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Hard to Find Contracts on the DVC Resale Market

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the rarest of them all? DVC resale contracts can cost much less than buying from Disney directly. With so many home resorts to choose from, and a wide range of point values, there is a lot to decide on. What if you can’t find the contract you want? Every contract is for sale because the owner decides to sell theirs. This means at any given point we will have a random selection of resale DVC contacts listed for sale. So which DVC resale contracts are the hardest to come across? Here are some of the hardest to find, rare DVC resale market contracts.

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort has boat transportation to the Disney Springs shopping and dining complex. This is the only resort that has two different deed expirations. The contracts with the extended deeds at Old Key West are more rare DVC resale market finds. We know the details matter. For help finding a certain contract, reach out to DVC Resale Experts.

More Rare DVC Resale Market Finds

Rare DVC resale market Grand Californian contracts don’t pop up often.

Until 2023, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa was the only Disney Vacation Club home resort at Disneyland Resort. It also has far fewer DVC rooms than other resorts, giving it a small capacity for Members. From planDisney, “The Resort features 50 Villas, including two 3-Bedroom Grand Villas and 48 2-Bedroom Villas that can also be divided into 1-Bedroom Villa and Deluxe Studio accommodations.”

Based on that, there are only 48 deluxe villas, or less when some are in use for 2 bedroom accommodations. Compare that to the new building alone at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa which has 200 studio style villas. That’s not including all of the various rooms and room types in the original DVC building at the Grand Floridian. So, in comparison, the 50 rooms at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is quite a small number.

That makes Grand Californian contracts more rare on the resale market. It’s also still just one of two properties at Disneyland now that The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are open. That’s far less than the more than ten options at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Resale DVC contracts at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa can come and go quickly.

Back over here at Walt Disney World Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa contracts can be more rare too. That’s probably not because the quantity is low but specifically because the demand is so high. These contracts are much more common than the Grand Cal but the Grand Floridian is a very loved and popular resort too. Probably thanks in part to the excellent location of the Grand Floridian next to Magic Kingdom. We see fewer Grand Floridian contracts on the market than other resorts and they often sell pretty quickly. This is even with the massive expansion we mentioned. Note that the new Grand Floridian DVC building expanded the capacity and all DVC rooms at this property are part of the same home resort.

a lake with the white buildings and red roofs of the Grand Floridian behind it
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is one of the most popular home resorts. It has a large capacity but we don’t see as many contracts listed from here. When we do see Grand Floridian DVC resale contracts, they can sell pretty quickly. Especially if the point value is lower like 50 or 75 points.

Contracts with Aulani subsidized dues aren’t for sale often.

Aulani contracts with subsidized dues are rarely seen on the resale market. These contracts are particularly rare due to why they exist. When this home resort was built, an accounting error lead to the wrong annual dues amount being advertised initially. How does an Aulani subsidized contract work? To make it right, Disney subsidizes, or aids in the payment of, those dues. So how it appears is, some owners pay less annual dues than others at Aulani in Hawaii.

For example, in 2024 those who own at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas pay $9.76 per point in annual dues. Owners at Aulani who pay subsidized dues owe $7.34 per point in 2024. We see annual dues go up a bit at resorts each year. Sometimes more when a major refurbishment or other maintenance is approaching. The subsidized dues at Aulani will always be lower. This makes this kind of contract more appealing to some people. They are rare though.

We don’t see new resorts like Disneyland Hotel on the resale market.

Probably the most rare DVC resale market contracts are those at brand new resorts. This is due to the shiny newness of those properties. The newer a home resort is, the less time there is for someone to change their mind about owning at it. It’s also less likely that someone will want to sell at that resort for other reasons that usually need time to pass like financial hardship or big life changes.

Disney’s Riviera Resort debuted in 2019 and we do see a handful of contracts listed, depending on how the market is going. There are still savings at new resorts like these when buying resale though usually not as much as other resorts until they are a few years older.

Disney's Old Key West Resort sign and roof
Disney’s Old Key West Resort is the original home resort. It was first called Disney’s Vacation Club Resort.

The Old Key West contracts that expire in 2057 are more rare.

Another rare DVC resale market contract is the Disney’s Old Key West Resort points with an extended deed. These expire in 2057 instead of 2042. The length of a Disney Vacation Club contract is usually determined by the home resort alone. Old Key West is the only Disney Vacation Club home resort that has two different deed expiration dates. Usually DVC resort contracts are about fifty years long starting from when they were built.

Old Key West is the first Disney Vacation Club home resort. It opened in 1991 as Disney’s Vacation Club Resort. Years into Membership, Disney offered owners at this resort the option to buy a 15 year long contract extension. Some owners did while others didn’t. That’s why Disney’s Old Key Resort has two different deed expiration dates. 

When I looked recently, these only made up about a quarter of the listings at this home resort at the time. This varies, of course, depending on who decides to sell their contract at any given time. For having an extra 15 years, the prices are still pretty close per point. 

Small DVC resale contracts can be more rare.

If you keep up with the DVC resale market, it seems like smaller contracts come and go very quickly. We’re considering a small DVC resale contract less than 100 points in this point.

Disney Vacation Club will sell you a minimum of 100 points direct. In order to qualify for Membership Extras, a new owner must purchase 150 points from Disney Vacation Club directly. With DVC resales, owners do not qualify for Membership Extras or special DVC perks. This makes meeting the point minimum less important if it doesn’t align with how you vacation.

Maybe you’re a person who likes to run lots of runDisney races and stay at different resorts for different race weekends. It might suit you to own smaller contracts at different resorts, giving you the home resort booking advantage where you want it, when you want it. You can find contracts with point values of 25, 40, 50, 60, 70 and more on the resale market. However, these are less common and usually make up smaller percentage of DVC resale listings overall.

Interested in a rare DVC resale market contract? Join the DVC Resale Experts Buyer Wish List

You don’t have to look for a rare DVC resale market contract alone. The Experts are happy to monitor listings and let clients know when the perfect match comes along. Let us point you toward the DVC Resale Experts Buyer Wish List. Maybe the amount of points you want is harder to find. It could be a resort that isn’t seen as frequently or something listed above. Contact DVC Resale Experts with your preferences and let them know just what you’re wishing for.

Get to Know DVC Resale Experts

DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with an experienced team that specializes in selling Disney Vacation Club contracts. When someone wants to sell their DVC contract, a licensed real estate professional simplifies the process. The Experts use their knowledge from years in the business to provide top level service for each client.

When it comes to choosing a contract, your home resort matters. You can book four months sooner than other DVC Members who don’t own at your resort. DVC Resale Experts would love to help you find just the right contract for your needs.

Thinking about selling DVC? What’s your contract worth? Find out with the a complimentary valuation from DVC Resale Experts. 

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Sparkly Nicole

Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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