How to Use DVCapp For Planning Stays at Disney Vacation Club Resorts!

Posted in Disney World
on August 4, 2017

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I am excited to share an amazing tool for planning a Disney World vacation with you today – DVCapp. While I have used this site for years, the recently-added features have made it my go-to resource for planning trips to Disney!

As you likely know, I am a huge fan of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts such as Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge. One of my top money-saving tips for Disney World travel is to rent points from an owner for stays at DVC resorts (read all about how to save up to 70% by renting points in this post).

DVC Studio Villa at the Polynesian

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to use the DVCapp website to research and find the best DVC resort for you, check availability at DVC resorts, and connect with an owner from whom you can rent points for a stay!

Researching DVC Resorts

After you create a free DVCapp account and verify your email, you can select the “View Floor Plans” link on your account homepage to research DVC resorts.

From there you can choose from the 14 different DVC resorts found in Disney World and beyond.

When you select a resort you’ll be able to see the floor plans and layout of each type of villa. This is incredibly helpful for deciding which resort and room type will be the best fit for your family!

You can see the sleeping arrangements, such as pullout couches and Murphy beds, as well as the number and location of bathrooms (very important, of course).

Membership Options

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

As I already mentioned, you’ll need to create a free account to use DVCapp.  After you verify your email, you will be asked to enter DVC credentials for one-time verification.

If you don’t want to or can’t enter your credentials (more on this later), you also have the option of upgrading to a paid PRO membership.

A DVCapp PRO membership costs $7.99 for 3 months and allows you to search availability for DVC resorts, get email/text message updates when your saved searches become available, and connect with owners to rent points.

Availability at DVC resorts changes frequently (and sometimes maddeningly) so the ability to get updates via text is totally worth the $2.67 price tag per month for me!

If you aren’t happy with your PRO Membership you can cancel at any time and get a full refund. You can also easily turn off the auto-renewal feature at any time if you decide you no longer want the service. I keep my membership active because it represents such an incredible value for a few dollars each month!

Searching Availability at DVC Resorts

DVCapp was designed as a tool for DVC owners to easily and quickly check availability at DVC resorts. The DVC website is notoriously clunky, so the creator of DVCapp made a light and fast tool for checking availability across all resorts at once.

You can search across multiple resorts for up to a 2-week period, which makes it easy to plan if your dates are flexible.

Here is a sample of the results from a search I did for availability for a studio villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge for next May. Rooms that are available are in green and those that aren’t are in red.

Not surprisingly, Value and Concierge studios are already booked, but I can see that standard and savanna view studios are still available at both Jambo House and Kidani Village for my dates!

Renting Points from An Owner

Lastly, the newest feature of DVCapp is the ability to connect with an owner for renting points. When you find a villa that is available for the length of your search, you will see the “Book it” options at the top of that column in your search results.

After you click it you will be taken to a screen where you can customize a rental offer. You can select how much you are willing to pay for the stay and post your offer for free.

As I mentioned, DVCapp is intended for DVC members. However, a PRO membership can be a good option if you are unable to enter DVC membership credentials.

If you are a former DVC owner, or just someone who loves to rents points for stays at DVC resorts to save money, you can use this service to connect with owners willing to rent you points for your stay.

This can be an alternative to using a DVC points broker to search availability and secure an owner for a rental. You can potentially save $2-4 per point by finding an owner through DVC app.

After you connect with an owner, you can set up a contract that outlines a change and cancellation policy, payment plan, etc.

In summary, DVCapp is an affordable and easy-to-use tool for researching DVC resorts, checking availability, and connecting with an owner for renting points. I have found it invaluable in planning our many stays at DVC resorts.

If you have any questions about DVCapp, you can leave a comment on this post or send me a message via The Frugal South’s Facebook page!

10 Comments

  • Ashley Bupp

    Thanks Leah!

    June 25, 2019 at 8:18 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Hi Leah! Help! I joined DVCapp as a premium member looking over a span of 8 weeks for either beach or boardwalk. The Disney website shows availability but I cannot find anything on DVC. Is there a place for me to post my request?

    June 24, 2019 at 12:04 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Ashley! First, rooms through Disney and DVC are separate inventories. As you know, you’ll pay WAY more booking through Disney so I’m sure you’ll want to rent DVC points if at all possible. Beach Club and Boardwalk are in SUPER high demand now because of their proximity to Hollywood Studios and Galaxy’s Edge. I expect they will both be booked solid before the 7 month window. So you may have to expand your search to other resorts if you want to visit before that. If you are willing to wait, you can set a search in DVCapp for your dates and you will get a text and/or email notification if your dates open up at Beach/Boardwalk. When you do a search there will be a place to “Name this search” – do that and it will be saved to your searches. Then you will be able to manage the alerts for the search. Availability does sometimes open up but I’d say only for shorter stays – I wouldn’t expect a week to open up, for example. I hope that helps!

      June 25, 2019 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Erin

    What is your success rate with this option? I’d love to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge and this seems like such a great deal! Do you typically find an owner to rent from or is it kind of hit-or-miss?

    June 17, 2019 at 10:08 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Erin! I have had pretty good results. I have made 4 requests and 2 of them were filled. It depends on how much you are offering of course! And how far in advance and availability. Last minute requests are harder to fill than those far in advance. Owners can book 7 months in advance at any resort and 11 months in advance at their home resort. So it’s easiest to find availability in the 6-7 months before arrival. Hope that helps!

      June 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Meagan

    Is there anything that needs to happen after an owner has sent you your resort confirmation and you have linked it to your MDE? For example, would I simply use MDE for online check-in, or does the owner need to do this through the DVC site?

    February 2, 2019 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Leah

      Yes, you can do everything for the reservation through MDE after it is linked. It is essentially your reservation then. You do online checkin as normal.

      February 2, 2019 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Megan

    Hi Leah,
    When I have booked my other Disney vacations I do it straight through the Disney website. It is convenient because you can add everything at once like magical express, park tickets and plane tickets. If you use the DVCapp site and get a room is there anyway to still link up your reservation so that you can get magical express, park tickets and fast pass options? Thanks so much!

    August 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Megan! Yes, you can absolutely link your reservation to My Disney Experience! After the owner books your stay, she/he will forward you the email confirmation from Disney. Just click on the “Link A Resort Reservation” button on the MDE website, enter the confirmation number from the email, and you are good to go. I have done this countless times and it couldn’t be easier.

      August 20, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply
      • Megan

        Wow, great! Thanks! Seems so easy and a great deal. I will definitely be trying it out for our next trip!

        August 20, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

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