Why To Buy DVC Resale

By Rachel Thompson / January 25, 2019

Updated 3/04/20

There are many great reasons to purchase a DVC resale contract. First and foremost is the initial purchase price.  Wow, what a difference!  This is a way to make vacationing at Disney affordable for most.  Take a look at the most recent price increases for direct DVC purchases compared to current average resale prices:

Resort  Direct Price (2020) Resale Price
(Average for ’19/’20)
Resale Savings
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas $195 per point $98 per point 50%
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort $225 per point $143 per point 36%
Boulder Ridge Villas (VWL) $176 per point $96 per point 45%
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins $210 per point $150 per point 29%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas $176 per point $109 per point 38%
Disney’s Beach Club Villas $225 per point $150 per point 33%
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas $190 per point $126 per point 34%
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort $121 per point $72 per point 40%
Disney’s Old Key West Resort $156 per point $100 per point 36%
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows $235 per point $146 per point 38%
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa $160 per point $107 per point 33%
Disney’s Riviera Resort $195 per point
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort $110 per point $62 per point 44%
Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel $260 per point $205 per point 21%
Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $245 per point $165 per point 33%

Compare theses price to our current listings to see how much you save!

DVC Resale Policy

Take a look at the chart below showing the differences so you can make an educated decision. 

When it comes to the differences, most of them have to do with incidental benefits.  These are just that, incidental.  This means Disney can change these benefits at any time without notice.  Making a purchase such as this should come down to the product itself and not something that may or may not be there in the future.  Most of the benefits can still be had by purchasing an annual pass for discounts on merchandise and food.  You can also purchase the Tables in Wonderland card to get the dining discounts.  We have a great article here on how to get DVC benefits as a resale owner.  

The latest news regarding buying a resale contract is as follows:

Effective January 19, 2019, only Members who purchase directly from Disney will be able to use their Vacation Points at future Disney Vacation Club Resorts—such as Disney’s Riviera Resort or Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. Resale contracts purchased for the existing 14 Disney Vacation Club Resorts will only be able to exchange Points into those 14 Resorts.

If you are like me, your heart probably lies with the original 14 resorts. These resorts include Animal Kingdom, Aulani, Bay Lake Tower, Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Boulder Ridge, Copper Creek, Grand Californian, Grand Floridian, Hilton Head, Old Key West, Polynesian, Saratoga Springs and Vero Beach.  If you are happy at these 14 resorts, this does not really make or break a DVC resale purchase.  This of course is all a matter of opinion.  Also remember, you still have RCI to exchange through if you want something a bit different on occasion.  

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

It’s important to remember that there are differences in resale contracts verses direct purchases but also to keep in mind the reason you are looking to purchase into the Disney Vacation Club to begin with.  For most people it is because it makes visiting Disney affordable while staying in deluxe accommodations.  When you look at what you pay annually in maintenance fees verses what it would cost for the same accommodations through Disney, it proves itself to be a great option.  DVC is also a real estate interest that you can sell one day whereas cash hotel reservations provide no financial returns. When you purchase on the resale market, your return on investment is much closer to what you paid to begin with which makes your annual vacation savings even greater. 

Now is the time to ask yourself, what is it that is important to you?  Check out our blogs on incidental benefits and also check out the article on Disney’s new direct purchase price information.  Compare the savings (pros) with the restrictions (cons).  Contact us today with any questions at all and we will be here to help!  

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Rachel Thompson