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DVCNews Debates: Villa size

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

With multiple villa sizes available at each property, Disney Vacation Club has options available to suit most parties.  From hotel-sized Deluxe Studio Villas to 3-bedroom Grand Villas measuring nearly 2000 sq ft, owners (and renters) have quite a variety to choose from.     


Topic:  What size DVC villa do you most often reserve for your stays?

 

 

DVCNews Debates: Events worthwhile?

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

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Throughout the year, Disney Vacation Club presents a number of member-exclusive events.  Among them are the Welcome Home Wednesdays gatherings at Walt Disney World and similar events at Disneyland and Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas. Also included are the holiday season Member Merry Mixers in Epcot.  

DVC owner dues certainly cover part--if not all--of the cost of hosting these events.  But are the events worthwhile?    


Topic:  Are the DVC member events a reasonable expense or should the be eliminated to help reduce owner costs?

 

DVCNews Debates: Aulani vs. Grand Floridian

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews DebatesWhile more informed consumers (including readers of DVCNews.com) realize that there are many options available for acquiring Disney Vacation Club points, some buyers naively listen to Disney's sales pitch and choose from the options presented.  Those options currently include the Aulani resort in Hawaii and Disney's Grand Floridian resort in Florida.  Prices for the Grand Floridian currently run $165 per point with no incentives, while Aulani is only $160 with buyers receving 15 free points for every 100 purchased.  


 Topic:  Given a choice between Aulani or Grand Floridian at today's prices, which would you select?

 

 

DVCNews Debates: Rental cancellation policy

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews DebatesRenting Disney Vacation Club points is a great option for non-owners to save money on their Disney hotel accommodations.  Renting points from an owner can often yield savings of 50-75% off Disney's rack rates.  But one of the most obvious drawbacks is a restrictive cancellation policy.  Given the point usage guidelines inherent to DVC, many renters have absolute non-cancellation policies, with the buyer advised to consider travel insurance.  


 Topic:  What do you feel is an appropriate reschedule / cancellation policy for DVC point rentals?

 

DVCNews Debates: Best rental approach

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates For the first 15-20 years of Disney Vacation Club's existence, owners looking to rent excess points had to do all of the legwork themselves.  Listings could be posted to a number of sites including the DISBoards or eBay, looking for non-members willing to rent for a fixed price. 

More recently services like DVCRequest.com have emerged.  These rental brokers pair up the owners and non-owners, requiring much less work for the owner while taking a portion of the rental proceeds.


 Topic:  When/if you rent excess points, do you prefer to handle the transaction yourself or work through a broker?

 

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