Riviera Sales Up, but Overall Numbers Slump in November 2019

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Sales for Disney’s Riviera Resort topped the 100,000 point mark in November 2019 for the fourth time in its brief history. But overall, direct sales of Disney Vacation Club points continued to suffer from the end-of-year doldrums.

Disney's Riviera Resort

November is usually the slowest month of the calendar year for direct sales, averaging only 140,130 points from 2010 to 2018. November 2019 beat that average, but not by much. 140,633 Disney Vacation Club points were sold for the 11 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World, the lowest monthly total since 124,736 points were sold in December 2016. It was also 10.3% less than the sales in November 2018, when 156,800 points were sold.

DVC Direct Sales - November 2019

Despite the recent slowdown in sales, 2019 may still end up being one of the best years yet for direct sales. So far this year 2,098,686 points have been sold, the best year-to-date total since 2012 when 2,105,968 points were sold for the comparable period.

Disney’s Riviera Resort — In November 2019, Disney sold 102,674 points for Riviera, which is scheduled to open on December 16, 2019. It marks the fourth time in its eight-month history that the resort has exceeded the 100,000 point mark.

Since sales began for Riviera, 777,008 points have been sold, about 11.5% of its 6.7 million total points. Included in those sales are 23 Fixed Week deeds. The Fixed Week deeds account for a minuscule three-quarters of a percent of the points sold for Riviera.

Disney has declared 98 of Riviera’s 341 vacation homes for the DVC inventory. The declared inventory consists of 1,930,042 points, which is about 28.6% of the resort’s total points. This means that DVC members can book about 28.6% of Riviera using points while the remainder of the resort is under the control of Disney.

The sales data includes all 11 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World, as well as Disney's Vero Beach Resort, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, and Aulani, Disney Vacaction Club Villas. Point sales data is not available for the Villas at Disney's Grand California 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.

Wil Lovato is a contributor to DVCNews.com and has been a Disney Vacation Club owner since 2009. His DVC Home Resorts include Copper Creek Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl.”