2017 yielded some of the best sales numbers for Disney Vacation Club in years. Points continue to sell at an impressive pace for all-time-high prices. But exactly what is prompting buyers to continue to shell-out nearly $180 per point? Is it the appeal of resorts like the Polynesian and Copper Creek? Impressive owner perks like Moonlight Magic, the Epcot Lounge and theme park ticket discounts? Is it merely a reflection of a healthy economy?
The manner in which Disney Vacation Club contracts hold their value is somewhat unique in the timehsare industry. While many timeshares are worth pennies on the dollar when attempting to re-sell, DVC owners have often found they can sell their points for as much or more than they originally paid. Of course, that's only useful if you actually do sell the points--resale value is irrelevant to those who continue using their points year-after-year.
Topic: Thinking back to your original purchase, how important was the perceived resale value? Would you still have bought if DVC didn't hold its value quite as well?
In 2016, Disney Vacation Club decreed that future members must own some number of direact-purchase points in order to benefit from a wide slate of member perks. Now comes word that DVC will soon implement a minimum threshold of 75 direct points for those same perks. Among the perks subject to this restriction are annual pass and other ticket discounts, admission to the free Moonlight Madness events, 20% savings on Disney merchandise, dozens of restaurant discounts and more.
Topic: Is it fair for DVC to add these restrictions, excluding owners with only cheaper resale points?
Whether you frequent Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you probably know the significance of the year 2019--the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Given fandom surrounding the Star Wars franchise, the crowds certain to flock to these 14 acre expansions may make Harry Potter look like a mere Muggle. Disney regulars, inluding DVC members, will have to decide whether they want to brave the crowds to get an early look at the new Star Wars attractions or wait for the hysteria to subside.
Topic: Do you plan to alter your DVC travel patterns in 2019 (and beyond) as a result of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
More and more entertainment venues continue to move into the Central Florida area. Universal Studios Florida is the prime compeditor to Disney with its Harry Potter and Marvel attractions, a new water park and a growing list of themed hotels. But even if Universal isn’t your cup ‘o tea, Sea World, Legoland, Busch Gardens and many other niche venues provide alternatives. Meanwhile Disney makes a hard push to keep guests on property with theme parks, water parks, shopping, golf, dozens of restaurants, free airport transportation and more.