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How to rent DVC points + Patreon – PREP185

How to rent DVC points + Patreon – PREP185

Lots of people have asked me to talk about how the process of DVC point rental works, so today I’m going to go over that.

I also want to tell you about the new Patreon and a quick tip for watching fireworks with little ones.


These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Quick tip of the day

Emailed from Sarah K.:
“I was listening to the podcast today about the little one who was scared of the fireworks. I have a tip in case it helps out others. My daughter used to also be scared of fireworks shows, so when we went to see Happily Ever After, I put a pillow in the stroller. We were lucky enough to do the Dessert Party/Garden View, so when the show started she laid on the pillow on my lap and I wrapped it around her ears. That way she was comfy, secure, and the loud bangs were muffled. She had no problems, even with the villain scene toward the end.

Second tip was that for the same show we brought the kids’ pajamas with us that day and changed them into their PJs in the bathroom of the dessert party so when they fell asleep in their strollers on the walk out, we could just transfer them right to their beds when we got back to the room!”

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Heather Somers

Friday 31st of August 2018

Just an FYI: We rented points for the very first time this summer through the DVC Rental Store for our trip in February. We did NOT have to pay in full at the time we booked. We paid half up front to secure the reservation and then are allowed to make payments. We looked at several DVC rental companies and some do offer insurance against cancellation (we opted out), so if that is a huge concern there is a little safety net there if you're willing to pay for it. Downside to renting not mentioned: You can not use Disney gift cards to make payments for renting points - we disliked this because we get lots of fuel points at our local grocer when purchasing gift cards there. And yes - curious why Shannon chooses not to be a DVC member as well. :)

John D

Thursday 30th of August 2018

So, what's the difference between becoming a Patron vs. having a paid membership to

Shannon Albert

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Patreon is access to more audio and a FB Group for podcast listeners. Membership to the site gives you access to more tools to help you plan.

Jordan Becker

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Okay, I need the podcast on why you aren't a member of DVC! We have always thought about it, but haven't pulled the trigger.