18 May Is DVC Resale Worth it? Ask Yourself This..
If you’ve you’ve ever sung the theme song on Pirates of the Caribbean or you can name at least three Imagineers, I am going to go ahead and say Disney Vacation Club is probably a good fit for you. The Disney timeshare is a flexible point based system that allows its Members to book Deluxe Disney resort hotel stays on points each year. If you enjoy vacationing at Disney every year, it’s really something to think about. DVC makes annual, magical trips much more affordable than booking with cash, especially if you like to stay at the top tier of properties. This includes favorites like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and more. Buying DVC on the resale market makes the savings even greater. But is DVC resale worth it? It’s actually kind of a personal question and the answer depends on what you want to get out of your Membership. It’s possible to save thousands on DVC when you buy resale. There are just a few differences, though, and you’ll want to weigh them to help you decide. In this post, we’ll go over some questions to consider if you’re wondering if resale DVC is right for you.
Is DVC Resale Worth it?
What is Disney Vacation Club to you and why do you want to be a Member?
We touched on what Disney Vacation Club actually is above but maybe you should think about what it is to you. To some, Disney Vacation Club is the opportunity to make sure they return to the magic each year. For others, the answer may be the ability to stay at Deluxe resorts annually or the advantage of booking spacious and home like accommodations. In short, the real point of DVC points is the annual hotel stays at the best price. However, if being part of the Disney fan community associated with DVC, and the ability to access all related events and spaces, is an important part of DVC to you, let’s talk. Resale doesn’t include all of those extra benefits like Member cruises and such. If that’s not an issue for you then resale is absolutely worth looking into.
Further reading: Why Members Love Disney Vacation Club
Are you eligible for any Disney discounts?
If you’re a Disney fan, it’s likely you’re eligible for some kind of Disney discount already. Annual Pass Holders get some great Disney discounts throughout the year at restaurants, when shopping, on recreation or when purchasing select special event tickets. Disney Chase Visa cardholders also get fun discounts and savings on the magic. Those who purchase resale DVC points aren’t eligible for the different discounts available for other DVC Members. However, if you are already getting discounts on Disney dining, shopping or experiences then that’s one thing you won’t miss with resale.
Further reading: DVC Resale Pros and Cons
Is getting the best possible value important to you?
Disney fans love the value that DVC brings. It’s a great way to save on Disney vacations and resale makes it even more affordable. There are a few trade offs when you buy resale DVC but look at the following savings to compare and see if it’s worth it to you. Note these are the per point prices of April 2022, Disney can change prices at any time and average resale prices tend to fluctuate slightly from month to month. Remember these numbers are just for the points and don’t include anything else like annual dues which are the same whether you buy resale or direct.
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has the lowest per point price of any Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort right now. It’s currently $190 per point when buying direct from Disney. The average DVC resale price for Boulder Ridge, as of early 2022, is about $116 per point. Let’s say you are interested in buying 150 points. This is a pretty standard amount for those who like to vacation for around a week each year. At direct prices, 150 points at Boulder Ridge would cost about $28,500. At resale DVC prices, 150 points at Boulder Ridge would cost about $17,400. That’s a savings of about $11,100!
Doing the math really puts things into perspective, right? Savings that substantial could buy tickets to quite a few special events over the years. Many choose to purchase more points with the money they save. It’s up to you but in many cases, when you choose resale over buying direct, you’ll save a surprising amount! Note that savings vary quite a bit based on the resort. Some of the newer resorts are closer in price when you compare resale versus direct prices but it’s always worth looking at.
Further reading: DVC Direct Prices vs Resale
DVC Resale Experts Can Help
DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in resale DVC. Our licensed real estate agents have decades of experience selling DVC points. The Experts first made magic as Disney Vacation Club Guides. Now they continue to help people with their DVC needs on the resale market as independent, licensed real estate agents. If you’re ready to hear the words welcome home on each Disney visit, have a look at our current resale DVC listings and get in touch today.