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disneynutz
11-16-2011, 09:47 AM
I was just informed by one of my DVC contacts that Disney is taking a hard stance on door and balcony decorations this year and they are not allowed. No info on how they intend to enforce the rule.

:earsboy: Bill

GEB@okw
11-16-2011, 10:29 AM
That is nice, I do not like that Chinese crap anyway. It has nothing to do with Christmas.

Dizny Dad
11-16-2011, 10:54 AM
We keep a door hanger bracket in our OL to hang our hand-made Christmas greetings to those that walk by. It may remind someone of the season we are celebrating. It is in english.

BEASLYBOO
11-16-2011, 11:29 AM
Here we go! Though I believe in Christmas and decorations I personally think that if you aren't at your house, they belong inside! Inside your villa, fine@ 1/2 hazard decorations here and there cheapen the look of the resorts.

This is my opinion, I realize others may feel differently!

KAT4DISNEY
11-16-2011, 12:39 PM
Kind of like the whole litany of new regulations for FW campers and their decorations this year. The one I liked the best out of those is that all the decorations and cords had to be outdoor rated when this is what I found at Osborne Lights a couple of years ago.....


http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn282/kat4golf/Disney%20Photos/DisneyDec2007006.jpg

:rotfl2:

Chuck S
11-16-2011, 12:58 PM
While I enjoyed seeing people decorate their balconies at OKW in past years, I can understand Disney wanting to stop the practice. Lighting would add a bit to the resort energy bill, but I doubt that is their major concern. The problem is likely that many guests did not clean up after themselves, leaving housekeeping additional time-consuming work to ready the rooms for the next guest. Imagine if someone had decorated a balcony, and simply left it for the next guest to "enjoy," never considering that the next guest may not appreciate their balcony being decorated, or what if they do not share the same religious beliefs as the previous occupant?

Then there are also some fire/safety concerns. Someone could fall while reaching to attach lights. People do dumb things on vacation.

Hopefully
11-16-2011, 02:41 PM
Here we go! Though I believe in Christmas and decorations I personally think that if you aren't at your house, they belong inside! Inside your villa, fine@ 1/2 hazard decorations here and there cheapen the look of the resorts.

This is my opinion, I realize others may feel differently!

I agree. I want to enjoy the ambience of the resort I am staying at, not someone else's idea of a nice decoration.
I decorate at home to my taste. I do not care to see it on the outside of the Villas when I am at Disney.

Again, my opinion and I too realize others feel differently, but I am glad

Sammie
11-16-2011, 04:48 PM
Here is the directive on the Member Site.

Resort leaders offer holiday-decorating reminder

As Disney Parks and Resorts reflect the spirit of the season with a winter wonderland of holiday decorations, many Disney Vacation ClubŪ Members are decorating their villas in similarly festive fashion.

While Disney Vacation Club welcomes the use of safe decorations that don't damage the finishes of the villa, resort leaders are reminding Members that all decorations should be contained within the villa interiors and therefore shouldn't extend to the balcony or other exterior areas.

This policy, included in Members' condominium documents, is designed to help preserve the carefully crafted architectural stories and visual themes for which Disney Parks and Resorts are famous.

I am glad of it. Disney spends a lot of money making everything look nice and lately it had gotten way out of hand, plus no telling how much of fire hazard some of it was.

dopey2
11-16-2011, 05:53 PM
I say "Bah! Humbug!" Disney and I plan on putting my lights on the balcony at OKW when I arrive after Thanksgiving.

tomandrobin
11-16-2011, 06:42 PM
Its not stopped people in the past, it won't stop people this year either.


And if Disney wants to start being a bad guy and start enforcing a DVC stay rule, how about penalizing people who fail to check-out and stay in their room until 3pm!

Sammie
11-16-2011, 09:01 PM
Its not stopped people in the past, it won't stop people this year either.


And if Disney wants to start being a bad guy and start enforcing a DVC stay rule, how about penalizing people who fail to check-out and stay in their room until 3pm!

Why should they, people do what they want, not what they should or even what is required per policy.

You can't expect people to check out on time and get punished if they don't; if you support disregarding the policy on decorations.

Just saying.

The honor policy does not work at the Happiest Place on Earth.:lmao:

RoutemanDan
11-16-2011, 09:08 PM
Good. I was suprised it went on as long as it did.

rock_doctor
11-16-2011, 09:17 PM
I say "Bah! Humbug!" Disney and I plan on putting my lights on the balcony at OKW when I arrive after Thanksgiving.

:thumbsup2 I say shame on them.

rentayenta
11-16-2011, 09:23 PM
We all can't have good taste- it's impossible. Leave the decorating to Disney. :thumbsup2

Sammie
11-16-2011, 10:31 PM
I wonder if the recent fire at OKW was related to this :confused3

I don't remember a notice last year on the website.

Dizny Dad
11-17-2011, 05:32 AM
. . . . . . The honor policy does not work at the Happiest Place on Earth.:lmao:

Sure it does! It works everywhere. The honor polocy has to do with ones self, and whether or not you can look in the mirror with pride about how you delt with the opportunities in this life.

Now excuse me; I have to go, I left my cigarettes out on the balcony . . .

BEASLYBOO
11-17-2011, 09:38 AM
Now excuse me; I have to go, I left my cigarettes out on the balcony . . .
Don't forget your "service dog" in the closet! Or is that your X-Mas elf!

Simba's Mom
11-17-2011, 11:54 AM
Don't forget your "service dog" in the closet! Or is that your X-Mas elf!:rotfl2:

Actually, I wonder if too many people have used nails, staple guns, etc. when putting their lights up outside, causing maintenance a lot of work in January to return the looks to their former, intact state.

twinklebug
11-17-2011, 01:32 PM
I'm happy to hear they may enforce the rules this year. While I like lights as much as the next person, it does look odd to have just one balcony done up here and there, different colors, some flashing in ways that reminds me of seizure-inducing video games or as bright as a landing strip.

The statement of celebration can be made just as well from within the confines of the room as from the balcony. A strategically placed small tree on a table, some lights & garland on the counter, and maybe the smell of baking gingerbread would entice me to want to find out who's unit *that* one is more-so than any plastic or blow up nylon decor on the balcony would.

Disclaimer: I do adore seeing the blow up snoopys, mickeys etc in the yard of folks at home... just not at the resorts.

spiceycat
11-17-2011, 03:11 PM
think it was the one at BLT - it was BRIGHT RED and you could see even from the MK.

that was last year.

with BLT so in your face - would expect Disney to do something here even if they let OKW and SSR do as usually.

might also expect them to try to control BWV - it is not quite as in your face as BLT - but many guests can see it. - BCV - don't even know if they would bother considering unless you are BCV guest you generally probably would not notice anything. oh forget the road (it goes to all the Epcot resorts) - so yea they might at BCV.

well since staying mostly offsite this year :rolleyes1 my one day at BLT will remember not to decorate.

Sammie
11-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Sure it does! It works everywhere. The honor polocy has to do with ones self, and whether or not you can look in the mirror with pride about how you delt with the opportunities in this life.

Now excuse me; I have to go, I left my cigarettes out on the balcony . . .

So do you mean there is honor in ignoring policy. :confused3

dvc at last !
11-17-2011, 05:26 PM
While I enjoyed seeing people decorate their balconies at OKW in past years, I can understand Disney wanting to stop the practice. Lighting would add a bit to the resort energy bill, but I doubt that is their major concern. The problem is likely that many guests did not clean up after themselves, leaving housekeeping additional time-consuming work to ready the rooms for the next guest. Imagine if someone had decorated a balcony, and simply left it for the next guest to "enjoy," never considering that the next guest may not appreciate their balcony being decorated, or what if they do not share the same religious beliefs as the previous occupant?

Then there are also some fire/safety concerns. Someone could fall while reaching to attach lights. People do dumb things on vacation.

I totally agree. Leave your holiday decor at home ! Enjoy Disney's decor !

BEASLYBOO
11-18-2011, 09:32 AM
think it was the one at BLT - it was BRIGHT RED and you could see even from the MK.

Maybe Rudolph's nose in hyper drive flying over WDW!

BEASLYBOO
11-18-2011, 09:34 AM
I'm happy to hear they may enforce the rules this year. Good luck with that one!

crisi
11-18-2011, 04:31 PM
I say "Bah! Humbug!" Disney and I plan on putting my lights on the balcony at OKW when I arrive after Thanksgiving.

That's OK, there is someone who is planning on printing the policy out from the website and standing at the front desk every day to demand it be enforced.

It won't be me, I dislike seeing other people's decorations all over my Disney theming and ambiance - and really hope they crack down hard, but I won't be there to complain and I don't waste my time or emotional energy on it. But we can pretty much count on some DVCer deciding to spend their vacation holding Disney to their word.

Inkmahm
11-18-2011, 11:19 PM
I like seeing the decorations but I'm okay if Disney enforces policy and they aren't there.

I wonder if there will be enforcement at Wilderness campground where Disney even has carriage rides to show off the decorations done by the guests?

loadsapixiedust
11-19-2011, 06:02 AM
There were lights up on a balcony at BLT when we were there in June :rolleyes:

I'm actually surprised Disney hasn't seen the opportunity to rent out seasonal decorations to guests or even do the decorating for them at a price. Then they could ensure safety regs were followed and have a standardised 'look' for each resort in keeping with the theme.

I love seeing all the holiday decorations but DH is a qualified electrical inspector and he is :scared1: at some of the wiring seen in WDW (and not just by guests ;) ) so I guess from that angle things could be improved.

twinklebug
11-19-2011, 10:02 AM
I like seeing the decorations but I'm okay if Disney enforces policy and they aren't there.

I wonder if there will be enforcement at Wilderness campground where Disney even has carriage rides to show off the decorations done by the guests?

http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc404/stillh2o05/DSCN9417-1.jpg

This was posted over on the campground board (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2716933&page=2) - what I take from all this is Disney's insurance adjusters must be giving them grief about some of those decorations: Dark cords hanging from trees, Cords in places where passer-bys or their children might trip and fall, decorations in use not rated for outdoor usage.

Note: I haven't been over to Ft W to see the Christmas decor on the campsites, as it's really not my style of decorating. I've only seen the pics from here which tend to highlight the 'best' displays so I can't comment on how dangerous some were. There is a thought going on in that thread that a few offenders were tweaking out their power boxes to support the RV and decorations. That's a major cause for concern there.

WolfpackFan
11-19-2011, 10:29 AM
When we were at OKW about 3 weeks ago, some one had strung lights all over their balcony. I kept thinking how tacky it looked. I just don't understand why people have to do this type thing. Why not just enjoy the resort as it was designed.

spiceycat
11-19-2011, 01:28 PM
Maybe Rudolph's nose in hyper drive flying over WDW!

no it was BIG - covered the complete balcony - there was no missing it. you would notice it before the CR tree decorations next to BLT.

nunzia
11-20-2011, 06:48 AM
I agree. I want to enjoy the ambience of the resort I am staying at, not someone else's idea of a nice decoration.
I decorate at home to my taste. I do not care to see it on the outside of the Villas when I am at Disney.

Again, my opinion and I too realize others feel differently, but I am glad

:thumbsup2

goofy4tink
11-21-2011, 07:28 AM
Have to agree with the policy. I love Christmas decor as much as anyone. BUT...I have seen so many people go overboard with the lights. We were just there in mid-Oct. I couldn't believe the balconies I saw that were all lit up in orange lights!! And there was one blow-up Winnie the Pooh with a Halloween costume on...tied to the balcony so he wouldn't 'take off'. And at Christmas, it's so much worse. Huge semi-blownup figures hanging off balconies, massive amounts of lights, some very haphazardly stuck up. It's just not attractive. I guess that if you want to decorate your balcony door, on the inside, go for it. I put up a light up holiday Mickey on my balcony door, but it's interior, not exterior...and it's just the one thing.
But people will be people and do exactly what they want..whether Disney allows it or not.

LSchrow
11-21-2011, 09:02 AM
i love the holidays, and decorations on all the houses in our area.

but like others, i think the ones ppl put on resort balconies really detract from the look of a resort. i wanted to take more photos of the BWV this past october, but decided against it after seeing the hanging black cats, paper witches, and wired lights. the beautiful BW, with all its splendid period detailing looked disjointed and cheap :guilty:

interior decorations are wonderful (assuming safe, of course:)), including those on doors....thank goodness they might actually no longer allow the outside personal decor, and let everyone else enjoy the resorts' design the way the architects planned.

bobbiwoz
11-21-2011, 09:24 AM
Well, it's my home away from home, and I leave the drapes drawn and the tree is on a timer, and as we walk home from the bus, I like to see our tree welcoming us. It's not outside, so it's allowed, but I suppose it detracts from what some people like. It's Christmastime, and I like the symbolism of the lights.

LSchrow
11-21-2011, 09:43 AM
Well, it's my home away from home, and I leave the drapes drawn and the tree is on a timer, and as we walk home from the bus, I like to see our tree welcoming us. It's not outside, so it's allowed, but I suppose it detracts from what some people like. It's Christmastime, and I like the symbolism of the lights.

personally, i love seeing lighted trees through a window. even while driving around in town, it feels like there is a little bit of warm and fuzzy norman rockwell going on wherever a decorated Christmas tree is glowing :santa: imho, everyone can decorate their personal homes and villa's interiors to their heart's content!

i think many, including myself, just don't care to see the exterior of a resort, which so many enjoy as it was designed, changed with so different lights, hanging decor, etc.

happy thanksgiving!!

TDC Nala
11-21-2011, 09:54 AM
Eh. I won't be in my room long enough to care if it's decorated or not. So no decorations. more room in the suitcase for the winter clothes in case it's as cold as last year.

jackskellingtonsgirl
11-21-2011, 03:38 PM
I DESPISE exterior decorations on villas and hotel rooms. If they enforce the by laws in the DVC contracts I say YAY!!!! :cool1:

The decorations are out of control.

Ramsfan28
11-21-2011, 03:58 PM
This announcement makes me very, very happy - nothing worse than awful looking X-mas decorations that cheapen the look of the villas. Let the experts (Disney) take care of the decorations.

I just wish DVC took a harder stance with the morons that think it is OK to hang towels and/or swim trunks over their balconies.

Ramsfan28
11-21-2011, 04:02 PM
no it was BIG - covered the complete balcony - there was no missing it. you would notice it before the CR tree decorations next to BLT.

It was big and awful -it was a guest that was down the hall from me. They also had their door decorated. I was troubled that DVC let those awful decorations stay up.

manning
11-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Its not stopped people in the past, it won't stop people this year either.


And if Disney wants to start being a bad guy and start enforcing a DVC stay rule, how about penalizing people who fail to check-out and stay in their room until 3pm!

And bring their dogs when it is obvious they are not service dogs.

Andrew015
11-21-2011, 05:01 PM
I'm normally all for personal freedoms, especially when it's my hard-earned money paying for the room that I'm staying in. However, I must agree with most everyone's response as related to the lights. To me, hanging lights all over one's balcony is a cry for attention by people who like to push the limits of the rules. Not only do the decorations look cheesy, being haphazardly scattered over the balcony railings, I think Disney does good enough job decorating the resorts for Christmas on their own.

I think the biggest concern for Disney is the detraction from the theming of the resort itself. Also, the possible liability as related to fire (improper extension cords, overloaded circuits, etc.). I doubt Disney is as concerned about "offending" those who don't celebrate Christmas, but being as PC as Disney is, this might be a factor. Given the massive amounts of electricity consumed by each resort daily, I can't imagine that a few strands of Christmas lights here and there would even show up on the radar screen (especially in this LED / Green day and age).

Who has time for that stuff anyways? I thought the whole idea of doing a Disney vacation at Christmas was to get out of cooking / decorating? :santa:

mainstreet1997
11-21-2011, 05:20 PM
Im surprised this wasnt enforced sooner. The decorations really do take away from the themeing of the resort (although sometimes I do like lights on the balconies). Im sure some of the door decorations were ripping paint off the door :(

MISSYGIRL
11-22-2011, 07:44 AM
Last time i checked this still is the happiest place on earth right.First we can't enjoy a cigarette outside on are balcony but when i check into my room i find those cigarette butts everywhere and omg how many times to i find them in my resort room.Now we can't hang lights and decorate our doors.Where is the holiday spirit.My family and i come to Disney every year to see all the decor and to see how everyone is decorating there rooms.So sorry to see it go.
MISSY AND FAMILY
AND THE MEAN LADY TOO

Chuck S
11-22-2011, 08:10 AM
A reminder that Smoking is not a topic that is allowed on the DVC Boards. Please keep this thread on the topic of Holiday Decorations or it will need to be closed.

Thanks

twinklebug
11-22-2011, 08:35 AM
Now we can't hang lights and decorate our doors.Where is the holiday spirit.My family and i come to Disney every year to see all the decor and to see how everyone is decorating there rooms.

Disney's not telling us we can't decorate inside our rooms. Feel free to put up a tree, or lay some lights across the counter... it'll still be festive.

If the reason you come to Disney at Christmas is to see everyone's home decor out on their balconies and on their room doors, take a stroll through the campground. Their homes on wheels will still be done up :goodvibes

Deb & Bill
11-22-2011, 01:44 PM
Last time i checked this still is the happiest place on earth right.First we can't enjoy a cigarette outside on are balcony but when i check into my room i find those cigarette butts everywhere and omg how many times to i find them in my resort room.Now we can't hang lights and decorate our doors.Where is the holiday spirit.My family and i come to Disney every year to see all the decor and to see how everyone is decorating there rooms.So sorry to see it go.
MISSY AND FAMILY
AND THE MEAN LADY TOO

Just think of it as deed restrictions. Lots of communities have deed restrictions.