DVCNews.com has confirmed a rumor recently making the rounds among Disney Vacation Club discussion groups—DVC members who purchased their master contracts at the Disneyland Resort will be allowed to add points at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort several weeks before members who purchased elsewhere. The proposed “Founding Member” sales program will allow existing members who initially purchased through the California sales center an exclusive two week period to purchase up to 160 points at the Grand Californian.
After this exclusive period sales will then be opened-up to other members as well as the general public. It is not yet clear if existing members will have priority over the general public, or sales will be open to all interested parties once the founding member priority period has ended.
Multiple sources within the Disney Vacation Club have stated that Disney is offering members who purchased at the Disneyland Resort first chance at these points due to the fact that many bought points at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Animal Kingdom Villas properties “site unseen,” with the hopes that Disney would eventually build a property in California.Some have speculated that the policy was created to bolster traffic at the Disneyland sales center. It has been suggested that the announcement of a new DVC property in California would cause a lag as west coast buyers wait for the Grand Californian Villas to go on sale.
With the news that only 50 two bedroom “equivalent” units will be built at the Grand Californian, many members fear that all available points for this property will sell out within weeks. Disney sources remain confident that there will still be points available to existing members once sales are open to them.
Approximately 600,000 points at the Grand Californian will be available for sale beginning in the spring of 2009.