Kevin Yee had a Disney World update today on MiceAge. In it, he shared a letter sent in by one of his readers about declines in DVC value. I've personally been feeling a bit of the bait and switch in what we had with DVC when we signed up and what we get today. While I know Disney has the right to do it based upon the contract we signed, it does seem like they fully intend to continue to cut the value of what we get.
What are your thoughts?One reader wrote to me, upset about some recent changes to DVC. To quote from the DVC newsletter: ďNote that, effective Oct. 14, the new system will require a one-night room and tax deposit for cash reservations, and payment for the Disney Dining Plan will be required at the time itís added to a reservation. (As a reminder, Members may add the Disney Dining Plan to their reservation as many as 48 hours prior to their check-in date.)Ē The reader continued in his email to me:My wife and I are celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary and are staying at Bay Lake Towers (4 nights) and Animal Kingdom Lodge (3 nights). I can only imagine what DVC is doing to cheapen out my experience.
When we first bought in and for several years afterward, we were like one of the families on the DVC channel in the hotel room. We were thrilled. Little by little......they chipped away. Cash night discounts are never available, however, I can call CRO and get a room through that side and cheaper than what the members discount should be. 3 days prior to cancellation, Now 7 days plus a charge card to guarantee it and in a few weeks cash up front for the first night. The valet service at Beach Club and Boardwalk gone. I will bet in 4 years internet will have to be paid by the DVC members.
I guess I should have known when they took away the beach towels at OKW and changed them into hotel towels that it was going to go downhill from there. I wonder how much stuff they have taken away just at OKW to make it feel ďat homeĒ and now it is gone for one reason or another. I talked to a DVC rep a few months ago about the horrible meal we had at Rose and Crown and he told me how a bunch of new items were coming online and he inferred ticket media being discounted by the end of the year. I donít see that happening.