Ever since I heard of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC), I've patiently dropped hints to my husband at how fabulous this sounds. Unfortunately, as a young couple having kids, daycare bills, and purchasing a house, putting out the upfront cost to join DVC has not been in the cards. I had previously read about renting DVC points, but had never taken the plunge before this year. Dan and I enjoy staying at the Deluxe resorts but don't like paying the Deluxe price tag. So, we decided back in May to try out David's DVC Request website. Everything I read about them was positive and we were very pleased with our experience.
How it Works - DVC members who have points that they can't use or don't want to use connect with David's. Guests who want to stay at DVC properties fill out a simple questionnaire with information about your family, requested dates, and requested resorts. David's then goes to work seeing if they can match up your request to points that are available to them. We were originally trying to book during October which happens to be Food and Wine Festival. We were unable to find the original reservation we wanted 5 months out, but were able to find a vacation option that would work by tinkering with our dates just a little. The whole booking process was completed in less than 48 hours from my initial inquiry with the team being extremely responsive and helpful. Once booked, you receive your confirmation number which you can plug into your My Disney Experience account to begin planning your vacation! You pay David's a significantly discounted price over what Disney rack rates are for the villa properties. They in turn pay the original owner and keep some for themselves. You can easily price out your trip with their price calculator. Remember that David's availability depends on the points that they have. If you're looking for a popular week, season, or resort, try to get your reservation in close to 11 months out when DVC rentals open up.
Tickets, Dining, and Magical Express - You have to purchase your tickets separately. I would recommend either going directly through Disney (don't forget your Disney Gift Cards from Target to save 5% with your Red Card) or Undercover Tourist. Don't worry - you can still link the tickets to your Magic Bands on the My Disney Experience site. You can also take advantage of Disney Dining Plan and Magical Express through David's. They request that you get them these details at least 30 days in advance of your trip.
We loved our experience with David's and can't wait to go back to another DVC property in the future!