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Buying a DVC Contract: Direct vs. Resale

Updated: May 18, 2023

Are you planning to become a member of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC)? One of the first things you'll need to decide is whether to buy a DVC contract directly from Disney or purchase one on the resale market. Here's a breakdown of the key differences between the two options.

Pricing and Availability

When you buy a DVC contract directly from Disney, you'll pay the current market price, which can be higher than what you'll find on the resale market. However, buying direct means you'll have access to the latest and greatest DVC resorts and room types, and you'll be able to take advantage of any current incentives or promotions.

On the other hand, buying a DVC contract on the resale market can save you money. Resale contracts are typically priced lower than direct contracts, and you may be able to find contracts for resorts that are no longer available directly from Disney. However, keep in mind that the resale market can be unpredictable, and contracts may not always be available when you're ready to buy.

Membership Perks

One of the main perks of owning a DVC contract is access to exclusive benefits and discounts. However, these perks can vary depending on whether you buy direct or resale. Direct buyers may have access to a wider range of membership perks, such as discounts on merchandise and dining, priority booking windows, and access to certain events.

Resale buyers, on the other hand, may have more limited access to membership perks. For example, resale buyers may not be able to use their DVC points to book stays at certain resorts or during certain times of the year, and they may not be eligible for all membership discounts and benefits.

Resale Restrictions

Finally, it's important to consider any resale restrictions that may apply when you're buying a DVC contract. Disney has implemented several restrictions on resale contracts in recent years, such as limiting the ability to use points for non-Disney resorts and limiting access to certain membership perks.

If you're considering buying a resale contract, make sure you understand any restrictions that may apply before you make a purchase.

Overall, there are pros and cons to buying a DVC contract direct from Disney vs. purchasing one on the resale market. Consider your budget, your desired level of access to membership perks, and any resale restrictions before making a decision.

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