The impression seems to be that Bay Lake Tower is more expensive than Animal Kingdom Villas. However, people are just looking at the cost p[er point and point charts and not taking into consideration the lower annual maintenance fees at BLT.
If I were somebody just buying into DVC, my two choices today would be AKV and BLT. Over the next 48 years (the life of AKV), BLT would actually cost a bit less.
For example, let’s assume 7 nights in a 1-BR unit in early December in the largest view selection (SV at AKV and LV at BLT). The rooms are comparable in size (807 sqft at AKV and 803 at BLT).
It would cost 205 points at AKV and 223 at BLT. My initial purchase price would therefore be $19,680 at AKV and $23,861 at BLT.
Assuming that that the MF at both would go up the same percentage each year, let’s make the comparison simpler and use the existing MF for 48 years. That would be $965.55 per year for AKV and $818.41 for BLT. I should probably use a higher number for AKV since I’m using 2008 MF for it while using 2009 MF for BLT.
The amount you would pay out of pocket each year over 48 years?
AKV - $1376
BLT - $1316
BLT doesn’t look bad at all from this perspective. Plus, if I take those 223 BLT points and use them at the 7-mo window at OKW, I could get 11 nights in a 1-BR unit in early Dec.