The Best Economical Disney Vacation Club Resort to Purchase in 2015

The exterior of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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, price per point and dues, how do the Disney Vacation Club Resorts compare against each other.  For those members and potential new members who just want the lowest cost points that answer in 2014 and again in 2015 is Saratoga Springs.  The lowest of costs of all of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts in 2015 is Saratoga Springs at $7.18/pt.  The highest is Vero Beach at $10.02/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 Bay Lake Tower contract and were going to stay at Bay Lake Tower in a standard view studio room during a weekday in October.  The amount of points needed for that one night would be 15 and the estimated cost per point per year according to the chart below would be $7.54.  So multiply the number of points needed by the cost per point and the result is 15 x $7.54 or $113/night.

ResortAverage Cost Per PointYears LeftCost Per Point Per YearDues Per PointTotal Cost Per Point Per YearRank 2015Rank 2014Rank Change from 2014 to 2015
Saratoga Springs$7839$2.00$5.18$7.18 11
Bay Lake Tower$11245$2.49$5.05$7.54 22
Old Key West (Extended)$7842$1.86$5.84$7.70 33
Grand Californian$13245$2.93$5.15$8.08 44
Animal Kingdom$8342$1.98$6.30$8.28 55
Old Key West$7327$2.70$5.84$8.54 66
Grand Floridian$14849$3.02$5.52$8.54 67+1 
Aulani$10247$2.17$6.51$8.68 89+1
Hilton Head$6127$2.26$6.52$8.78 98-1 
Wilderness Lodge$8127$3.00$6.03$9.03 1010
Boardwalk$8127$3.00$6.07$9.07 1111
Beach Club$9327$3.44$5.98$9.42 1212
Vero Beach$5327$1.96$8.06$10.02 1313
* Dues per point based on 2015 Calender Year
* Average cost per point based on average asking price on DVC resale market March ’15


  • Samantha
    March 15, 2016

    Wow! This was broken down so well! I have been trying to work this out to choose between AK and BLT. My only wish is that the figures be updated to reflect 2016’s dues, to see if the rank stays the same.

    • Nick Cotton
      March 15, 2016

      Samantha, glad the blog helped, we will have an updated chart reflecting 2016 annual dues done very soon.

  • Dr. Richard Gaspar
    April 27, 2015

    Nick. Your site had great information. I teach journalism, so it is great to see a real estate site organized, easy to navigate and clearly written. I enjoyed the videos as well. I may showcase them in my public relations class as a great way to share economics.

    Take Care,
    Richard F. Gaspar, Ph.D.

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