We’ve kicked 2020 into yesterday and tried hard to forget about that nightmare of a year. Now, we’re ready to move forward, and that means Disney vacations!
Yes, we still suffer under the weight of the pandemic a bit longer, but that situation should improve as the year goes along. In the meantime, Walt Disney World qualifies as one of the safest places on the planet.
So, you possess plenty of incentive to visit soon. Here are eight of the best times to rent DVC Points in 2021 plus a bonus suggestion.
Before we begin, I should mention that the Disney Vacation Club updated its Points Charts for 2021 and beyond. From now on, resorts feature up to seven Travel Periods.
That’s Disney terminology for when the nightly DVC Points cost changes. Some of the dates I suggest will maximize your vacation budget by saving you DVC Points.
For example, one of the sweet spots on the DVC Points Chart is happening right now! The time when you’ll need the second-lowest number of points occurs from now through January 31st.
The entire month of January falls into this Travel Period, which is terrific news for now and a year from now. Next month, you can plan early for 2022!
DVC Rental Store plans ahead by scheduling some vacations for potential guests. You can and should browse our list of available DVC Reservations through the end of January.
In skimming the list, I noticed that you can spend a full week at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa starting on January 23rd. That dream vacation will only cost $1,080 for seven nights!
For the price of a week at the Holiday Inn, you end the month hanging out at Disney Springs! These are the kind of deals DVC Rental Store is happy to offer its customers!
Plus, you’ll receive an additional benefit by vacationing now. Park attendance remains at a maximum capacity of 35 percent. That number will gradually increase as the year proceeds.
Crowds won’t ever be lower at Walt Disney World in your entire life than they are right now!
As we advance deeper into 2021, more travelers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. So, vacations grow less risky with each suggestion here.
However, there’s a secondary matter in play here. You may be stuck in your home with school-aged children. Yes, they’re your entire world, but you’d like to escape those four walls for a while, right?
Spring Break will provide an opportunity to be anywhere but here for a week. Disney recognizes this fact, which explains why a hotel stay requires more DVC Points. We’re talking about a fractional increase, though.
For example, Disney’s Old Key West Resort charges 78 DVC Points for a week’s stay in January. During the popular Spring Break travel period, that number increases to 113 DVC Points.
Yes, you’ll spend more, but you’ll get to visit Orlando when the weather is warmer. Just as importantly, you’ll escape the drudgery of your daily routine for a while.
Here’s where things start to get interesting. The early vaccine rollout hasn’t gone well. Disneyland Resort recently stepped up by turning its parking lot into a major distribution center.
Other high-traffic areas like sports arenas are following Disney’s lead. This tactic should lead to the effective distribution of vaccines over the next three months.
Presuming that philosophy holds, mid-May seems like an ideal time to visit Walt Disney World. The DVC Points Chart remains on the lower end (third tier out of seven), while the weather is terrific.
Disney can get scorching hot during the summer, and you’ll pay more for DVC Points at that time of year, too.
So, mid-May qualifies as the sweet spot for a lovely vacation, especially for those without children. Kids won’t get out of school for another couple of weeks.
Right now, DVC Rental Store offers a five-night stay at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows for $1,804! Please understand that offers like this book quickly.
I cannot guarantee availability at these prices once someone claims the existing reservation. Act fast!
By the way, if you’d like to think outside the box, the site currently offers an insane price for a week in Hawaii. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas has a room available for nine (!) nights for only $4,158.
After Labor Day
DVC veterans know one of the program’s best-kept secrets. September counts as the best time to visit Walt Disney World.
The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival usually starts in late-August now, and the DVC Points Chart includes its least expensive travel period in early September.
In other words, you can vacation at the cheapest cost for the entire year! So, you can splurge for better accommodations or pick the cheapest possible room to stretch your vacation budget.
I’ve vacationed at Disney many times in mid-September since it’s around my birthday. Statistically, the odds are pretty good that it’s someone in your family’s birthday, too, a byproduct of cold, cuddly December nights.
Ergo, you’ve got extra incentive to visit on or after Labor Day. And the prices are dirt cheap!
You can live out every Disney fan’s dream by spending six nights at a monorail resort. DVC Rental Store currently offers such a vacation at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for $1,932!
Folks, you’re literally a five-minute walk away from the entrance area to Magic Kingdom! It’s magical, and I say that as someone who has stayed at Bay Lake Tower more than any other DVC resort.
Late September/Early October
I’ll take a leap of faith here. I presume that the pandemic has subsided by the fall of 2021. Presuming that’s true, Magic Kingdom may once again host Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Disney pros know that this ticketed event comes with smaller crowds in late September and early October. Some people take longer to get into the spooky spirit of the season.
So, you can spend a few days at Disney when the DVC Points Chart remains favorable and still get the run of the Halloween party!
DVC Rental Store could set you up with four nights in a studio at the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It will cost you just $1,488! If that doesn’t get you in the Halloween spirit, nothing will!
Of course, that’s not the main reason you’ll want to visit at this time of the year. Walt Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 1st, 2021.
By booking now, you guarantee a Disney trip during what’s legitimately a once-in-a-lifetime event!
The absence of this ticketed event made Halloween feel hollow to me…and I know because I was there, spending a lovely evening at The Edison at Disney Springs.
Yes, I had a wonderful time, but Halloween simply isn’t the same without the Boo to You parade. Thankfully, 2021 should be different.
When you arrive on or just before Halloween, you’ll also receive an added bonus. Walt Disney World theme parks switch to Christmas decorations starting on November 2nd or so.
By timing your trip right, you can bask in the glow of Halloween AND Christmas during your trip! My family has done this four out of the past five years, and we’re absolutely addicted.
This past November, my brother’s family and I were texting one another pictures of the changes occurring throughout the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. It’s phenomenal to watch unfold.
You can check DVC availability for your target dates and then plan your joint holiday trip from there.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a Christmas fanatic. I start watching Hallmark holiday movies in mid-October.
While I generally visit Walt Disney World for Halloween, I have family members who vastly prefer early December. They love the crowd levels and sometimes get to watch Disney record holiday specials.
Yes, you can watch the celebrity performances from Disney’s annual ABC Christmas special in early December!
Better yet, the Points Chart decidedly works in your favor. Like late-January, it’s the second-best Travel Period to maximize points!
Why, you could spend an entire week at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas for only 78 DVC Points! That’s outrageously cheap!
I’ve written about Disney for many years now. As you might imagine, friends deem me an expert and ask me many questions about their trips.
Whenever one starts with, “We’re going Christmas Week,” I just sigh and try to help the best that I can.
I understand how many of you adore spending the holidays at Walt Disney World, just as I know the data about park traffic on these dates. They’re the ones that are most likely for Disney to reach capacity.
Of course you’ll still find plenty to do on the Disney campus when you’re not at the parks, something I emphasize when people ask.
From a DVC Points perspective, Christmas Week represents the most expensive time on the calendar. It’s a small price to pay for an unforgettable holiday vacation, though, right?
To make the experience that much more magical, I’d suggest Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. You should book Savannah View so that you spend the holidays looking out at your window at frolicking animals.
You’ll need 188 DVC Points for a one-week stay. Next week, DVC Rental Store can start booking for Christmas Week 2021!
Get in contact with a representative immediately to guarantee a room. DVC resorts WILL sell out.
One Week to Be Determined
I cannot list an exact date here, but I want to suggest one other possibility. I feel it’s important.
Before 2020, Disneyland had never closed in full on consecutive days. Then, the pandemic forced the park’s closure on March 14th. The Happiest Place on Earth hasn’t reopened since then.
One day in the not-too-distant future, Disneyland will make its triumphant comeback. When that happens, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be THE place to stay.
The hotel was expected to reopen in December, but another outbreak in Southern California prevented this from happening. So, it’s been closed just as long as the parks.
Still, DVC Rental Store plans ahead. The site should have some available DVC Points and reservations for the Grand Californian after it reopens. You will want to be there for this historic event.