The Pros and Cons of Buying a DVC Resale

If you are looking for a way to experience the magic of Disney on an annual basis without breaking the bank, DVC timeshare resales just might be for you. Disney Vacation Club is known for their luxurious, yet family-friendly resorts that reside close to all the best Disney parks and attractions. And while you have the option to buy DVC points straight through the developer, you’ll discover that a DVC resale will save you thousands of dollars on the purchase price.

I have found that SellMyTimeshareNow.com has some of the best prices online for DVC timeshare resales. Through their website, you can buy Disney Vacation Club resale for upwards of 70% off the going retail rate. Not to mention, many DVC resorts are completely sold out from the developer, making the resale market the only place to find these coveted points-based timeshare ownership properties.

THE PROS

Disney Accommodations for Life – If you are a big-time Disney fan that is constantly counting down your next trip, owning a DVC timeshare resale will give you the chance to lock down your favored accommodations for life. You will no longer have to worry about booking a small, cheap hotel room, or budgeting for your trip only to find local accommodations have risen in price. Owning a DVC timeshare gives you the stability and peace of mind to always have your accommodations set in place for you and your family.

Disney Vacation Club Benefits – As a Disney Vacation Club member, you get to enjoy a number of magical perks and extra benefits. This includes free parking and complimentary shuttle services to and from the Disney parks, FastPass+, Disney dining plan, access to Top of the World Lounge Firework shows, and the ability to pool hop at other nearby DVC resorts.

Well-Equipped Accommodations – Rather than stuffing your whole family into a small, two-bed studio hotel room, you can enjoy spacious accommodations with many homey features for added comfort and convenience. Many DVC resorts offer multi-bedroom units with full or partial kitchens, multiple full bathrooms, living rooms, dining tables, and private balconies. You’ll feel like you’re vacationing at a high-end apartment while being able to take advantage of fun Disney resort amenities.

Kids Activities – If you need a break from the parks, rest assured that there is plenty of entertainment on-site to keep the kids busy. Swimming pools, game rooms, kids clubs, movies under the stars, character dining, and sports courts are just a handful of the amenities featured at Disney Vacation Club resorts. And of course, while the kids are playing, the adults can indulge in some poolside relaxation, spa treatments, or happy hour at an on-site lounge.

THE CONS

Need Time to Travel – While owning a DVC timeshare allows you to flexibly vacation by booking your desired vacation utilizing your allotment of points, you still need to be sure you can make time for vacationing. If you’re not settled into your career, have prior engagements to travel and visit family during the year, finding time for a “fun” trip might be difficult. And you definitely don’t want to let your DVC points go unused because you would have already paid for them.

Best Experience for Disney Enthusiasts – This one might seem obvious but if you don’t love Disney, a DVC timeshare may not be worth it for you. While there are still lots of fun area activities, the Disney theme is a big part of the experience. There are plenty of other timeshare resales you could consider that might cost you even less and provide you with a resort experience better suited for your interests.

Harder to Participate in Spontaneous Travel – If you’re the type of person that loves finding a good last minute deal or just picking up and taking off for a week at a time, owning a DVC resale probably doesn’t suit your lifestyle. Timeshare ownership is ideal for those who like to plan ahead and far in advance. You have to book your DVC vacation well before your actual vacation to ensure you get your desired resort and travel week. Therefore, this type of vacation ownership is not meant for a spontaneous traveler.

Not All Benefits Transfer with Resale – While there are perks that come with the purchase of a resale unit, many of the DVC member favorites do not transfer when you buy resale. This includes use of the collections from the Member Getaways Program and DVC’s Membership Extras package, which gives members discounts on restaurants, shopping, park tickets, tours, and access to member-only events. If these benefits outweigh the opportunity to save thousands on purchase for you, then you should find a Disney Vacation Club timeshare for sale through a resort developer to reap these additional perks.

THE PROCESS

When you decide you want to purchase a DVC resale, visit SellMyTimeshareNow.com to find a great selection of by-owner advertised units.

Utilize the search bar at the top of the page to find DVC timeshares for sale, or search for the specific home resort you want to purchase your points at.

Upon seeing the inventory selection available, you can further narrow down your results by using the search filters to filter by price, unit size, number of points, amenities, and more.

Once you find the Disney Vacation Club resale by owner that suits the wants and needs of your family, you can complete the form on the advertisement. You can choose to agree to pay the advertising price or make an offer. Many owners are willing to work with interested buyers to find a price that works for both of you.

Once the price is agreed upon, you will be directed to a licensed closing company to handle all the legal paperwork and transfer the ownership into your name. After that, all you have to do is enjoy a lifetime of DVC vacation fun.




Boulder Ridge Villas Studio at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – The Pros and Cons

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I loved staying at one of the deluxe studio rooms at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge recently. I have always loved the Wilderness Lodge property. The lobby is absolutely stunning and amazing. When my kids were young, they loved the rooms with the bunk beds and the restaurants on property have always been some of my favorites.

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I was fortunate recently to be able to stay in one of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) units and can’t begin to say enough about the beauty of the entire building. Even if you are not a DVC owner, these units can be “rented” and reserved.

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THE PROS

The pros are many. As with all Disney deluxe and DVC properties, the attention to detail and service is outstanding.

As much as I love the look of the main lobby at the Wilderness Lodge, the lobby of the Boulder Ridge building is even more stunning. A fireplace with rocking chairs, several small gathering seating areas and the authentically themed look of the multi-level atrium full of Disney detail, make it feel rustic and cozy.

Boulder Ridge Villas Wilderness Lodge

Service at Wilderness Lodge has always been excellent. There are two full, table-service restaurants and multiple quick service spots. You can reach the Magic Kingdom by boat and all other parks by bus. All Wilderness Lodge amenities are easily accessible and nearby.

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Boulder Ridge lobby from second floor landing

The studio sleeps up to five people. The room includes one queen-size bed, a queen-sized sofa bed, and a pull down Murphy style bed (opening the Murphy bed eliminates the table and chairs in the room since the table is attached to and folds under the bed). I am 5’7″ tall and slept comfortably on the Murphy bed. There is a small kitchen area as you walk into the unit offering a refrigerator, sink, microwave, toaster, full size coffee pot, dishes and utensils, with a nice size counter area. There is a sink/vanity (only one sink) area with closet right outside the enclosed toilet/shower area. There are 136 villas made up of studio and one or two two-bedroom units, all located in a freestanding building to the right of the lodge. The one and two bedroom units have full kitchens.

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Queen bed and queen sleeper sofa

Boulder Ridge Murphy bed

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Kitchenette

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Vanity area

Except for a few rooms overlooking the pool/lake side of the resort, rooms at Wilderness Lodge Villas offer wooded views. Odd numbered rooms (2531-2563 and 3531-3563) offer the best view.

The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool offers a zero-entry pool and whirlpool spa, as well as six-first come, first served, semi-enclosed cabana type seating areas. A quick walk either around or through the pool area has you right at Geyser Point Bar & Grill where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner along the shore of Bay Lake.

Boulder Ridge Villas Studio Wilderness Lodge

THE CONS

The cons are minimal and other than the hours of the concierge, which is really not a big issue, all center around one area of the unit.

I found it odd that the Concierge is only on duty in the lobby of the Boulder Ridge Villas from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. There were two days we needed to speak to a concierge regarding reservations and since it was only 7 a.m. had to walk to the main lodge building. Returning to your unit in the evening doesn’t give you the opportunity to speak with a concierge without going to the main lodge either. Since the bus depot from the parks is right outside the Boulder Ridge building you have to take the time to walk to the main lodge in the evening if you have a question or want to check on a reservation for the next day. FYI: Kirk, the Concierge that works the Boulder Ridge Villas desk most days is OUTSTANDING! He goes above and beyond to assist guests and spread the magic!

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Tub/Toilet area

The tub/toilet area of the unit bothered me slightly in several aspects:

  • Small is an understatement! At 5’7″ and 150 pounds I had a hard time getting dressed after a shower. The space for stepping out of tub in front of the toilet is TINY! My 6’3″, 205 pound husband would have difficulty in the space. As you can see in the photo above, the toilet is actually in the doorway (which opens out).
  • No exhaust fan so after a hot shower, the tiny space is like a steam filled, over-heated sauna.
  • Toilet paper holder is located in an odd spot behind the toilet on the left making for a very difficult reach for toilet paper. I assume it’s there because the space is so small there really isn’t any other place for it.
  • The shower head is way too low. At 5’7″ I had to duck under the shower head.

Overall, this is one of the nicest properties at Walt Disney World Resort to stay at. The few cons, that a really isolated to one area, are not something that would stop me from vacationing here again in the future.




Disney Riviera Resort – Newest DVC Property

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(Proposed – Artist Concept Only, © Disney) (PRNewsfoto/Disney Vacation Club)

Completely swallowed up by all the news at D23 this weekend regarding the Disney Parks was an announcement about this new Disney Vacation Club resort in the works. While everyone was sharing news of new attractions, attractions closing and new restaurants – this new resort didn’t get as much notice as it should have.

At D23 in Anaheim, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the next planned development for Disney Vacation Club will be an entirely new resort near Epcot called Disney Riviera Resort and that a new skyway transportation system will connect the new resort to other areas on Walt Disney World property.

“We’re thrilled to announce plans for a new Disney Vacation Club property called Disney Riviera Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort,” Chapek said. “Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.”

Estimated to open in fall 2019, this new resort experience is slated to be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property with approximately 300 units spread across a variety of accommodation types.

On July 17, Disney Vacation Club will welcome its 14th resort with the opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, featuring 184 rustically elegant vacation accommodations including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, three-bedroom Grand Villas and unique waterfront cabins.

Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, said, “The opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in just a few days and the announcement of our next planned development, Disney Riviera Resort, demonstrate the incredible momentum underway at Disney Vacation Club. Our members tell us over and over again how much they love the outstanding accommodations and the value and flexibility of a Disney Vacation Club Membership, as well as the unique location to our growing and evolving theme parks and the exclusive member experiences and benefits they get from our Membership Extras program.”

Disney Vacation Club Members are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club Resort or one of thousands of other vacation options in destinations around the world. Plus, when purchasing directly from Disney, members can also enjoy the Disney Collection, which includes select Disney Resort hotels, Disney Cruise Line and guided vacations with Adventures by Disney, as well as the Concierge Collection, a portfolio of extraordinary hotels in sought-after destinations. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club Resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks.




A Magical Night to Remember ~ A Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite ~ WDW

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All Walt Disney World Resort fans know about the Cinderella Castle Suite and most would love the opportunity to stay a night. The suite is located inside Cinderella Castle on the fourth floor and was originally intended to be an apartment for Walt Disney and his family when they came to Florida. After Walt died in 1966, the space became an area for telephone operators and over the years had various different uses. The Suite is visible from the bridges to Liberty Square and Adventureland, with it’s three, small stained glass windows.

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Mosaic Floor in Entry Foyer ~ Photo via Disney Parks

It seems every die-hard Disney fan (yes, me too!) wants to spend the night in the suite. Who wouldn’t want to? Unfortunately, almost everyone has to settle for dinner in Cinderella’s Royal Table because no one is actually allowed to book it. If you do get the chance to stay – it’s FREE – but, stays are by invitation only. Last year at a Disney media event, I sat at a table next to someone who won a stay with her family. I actually started to hyperventilate when they announced they would be giving away a stay in the suite! That’s the closest I ever came to even peeking inside – sitting at the table next to someone who won a stay! 

stay-cinderella-castle-suiteThe suite was finished for the promotional Year of a Million Dreams and each day that year a different family was randomly selected to spend the night in the suite overlooking the Magic Kingdom. Every now and then Disney will run a contest offering the winner a stay. The suite is lavishly decorated but small (just a bit larger than a studio at one of the Disney Vacation Club resorts). It has three areas ~ a bedroom with two beds, a parlor/sitting room with a sofa that folds out into a bed and a luxurious bathroom. It can accommodate 6  people. Disney has made every effort to make it a beautiful mix of Medieval and modern. The Imagineers have made every effort to ensure that the room is plausibly authentic as a suite in Cinderella Castle despite its modern conveniences. The Cinderella Castle Suite carefully toes the line between modern and Medieval. 

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Fireplace in Bedroom ~ Photo via Disney Parks

Medieval but Modern

The careful attention to centuries-old details to make the suite believable hide many modern amenities. There is a lavish garden tub and shower; wheelchair accessible bathroom and bedroom facilities and an elevator to gain access to the suite. Medieval paintings and mirrors turn into modern flat-screen televisions.

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Bathroom ~ Photo via Disney Parks

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Tub ~ Photo via Disney Parks

Guests fortunate enough to visit and stay in the suite are assigned guides to take them through a rear entrance into the Magic Kingdom and to begin their stay. These guides are full of Disney knowledge and love to share as much of this knowledge as they can with guests. The guide will also act as your human FastPass+ and will sweep you through the lines for any attractions you wish to ride while you wait for your suite to be readied. As guests of the suite you are also able to watch the fireworks from a VIP spot on the lawn complete with Mickey ice cream bars, popcorn and drinks. Because of the stained glass windows in the suite, there is no good viewing of the parade and other park happenings from inside. You can also slip into one of the plush robes and slippers provided and sneak into the Magic Kingdom after the park closes for some special photo memories! When you stay the night, you will be asked to be ready early the next morning to be led by a special guide to enjoy breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table

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Bedroom Area ~ Photo via Disney Parks

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Sitting area ~ Photo via Disney Parks

A stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite will remain at the top of my Disney “Wish List” for a long time. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, Disney will not be allowing reservations anytime soon. I do believe that magic really does happen at Walt Disney World ~ so ~ you never know!




The Business of Disney

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The world is full of Disney fans, Disney groups, Disney fanatics ~ people who live, breathe and just LOVE everything about Disney. Many of those people realize Disney is a business. Many of those people don’t. The ones that don’t are the ones that are almost cult-like in their following of everything Disney. Facebook and other social media outlets are full of those people that talk in Disney quotes – “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” “If you can dream it, you can do it.” “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Admit it. You know you know several people who talk in Disney quotes and respond to every Facebook status of someone’s with another quote. As if using Disney quotes makes all things right. 

The ones that don’t admit and understand it’s a business are the ones that believe that everything Disney is filled with magic and pixie dust. Where do these beliefs come from? Good  marketing and great PR – a business. Over the years Disney has employed some of the most creative minds and people. People, not only full of imagination, but able to put that imagination and creativity into action.
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Those creative imaginations over the years have spun beliefs that are both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because of the wonderful memories created by thousands and thousands of families. A blessing because of the happiness that Disney brings to so many in times that are full of negativity. A curse because those creative and imaginative minds have created something that has people holding Disney to a higher standard than any other vacation destination in the world. A curse because those creative minds have many people believing that nothing will ever go wrong at Disney, that all the magic is run by a mouse and the seven dwarfs are toiling away to keep things going smoothly. In reality, the entire thing is run by people. People just like you and me. People who have bad days, family issues, sick children, money concerns and hectic lives.

I was amazed recently by the reaction of many when Disney announced they would be adding alcohol to restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. I am one that wasn’t thrilled with the decision but I am also one that understands it’s a business decision. Decisions in 2016 are not made based on “what would Walt want” as many like to quote on social media. Decisions are made based on what is best for business. I am continually amazed by the number of people who have a bad day at Disney and fully expect to be compensated by Disney for their bad day. No other vacation destination is held to that standard by visitors. This is Disney’s fault because for years they always offered to “make things right” and quite frankly for many years went overboard when it came to doing that.

The creative and imaginative minds have spun a product that requires very little cost for them to get their information out and about. There are hundreds of thousands of people that willingly share all news and information related to Disney without Disney spending a dime. Good business. I honestly believe that Disney is one of the few products in the world that has thousands of people doing their advertising for free. As a blog/site owner that makes a decent living from my website thanks to other destinations and products, Disney is the only product I promote for free. It’s a decision as a business that I have made because I believe in the product and the product has brought years of enjoyment to my family. I get nothing in return from Disney for promoting their product. There are thousands of “me” out there doing the same exact thing. 

As a blog/site owner that reports on many things Disney, I often have the opportunity to attend media events or apply for certain things Disney related. If I’m not invited to a specific event or Disney related group, although there is always an initial disappointment, I know that invitations or acceptance for that specific function are business decisions based on demographics and markets they are trying to reach at the time. There are thousands of “me” all fighting for one of the few spots on the invitation list (all for different reasons).

Those that only see pixie dust and magic far out number those that see the business. I’m not sure why. The only explanation is – good business. Years and years of good business practices that have a business looking as if it’s magic.

Disney – The Business

We all must remember – Disney is a business first. When changes are made, things are added or things are closed – those decisions are made based on business. Not on “what would Walt want.” The Walt Disney Company operates through four primary business units, which it calls “business segments”: Studio Entertainment, with the primary business unit The Walt Disney Studios, which includes the company’s film, music recording label, and theatrical divisions; Parks and Resorts, featuring the company’s theme parks, cruise line, and other travel-related assets; Media Networks, which includes the company’s television properties; and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, which produces toys, clothing, and other merchandising based upon Disney-owned properties, as well as including Disney’s Internet, mobile, social media, virtual worlds, and computer games operations.

The company’s main entertainment holdings include Walt Disney Studios, Disney Music Group, Disney Theatrical Group, Disney-ABC Television Group, Radio Disney, ESPN Inc., Disney Interactive, Disney Consumer Products, Disney India Ltd., The Muppets Studio, Pixar Animation Studios, , Marvel Studios, UTV Software Communications, Lucasfilm, and Maker Studios.

The company’s resorts and diversified related holdings include Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Euro Disney S.C.A., Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Disney Vacation Club, and Disney Cruise Line.