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01-29-2001, 07:41 AM
I have always used my DVC Member card at the World of Disney. We just returned from WDW and were told that we could not use our DVC for discount at the W of D. I was there as recently as Dec. and never had a problem, but they told me yesterday that they have never accepted it for discount. I have been using it since 1995. Does anyone have any further info on this? We know that we can't use it in the parks and that is why we always wait until our last day to go to the W of D.


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01-29-2001, 07:58 AM
I've never been able to use my DVC card to get a discount at the WofD in Downtown Disney. I have, however, rec'd an AP, amx and DC (then MKC) discount. You'd think they'd just make it easier for everyone and throw DVC in there too.

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01-29-2001, 09:24 AM
WoD has never accepted the DVC card, so if you received the discount in the past you were fortunate indeed. DVC has a discount benefit at The Disney Store, but WoD is not part of the Disney Store program. Right now there is a DVC disocunt at Ghirardellis (I think) at DD and there are some dining discounts at some of the restaurants and at PI. Enjoy!


01-29-2001, 09:42 AM
Do you mean the Disney Store at the mall, because ours has never heard of DVC and of course offers no discount.

Cheers :)


Gail Reale
01-29-2001, 09:48 AM
Yes - the Disney Stores in the malls honor the DVC 10% discount - it works like the old MKC/new DC. I am a CM at local Phila. store and we always honor DVC. Try again and insist on your 10%!! ;)

01-29-2001, 09:50 AM
DVC members are entitled to a 10% discount at all Disney Stores. I would go back to yours, Pixie_Dust, and tell them to check their SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). Speak to the manager if necessary. On our registers (I'm a part time TDS CM) there is a specific button to push for the DVC discount. Best of luck! Email me if you have any other questions.


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01-29-2001, 10:05 AM
Yes, you should insist on the DVC discount at your mall Disney Store. If you have any further problem, please let me know, as I have a DVC contact who has offered to help with situations like this. I suspect if they will check, you will get the discount- be FIRM!! ;)


01-29-2001, 11:18 AM
There was an offer printed at check in in July which allowed for a discount with a $50.00 purchase at the WOD.?

01-29-2001, 11:24 AM
FYI - If you spend over $50 at W of D, you can use American Express and get 15% discount. It adds up!

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01-29-2001, 11:55 AM
World of Disney DOES accept a discount from DVC on purchases over $15.00. I have it in writing in a phamphlet and also it states it in the membership magazine (whatever it is called). If you keep those lovely magazines they send quarterly check it out. I will now make a copy of the page and show them if they question us.

01-29-2001, 12:06 PM
Wow! Great information. I didn't know that the Disney Stores would give us a DVC discount. If I buy Hopper passes or other admission media at the Disney Store is there still a DVC discount? (Probably not, but maybe someone out there can tell me one way or another.)

I have yet to join the Disney Club, since I really don't know what it is, or if it's worth the $29.95. Since we live in Calif., does any one know if the DC offers discounts for Disneyland or Disney Calif. Adventure?

Thanks for all the great info on this board! We're off to Disney Grand Californian Hotel in April with our DVC points. Can't wai

01-29-2001, 01:07 PM
No, you do not get a discount with the DVC card when buying hoppers at the Disney Store. You can only get a discount when purchasing them onsite.

Yes, there are discounts for the DC in DL and DCA, mainly on packages that include a resort stay. I didn't pay much attention since the liklihood of me getting out to DL anytime in the near future is slim! :D Except for the Convention of course...but no discounts apply to that unfortunately.


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01-29-2001, 02:37 PM
disneyokw- can you please check which issue and page of Vacation Magic you found the WoD/DVC discount. I have looked through the past 4 issues abd can't find any mention of this discount. It is also not found on the Members Only site.
I know American Express offers a 15% discount- and a brochure is given at checkin showing this, but have never seen any mention of DVC discounts at WoD.

Lisa F
01-29-2001, 05:33 PM
We had some friends of ours stay in the second bedroom of a two bedroom for a week in January and one night they went to downtown disney to do some shopping without us. I told them about the 15% amex discount (they have amex cards and resort ID's which is all I thought was necessary). Anyway, the CM there said that DVCers were NOT entitled to the amex discount because in order to qualify for it you had to pay for at least 2 room nights with your amex card and since DVCers stay on points, their stays don't qualify for the 15% discount. The CM gave it to her anyway, but I recall having a CM tell us the same thing once before. I told him that we put our down payment on our amex card and he laughed and gave us the discount. Does anyone know if this is really a rule? (and i think this question still belongs on this board because it only pertains to DVC stays... to my knowledge, there is NO way to tell by looking at a resort ID what credit card someone used to pay with).


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01-29-2001, 05:50 PM
About the Am Ex discount. I've never stayed on points - always used my Am Ex to pay for vacations. No one has ever asked when I've made a purchase how i paid for my hotel. I've always just handed my resort key with my Am Ex.

Sorry for the confusion.

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01-29-2001, 06:04 PM
Last year I was asked in WoD if I had used my Am Ex card to cover my room charges when I presented it to get the 15% discount. I was staying at OKW on points. I said yes and got the discount.

01-29-2001, 06:24 PM
I think this is all very fascinating;however, why all the rules. In my opinion there should be straight across-the-board discounts for DVC members. It would eliminate CM confusion of whether to give discounts and it would be clear to the DVC memebers, which would apply. With all these rules I feel like I am at work. Moreover,with all the money disney makes you would think a small perk for members would be appropriate. I just had to add my nickel's worth at a 10% discount. ( smile)

01-30-2001, 03:10 AM
Just to clarify a little :) , the WoD 15% discount is NOT actually a DVC discount- it is offered to all WDW resort guests who are using their AmExp card to pay for their room charges. The confusion lies in that some merchants at DD have apparently chosen to deny the discount to those staying at DVC resorts on points, but that decision is between the merchant and AmExp. This is all part of the American Express "White Glove" program.
The DVC discounts are all on a printed sheet provided at check-in (also available on the Members Only site.)


01-31-2001, 06:59 AM
Just wanted to let you all know my experience at TDS yesterday. I have used my DVC discount many times there before w/no problem. Last night the CM said, "There is no expiration on here. Oh, (as she reached for a DC brochure) this discount was changed to this." I said, "No, this discount (showing my DC card) was changed from the MKC card." She said, "We just got a memo in the other day that said both the DVC and MKC were changed to the DC discount." I said, "That is not correct. You really need to look into that further." I had no time to stand around and argue, so I used my DC discount and left. She insisted she was correct, but said she would check into it. I hope she did. I will be back there soon when I have more time and insist on the discount!


01-31-2001, 08:08 AM
We have had a similar problem with TDS discount using DVC. Some items are not included in DC discounmd while they are not excluded from DVC discount. Some cast members are not aware of this and it causes interesting discussions. Persistence wins if you have the time and energy.

01-31-2001, 08:27 AM
Sorcerer, FYI....DVC members do not get discounts on park hopper passes (at TDS or onsite!!). DVC members do get discounts on UMPs. Just don't want you to be disappointed next time you go to TDS and want passes and then they don't give you a discount. Really, you would think that DVC would give some discount for hopper passes...but that is another story!! Good luck!

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OKW Gram
01-31-2001, 09:32 AM
I just got back from OKW and here's what I
found out. There is no DVC discount on Park
Hopper passes - only on length of stay passes -
when buying at the check in desk.

But, I went to the local Disney Story the week
before we left and got 4 day park hopper passes
with a DVC discount. And we really lucked out,
as the passes were going up that Sunday so we
got the old price ($179.14 adult 4 day park

When I checked on the cost at OKW it was some-
where around $204.00! Actually the cost of the
passes had gone up in Florida before they went
up at my local Disney store.

I believe the discount at the Disney Store was
only 5%, but it's pretty sad that we can get
any discount at the DS, and NONE at our home
resorts :(

And just as an FYI for anyone interested I went
to the new Wilderness homes for a tour. They really are quite nice - same size as BW with a
different decor. But I must say none of the
other on-site resorts compare to OKW for size and
convenience (in my opinion). It is so nice to
have your car parked right outside your door and
not have to walk down long corridors. OKW feels
like a home away from home rather than a hotel
suite. The ducks at the patio for breakfast are
such a treat and the peace and quiet is truly

We also spent a couple of days at Vero Beach
after doing the 3 day cruise. The cruise was
spectacular. The Wonder is almost a duplicate
of the Magic. The biggest difference I noted was
the theme of the Wonder is the Little Mermaid and
the formal dining room is Triton's where it is
Lumiere's on the Magic.

Another wonderful Disney vacation comes to an
end and I start planning and looking forward to
next year's. Oh how I wish I were still there.

01-31-2001, 10:02 AM
I had trouble using the AMEX discount at WOD, too, which is ridiculous since, even though I was staying on points, I still managed to rack up a sizeable account balance on my AMEX card, what with charging my tickets, meals, souveniers, etc. I finally got the discount by insisting that DVC'ers were entitled to it even though they were staying on points, but I had the feeling that the CM thought I was trying to pull one over on her.

It's clear that many of the CMs at the Disney Stores have no clue as to the difference between DVC, DC and MKC (see the earlier post about getting Park Hoppers with a DVC card). This confusion cuts both ways. Sometimes you get a discount you aren't supposed to, but sometimes you don't get what you should. This is arbitrary and unfair to both the members and Disney. Shopping shouldn't be a lottery (even if sometimes you win).

Disney can't be unware of this. How hard is it to put out a notice to CMs explaining the difference between the discounts?

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01-31-2001, 11:00 AM
It is kind of a crap shoot whether or not you get a discount. We are suppossed to get a discount on merchandise at the Disney Store. We are not entitled to get a discount on any park passes except the UMP and the new 5 year pass. But, it sounds like lots of folks do get the discounts on passes at TDS. We are also not entitled to a discount from on-line or catalog purchases but some folks get that as well. We are not entitled to the World of Disney or any other DD discounts. We should get the AMEX discount at DD when we are staying at WDW. Renaming the MKC the "Disney Club" has only added further to the confusion!

01-31-2001, 11:20 AM
There is a DVC cast member who works on gettng us a variety of benfits. She has been working with the Disney Stores home base in California to clarify the DVC discount.

Also, this cast member told me that if any DVC member has problems not getting their discount at a Disney Store to please email or phone Member Services with the exact location of the store. The message will be forwarded to her & she will follow up.

[This message was edited by JudithM on 01-31-01 at 03:43 PM.]