With help from Disney Vacation Club’s two newest properties, direct sales recorded its best month in over a year.
Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
In June 2023, 134,177 points were sold for the 11 DVC resorts located at Walt Disney World and 162,106 points were sold for the newest DVC resort, The Villas at Disneyland Hotel. The combined 296,283 point total is the third best month for DVC sales in the 13 years that DVCNews.com has tracked direct sales. Only July 2013 (364,416 points) and April 2022 (310,866 points) recorded more points than June 2023.
The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort recorded its best month since May 2022, selling almost 18,000 more points than in May 2023. Despite this surge in sales for Grand Floridian, the Walt Disney World resorts saw their overall sales decline 0.7% compared to the previous month. Disney’s Riviera Resort had a slight drop of 1,447 points in June. But the largest decline was with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. Sales for the resort dropped from 25,860 points in May to only 9.735 points in June as short term incentive introduced in March expired.
The largest single deed sold in June was a 1,000-point deed for Grand Floridian. In addition, a new DVC member bought 900 Grand Floridian points split across three 300-point deeds.
Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — In June 2023, 75,687 points were sold for Grand Floridian, the most since May 2022 when 100,178 points were sold. This is the sixth month in a row that it led all Walt Disney World resorts in sales.
Disney has sold 1,144,333 of the 1,779,822 points (64.3%) allotted to the 202 Resort Studios located in Big Pine Key. Disney still has about 622,000 Grand Floridian points it can sell to the general public.
If Grand Floridian could continue selling about 75,000 points a month, it would take abouteight months for the resort to be sold out. However, since Grand Floridian has averaged only 56,381 points over the last 12 months, it may take another year before it reaches that stage. Much will depend on the incentives Disney offers in the coming months.
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 June, Riviera sold 40,025 points, slightly less than the 42,700 points and 41,472 points it sold in April and May. It is well below the 61,794 points that the resort averaged over the previous 12 months.
Disney has now sold 3,701,546 Riviera points, or 54.9%, 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.
No Fixed Week deeds were sold for Riviera in June. 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 Villas at Disneyland Hotel — Sales for DVC’s newest resort started on May 2, 2023, and were initially limited to existing DVC members. Beginning May 30, sales were expanded to new members as well.
In June, 162,106 points were sold for Disneyland Hotel. Combined with the points sold in May, 309,544 points have now been sold, about 9.5% of the resort’s estimated 3,255,992 total points.
The largest single deed sold in June for Disneyland Hotel was for 700 points. The average deed size in June was 143 points, slightly more than the 128 points that the deeds averaged in May.
Because the data available from the Orange County (California) Clerk-Recorder’s Office is limited, it is not possible to track some items such as Fixed Week sales. Even the exact number of points sold cannot be measured directly; instead, the number of points can only be estimated based on the Transfer Tax paid on each deed.
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 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.”