Disney Vacation Club has confirmed plans to restrict future resale buyers from accessing certain resorts within the program.
According to a blog post from DVC Resale Market, DVC will soon implement a two-pronged change to how resale points may be used in the future.
Effective January 19, 2019, new resale purchases for the fourteen current DVC properties can only be used at those 14 resorts. Resale points purchased after that date will not be eligible for reservations at Disney's Riviera Resort, Reflections, A Disney Lakeside Lodge or any other future Disney Vacation Club property.
An official statement posted to DVCMember.com confirms this intent:
Effective January 19, 2019, only Members who purchase directly from Disney will be able to use their Vacation Points at the 14 existing Disney Vacation Club Resorts or future Resorts—such as Disney’s Riviera Resort or Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. Resale contracts purchased for the existing 14 Disney Vacation Club Resorts will only be able to exchange Points into those 14 Resorts.
This change does not apply to contracts purchased prior to January 19, 2019. Contracts gifted to family members will continue to have the same Resort access as before the ownership transfer.
The eligibility rules for Membership Extras and RCI access remain unchanged.
The Buena Vista Trading Company Disclosure Guide has been amended accordingly.
Additionally, according to DVC Resale Market contracts for Riviera and all other forthcoming resorts will be limited to using points only at their Home resort. Those buying Riviera or Reflections points from a resale broker will be unable to use those points for Disney's Beach Club Villas, Disney's BoardWalk Villas or any of the preceeding 14 resorts. The future status of Riviera resales was not specifically addressed in the DVC statement printed above.
These restrictions go into effect on January 19. Resale contracts must be submitted for DVC's Right of First Refusal (ROFR) before this date in order to be "grandfathered" under the current rules and exempt from these new restrictions.
Resale points are already ineligible for use toward resorts in The Disney Collection including hotels at Disneyland and Disney's international theme parks, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.
All resale buyers will still be able to trade points thru RCI.