How We Save Money On Walt Disney World Vacations

My boys enjoying Stormalong Bay – the amazing pool area of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This property is walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney World is a scary beast for a lot of families. It’s way bigger than Disneyland Resort in California and for my fellow West Coasters, it’s a lot further away. Both of these issues means the price generally goes up, but in this post I’m going to let you in on our little secret. Here’s how we save money on Walt Disney World Vacations.

Getting More For Our Money

Walt Disney World has a three-tiered system in regards to accommodations. There are Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts spread across the 25,000 acres. Per night, you’ll pay $110-600+ USD for a room, depending on what you require in a hotel. The lesser known category on property is called DVC – also known as the Disney Vacation Club.

Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s own timeshare. Owners buy points for a certain up front cost and pay yearly maintenance fees to own a piece of the magic. These owner can then opt to visit as often as their points allow or rent those points out.

I’d be lying if I said that my husband and I hadn’t researched the heck out of becoming owners. It may still happen one day! For now though, we rent. It works out to the same cost as booking a moderate room, but we get way more for our money.

Disney Vacation Club Villas are located on the Deluxe properties. That means we’re a stones throw away from at least one of the Parks, we get the nicer perks and amenities, and we get a kitchen. We also aren’t paying the deluxe prices for a standard room.

Which Resorts have DVC Villas? A lot. At the moment there are 13, but more are coming. Nine of these are within Walt Disney World. Grand Californian is the only Disneyland Resort has one. There are also several beach locations; Vero Beach Florida, Hilton Head South Carolina, and Aulani, in Hawaii.

What’s So Great About DVC?

Room layouts and sizes vary based on Resort, but many studios will sleep up to 5 guests. My husband and I get a queen sized bed, the boys share the pull out couch, and our daughter gets the single pull down dresser bed. This is already an improvement for a family of five – we can’t book a lot of standard rooms at Disney.

In a studio we’re given a partial kitchen. It comes with a toaster, microwave, mini fridge, coffee pot, sink, and some dishes. You won’t get that in a standard room and it saves us a ton of money on food.

We get a grocery delivery and make breakfast in our room each day. We’re also able to easily whip up sandwiches, bagels, oatmeal, cereal, and store dairy products in the fridge. That alone saves money on Walt Disney World trips – a good $60+ USD a day.

Can you believe that we save money on Walt Disney World Vacations by staying HERE!?

Traveling with extended or larger family? You can get a one, two, or even three bedroom Villa. These units have full kitchens and living rooms, giving you a ton of space and the ability to cook full meals with an oven and stove top. Some units have views of Cinderella Castle, giraffes and zebras near Animal Kingdom, or Epcots Eiffel Tower.

We’ve found that by booking a DVC room, we spend more time at our actual Resort. Standard rooms aren’t exactly spacious, so they’re mainly used just for sleeping. By renting a Villa, we relax, we eat, and we sleep well within that space. And because we’re at a Deluxe level hotel, the pools are amazing.

Thinking you’d like to save money on your Walt Disney World vacation by going the DVC route? You’ll need to find a member to rent from or go through a company – like David’s Vacation Club Rentals.

I want to add that this is style not what I’d call budget travel. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to pay more than $110–130 USD a night, renting a DVC property is not going to come close to that. However, if you like to stay in at least a moderate hotel and don’t want to eat out three meals a day, this is a great option!

Another added bonus? I love that ‘Welcome Home’ greeting upon check-in.



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