If you’re unsure about purchasing a Disney Vacation Club ownership or are already a member and curious if it’s really saving you money, then you’ve come to the right place. The upfront cost of becoming a Disney Vacation Club owner may seem overwhelming, but with a little math, you can easily see how it can save you money in the long run. Let’s calculate the cost savings of your Disney Vacation Club ownership and show you how you can save money each time you use your DVC membership for your Disney vacations.
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Depending on how you buy your membership, the cost can range from $92 per point if you buy resale to $188 per point if you buy directly from Disney. The great thing about DVC is that no matter how you decide to purchase, you will still save money in the long run.
When calculating cost savings, we also have to consider the maintenance costs of your DVC ownership, which vary depending on the resort you own. The lowest maintenance fees are currently $6.81 per point at the Grand Floridian, while the highest are $11.23 at Vero Beach. By factoring in these annual dues, you can compare the total price to what you would have paid to stay in Disney hotels.
Let’s take a look at the price of a Finding Nemo family suite at the Art of Animation for one full week in August. Even with a current promotion of 25% off, this room will cost you about $3,400. When comparing prices, remember that the nightly price advertised for Walt Disney World hotels does not include tax. So, be sure to click through all the screens to see the total price, including taxes.
Instead of paying cash for hotel rooms every year, consider purchasing a Disney Vacation Club contract. A week-long stay in an Old Key West one-bedroom villa that sleeps up to five people during the summer will cost you 197 Vacation Points. When you become a DVC owner, your initial purchase price will remain the same, unaffected by inflation like hotel rates. While DVC annual dues may rise slightly each year, historically they do not increase as much as hotel prices. By staying at Old Key West, you can save money compared to the Finding Nemo family suites at the Art of Animation.
How Did We Arrive At These Numbers?
By purchasing DVC, our family of five saved approximately $810 between the two example reservations. They were able to stay in a Deluxe villa with a full kitchen, skip paying parking fees, and have 33 points left over to extend their vacation time. Plus, the Old Key West one-bedroom villas are significantly larger than the Art of Animation Finding Nemo Family Suites. Over the 20 years remaining on their contract, they could easily save $60,000 or more compared to paying for hotels.
Let’s Wrap This Up!
The above calculations are based on purchasing a DVC contract on the resale market. Resale prices at DVC Shop can save buyers anywhere from 10-45% off direct pricing. As you can see, the cost savings of Disney Vacation Club ownership are substantial. Additionally, staying at DVC resorts provides amenities like kitchen and laundry facilities that you wouldn’t normally receive in a resort hotel. If you’re considering purchasing a DVC contract, take the time to examine your family’s travel habits, check the point charts, and crunch the numbers. DVC Shop has friendly and informative representatives available 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have while making your decision. Feel free to contact us anytime through our contact form and we’ll have one of our licensed Real Estate Agents reply to your inquiry.