There are new changes coming for anybody planning to join the Disney Vacation Club via the resale market.
Beginning January 19, anybody who purchases a resale contract for one of the 14 original Disney Vacation Club resorts will be limited to staying at those resorts.
That means that anybody who buys a resale contract after January 19 would not be able to use their points to stay at Disney’s new Riviera Resort or at the new Reflections- A Disney Lakeside Lodge at Walt Disney World.
Once sales for the Riviera Resort begin, those who purchase a contract for that resort on the resale market will be limited to staying only at that resort.
That means anybody who purchases a resale contract with the Riviera as their home resort would not be able to use their points to stay at any of the existing Disney Vacation Club resorts or, presumably, at any future resorts.
Any contracts that have been submitted to Disney for right of first refusal before January 19 will be grandfathered into the change, and therefore those people would be able to use their points to stay at Riviera or Reflections when they open.
The change appears to only apply to Disney Vacation Club contracts bought through the resale market. Current Disney Vacation Club members and new members who buy directly from Disney should still be able to use their points to stay at any Disney Vacation Club property.
It is not clear when Disney Vacation Club sales for the Riviera Resort will begin, but the hotel is expected to open this fall.
Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Resort, was announced in November and is billed as a nature-inspired resort that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas. No opening date has been announced.
The changes to the resale of Disney Vacation Club contracts are the second major change made to the program for 2019. We reported last month that members saw dues increases of as much as 11 percent for this year.