We’re here for the DVC perks! Becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member (DVC) has a variety of benefits! Obviously the first and foremost is the array of amazing Disney resorts to stay at. Many times, the lesser known benefits fade into the background as the more well known DVC perks grab the spotlight. It got us thinking (it happens once and awhile) what are the DVC perks we’ve enjoyed the most at Walt Disney World?
Ain’t No Event Like A Disney Event
If you can think it, more than likely Walt Disney World has an event or tour for it. And yes DVC perks are discounts for special events and guided tours. From the Behind the Magic Tour to the always enjoyable Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney will usually give some type of discount for DVC members. What we enjoy the most is we’re able to extend our discount on these events to our family members when they travel to Disney World with us.
Beyond the specials on paid events, Disney hosts special events for DVC members called DVC Moonlight Magic. We’ve been lucky enough to be at Disney World for a couple of these events, and they are truly magical. Similar to the discount on the special events, we’ve been able to extend invitations to the Moonlight Magic events to our friends and family. Moonlight Magic remains a bit ambiguous in detail. A lot of people have heard of the events, but are not sure what they entail. The best way we can describe them is combining a Disney After Hours Event, with a Magic Kingdom holiday party.
Passholder Insights: One of the most underrated and reasonable tours at Walt Disney World is the Behind the Seeds Tour. If you enjoyed the Living with the Land attraction, you’ll want to check this one out.
What We Care About Most
The way to the DVC Duo’s heart is through our stomachs. We love trying new food, and Walt Disney World is filled with great restaurants to try. One of our favorite DVC perks is the discounts for food and beverage at a the majority of Disney restaurants. Members have two options when deciding on discount dining. The standard offering includes either 10% or 15% discount (food only) at many sit down restaurants with our DVC membership card. For people who are foodies and enjoy an adult time out, there is also Tables in Wonderland.
Tables in Wonderland is the Walt Disney World dining discount card that is usually reserved for Florida residents. Disney has extended the benefit to DVC members as well. The card offers a 20% discount off the total bill (food and beverage), at many Disney sit down restaurants. One thing to note is the card automatically adds an 18% gratuity.
Passholder Insights: Tables in Wonderland also works in many Disney lounges, both in the parks and at the resorts.
The Little Things
It’s always about the little things, right? When it comes to DVC perks we couldn’t agree more. Early access is one of those small things that can be easily overlooked. Many times Disney offers DVC members early registration or purchasing options on runDisney events, Broadway tickets, and even special packages for Disney Cruise and Adventures by Disney. For us, the ability to beat crowds is a nice feature.
There’s also the DVC lounges from the Top of World Lounge on top of Bay Lake Tower to the Epcot lounge on the top floor of the Imagination Pavilion. Both are amazing places to kick back and relax. This makes us DVC members feel extra special – a quiet cool space to stop in and charge your phone or enjoy a free soda. Disney takes care of its members and it shows!
The small things continue as you enter the parks. When scanning your MagicBand to enter any of the parks the lights change to purple instead of the traditional green. The cast member at the entrance will usually say “Welcome Home”. It’s these types of things that mean the most to us. Discounted food doesn’t hurt either!
Joining the Disney Vacation Club is no small decision and one that we pondered for awhile. We knew all the well known DVC perks and benefits. What we didn’t know were lesser-known perks. After being members for a while we can say it’s the small perks that mean the most. Welcome, Home!