What is DVC ROFR? Is it back in 2023?

Green roof on the Wilderness Lodge lobby building with chimneys in front of a blue sky

From one fabulous resort to the next, Disney Vacation Club Members make magical memories wherever they stay. When it’s time to buy or sell a DVC resale contract, there are some different terms you’ll need to know and know about. For example, what is DVC ROFR? Does it matter? How long does DVC ROFR take? We have information about the Disney Vacation Club Right of First Refusal below including an anticipated timeline and what you can expect.

DVC ROFR: What is Disney Vacation Club Right of First Refusal?

“DVC ROFR” stands for Disney Vacation Club Right of First Refusal. The Right of First Refusal is a real estate term that designates the first opportunity to purchase something before others. This happens near the end of the resale process. Basically, when a buyer and seller have agreed on a sale price and sign an agreement, Disney then decides if they would rather buy the contract back or let the sale go through. This step helps with market regulation and with Disney’s own stock of points at different home resorts. When a contract is selling for a very low price, it might benefit Disney to buy it back. Disney Vacation Club honors what would have been paid for the contract when they choose to buy back during the ROFR.

When Disney exercises the Right of First Refusal and chooses to buy back a contract, then Disney will also take over the closing process. There is no way to avoid Disney ROFR. It’s part of the process that everyone buying or selling DVC can expect to encounter. Everyone submits their offer to Disney for ROFR but very few contracts are bought back.

What is the DVC ROFR Rate?

What are the chances of your contract being bought back by Disney? The DVC ROFR rate overall is usually low as shown in the data below. Whether your contract will be bought back or not usually depends on which home resort is on the contract. For some properties, like Aulani and Disney’s Riviera Resort, a buyback is unlikely based on what we’ve seen.

We pay attention each month and write a ROFR stats report based on our findings. This is to help buyers know if their contract is a potential buyback or not. Disney can buy back any contract but they seem to favor different home resorts at different times. It makes sense for Disney Vacation Club to have contracts at different home resorts to offer new Members joining through direct sales. In our monthly roundup we also share the high price Disney paid at each resort. This can help set a bench mark for placing an offer on a contract.

DVC ROFR rates and popular buyback home resorts and.

The visual above shows the number of contracts ROFR-ed by month and year. On the far right, you can see the DVC ROFR rate for each month. The vertical columns show what might be the most important information. Some resorts are more popular DVC ROFR buybacks than others. The home resorts with many buybacks consistently over the last few years are:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

We won’t know if these are still the favorite properties until we see buybacks consistently again. Disney Vacation Club may still want these resorts or we could see other resorts become popular with ROFR.

Natural and brown interiors of the multi-floor Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby, a popular DVC ROFR buyback resort
Inside the lobby of Disney’a Animal Kingdom Resort, a popular buyback with DVC ROFR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas.

How Long Does DVC ROFR Take? DVC ROFR Timeline

So how long does it take to get a Disney Vacation Club Right of First Refusal response? You can expect the DVC ROFR part of the process to last somewhere between three to five weeks. In most cases, it’s likely that you’ll hear back with a DVC ROFR decision in less than a month. We have a detailed timeline of the whole resale process in our post how long does it take to sell DVC.

What You Should Know When Buying Resale DVC

When you set out to buy a DVC resale contract, ROFR is something you will want to consider. You don’t need to alter your purchasing plans but knowing the ROFR risk and associated data can help you make the best effort to have the sale go through. Basically, if it’s a resort where Disney favors buying contracts back, you won’t want to present a very low offer, even if it’s been accepted by the seller. It’s less likely you will be able to buy the contract.

In our Disney ROFR DVC monthly series, we cover all the information you need to know. This includes which resorts Disney has been favoring and the monthly high ROFR prices paid. These details can paint a picture of what the odds might be you will have Disney buy the contract back instead of letting the sale go through.

If Disney Vacation Club does decide to buy a contract back instead of passing on ROFR, the Experts will help you find the next right contract. DVC resale listings come and go. There will be another Membership that makes sense for you and meets your needs.

Disney Vacation Club Home ResortROFR Buybacks 2022
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas24
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas0
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort16
Disney’s Beach Club Villas3
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas4
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge0
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge12
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel0
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort0
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort0
Disney’s Old Key West Resort12
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows0
Disney’s Riviera Resort0
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort23
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort0
A look at the number of DVC ROFR buybacks at each home resort during the calendar year of 2022.

DVC ROFR 2023: Is it back? Is Disney buying back contracts again?

You’ll notice in the visual above, there have been no buybacks since December of 2022 for DVC Resale Experts clients. From January through August of 2023, DVC Resale Experts has had no ROFR buybacks. Things slowed down a bit in November and December of 2022, after Bob Iger returned as CEO, then completely stopped in the new year all the way through late summer. This meant lower prices were able to be negotiated and we’ve seen per point prices go down.

While DVC Resale Experts has not had a buyback yet, others have reportedly experienced buybacks again as of August 2023. We’re not sure what this means and if buybacks are totally back. This could be a rare occurrence or a sign that things are returning to normal. We’ll have to wait and see and our upcoming ROFR stats posts will have answers.

We’ve often speculated that Disney Vacation Club may have halted buying contracts because sales were down. Demand for travel waned after the boom of the last few years. It seemed possible that the Disney timeshare saw a slowdown as well. In a recent earnings report, The Walt Disney Company did confirm that DVC was experiencing fewer sales. With all of Bob Iger’s changes and restructuring, Disney may have been on a spending freeze. There are many different things that could be contributing to the pause on buybacks. The market is always changing and we’re always following along and discussing it here.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort has been a popular buyback over the last few years.

Will ROFR DVC affect pricing?

When regular buybacks resume, we can probably expect to see the DVC resale market normalize in some ways. DVC resale prices go up and down from month to month based on demand and other variables. Over time, however, DVC prices have gone up quite a bit. With the absence of buybacks this year, some usual trends were disrupted.

DVC Resale Experts Can Help

Still have questions about DVC ROFR? It’s valuable to have the help of a real estate professional with DVC resale. DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in resale DVC. Whether you’re adding on points, buying or selling Disney Vacation Club, the Experts can help you find the right price to place a bid with or list your contract for. Our independent, licensed real estate agents are former Disney Vacation Club Guides. They have decades of pixie dusted experience selling DVC and delight in providing excellent service to their clients. The Experts have seen it all and are happy to answer your questions about DVC ROFR and anything else throughout the process.

See our resale DVC listings for a look at real time availability and pricing. Ready to sell DVC? Get in touch for a complimentary valuation of your specific contract today. There may be someone waiting on our Buyer Wish List for a contract just like yours.

Disney Blogger Nicole and Disney CEO Bob Iger

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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