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PBB
03-13-2010, 10:10 AM
I was just reading about how the free valet parking perk has gone away at DVC resorts. WE used this perk quite a bit especially at Y&B and Boardwalk to go to restaurants there and walk over to International Gateway to spend the evening in the countries and fireworks.

Pool Hopping is so restrictive now it does not make sense anymore to consider it. It seems like when something becomes popular with the DVC members it gets cut by DVC.

While not a big thing to me I remember many people got upset when OKW stopped having peach color towels in the unit and replaced them with the white standard hotel towels.

What other DVC perks throughout the years have disappeared that you wish would return ??

I read the Disney Rumor and News thread and there is discussion on the boards that a rumor is going around that FLA resident passes will have payment plans similar to a plan at Disneyland. Apparently, you put $ 99 down and pay each month by a charge to credit card or checking account. This way a family does not have to come up with $ 1,000-$ 1,200 for a family to go to WDW. I guess Sea World and Bush Gardens have flexible terms. It would be nice to see DVC come up with a plan for their member that is similar. Heck, I would love to pay the FLA resident rate........

Just some random thoughts.........Would love to hear yours about what other perks have disappeared.

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 10:19 AM
The only perk I used that has disappeared is the valet parking, I used it maybe 2 or 3 times on a trip.

Don't use pool hopping but I would not count that in the "disappearing" category. There have always been holiday restrictions. New DVC resorts are excluded but the other resorts have not changed, so it's really not a "loss".

The major perk that I use was not there when I bought - the $100 discount on AP's, so that's a "gain" in my book. Also free internet is a "gain".

I think too many people look at the losses and not at the gains.

DMKEDM
03-13-2010, 10:23 AM
One perk that has been added that I love: free internet access!

Don't know if this qualifies as a "perk" but one rule change I hate is the restriction to two wait lists...we go frequently to WDW and the two-waitlist rule is a difficulty for us...

I understand that at one point ME and Disney Dining were not available to DVC members...adding eligibility for those is a very big deal (especially ME) to my family....

I never use a car at WDW so losing valet parking didn't matter to me...but I can well understand why it would matter a lot to those who use it...ranks right up there w/free internet access if you drive (and if you use your computer while at WDW)....

I agree about pool-hopping...I suppose it would be worse if it went away altogether...but it is awfully restricted now...

Seems like a "on the one hand and then on the other" sort of situation...for us, tho, on balance, it's still good...

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 10:28 AM
I understand that at one point ME and Disney Dining were not available to DVC members...adding eligibility for those is a very big deal (especially ME) to my family....

I think ME was available to members from when it was started. The dining plan was not, it was over a year before members on points could buy it. A couple of perks for members on that - no ticket purchase required and no holiday season surcharge.

One for the loss column - Disney Store discount. That was removed when the stores were sold but has not come back now that Disney owns them again. But considering there are no Disney Stores near me anymore, not a big deal.

mac_tlc
03-13-2010, 10:30 AM
I think too many people look at the losses and not at the gains.

I agree with DebbieB. The $100 off an annual pass is worth 8 valet parking perks ... per person. For a family of 4 that's 32 parking experiences!

Come to think of it, though, I do miss the peach towels :sad1:

acourtwdw
03-13-2010, 10:35 AM
I miss the discount on park admission. We usually have AP but often bring along family members that don't. It was a great way to save $$$$. My dad is a GM retiree and he gets a discount on admission but we have to plan since you have to fax an order for tickets and sometimes we just don't plan that far in advance.

Brian Noble
03-13-2010, 10:35 AM
I miss paying for internet access. ;)

TDC Nala
03-13-2010, 10:43 AM
Free or discounted park tickets were before my time, I never have pool hopped, and I used the free valet only rarely and can get that with TIW for meals anyway...so I can't say I miss any of them. But I do use the annual pass discount and the internet access. And I can't imagine caring what color the towels are. I've never even noticed.

speakupjc
03-13-2010, 10:47 AM
Discounts on tickets, valet parking and the old system for waitilisting.

PBB
03-13-2010, 10:48 AM
I forgot about the free internet. I totally agree with this add on.

Did anyone else notice that giving up the free valet service was justified because of "due to increased costs" in The Disney Files magazine. What could have gone up in price ?? There is just labor costs involved and in this economy nobody is getting a raise. There is no rent or materials that could go up in prices. It is just a service based option. So, what could have increased ??

It seems to me that the toiletries have also gotten a lot smaller. They used to have a small amount of lotions and such and that has pretty much disappeared. We stayed in a JW Marriott hotel that was cheaper in price than a DVC studio (if you were to rent from Disney) and the Marriott had much more available to the guest.

On another board, a commentator's shtick is value is decreasing at WDW and I believe we are seeing that at DVC.

PBB
03-13-2010, 10:55 AM
And I can't imagine caring what color the towels are. I've never even noticed.

I hosted a chat room at AOL in the Destination Florida area and the forum boards and chat rooms exploded about the change from peach color towels vs. white hotel towels. You would have thought it was the end of the world.......Someone wrote a fake press release about the issue called "Hollywood Towel of Terror" mocking all the people who were upset. Pretty funny stuff........That was a long time ago.

edk35
03-13-2010, 11:08 AM
I think ME was available to members from when it was started. The dining plan was not, it was over a year before members on points could buy it. A couple of perks for members on that - no ticket purchase required and no holiday season surcharge.

One for the loss column - Disney Store discount. That was removed when the stores were sold but has not come back now that Disney owns them again. But considering there are no Disney Stores near me anymore, not a big deal.


WAIT??????? We got a DVC discount at the Disney Stores??? :confused: When did that end?

dmoore22
03-13-2010, 11:12 AM
I think too many people look at the losses and not at the gains.

In considering losses vs. gains we have experienced a net gain in perks since we bought in way back when.

pinnocchiosdad
03-13-2010, 11:35 AM
I miss the free valet parking, and the better golf discount. I am sure the OKW old timers miss the free park passes that came with their memberships. Also, we added on in December and when the fedex box arrived I noticed that it was missing the $16,000.00 tote bag:rotfl:!!!

pinnocchiosdad
03-13-2010, 11:36 AM
In considering losses vs. gains we have experienced a net gain in perks since we bought in way back when.

Sorry, but your gonna have to explain this one to me. I don't even think its close on the loss side. JMHO

Brian Noble
03-13-2010, 11:49 AM
We stayed in a JW Marriott hotel that was cheaper in price than a DVC studio
It's absolutely the case that good-quality hotels and resorts outside of The World provide a much better product than Disney does---either in cash 'resorts' or DVC---for much less money. Period. End of story. It's not even close.

But, those good-quality hotels don't have four theme parks attached to them.

At DVC (and at the Disney resorts generally) you are not paying for a room. You are paying for a seamless experience across the entire resort. Some people find value in that. Others don't. That's why Baskin-Robins has 31 flavors.

Simba's Mom
03-13-2010, 12:07 PM
I think ME was available to members from when it was started. The dining plan was not, it was over a year before members on points could buy it. A couple of perks for members on that - no ticket purchase required and no holiday season surcharge.

One for the loss column - Disney Store discount. That was removed when the stores were sold but has not come back now that Disney owns them again. But considering there are no Disney Stores near me anymore, not a big deal.


Yes, it was, unless it wasn't available the first couple days. It started, I think, on May 1, 2005 and we used it on May 4, 2005 to get to the BCV. It was so new there were a lot of bugs still being worked out-we didn't get our letter to go back, etc.

jagson
03-13-2010, 12:17 PM
What if, just what if, DVC gave its members the choice of perks they'd prefer. Let us make our own individual perks' selection; select from a menu of perks, ie ME, Internet access, Annual Pass discounts, Valet Parking, etc.; select all, or none, and pay for those you select, in MFs. Who'd prefer this option? It would effect your MFs, depending on the number of perks selected; could save money for MFs for those that didn't want the perks, and cost those that select perk(s). What's the problem with this, ie pay for the perks selected, over and above the base MFs?

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 01:23 PM
WAIT??????? We got a DVC discount at the Disney Stores??? :confused: When did that end?

It ended when The Disney Stores were sold to Children's Place. Children's Place still operated them as Disney Stores but they were not owned by Disney. Since then, Disney has bought some of the stores back, others were closed. Most of the stores in my area closed.

I miss the free valet parking, and the better golf discount. I am sure the OKW old timers miss the free park passes that came with their memberships. Also, we added on in December and when the fedex box arrived I noticed that it was missing the $16,000.00 tote bag:rotfl:!!!

I would not call the OKW free park passes a "perk". It was a sales incentive that clearly stated was ending 12/31/99.

Sorry, but your gonna have to explain this one to me. I don't even think its close on the loss side. JMHO

I bought AP's before I bought DVC, paying full price. The $100 AP discount that came into effect after I bought makes up for any other discounts lost. I was also paying for internet, that is saving me money. For the valet parking, I'm just self parking so it isn't costing me other than loss of convenience.

wendypooh
03-13-2010, 01:45 PM
What if, just what if, DVC gave its members the choice of perks they'd prefer. Let us make our own individual perks' selection; select from a menu of perks, ie ME, Internet access, Annual Pass discounts, Valet Parking, etc.; select all, or none, and pay for those you select, in MFs. Who'd prefer this option? It would effect your MFs, depending on the number of perks selected; could save money for MFs for those that didn't want the perks, and cost those that select perk(s). What's the problem with this, ie pay for the perks selected, over and above the base MFs?

I get your idea........... However, I personally don't like it. I mean - a "perk" in my opinion is something you get for "free" - I wouldn't consider it a "perk" if I were paying for it.

As new members, obviously we don't feel like we're missing anything - we LOVE the AP discount, LOVE the free internet and DH thinks the Golf discount is good.......... however, he never had the other one. As for the valet parking........ we could care less about that........ so no loss there, also, we CAN still pool hop - the restrictions may be tighter, but it is still allowed - or am I totally out of the loop on that? Either way - our home resort is AKV - so, we essentially have 2 pools.
The MAJOR perk for us is the AP discount - I'm SO greatful for that one - and would take that ANY day over any of the "lost" perks. JMO :goodvibes

edk35
03-13-2010, 01:47 PM
I miss the free valet parking, and the better golf discount. I am sure the OKW old timers miss the free park passes that came with their memberships. Also, we added on in December and when the fedex box arrived I noticed that it was missing the $16,000.00 tote bag:rotfl:!!!

We bought Jan 31 2007 and our guide sent us 3 of those glorious tote bags. HE told us when we signed up that he hooked us up. We weren't sure what he meant. So we have 3 kids...so maybe that is why he sent three. OR....we split our SSR points into three 100 point contracts so maybe that is why. Who knows!?? Anyway...I gave one to a friend and we still have two. THEN we added on another 100 points in Aug./Sept. of 2008 and got another. So we have totes to last a lifetime. :goodvibes

Luvdisney
03-13-2010, 03:35 PM
Biggest Perk I miss is free valet parking. We used it all the time.:snooty:

keishashadow
03-13-2010, 03:46 PM
I think ME was available to members from when it was started. The dining plan was not, it was over a year before members on points could buy it. A couple of perks for members on that - no ticket purchase required and no holiday season surcharge.



I never realized this before, thanx for pointing it out. Still tossing around the idea of Xmas visit someday.

I agree with DebbieB. The $100 off an annual pass is worth 8 valet parking perks ... per person. For a family of 4 that's 32 parking experiences!

Come to think of it, though, I do miss the peach towels :sad1:

it's reaching, yet i'd luv to see more of a spending account approach, with $100 off minimum tix purchase equal to AP rate, for those of us whose habits don't really justify an AP every year.

pinnocchiosdad
03-13-2010, 07:20 PM
I would not call the OKW free park passes a "perk". It was a sales incentive that clearly stated was ending 12/31/99.


Free park passes or free valet parking, they're both perks to me.

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 07:38 PM
Free park passes or free valet parking, they're both perks to me.

There was recently a promo to get 4 AP's with an add-on. So when those AP's expire, is that a perk taken away? Same thing with OKW, that pass incentive explicitly expired 12/31/99. They knew that in advance, nothing was taken away. It was only offered to OKW members who bought from opening to mid 1996, it was not all members. They ended the promo when BWV opened in July 1996.

Chuck S
03-13-2010, 07:56 PM
Free park passes or free valet parking, they're both perks to me.
Not really, as the free passes were more akin to a "discount" on the price of a point. DVC has had many different purchase incentives over the years...For instance, you could get your current use years points, or "sell" them back to Disney for $10 per point. There was a plan that creditied the amount you spent on your current Disney cash resort vacatio to your DVC purchase price (in essece making your cash reservation free), there was the "free cruise" incentive, the "developer points" incentive, etc.

Surely you received some sort of discount or incentive if you purchased directly from Disney?

For those of us that purchased early, the free LOS passes were the incentive...and they were only available for half the occupancy of the room, so studios and 1 beds received 2 passes, two bedroom received 4 passes and GVs 6 passes...so if your party was at room capacity, it was, at best, a 50% pass discount incentive.

aan1701
03-13-2010, 08:12 PM
It was only offered to OKW members who bought from opening to mid 1996, it was not all members. They ended the promo when BWV opened in July 1996.

I was not going to get involved with thus thread for the simple fact the only DVC perk I use is the Internet. I will not be using the AP perk anymore due to the premire pass but that is a whole other story. I had to jump in because of the above. This is soooooooo not a true statement and here is how I know this. I was about 16 when DVC started when OKW was in fact called "Disneys Vacation Club Resort". My mom and dad and I went on the tour as my parents know that if anything I would be coming back for years to come and them maybe only every now and then and wanted me on the tour so I could understand the program right from Disneys mouth. My Dad loved it. Was about ready to sign us up, then asked " Any chance on getting some free park tickets, or at least a free AP for us fir the first year if I am going to drop this kind of money today?". (My parent did inded bring the check book and were ready to sign up and pay for it right there). The answer he got was " Sorry we do not give those out". So he refused to sign the contract. I know how that sounds, but to him it was a matter if principal. Anyway. Since then my DW and I bought 270 at AKV and made mom an accociate and to this day, dad has no clue we joined. That is another story and thread.

FOXFIELDZOO
03-13-2010, 08:15 PM
I get your idea........... However, I personally don't like it. I mean - a "perk" in my opinion is something you get for "free" - I wouldn't consider it a "perk" if I were paying for it.

As new members, obviously we don't feel like we're missing anything - we LOVE the AP discount, LOVE the free internet and DH thinks the Golf discount is good.......... however, he never had the other one. As for the valet parking........ we could care less about that........ so no loss there, also, we CAN still pool hop - the restrictions may be tighter, but it is still allowed - or am I totally out of the loop on that? Either way - our home resort is AKV - so, we essentially have 2 pools.
The MAJOR perk for us is the AP discount - I'm SO greatful for that one - and would take that ANY day over any of the "lost" perks. JMO :goodvibes

What is the golf discount ?We are going in May Didn't know there was one

Chuck S
03-13-2010, 08:21 PM
I was not going to get involved with thus thread for the simple fact the only DVC perk I use is the Internet. I will not be using the AP perk anymore due to the premire pass but that is a whole other story. I had to jump in because of the above. This is soooooooo not a true statement and here is how I know this. I was about 16 when DVC started when OKW was in fact called "Disneys Vacation Club Resort". My mom and dad and I went on the tour as my parents know that if anything I would be coming back for years to come and them maybe only every now and then and wanted me on the tour so I could understand the program right from Disneys mouth. My Dad loved it. Was about ready to sign us up, then asked " Any chance on getting some free park tickets, or at least a free AP for us fir the first year if I am going to drop this kind of money today?". (My parent did inded bring the check book and were ready to sign up and pay for it right there). The answer he got was " Sorry we do not give those out". So he refused to sign the contract. I know how that sounds, but to him it was a matter if principal. Anyway. Since then my DW and I bought 270 at AKV and made mom an accociate and to this day, dad has no clue we joined. That is another story and thread.

Actually, the incentive did end fairly early in 1996. All my add-ons, except the last one (June 14, 1996) had the incentive. My 1996 add-on did not not include the passes. But, owners at Vero Beach (and maybe HHI) were included, if they stayed at OKW on points, they received the passes.

wendypooh
03-13-2010, 08:22 PM
What is the golf discount ?We are going in May Didn't know there was one

It's the DVC World of Golf Program. If you go to the member website, under member benefits, click the member benefits guide - there is an entire section that explains it in detail. :goodvibes

DH is planning on getting it on our trip in May!!! :)

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 08:26 PM
I was not going to get involved with thus thread for the simple fact the only DVC perk I use is the Internet. I will not be using the AP perk anymore due to the premire pass but that is a whole other story. I had to jump in because of the above. This is soooooooo not a true statement and here is how I know this. I was about 16 when DVC started when OKW was in fact called "Disneys Vacation Club Resort". My mom and dad and I went on the tour as my parents know that if anything I would be coming back for years to come and them maybe only every now and then and wanted me on the tour so I could understand the program right from Disneys mouth. My Dad loved it. Was about ready to sign us up, then asked " Any chance on getting some free park tickets, or at least a free AP for us fir the first year if I am going to drop this kind of money today?". (My parent did inded bring the check book and were ready to sign up and pay for it right there). The answer he got was " Sorry we do not give those out". So he refused to sign the contract. I know how that sounds, but to him it was a matter if principal. Anyway. Since then my DW and I bought 270 at AKV and made mom an accociate and to this day, dad has no clue we joined. That is another story and thread.

When was that?

aan1701
03-13-2010, 08:29 PM
When was that?

Right when they first stated selling. I believe a month into sales. U swear this is the only reason my Dad refused to sign the contract. He will tell you to this day, if they would have at least given us at least one ticket for one day for each of us he would have signed on the dotted line.

DebbieB
03-13-2010, 08:38 PM
Right when they first stated selling. I believe a month into sales. U swear this is the only reason my Dad refused to sign the contract. He will tell you to this day, if they would have at least given us at least one ticket for one day for each of us he would have signed on the dotted line.

Maybe Doc or an original member could jump in to say when they started the free pass promo, I did not join until 1999. But my point still stands - it was a sales promo that had a specific end date, not a "perk" taken away.

aan1701
03-13-2010, 08:42 PM
Maybe Doc or an original member could jump in to say when they started the free pass promo, I did not join until 1999. But my point still stands - it was a sales promo that had a specific end date, not a "perk" taken away.

No argument from me on that one. I was just trying to point out that it they were not offering tickets at the very begining. Sorry if I ruffeled a few feathers.

Chuck S
03-13-2010, 08:48 PM
My May 1992 contract had them, and the Limited Admission Program is listed in my POS, which I think is the original from when OKW/DVC opened in Octocer 1991. It shows 4 passes for a GV, 3 passes for a 2 bedroom, 2 passes for a one bedroom and 1 pass for a studio. This was amended, apparently, after we purchased to 1/2 the occupancy of the room.

aan1701
03-13-2010, 09:05 PM
My May 1992 contract had them, and the Limited Admission Program is listed in my POS, which I think is the original from when OKW/DVC opened in Octocer 1991. It shows 4 passes for a GV, 3 passes for a 2 bedroom, 2 passes for a one bedroom and 1 pass for a studio. This was amended, apparently, after we purchased to 1/2 the occupancy of the room.

Thanks for the dates Chuck. Now I really know I am
right as our family trips were always over Labor day and in sep 1991 I was 16. Trust me when I tell you mom wanted to kill my dad for not signing up because of no tickets. I guess maybe because the resort was not open yet they did not feel the need to offer tickets. Anyway maybe it was my dad that gave them the idea to offer tickets. Who knows. All I know is I will never forget that day in Sep. 1991.

Chuck S
03-13-2010, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the dates Chuck. Now I really know I am
right as our family trips were always over Labor day and in sep 1991 I was 16. Trust me when I tell you mom wanted to kill my dad for not signing up because of no tickets. I guess maybe because the resort was not open yet they did not feel the need to offer tickets. Anyway maybe it was my dad that gave them the idea to offer tickets. Who knows. All I know is I will never forget that day in Sep. 1991.

Especially at the pre-opening prices of what $48 per point? I would bet you would have been included in the passes retroactively, if you'd have purchased...given it was mentioned in the POS.

dclfun
03-13-2010, 09:26 PM
I feel we have more perks now than when we joined- love the little "Perks" book with specific discounts listed. My most-utilized perk is the free internet access. I never used valet parking so I don't miss it. Also love the Merry Member Mixer which is fairly new ( 4 years?) and consider it a perk to be able to enjoy such a fun event at no cost.---Kathy

aan1701
03-13-2010, 09:35 PM
Especially at the pre-opening prices of what $48 per point? I would bet you would have been included in the passes retroactively, if you'd have purchased...given it was mentioned in the POS.

Maybe, who know. It is a funny story, well I think it is funny. Anyways I am a member now and very happy I am. It is fun hiding the fact from my dad, esspecialy when DW and I take Mom with us.

mac_tlc
03-14-2010, 07:55 AM
My May 1992 contract had them, and the Limited Admission Program is listed in my POS, which I think is the original from when OKW/DVC opened in Octocer 1991. It shows 4 passes for a GV, 3 passes for a 2 bedroom, 2 passes for a one bedroom and 1 pass for a studio. This was amended, apparently, after we purchased to 1/2 the occupancy of the room.

We toured in November 1991 and purchased in March 1992 (actually signed in late February 1992) and the limited park admission program was included. Our price was $51/pt. It didn't include the Animal Kingdom when it opened in 1998, so we had to buy some tickets, either one-day or multi-day with no expiration to use at AK until 2000.

I remember them modifying the deal to include 2 passes for the studio rooms, not sure when, but it was early on.

mac_tlc
03-14-2010, 08:05 AM
I remember them modifying the deal to include 2 passes for the studio rooms, not sure when, but it was early on.

Just looked back to the July 1992 edition of "Vacation Magic" and in the Q&A it says :

Q - As a new member of the Disney Vacation Club the only problem I have is with the number of tickets a family receives through the Park Admission Plan. My family consists of six members. Four tickets for the Parks do not accomodate our family.

A - In the first few months of operation, we received many requests to enhance the Park Admission Program. Members told us that our original allocation of passes wasn't adequate to meet their needs. We reviewed the program and based on comments from members, determined what allocation of passes would meet the needs of the majority of our members, most times they visited. As a result, in January we enhanced the Park Admission Plan to provide even more park passes. The re-allocation was as follows:

Studio --- original plan 1 pass ---- new plan 2 passes
1 Bedroom --- original plan 2 passes ---- new plan 2 passes
2 bedroom ---- original plan 3 passes ---- new plan 4 passes
Grand Villa --- original plan 4 passes ---- new plan 6 passes

jagson
03-14-2010, 09:19 AM
[QUOTE=wendypooh;35814075]I get your idea........... However, I personally don't like it. I mean - a "perk" in my opinion is something you get for "free" - I wouldn't consider it a "perk" if I were paying for it.

I can't see DVC giving anything away for free. I suspect a portion of MFs goes to "perks". Logic, or illogic, indicates they offer different perks from time to time; and withdraw other perks to break even cost-wise (without a significant increase in MFs, that would tick off Members, and discourage sales). I suspect they substituted free internet for valet parking, just overlapped the 2 perks by a year to cover up the obvious exchange. I just haven't figured out why they cut the golf promo, which I didn't take advantage of; possibly for another perk down the road, ie online reservations?
I'd like to know the actual portion of MFs that go towards perks (or promos), along with the cost of the individual perks; and then let me select, or not select, the perks I wish to purchase. That seems fair to me, rather than charge us all the same for things we don't use. You get what you pay for, Economy vs First Class.

dmoore22
03-14-2010, 10:25 AM
I feel we have more perks now than when we joined- love the little "Perks" book with specific discounts listed. My most-utilized perk is the free internet access. I never used valet parking so I don't miss it. Also love the Merry Member Mixer which is fairly new ( 4 years?) and consider it a perk to be able to enjoy such a fun event at no cost.---Kathy

I am also in your camp. Over the years it seems that the perks that have been lost have always been replaced with another perk we previously didn't have. The perks lost we really didn't use. The ones gained we always use. The AP perk is a multiple perk if you factor in the discounts and TIW AP discount. :thumbsup2

Chuck S
03-14-2010, 10:30 AM
I can't see DVC giving anything away for free. I suspect a portion of MFs goes to "perks". Logic, or illogic, indicates they offer different perks from time to time; and withdraw other perks to break even cost-wise (without a significant increase in MFs, that would tick off Members, and discourage sales). I suspect they substituted free internet for valet parking, just overlapped the 2 perks by a year to cover up the obvious exchange. I just haven't figured out why they cut the golf promo, which I didn't take advantage of; possibly for another perk down the road, ie online reservations?
I'd like to know the actual portion of MFs that go towards perks (or promos), along with the cost of the individual perks; and then let me select, or not select, the perks I wish to purchase. That seems fair to me, rather than charge us all the same for things we don't use. You get what you pay for, Economy vs First Class.

The only "perk" that I can think of that may be member funded through dues is the internet...overall an extremely inexpensive perk.

Discounts, like the AP discounts and shopping discounts, are not funded through dues. Other perks, like pool hopping also are not member funded, and are offered at the sole discretion of Disney Resorts.

The free valet was not member funded, it was provided originally by Disney (remember it originally was free for ALL resort guests), and continued for DVC when the service was contracted out. The contractor decided to discontinue the perk.

dmann
03-14-2010, 05:23 PM
The most incredible perk in the early days was free admission to the parks. They used to provide 2 park passes for each bedroom rented for the entire duration of your trip. My family of 4 would stay as long as 10 days and explore the parks in a great leisurely pace.

Chuck S
03-14-2010, 06:00 PM
The most incredible perk in the early days was free admission to the parks. They used to provide 2 park passes for each bedroom rented for the entire duration of your trip. My family of 4 would stay as long as 10 days and explore the parks in a great leisurely pace.

That really wasn't a "perk" it was a contractual purchase incentive. It was only available if staying on points at OKW, even after BWV opened.

FOXFIELDZOO
03-15-2010, 01:51 AM
It's the DVC World of Golf Program. If you go to the member website, under member benefits, click the member benefits guide - there is an entire section that explains it in detail. :goodvibes

DH is planning on getting it on our trip in May!!! :)

Thank you so much

eliza61
03-15-2010, 07:29 AM
What if, just what if, DVC gave its members the choice of perks they'd prefer. Let us make our own individual perks' selection; select from a menu of perks, ie ME, Internet access, Annual Pass discounts, Valet Parking, etc.; select all, or none, and pay for those you select, in MFs. Who'd prefer this option? It would effect your MFs, depending on the number of perks selected; could save money for MFs for those that didn't want the perks, and cost those that select perk(s). What's the problem with this, ie pay for the perks selected, over and above the base MFs?

Not a bad idea. I loved the valet parking and was really upset when it left. we used it every day.

Chuck S
03-15-2010, 09:41 AM
What if, just what if, DVC gave its members the choice of perks they'd prefer. Let us make our own individual perks' selection; select from a menu of perks, ie ME, Internet access, Annual Pass discounts, Valet Parking, etc.; select all, or none, and pay for those you select, in MFs. Who'd prefer this option? It would effect your MFs, depending on the number of perks selected; could save money for MFs for those that didn't want the perks, and cost those that select perk(s). What's the problem with this, ie pay for the perks selected, over and above the base MFs?


What do you mean "pay for the ones you use?" Shopping, dining, and ticket media discounts are not member funded, they are discounts offered by the respective business to encourage us to buy the product...just like those "Senior Early Bird" dinners are meant to encourage dining during a slow time frame in the restaurant.

The only current member perk that is likely dues funded is the internet service, and that is an extremely inexpensive cost compared to valet. Plus the added accounting cost to charge some member dues more than others who own at the same resort would add accunting costs across the board for everyone, whether they chose a perk or not. And how would the valet (or other perk provider) know if you had paid through your dues or not? Would DVC need to issue new membership card to every member? And re-issue if someone changes their mind? No, lots of problems with pick & choose.

TLSnell1981
03-15-2010, 10:39 AM
I miss the free valet parking. :sad1:

BTW The Disney Stores do offer a 10% discount. I use it quite frequently. :goodvibes

dmoore22
03-15-2010, 03:24 PM
I miss the free valet parking. :sad1:

BTW The Disney Stores do offer a 10% discount. I use it quite frequently. :goodvibes

Never used it. Don't miss it. I miss the free fishing excursions on Bay Lake.

dis2cruise
03-15-2010, 03:41 PM
valet parking very upset about this :(

mwmuntz
03-15-2010, 03:42 PM
Another vote for Valet Parking!