Best Economical DVC Resort to Purchase: Spring 2016

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A fountain sprays in a pond at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

At DVC Resale Market we like to keep an economic Disney Vacation Club Resort ranking updated for our clients as prices, dues, resorts and Disney can change over time.  We started providing this ranking in the Fall of 2014, and this article represents our 4th in the series.

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 current year but not including the final year ending on January 31), price per point and dues, how do the Disney Vacation Club Resorts compare.

For those members and potential new members who want the best overall economical DVC purchase that answer is consistently Saratoga Springs.  At $7.73/pt. per yr. based on current pricing and dues Saratoga Springs leads all DVC Resorts once again, followed for the 3rd straight year by Bay Lake Tower at $8.08/pt. The highest cost resort for the second straight year is Beach Club at $10.59/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 Saratoga Springs contract and were going to stay at Saratoga Springs in a studio for one night in Magic Season (includes most of Summer and Spring Breaks outside of the weeks before and after Easter).  The amount of points needed for that one night would be 16 and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart below would be $7.73.  So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 16 x $7.73 or $124/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: Spring 2016 Rank: Fall 2015 Rank Change from 2015 to 2016
Saratoga Springs $87 38 $2.29 $5.44 $7.73  1 1
Bay Lake Tower $123 44 $2.80 $5.28 $8.08  2 2
Old Key West (Extended) $90 41 $2.20 $6.01 $8.21  3 3
Animal Kingdom $89 41 $2.17 $6.42 $8.59  4 4
Grand Californian $150 44 $3.41 $5.37 $8.78  5 6 +1
Grand Floridian $153 48 $3.19 $5.71 $8.90  6 5 -1
Polynesian $153 50 $3.06 $6.09 $9.15  7 9 +2
Old Key West $83 26 $3.19 $6.01 $9.20  8 8
Aulani $111 46 $2.41 $6.79 $9.20  9 7 -2
Hilton Head $67 26 $2.58 $6.82 $9.40  10 10 — 
Wilderness Lodge $95 26 $3.65 $6.22 $9.87  11 11
Boardwalk $102 26 $3.92 $6.18 $10.10  12 12
Vero Beach $62 26 $2.38 $8.08 $10.46  13 13
Beach Club $116 26 $4.46 $6.13 $10.59  14 14
– Dues per point based on 2016 Calender Year
– Average cost per point based on average asking price on disneydvcresale.com March ’16

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