Best Economical DVC Resorts to Purchase: Spring 2024

Exterior of the Wilderness Lodge Resort at Disney World

At The DVC Resale Market, we understand that making a DVC purchase is an investment, and finding the most economical option is crucial. That’s why we’ve created this blog to provide you with valuable insights each season.

Our goal is simple: to evaluate and rank the most economical DVC purchases based on three key factors:

  • Average Cost Per Point: We analyze the current average price per point to purchase at each resort.
  • Current Dues: We take into account the current dues at each resort, recognizing that these expenses can vary from year to year and differ between resorts.
  • Years Remaining on the Deed: We take into account the years remaining on the deed at each resort, providing insight into the long-term value of your investment.

Using these factors, we calculate and rank each resort to help you identify the best value for your money when purchasing a new DVC contract. Keep in mind that these rankings may fluctuate slightly each season, reflecting changes in market conditions and resort offerings.

We started this ranking in the Fall of 2014, and this blog represents our 19th in the series: Fall 2014Spring 2015Fall 2015Spring 2016Fall 2016,Spring 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018, Fall 2018Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021,  Fall 2021,  Spring 2022, Fall 2022,  Spring 2023 and Fall 2023

Copper Creek Stays At The Top Again

Copper Creek Stays At The Top Again

Copper Creek, which first entered the Best Economical Resort to Own rankings at #9 of 15 in the Spring of 2018,  maintains its #1 position in our semi-annual rankings. It’s the 3rd time overall the resort has earned top status.

Meanwhile, we’re excited to note the rankings have grown to 17 DVC resort choices. Welcome Home Disneyland Hotel and it checks in at the # 9 position!

Nevertheless, Copper Creek  continues keep a stronghold on its top billing. Since rising to the #1 spot in Fall 2021, the resort has maintained a strong presence in the rankings and only dropped out of the top three resorts one time, in the Spring 2023 report when Copper Creek finished #4.

Two strong factors continue to keep Copper Creek at the top of the rankings: 1. Modest increases in Dues.   2. Gradual declines in Average Sales Price

With yet another slight decline in its average cost per point down $5 per point bringing the average price per point down to a very attractive $136 per point, the current Spring 2024 Economical Rankings marks the most affordable average price ever documented for Copper Creek, making the resort yet another strong choice for one’s home resort!

Though the top two spots in our newest Economical Rankings report remained the same with Bay Lake Tower a close second, there were some other noticeable moves in the rest of the top 5 positions from the Fall 2023 analysis.

Riviera climbed one spot  to #3 and Saratoga Springs also jumped one spot to #4, while the biggest change was Grand Floridian slipping two positions to #5. Saratoga’s position was helped by a dramatic drop in the average price from $111 per point in the Fall 2023 Rankings to $102 per point in the Spring 2024 Average Sales Prices report.

One final observation worth noting in the newest rankings report  is the continued decline in rankings position for Boardwalk and Beach Club, two longtime member favorites in part because of their prime theme park locations. However, with just 17 years left on their respective deeds that expire January 2042, and the fact both resorts are still holding high average price values, both Boardwalk and Beach Club fell two spots each in the current Spring 2024 economical rankings.

Boardwalk is now #14 with an average cost per point of $15.49 and Beach Club is now second to last at #16 with an average cost per point of $15.98. Vero Beach, with the highest annual dues by far of any resort and same 17 years left on the deed, still holds the final spot in the rankings with the average cost per point being $17.27.

DVC Resort Economical Rankings: Spring 2024

The chart below provides a long-term economic ranking of each Disney Vacation Club resorts. The long-term value takes into consideration the resale price at a point in time (this report uses April 2024), annual dues, and the years remaining on the deed to ultimately get to an estimated 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.

Resort Avg. Cost Per Pt.  Years Left Cost Per Pt. Per Year from Price 2024 Dues Total Cost Per Pt. Per Year Rank: Spring 2024 Rank: Fall 2023 Rank Change
Copper Creek $136 43 $3.16 $8.09 $11.25 1 1   —
Bay Lake Tower $132 35 $3.77 $7.59 $11.36 2 2  
Riviera *** $126 45 $2.80 $8.85 $11.65 3 4   +1
Saratoga Springs $102 29 $3.52 $8.14 $11.66 4 5   +1
Grand Floridian $164 39 $4.21 $7.57 $11.78 5 3   -2
Polynesian $158 41 $3.85 $8.23 $12.08 6 6  
Animal Kingdom $105 32 $3.28 $9.08 $12.36 7 8   +1
Aulani * $97 37 $2.62 $9.76 $12.38 8 7   -1
Disneyland Hotel*** $155 49 $3.16 $9.53 $12.69 9 NA   NA
Old Key West (Extended $116 32 $3.63 $9.87 $13.50 10 9  -1
Boulder Ridge $93 17 $5.47 $8.68 $14.15 11 11   —
Old Key West $82 17 $4.87 $9.87 $14.69 12 10  -2
Hilton Head $67 17 $3.94 $11.31 $15.25 13 13  —
Boardwalk  $116 17 $6.82 $8.67 $15.49 14 12  -2
Grand Californian $260 35 $7.43 $8.55 $15.98 15 15  
Beach Club $129 17 $7.59 $8.63 $16.22 16 14   -2
Vero Beach** $58 17 $3.41 $13.86 $17.27 17 16   -1
* Avg. cost per point based on DVC Resale Average Sales Prices for October 2023
*Aulani contracts that originated pre-July 6, 2011 have 2024 annual dues of $7.34/point
**Vero contracts that originated pre-January 1, 1996 have 2024 annual dues of $10.89/point
*** Points purchased via resale at the Riviera Resort & Villas at Disneyland Hotel can only be used for stays at their Home Resort or within the Interval International network

Additionally, this yearly cost per point metric 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 Copper Creek contract and were going to stay at the Copper Creek in a deluxe studio for one night on a weekday during the peak summer season. The number of points needed for that one night would be 17, and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart above would be $11.29. So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 17 x $11.25 or $191.25/night. The retail price of this room in the summer season is typically in excess of $500/night plus taxes.

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