- Nov 26, 2018
Agreed. Though I wonder how people would feel if they shut down of the DVC Member Lounge at Epcot? This is something they very much use in the sales pitch too without any mention that it was originally only to run for the 25th anniversary. They just lump TOTWL and the Member lounge together and did/do mention both as part of the Membership Extras. Practically speaking they are similar in treatment (even when/if either of them get shut down or access limited); personally I find some really upset in part because there was the misconception that BLT owners paid for TOTWL and covered its costs, likely because it was initially exclusive to BLT guests. Thought I blame DVC for not making it more clear it owned TOTWL (it should have been advertised as an exclusive lounge owned by Disney for DVC Members).It was however a HUGE part of the sales guides lists of enticements. I wonder how long until DVC does finally garner the usual timeshare reputation that so far hasn't really happened because of the Disney name.
I'm okay if Membership Extras go away but I think in order to avoid the usual timeshare reputation they need to add new "extras" (which here it was a trade just a money grab). Like anything at Disney change isn't usually met with the warmest regards from all parties but demographics change and what is enticing to some isn't to others thus the evolution needed. Though I will add here with TOTWL the part I find troublesome was the lack of consideration (3 week notice) not necessarily there right to remove Membership Extras.