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DVCNews Debates: No, That's Not Right!

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Timeshares can be a difficult concept to grasp...even Disney timeshares.  All too often, members seem to misunderstand the product that they've purchased.  Owners will  comment about not being able to book a room until 11 months from their Use Year or assume that the RCI trading process is much more seamless than it actually is.


 Topic:  What are some of the more egregious missteps you've heard about from fellow owners?

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DVCNews Debates: No More Rooms

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There are only a finite number of Disney Vacation Club villas available for every given night.  Demand has been known to spike around special events like the Walt Disney World Marathon and holidays such as New Year's Eve.  Small resorts like the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel leave many owners scrambling when there are no rooms available at 7 months.  And DVC's recent announcement of the Magic Kingdom After Hours parties on two nights in February and March is certain to increase villa bookings on those dates. 


 Topic:  When you really want a room for one (or more) nights and there are no villas available, what do you do?

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DVCNews Debates: Referral Program

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Once upon a time, Disney Vacation Club had a referral program which could prove rather beneficial to its most avid supporters.  Current owners would rewards of $200 to $1000 for referring up to 5 new buyers to the timeshare program per calendar year.   Many owner claimed they did DVC's work for them, selling associates on the value of membership before they even spoke to a salesperson.  Sadly the program was eliminated several years ago, leaving members with no tangible incentive for promoting DVC to their friends and family.  


 Topic:  Did Disney Vacation Club make a mistake in retiring the referral program?

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DVCNews Debates: Best & Worst of Grand Californian

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The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel holds a number of distinctions.  It is the only Disney Vacation Club property at Disneyland.  It is the smallest property with just 46 rooms.  And it is the closest DVC resort to any Disney theme park.  

The Grand Californian is also one of the most expensive resorts on the resale market due to many of the factors listed above. 


 Topic:  What are your most favorite and least favorite aspects of the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel?

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DVCNews Debates: Epcot Lounge

DVCNews DebatesBack in the spring, Disney Vacation Club unveiled the first ever member-exclusive lounge, located within the confines of the Epcot theme park.  The lounge offers members an air conditioned space to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.  Members can enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks, free use of iPads and computers, charging stations for their own devices, along with spectacular views of the park itself.  Being an owner perk, it is unlikely that DVC dues are being used to fund the lounge.  However if DVC is to invest in such benefits, it makes sense for them to pursue options which most appeal to members.


Topic:  What do you think of the DVC Epcot lounge?  Is it a worthwhile benefit that you would like to see continue, or is the money better spent elsewhere?

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