I know you can book an extra vacation in one of the Disney Villas (quite pricey too), but has anyone ever been able to do an exchange into a Disney resort through RCI?
If so, how does it work, and what options do you have (MYW, DDP, etc...)?
Disneyland Hotel 1979
Trips between '80-'93
Offsite - 2000 (First with DW)
Pop Century - April '08
Wilderness Lodge - Jan '10
Pop Century -1st WDW Marathon - Jan '11
Wilderness Lodge -2nd WDW Marathon - Jan '13
Disneyland - 1/2 and Halloween - Sep & Oct '15
My sister booked a week last January in a 2 bedroom at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. She goes to RCI and looks at what's available.
She has points, not weeks, and this makes a difference somehow, in exchanging, and being able to "see" what's available. I don't know where on the RCI website she goes to do this, tho.
Before RCI, it was Interval International and she could only get on a list and hope an opening came up.
You can buy the Dining Plan, but you don't get free dining. We have also used Disney's Magical Express. As for MYW, I don't know. We bought our tickets through a sponsor on Intercot here, and when we checked in at Wilderness Lodge, we had the tickets (park hoppers) put on our room keys.
You might be able to get more info at the DVC board here at Intercot.
We are going this December using my in-laws RCI points, staying at OKW. Everything Jan said is exactly what our experience is.
I would only add that we had a rough time getting the week we wanted. My Mother in law called in January thinking we'd have no trouble to get the first week this December, but none of the DVC's had any availability at all from Oct 1 through Dec 31. We were put on a waiting list and didn't get called for ages, we were just about ready to reserve at the Orange Lakes Resort, when RCI called with this opening at OKW. We really wanted to stay at VWL, but after thinking we weren't going to be onsite at all, we happily jumped on OKW. So call as soon as you can!!
2012 Boardwalk with DH, DBIL, DSIL, no kids!
2010 Old Key West, same crowd :)
2008 Poly with DH, DS, DD and in-laws
2005 CBR with DH and DS
2000 POFQ with DH
1998 CSR with Mom
1997 CBR with friends
1992 DL with friends
1979 & 1985 Offsite as a child
How do you use the dining plan? We exchanged through RCI to stay at the Boardwalk Villas and we were told we could NOT do the dining plan as it isn't sold separately. We are paying a fee to use the Magical Express, but I don't know how to do the dining plan! HELP!!!
October 1-8, 2011 Wilderness Lodge
December 1-8, 2007 The Fountains
June 16-22, 2005 POP Century!
Oct. 13-20, 1995 ASM