Has anyone seen the 'new' very-unfriendly guest policy for AP resort reservations? Details on WDW.com ... more on Mousesavers.com ...
It looks like yet again, WDW has decided to stick it to its most loyal guests.
Here's some lowlights:
AP ressies now must be made 120 days in advance whether by Internet or travel agent. Apparently, you can no longer call CRO/WDTC and request them.
They IMMEDIATELY want one night's deposit, which is NOT refundable under any circumstances.
You may only book one room.
If an offer to the general public (no definition on what that means) comes out after you book at rack rate, they will lower your rate to MATCH but in no way BEAT that rate.
I admit, I am dumbfounded by this VERY AP unfriendly policy. It appears the whole purpose is to screw over Disney's most loyal visitors.
<<The new program raises many issues:
The "Best Rate Program" is currently bookable for check-ins from 10/8/05 through 12/19/05. However, no discounts are currently showing up when you try to book any of those dates. I don't know if discounts are coming soon, or not at all.
This leaves the Annual Passholder in a quandry: do you plunk down a nonrefundable deposit on your room reservation and hope that a discount becomes available later?
The situation is especially confusing for someone who already has the AAA room-only discount, since if they book the "Best Rate Program" right now they'll lose the AAA discount, but maybe they'll get a deeper Annual Pass discount later. Or maybe not.
It's unknown what "offered to the general public" means, exactly. Since many of the room discounts that have been offered in 2005 have come through private e-mails and postcards and have required a PIN code, one assumes those may not count as "general public" offers. AAA discounts would certainly fall into the category of "conditioned on group/club membership." In fact, there have been NO "general public" discounts on hotel rooms so far in 2005.
Since you can only book this program online, and a current, activated Annual Pass is required in order to access the online booking, it appears that you'll no longer be able to book the Annual Pass rate until you purchase and activate an Annual Pass. That means first-time Annual Passholders won't be able to use the Best Rate Program unless they are willing to activate the pass 3 months in advance!
Strangest of all -- this new system supposedly applies to check-ins October 8 and later, but the first half of October is already less than 120 days away! So how are Passholders supposed to use this new system if they plan to stay October 8-15, for example?>>