Last week I published a poll asking a simple question – which DVC resort did you think was ‘the best’. I realize that is a very broad statement, and open to a lot of interpretation. I don’t present this as any kind of scientific evidence of anything – it was for fun. However, the results did illuminate something interesting, which I’ll get to in a second. But first, how did the resorts fare? We had a total of 1879 votes – and I’ve included their rank, result percentage, as well as an estimate of what each resort commands on the resale market:
|14||Vero Beach||0.6%||$60 – $75|
|13||Hilton Head||1.0%||$72 – $80|
|12||Grand Californian||2.1%||$190 – $195|
|11||Saratoga Springs||3.1%||$100 – $125|
|10||Old Key West||6.0%||$90 – $95|
|9||Aulani||7.0%||$95 – $105|
|8||Grand Floridian||7.3%||$165 – $190|
|8||Boulder Ridge||7.3%||$95 – $105|
|6||Copper Creek||9.2%||$150 – $165|
|5||Animal Kingdom Lodge||10.2%||$105 – $115|
|4||Polynesian Villas||10.3%||$145 – $155|
|3||Bay Lake Tower||11.4%||$145 – $155|
|2||Boardwalk||12.0%||$120 – $155|
|1||Beach Club Villas||12.5%||$135 – $155|
I can’t say I’m surprised by any of this – Beach Club and Boardwalk are statistically even, as are Poly and AKL. While I’m not surprised that Saratoga Springs is ranked lowest of the Orlando DVC properties, I can’t help but think sometimes that Saratoga is underrated. It is a beautiful resort, very soon the rooms will be completely rehabbed, it’s proximity to Disney Springs is a huge selling point, yet on the resale market, it’s not hard to grab Saratoga Springs for around $100 – $110 per point.
The other thing this illuminates is that there is ‘clear winner. Look how relatively even the difference is between the resorts – certainly some are more popular than others, but there’s no ‘blow-out’ here. Saratoga is unusually low on the list, but as I mentioned earlier, it gives me the impression the resort is underrated, not necessarily ‘bad’. The position of Grand Californian, Hilton Head and Vero Beach are due (in my opinion) to the fact that many people haven’t experienced them.
So, in the comments below, tell us where you own and what you love about your resort. If you’re not yet a DVC member (but are thinking about it), which resort(s) appeal to you?