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Old 10-10-2009, 11:52 AM   #16
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While we're on the subject of cars, parking, etc.....don't DVC members get free parking at the theme parks or did I dream that up?
DVC members do NOT get free parking at the theme parks because they are DVC members.

ALL of those staying onsite get free parking at the theme parks (which includes DVC members staying onsite.)

but if you stay offsite, you are on your own.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #17
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All onsite guests get free parking at the theme parks, including DVC resorts. If you stay offsite, DVCers do not get free theme park parking.
Can you tell it's my first time on-site with a car?!
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:57 AM   #18
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Can you tell it's my first time on-site with a car?!
When you check-in you'll receive a paper tag to place on your dashboard identifying you as an onsite guest. This will give you the free parking.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:03 PM   #19
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It will be interesting to see how long it takes DVC to inform members of this valet policy change..either via email or a mailing.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:06 PM   #20
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In regards to the free valet for those with a disability, does that mean that those with a "handicapped" license plate or hang-tag are eligible? My mom has a medical condition that qualifies her for "handicapped" status. Her vehicle has a handicapped plate, but she also has the hang tag for when she travels with others. Will that make us eligible for the free valet?
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:11 PM   #21
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It will be interesting to see how long it takes DVC to inform members of this valet policy change..either via email or a mailing.
That will be interesting. They have had a pattern of implementing stealth member-perk removals for a while! Some of the perks are no big deal, but this is an important one to members who stay at the hotel-connected resorts.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:14 PM   #22
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Will that make us eligible for the free valet?
Yes and you will need the hang tag.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:25 PM   #23
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Wow, this is news...thanks for the warning. At least we were warned by the disboard members, even though it would've been nice to get a warning from DVC first...heck, they have our email addresses--what's up with that?

I'll be curious to hear if we lose this perk with the TiW card too! Guess we'll be self parking at the GF next week.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:27 PM   #24
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Don't know about anyone else, but I would much rather keep the valet perk than be able to "Follow Deevy's comedic vacation adventures"......
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:44 PM   #25
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It will be interesting to see how long it takes DVC to inform members of this valet policy change..either via email or a mailing.
yeah and it will be to enhance our membership
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yeah and it will be to enhance our membership
In response to member requests to provide more healthy activities at the resorts, like walking.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:05 PM   #27
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I am not surprised. when the DCV opened at Disneyland just a few weeks ago there was no "free" valet. A few of us complained, but most posters on the GCV thread thought it was no big deal.

What's that old saying--first they came for _____ and I said nothing . . .. .

ending with finally "and then they came for me and there was no one left to say anything."

I have only been a member since 2008 and am seriously depressed by the perks that seem to be disappearing. I predict the Florida discount on APs will be next.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:07 PM   #28
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Meh

We don't like this change at all. We don't always use valet, but we are car-driving park hoppers, so we never use the bus system. We self-park most of the time, but the valet was a great benefit to being a DVC member.

The valet service is great when we first arrive, and we also like to use it in situations where we get back to the hotel (usually AKV) with a tired toddler.

Like the previous poster, I wonder how long free valet will remain a benefit for TIW members.

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What's that old saying--first they came for _____ and I said nothing . . .. .
You aren't seriously comparing the removal of the valet perk to the holocaust, are you?

This has to be one of the fastest instances of Godwin's Law I've ever seen.

(For those who don't know the original, there is some good background here:
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martin_Niemöller)

The change does stink, no question about it, but I don't think it's quite as bad as that.

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Old 10-10-2009, 02:02 PM   #30
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I'll be curious to hear if we lose this perk with the TiW card too! Guess we'll be self parking at the GF next week.
I'm buying a TIW card on Wednesday. Even though I won't have a car, I'll ask about free valet parking.
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