Due to declining reservation numbers projected for calendar year 2009, Disney recently announced a slew of promtional offers including a "Buy 4 (nights), get 3 free" package. Of course, this is not the first time that discounts have been offered. Room discounts for Annual Passholders are commonplace, as are things like the "free dining" promotions in the fall.
With kitchens or kitchenettes in every Disney Vacation Club villa and grocery delivery services ready to help members fill those kitchens, members are well equipped to dine in-room while staying at their Home Away from Home. But the wide variety of restaurants at Walt Disney World and convenient Dining Plans provide tempting alternatives.
Topic: How do you dine at Walt Disney World and how has being a DVC member changed your dining habits?
There are many different ways to be introduced to the Disney Vacation Club for the first time. The parks and resorts are home to dozens of sales booths. Many rent points before buying. There are websites, promotional DVDs, television programs, in-park merchandise and so on.
Topic: How were you first introduced to the Disney Vacation Club?
For years many members (and potential members) have longed for a Disney Vacation Club resort located on the monorail line. That dream was realized about 6 weeks ago with the announcement of the Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Unfortunately the announcement came amidst a period of economic crisis the likes of which this country (and the world) hasn't experienced in nearly a decade.
Topic: What impact (if any) has the current economic crisis had on your DVC purchase plans in the present and near future?
If we go back 17 years, DVC was viewed as a pretty big risk for Disney. The first members bought ownership in Old Key West (then simply referred to as "The Disney Vacation Club") with no guarantee that additional resorts would ever be built. Yet here we are now with eight resorts available for stays and three more in various stages of construction. Disneyland is getting its first DVC resort and Disney is even re-entering the non-theme park market with a resort on Hawaii.