What You Need to Know About Buying DVC Resale vs. Direct

What You Need to Know About Buying DVC Resale vs. Direct

Are you considering buying DVC points on the resale market or directly from Disney? You’re not alone. Many people who want to become owners feel the same way. Disney Vacation Club is one of the best vacation clubs to join, offering fantastic entertainment and fun for all its members. The variety of Disney home resorts can make it difficult to decide which one is right for you, let alone where to buy it. Although DVC resale has benefits in many ways, it can also be disadvantageous in certain ways. Nevertheless, in this blog, we will explain the differences between buying DVC resale vs direct to ease your decision-making process.

Buying DVC Resale

Disney Vacation Club

Perhaps one of the most enticing things about purchasing DVC on the resale market is the price point. By purchasing your DVC membership on the resale market, you have the potential to save thousands of dollars, all while still getting the ownership you want. You can spend less money and purchase more points. It’s also worth noting that the Disney resale market is the strongest in the industry. This means that as a buyer, you have a ton of options to choose from! 

What’s more, on the resale market, there is no minimum or maximum number of DVC points you can buy, so you can really tailor your ownership to your family’s vacation needs. 

All 15 of Disney’s resorts are on the resale market, so choosing your home resort can be easy. One of the best things about a DVC membership, regardless of where you purchase it from, is the flexibility it offers. Upon purchasing a deeded real estate interest, Disney Vacation Club members receive vacation points every year. Unlike traditional timeshares, you are never locked into a specific resort, time of year, or length of stay. 

What is the Difference in DVC Resale vs. Direct Price Per Point?

DVC Direct vs. Resale Pricing Chart

As stated previously the reason so many people gravitate towards buying a DVC resale is the savings on the initial purchase price. The table below gives you a deeper look at how incredible the resale deals were in 2022 based on DVC cost per point. With that being said prices on DVC resales change every month, so make sure to check our Monthly Average DVC Resale Price Per Point to see month-to-month change.

Resort2022 DVC Resale
Average Cost/ Point
Current Direct
Price Difference/
Percentage Saving
with Resale
Animal Kingdom Villas$129.17$200.00$70.8334%
Bay Lake Tower$154.49$265.00$110.5142%
Beach Club Villas$154.74$265.00$110.2642%
Boulder Ridge$110.70$205.00$94.3046%
Copper Creek$159.47$240.00$80.5334%
Grand Californian$257.17$310.00$52.8317%
Grand Floridian$171.02$207.00$35.9817%
Hilton Head$76.39$155.00$78.6151%
Old Key West$117.52$200.00$82.4841%
Riviera Resort$130.35$207.00$76.6537%
Saratoga Springs$121.28$200.00$78.7239%
Vero Beach $69.54$140.00$70.4650%
*Direct prices do not reflect any promotions or discounts DVC is offering.

Remember that these figures are simply averages across DVC resorts. A resale contract available on our marketplace may be more or less than the price stated in the table above.

Looking for the cheapest DVC resort? Check out our blog, Cheapest DVC Resort For Your Next Disney Vacation!

Do Disney Vacation Club Benefits Transfer?

Becoming a member of the DVC family comes with a lot of perks. A common concern of buyers who are browsing the resale market is in regards to DVC benefits.

Do DVC membership benefits transfer? You’ll be happy to find that DVC resale timeshares still offer great perks, even though not all of the extra benefits transfer. A few that do are listed below!

Pool Hopping

Visit the different resorts’ themed pools with this perk. Disney is well known for its resorts’ ability to transport you to another world through amazing architecture, dining, and entertainment. 

Travel the World

You read that right. With your membership, you can vacation around the world with vacation exchange through Interval International. A membership with Interval International allows you to trade your existing DVC points for stays at resorts around the world. II’s catalog of resorts includes not only DVC properties but also resorts from some of the top brands in the world, including Marriott and Westgate. So you can exchange points to stay at resorts worldwide.

Ditch the Room Key!

By downloading the My Disney Experience App, guests have access to their rooms directly from their phones with the app’s digital key. As a result, you won’t have to double-check your pockets for your room key anymore. In addition, the app can be used to chat with Cast Members and find out when the next bus can take you to the theme parks.

DVC Resale Vs. Direct 2023

A few benefits don’t transfer to new DVC members on the resale market. Among these are discounts on dining, shopping, and park passes. Also, specific collections of the Member Getaways Program: Adventurer Collection, Concierge Collection, Cruise Collection, or Disney Collection, do not transfer if you don’t purchase ownership interest directly from DVC.

Disney Vacation Club also enacted a few new restrictions in early 2019 that limit buying DVC resale contracts. If you were to purchase DVC points on the resale market now, you will not be able to use your points at any new resorts being built (i.e., the Riviera). Some Disney Vacation Club member benefits of buying directly include taking Disney Vacations at your Home resort and reserving vacations at any of the other 14 resorts that DVC offers.

It is common for vacation programs to restrict certain member benefits. However, these incidental benefits shouldn’t keep you from considering DVC resale as a serious option.

Many owners will buy directly from Disney first and then add DVC points on the resale market later at a lower price. That way, you can retain all the same DVC member benefits and save money to get all the adventure. 

You are still buying into priority access to the Disney Vacation Club network by purchasing resale. If you want to book a trip during peak times, even with a resale membership, you have priority to book up to 11 months in advance. Additionally, despite not saving on dining, you still will be saving on your initial purchase by potentially thousands. 

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Adding Resale Points to Your Membership

Many existing DVC owners purchase points so they can add on to their already existing membership. Doing this on the resale market is a great way to save money and avoid a sales pitch for a product you already like. Our Licensed Real Estate Agents can advise you on adding points to your membership. We recommend considering your DVC Use Year and how that will affect your booking when you buy more points.

Borrow DVC Points From the Next Use Year

In the next Use Year, DVC owners will be able to borrow 100% of their points. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the threshold was reduced to 50% in April 2020. In total, all Disney Vacation Club resorts were closed for 3 months, and some resorts were closed for much longer. In addition to the loss of capacity, DVC also implemented generous cancellation policies, which led it to limit the number of DVC points members could carry forward from future Use Years. 

For example, the Disney Vacation Club has opened 202 new Resort Studios at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and is continuing to add rooms to its condominium association. In addition to the added capacity, some unused vacation points were likely to expire, contributing to the decision to lift borrowing restrictions. 

Buying DVC Resale Vs. Direct Pros and Cons

It’s important to decide what you consider deal-breakers when looking into buying DVC memberships directly from Disney or from a recommended re-seller. We narrowed down our list of DVC resale vs direct pros and cons.

DVC Benefits Pros and Cons

Pros of Buying Disney Vacation Club Resales

The main reason people buy DVC resale is because of the incredible savings! Resale Disney Vacation Club points can be up to 50% cheaper than if you purchased them directly from Disney. Another great advantage of buying resale is that you may be able to find a DVC resort that is completely sold out on Disney’s end. If you’ve been dreaming of having a specific DVC home resort, check out what DVC timeshares for sale we have available now! Disney Vacation Club is a great way to guarantee that you will have a stress-free time planning your future vacations.

You will never have to worry about what resort you’ll book or if there will be enough room for everyone in your party. DVC resorts offer private, spacious villas and may include kitchens and private balconies. Your home resort will feel like a home. Once you’re there, you’ll enjoy more perks, including free parking, shuttle service, pool hopping, and more!

If you’re already a DVC member and you’re looking to add more points, resale is the best option. However, you have the benefits of buying directly from Disney, and you get to save on additional point purchases. A win-win! 

Cons of Buying Disney Vacation Club Resales

The biggest con to buying Disney Vacation Club resale is that you don’t have access to all of the DVC benefits offered to members who purchase directly from Disney. These benefits include discounts on tickets, merchandise, and dining. However, if you think of the money you save by buying a resale, those discounts may not seem as important.

You may also have less flexibility on resort preferences when buying points resale. Also, if you love to take a vacation on a whim, DVC might not be for you. Since demand is so high, you must plan your trip months out to guarantee you get the resort and room you want. 

To obtain a blue membership card, Disney Vacation Club has raised the minimum point requirement to 150 points beginning June 3, 2021. To be eligible, you must be purchasing Disney Vacation Club points directly from DVC.  It may be worth considering making the minimum 150-point purchase to enjoy all of DVC’s blue membership card perks. Although even without a blue membership card, you can purchase DVC resale points and enjoy your membership.

You can also like reading our blog, How Disney Vacation Club Works.

Should I Buy DVC Direct or Resale?

Ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference. If saving money is a priority for you then a DVC resale is the way to go. But, if you prioritize having all the benefits then buying direct is best for you.

What feels like a perfect fit for some may not work for others. Consider making your own DVC resale vs direct pros and cons list. Don’t forget the importance of your Use Year when you buy direct or on the resale market.

If you decide you want to buy resale points with us, our licensed real estate agent will be with you for the entire process, from navigating the Right of First Refusal to assisting you in working with a closing company that will help with closing documents. Joining DVC has never been easier. You will be taking magical vacations in no time.

For more help or questions about resale purchases give us a call today at 1 (800) 410-8326.

Is Disney Vacation Club Worth It

As you have learned by now Disney Vacation Club brings a lot to the table, but is DVC worth it? Many families who are frequent travelers to Disney World or Disneyland, would say yes. Wondering if it is the right call for you and your family? Check out our video.

DVC Resale Listings

You can find DVC resorts near Walt Disney World and Disneyland as well as beaches in Florida, Hilton Head, and Hawaii. Below is a list of all the Disney Vacation Club properties!

Click the one that most interests you to start browsing our DVC resale contracts:

Not sure which Disney Vacation Club resort you want to purchase resale points at? Check out our blog, DVC Resorts Ranked: Fidelity’s Top Picks!

Sell DVC Points on the Resale Market

There are so many buyers looking to buy resale points from DVC members. If timeshare ownership isn’t for you anymore let us help you sell your DVC membership. Over 90% of our DVC contracts sold within 30 days.

From pricing how many points you have to navigating the Right of First Refusal, we will be with you every step of the way.

After your resale contract passes ROFR, we will guide you to a reliable title company to handle the transfer. Alternatively, you can choose a title company on your own. To ensure clear ownership, a title company will conduct a thorough title search. Then, you should contact the resort to confirm that the membership is no longer in your name.

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