In 2013 we became Disney Vacation Club members and are lucky enough to call The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa "home". Despite much research and hours of reading blogs with rules and helpful hints, I've learned the most by speaking to cast members at DVC reservations.
The basic terms of DVC:
I love being a DVC member. Love. While learning how to use DVC points has been frustrating at times, the reward of being able to stay in suites at fabulous deluxe resorts has been well worth the time and money investment. So far, we have used our points to stay 1 night in a 1 bedroom villa - lake view at Bay Lake Tower, and 2 nights in a 2 bedroom villa at Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House. We have used our merchandise and food discount at Walt Disney World Resort as well as on Annual Passes for this year. Also, the member party and daily gifts on our cruise in 2014 made us feel very special! I'm sad that we did not get to go to a Welcome Home Wednesday party, but I remain hopeful that DVC will add back something of that nature for DVC guests at Walt Disney World.
Here's a few things I've learned about booking by trial and error: