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DVCNews Debates: Online Check In

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Disney's online check-in process removes much of the human element from arriving at a Disney resort.  That can be good, or it can be bad.  On the plus side, guest names, credit card information, arrival time and other critical information is confirmed even before arrival.  If all goes as planned, time spent waiting for a Cast Member to confirm these details is eliminated.  However, with that human interaction gone, there isn't always an opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with the staffer who can help with special needs, room requests and so on.    


 Topic:  Do you prefer to use the online check-in option or wait until arrival to finalize all of the details?

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Grand Villas are among the most luxurious accommodations Disney Vacation Club has to offer.  Many are spread over two stories with three private bedrooms, 3-4 bathrooms, full dining rooms and other unique amenities like a media room or billiards table.  But they are also very expensive.  In most cases, guests could book a Two Bedroom villa plus another Studio or One Bedroom for fewer points.  At certain resorts, 2 Two Bedroom villas can be cheaper than a single Grand Villa while sleeping as many or more guests.   


 Topic:  If traveling with a group of 10-12 close friends or family, would you book a single Grand Villa or multiple smaller rooms?

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DVCNews Debates: Attendance decline

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Last week, industry reports indicated that all the Disney parks in the US experienced a decline in attendance ranging from .05% at Disney's Hollywood Studios to 1.8% at Disneyland.  This has lead some to speculate that Disney's high pricing and declining quality have finally caught up with them.  The only noteworthy additions to the Disney parks in 2016 were the 'Soarin Around the World' update at Epcot and Disney California Adventure and Frozen Ever After, also at Epcot.  Both of these additions debuted midway through the year.   


 Topic:  Is this attendance decline just a one-time blip or the beginning of a trend?

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DVCNews Debates: Grocery Shopping

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A decade ago there were a few options for securing groceries for a Disney resort stay.  Typically it came down to either renting a car, using a town car or taxi from the airport which included a grocery stop or buying from Disney at inflated prices.  In more recent years, additional options have emerged including grocery deliver services, bulk shipments from Amazon or other retaliers and even the Uber car service.


 Topic:  How do you purchase groceries for your Disney resort stay?

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DVCNews Debates: DVC as an investment

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The rental market for Disney Vacation Club points is quite brisk.  Offering substantial savings off Disney's cash rates, renting points not only saves the guest money but provides the owner with a noteworthy return on their points.  Even resale values are doing well with many resorts selling for more today than they did when new.  But in light of the high purchase price and rising annual dues, is the rental return sufficient to justify DVC as an investment?


 Topic:  Have you ever considered buying DVC points as an investment?

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