Best Economical DVC Resort to Purchase: Fall 20196 Comments
At DVC Resale Market, we like to keep an economic Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort ranking maintained for our clients as prices, dues, resorts and Disney can change over time. We started this ranking in the Fall of 2014, and this blog represents our 11th in the series: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019.
The chart below provides a long-term economic ranking of Disney Vacation Club resorts to own. The long-term value considers price, dues and years remaining on the deed to ultimately get to a price per point per year. This ranking may provide directional information in choosing a resort to own, especially for those Members or potential New Members who are less concerned about home resort priority and more focused on economic savings.
Polynesian Continues to Climb in the Rankings
Polynesian first entered the Best Economical Resort to Own rankings at #9 of 14 in 2015, and now has ascended to #2 of 15.
Historical Economic Ranking for Owning Polynesian
|Fall 2015||# 9|
|Spring 2016||# 7|
|Fall 2016||# 9|
|Spring 2017||# 7|
|Fall 2017||# 5|
|Spring 2018||# 4|
|Fall 2018||# 3|
|Spring 2019||# 4|
|Fall 2019||# 2|
Two strong factors are contributing to Polynesian’s rise in these rankings: 1. Low Increases in Dues 2. Lack of Price Appreciation.
First, Polynesian has only experienced modest annual dues increases. Since inception, the Polynesian dues have only increased on average less than 3% per year. Most DVC Resorts’ average yearly increase for dues since inception are closer to 4%.
Second, while the resale prices of many DVC Resorts have climbed since 2015, Polynesian’s resale price per point has remained roughly stagnant. In fact, outside of Polynesian, all Walt Disney World (WDW) based DVC Resorts have increased 20% or more in resale price since 2015.
Arguably, one of the main contributing factors for Polynesian’s price staying stationary is simply lack of room mix. Given Polynesian’s stellar location, lengthy amount of years left on the deed and historic popularity, there would be good reason Polynesian’s price should be higher. Perhaps a price competing with the Grand Floridian for the #1 spot at WDW. However, unlike Grand Floridian, Polynesian only has 2 room types, and unless you are preparing to use approximately 1,000 points for 1 week at a Bungalow, it really has just 1 room option, a studio.
And while Polynesian has climbed very high in the economic rankings, it is still behind the perennial #1 resort to own for the long term when it comes to the economics of owning, Saratoga Springs.
DVC Resort Economical Rankings: Spring 2019
|Resort||Avg. Cost Per Pt.||Years Left||Cost Per Pt. Per Year from Price||2020 Proposed Dues||Total Cost Per Pt. Per Year||Rank: Spring 2019||Rank: Fall 2019||Rank Change|
|Bay Lake Tower||$145||41||$3.54||$6.58||$10.12||2||3||-1|
|Old Key West (Extended)||$113||38||$2.97||$7.84||$10.81||5||8||-3|
|Old Key West||$106||23||$4.61||$7.84||$12.45||11||11||—|
|– Average cost per point based on Average DVC Resale Selling Prices for October 2019|
|– *Aulani with subsidized dues are $8.45 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2019 are $6.26/pt.)|
|– **Vero Beach with subsidized dues are $11.35 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2019 are $8.00/pt.)|
Additionally, this cost per point per year from the chart above can be used to help determine what a DVC Member theoretically pays for a Disney Vacation Club Villa. For example, let’s say you purchased a Boardwalk contract and were going to stay at Boardwalk in a standard view studio for one night on a weekday in Choice Season (during the Food & Wine Festival). The number of points needed for that one night would be 10, and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart above would be $13.00. So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 10 x $13.00 or $130/night.