Best Economical DVC Resort to Purchase: Fall 2020

Saratoga Springs Resort Spa DVC resort at Walt Disney World

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 13th in the series: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

The chart below provides a long-term economic ranking of Disney Vacation Club resorts to own. The long-term value takes into consideration the 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.

DVC Resort Economical Rankings: Fall 2020

ResortAvg. Cost Per Pt.Years LeftCost Per Pt. Per Year from Price2021 DuesTotal Cost Per Pt. Per YearRank: Fall 2020Rank: Spring 2020Rank Change 
Saratoga Springs$10734$3.15$7.11$10.26 1 2 +1
Polynesian$15246$3.30$7.05$10.35 2 1 -1
Bay Lake Tower$14740$3.68$6.90$10.58 3 3 
Aulani*$9842$2.33$8.35$10.68 4 6 +2
Grand Floridian$16944$3.84$6.81$10.74 5 4 -1
Copper Creek$15348$3.19$7.59$10.78 6 5 -1
Animal Kingdom$11737$3.16$8.07$11.23 7 8 +1
Old Key West (Extended)$10937$2.95$8.36$11.31 8 7 -1
Grand Californian$22340$5.58$6.99$12.57 9 9  —
Old Key West$10222$4.64$8.36$13.00 1011 +1
Hilton Head$7622$3.45$9.97$13.42 1113 +2
Boulder Ridge$11822$5.36$8.11$13.47 1210  -2
Boardwalk$12822$5.82$7.81$13.63 1312 -1
Vero Beach**$6622$3.00$11.23$14.23 1414 
Beach Club$15922$7.23$7.44$14.67 1515 
 – Average cost per point based on DVC Resale Average Sales Prices for October 2020
 – *Aulani with subsidized dues are $8.61 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2020 are $6.28/pt.)
– **Vero Beach with subsidized dues are $11.86 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2020 are $8.86/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 Polynesian contract and were going to stay at the Polynesian in a standard view studio for one night on a weekday in Magic Season (covers peak of summer vacations). The number of points needed for that one night would be 23, and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart above would be $10.35. So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 23 x $10.35 or $238.05/night. The retail price of this room in the summer season is typically in excess of $600/night.

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