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Old 02-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Question Renting a villa at Grand Californian

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We are planning a trip to DLR in late September through early October of this year. The last time we were there was in 2007. We just got back from a wonderful 12 day trip to WDW last month with our 2 year old. We got spoiled staying at suites-Art of Animation and then Bonnet Creek.

So, we would love to get a villa at the Grand Californian for this trip. I wanted to post here and see if any DVC owners would be willing to rent out to us. If so, please PM me.

Also, what other ways are there to secure a villa without going directly through Disney as they want at least $700 a night

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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My understanding is that these go pretty quickly.

We have a time share through Intrawest that gives us access to the villas second to DVC members. There are a few other time shares that are given access too after us at a certain amount of months out.

Even being 'second' in line we can basically only get in during low season, and even then not necessarily. We have to book it about 7 months in advance aswell.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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So, we would love to get a villa at the Grand Californian for this trip. I wanted to post here and see if any DVC owners would be willing to rent out to us. If so, please PM me.

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There is a separate "DVC" board on here and in that board there is a sub-forum where people do post points they have available for sale/trade etc. It's an "at your own risk" type thing of course.

There is also a website that Dis and a few other disney board sites to recommend as tried and true - google Dave's DVC and you should find it easily.

But yeah go check out the DVC section for sure - there is lots of tips etc for this over there :-)
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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You can go to the DVC board. I just rented through David's and was fine. I will say you want to jump on that sooner than later -- those book up FAST. I went through David's and just reserved 2 studios end of January for December!
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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The 7 month booking window is now open for DVC members to book for late September so I would get on that now if you want to rent an owners points. Since the VGC have a very small amount of rooms they get snatched up quickly!
If I were you I would contact Davids asap and see if he has any points that would work for your trip.
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My understanding is that these go pretty quickly.

We have a time share through Intrawest that gives us access to the villas second to DVC members. There are a few other time shares that are given access too after us at a certain amount of months out.

Even being 'second' in line we can basically only get in during low season, and even then not necessarily. We have to book it about 7 months in advance aswell.
We are DVC members & own here @ VGC but own another timeshare (weeks) that we trade out though RCI. I often see trades for WDW resorts but have NEVER YET seen any for VGC. Do you see alot through Intrawest? Is it an exchange company? I know I can get into DVC (WDW) though RCI but I would like to also use it for getting "back INTO" VGC when I may be out of points.
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Yes, you must get on reservations early for the VGC. There's only I'm told 50 units total and we have to utilize our 11 month window to get the rooms and dates we want. Typically it is booked up within a day or so once the 7 month window becomes available for folks that don't have it as their home resort.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I already contacted David's DVC. They have availability but no points to put towards it. They have us on a waiting list once points become available. I did hear from a VGC owner directly who may be able to help.
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We are DVC members & own here @ VGC but own another timeshare (weeks) that we trade out though RCI. I often see trades for WDW resorts but have NEVER YET seen any for VGC. Do you see alot through Intrawest? Is it an exchange company? I know I can get into DVC (WDW) though RCI but I would like to also use it for getting "back INTO" VGC when I may be out of points.
I'm not sure because Intrawest works differently then RCI and such... With Intrawest we don't have a home resort. We just have a certain amount of points per year and book through their system usually 6 months to 1.5 years in advance depending on wherever we want to stay.

For example with the Grand Villas, DVC members have first priority for a certain amount of time. Then it opens up for us and if there is availability we can book it. After that it goes to RCI and such, but I hear it very rarely gets to that point.

Inyrawest Members have to be present to even use the points so I'm not sure we could even sell off a week or trade it or what not. I could be wrong though!
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I'm not sure because Intrawest works differently then RCI and such... With Intrawest we don't have a home resort. We just have a certain amount of points per year and book through their system usually 6 months to 1.5 years in advance depending on wherever we want to stay.

For example with the Grand Villas, DVC members have first priority for a certain amount of time. Then it opens up for us and if there is availability we can book it. After that it goes to RCI and such, but I hear it very rarely gets to that point.

Inyrawest Members have to be present to even use the points so I'm not sure we could even sell off a week or trade it or what not. I could be wrong though!
I should also note that getting into Disney WORLD resorts is super easy for us, I guess cause there are so many. But Disneyland only has like one option so we HAVE to go off season to even have a chance.
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Dave's is a good idea. The DISBoards have strict rules on requests for renting points, which are outlined on the Rent/trade Board. In addition, members are not allowed to find availability for other DISers if asked.

No worries, since many DISers don't know about it, but I didn't want you to run afoul of them.

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We are DVC members & own here @ VGC but own another timeshare (weeks) that we trade out though RCI. I often see trades for WDW resorts but have NEVER YET seen any for VGC. Do you see alot through Intrawest? Is it an exchange company? I know I can get into DVC (WDW) though RCI but I would like to also use it for getting "back INTO" VGC when I may be out of points.
Club Intrawest is a points-based timeshare with resorts in several locations. They (CI) have a direct exchange with DVC through DVC's Buena Vista Trading Company.

For a DVC member to book a CI resort, you would have to phone the request through DVC Member Services. I assume a similar path is taken by CI members trying to book DVC -- that they work through their own reservation department.
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Club Intrawest is a points-based timeshare with resorts in several locations. They (CI) have a direct exchange with DVC through DVC's Buena Vista Trading Company.

For a DVC member to book a CI resort, you would have to phone the request through DVC Member Services. I assume a similar path is taken by CI members trying to book DVC -- that they work through their own reservation department.
Yep we do. That's exactly right.
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We are planning a trip to DLR in late September through early October of this year. The last time we were there was in 2007. We just got back from a wonderful 12 day trip to WDW last month with our 2 year old. We got spoiled staying at suites-Art of Animation and then Bonnet Creek.

So, we would love to get a villa at the Grand Californian for this trip.
What type of villa do you want? A studio, a 1-Bedroom, or larger? And how many nights? Just wondering what a 12-night WDW person is planning on doing at DLR.
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Yes, you must get on reservations early for the VGC. There's only I'm told 50 units total and we have to utilize our 11 month window to get the rooms and dates we want. Typically it is booked up within a day or so once the 7 month window becomes available for folks that don't have it as their home resort.
Yep. Florida DVC owners usually have to walk in their reservations night by night, as each day crosses the 7 month barrier.
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