Best Economical DVC Resort to Purchase: Fall 2015

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Fireworks in the night sky behind the Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

At the DVC Resale Market we like to keep this updated for our clients every 6 months as prices, dues, resorts and Disney can change over time so can the economic value of a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort.  We started providing this ranking in the Fall of 2014 and this article represents our 3rd in the series (Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015).

For those DVC Members looking to add-on and potential new DVC Members looking to join that want to answer the question, which resort should I choose?  Let the chart below add some assistance.  The chart below will not completely answer which is the right resort for you, but it will answer the question based on just an economic perspective considering years left on the deed (including the final partial year going to January 31st), price per point and dues, how do the Disney Vacation Club Resorts compare against each other.

For those members and potential new members who just want the lowest cost points that answer in 2014 and again in 2015 is Saratoga Springs.  The lowest of costs of all of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts in 2015 is Saratoga Springs at $7.44/pt., and followed for the 2nd straight year by Bay Lake Tower at $7.83/pt. The highest cost resort has changed since last year and is now Beach Club at $10.17/pt.  Please keep in mind this chart only considers economic value and not home resort priority value, which can be subjective based on one’s desire to book at their favorite resort of choice.

Moreover, this cost per point can be used to help determine what a member theoretically pays for a Disney Vacation Club Villa.  For example, let’s say you purchased a Bay Lake Tower contract and were going to stay at Bay Lake Tower in a standard view studio room during a weekday in October.  The amount of points needed for that one night would be 15 and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart below would be $7.83.  So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 15 x $7.83 or $118/night.

Resort Average Cost Per Point Years Left Cost Per Point Per Year From Price Dues Per Point Total Cost Per Point Per Year Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Rank Change from 2014 to 2015
Saratoga Springs $88 39 $2.26 $5.18 $7.44  1 1
Bay Lake Tower $125 45 $2.78 $5.05 $7.83  2 2
Old Key West (Extended) $89 42 $2.12 $5.84 $7.96  3 3
Animal Kingdom $88 42 $2.10 $6.30 $8.40  4 5 +1
Grand Floridian $150 49 $3.06 $5.52 $8.58  5 7 +2
Grand Californian $157 45 $3.49 $5.15 $8.64  6 4 -2
Aulani $109 47 $2.32 $6.51 $8.83  7 9 +2
Old Key West $82 27 $3.04 $5.84 $8.88  8 6 -2
Polynesian $150 51 $2.94 $6.02 $8.96  9 *NR N/A
Hilton Head $67 27 $2.48 $6.52 $9.00  10 8 -2 
Wilderness Lodge $98 27 $3.63 $6.03 $9.66  11 10 -1
Boardwalk $104 27 $3.85 $6.07 $9.92  12 11 -1
Vero Beach $55 27 $2.04 $8.06 $10.10  13 13
Beach Club $113 27 $4.19 $5.98 $10.17  14 12 -2
– Dues per point based on 2015 Calender Year
– Average cost per point based on average asking price on DVC resale market October ’15
* Polynesian was Not Ranked (NR) in 2014

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