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DVC Incentivizes Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower Sales – But Is It A Good Deal?

Hidden deep inside each round of new direct Disney Vacation Club incentives are small discounts for sold-out properties. We usually draw little attention to them, given that they pail in comparison to the savings you can receive by purchasing a DVC resale contract. But Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort have caught our attention for several reasons, with its newest round of direct sales discounts running now thru March 1st, 2023.

Current Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower Incentives Offer Up To $50 Per Point Off

Disney Vacation Club is currently offering significant discounts to new and existing members looking for points at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Keep in mind that these incentive values come off the current sold-out sales price of the Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower, which are currently $250.00 and $275.00 per point, respectively. Discounts run through March 1st, 2023.

Member Add-On Savings: Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower

When You Purchase…You’ll Save…
100 to 124 Vacation Points$12 Per Point
125 to 149 Vacation Points$14 Per Point
150 to 174 Vacation Points$19 Per Point
175 to 199 Vacation Points$27 Per Point
200 to 249 Vacation Points$45 Per Point
250 to 299 Vacation Points$47 Per Point
300 to 499 Vacation Points$49 Per Point
500+ Vacation Points$50 Per Point

New Member Savings: Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower

When You Purchase…You’ll Save…
150 to 174 Vacation Points$14 Per Point
175 to 199 Vacation Points$17 Per Point
200 to 249 Vacation Points$27 Per Point
250 to 299 Vacation Points$29 Per Point
300 to 499 Vacation Points$34 Per Point
500 to 999 Vacation Points$39 Per Point
1,000+ Vacation Points$42 Per Point

Bay Lake Tower

Sales Guides Are Calling Members About This Limited Time Discount

Reports over in the DVC Fan Facebook Group are that many members have heard from their direct guides about this limited-time deal. Multiple members have received calls, voicemails, and emails drawing attention to these Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower discounts.

Why Is DVC Discounting Sold-Out Properties?

We could speculate for days as to why Disney Vacation Club has chosen now to essentially “fire sale” any Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower points they have – but at the end of the day, your guess is as good as mine.

Here are just a few quick thoughts:

  • The monorail loop is one of the most desirable areas for members and guests, so why not further bolster sales by offering more opportunities in this area?
  • Disney Vacation Club, following the pandemic, appears to have a single objective of hitting sales numbers, with no genuine concern about how they get there. 
  • It is odd that they would discount two neighboring properties of the Grand Floridian, an actively selling property for which they still have many points to sell.
  • Bay Lake Tower makes sense, given the Right of First Refusal (ROFR) activity the resort saw last year. 
  • Polynesian has not seen any ROFR activity since May 2021 – almost 20 months.
  • I personally would not read much into this giving any indication of the condominium association status of the new Polynesian Tower.
Polynesian Deluxe Studio

But Is It REALLY A Good Deal?

At the end of the day, I can’t tell you whether or not now is the right time for you to purchase direct points at the Polynesian or Bay Lake Tower.

But when you compare these discounts to current DVC resale prices, it is hard to ignore how DVC resale is still the better overall deal for these resorts, even with the incentives currently offered. 

Let’s put some numbers behind it and take a look at a comparison for a 200-point contract at both Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower:

Existing Members

ResortDirect PriceDirect w/ IncentivesResale PriceDifference% Savings with Resale
Bay Lake Tower$275$230$178$5222.6%

New Members

ResortDirect PriceDirect w/ IncentivesResale PriceDifference% Savings with Resale
Bay Lake Tower$275$248$178$7028.2%

So even at it’s lowest difference, purchasing a 200-point Polynesian DVC resale contract will save you $5,400 over these direct incentives.

Let us know in the comments what you think of these Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower deals! Will they get you to pull the trigger on some direct points? Why do you think these deals are being released right now?

Be sure to follow along on the DVC Fan Facebook Group for more discussion of these new promotions, and more!

Paul Krieger

Amy and I are new Orlando, Florida residents where we live with our dogs Odie the greyhound and Hermès the Spanish galgo. We are DVC owners at Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk Villas, Grand Californian, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian, Disney World Annual Passholders, and love educating Disney Vacation Club members on how to both use and maximize the value of their DVC points!

13 thoughts on “DVC Incentivizes Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower Sales – But Is It A Good Deal?

  • With all the uncertainty with Disney and their parks, I am not sure I understand why anyone is either buying in or adding on. The current limits on park entry and ticket purchases, in addition to prices, and the unknown around reedy creek ID, it’s honestly a terrible time to buy.

    • Lots of people buy into DVC for the resorts and have no intention of going to the parks. If you know you’d like to vacation at WDW in a deluxe, and travel at least once every 3 years, it’s still a great time to buy in. It will save you money in the long run. Why wait and continue paying rack rate prices for a room? Makes no sense.

    • I don’t totally disagree with you. We are Direct BLT owners and recently Resale AKL owners. We CAN NOT WAIT to go do a ‘resort stay’ (not visit any parks, or maybe just a moonlight magic or something minimal) for the relaxation aspect of a true vacation. The planning efforts and costs associated with park visits is not really what some would consider a peaceful vacation. This is exactly why the Loving Bride and I are looking to purchase Aulani for our next contract – relaxation instead of stressing out about reservations (park and ADRs). My $0.02.

  • I know its probably a dumb question but I am a OKW member. Would it be considered an add on or a new membership if I were to buy more points at BLT?

    • This would be considered an add-on purchase! ☺️

  • I’d love to understand how people think time shares are a good deal. The buy in is like throwing money in the drain then the high maintenance cost every year & you don’t get daily housekeeping & included restocks on the amenities. What am I missing?

    • A lot – You’re missing a lot…

    • I know the fees are more than the taxes on my $500k house. I don’t understand how one lady pays $3400 a year for a week vacation…. Insane

  • Resale is still the better idea imo. But am wondering if this is a crystal ball glance of the type of incentives (and prices) that may be offered for Poly2 and/or New Disneyland Tower?

  • I think your numbers are off. The links to the resale are inverted. Poly resale is $163 and Baylake is $178.

    • Thanks, Brian! Should be updated now – That’s what I get for late-night number crunching and blog writing! Lol

  • Does “existing” members mean just blue card / direct members or any current member including resale?

    • Any current member ☺️

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