After our Disney cruise, the idea for a Disney park visit started creeping into my mind. David had proclaimed to be a one-and-done kind of park dad and wanted to wait until the kids were older. But I got bit by the Disney bug and any other fellow Disney lovers understand that. After a few conversations, David got on board and we started researching places to stay.
Things important to us were:
- On property: because I really wanted to get the whole Disney experience for our first trip.
- On the monorail: for ease of transportation with a double stroller (no folding it up!)
- A fun vibe with a great pool: because we hoped we would have time to play in it.
- Somewhat reasonably priced: because I knew we’d be spending a fortune no matter what we chose.
I had heard the most popular resorts were The Floridian and The Polynesian, but after looking online at their prices, I mentally ruled them out.
Then, my engineer husband got on the case and found us a pretty awesome solution.
We ended up booking through David’s Vacation Club Rentals. When (my) David first told me about it I was super skeptical so I started researching.
According to their site, David’s Vacation Club Rentals is the largest and most trusted source of Disney Vacation Club Rentals. What does that mean? Disney has something called the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). Members buy points to use for vacations, but if the members can’t or don’t want to use those points, they give them to David to resell (yes it’s legal- I checked!) at a huge discount.
How big of a discount? Booking our vacation via David’s Vacation Rentals saved us 40% on the cost of our stay. Forty percent.
I was unsure at first but now that we’ve booked through it and experienced it first hand, I’m a believer. We got to experience the same Polynesian as anyone else at a fraction of the cost. When we got home I was impressed enough by this “secret deal” David found that I signed up as an affiliate, so if you have any questions, ask away or see their FAQ page.
Things to know:
- DVC renters get all the same treatment, benefits, experience as other guests.
- You can get a meal plan, discounted tickets, strollers, etc through them as well.
- You won’t have any guidance of what to book or when (fast passes/restaurants/etc), so if you want someone to do everything for you, then you may still want to find a Disney agent (it’s my understanding that some agents also book through DVC points).
- You can book Walt Disney World resorts and Disney some other Disney properties like Hilton Head or Oahu Hawaii through David’s Vacation Rentals.
- Book early or go during the slower time if possible because of availability. We ranked our top 3 resorts we would like (Polynesian was #1) and got our first choice.
- We encountered one hiccup of adding my mom to our room last minute. It was literally the week before (and your are supposed to add anyone to your room at least 30 days in advance) and since they had to contact the owner of the points to add my mom, it took 24 hours to get it approved.
- I was really pleased with their customer service, as I contacted them with several questions throughout the process.
- It was a bit much for me at first to research this new way of booking instead of going through Disney directly, but the 40% savings was more than worth it to us.
DVC vacation goers have their own buildings at the resort. At the Polynesian they are two buildings near the outskirts of the property, which I was ‘eh’ about until I realized how close they are to the Ticket and Transportation Center. This means we could choose the Polynesian monorail or the TTC monorail (for Epcot),or the ferry boat at our leisure because we could walk to either in the same amount of time. The convenience worked out great for us!
So how about the accommodations?
You can read all about it here, but I’ll take you on a tour of our room too!
I love Disney because they break up the bathrooms (well at least in my experience of the cruises and the Polynesian DVC rooms), which is always more helpful than I give it credit for. Upon walking in, this first bathroom was on our left. It had the potty (I’m a mom and call it a potty), a shower/tub, and a sink area. It was super spacious.
Next on the short hallway is the other bathroom, which featured a stand up shower and another sink area.
Having two bathrooms (even if it’s only one potty) is SO helpful. For one, we fit the pack in play in the second bathroom for Kaitlyn and it worked flawlessly.
Opposite of the second bathroom is a small kitchenette featuring a sink, mini fridge, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker.
It’s nothing glamorous but allowed us to make coffee, keep yogurts (and beer) cold, and heat up breakfasts in the morning.
Gotta save those $$$ where you can.
Ok, into the main room!
We were on the ground floor, which worked out well for the girls to step outside and run around. As for the sleeping, it worked out better than I anticipated. (Low expectations FTW). When it was the four of us, Kaitlyn slept in the bathroom, David and I on the bed, and Hailey on this hidden jem:
Cool, right? Hailey loved her pull down bed! When my mom joined us, we pulled the couch out into the bed and it fit all of us snuggly, but comfortably, for those two nights.
They have hidden drawers under the beds and one of the best things I did was unpack all our stuff into them and hide our suitcases in the table and closet because I really can’t handle a super cluttered room.
Ok, let me tie things up. Overall, we loved staying at the Polynesian. We could watch the fireworks at night from the beach (and they played the music that went with it too)!
The pool has water slides, a separate kids splash fort area that is SUPER cool, and a zero depth entry.
We also opted to go to the Spirit of Aloha dinner (extra cost).
The food (and beer and wine) at the dinner was all you can eat/drink and again, I found it “good enough.”
I had heard mixed reviews of the experience, but our girls were mesmerized by all the different dances even if the cheesy story line did go over their heads.
We are really glad we did it and found it to be a really fun welcome dinner experience.
I’ve really loved reading all the comments on these posts because some of you are super Disney experts! And for those that are newer to the chaos, like me, I’m going to answer all your questions on Friday’s post- you have some great questions that I would have really liked to know myself before going.
If you have any DVC or Polynesian questions specifically, leave them on this post and I’ll be sure to answer.
So tell me, have any of you booked through DVC points or members of DVC yourself?
If you’ve been to Disney, where did you stay?
What did you like or not like about it? Would you stay there again?