DVCNews Debates

DVCNews Debates: Vacation Planning

DVCNews DebatesMany Disney Vacation Club members are veteran guests of Walt Disney World.  Compared to the typical cash guest, a DVC member is likely to visit with much greater frequency.  We're wondering how DVC ownership has changed your vacation planning.  Do you still buy tourbooks (Passporter, Unofficial Guide, Birnbaums, etc.)?  Do you utilize other / on-line resources?  How detailed are your vacation plans?

Topic:  How has DVC ownership changed your vacation planning routine?



DVCNews Debates: Room Assignment Procedures

DVCNews DebatesDisney Vacation Club resorts generally use two different room assignment processes--either Disney's Room Ready system or the preassignment of rooms.  Under Room Ready, villas are assigned to guests as they arrive at the front desk.  Front Desk Cast Members choose a room from among those currently clean and ready to be occuplied, regardless of whether the room is the best match for the guest's requests.  Priority is placed on getting the guest into a room--any room--immediately upon arrival. 

Under the preassignment system, rooms are assigned to guests several days before they arrive at the resort.  Ideally this leads to a room which better matches the guest's requests, but leaves the guest without a room until their preassigned room is ready for occupancy. 

Topic:  Which room assignement process do you prefer--Room Ready or preassignment?



DVCNews Debates: July 28, 2008

DVCNews DebatesIn recent weeks we've witnessed a number of negative stories linked to the Disney theme parks.  The Pleasure Island clubs are closing, Fantasmic performances are being scaled back for the first time in its history, character meals are being eliminated, the Pocahontas show is closing.  At the same time Disney has not publicly announced any new construction wihin the theme parks.  All of this comes during a period of relative economic uncertainty.

Topic:  Do any of Disney's recent moves (or lack thereof) have you rethinking your current or future plans in relation to DVC ownership?



DVCNews Debates: July 21, 2008

DVCNews DebatesDisney Vacation Club has made both positive changes (added Animal Kingdom Villas to program, larger AKV rooms, AP discount, free Internet, improved sofabeds, improved mattresses and linens) and negative changes (banking window, transfer policies, $95 booking fee) in recent years.  And the jury is still out regarding the impact of changes like the new booking policy based on arrival date.  

Topic:  Overall do you think members are better or worse off than they were three years ago?



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