Disney Vacation Club Introduced 2025 Point Chart
The Disney Vacation Club has released its 2025 Points Chart. Those of you who like reliability, consistency, and efficiency will love it. I’m happy to report that the 2025 DVC Points Charts look a lot like the ones for 2024. Here’s what we know.
DVC Maintains Maximum of Seven Travel Periods
Veteran DVC members remember a time when Disney predicated the Points Chart on “Seasons.” As recently as 2020, these Seasons determined the daily and weekly DVC Points cost for various resort stays.
In 2021, DVC changed to its current format, Travel Periods. As part of that change, DVC officials introduced more nuance to the charts. For example, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort listed five Seasons in 2020.
Under the Travel Periods system, Bay Lake Tower now subdivides into seven different timeframes. This strategy has allowed DVC to manage DVC Points distribution more efficiently. It’s actually a necessary change as the former “off seasons” at Disney theme parks no longer apply.
Parks and resorts are typically as busy in October as August, and even January has grown more crowded due to the addition of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. So, Disney needed more Travel Periods to account for the increased demand and lack of downtime.
For 2025, the high volume of Travel Periods will continue. While not every resort will use them all, others, like Bay Lake Tower, will maintain seven different Travel Periods.
Some properties streamline the premise, though. For example, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa will sell out every day anyway. So, there’s no reason for a complicated Travel Period structure. Instead, this resort only uses only four Travel Periods.
While the names may have changed, the spirit of Magic and Premier Season remains. The Grand Californian has maintained the same four Seasons/Travel Periods since its inception!
DVC Provides Advantage to runDisney Fans
Alas, not all DVC resorts have proven so consistent. And that’s why we must pay attention to new changes on the DVC Points Chart. This tactic provides us with an edge in planning future Disney vacations.
As a reminder, Disney now employs tiered ticket pricing. Guests can simply compare the price of tickets to identify when the parks will be the most crowded. Before this ticket system was in place, DVC members knew the most crowded times during the year, while casual park guests didn’t.
Thankfully, theme park tickets rarely go on sale more than a year in advance. Thus, the early release of the 2025 DVC Points Chart allows us to know when to book before the average fan even bothers to look. That’s a huge competitive advantage of these early Points Chart publications, especially now that runDisney has grown wildly popular.
For example, here are the 2025 runDisney dates we already know:
- 2025 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 8 – 12, 2025
- 2025 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 20 – 24, 2025
- 2025 runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend: April 3 – 6, 2025
Obviously, runDisney will announce more dates later, but you can already plan your trip. In February, the DVC Points Chart at Bay Lake Tower remains the same for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Similarly, the Springtime Surprise Weekend requires the same number of daily/weekly points. There’s the consistency I mentioned.
Pay Attention to Calendar Configurations
In fact, the only difference of note this year is that DVC must account for the roving holiday dates. In a trivial example, Thanksgiving falls on November 27, 2025, and November 28, 2024. But the better example is Easter.
Due to the quirks of the calendar, Easter occurs on March 31, 2024, but then drops back to April 20, 2025. That’s a three-week difference in when the holiday falls.
Coincidentally, Bay Lake Tower’s Travel Period includes both dates and thereby requires the same number of DVC Points. Still, these are the kinds of year-to-year changes that can impact your stay and the number of points you must spend. So, please pay particular attention to them.
Overall, the DVC Points chart has remained relatively static since the big change to Travel Periods in 2021. The Points Chart for 2025 reflects more of the same, but you probably already know when you might travel that year. Use the current window to plot your strategy before casual Disney vacationers catch up!