DVC Annual Pass Discount

Kristen TutasDVC Owner Benefits, Walt Disney World

One of the perks of being a DVC member is that your household qualifies for special rates on Walt Disney World annual passes. Members can chose from one of three annual pass options with discounts ranging from $86 to $100 depending on wether you’re purchasing for the first time or renewing your pass. In the fall of 2015, Disney introduced these … Read More

“Preferred” Room Category Coming to Saratoga Springs

Kristen TutasDisney Vacation Club, Walt Disney World

Along with the release of the 2017 DVC point charts came new room categories at Saratoga Springs. Beginning in 2017, owners can choose between booking a “Standard” room or a “Preferred” room. Full details have not officially been announced but there is a notice on the DVC member website when attempting to book Saratoga Springs for 2017 travel dates: “Disney’s Saratoga … Read More

Changes to FIRPTA

Kinn TutasSelling DVC

Non U.S. Sellers: On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 into law. This new Act increases the FIRPTA withholding for Non-U.S. Citizens from 10% to 15%. This change is effective for closings occurring February 16, 2016 and after. You can file with the U.S. Government to receive a refund as the tax … Read More

DVC Foreclosures: There are other options!

Kinn TutasDisney Vacation Club, Selling DVC

A recent article posted in the Orlando Sentinel brought to light the foreclosure process that occurs each year for hundreds of Disney Vacation Club owners. Although foreclosures with DVC are very low at less than 1% of total ownerships, its still a hard reality for some owners who cannot meet the financial requirements for their membership. If you are an owner struggling to make … Read More

DVC Member Discounts at Disney Springs

Kristen TutasDVC Owner Benefits, Walt Disney World

With the transition from Downtown Disney to “Disney Springs” comes new shops, restaurants, and discounts for DVC Members. Here are some new locations at Disney Springs where DVC Members can enjoy discounts. To take advantage of Membership Extras, remember to present a valid Membership Card and photo ID. Apex by Sunglass Hut: 10% discount The Boathouse:  15% discount on lunch … Read More

2015 DVC Condo Meeting Highlights

Kristen TutasBuying DVC, Disney Vacation Club

In early December of each year, DVC holds their Condominium Association Meeting in which board members are elected, resort budgets for the upcoming year are presented and approved, and we learn about upcoming events and projects for DVC. The year 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Disney Vacation Club and we’re told many surprises will be unveiled this year … Read More

2016 DVC Annual Dues Projections

Kinn TutasAnnual Dues, Buying DVC, Disney Vacation Club

Budgets for most of the Disney Vacation Club resorts have been released according to DVCnews.com. Aulani budgets have yet to be released. Average increase for all resorts is around 3% with Vero Beach seeing the lowest at 0.31% and Saratoga Springs seeing the largest increase at 5.11%. Your annual dues are applied to a variety of vital interests including: Operating Expenses (housekeeping, transportation (if … Read More

DVC Financing Updates from Monera Financial

Kinn TutasBuying DVC

As of November 1, 2015, Monera Financial will be offering financing for the current Florida DVC properties ONLY. They will no longer finance loans for purchases at Hilton Head, Grand Californian, or Aulani. For these purchases, please refer to Lightstream, a home equity loan or TimeshareLending. As a reminder, the following rates and terms are available through Monera Financial: Option C              Option B              Option A 1 – 5 Years               9.9%                      … Read More

Downtown Disney now “Disney Springs”

Kristen TutasWalt Disney World

Downtown Disney is no longer! Instead the popular shopping, dining and entertainment area is now called “Disney Springs.” The new Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants found at Downtown Disney. Some of the of new shops calling Disney Springs home include jeweler, Edwin Pearl and Sanuk where you can buy shoes made from yoga mats. At the “Art … Read More