Tuesday, May 31, 2011

42. DVC Planner App

DVC refers to the Disney Vacation club which is the Disney version of "vacation ownership."  For those who are unfamiliar with how DVC works, members purchase a real estate interest and are then given an annual allotment of vacation points.  These points are used to book vacations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts as well as hundreds of other destinations around the world.  The larger the real estate interest, the more days or larger the accommodations members can enjoy.  The DVC Planner App is a great tool for figuring out exactly how many points are required for any given resort, accomodation size and date.  It is currently available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

After decades of visting Walt Disney World, my wife and I finally made the decision to purchase a DVC membership in October of 2009.  It is something that we should have done years ago.  It allows us to stay in deluxe Disney resorts for a fraction of the normal cost.  We purchased our membership at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort which is a short walk from the Magic Kingdom.  Without getting into specific costs, our membership is for a duration of 50 years and it pays for itself in about 7.  Needless to say, if you vacation at a Disney resort at least once every two years, the Disney Vacation Club is definitely the most cost effective way to go.  In addition to top notch accommodations, a DVC membership gets you fantastic discounts on everything from dining to annual park passes.

A DVC membership is a great option for serious fans of Walt Disney World, but the point system used for booking trips can sometimes be complicated and confusing.  This is especially true for new members.  The DVC Planner App is a good way to quickly figure out how many points are necessary to book your vacation.  You simply choose your desired resort, type of accommodation, and travel dates and the app instantly calculates how many points you need for the trip.  It also breaks down how many points are needed for each day of the trip, as some days require more points than others.

In addition to a good point calculator, the DVC Planner App has some additional features.  First, you can save and email vacation plans right from the app.  This comes in handy to let the other members of your party follow along in your planning.  You can also export your travel dates right into your device's calendar.  Along with the planning features of the app, there are good descriptions of the DVC resorts that include pictures, addresses, and resort telephone numbers.  Finally, there is a section to input information about your membership including your member number and the DVC reservations phone number.

If you are a DVC member and own an Apple handheld device, I highly recommend the DVC Planner App.  It is currently available in the iTunes store and costs $1.99.  If you aren't a member but would like to learn more about the Disney Vacation Club, send me an email and I'll point you in the right direction.  It really is the best way to vacation at Walt Disney World as well as other Disney destinations.

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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