DVC Cost Per Point and the Long-Term Value of Disney Vacation Club Ownership

DVC Cost Per Point and the Long-Term Value of Disney Vacation Club Ownership

One of our number one questions is if Disney Vacation Club points are still selling on the resale market and if it’s even worth it to buy right now. As Disney Vacation Club’s Recommended Resale Broker since 2005, we are happy to say that YES–DVC points are still selling right now, and the price per point is still on the rise.

DVC Resale Historic Price Per Point

Disney Vacation Club isn’t cheap, especially seeing the rise of the average DVC cost per point. Between the initial cost and annual dues, DVC members easily spend thousands on their ownership. More than anything, the initial purchase price can deter buyers. It’s a valid concern, especially considering the rapidly depreciating value of some of the best vacation clubs. However, not only do DVC points generally retain their value, but some resorts have also appreciated overtime on the resale market.

Average DVC Price Per Point Chart

Average DVC Resale Cost Per Point by Resort

Animal Kingdom$80.07$99.98$103.95$105.06$118.29$129.17
Bay Lake Tower$109.41$126.66$132.86$133.05$150.56$154.49
Beach Club Villas$98.16$128.30$131.26$132.19$138.65$154.74
Boulder Ridge$82.23$92.84$93.08$92.76$108.34$110.70
Copper Creek$149.66$143.43$133.70$145.96$159.47
Grand Californian$135.84$147.41$159.96$171.04$214.21$257.17
Grand Floridian$124.96$141.73$148.47$161.96$172.93$171.02
Hilton Head Island$54.97$63.71$71.27$71.78$71.03$76.39
Old Key West$63.83$81.65$85.80$87.83$108.75$117.52
Riviera Resort$131.48$130.35
Saratoga Springs$76.08$91.32$96.71$96.12$109.16$121.28
Vero Beach$45.40$55.18$59.50$61.74$66.06$69.54

DVC Cost Per Point Averages

Keep in mind that these figures are simply averages for price per point across the Disney Vacation Club resorts. You can find contracts for sale on our marketplace that are more or less than stated in the table above. Considerations for the price per point include the size of the contract (i.e. how many points) and if there are any pending reservations, points holding, points banked, or points borrowed.

You can see from our historical data that many DVC resort points appreciate in value even on the resale market. While it appears that Copper Creek has gone down between 2018 to 2020, take into consideration that we did not sell as many on the resale market because contracts are still relatively new. What’s more, there was a significant increase in the average resale price per point from $145.96 in 2021 to $159.47 in 2022.

Current Direct DVC Cost Per Point Vs. 2022 Fidelity DVC Resale Cost Per Point

ResortCurrent Direct Price/Point2022 DVC Resale Average Cost Per PointPrice Difference/Point
Animal Kingdom Villas$200.00$129.17$70.83
Bay Lake Tower$265.00$154.49$110.51
Beach Club Villas$265.00$154.74$110.26
Boulder Ridge$205.00$110.70$94.30
Copper Creek$240.00$159.47$80.53
Grand Californian$310.00$257.17$52.83
Grand Floridian$207.00$171.02$35.98
Hilton Head$155.00$76.39$78.61
Old Key West$200.00$117.52$82.48
Riviera Resort$207.00$130.35$76.65
Saratoga Springs$200.00$121.28$78.72
Vero Beach$140.00$69.54$70.46

*Source for Direct Prices: DVCNews.com

Save on the Resale Market

It’s clear that potential DVC buyers can find points for significantly less on the resale market at every resort. It certainly is a great idea to try to save some money when you are thinking of joining the Disney Vacation Club. However, there are certain DVC resale restrictions to keep in mind when you do purchase points from the secondary market. It’s also a bit of a nail-biter when you are purchasing a resale contract because every sale on the secondary market must undergo DVC’s Right of First Refusal (ROFR). So low-balling any resale listing isn’t always in your best interest as a buyer because there is a chance the Disney Vacation Club will buy back the points instead during their ROFR review.

If you want to experience all of the benefits of DVC, like making reservations at every resort or getting access to Members Only lounges and discounts, purchasing directly from Disney is probably your best bet. But, if you already own points purchased directly from DVC and are just looking to add more, the resale market can be a great tool for adding points for less money.

Can I Sell My DVC Points For More?

Do DVC point values depreciate similarly to less popular vacation ownership programs? We have a few different guesses, but in order to find a legitimate answer based on factual data, we first took a look at the original Disney Vacation Club prices.

ResortOriginal Price Per Point2022 Average Resale Price Per Point
Animal Kingdom$101 (2007)$129.17
Aulani$120 (2010)$111.88
Bay Lake Tower$112 (2008)$154.49
Beach Club$75 (2002)$154.74
BoardWalk$62.75 (1996)$134.21
Boulder Ridge$67 (2000)$110.70
Copper Creek$176 (2017)$159.47
Grand Californian$112 (2009)$257.17
Grand Floridian$145 (2013)$171.02
Hilton Head$62.75 (1996)$76.39
Old Key West$48-$51 (1991)$117.52
Polynesian$160 (2015)$160.98
Riviera Resort$188 (2019)$130.35
Saratoga Springs$89 (2003)$121.28
Vero Beach$62.75 (1995)$69.54

*Note that these figures do not include any specials or exclusive deals that DVC is running

How Things Have Changed

Upon Old Key West‘s opening in 1991, Disney was selling points at about $51.00 per point. By examining Fidelity’s DVC resale purchase prices for 2014, we found that Old Key West sold for an average of $60.98 per point. In 2018, this soared to $86 per point. And now, in 2022, Old Key West resale prices per point averaged to $117.52. That means that someone who first bought into Disney Vacation Club in 1991 could sell DVC points today at a 113% increase of the initial purchase price! To put it in perspective, imagine purchasing a brand-new car for $25,000 and selling it 30 years later for $53,250.

Not All DVC Resorts Resale Value Surpass the Original Purchase Price

Those familiar with the DVC resale market know that not all resorts are equal in cost. A 200-point package at the Grand Floridian sells for substantially more than 200 points at Vero Beach. Similarly, DVC points at certain resorts have more worth over time than others. Keep in mind that newer resorts also take time to catch up in growth and popularity to DVC’s classic resorts.

So why do some resorts retain their worth so much better than others? It seems that the long-term value of DVC points generally comes from the resort’s popularity. BoardWalk and Beach Club are more sought after because of their unique amenities and location. Old Key West has slightly larger units than other resorts. And the Grand Californian is set apart because it is the only DVC resort at Disneyland, so availability is limited.

Are DVC Points Worth It?

After diving into the numbers, it’s important for us to clarify some very important points. Disney Vacation Club is not a financial investment. It is not a real estate investment. DVC members should not expect to make a profit on their purchases. Instead, consider Disney Vacation Club ownership as an investment in quality family vacations, fond memories, or even mental well-being. If magical family vacations are what you are looking for, you’ll probably be extremely satisfied with the “investment.”

For more in-depth information on how Disney Vacation Club works and the perks owners have with DVC, you can check out our blogs. In all reality, DVC is really worth it if you’re going to use it every year. If you’re not sure, you can find listings available on the resale market at great savings over buying directly from DVC.

Is DVC An Investment?

An expectation of financial returns is not a wise reason for purchasing Disney Vacation Club ownership. DVC contract end dates may extend to buoy the value of points, but there’s a great deal of uncertainty about what the future holds. Selling a DVC membership can require a licensed real estate broker, so you’ll pay commission charges and closing fees. Clearly, Disney Vacation Club resales are not a financial investment, but it’s good to know that after enjoying years of terrific family vacations, a large portion of the initial purchase price may be recovered down the line.

Are You Looking to Buy DVC Resale or Sell Your DVC Points?

Our Licensed Real Estate agents are Disney Vacation Club experts with over 20 years of experience in timeshare resales. If you are considering purchasing DVC resale points for sale, browse our available listings at each resort. Our listings go quickly, so if you are interested, you can fill out an offer form online, and an agent will contact you as soon as possible.

If you would like to sell your DVC points on the resale market, fill out the form below for an agent to reach out. We’ll give you a free one-on-one consultation at no obligation to you. Plus, we never charge upfront fees, and our commission is one of the lowest in the industry. Our DVC listings sell fast, and over 90% sell within the first 30 days of listing.

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