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kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 10:55 AM
What DVC perks would prompt you to schedule an unplanned vacation to WDW? I know Disney has used promotions such as free dining or pin codes, etc to entice visitors to visit and spend their money at WDW. What promotion/limited time perk do you think would entice DVC members to visit since we do not need to rent rooms for cash?

We just returned from an impromptu trip. At first “I” was going to go for just a couple of days during my spring break. Then we realized our daughter’s school was having an in-service day and would have a holiday so the “I” changed to my daughter and I planning to go for three days. Then I checked the member’s site for non-park things to do and noticed DVC members were being offered 35% off Cirque du Soleil tickets. My spouse has wanted to see this show for years and it was always outside of our Disney budget. Thus our three day trip for two turned into a six day trip for three – all because of the 35% discount on Cirque du Soleil tickets. My cheap trip ended up costing us a lot of money. It was worth it. :rotfl:

alldiz
03-23-2010, 10:59 AM
free park tickets or free dining

fijidoc
03-23-2010, 11:12 AM
A park opened for the day to DVC members only or like they do with seasonal parties and have it open to only members at night. Close park down at 4 or 5 pm to non DVC members and keep park opened into evening hours for DVC members only.


I know it will never happen but you asked what would prompt an unscheduled visit. For that it would have to be pretty big I think.

Dizny Dad
03-23-2010, 11:13 AM
Disney tends to promote other days, (don't get me started) but how about these days . .

Polite Day - If you are rude or run over my foot with your #@%# stroller you get ejected from the park.

EVC Free Day - No electric carts anywhere, especially loading onto the Bus.

Smoke Free Day - A day when no one smokes, even in the designated smoking areas.

English Day - ¿Tengo que explicar?

DVC Appreciation Day - Another one I shouldn't have to explain.

Before I get flamed, I am referring to only one day per year. Sure, we can have a Spanish Day, French Day, Smoking Day, Freeloader Day, etc, too.

Just let me know when they are so I can pick and choose the days I participate.

You asked . . . . .

bwvBound
03-23-2010, 11:18 AM
"Point specials": The occasional opportunity to book DVC resort stays using fewer points than normal. These specials may be based on "last minute availability," internal RCI exchange or other reservation promotions.

Just this morning I booked an unplanned trip for Oct. The "prompt" was a finding a 3BR Grand Villa (SSR) available through RCI using other timeshare. It was too much for me to resist. I booked it and will plan my life around it.

n2mm
03-23-2010, 11:26 AM
Merchandise discount of 35% or more, no exclusions (they actually did this one 2 years ago and I made a quick 3 day trip down and dropped a ton of $$).

Mtnman44
03-23-2010, 11:29 AM
free airfare

iwrbnd
03-23-2010, 11:31 AM
free park tickets or free dining

That would get me there TODAY!:thumbsup2

stitch'sgirl
03-23-2010, 11:31 AM
A park opened for the day to DVC members only or like they do with seasonal parties and have it open to only members at night. Close park down at 4 or 5 pm to non DVC members and keep park opened into evening hours for DVC members only.


I know it will never happen but you asked what would prompt an unscheduled visit. For that it would have to be pretty big I think.

We went to the grand opening of Saratoga Springs back in May 2004. The entire weekend was filled with member events including the evening hours for DVC members only. The first night was Epcot, and then I thinkthe next was the Magic Kingdom. There were special things at the park each night, and lots of character greets. Each night we came back to our rooms and there was a special pin and announcement about what the next day's schedule would be. It was great fun--I don't understand why they haven't done this with any of the resorts after SSR. It was similar to what is done on the Member Cruise - but unfortunately, the timing of the Member Cruise doesn't work when you have a school-age child. DVC needs to mix it up and bring back the grand openings!!

iwrbnd
03-23-2010, 11:33 AM
A park opened for the day to DVC members only or like they do with seasonal parties and have it open to only members at night. Close park down at 4 or 5 pm to non DVC members and keep park opened into evening hours for DVC members only.


I know it will never happen but you asked what would prompt an unscheduled visit. For that it would have to be pretty big I think.

My husband had a conference in Orlando and Universal Studios did this for them. It wasn't that great because they cut down on staff and amount of rides going. We waited in really long lines!

BostonDisneyKid
03-23-2010, 11:36 AM
What promotion/limited time perk do you think would entice DVC members to visit since we do not need to rent rooms for cash?

Realistically... I dont see any promotions other then general public offerings enticing us (paying cash like all) since we, as dvc owners, have the 11/7 and the rule of 4 to live by. Most promotions are based on resort availability being high and predicted park utilization being low which doesnt really apply in the DVC world as we tend to plan further out and most resorts are booked to capacity (or close to) most of the year without promotions. And unlike most, park days are not essential to many dvc'ers.

Promotions (that will never happen) that would entice me to go would be:

Free Park Admission- LOS (length of stay)
Free Dinning - LOS
Free Airfare (with business partnered airlines)
4 for 7 deal (book 4 nights on pts, get 3 nights at a non-dvc resort free)
Free Round of Golf for 4, w/ 2 carts
Free dinner for 2 at V&A's
Free 3 day DCL (for 2) with 14 consecutive days stay on points (would extend a trip more then entice an additional trip)

Simba's Mom
03-23-2010, 11:59 AM
"Point specials": The occasional opportunity to book DVC resort stays using fewer points than normal. These specials may be based on "last minute availability," internal RCI exchange or other reservation promotions.

Just this morning I booked an unplanned trip for Oct. The "prompt" was a finding a 3BR Grand Villa (SSR) available through RCI using other timeshare. It was too much for me to resist. I booked it and will plan my life around it.

That would work for me! I also like the free airfare, but I don't see how that could be a DVC perk. And since I have an annual pass, the free park tickets would only work if I was "between" annual passes. A last minute "points special" would really be nice.

stitch1094
03-23-2010, 11:59 AM
For my family, the cost of airfare, park tickets and dining are all approximatley the same. So if any one of those three were "free", then we would jump at it.

I also like the DVC magic hours idea.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-23-2010, 12:47 PM
I like the idea of free airfare, or I'd even pay for a direct flight out of Montgomery. I know its only a 9 hour drive, but give me $79 airfare out of Montgomery, and I'm there.

Since getting APs, we've threatened many times to take advantage of some of the last minute AP rates at the value resorts, and eat CS, or even take sandwiches. DH doesn't want to stay at less than a moderate resort, and have at least 1 TS per day. Plus, he'd have to fly on a quick get away. (Did I say its just a 9 hour drive?)

My idea of the quick get away is fast and cheap. His quick get away is luxurious and expensive. SO, we don't go! :confused3

I also like the idea of using points for airfare.

cseca
03-23-2010, 01:50 PM
Free upgrade from DVC AP to Premier AP with free TIW card :)

for those freebies I'll do both unplanned WDW AND DL trips :lmao:

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 02:23 PM
Free upgrade from DVC AP to Premier AP with free TIW card :)

for those freebies I'll do both unplanned WDW AND DL trips :lmao:

Oooo, me too!

cj9200
03-23-2010, 02:34 PM
We were not planning a trip over the summer but when I found out the Main Street Electrical Parade was coming back, I had to see it. Stupid to spend all that money for a parade? Maybe, but DD has not seen it and it is full of memories for me.

BirdsOfPreyDave
03-23-2010, 02:53 PM
As much as we'd like to try one, we've never done a grand villa because it would mean giving up several years of vacations for that one big week. However, if DVC would have occassional "holidays" from the normal rules -- allowing me to take a hundred points or so from the next 3 or 4 use years for a special booking -- I'd jump at the chance to book a grand villa.

Heck, it would probably work in their favor. We were happy as clams in studios for our first few trips -- until we tried our first stay in a one bedroom. Then we got our first case of addonitis.

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 03:00 PM
We were not planning a trip over the summer but when I found out the Main Street Electrical Parade was coming back, I had to see it. Stupid to spend all that money for a parade? Maybe, but DD has not seen it and it is full of memories for me.

Not stupid. It will be a memory for you and your daughter. I remember seeing it (or something similar) in Disneyland many, many years ago. We had headed for CA immediately after exams (college - UW - Seattle) to see the Dead. Jerry ended up in the hospital the day we arrived so the concert was cancelled. We and a thousand or so other Deadheads headed to DL to spend money (I was not/am not a deadhead but my bf of the time was so we would spent summers touring...). I had forgotten about the Electrical Parade. I was very impressed with it. I would like my DD to see it. Perhaps when I take her and her gaggle of friends to Disney ... :rotfl:

keishashadow
03-23-2010, 03:16 PM
What DVC perks would prompt you to schedule an unplanned vacation to WDW? I know Disney has used promotions such as free dining or pin codes, etc to entice visitors to visit and spend their money at WDW. What promotion/limited time perk do you think would entice DVC members to visit since we do not need to rent rooms for cash?



not a traditional DVC perc or promo...free DP & SWAir deserve the credit from me.:thumbsup2

FDP offer last Dec. convinced me to visit for a 'bonus' 5 day getaway the end of July to disney/universal onsite & another week @ a moderate in Dec.

our annual point allotment was banked/rented/given to family. Even so i feel we came out ahead after crunching the numbers (especially as i had some flight credits to use;)and found cheapo flights in july)

it was nice to vist twice & enjoy the FDP, but i do look forward to next trip home in Oct all the same.:goodvibes

ssawka
03-23-2010, 04:03 PM
free airfare

I was going to say that!! ;)

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 04:33 PM
It does not take much to sway me to visit the world, I think just having discounts on the dining plan or meals in general would entice me to come more often. We did use our DVC membership last visit to eat at Raglan Road but that was the only restaurant we were able to use our membership for a discount.

I would think an offer of a 20% discount on the dining plan and/or a 20% discount covering all Disney dining establishments (TS & QS) would be a nice enticement, especially if it were at a time when the “free dining” promotion was not occurring. Yea, yea, you can get something similar with the TIW but I do not want to have to buy an annual pass.

princessbride6205
03-23-2010, 04:50 PM
Free airfare would definitely do the trick.

We have TIW so dining plan would have to be very cheap for us to do it and have it entice us to go on an extra trip. Free dining or 50% off the dining plan could work.

I like the DVC Magic Hours idea.

Point discounts are a cool idea too. We've only stayed in studios, but if I could get a "deal" on a 1BR I would totally be there. Like an upgrade your stay deal: 1BR for studio points, or 2BR for 1BR points.

An exclusive member event combined with some sort of villa or dining discount. Like an after hours dinner party in a park.

melk
03-23-2010, 05:49 PM
free park tickets or free dining

These were the two I immediately thought of. Heck, I would be happy with 50% off either park hopper tickets or the dining plan, it doesn't even have to be free!

starbox
03-23-2010, 08:44 PM
As a disclaimer - I live close enough to do a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip:

That said, we came thisclose to booking one night and driving down and back just to do the Great Movie Ride progressive dinner.

I think really unique experiences like that is what tempts us. We actually did a extra trip back in the early days of VMK (R.I.P :guilty:) just to do in park quests - and then we stayed an extra day to take the backstage VMK tour we got for successfully completing all the quests!!

disneymath
03-23-2010, 08:46 PM
free airfare

I don't even own DVC yet ... but I can tell you that would be enough of an incentive for me!

jelwallace
03-24-2010, 08:02 AM
I like the idea of discounted points. Maybe release some discounted days if they have extra inventory 1 month out. It would definitely encourage some last minute trips. The discounts don't have to be big...maybe 3-5 points off per night.

bwvBound
03-24-2010, 08:34 AM
Adding ideas, borrowing from programs offered by other timeshares:

Bonus Time: The ability to pay cash rates, at the near equivalent of dues, to book remaining inventory inside a "last minute" window (perhaps 2-3 weeks out).
Note: If Bonus Time was restricted to one's "Home Resort" it might force me to do an add-on at GCV.

Discounted "Last minute" RCI Trades: Offer all RCI exchanges booked w/in last 45-days prior to travel for 120 DVC Points. (The exact points should match a low season studio -- but I don't have that number available.) Use this flat rate for any trade, booked 45-days out or less, regardless of destination unit size, resort quality, or season.
Note: While this wouldn't bring me to Orlando more often - it might cause me to use my DVC points through exchanging. If I start using my DVC points on exchanges ... I might get addonitis.


"Point specials": The occasional opportunity to book DVC resort stays using fewer points than normal. These specials may be based on "last minute availability," internal RCI exchange or other reservation promotions.

bwvBound
03-24-2010, 08:42 AM
More, again borrowing from other timeshare:

Online Availability/Reservations: I book many otherwise unplanned trips just because "it was there online!" Being able to see and book stays directly online, without having to phone someone during their specific working hours, has certainly influenced my vacation habits.

Camping Griswalds
03-24-2010, 09:17 AM
It would be nice to have a special EMH morning or evening. I loved the story about SSR and its opening. I would love to participate in something like that!

the who #3
03-24-2010, 10:03 AM
there are several things i would love to see.

being a big dvc owner and supporter, i would like to see a few perks for dvc owners.:goodvibes

either------fast passes for one week a year and/or
extra magic hours (night time) for dvc only, one park at a time,
this would require a special dvc week a year.
free air for 2 members of the family once a year (i might get to
go to dl california).
free sunrise safari for your family once a year. that would be great!
more discounts on circa (that 35% is great if they have it when
you can go).
a member's cruise during the summer, thanksgiving, or christmas
when school is out.

i really love anything they plan for us.;)

liznboys
03-29-2010, 07:42 AM
We were not planning a trip over the summer but when I found out the Main Street Electrical Parade was coming back, I had to see it. Stupid to spend all that money for a parade? Maybe, but DD has not seen it and it is full of memories for me.

Exactly the same thing here. :) Just change your DD to my DS's. I cannot wait to see MSEP again!

dianeschlicht
03-29-2010, 07:47 AM
Disney tends to promote other days, (don't get me started) but how about these days . .

Polite Day - If you are rude or run over my foot with your #@%# stroller you get ejected from the park.

EVC Free Day - No electric carts anywhere, especially loading onto the Bus.

Smoke Free Day - A day when no one smokes, even in the designated smoking areas.

English Day - ¿Tengo que explicar?

DVC Appreciation Day - Another one I shouldn't have to explain.

Before I get flamed, I am referring to only one day per year. Sure, we can have a Spanish Day, French Day, Smoking Day, Freeloader Day, etc, too.

Just let me know when they are so I can pick and choose the days I participate.

You asked . . . . .

LOL! I'm with you on a few of those!:rotfl2:

dianeschlicht
03-29-2010, 07:52 AM
Seriously, I'd like to see occational park type perks for DVC members. I agree with some of the suggestions like "free fast passes" and special tours or events. Maybe tie it in with some of the things they already do for us like the Merry Memeber Mixers in December. They could give everyone at the mixer one of those special fast passes like they give out at the sales center when you take a tour.

I like the idea of something like a DVC member sunrise safari or something like that too. I'm not saying it should be all the time, but maybe having promotions like this during times that DVC members tend not to visit might keep the resorts full more consistantly.

edk35
03-29-2010, 08:19 PM
I found out on Thursday afternoon around 1:15 and FLIPPED OUT. :lmao: That evening we KNEW WE WERE GOING. Officially changed our trip from HHI to WDW/Vero yesterday. We were going to skip this summer at WDW and do a 4 day trip in Oct. That changed FAST. Plus the fact that we can also get the special military park passes that are available for 99 bucks each person until Sept. SO....we could NOT pass it up. :lovestruc Even my oldest son....who swore off Disney for a while (well that is what he said after last summer's trip)...is not complaining one bit. :cheer2: Plus we added a trip to Vero Finally. :yay: I think that is what probably sealed the deal with him. :rotfl:

edk35
03-29-2010, 08:46 PM
We were not planning a trip over the summer but when I found out the Main Street Electrical Parade was coming back, I had to see it. Stupid to spend all that money for a parade? Maybe, but DD has not seen it and it is full of memories for me.


:thumbsup2 We were trying our best NOT to cave and go on a trip this summer. We scheduled 6 nights at HHI instead. Well I am hit and miss with Dis boards lately and I came across the summer stuff and WAS FLIPPING OUT. I texted our dd who is in college and she immediately called BEGGING FOR US TO GO.She texted dad at work...I texted teenage son....his only request was to DRIVE and NOT FLY and to go to a waterpark outside of the WORLD. I said DONE. Our youngest is 11 and he has never seen it so that will be exciting for him. Now I have 6 nights to plan. WOOHOOO Then we are off to Vero for 4 after that. :woohoo:We will eventually get to HHI.

dbs1228
03-29-2010, 08:50 PM
I think a great perk for dvc members (that would not cost dvc or disney a penny) would be 3 free fast passes upon every visit! We got these when we bought into dvc and what would the big deal or harm be to give owners that perk! It would be a selling point at no expense to Disney!

FOXFIELDZOO
03-29-2010, 11:56 PM
Disney tends to promote other days, (don't get me started) but how about these days . .

Polite Day - If you are rude or run over my foot with your #@%# stroller you get ejected from the park.

EVC Free Day - No electric carts anywhere, especially loading onto the Bus.

Smoke Free Day - A day when no one smokes, even in the designated smoking areas.

English Day - ¿Tengo que explicar?

DVC Appreciation Day - Another one I shouldn't have to explain.

Before I get flamed, I am referring to only one day per year. Sure, we can have a Spanish Day, French Day, Smoking Day, Freeloader Day, etc, too.

Just let me know when they are so I can pick and choose the days I participate.

You asked . . . . .

:rotfl:

dianeschlicht
03-30-2010, 07:03 AM
I think a great perk for dvc members (that would not cost dvc or disney a penny) would be 3 free fast passes upon every visit! We got these when we bought into dvc and what would the big deal or harm be to give owners that perk! It would be a selling point at no expense to Disney!

That's a very good option to the fast pass suggestion. Maybe two of those cards per unit each trip...I like it!!!