Using the idea of Ms. Shuttergirl to start a thread specifically for WDW and taking inspiration from the detailed information provided by aussietravellers in this thread, I am starting a new thread to provide information and discuss DVC Disney Vacation Club. There are two ways to approach DVC, either ownership or renting. Given that there is already a Disney Vacation Club subsection mainly relating to ownership I will focus on renting, particularly since that is the most likely way Australians would use it anyway. WHAT IS DVC? Disney Vacation Club started in the early 1990s focused on one resort, Old Key West, and now includes the following resorts at WDW: - Old Key West (OKW) Saratoga Springs Resort (SSR) Bay Lake Tower (BLT) Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV) Boardwalk Villas (BWV) Beach Club Villas (BCV) Villas at Wilderness Lodge (VWL) Disneyland Resort recently received DVC as part of the extension of the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. There are also two off-site DVC resorts: - Vero Beach Resort, FL (south-east of WDW) Hilton Head Resort, SC (north-east of WDW) A total number of points is assigned to each resort, and then a points table is developed specifying points for each night depending on the season and whether it is Sunday-Thursday nights or Friday and Saturday nights (www.dvcnews.com has all the current tables). Gradually the points at each resort are sold to the public but Disney retains the largest number of points. Also if a DVC member uses points outside the DVC resorts then these points go to Disney. As such Disney can rent DVC rooms through their hotels division. Despite this Disney has no objection to members renting their points to other people for them to use as long as this is not done on a commercial basis in competition with them and is restricted to a reasonable number of rentals. WHY RENT FROM A DVC MEMBER RATHER THAN DISNEY? The most obvious is to save money. Members do not have the overheads or the conflicting interests of Disney. Indeed they often rent simply to offset the annual dues bill through rental income. Other reasons range from gaining access to rooms normally not available to the public to helping out a fellow Disney enthusiast rather than a massive corporation. Whatever the reason, it has certainly become a significant operation with many satisfied customers. HOW DOES IT WORK? Instead of paying a fixed amount per night the renter pays the member a fixed amount per point, with the points table used to calculate the total amount due. The average amount seems to be US$10 per point with payment in one or two installments, but this of course varies. Once the renter and member agree on the price, the resort and the nights wanted, sometimes in a written rental agreement, the reservation is made in the name of the renter with a written confirmation sent out by Disney. The renter is entitled to benefits such as free use of Magical Express and transportation, and can add any of the dining plans on to the booking at the member rate, with payment made at the front desk on check-in. MORE INFORMATION I have of course only provided an outline and have deliberately not provided any specific examples given the wide range in room types, seasons etc. In particular I have rented to both Americans and Australians on a number of occasions and each one is a unique experience. As such please post any general points or PM or e-mail me any specific questions.