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DVCNews Debates: D23 Fallout

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

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In recent years, Disney has been the subject of some criticism for a lack of new attractions and experiences at its parks.  However, at the recent D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim Disney thrilled theme park fans with a slew of new additions for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  Both Resorts will receive a 14 acre Star Wars Land in the coming years.  At Disney's Animal Kingdom work progresses on a new nighttime show and the highly-touted Pandora expansion, designed in conjunction with filmmaker James Cameron.  Soarin Around the World will arrive on both coasts.  Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, Arendelle at Epcot and the ongoing Disney Springs expansion are more examples of Disney's substantial investment.  

But with no dates attached to many of these projects, completion timelines remain an uncertainty.  

 Topic:  How have the construction announcements impacted your satisfaction with the Disney parks & DVC resorts?

DVCNews Debates: WHW vs Beach Bash

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

This summer Disney Vacation Club debuted the Neighborhood Beach Bash, a complimentary evening at Typhoon Lagoon offered exclusively to members.  In some ways, this event may be a spiritual successor to the recurring Welcome Home Wednesdays gathering which was discontinued earlier this year.  

Holiday visitors have grown accustomed to the Member Merry Mixer gatherings, similar exclusive events with limited dates available.  For financial reasons, it may not be practical to offer these functions year-round, but those who are able to attend seem to get a little return than the refreshments and free baseball which were staples of Welcome Home Wednesdays.

 Topic:  Would you rather see DVC offer modest weekly memeber gatherings or more elaborate--and infrequent--events? 


DVCNews Debates: Cash Resort Use

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

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While Disney Vacation Club now has a presence at nearly every Deluxe resort at Walt Disney World--plus one at Disneyland--there are still more than a dozen Disney hotels to choose from.   And there are many reasons for guests to patronize those hotels:  insufficient points available, good cash rates offered, stay close to friends or relatives who are also vacationing, change of scenery, and so on. But are any of those reasons compelling enough to compel you to avoid a points stay, or even a rental if additional points are needed?  

 Topic:  Do you still stay at Disney's cash resorts after becoming a DVC member? 

DVCNews Debates: Minimum Buy-In

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

The minimum purchase threshold for Disney Vacation Club ownership has been on the decline for many years.  At one stage in the 1990's owners had to purchase at least 230 points in order to join the Club.  Later these numbers declined to 160 points, 150 points and 100 points as a minimum.  There are reported instances of DVC allowing a first-time buyer to purchase even less than 100 points as a new owner.  

It leads one to question the impact of these reductions impact on owners and DVC itself.  Smaller contracts would seem to help make DVC more affortable to some buyers, however a reduction in the minimum purchase means smaller and smaller contracts with largely the same administrative overhead for the seller.  

 Topic:  Has a reduction in the minimum purchase been good or bad for DVC and its owners? 

DVCNews Debates: Slow transfers

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

Disney Vacation Club's direct sales of points faces stiff competition from the resale marketplace.  Buyers can often purchase a nearly identical product for a fraction of DVC's direct sale prices.

One of the tactics that Disney seemingly uses to discourage resale purchases is to delay the administrative process of transfering ownership.  Between slow responses to the mandatory Right of First Refusal and lethargic post-closing recognition of the change in owners, it will often be 90-120 days from the orignal offer to the point where the new owners can make their first reservation.  While there does not appear to be anything illegal about such delays, are the proper?

 Topic:  Is it appropriate for Disney to stretch-out the resale purchase process while giving more favorable treatment to direct buyers (who tend to pay much higher prices)? 


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