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Grand Floridian Guaranteed Week details

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in Villas at Grand Floridian


Disney Vacation Club introduced a Guaranteed Week purchase option nearly three years ago with Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, and that option is again available for the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  But how exactly does it work?

The Guaranteed Week option allows a buyer to secure annual stays during a specific timeshare week, in a specific villa size and view, throughout the duration of their resort ownership.  The chart below illustrates the number of points a buyer must purchase in order to secure a Guaranteed Week for each timeframe and villa.

The listed values represent a 50-year average for each week / villa combination, with approximately 10% additional points added.  In order to secure a Guaranteed Week accommodation, buyers must purchase the listed number of points at the prevailing price--currently $145 each.  

Number of Vacation Points necessary to purchase Guaranteed Week:

Studio
Standard

Studio
Lake
One Bedroom
Standard 
One Bedroom
Lake
Two Bedroom
Standard 
Two Bedroom
Lake 
Grand Villa
Lake
Weeks 1-3, 36-38, 49 138 163 272 326 374 448 906
Week 48 138 164 275 329 377 452 913
Week 39 138 165 285 343 385 463 933
Week 50 138 167 292 350 392 472 946
Weeks 40-46 138 168 295 353 395 476 953
Week 4 142 168 285 337 386 461 936
Week 35 142 168 282 337 385 460 932
Week 47 158 190 329 394 447 532 1099
Weeks 5-6, 18-2, 33-34 168 201 339 403 453 535 1092
Week 17 177 210 356 425 488 574 1202
Week 23 179 212 361 431 488 576 1209
Week 32 183 216 367 439 506 595 1261
Weeks 7-14, 24-31 186 219 374 448 515 606 1291
Week 52 199 238 404 480 550 655 1263
Week 51 204 245 420 501 573 685 1313
Weeks 15-16 250 298 509 606 695 827 1561

Arrival and departure dates for each Week will vary from year-to-year.  Disney Vacation Club uses a Sunday-to-Sunday calendar.  In 2013, Week 51 begins on December 22.  In 2014 the start of that Week moves to December 21, while in 2015, Week 51 begins on December 20.    

The number of DVC points required for a specific calendar week's stay often changes due to seasonal adjustments to the points chart.  However, the Guaranteed Week purchase secures the accommodation each year regardless of any seasonal adjustments or reallocations.  

The reservation is confirmed annually without any phone calls or web requests on the part of the owner. 

Annual dues are charged based upon the deeded Guaranteed Week value.  

Guaranteed Week owners can opt-out of their week each year if they so desire.  The opt-out must occur more than 31 days prior to the scheduled arrival.  The Guaranteed Week reservation will be cancelled and the owner will receive the number of Vacation Points listed on their deed (see chart.)  These Vacation Points are subject to all of the traditional program guidelines and timeframes for securing reservations, banking points, borrowing points, etc.   

Once cancelled, the Guaranteed Week cannot be reinstated for the given calendar year.  The villa will be released into the points inventory, and made available to all Disney Vacation Club point owners.  

Up to 35% of each Vacation Home type may be sold as Guaranteed Weeks.  With six Grand Villas available at the Grand Floridian, two of the villas may be sold to Guaranteed Week owners for each week of the year.  The other four will remain available for reservations to points owners.  

Some calendar years include a Week 53.  Week 53 will not be available for sale.  

Reader Comments
Re: Grand Floridian Guaranteed Week details -- MMC1
Friday, 31 May 2013 16:58
I was just trying to figure the cost average. So in general a 50 year contract for the week 51 would be 204 points times $145=$29,580 plus average maintenance fees yearly, approximately $1486...for a weekly guarantee. Is that kinda correct? Why does 1500 per year seem so cheap when 30,000(plus) doesn't. Can somebody else double-check my calculations? Not too good at math.Thanks
Re: Grand Floridian Guaranteed Week details -- DVC Mike
Friday, 31 May 2013 21:30
I wouldn't want to pay 10% more for a fixed week in a certain accommodation. I prefer picking when I go, the room type, and the view. I don't think I would like to pay 10% more - both in the initial purchase cost as well as for 50 years of dues. I know you can convert your points, but I just don't see this as being beneficial to me personally.

What if I buy a fixed week standard studio and decide I'd rather stay in a lake view 1-BR every year?

i wonder how the resale market will value these fixed week contracts?
Re: Grand Floridian Guaranteed Week details -- DiZ NeE 08
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:29
DVC Mike wrote:
I wouldn't want to pay 10% more for a fixed week in a certain accommodation. I prefer picking when I go, the room type, and the view. I don't think I would like to pay 10% more - both in the initial purchase cost as well as for 50 years of dues. I know you can convert your points, but I just don't see this as being beneficial to me personally.

What if I buy a fixed week standard studio and decide I'd rather stay in a lake view 1-BR every year?

i wonder how the resale market will value these fixed week contracts?

I would like to see what kind of dmg does that do to the resale market...

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