Yesterday at D23, the Parks Panel presentation took place and A LOT of new information was dropped. So much information that I have to break in down park by park and then what is going on outside the theme parks on the resort side. Let’s dive in head first.
Today’s blog post originated when a friend of me rented points, had a reservation through a third-party vendor, and then lost his reservation when Disney discovered that the member who sold his points to be rented was behind in his dues payments. The third-party vendor washed his hands of the old reservation and offered my friend a new reservation by at an increased cost which my friend declined. However, today’s post isn’t going to argue who was wrong and who was right in this situation but to discuss should Disney run their own “Stub Hub/Points Exchange” program instead of letting this service be run completely by third-party vendors.
Another week as come and come on the Dad For Disney blog so that must mean it’s time for another weekly update. This update will include last week’s articles as well since there was no update last week.
Starting today, current members of the Disney Vacation Club can begin purchasing points at the newest property of the Disney Vacation Club…the Polynesian. The addition of Disney Vacation Club villas and bungalows has been a major part of the renovations done at The Polynesian Village Resort and vacation club members and non-members have been waiting for sales to open. Currently, only current members can purchase points at the Polynesian at the cost of $160 per point. Sales for new members will begin on February 9th. No word on if the sales will remain at $160 or will go higher.
As you know, I listen to a lot of podcasts while I write my articles. Over the weekend, I was listening to the Mighty Men of Mouse Podcast. They spent a couple of minutes discussing the possibility of Disney Vacation Club resorts making their way down the moderate level of Disney resorts starting with Caribbean Beach. This got me thinking: Is this a good idea for Disney? Does it make sense of Disney to start branching out into moderate resorts to expand the Vacation Club?
DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING IN THIS ARTICLE IS PURE SPECULATION AND OPINION. DISNEY HAS ANNOUNCED NO PLANS TO EXPAND INTO MODERATE RESORTS.