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  1. How Much Does DVC Cost? Updated Prices for 2024

    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Disney Vacation Club but unsure about the costs involved? Look no further! As you explore the possibility of buying DVC points from Disney, know that there are options and pricing to consider. Purchase prices vary by resort, starting at $150 per point up to $310 per point.  There are also different minimum point requirements based on resort and if you’re an existing member or a new DVC member.

    DISNEY DIRECT PRICES FOR 2024

    It is important to note that these rates and terms below apply only to points purchased direct from Disney Vacation Club, not to points purchased on the resale market. Minimum purchases are subject to change and can be confirmed with a DVC sales rep. Please note: As of 2021, a minimum of 150 direct purchase points are required to be eligible for Membership Magic perks and benefits.

    Resort New Members
    Current Member Add-On
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $225 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $225 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Boulder Ridge Villas (VWL) $215 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $215 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $210 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $240 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $165 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $225 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $225 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $150 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $310 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $230 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $230 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Villas at Disneyland Hotel $239 per point;
    100-point minimum
    $239 per point;
    50-point minimum

    Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. Source: DVCNews.com – updated 1/31/24

    DIRECT PRICE V. RESALE PRICE

    If Disney’s direct prices are out of your budget, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you become a DVC member for a fraction of the cost. Savings up to 65%! 

    Disney sets the rate for direct sales, whereas prices on the resale market can be negotiated with the seller and are usually substantially lower. You can purchase any DVC resort at a much lower rate. Look at the chart below to see how much you can save.

    Resort Direct Price Avg. Resale Price* Resale Savings
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $225 $100 56%
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 $142 48%
    Boulder Ridge Villas $215 $105 51%
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 $145 42%
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 $105 50%
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 $145 47%
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 $133 45%
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 $63 62%
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 $90 56%
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 $144 42%
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 $100 51%
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $225 $125 44%
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 $52 65%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 $275 11%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $230 $150 35%

    *Average resale prices are from the last 90 days to give you a general idea.
    Click here for previous price comparisons

    Many first-time buyers opt to purchase between 150-200 points, which allows them to stay at most resorts for a week or two each year in a Studio or 1 Bedroom Villa. To determine the cost of purchasing 200 points at different resorts, please refer to the chart below. Resale prices vary but this will give you a good estimate based on recent sales prices.

    Resort 200 Points DIRECT 200 Points RESALE
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $45,000 $20,000
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $55,000 $28,400
    Boulder Ridge Villas $43,000 $21,000
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $50,000 $29,000
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $42,000 $21,000
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $55,000 $29,000
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $48,000 $26,600
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $33,000 $12,600
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $41,000 $18,000
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $50,000 $28,800
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $41,000 $20,000
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $45,000 $25,000
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $30,000 $10,400
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $62,000 $55,000
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $46,000 $30,000

    DIRECT V. RESALE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    While there are some restrictions when buying resale, the drastic savings usually outweigh these. Another factor to consider are the minimum point requirements for new members. As seen in the first chart above, Disney usually requires new owners who purchase direct to make a purchase of at least 100 points, however, to gain the “blue card” member benefits you must purchase a minimum of 150 points.  If you are a first-time buyer wanting less than 100 points, the best option, and sometimes the only option, is to buy resale.

    Eleven of the 16 DVC resorts are “sold out,” meaning all the allocated points for that resort have been sold and you cannot readily purchase points for those resorts directly from Disney. Aulani, Copper Creek, Riviera, Grand Floridian and the New Disneyland Hotel Villas are the only resorts that are not completely sold out and are readily available to purchase direct from Disney.  Disney can acquire inventory for sold out resorts through owner foreclosures and Right of First Refusals but they are sold first-come first-serve according to buyers on a waitlist. If you’re looking for a specific resort, you might have to wait for a while to find a suitable option. In that case, purchasing a resale may be a better option since you’ll have access to more options at a lower upfront cost.

    We’d love to walk you through the process and help you find the perfect contract to fit your needs.

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  2. Reasons Why DVC Can Be a Better Fit When Planning Your Vacation

    There’s much to consider when planning the perfect Disney vacation, with convenience and cost usually being the most vital determining factors. Disney Vacation Club offers 11 properties in the Orlando area at Disney World. These properties are within driving distance of some of Orlando’s most fantastic attractions, including the Disney parks, Disney Springs, Universal, and more. Below, we’ve included five reasons why DVC is superior to other Orlando accommodations. 

    DVC will save you money if you’re a frequent Disney goer.

    As mentioned, Disney Vacation Club requires an upfront payment, which allows you to purchase your vacation at the current price, avoiding inflation. Keep in mind with DVC ownership comes annual membership dues. We like to think of DVC as a pre-paid vacation plan. You pay your upfront purchase price, and then you have annual membership dues that are a fraction of what your hotel accommodations would cost if you were paying cash. 

    Disney Vacation Club resale comes with some perks.

    Disney Vacation Club resale owners are offered accommodations at “Deluxe” level resorts, free parking at the hotels (cash guests have to pay daily parking fees), access to Early Entry or Extended Park Hours (exclusive to Disney hotel guests), and complimentary resort transportation.

    DVC properties are perfect for larger party accommodations and provide many home-like amenities.

    Every DVC property offers a variety of options for larger parties, including larger villas and multi-bedroom suites. Great for bigger groups of people who are vacationing together and would like proximity to their travel companions. With these villas offering kitchens/kitchenettes, laundry facilities, and large living rooms, longer stays become more comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective. 

    The spacious living area and kitchen in the 2-bedroom villa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Perfect for hosting and enjoying time with the family.

    Disney Vacation Club properties provide flexibility, priority booking, and excellent member services. 

    Since Disney has DVC properties in Orlando, Vero Beach, Hilton Head, Hawaii, and California, your family’s vacation options are limitless. Booking your vacation through DVC’s reservation system allows you to book your trip before non-members. This is handy during peak season when rooms like Mickey hotcakes fly off the shelves. Planning a vacation requires much attention to detail, and DVC member services can provide just that. They can assist in planning your trip, making reservations, and more. This service ensures you get the most out of your Disney Vacation!

    DVC Community

    Disney Vacation Club ownership encourages the close-knit community of Disney enthusiasts to mix and mingle, enhancing your Disney experience! There’s a plethora of online communities and forums you can join to discuss your experience and more! 

    Breathtaking views at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

    Knowing Disney Vacation Club requires substantial upfront costs, it may not be the best option for everyone, but with that being said, the prospect of rentals can be just as good as any. Rentals allow you to ‘try before you buy’ and can offer some of the advantages being an owner brings, minus a few. You can access our current inventory for confirmed DVC reservations here. If one of these rentals work for you, or you’d like to request a different reservation, please fill out the attached form, and one of our team members will contact you.

  3. How Much Does DVC Cost? Updated Prices for 2023

    Looking to join the Disney Vacation Club but wondering how much it cost? Look no further! If you’re looking at buying points with DVC its good to know what the options are and how much per point you’ll be spending if you choose to purchase direct from Disney, the developer. Purchase prices vary by resort, starting at $150 per point up to $310 per point.  There are also different minimum point requirements based on resort and if you’re an existing member or new member.

    DISNEY DIRECT PRICES FOR 2023

    It is important to note that these rates and terms below apply only to points purchased direct from Disney Vacation Club, not to points purchased on the resale market. Minimum purchases are subject to change and can be confirmed with a DVC sales rep. As of 2021, 150 direct purchase points are required in order to be eligible for Membership Magic perks and benefits.

    Resort  New Members Current Member Add-On
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Boulder Ridge Villas (VWL) $215 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $215 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $210 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $275 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $240 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $250 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $205 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    50-point minimum
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $150 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $310 per point;
    25-point minimum
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $217 per point;
    150-point minimum
    $217 per point;
    25-point minimum

    Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. Source: DVCNews.com – updated 12/5/22

    DIRECT PRICE V. RESALE PRICE

    If Disney’s direct prices are out of your budget, then you’ve come to the right place. We can help you become a DVC member for a fraction of the cost. Savings range from 21% up to 50%! 

    Disney sets the rate for direct sales, whereas prices on the resale market can be negotiated with the seller and are usually substantially lower. You can purchase any of the DVC resorts by resale at a much lower rate. Take a look at the chart below to see just how much you can save.

    Resort  Direct Price  Avg. Resale Price
    Resale Savings
    Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $217 per point $109 per point 50%
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $275 per point $160 per point 42%
    Boulder Ridge Villas $215 per point $116 per point 46%
    Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $250 per point $154 per point 38%
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $210 per point $127 per point 40%
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas $275 per point $158 per point 43%
    Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $240 per point $142 per point 41%
    Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $165 per point $85 per point 48%
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort $205 per point $113 per point 45%
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $250 per point $158 per point 37%
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $205 per point $118 per point 42%
    Disney’s Riviera Resort $217 per point $139 per point 36%
    Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $150 per point $76 per point 49%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $310 per point $244 per point 21%
    Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $217 per point $161 per point 26%

    Click here for previous price comparisons

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    While there are some restrictions when buying resale, the drastic savings usually outweigh these. Another factor to consider are the minimum point requirements for new members. As seen in the first chart above, Disney usually requires new owners who purchase direct to make a purchase of at least 100 points, however, to gain the “blue card” member benefits you must purchase a minimum of 150 points.  If you are a first time buyer wanting less than 100 points, the best option, and sometimes the only option, is to buy resale.

    Eleven of the 15 DVC resorts are “sold out,” meaning all the allocated points for that resort have been sold and you cannot readily purchase points for those resorts direct from Disney. Aulani, Copper Creek, Riviera and Grand Floridian are the only resorts that are not completely sold out and are readily available to purchase direct from Disney.  Disney can acquire inventory for sold out resorts through owner foreclosures and Right of First Refusals but they are sold first-come first-serve according to buyers on a waitlist. You may be waiting a while to get exactly what you want.   So if you have your heart set on another resort, you may wish to purchase resale where there are more options steadily available and at a lower upfront cost.

    We’d love to walk you through the process and help you find the perfect contract to fit your needs.

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  4. 4TH QUARTER – DVC RESALE AND ROFR REPORT

    This article contains our Fourth Quarter DVC resale report which includes Right of First Refusal (ROFR) and average sale prices from offers that were accepted and sent to ROFR during the months of October, November, and December 2021.

    Average sale prices continued in an upward trend for most resorts as Disney continues to exercise their Right of First Refusal at higher rates. We did see a slight shift in focus this quarter, with less Saratoga Springs contracts exercised and more contacts at the older, “classic,” resorts being exercised. This typically indicates that an increase in Direct-Developer prices for the older resorts is coming in the new year. 

    Garden Views Realty (ResalesDVC) sold just over 18,000 DVC points this quarter with 37% of those being exercised by Disney’s Right of First Refusal. This is one of the highest ROFR rates we’ve seen in decades. As we settle into 2022, ROFR rates should come down a bit and stabilize at a more regular rate. 

    What is Disney’s Right of First Refusal?
    The purpose of Disney’s Right of First Refusal (ROFR) is to control the value of their property. When there is an accepted offer and a signed contract, DVC will do an analysis of the terms of the contract and decide if they wish to “step in” as the buyer. The criteria DVC uses for ROFR is not public information but one important factor for exercising ROFR would be if they feel the selling price, including who pays closing costs and maintenance and taxes, is below the target price they have established.

    October-December 2021
    When viewing the data below, keep in mind that individual sale prices can easily vary based on the size of the contract (in points) and the current point availability of the contract – “loaded” (having current points + banked points) or “stripped” (having no current points). Smaller point contracts tend to sell for around $10-$15 per point higher due to high demand and lower inventory. Prices below do not include closing costs or annual dues – two separate features to the sale terms.

    RESORT Avg. Sale Price
    Jul-Sep
    2021
    Avg. Sale Price
    Oct-Dec 2021
    DVC ROFR EXERCISED
    Oct-Dec 2021
    Animal Kingdom $127 $131 160 points @ $134
    300 points @ $110
    Aulani $128 $127
    Bay Lake Tower $161 $159 160 points @ $141
    170 points @ $145
    Beach Club Villas $163 $164 100 points @ $150
    160 points @ $164
    200 points @ $160
    500 points @ $146
    Boardwalk Villas $141 $147 400 points @ $146
    Grand Californian $260 $295
    Grand Floridian $175 $182
    Hilton Head $85 $88
    Old Key West (2042) $124 $120 150 points @ $102
    150 points @ $110
    190 points @ $110
    210 points @ $115
    230 points @ $115
    250 points @ $105
    265 points @ $108
    330 points @ $125
    Old Key West (2057) $139 $140
    Polynesian $170 $170
    Riviera $156 $148 200 points @ $141
    Saratoga Springs $124 $130 120 points @ $125
    200 points @ $115
    200 points @ $125
    200 points @ $128
    210 points @ $119
    230 points @ $120
    300 points @ $128
    Vero Beach $76 $81
    Wilderness Lodge: Boulder Ridge $104 $114 120 points @ $112.50
    150 points @ $112
    200 points @$113
    200 points @ $115
    232 points @$107
    250 points @ $100
    300 points @ $110
    Wilderness Lodge: Copper Creek $161 $169 125 points @ $160
    SALES BY RESORT

    Contract sizes sold this quarter ranged from 25 points up to 501 points with the average amount of points purchased being 161 points. The highest concentration of sales took place at Saratoga Springs, followed by Animal Kingdom, Bay Lake Tower and Old Key West (2042). 

    Click here for previous DVC ROFR data

    Working with a trusted brokerage with the knowledge and experience you need to make sure you get a fair price and have a successful purchase or sale is so important in times like these.  If you are unsure of what you should offer or what you should accept as far as an offer goes, please contact us!  We are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about Disney’s ROFR or want more details on a particular sale or resort, please email us at team@resalesdvc.com or call 866-544-2919.

  5. Top Reasons to Love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

    The Grand Floridian is one of the most well-appointed and upscale Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World.  This Disney Vacation Club location invites guests to relax in the lap of Victorian luxury.

    The iconic, red-topped buildings with their imposing white walls, steeply pitched roofing and spire-like accents are purely Victorian, and visually stunning.

    There are many reasons why the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian would be a great Resort choice.  For my family, we love how the architecture, grounds, and amenities surrounds us in extravagance.  

    In a nutshell, this resort offers so many features to love.  The theming is spot-on with an impressive lobby, multiple shops, lush gardens, water everywhere, and more dining options than any other Deluxe Resort.  The pool and water play area are fantastic, and the location means you have convenient options for getting to your destinations.

    Enjoy feeling pampered? Want multiple modes of transportation?  How about exemplary on-site food options?  The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort may be the option for you! 

    Top 5 Reasons I Love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    #5. Shopping

    This resort has more in-resort shopping and service opportunities than any other Disney Deluxe Resort!  From general trinkets, toys, and Disney paraphernalia to niche men’s and women’s shops.  There is even a Salon if you care to get your hair done!

    I don’t know about you, but I quite enjoy puttering about the resort and checking out the merchandise.  It’s especially fun on those poor-weather days when you just want to stay inside. I love the shirts, hats and fragrances at Curiouser Clothiers. My wife and son love the wonderful soaps and fresh smelling bath salts found at Basin White.

     

    #4. Lobby and Ambiance

    An elegant embodiment of grandeur…

       

    From marble tile flooring to the pineapple ‘welcoming’ chandelier hanging from high above, you will be impressed by the visual appeal of this majestic ballroom styled lobby. Speaking of ballrooms, be sure to catch the famous Cinderella’s waltz. Even the floor tiles depict magical scenes from timeless Disney film classics, such as Peter Pan.

     

    The ambiance of this resort goes beyond the lobby and the villas, extending to the grounds, the beach, the water views, and the accents of Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh.

                  

    #3. Feature Pool and Mad Hatter Kids’ Water Play Area

    The feature pool has a great slide, a view of the lake, and a rock-faced waterfall.   

    While the feature pool is great, it’s the kids’ water play area, themed after the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, that gets us excited.  Our son loves it!

    So many fun slides and water features for the kids, but also lots of space to play. Our favorite part is the huge Hat that fills with water and then topples over!

    #2. Dining Options

    The food options available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are diverse and excellent! The experience starts at their quick service style on-site eatery, Gasparilla Island Grill for those times where a quick meal is preferred.  Quick does not mean less enjoyable at Gasparilla Island Grill.  They always have plenty of fresh food options from the grill or the panini press.  

              

    There is also some really good food served up poolside at Beaches Pool Bar & Grill. In fact, the Grand Floridian has more dining options and lounges than any other Disney Resort!  They even have a tea room and the much-loved 1900 Park Fare for enchanted tea parties and buffets with beloved Disney Characters.

          

    We always enjoy eating at the Grand Floridian Café where you can enjoy beautiful, spacious surroundings while enjoying a full menu of great food options.

    Then, there are the higher-end dining experiences that can be had at multiple on-site restaurants such as Citricos, Narcoossee’s, or Victoria and Albert’s. And of course we can’t forget about the Enchanted Rose Lounge.

    For a foodie, this resort has you covered all under one roof.

             

    #1. Location and Transport Options

    Well, here we are at our favourite reason for loving Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  The resort’s location, on the Monorail loop, gives you direct access to the comfy, fast transportation to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, and the Polynesian Resort.  This convenience opens up your available opportunities.

    Further, you are a short walk away from the Polynesian and the nearby Ticket and Transportation Centre where you can then easily access other modes of transport, including the Epcot line of the Monorail.  

    Additionally, the new walkway from Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom means you are never fully reliant upon bus, boat or train.

    Verdict:

    The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of the most luxurious places to stay at Disney World.  It offers great shops and restaurants, as well as pools and a relaxing beach area; you can literally enjoy a week here without ever leaving the resort.  

    The iconic white buildings against contrasting red roofs creates a breathtaking visual experience that sets the stage for a truly upscale, relaxing, and fun experience.  This resort justly lives up to its name in every sense of being ‘Grand’.

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  6. 3rd Quarter – DVC Resale and ROFR Report

    This article contains our Third Quarter DVC resale report which includes Right of First Refusal (ROFR) and average sale prices from offers that were accepted and sent to ROFR during the months of July, August, and September 2021. Average sale prices continued in an upward trend and Disney’s ROFR rates increased as well.  We are continuing to see a lower amount of inventory as more buyers are looking to make a purchase creating a shift in supply v. demand. Garden Views Realty (ResalesDVC) sold close over 23,000 DVC points this quarter with just under 25% of those being exercised by Disney’s Right of First Refusal.

    What is Disney’s Right of First Refusal?
    The purpose of Disney’s Right of First Refusal (ROFR) is to control the value of their property. When there is an accepted offer and a signed contract, DVC will do an analysis of the terms of the contract and decide if they wish to “step in” as the buyer. The criteria DVC uses for ROFR is not public information but one important factor for exercising ROFR would be if they feel the selling price, including who pays closing costs and maintenance and taxes, is below the target price they have established.

    July-September 2021 

    When viewing the data below, keep in mind that individual sale prices can easily vary based on the size of the contract (in points) and the current point availability of the contract – “loaded” (having current points + banked points) or “stripped” (having no current points). Smaller point contracts tend to sell for around $10-$15 per point higher due to high demand and lower inventory. Prices below do not include closing costs or annual dues – two separate features to the sale terms.

    RESORT Avg. Sale Price
    Apr-Jun 2021
    Avg. Sale Price
    Jul-Sep

    2021
    DVC ROFR EXERCISED
    Jul-Sep 2021
    Animal Kingdom $128 $127 130 points @ $121
    150 points @ $120
    150points @ $121
    180 points @ $118
    220 points @ $127
    300 points @ $125
    Aulani $109 $128
    Bay Lake Tower $166 $161 100 points @ $140
    435 points @ $155
    Beach Club Villas $153 $163
    Boardwalk Villas $130 $141 350 points @ $120
    Grand Californian $260
    Grand Floridian $184 $175
    Hilton Head $80 $85
    Old Key West (2042) $114 $124 130 points @ $110
    210 points @ $108
    230 points @ $100
    230 points @ $120
    Old Key West (2057) $150  $139
    Polynesian $168 $170
    Riviera $147 $156
    Saratoga Springs $119 $124 100 points @$125
    100 points @$125
    125 points @ $120
    130 points @ $128
    150 points @ $115
    150 points @ $120
    150 points @ $120
    150 points @ $121
    150 points @ $123
    150 points @ $123
    150 points @ $123
    160 points @ $122
    160 points @ $126
    200 points @ $118
    200 points @ $120
    200 points @ $125
    210 points @ $125
    225 points @ $110
    230 points @ $125
    245 points @ $105
    270 points @ $122
    400 points @ $119
    Vero Beach $70 $76
    Wilderness Lodge: Boulder Ridge $102 $104 210 points @ $112
    Wilderness Lodge: Copper Creek $159 $161
    SALES BY RESORT

    Contract sizes sold this quarter ranged from 25 points up to 600 points with the average amount of points purchased being 153 points. The most points were sold at Saratoga Springs, followed by Animal Kingdom and Bay Lake. 

     

     

    Click here for previous DVC ROFR data

    Working with a trusted brokerage with the knowledge and experience you need to make sure you get a fair price and have a successful purchase or sale is so important in times like these.  If you are unsure of what you should offer or what you should accept as far as an offer goes, please contact us!  We are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about Disney’s ROFR or want more details on a particular sale or resort, please email us at team@resalesdvc.com or call 866-544-2919.

  7. New DVC Villas Opening At The Grand Floridian

    Disney's Grand Floridian

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    Disney Vacation Club Announces Expansion at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    Orlando, FL (May 19, 2021) – Today, Disney Vacation Club shared plans to reimagine one building of existing hotel rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa into Disney Vacation Club Villas.

    “This is great news for Disney Vacation Club and our Members,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president, Disney Vacation Club. “It will provide us with new and diverse inventory at a resort that is cherished by our Members and their families.”

    Located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and on the monorail line to Magic Kingdom Park, the proposed project will transform Big Pine Key (building nine) at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa into approximately 200 Resort Studios, accommodating up to five Guests.

    Featuring the Victorian elegance and charm of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, these new Villas will offer Members luxury accommodations and amenities, with some Villas boasting stunning views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom. Projected to open in summer 2022, these new Villas are an expansion of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and will be a part of its current condominium association. Information regarding the start of sales and rental bookings will be released at a later date.

    Since 2013, Members have reveled in the Victorian splendor of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, enjoying the comforts of home, impeccable service, amenities and fun-in-the-sun recreation available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa currently has 100 Disney Vacation Club homes and offers a mix of accommodation styles, ranging from Deluxe Studios to three-bedroom Grand Villas.

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    ABOUT DISNEY VACATION CLUB
    Disney Vacation Club, a leader in vacation ownership, debuted in 1991 with a flexible, vacation points-based system rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Today, Disney Vacation Club has more than 220,000 Member families, from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries, who have discovered the joys of membership.

    Disney Vacation Club Members are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club Resort or one of thousands of other vacation options in destinations around the world. Plus, when purchasing directly from Disney, Members can also enjoy the Disney Collection, which includes select Disney Resort hotels, Disney Cruise Line and guided vacations with Adventures by Disney, as well as the Concierge Collection, a portfolio of extraordinary hotels in sought-after destinations. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club Resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks.

    With Disney Vacation Club properties located near the Disney theme parks in Florida and California, Members have easy access to new and innovative attractions on both coasts for years to come. For more information, visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.

  8. Managing DVC Points During THE PANDEMIC

    Managing DVC Points During THE PANDEMIC: I Don’t Want to Lose My Points!

    Disney has done a fabulous job at bending rules and reworking the program temporarily to the benefit of DVC owners.  It has now been well over a year since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic and fortunately, our family has not yet lost any of our DVC points.

    Have you been unable to travel due to restrictions in your area, or due to your own personal choice to remain close to home? Our last Disney trip was in December of 2019.  After that, things got scary in the world and cancellation followed cancellation (March 2020, July 2020, December 2020, January 2021 Cruise, and March 2021).  

    All of a sudden, our family, like many DVC families, fell out of sync with the regular routine of planning, booking the rooms at 11-months out, booking the dining reservations at 6-months out, booking fastpasses at 60-days out, and then starting all over again for the next trip.  It was a routine that kept us in the Disney mindset all year long, always dreaming of what was to come and anticipating the fun and excitement.  Then the routine became one of hitting the ‘cancel reservation’ button online and praying for some normalcy to return to the world.

    How have you managed with your DVC points to date?  The reality is that many people would have had points expiring, and despite Disney’s efforts, we still hear of many people discussing their ‘distressed points’ (meaning that they are expiring soon).

    Here are some tips on how to manage your sanity and your points during the Pandemic.

    #1. STAY INFORMED – DVC Website / Disney Website

    Regularly visit your Disney Vacation Club online dashboard for all of the most up-to-date information on Disney’s Phased Reopening.  It is important for peace of mind to know the plans for the resorts and parks, as well as to be aware of what activities, experiences or dining locations will be open before you plan your vacation.  There is no need to be unexpectedly disappointed upon arrival because the Disney website and the Disney Vacation Club website both provide the most accurate information on the resorts and parks.

    #2. BANK YOUR POINTS 

    Banking points is the first step towards protecting your points.  Keep track of what you have available for the current use-year and be sure to bank those points prior to your banking deadline.  Remember that banking can only be done up to the end of the 8th month following point allocation.  So, if for example, you have a Contract with a December Use-Year, you must bank your points by the upcoming July 31; an April Use-Year (points allocated April 1) would have until end of November before banking is disallowed.

    #3. RENT YOUR POINTS

    The EASIEST way to offload those extra points!

    There are thousands of families looking to book a trip to Disney at any given time, and your points have great value to them!  Most families that are aware of POINT RENTALS tend to want to ALWAYS rent, while those families who DO NOT know about point rentals would LOVE to stay at the Deluxe Resorts for a FRACTION of the retail booking cost by renting YOUR points!

    The biggest hurdle is simply getting those points exposed to potential renters.  There are two main options available to you for renting out your points:

    1. Through a Company – ResalesDVC (https://www.resalesdvc.com) assists customers with point rentals, for example.
    2. Privately, On Your Own

    Of course, some prefer the peace of mind that comes with letting a reputable company tend to the details, while others prefer to earn a slightly higher rate per point, and find renters on their own.  The easiest way to find renters is through word of mouth and various Facebook groups dedicated to point rentals.

    Whatever route you choose, the earlier you decide to market those points, the better your chance of both finding a renter, and getting top value for the points.  My experience with renting points is that I can get my dues covered for the points and reap a small profit as well.  The renter gets to stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort for a fraction of the retail cost.  Once you rent privately, you likely will have a customer for life. Even if you have only a small number of points, or if they are very distressed with a close expiration date, do not fret.  Many local or nearby residents to Walt Disney World enjoy last minute deals and short stay getaways.

    Via Napoli Pizza#4. STAY DISNEY FOCUSED

    Don’t let the temporary pause in your Disney vacations get you down. Keep booking those beautiful resorts, and don’t stop planning the ‘next’ trip. Keep dreaming of that next Via Napoli visit and that wonderful pizza!

    You do not have to lose your DVC points during this pandemic.  There are lots of people looking to travel to Disney World right now!  So many people would love the opportunity to wake-up to the Savanna at Animal Kingdom Lodge or to relax all day in Stormalong Bay at Beach Club.

    Stormalong Bay at Beach Club

    Stormalong Bay at Beach Club

    So, remember, you may be able to bank your points, and the DVC program is constantly updating its rules for cancellations, removal of ‘holding account’ penalties, and returning points back to original use-years.  

    Further, there are LOTS of people out there looking for your points right now!  Renting offers a win-win for everyone involved, and it’s super easy.  With everything else going on these days, don’t let DVC points be a source of stress.  

    Stay safe, and be prepared for that next visit to WDW!

    Kids' Water Play Area at Wilderness Lodge

    Kids’ Water Play Area at Wilderness Lodge

     

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  9. Top Reasons to Love Disney’s Old Key West Resort

    Old Key West was part of my family’s first ever Disney Vacation Club split-stay at Disney World.  We will always have a special love for this property.  

    This is a quaint, charming resort that reminds me of life on a quiet island with the faint sounds of Jimmy Buffet echoing across the water and the warm breeze caressing your face as you contemplate whether to relax some more, go for a leisurely walk, or order another cold drink while basking in the sun.

    For my family, Old Key West had the most ‘remote’ feeling, but in a good way.  It felt like an oasis community that was sheltered from the hustle and bustle found only minutes away.  

    There are many reasons why Disney’s Old Key West is a wonderful Resort choice. 

    In a nutshell, this resort offers a few unique features that make it most appealing, namely, Atmosphere, Waterfront, and convenient Boat Access to Disney Springs.

    Want to relax in a community-like setting that puts you in a tropical oasis where time slows down?  Want to enjoy a true ‘home’-like experience?  How about some great food and lots of fun activities?  Old Key West Resort is the place for you!  

    Top 3 Reasons I Love Old Key West Resort
    #3. Boat Access to Disney Springs

    Feeling remote is very different from actually being remote.

    We love the transportation options at Disney, and especially when water taxis are available.  Old Key West offers a convenient boat launch from which you can travel to and from Disney Springs.

    We just love the activities, entertainment, shopping and food at Disney Springs, day or night.  It is a must visit place for us at least a few times per trip, so having the option of a relaxing boat ride on a nice day/evening is much appreciated.

    Get your Mexican fix at Frontera Cocina

    Or, if Italian is your desire, don’t miss Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante

    … and do NOT forget about desserts! 

    Whether catching a movie at the AMC Theater, grabbing an award-winning dinner, or just window browsing while enjoying a treat, Disney Springs is awesome!

     

    #2. Activities, Atmosphere, Room Size

    Yes, I cheated.  I had such a hard time separating these three factors that I bunched them all together into one Reason to Love the resort.  The rooms, activities and atmosphere are like parts of a puzzle that relate to one another so closely, it takes each doing its own part to create the end feeling of overwhelming satisfaction.

    While all Disney Deluxe Resorts have engaging amenities, the small footprint of the clubhouse area at Old Key West makes for a more intimate setting with all activities easily accessible from one primary spot.  

    From the main clubhouse area, you are literally steps away from beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, ping-pong tables, gitoni tables, a small arcade, the feature pool, sandy play areas, food, beverages, and more.  

    The feature pool at Old Key West is large, blue, and very relaxing.  The sandcastle waterslide is a highlight for sure!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The theming immerses you in South Florida’s Key West with white sand, a palette of island inspired colors, and the inviting blue skies and waters of the tropics. Oversized sand buckets and sandcastles dot the play area…

        

    We loved trying the Shuffleboards! And of course, a trip would not be complete without enjoying some quality time at the Community Hall

    Our son loves it… and even Mom likes to get involved.

    It is so hard to not feel all of life’s stresses begin to fade away while surrounded by the Old Key West setting…

    The resort exudes serenity and comfort. 

    Many rooms have large covered balconies that overlook water features…

    Rooms offer ample space for families to enjoy their resort days to the maximum. Rooms offer sitting areas, large bathrooms, large bedrooms, and the one-bedroom villas dwarf most big city condos!  

     

     

    This resort is one of the Original Disney Vacation Club properties, so rooms were built larger.  We enjoyed having the extra space whether in the standard Deluxe Studio or the One-Bedroom Villas.

     

    #1. Olivia’s Cafe

    Old Key West offers one main sit-down restaurant called Olivia’s Café. This restaurant will not disappoint, morning, noon or night.  When you enter Olivia’s, you will feel right-at-home with pictures of DVC families and guestsadorning the walls.

    It has an eclectic, home-grown feeling about it that rings of a proud Mom-and-Pop anchor that has stood at the center of a small, close-knit mariner community for decades.

    The nautical theme is fun and inviting, and the island-inspired meals are exciting and warming to the soul.

    This cozy table service restaurant serves as a hub for good food and socializing; it adds a sense of community to the resort.

    Beyond the wonderful feel of the casual indoor seating area or the breezy outdoor seating area, the food and service are memorable highlights.  The menu offers many local (to Southern Florida!) dishes that are uniquely crafted to bring the seaside to your plate.

    They offer novel breakfast choices like the Sombrero Omelet. I recommend an Olivia’s hallmark dish for breakfast, Banana Bread French Toast!

      

     

     

     

     

     

    The menu offers a wide variety of meats and sides, serving wonderful breakfasts, brunches and dinners.  One of my favorite homestyle meals is the Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken… 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My wife still talks about her Duval Street Burger!  Yes, those are plump, grilled shrimp with an avocado and Pico de Gallo blend!  Delicious!

    We had so much fun at Old Key West, our dinner table also served as a comfy napping area some evenings….

    Verdict:

    Old Key West is a seamless balance of simply being away from it all, but still being very close to it all.  This resort is the perfect blend of flip-flops and hammocks as well as excitement and action.

    Surrounded by waterways, fountains, and tropical greenery, this resort offers space to stretch your legs and an atmosphere to unwind.  With recent room renovations, an amenity-rich clubhouse area, and the famous Olivia’s Café, you may enjoy spending more time at the resort than originally planned.

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    See OLD KEY WEST LISTINGS

    VIDEO TOUR OF DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST  By Jason Swain

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    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S BOARDWALK VILLAS

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S RIVIERA RESORT

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S BEACH CLUB RESORT

    TOP REASON’S TO LOVE DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S BAY LAKE TOWER

    Follow Jason Swain’s Vlogs at https://www.youtube.com/c/DisneyVacationFamily

  10. Top Reasons to Love Boardwalk Villas

    Top Reasons to Love Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

    The Boardwalk Villas take visitors back to the turn-of-the-century and puts you smack in the middle of Atlantic City!  The colors, the night life, the food and the entertainment meet the quaint, waterside leisure.

    For my family, we found that the location, as well as the whimsical and novelty-like entertainment resulted in an experience that was truly unique.

    There are many reasons why Disney’s Boardwalk Villas would be a great Resort choice.

    In a nutshell, this resort offers multiple features that really help to set it apart such as location, the amusement factor of the lakeside boardwalk, the food options, a large pool area, a great community hall, and a very unique lobby full of fun-facts and artifacts from long ago. 

    Disney's Boardwalk Villas Resales DVC

    Want to enjoy a calming palette of pastels?  Want to feel the excitement of a real boardwalk with vendors, games and entertainers?  How about a great location and lots of food options?  Boardwalk Villas is the place for you!  

    Top 6 Reasons I Love Disney’s Boardwalk Villas 
    #6. Community Hall

    The Community Hall located at the Boardwalk Villas was large and full of fun activities.  It had a wall of screens with different video game consoles. We played board games on rainy days and it was the only Community Hall we have come across that offered a Pinball Machine and an upright Galaga Arcade Machine for guests’ use. Our son loved it!

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    Community Halls play a big factor in the enjoyment we have as a family while staying on property at Disney World.  Yes, there are Theme Parks and attractions galore, but a Disney trip is not complete without some good, old-fashioned, sit around a table together and do some crafts kind of quality time.

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    There was just so much to do from games to pottery to a large sitting area for big-screen, Disney movie watching!

    #5. Pool Time Disney Boardwalk Villas Pool Slide

    The pool area at the Boardwalk Villas is truly
    fanciful and fun! Some might even say that
    the pool is a bit on the creepy side!

    We also loved the pool games… the kids have a blast!

    Disney Boardwalk Villas Pool

    #4. The Lobby

    The Boardwalk’s Lobby is like walking through a blast from the past that is dedicated to the carnivals and seaside oddities from yesteryears!  The first piece that intrigues visitors is the large chandelier depicting four beasts that are half-horse and half-fish.

    Disney's Boardwalk Villas DVC Chandelier

    Of course, the ‘Nanny Chairs’ are also cool throwbacks to 19th Century Carousels found throughout Europe.  You can spend hours inspecting the various artifacts in the lobby, researching their relevance and being genuinely enthralled.  

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    I love the model roller coaster that depicts the first ever looping coaster in the U.S.A. which was first located on the boardwalk at Coney Island. And then there is Lucy the Elephant sitting atop the lobby fireplace mantle.  The real, full-scale Lucy is now a National Historical Landmark and can be found just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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    #3. Location

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    The Boardwalk Villas give you a beautiful view of Crescent Lake and a prime location for those who enjoy visiting Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  Now with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land being must-see additions to Hollywood Studios, the Crescent Lake resorts have become even more valuable.

    From the resort, you are about an 8-minute walk to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. Park accessibility and transportation options are key factors for many people.  We love being able to walk to desired destinations.

    Also, from Boardwalk Villas, you are about a 17-minute walk to Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via the connector walkway.

      Swain Family EPCOT #2. Food Options

    The Boardwalk Villas sits amongst a multitude of nearby dining options that are wonderful!  Dining is always an important part of our family trips and some spots that we love are in close proximity to the Boardwalk Villas, such as Trattoria al Forno, Flying Fish, dining options at Beach Club Resort located only a short walk or boat ride away, and all of the options at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios!

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    #1. The Waterside Boardwalk

    Well, we finally made it to our favourite reason for loving the Boardwalk Villas, the gorgeous boardwalk that runs along Crescent Lake.  It is the perfect pathway along which to stroll, jog, or enjoy the live entertainment.

    From storefronts and restaurants to views of the water, the boardwalk will teleport you back to the olden days of American oceanfront boardwalks like Old Orchard Beach, Atlantic City, or so many others that dwell in the memories of our youth.

    Disney's Boardwalk Villas Resales DVC

    Day or night, there are always vendor carts, food carts, midway games and live entertainment to enjoy. And maybe our favourite boardwalk pastime is competing with other guests at the midway games.

    And of course, taking home some plushies is always a highlight of the games!

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    Boardwalk Villas is a blast from the past with a prime location and amenities galore.  It’s both cheerful and elegant, sophisticated and quirky.  

    Overlooking beautiful Crescent Lake, you will feel like you are at an early 1900s family resort with a full schedule of activities and amusement.  The Boardwalk Villas appeals to young and old alike.

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    See BOARDWALK LISTINGS

    See Video by Jason Swain: DISNEY’S BOARDWALK RESORT TOUR

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    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S RIVIERA RESORT

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S BEACH CLUB RESORT

    TOP REASON’S TO LOVE DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE

    TOP REASONS TO LOVE DISNEY’S BAY LAKE TOWER