Disney Vacation Club timeshares come with an array of unique benefits that make owning a vacation ownership package extremely beneficial. However, DVC timeshares for sale on the resale market come with a few limitations in terms of what resale owners can spend points on. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Disney Vacation Club resale, learn more about what you can use your points on before you buy.
Recently, DVC has updated its transfer restriction policy for new DVC resale owners. You'll want to keep these limitations and restrictions in mind, however, it's also important to keep in mind that saving thousands by buying resale far outweighs the discounts lost from wholesale — depending on how important certain perks are to your annual vacation enjoyment. There are also many other ways for resale owners to receive the same discounts as DVC Members through programs like the Disney Visa credit card and becoming an annual Walt Disney World passholder.
Although these resale restrictions may seem like a drawback, this is common among vacation clubs that run on points-based ownerships. Nonetheless, DVC timeshare resales and still some of the most sought-after vacation ownership properties on the market, so buying DVC points through resale is still a great option—saving you thousands on a high-end, exclusive vacation club membership for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
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Disney Vacation Club Resales – What Does Transfer
When you buy Disney Vacation Club resale, select aspects of the previous owner’s points package transfer to you. This includes:
- Access to all resort amenities and entertainment
- Free shuttles to Disney Parks
- Extra Magic Hours
- Disney Dining Plan
- Magical Express
- Use of MagicBands
- Pool hopping
- Top of the World Lounge Fireworks
- Free nightly DVD rentals
- Use of WiFi
- Parking at the resort and parks
- Home Resort Priority
- Use of all 14 original Disney Vacation Club resorts
- Ability to book vacations through RCI & Buena Vista Trading Company (separate membership)
DVC Timeshare Resales – What Does Not Transfer
With DVC, there are a couple benefits that do not transfer on the resale market one of them being use of the following collections of the Member Getaways Program (applicable to any points purchased after March 21st of 2011): Adventurer, Concierge, or Disney.
In other words, if you purchased a Disney timeshare resale after March 21, 2011, the only collection in the Member Getaways Program you'll be eligible to use is the World Passport Collection. (The World Passport Collection enables you to exchange with RCI, Club Intrawest, and Club Cordial for vacations around the globe so it's a pretty great benefit to retain).
The second restriction is the transfer of DVC’s Membership Extras benefits package, which took effect April 4th, 2016. This includes discounts on restaurants, shopping, excursions and tours, discounted passes to Disney parks, and member-only events.
Another restriction added on January 19, 2019, is that those buying DVC timeshares on the resale market are only allowed to visit the 14 currently existing DVC resorts. Meaning, resale owners are able to book a stay at any of the already existing 14 DVC properties, but will not be able to visit Disney’s new Riviera Resort or the new Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge at Walt Disney World once completed. In the same way, those who buy resale at those new resorts will only have access to their home resort and not any of the other DVC properties.
Regardless of the resale restrictions in place, buying a DVC timeshare resale will surely save you thousands of dollars while still enjoying many of the magical Disney perks that make the DVC vacation experience a memorable one.