At first, I was surprised by the amount members from the DVC Fan Facebook group who joined the Moving to Orlando group. Surely all these Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members weren’t all looking to move to Florida like we were. It turns out, many were. After much thought, it really wasn’t so strange. DVC members are a group of fans who already love Disney enough to purchase a real estate interest in Florida, as Pete Werner reminded me. It would make sense that because of that love, some of them might decide to purchase a home in Florida eventually. This later became a DVC Show topic that I’ll include below for your viewing pleasure. I thought it would be fun to explore some of the advantages of living in Florida as a Disney Vacation Club member.

We are Always in Town for Special DVC Occasions

Hollywood Studios Moonlight Magic 2018

Gone are the days of almost never having our trips line up for a special DVC event. I’m full of hope that member events like Moonlight Magic will come come back. When they do, we will finally have a much easier time attending. This is a great advantage to living in Florida as a DVC member. You are most likely going to be around to experience all those special experiences. A few others I have always wanted to try (that I hope return) are the DVC Member Mother’s Day Brunch and the DVC Member Thanksgiving Feast. These are special occasions we have always missed when we lived to far away.

It’s “Cheaper” and Easier to Grab a Room For a Late-Night Event

2019 4th of July DVC Party from Top of the World Lounge

Heading to the After Hours Boo Bash party? Don’t want to drive home afterwards or spend more money for a hotel? We’ve got points to spend instead! This is something you’ll probably want to plan in advance to secure your stay. However, there is just something so satisfying about not spending cash and using points. Yes, I know we paid for those points, but in the long run, that Grand Floridan studio I just booked to walk to my room from Boo Bash isn’t going to cost me $700 a night or even close to that. When you’re a local and a DVC member, you can not only attend more fun parties, you can spend the night after to fully immerse yourself in Disney for the evening.

We Can Take Advantage of Last Minute DVC Availability

Last Minute Beach Club Availability Means Swimming in Stormalong Bay

A Club Level room just opened up at Animal Kingdom Villas for the weekend? No problem. As locals, we can easily scoop it up and make a fun staycation out of it. Okay, we will have to take the dogs to pet camp, but we don’t have book flights, airport transfers, or figure out how to pack our bags for TSA (or how to fly our Gideon’s cookies home). Living in Florida as a DVC member means we may actually be able to take advantage of last minute availability when it pops up.

We’ll Have More Points to Book DVC Outside Disney World

Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii

Since we most likely won’t be spending long trips at Disney World, we will have more points available for other uses. This means, will can travel to Aulani more often, head over to Vero Beach, or Hilton Head Island Resort. Maybe if we get lucky, we can find a way to snag an elusive Grand Californian reservation. On a similar, but different note, we will have more points to experience accommodations we might not otherwise book. Hello Polynesian Bungalow!


If you are ready to make the move to Florida and take advantage of being a local DVC member, our Moving to Orlando REALTORS are here to help you navigate the market. Take a moment to fill out our contact form, and someone will be in contact with you!

In case you missed the DVC for Orlando Locals episode of the DVC Show, you can check it out below!

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. She is also a contributing writer for a few DIS websites.

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