How To Take a Life-Changing Bucket List Trip with Disney Vacation Club

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Disney Vacation Club has been changing the way families can vacation with Disney for decades. But did you know that members can use their Disney Vacation Club Membership to visit bucket list destinations like Australia, Peru or South Africa?

I have been a Disney Vacation Club member since I was in diapers, so over the years I’ve been able to learn tips and tricks on how to use my membership creatively to not only see our extraordinary parks and resorts, but also see the world. I grew up visiting Walt Disney World once or twice a year with my entire family. Pulling into Disney’s Old Key West Resort still feels like going home and every acre of Walt Disney World is full of core memories from my childhood.

However, as I grew older, my passion for travel grew too and my family began exploring the world beyond EPCOT’s World Showcase with the help of Disney Vacation Club.

Through the guidance of the amazing Disney Vacation Club Member Services Team and our Vacation Club Guide, we learned some tips on how to strategically use our membership to book the bucket list vacations we were dreaming of.

We could bank and borrow our vacation points into the same year to maximize our options.

And there are SO many incredible destinations to choose from! From sailing the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line to creating my dream birthday celebration in Paris using the World Collection, my family has been to see the world like never before.

And then we discovered Adventures by Disney, the ultimate way to immerse ourselves in different locales with specially curated itineraries woven together with the “Disney difference.”

China was always at the top of my bucket list. I had been fascinated by the country’s rich history, beautiful culture, and delicious cuisine. Through our research, I saw that Adventures by Disney offered a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary to explore landmark cities throughout China, such as Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Adventurers could explore the Forbidden City, stroll along the Great Wall of China, and surround themselves with Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.

Needless to say, the wanderlust was real at this point. This dream trip NEEDED to become a reality.

And it just so happens that Adventures by Disney is one of the many experiences you can use your Disney Vacation Club membership towards!

By working with Member Services, we were able to maximize our vacation points to book three out of five members of my family on the China land trip for the next year.

So, for those of you trying to do the math, we used our banked vacation points from the previous year, our current year’s vacation points and borrowed the entirety from the following year. In other words, the total amount for this bucket list trip was less than if we had not decided to travel using our membership.

And our adventure to China with Adventures by Disney exceeded all our expectations.

In fact, it remains one of my favorite experiences my family and I have had with Disney.

Not only did we get to visit magnificent landmarks you only read about in books, immerse ourselves in the culture of China, and have some of the best meals of our lives, but we built so many memories together. As I get older and share my various Disney experiences with others, the memories I was able to make during that dream trip to China mean more to me than anything. I wouldn’t be able to have experienced that without Disney Vacation Club.

Members, have you used your Disney Vacation Club membership to book a dream vacation? Share with us in the comments below.

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