DVC Rental Tips – Timing Your Rental Request

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

A recent question on our facebook page inspired today’s post. Kristin asked, “Which [Disney Vacation Club] resorts have the best luck on requests?”

Several factors determine which resorts or types of rooms fill up the fastest. Understanding what some of those are will help you choose the best time to make your rental request.

One factor to consider is location. Some resorts are more popular than others simply based on where they are located on the Disney property. For instance, Bay Lake Tower is the closest DVC resort to the Magic Kingdom and is located on the monorail loop. Both of these make it a highly sought after resort, especially for guests with small children.

Along with location, special events taking part in the parks also have an effect on resort popularity. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a very popular event that takes place in the fall. You must get your request in early if you want to secure a room at either the Boardwalk or Beach Club Villas, both of which are within walking distance to Epcot.

Resort size is another thing to consider. Obviously, it’s much easier to get into the larger resorts, like Saratoga Springs and Old Key West, simply because they have more rooms overall. Contrary to that, Beach Club and Wilderness Lodge Villas have fewer rooms, so it’s a little more difficult to get into them without a lot of lead time.

Room type also plays into the equation. I know from personal experience that if I want a studio at Boardwalk Villas with a view of the boardwalk and Crescent Lake, I better get my request in at the earliest possible time. If I wait, the only choice I may get is a one bedroom with a pool/garden view.

There’s a lot to consider and, especially if you are new to the Disney Vacation Club Resorts, it can be overwhelming to know when the best time is to put in a request for the particular resort and room type that you want. The good news is that here at David’s Vacation Club Rentals, we’ve been doing this for quite awhile and I’m happy to say that we can help you out. On our website, we have a list of recommended times to put in your reservation for each room type and resort. For convenience, I’ll reprint the list below.

Keep in mind, these are just recommendations and many factors, even things we haven’t mentioned, will effect availability. It’s always possible that there have been cancellations, or some fluke has caused rooms to be available even when we think they won’t be – so it never hurts to have us check to see if your particular request can be met, even if it isn’t within our recommended time frame.


11 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

At 11 months in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms as they are some of the first to sell out:

ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAS

  • Concierge Level Studio
  • Concierge Level 1 Bedroom
  • Concierge Level 2 Bedroom
  • Value Studio
  • Value 1 Bedroom
  • Value 2 Bedroom

BAY LAKE TOWER AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom
  • Theme Park View Studio
  • Theme Park View 2 Bedroom

BOARDWALK VILLAS

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 1 Bedroom
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom
  • Boardwalk View Studio
  • Boardwalk View 1 Bedroom
  • Boardwalk View 2 Bedroom
  • Grand Villa

SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA

  • Treehouse Villa

 


10 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 10 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

BAY LAKE TOWER AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

  • Theme Park View 1 Bedroom
  • Theme Park Grand Villa
  • Lake View Studio
  • Lake View 2 Bedroom

BEACH CLUB VILLAS

  • Studio
  • 2 Bedroom

THE VILLAS AT DISNEY’S GRAND CALIFORNIAN HOTEL

  • Studio
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bedroom

THE VILLAS AT DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

  • Studio

 


9 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 9 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAS

  • Grand Villa
  • Savannah View Studio
  • Savannah View 2 Bedroom

BAY LAKE TOWER AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

  • Lake View 1 Bedroom
  • Lake View Grand Villa

BEACH CLUB VILLAS

  • 1 Bedroom

BOARDWALK VILLAS

  • Pool/Garden View Studio
  • Pool/Garden View 2 Bedroom

OLD KEY WEST

  • Grand Villa

SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA

  • Grand Villa

THE VILLAS AT DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

  • 2 Bedroom

 


8 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 8 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAS

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom
  • Savannah View 1 Bedroom

BOARDWALK VILLAS

  • Pool/Garden View 1 Bedroom

THE VILLAS AT DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

  • 1 Bedroom

 


7 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 7 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAS

  • Standard View 1 Bedroom

OLD KEY WEST

  • Studio
  • 2 Bedroom

SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA

  • 2 Bedroom

3 – 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 3 to 6 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

OLD KEY WEST

  • 1 Bedroom

SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA

  • Studio

 


1 – 2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE (OR EARLIER)

At 1 to 2 months (or earlier) in advance of your check in date, we recommend reserving any of the following rooms:

SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA

  • 1 Bedroom

 


For popular datesbreaks and holidays, it is best to be earlier than the recommended time lines.

Beach resorts, including Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island should be booked 9 to 11 months in advance for summer and peak season times.

We don’t have enough data for Aulani in Hawaii so we recommend 9 to 11 months at this time.

These are only guidelines and do not guarantee actual availability.

 

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