Increased costs for club level rooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas and seasonal changes for Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas and Disney's Vero Beach Resort are some of the changes found in the 2019 Disney Vacation Club points charts.
Disney Vacation Club has revealed the nightly point values for booking villas during the 2019 calendar year. At Animal Kingdom Villas, club level rooms have been hit with a nightly cost increase of about 10% across the board. Value rooms were reduced by a similar amount to offset the club level increase.
At Vero Beach, the seasons have been shuffled to some degree with peak Premier Season dates moving from February 17 - April 7 2018 to March 10 - April 27, 2019. Offsetting changes were applied to Magic Season. Points were also adjusted with Deluxe Inn Ocean View Rooms rising 5-10% throughout the year and Deluxe Studios reduced by a similar amount.
(Note: The 2019 chart for Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas originally reflected many dates swapping between Adventure and Choice seasons. A revision was later published by Disney Vacation Club which returned most of those dates to their original seasons. The link below has been updated to reflect this change. Thanks to Laura for the heads-up!)
Despite the continued popularity of fall travel to Walt Disney World, no changes have been made to the seasons for those Florida locations aside from the usual adjustments for Easter and Thanksgiving.
Following are links to the points charts for all fourteen Disney Vacation Club properties:
Thanks to @CodeSpyder for the tip!!
The problem with the Concierge Club villas point costs has been known since Animal Kingdom Villas opened in 2007, but its taken DVC 10 years to make any changes in the point chart for those villas.
The Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort opened in 2009, but by the Fall of 2011 -- only two years later -- DVC had enough booking data to justify significantly raising the cost of the TreeHouse Villas effective with 2013.
Aulani opened on August 29, 2011, and DVC has already made two significant reallocations in its point chart. In the Fall 2014 -- only three years after Aulani opened -- DVC felt booking patterns justified a major revision in the seasons at Aulani (see http://dvcnews.com/index.php/dvc-program-51703/policies-a-procedures-46504/news-83631/2804-2016-points-charts-published-significant-changes-at-aulani). Now, only three years after its last major reallocation, DVC has enough booking data to justify a second reallocation.
And then we come to the booking issues with the Walt Disney World DVC resorts during December. Early December is an extremely popular time with frequent reports from members saying its a challenge to get certain villas during that time. Yet the point costs for the first two weeks of December continue to be part of the cheapest season.
It amazes me that DVC has not taken steps to change the first two weeks of December from the cheap Adventure season to a more expensive season. If DVC can act relatively quickly to make changes with SSR's and Aulani's point charts, then what will it take for it to make changes to the booking costs for the first two weeks in December?
They are pretty much AKV owners booking most of the values even before the change. It is sort of the way BWV's standard views go to the BWV owners October through December.
As I posted in reply to DVC news on twitter - raising concierge did need doing, but dumping the reduction in the next hardest to book category doesn't really help a great deal. I wonder what % rise would have been needed for a point or two off of standard/savannah, I suspect club level would have still been hugely oversubscribed even at 30%, maybe even more than that if 7 month demand is taken into account. Guessing with std/savannah being at both Kidani and Jambo the numbers just don't add up. My strategy of booking one value studio and one club studio (as opposed to one club 1-bedroom) means it's more or less no change for me overall I suppose.