Buoyed by a surge in sales for one older Disney Vacation Club property, the eleven Walt Disney World DVC resorts recorded their best month for sales in 2023.
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In May 2023, 135,129 points were sold for the DVC resorts located at Walt Disney World. It was the third consecutive month that sales have improved and the best month for sales since October 2022.
The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort continues to lead the way, well ahead of Disney’s Riviera Resort. However, it is the resort in third place that accounts for the boost in sales in May. Benefitting from some short term discounts and incentives that were introduced in March, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas sold 25,860 points in May, its highest total since July 2014 when 27,004 points were sold.
Sales for the newest DVC resort, The Villas at Disneyland Hotel, began in May. With 147,288 points sold in its debut month, it outsold all 11 Walt Disney World resorts combined. More details about Disneyland Hotel’s sales are available here.
In May, a 1,192-point fixed week deed was sold for Riviera. But it wasn’t the largest deed sold for the month. That distinction went to a 1,200-point deed sold for Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. In addition, nine 25-point deeds were sold for Grand Floridian but none for Riviera.
Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — In May 2023, 57,690 points were sold for the Grand Floridian. This marks the third month in a row that it sold just under 58,000 points (57,570 in April and 57,972 in March).
Since resuming sales for Grand Floridian in March 2022, Disney has sold 1,068,646 of the 1,779,822 points (60.0%) allotted to the 202 Resort Studios located in Big Pine Key. Disney still has about 710,000 Grand Floridian points it can sell to the general public.
No Fixed Week deeds were sold for Grand Floridian in May 2023. So far, Disney has sold 41 Fixed Week deeds for the new Resort Studios: 11 deeds for standard view; 25 Lake View; and 7 Theme Park View. Since sales resumed, Disney has not sold any Fixed Week deeds for the Deluxe Studios or larger accommodations at the original Grand Floridian DVC building.
Disney’s Riviera Resort — In May, Riviera sold 41,472 points, slightly less than the 42,700 points it sold the month before and well below the almost 61,800 points it averaged over the last 12 months. Disney has now sold 3,662,456 Riviera points, or 54.3%, of the resort’s 6,739,966 points. There are about 2.9 million Riviera points that Disney can still sell to the general public.
One Fixed Week deed was sold for Riviera in May: a 1,192-point deed for grand villa for week #15. Disney has sold 112 Fixed Week deeds for the resort: 93 Fixed Week deeds have been sold for Deluxe Studios, eight for one-bedroom villas, eight for two-bedroom villas, and three for three-bedroom grand villas.
Disney has declared 224 of Riviera’s 341 vacation homes for the DVC inventory. There are still 117 vacation homes that have not yet been declared and are under the control of Disney. The declared inventory accounts for about 4,458,999 points, or 66.2% of the resort’s total points.
The sales data includes all 11 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World, as well as Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. Point sales data is not available for the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. The data is compiled from deeds filed by Disney Vacation Development and recorded with the Orange County (FL) Comptroller, the Indian River County (FL) Clerk of Court, and the Beaufort County (SC) Register of Deeds. Thanks to Chris from dvc.market for assisting in the compilation of the sales data.
Wil Lovato is a contributor to DVCNews.com and has been a Disney Vacation Club owner since 2009. His DVC Home Resorts include Copper Creek Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl.”