DVC Property Taxes Continue to Rise

In 2016, appraised property values rose by an average of 7.5% for the nine Disney Vacation Club resorts located at Walt Disney World. This average increase is slightly less than the combined 9.8% increase that occurred in 2015.

Bay Lake Tower

Higher taxes for Bay Lake Tower owners

For the second year in a row, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort had the largest increase in its appraisal value. In 2015, the resort saw an increase of 10.49%; in 2016, Bay Lake Tower’s value has risen another 10.24%.

At the other end of the spectrum, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas once again had the smallest increase: 8.77% in 2015 and only 3.26% in 2016.

The chart below shows the appraisal values and percentage increases for the nine DVC resorts at Walt Disney World. Since the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows were not fully operational during some years, they received only partial appraisals in those periods.

Tax Assessments 2016

These property appraisals form the basis for the property taxes that are part of the annual maintenance fees paid each year by DVC members.  Appraisals are performed by the county for the entirety of Walt Disney World.  In the case of Disney Vacation Club resorts, values are impacted by a variety of factors including direct sale prices of DVC points and resale transfers prices for older resorts.  

Disney does have a history of challenging the appraisals, seeking reductions if they feel the county has been too aggressive in its pricing.  In recent years, rising assessed values have played a large role in annual dues increases imposed upon DVC owners.  

The Orange County Tax Collector will release 2016 property tax statements for each DVC resort by November 1, 2016.  DVCNews.com will post that information once it becomes available.  Statements detailing annual dues for 2017--including resort property taxes--are expected to be released before the end of November.  


Wil Lovato is a contributor to DVCNews.com and has been a Disney Vacation Club owner since 2009. His DVC Home Resorts include Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl.”

Reader Comments
Location, Location, Location -- denlo
2016 Oct 07 12:09:24 PM
Even timeshares tax increases appear to higher based on location. And I was hoping BLT's increases would level out this year.
Re: DVC Property Taxes Continue to Rise -- Brad1972
2016 Oct 07 03:41:47 PM
This is a really sneaky way for Orange County to raise taxes without raising taxes... Sure the tax rates stay the same, but instead they steadily increase every property's assessed value. I find it hard to believe that the BLT property is worth 10.24% more this year than last. And look at VWL, BWV, OKW, etc. -- a flat 10% increase each year? Seems pretty convenient to me. I'd love to see the math behind these numbers.

I know there isn't anything we can do about it... But these constant increases really start to take a bite after awhile.
:boohoohoo:
Re: DVC Property Taxes Continue to Rise -- denlo
2016 Oct 07 09:30:56 PM
I was surprised that BCV has such a small increase compared to the others. That is a great location.
Re: DVC Property Taxes Continue to Rise -- Hurtdog
2016 Oct 08 08:15:07 AM
Brad1972 wrote:
This is a really sneaky way for Orange County to raise taxes without raising taxes... Sure the tax rates stay the same, but instead they steadily increase every property's assessed value. I find it hard to believe that the BLT property is worth 10.24% more this year than last. And look at VWL, BWV, OKW, etc. -- a flat 10% increase each year? Seems pretty convenient to me. I'd love to see the math behind these numbers.

I know there isn't anything we can do about it... But these constant increases really start to take a bite after awhile.
:boohoohoo:
Well, think about it this way. If BLT tower never previously existed and started sales today given the prices of its comps (VGF & Poly), how much would be the price per point? That's what property values are based upon. Now if DVC were to expand at Yacht club with current prices, you could almost guarantee Boardwalk & Beach Club would rise precipitously as well. Ultimately, BLT was underpriced initially but that was a consequence of the economy at that time. It's real value is playing catch up to the other two comps around the lake
Re: DVC Property Taxes Continue to Rise -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2016 Oct 08 05:40:14 PM
Hurtdog wrote:
Well, think about it this way. If BLT tower never previously existed and started sales today given the prices of its comps (VGF & Poly), how much would be the price per point? That's what property values are based upon.

Property taxes are not linked splely to sale/buy/resale prices. If so everyone would have seen a MASSIVE increase in taxes during the housing boom followed by an even larger decrease when the bubble burst. Property taxes and rateables are determined by a slew of things including location, government services, school system, age & size of dwelling, local jobs, surrounding area, etc.

Right now, look outside the bubble. Construction is booming, land prices are escalating. Right outside AK on I-192 a massive 300 acre Margaritaville resort complete with water park is being built. Construction outside WDW in Orange & Osceola counties is driving the increase.

What I would love to see is the increase for non DVC properties. Call it a trust issue with the Mouse.

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