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DVCNews Debates: Perks Lost

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Ancillary owner perks like ticket and merchandise discounts are not contractually guaranteed to Disney Vacation Club owners.  They come and they go.

In recent months, DVC has added a number of fun owner perks including free theme park evenings, photo booths and soon a member lounge.  But over the years owners have also lost access to perks like length-of-stay ticket discounts and free valet parking. 


 Topic:  What is your favorite (former) DVC owner perk which has been discontinued?

DVCNews Debates: Disney Springs time

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To some, Disney Springs is frequently derided as "just a shopping mall."  But to others, it's a destination unto itself.  Many of the shops are unique, offering merchandise which is difficult if not impossible to unearth in theme park gift shops.  And the assortment of dining options provides much greater variety than any Disney resort or theme park.  


 Topic:  During a typical Walt Disney World visit, how much time do you spend at Disney Springs?

DVCNews Debates: 5th Sleeper

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Disney Vacation Club has employed a couple of different methods in guest rooms to sleep additional guests.  The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel was the first to feature a fold-down Murphy Bed in the living room of One and Two Bedroom Villas.  This option has more recently been used in Deluxe Studio villas, combining with a collapsable table to allow for versatility in the rooms.  Meanwhile some resorts were equipped with large armchairs which can fold flat into a twin-size bed.  Admittedly designers are limited by space and room design as to what will actually fit in any given villa.  But all things being equal, which is the preferred method for accommodating 5 guests in a DVC Studio or One Bedroom Villa?


 Topic:  Which "5th sleeper" option do you prefer--the Murphy Bed or the sleeper chair?

DVCNews Debates: Disney After Hours

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Earlier this year Walt Disney World announced a series of "Disney After Hours" events which would provide 3 hours of exclusive access to the Magic Kingdom with very limited crowds.  Attendees can seemingly ride every major attraction--multiple times--with virtually no wait.  Priced at $149 per person, Disney After Hours was apparently not well received by the public.  Shortly after launching, they provided Disney Vacation Club members with free aemission on one evening and 50% discounts on most others.  


 Topic:  What is an appropriate price for an event like Disney After Hours?

DVCNews Debates: Resale Prices

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DVCNews Debates

Effective April 4, 2016, Disney Vacation Club contracts purchased via the resale market are not eligible for the "Membership Extras" slate of perks.  Among the restricted items are annual pass and other ticket discounts, dining discounts, merchandise discounts and more.  In order to be eligible for these perks, owners buying after 4/4/16 must own some number of points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Club. 

It has been suggested that these new restrictions will lead to reduced demand among resale buyers, which could translate into lower prices.  


 Topic:  What impact do you foresee for resale prices following the new perk restrictions?

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