In October 2017, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows continued to lead all Disney Vacation Club resorts in sales, but Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is quickly closing the gap between the two resorts.
Copper Creek Deluxe Studio Villa
For the month, the Polynesian sold 83,322 points and Copper Creek sold 75,576 points. Just three months ago, in July 2017, the Polynesian outsold Copper Creek by over 62,000 points.
181,507 points were sold for the 10 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World in October, bringing the 2017 year-to-date total to 1,910,981 points. This is the best year in sales since 1,980,100 points were sold for the first 10 months of 2012.
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows — The Polynesian is not yet “sold out”, but all indications are that it is quickly approaching that status. In October, 83,322 points were sold for the resort, the fewest number of points since 72,137 points were sold in February 2016. The slowdown in Polynesian sales, coupled with the steady increase in Copper Creek sales, suggests that Disney is shifting its marketing emphasis from the former to the latter resort.
The Polynesian has now sold 3,609,791 points, or 89.5% of its 4,032,720 total points. This includes 83 deeds containing 11,153 points that have been reacquired by Disney through buybacks, foreclosures, and exercising its Right of First Refusal on third-party resale transactions.
Disney must retain at least 2% of the Polynesian’s total points for itself, leaving it with about 342,275 points remaining that can be sold to the general public. However, since there are hundreds of transactions that are awaiting closure, Disney has far fewer than that amount of points left in its inventory.
Disney may have a very limited supply of Polynesian points available in some of the eight Use Years. As of the end of October, Disney had the following points remaining in each Use Year:
The number of unsold points for each Use Year includes the 2% that Disney must retain for itself.
The Polynesian has only one Residential Unit (#84) containing 39,448 points that has not yet been assigned to a Use Year. Even if Disney assigns Unit #84 to the August or September Use Year, Disney may not have enough points to satisfy all member who wish to add on points in one of those Use Years.
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Copper Creek sales have steadily improved since Disney began selling points in March 2017. In October 2017, the resort sold 75,576 points, its best month ever. Since sales started, Copper Creek has sold 374,089 points, which is about 11.3% of its 3,321,954 total points.
Disney has declared 48 of Copper Creek’s 184 vacation homes for the DVC inventory. In terms of points, the 48 declared vacation homes account for about 1,021,430 (30.7%) of the resort’s 3,321,966 points. As Disney sells more points for Copper Creek, it will declare more vacation homes for the DVC inventory.
The sales data includes all nine DVC resorts at Walt Disney World, as well as Disney's Vero Beach Resort, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, and Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas. 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 Imdizfan for helping compile 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 Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl.”