and well worth considering.

Like with a traditional timeshare property, when you join the Disney Vacation Club, you purchase a deeded share in one of their resorts. On top of that, you also pay annual dues to help maintain the park.

However, unlike a regular timeshare, DVC members can also buy a set amount of “points” that are added to their account each year. You can cash in these points to stay in any DVC property at any point during any season.

Plus, if you find you’re unable to use all of your points, it isn’t a problem; you can rent them out to others and recoup some of your money in the process!

So, What’s DVC Rental?

DVC rental is the rental of a Disney Vacation Club Room. These rooms are among the best on offer across all of Disney’s Resorts at Disney World, Disneyland, and Aulani.

Disney’s rules allow DVC owners to make reservations in anyone’s name, even if the person(s) listed on the booking forms aren’t DVC members themselves.

This means members can (legitimately!) use up their points by renting them out, and you can enjoy all the perks of a DVC membership without having to sign up for one yourself. Simple, right?

How Much do DVC Points Cost to Rent?

Exact prices depend on the specific resort you would like to book and the size of the villa you require for your party. They will also fluctuate at different points throughout the year.

Some seasons will always be cheaper than others, but—no matter what time of year you book your trip for—you stand to save hundreds, potentially even thousands of dollars on your accommodation.

The average price per point is around $15, plus you won’t pay any taxes, parking, or resort fees (unless you go to Aulani, where a small resort charge is applicable).

If you’re wondering “how many DVC points should I buy to cover my vacation,” you’re not the only one. Check out this great guide before booking; it contains all the information you will need to make your purchase.

Where Can I Rent DVC Points?

You can rent DVC points directly through the owners (if you know them personally, fab; if not, searching for them online is quick, easy, and pretty safe to do!), or through trusted sites like David’s Vacation Rentals.

DVC Availability

As you can imagine, premium rooms (especially at these rates) are in very high demand! To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book as early as possible—we recommend making your reservations at least seven months in advance.

Existing members, with priority booking, found that booking even earlier to secure any room is a good strategy. DVC owners can make reservations at their home resort up to 11 months before they wish to stay. This gives them a four-month head start over everyone else.

Once reservations open up, members can shop around and switch resorts if they want to—but, if nothing else is available, they already have a booking to fall back on.

This way, owners can guarantee themselves a vacation, and may even end up with a more luxurious trip than they had initially planned!

Aran Sweater: The Perfect Companion for the Summer Season

Wool might seem an unusual choice for the summer, but our beautiful range of cardigans, shawls and sweaters from Aran Sweater Market are ideal for layering up and will take you from sunny days to chilly nights with ease.

At Aran Sweater Market, we have an extensive catalogue of clothing that is made from natural merino wool, and our designs are inspired by the history and landscape of Ireland. You’ll find natural shades that reflect the colors of the sea, the countryside and the plant life of our coastal areas, and stitching that tells the story of the people who made their lives in the remote and unforgiving environment of the Aran Islands.

Why Wear Wool in Summer?

When you imagine a day on the beach, you probably think of stylish summer shorts and t-shirts, along with swimwear if you’re feeling brave. When you come out of the sea, however, you’ll need to warm up and an Aran sweater or cardigan is a great way to transition into a cooler evening as you carry on the fun. Whether you’re having a beach barbecue or simply want to be prepared for a change in the weather as you take a summer walk, an Aran sweater is a flexible option that will ensure you look great whatever happens.

Aran sweaters are a great choice because:

They’re lightweight. Our collection is full of beautiful designs that add a layer of warmth but are light to carry and will easily roll into your bag without creasing. In the Irish climate, it’s good to be prepared for the weather to change and our Aran sweaters are a great way to handle unexpected clouds with style.
They’re waterproof. An unexpected shower of rain might threaten your summer fun, but an Aran sweater can ensure that you don’t get wet through. Wool is naturally water resistant and will remain waterproof as it takes on at least 30% of its weight in water. These sweaters were originally worn by the fishermen of the Aran Islands to keep them dry at sea, and if it’s good enough for them, you can be sure it’ll protect you from some summer drizzle.
They’re breathable. Aran wool is a natural fiber, so it’s a pleasure to wear and won’t leave you feeling sticky in the sun. The wool will wick away sweat and you won’t be left with telltale patches on your clothing.
They’re easy to care for. Aran sweaters are often ready for wearing again after a simple airing, and if they need a wash, they are easy to rinse out and reshape while wet. Your Aran sweaters should not need washing as frequently as clothing made from more synthetic fibers, and you don’t need to worry about ironing as they won’t crease at all!
They look great. Of course, when you’re planning your summer wardrobe you’ll be thinking about the look you want. Aran sweaters and cardigans have been popular across the world for many years and the timeless style has been encapsulated by many icons and featured in Vogue magazine on several occasions. You can get the chic look you want by choosing from our stunning range of Aran sweaters today.