Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Sep 5, 2010
    Vickie from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are DVC members -With all of the free dining and lodging offers, we are suffering from buyers remorse It seems that the highest affinity group, those willing to invest 20k with WDW are being shut out from offers. Plans to add free dining options to DVC?

    Hi, Vickie!  We are Disney Vacation Club Members as well, and while I admit I get a little bit jealous when amazing offers like free dining come along and we can't take advantage, I wouldn't trade my DVC contracts for anything!

    The benefit in being a DVC member is in the vacation ownership itself.  We always know that we'll be able to vacation at Walt Disney World, staying in deluxe accommodations, with no real additional investment except for the nominal maintenance fees.  We looked at other Time Share options in the Orlando area before settling on DVC, and I can tell you that we get a pretty good bang for our vacation buck!  And if you compare the rate at which your DVC maintenance fees have risen compared to the rate at which Orlando area hotel rates have increased, you will find that our fees are much more stable in many cases.

    There are discounts DVC members can take advantage of, including discounts on annual passes, merchandise discounts, and dining discounts, We've enjoyed discounted nights at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and we've saved on tickets to Cirque du Soleil.  

    Yes, in some regard, there is probably the feeling that we as DVC members have already made the commitment to keep coming back, so the grand gestures of free dining and significant room discounts are not as crucial to draw us in.  But at the same token, we are still receiving the benefit of DVC ownership long after the free dining offers have ended.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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