Best Economical DVC Resort To Purchase: Spring 2018

Disney's Aulani

At DVC Resale Market we like to keep an economic Disney Vacation Club Resort (DVC) 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 8th in the series: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017.

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.

Spring 2018 Changes in DVC Economic Ranking

There was no surprise that Grand Floridian fell in the rankings as the price has risen sharply in the last couple of months in large part driven by Disney’s direct price increase on January 17th.  Surprisingly, despite an even sharper price increase in resale price, Grand Californian is still hanging on to its 8th place ranking on the list.

Disney's Grand Floridian

Copper Creek entered our list for the 1st time.  While it still has a low sample size, typically only having 2-6 active resale listings in the marketplace at any given time, it has now been present in the DVC resale market for more than six months and as a result should be given a ranking.  Despite having the longest deed life, it enters at a ranking of 9th.  This lower ranking is due to price and higher dues.

Disney's Copper Creek at Wilderness Lodge

Which DVC Resort Ranks #1?

The answer to which resort ranks #1 has been the same since we’ve been performing these rankings for the past several years, Saratoga Springs.  With the lowest dues in the network, a below average resale price and 36 years still remaining it is tough to beat on value.  Granted, part of the reason the price remains low is due to the 11 month home resort priority not being a factor for this resort unless you are trying to book the tree-house villas.  Outside of the tree-house accommodations, Saratoga Springs is typically the easiest DVC resort for availability.

Disney's Saratoga Springs


Technically, an Aulani subsidized dues contract would rank ahead of Saratoga Springs with a total cost per point per year of $8.09 vs. $8.64.  However, do to their scarcity, much like Vero Beach subsidized contracts we do not include them in the rankings.  However, we do include Extended Old Key West contracts as they are not as scarce and continue to grow in numbers.  Whenever Disney buys back an Old Key West contract and resells them, they are automatically given an extended 2057 deed expiration date vs. a 2042 end date.  Conversely, whenever a subsidized contract is bought back by Disney, it will no longer be subsidized when resold.

DVC Resort Economical Rankings: Spring 2018

Resort Avg. Cost Per Pt. Years Left Cost Per Pt. Per Year from Price Proposed 2018 Dues Per Pt. Total Cost Per Pt. Per Year Rank: Fall 2017 Rank: Spring 2018 Rank Change 
Saratoga Springs $100 36 $2.78 $5.86 $8.64  1  1   —
Old Key West (Extended) $101 39 $2.59 $6.72 $9.31  3  2   +1
Bay Lake Tower $144 42 $3.43 $5.92 $9.35  2  3    -1
Polynesian $152 48 $3.17 $6.20 $9.37  5  4   +1
Animal Kingdom $110 39 $2.82 $6.76 $9.58  6  5   +1
Grand Floridian $167 46 $3.63 $6.13 $9.76  4  6    -2
Aulani* $107 44 $2.43 $7.54 $9.97  7  7   —
Grand Californian $187 42 $4.45 $5.88 $10.33  8  8   —
Copper Creek $158 50 $3.16 $7.26 $10.42  N/A  9  N/A
Old Key West $93 24 $3.88 $6.72 $10.60  9 10    -1
Hilton Head $81 24 $3.38 $7.72 $11.10 11 11   —
Boulder Ridge $104 24 $4.33 $6.93 $11.26 10 12    -2
Vero Beach** $69 24 $2.88 $8.53 $11.41 12 13    -1
Boardwalk $121 24 $5.04 $6.55 $11.59 13 14    -1
Beach Club $144 24 $6.00 $6.44 $12.44 14 15    -1
 – Average cost per point based on average asking price on March ’18
 – *Aulani with subsidized dues would be at $8.09 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2018 are $5.66/pt.)
– **Vero Beach with subsidized dues would be at $9.59 for a total cost per pt. per year (dues for 2018 are $6.71/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 Beach Club contract and were going to stay at a Beach Club studio for one night on a weekday in Dream Season during Flower and Garden Season at Epcot.  The amount of points needed for that one night would be 16, and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart above would be $12.44.  So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 16 x $12.44 or $199/night.

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Disney's Beach Club


  • VJ
    March 22, 2018

    Noob question – Are all points created equal? If I buy Saratoga as home resort and book in Copper Creek or Polynesian, would it be the same number of points given the $/point is low and maintenance is low.How is the justification for say Copper Creek cost vs. Saratoga or other resorts where there are more people selling?

    • Nick Cotton
      March 22, 2018

      VJ, points are created in equal in terms of usage: meaning if I own 10 points at SSR or 10 points at Poly and a stay requires 10 points and it is available it is all the same. However, ownership of a resort differs with the dues you pay, the years left on the deed and the Home Resort Priority you have (11 vs. 7 month booking window at your Home Resort, which is the resort your points are purchased at). All 3 of those factors are resort dependent.

      • Jay
        March 22, 2018

        Just to add to the OP question, that staying at different resorts can cost different amount points.

        So say you have Old Key West as a home resort but want to stay at Beach Club in a studio for example. OKW can be as little as 76 points for the week up to 152 depending on time of year. Beach Club studio can be from 107 to 181 for the week.

        For us that was a factor in how many points we felt we wanted to get. We wanted to make sure we had enough to be able to stay at any resort at just about any time of year.

  • Josephine Krantz
    March 18, 2018

    Your chart is great and very interesting. But do you have figures for Old Key West unextended. We chose not to extend. Thanks very much.

    • Nick Cotton
      March 18, 2018

      Josephine, yes, Old Key West is ranked #10 if it is not extended.

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