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DVCNews Debates: Member Tickets

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

Disney Vacation Club members have access to a variety of Disney theme park ticket option, including the new Gold level Annual Pass which is significantly less than the Platinum Pass with about 4 weeks of blockout dates around Christmas and Easter.

However, there are other ticketing options which are not available to DVC owners or the general public.  Among them are seasonal passes with heavy blockout schedules and Epcot "after 4pm" passes.  These ticket media are only offered to Florida residents.  

 Topic:  What sort of unique / custom tickets do you wish were available to DVC members? 


DVCNews Debates: Renting reservation vs renting points

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DVCNews Debates

Renting has grown into a popular method for getting rid of Disney Vacation Club points that the owner cannot use.  Third-party agents like have emerged to make the process very painless for owners, while avenues like eBay, Craig's List and other Internet listings are also options. 

But to the owner looking to maximize the value from their points, another option is to secure a reservation during a period of peak demand and then look for a renter looking to take that specific reservation.  The market for a single reservation is undoubtedly smaller, but high demand combined with low cost during some DVC seasons can increase profits.  

However, given the already limited availabilty during these high-demand periods, speculative renting may hurt fellow owners who are ready and willing to use their points for the same period.  Some rental avenues--like the DISboards--have strict guidelines against renting existing reservations.

 Topic:  Is it right for owners to hold reservations for speculative rentals? 

DVCNews Debates: Management future

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

The entity known as "Disney Vacation Club" is a timeshare management company.  Other timeshare managers include Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Marriott Vacation Club, Starwood Vacation Ownership and Bluegreen Resorts.  

If Disney were to decide that they no longer wanted to manage the Disney Vacation Club system, they could farm-out management to another entity.  DVC Members would still retain their ownership, while finding themselves part of a much larger timeshare system with more destinations and (in all likelihood) more competition for reserations at the Disney properties.    

 Topic:  Do you think Disney will ever subcontract management of the DVC properties? If so, to whom? 


DVCNews Debates: Relaxing

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

To many, the phrase "relaxing at Walt Disney World" seems like an oxymoron.  Given that the property is larger than the city of San Francisco, most trips are filled with bus rides, boat rides, monorail rides plus miles and miles of walking.  

But some guests still find time to relax and enjoy the resort hotel itself.  Amenities vary from location-to-location:  themed swimming pools, golf courses, Community Halls for the kids, watercraft rentals and other unique recreation features, world-class dining and more.  

 Topic:  Which is the best Disney Vacation Club resort for relaxing? 

DVCNews Debates: Home resort importance

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates

There was a time when advice to "buy where you want to stay" would dominate all Disney Vacation Club discussions, regardless of the financial impact.  But as prices for newer resorts have risen, the conversation has increasingly turned toward the most cost-effective means of joining DVC, with buyers advised to "take their chances" with non-Home resort bookings 7 months prior to arrival.

The price disparity is most profound at the newest properties including Disney's Polynesian Villas and the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, properties where both direct and resale prices are nearly double other resale alternatives.  Securing the Home resort advantage at either of those properties comes at a steep price.

 Topic:  What purchase advise you would give to a buyer today, particularly one with a preference for either the Polynesian or Grand Floridian? 

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