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Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in General DVC News


An inventive Disney Vacation Club member has developed a website to monitor room availability and send email notifications when vacancies appear.  

The website DVCapp.com sports a simplistic design but could prove invaluable to Disney Vacation Club members.  One of the shortcomings of DVC's online booking feature at DVCMember.com is its inability to search multiple destinations at a time.  Members must enter a single resort, villa size and view, along with desired travel dates.  Results are displayed for that single inquiry, along with 3 or 4 system-generated alternatives.  

DVCapp.com can query dozens of different resort/room combinations--or every single option available--in a single search.  

Additionally, those who register on the DVCapp.com website can set-up ongoing searches which will send an email notification when a previously unavailable room opens-up.  

Disney Vacation Club does have its own waitlist program which places members on a list to automatically book desired accommodations should vacancies appear.  However the waitlist process is limited to just two ongoing searches per member and the process does not run in real-time.  Openings created by reservation cancellations are often available on DVCMember.com for several hours before the waitlist process attempts to match the vacancies with member requests.  

At this time, DVCapp.com only supports dates within 7 months of the desired arrival.  Room data reported by DVCapp.com is refreshed every few hours--it does not perform reatime searches of DVC resort availability.  Registration is required in order to use some of the more advanced features.  

DVCapp.com is not affiliated with DVCNews.com, Disney Vacation Club or The Walt Disney Company

Reader Comments
Re: Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com -- athenna
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:04
Interesting. Is there an actual app though? Like for an iPhone, etc. Or is it all done on the website?
Re: Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com -- wdrl
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:04
As I understand it, it is a website.

It will be interesting if programs like this will result in increased traffic on the DVCMember website, resulting in delayed response times for members trying to use the online reservation system.
Re: Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com -- KNWVIKING 2.0
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:15
wdrl wrote:
As I understand it, it is a website.

It will be interesting if programs like this will result in increased traffic on the DVCMember website, resulting in delayed response times for members trying to use the online reservation system.

I heard they hired the same firm that rolled out www.O.Care.wait.curse.gov to handle the anticipated additional web traffic.
Re: Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com -- denlo
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:24
It forces an actual person to actually logon. If this system really works as stated it will be popular. But if it slows down the DVC system I hope that DVC can band it. I have a feeling that DVC will just add one of those enter the code restrictions that will keep this sort of program off their website.

It would be nice if DVC allowed you to check for any room available based on the number of points you can use. I mean why should the system look for reservations you don't have the points for?
Re: Monitor DVC villa availability with DVCapp.com -- TimK
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:59
It appears to be querying the DVCMember.com online database every few hours (developer mentioned 6 hour intervals) to populate an external database. If that's the case, impact on DVCMember.com should be fairly minimal. The member website isn't being hit with traffic every time a member searches on DVCapp.com.

That said, DVC could shut it down at any time if they so desire. A database admin could pinpoint the traffic rather quickly and block it in a variety of ways.

Kudos for the idea. I can definitely see how it's a benefit to members. He's living with the reality that time invested could be for naught if DVC decides to pull the plug.

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