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Old 10-25-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Do Non-DVC'ers ever get free upgrades at BLT??

My mom and I and my friend & her son are hoping to get (and be able to afford) a 1 br at BLT next year for Halloween week. I can't help daydreaming as I look at 2 BR units.

Has anyone that's paid cash instead of points for a BLT room gotten a free upgrade to a larger unit? Just curious
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Upgrades like that do happen. However, almost always when it benefits the resort to move/upgrade you. It's always best to wait and save to book what you want. No disappointment then.
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We'll be thrilled to death just to be able to stay at a monorail resort and so close to MK even if it's on pull outs with the young'un on an air mattress haha There won't be any disappointments here :D I was just curious if DVC's do free upgrades if you're not a member.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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I was just curious if DVC's do free upgrades if you're not a member.
upgrades are rare if you are staying on a cash reservation. probably more rare at DVC resorts in general than at the hotels (as DVC resorts - especially ones like BLT - tend to operate at a very high occupancy rate).

and upgrades are virtually impossible if you are staying on a points reservation. (because DVC owners are just that, "owners" - a hotel has some flexibility in dealing with guests but all of the pts have to be accounted for.) usually, in the handful of cases where points stays have been upgraded, it's due to maintenance issues.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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We paid cash (Expedia) 2 years ago for 2 nights, 1br and were upgraded to a dedicated 2br. It was so wonderful...only problem is that we brought our baby monitor with us and it didn't work in the second bedroom...walls to thick/etc.

Even with a 1br, you will love the space. The 2br almost felt too big!

That being said, it totally spoiled me and I plan on doing DVC from now on. We're renting points and staying AKV-Kidani in Jan.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #6
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Two years ago, Disney owned a much larger percentage of the room inventory at BLT, so they had much more flexibility to give upgrades. Now, the resort is nearing completion of sales to members, so Disney only has a small, probably less than 10%, amount of inventory.

Sorry, OP. I'd say the chances are very small.
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