You hear about it all the time, DVC, DVC, The Disney Vacation Club. Properties so hot they sell out before they are finished. Disney loes to push them, loves to talk of how they are the wave of the future. Fans love to speculate that Disney built too many hotel rooms, so maybe they'll change some hotels over to DVC.
Disney has even reached the point where the Vacation Club is building (in three phases) their largest hotel on Walt Disney World property, the Saratoga Springs.
So these places are hot, hard to get into, and the way to go in the future...
...so needless to say boy was I suprised when I called WDW Reservations a few weeks ago looking for a hotel room. First I was very suprised to hear that there were no AP hotel room rates left for the weekend I wanted.
Wait...hotel rooms? As opposed to...?
Timeshares. These ultra-hot Disney Vacation Club resorts. These new wave hotels. They had rooms in them. Lots of rooms. In lots of resorts. In fact I was offered the option to stay at any one of the Vacation Club Resorts except for the Wilderness Lodge. Studios in the Old Key West, Deluxe Studios & 1 Bedroom units at the Beach Club and Saratoga. 2 Bedroom units at the Boardwalk. Offered all of them, at very suprising rates.
So I figured they were just having a slow time that weekend and had rooms.
But then I called again, this time for this June, looking for AP hotel room rates. With less than a month left to go, there are no AP rates. I'm rather puzzled, and so are many of the numerous Reservation Specialists I've talked to since Easter. Less than a month to go and Disney isn't offering deals. Not out of deals, not offering deals. So today I try for a different route, AAA rates. They had some.
Saratoga Springs and Old Key West.
Now this just blew me away. June. Summer. "High times" in Walt Disney World...and here they are still offering these these timeshare units, which says to me they are not being filled. Now unfortunately for me whenever I've tried to trade my timeshare unit for one of Disney's there never are any, and so staying at one of these timeshares would be nice, but for two people, that is more than we wanted to spend, and more hotel than we need.
But it got me thinking; if Disney's Vacation Club is the only thing they've seen to be doing discounts on lately it says to me that maybe the hotel rooms are back up to the capacity they should be at, 5 years after 9-11. It also says to me maybe DVC isn't as hot as they sell it to be. Maybe it really is Disney's best kept secret, maybe so much so that they are not actually selling enough units. And I have to wonder, if all their deals are for these timeshare units, do they really need to keep building all these phases to the Saratoga Springs? If their "largest" DVC resort is constantly having deals to get people to stay there, while thier other resorts sold out before opening, is this resort too large? Have they reached "build out" for Disney Vacation Club as well as resort hotels? It just doesn't make sense to me, when I have never seen them offer DVCs on AP or AAA rates before, to push the DVC resorts, to possibly "force" the DVC resorts, when they are the "way to go" and the way Disney needs to turn.
Do you think I am right? Way off?