10 Disney Vacation Club Perks That Will Blow Your Mind
You knew you signed up for a reason
Disney is your life, which is why you shelled out extra vacation cash to become a member of the Disney Vacation Club (which, pssst, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year). Most likely, you did it for the “free” or heavily discounted room stays. Good call. But there are ten other primo membership benefits you might not have known about that seriously sweeten the deal.
YOU CAN POOL HOP
Yep, as long as it’s a Walt Disney World resort that participates in the Disney Vacation Club program, you can rotate pools all the livelong day with a simple flash of your Magic Band--or membership card--as long as the pool in question isn’t at capacity.
AND GET DISCOUNTS ON PARK TICKETS
Disney Vacation Club members can save as much as $100 on annual passes, and get free access to all the pics snapped by professional Disney photographers around the park. (Hello, you and your fam freaking out on Splash Mountain.)
YOU CAN ALSO SAVE ON PARK MERCH
The 15 pairs of Mickey and Minnie ears you impulse-bought for your coworkers? Disney Vacation Club members get 10 percent off every single purchase from owned and operated Disney merchants. Huzzah!
PLUS, YOU’LL SAVE BIG ON FOOD
A whopping 10 to 20 percent, actually. And not just at the fast-food spots inside the parks. The discount applies to restaurants offering sit-down service, too.
YOU CAN DO YOUR LAUNDRY FOR FREE
Damn it, your five-year-old spilled his whole sundae down the front of his shirt. As a member of the Disney Vacation Club, you can hit up the laundry room sans quarters and do a full load of clothes. (Detergent is also free.)
YOU’LL GET ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE “MEMBERS-ONLY” AREAS
For example, Epcot’s brand-new member lounge (seriously, it opens June 6), which features free Wi-Fi, phone-charging stations, complimentary soft drinks, member services advisors and more. Or access to the Top of the World lounge on the 16th floor at Bay Lake Tower in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which offers uninterrupted views of the splashy fireworks show that happens every night in the park.
AND HEAVILY DISCOUNTED GOLF ACCESS
Up to 35 percent off greens fees at all Walt Disney World Resort 18-hole golf courses, and 15 percent off rounds of mini-golf.
YOU CAN ALSO GET CHEAPER RATES AT THE SPA
After all that mini-golf, you’ll need a massage for sure. Members get up to 15 percent off treatments. (Mickey Mouse-themed mani/pedi included).
DOGGY DAY CARE WILL COST YOU LESS
Like you would leave Fido at home. Disney Vacation Club members get an extra $2 off already discounted daily pet daycare programs for your dog or cat.
YOU’LL GET VIP ACCESS TO THE BEST DISNEY EVENTS
Concierge services, FTW. Members can dial direct to rent a guided platoon to watch the fireworks from the water at the Magic Kingdom, reserve a spot to participate in the Largemouth Bass Tournament (a fishing competition held every Thursday at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) or reserve a complimentary Animal Kingdom safari tour at night.