New Grand Floridian Contracts on Sale
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sold out its modest inventory in 2015.
Since then, its popularity has grown as Disney Vacation Club owners have fallen in love with the place.
Many of them hadn’t ever stayed there before DVC. Then, suddenly, they could exchange DVC Points for a visit. Now, they’re addicted.
Not coincidentally, DVC will expand its Grand Floridian Resort presence this summer, and rooms just went on sale. Here’s what you need to know.
DVC Points Available Again
The other day, DVC added new inventory at the Grand Floridian after years of member requests.
As you know, Disney is currently repurposing existing hotel space for DVC usage.
Building Nine at the Grand Floridian, Big Pine Key, will convert to a DVC-exclusive section.
The last time Disney did this, we wound up with a delightful Mary Poppins penguin fountain and all sorts of other lovely touches.
So, I think I speak for all of us when I say that I cannot wait to see what the new design looks like.
Alas, we won’t know for sure until this summer. However, Disney isn’t waiting until then to sell the new contracts.
As usual, DVC has gotten ahead of the game by placing the new inventory on sale. The current cost comes with some asterisks.
Disney is only selling the new rooms to existing owners who seek to add-on to their current contracts.
Qualifying buyers would pay $207 per point for 1-124 points. Modest discounts begin at 125 points.
If you purchase between 125 and 149 points, you will save $8 per point.
The discounts go up from there, but we’re talking NFL starting quarterback money to purchase the 1,000 points required to max out the discount.
If you are Russell Wilson reading this, you’ll save $33 per point for your new 1,000+ DVC Point add-on. Also, enjoy Denver!
Of course, DVC Resale Market readers are already laughing at these prices.
A quick glance at the Grand Floridian listings will show that 115-200 DVC Points contracts here fall in the $185-$199 range.
Also, you should know that these direct purchase offers from DVC are only available through the end of March.
We don’t know what the actual pricing will be afterward.
The Specifics of the New Inventory
Let’s examine what Disney has just confirmed here. First, the hotel has added more than half of the upcoming 200 studios to its inventory. That’s another 1.8 million DVC Points, a sizable amount.
In the process, Grand Floridian has updated its room inventory and DVC Points allotment. As a result, it’s no longer the smallest DVC property in terms of inventory.
In fact, this place will have more DVC Points than Disney’s Beach Club Villas now. So you shouldn’t sleep on what a significant upgrade this is.
Tim Krasniewski at DVC News has literally done the math on this if you’re curious.
I don’t want you to sleep on a significant point here, though. First, these contracts “only” last through 2064.
Disney isn’t creating a new Grand Floridian Condominium Association for this expansion. Instead, it’s adding to the old one. So, it’ll work differently than Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
That resort’s two DVC entities have different contract expiration dates in 2042 and 2068. So that’s a 26-year gap.
Conversely, Grand Floridian’s new purchases still expire in 2064. Since we’re talking 42 years from now, it’s probably only a big deal to you if you’re in your 20s, but please be aware of the matter.
Will the new inventory really stay that much lower until the resort opens? I’m dubious.
The current DVC resale market has reacted quickly to the upcoming change in circumstances at Grand Floridian. As a result, savvy buyers enjoy a rare opportunity here.
You could feasibly purchase a resale contract now that’s worth substantially more in just a few years. That’s what happened with our most recent DVC contract anyway.
More about the Upcoming Expansion
The redesign at Big Pine Key started in earnest on March 1st.
In fact, if you’re staying at the hotel this month, you should know that boat service to and from the hotel isn’t available from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. right now. This change is a byproduct of construction.
Disney had indicated that boat service will return later this week, but that remains to be seen. The company tends to be hit or miss with its renovation deadlines.
Resale owners should pay close attention to this last part.
If you are one of the folks who own at the Grand Floridian, you’ll gain exclusive access to booking the new hotel rooms this summer.
Since DVC didn’t add a new Condominium Association, this applies to ALL current owners.
Starting on March 13th, you can book a summer hotel stay at this resort in the new Big Pine Key expansion.
Even with 200 new rooms, I’m pretty sure this deal will go fast. So, please act quickly! You should be setting up your vacation plans now.
You will enjoy this exclusive booking window through May 12th. The hotel switches to standard booking availability for the rest of us on May 13th.