Not everyone uses DME. I have no idea on the number that use it. I would bet it’s well under 40% of WDW guests. I would assume it is a fraction of the transportation costs in our dues.Let's get into the numbers from a DVC owner's perspective, using me as an example (family of 5, 5 night stay);
Assume that the Mears cost will be $25/ per person each way (because that seems reasonable). That would be $250 for the trip. Can I find a car for that price? Yes, $50/day is pretty easy to find. Not only that, but that allows us a quick trip (or 2 or 3) to Publics to buy groceries. That will save us a lot over grocery delivery, I'll put that at $50 to make number round (also seems about right). That would EASILY save us a meal or 2 that we would buy in the park since food is now easy to get for the condo - that saves us another $100.
OK, so where am I going with this? All tolled, I will be out about $100 over what I would have spent with DME included - OR, about $0.65 /point for my trip. Again, making numbers round (I do realize there is a lot of rounding in this estimate), that's about 10% of our dues. Is DME 10% of our dues? Somehow I doubt it, and besides, the transportation line item we pay includes the on-site transportation too.
Would the "credit" we get for no DME be offset by the added demand for parking? That's a good question - parking is already supposed to be included - DME users just don't use it - I would think not. One thing is known though; our dues are real costs - they are not made up by Disney to milk more profit. They estimate the cost for the coming year (thus I would guess why this isn't happening until '22) then credit you back if the expense falls short of that - or increase the cost the following year if expenses are more. Those are real $$'s though.
Really interested in a "dues analysis" perspective to see if the #s add up like I think they do.
Edited because my math was bad...
I am from Syracuse so I did check it out too! Again, who knows if I’d ever do it, but since direct flights are only JetBlue and Frontier..and not every day..it’s an alternative. The good news is I don’t need to worry until next year!!Using the Kayak explore tool on some random date, I got Sanford to work for Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Syracuse, Cleveland, Austin, Pittsburgh, and an airport somewhere near Chicago.