Disney housekeepers will now visit Disney Vacation Club villas on a daily basis to empty guests' trash.
Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
The long-standing Disney Vacation Club housekeeping policy will begin to see changes effective today. Five DVC resorts have implemented a new policy requiring Cast Members to remove trash and recyclables on a daily basis. The policy goes into effect on December 22, 2017 for the following resorts: Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas.
The new policy will expand to all other DVC resorts beginning on January 7, 2018.
Website WDWNT.com (link) suggests that the move is prompted by increased security measures at Disney resorts. According to the report, "Do Not Disturb" signs are being replaced with "Room Occupied" signs, with guests warned that Disney Cast Members may enter guest rooms at any time.
Internal policies supposedly require that every hotel room and villa be checked by a Cast Member on a daily basis, with one theory linking the change to recent terror attacks carried out in Las Vegas.
If true, Disney has seemingly chosen a customer-friendly means to visit each DVC room. The modest trash removal service will eliminate one responsibility that was previously placed on the shoulders of guests.
No changes are planned to the full housekeeping schedule or towel replacement policy. For stays of 7 nights or less, guests will have towels replaced on Day 4. For longer stays, DVC villas will receive a full cleaning on Day 4 and towel replacement on Day 8.
Is there any way to opt out?
Someone on another board brought up a good point related to this-housekeeping frequently can't get a room ready to check in by 4:00. So now how much worse will it be, or is DVC hiring more housekeepers? I can't imagine that will do good things to our annual dues.
But I have gotten so I really like that housekeeping only comes every 4 days. No one snooping around nor using my laptop that I forgot and left out. Now it means we will have to put all of our electronics away each day. Although we do not sleep in ever beyond 7:00 AM anymore, we often hang around the room and will check our mail and browse the internet for an hour or two in our sleep tees, which are not for public view. And lets face who has suitcase space for robes for the family?
I cannot see me being vindictive to the poor housekeeper that is just doing a job. They don't make the decisions. I think it is pretty reasonable for management to think they have the right to go into a room regularly for security purposes. But surely they could do it every 4 days instead.
And yes, our annual dues will pay for it, whether it is listed as housekeeping or security who knows.