In todays article we will cover a bit more about the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). I’m going to give an example to illustrate how this works, and tell you every property that is part of the Disney Vacation Club. Future articles will cover the many other aspects of the DVC.
First, there are 14 properties that are part of the Disney Vacation Club. Disney categorizes their properties into 4 groups: value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villas. The DVC properties are all considered deluxe villas.
The DVC properties are: Animal Kingdom Lodge-Jambo House, Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village, The Beach Club Villas, The Boardwalk Villas, Bay Lake Tower, The Grand Floridian, The Grand Californian, The Polynesian Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Vero Beach Resort, Hilton Head Resort, and Aulani Resort in Hawaii.
These are all priced very differently and the points required for one night’s stay varies by size of room, resort, and time of year or “season” as Disney states it. Point charts telling how many points are required for a room are available online. Here is one example of a point chart from the Beach Club Villas. If you like the Epcot area, you may think about purchasing here. If you purchase on the resale market (which I will cover in a later article) the contracts vary widely by points available. If you see a contract for 200 points, it can be confusing and not tell you a lot. How many points do you need? How much can you afford to spend?
As illustrated in this chart for the Beach Club Villas, the points required per night vary a lot. For our hypothetical 200 point purchase you can see that you can stay for about 2 weeks in Adventure Season in a studio, but in Premiere Season in a one-bedroom you can’t even stay for a whole week as it takes 362 points.
Currently, the Beach Club Villas are selling for about $100/point on the resale market. So for the hypothetical 200 point contract you would be spending $20,000 plus closing costs. You can pay cash or finance the purchase.
Bay Lake Tower is selling for around $110/pt. so for the 200 point contract I mentioned it would cost $22,000 plus closing costs. Going through Disney directly you may about one third more.
When we first bought into DVC we knew nothing. We bought the Beach Club contract because it was cheaper and was in the Epcot resort area. I found out that I personally like that resort. We bought at The Boardwalk and I didn’t like it there and am selling that contract. It helps to know where you would like to stay before you buy a contract.
While initially considering a DVC purchase, consider the following things: the size of the upfront investment, the contract duration(usually for 30+ years), how often will you visit, what resort fits you best, how many people travel with you, what time of year do you travel.
This topic is so convoluted. I will cover other aspects in later articles, but this gives you some idea of the complexity involved in the DVC point chart. Future articles will cover resale vs. direct purchase from Disney, differences between the various rooms, and many other aspects of the Disney Vacation Club.
We have several articles about the DVC and DVC properties listed below. I hope that this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will reply as soon as possible. To receive future articles by email, subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Titter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.