Another DVC Resort? Really?
Last week Disney announced that they are building a brand new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort at the old River Country location. What??? Huh? Really?
Do we really need another DVC Resort? I dunno about that.
DVC Resorts are Popular
The Bungalows at the Polynesian are great but very expensive - Photo by Brett Svenson
Yes, I know Disney Vacation Club Resorts are very popular and yes, I know all about all the DVC Resorts being booked up for the last few months. But over the last 5 years pretty much all of the new hotel construction has been DVC related.
The new DVC Resorts since 2013 -
- Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at the Wilderness Lodge
Under Construction -
- Rivera Resort
- Yet to be named Resort where River Country used to be
Non DVC Resort construction since 2013 -
- The new yet to be named tower at the Coronado Springs Resort that will have 500 convention rooms
That's a bunch of new DVC rooms and not very may non-DVC rooms. In fact with all the rooms at the Polynesian Village, Coronado Springs, Wilderness Lodge and Caribbean Beach Resort that were either removed for new construction or converted to DVC there has been a pretty significant net loss of regular hotel rooms at WDW. Probably close to 1,000.
Maybe You Should Consider
Not a lot of "value rooms" at the Art of Animation Resort- Photo by Rich Ramos
Hey Disney, you might want to consider something different.
It's been 15 years since the last real Value Resort opened.
Instead of building those big dollar DVC Resorts, the bazillion dollar projects like Golden Oaks, how about a hotel that costs under $100 per night. You know like Universal did.
Yes, a cheap hotel. A hotel for the little guy. A hotel for us normal people. The Value Resorts are great but there just aren't enough Value Resort level rooms. What are the first hotels that fill up? What are the hotels with the highest occupancy rate even with HUGE room numbers?
It's the Value Resorts. DUH!
What do you think would happen with a Value/Value Resort?
Time for another real Value Resort - Photo by Andy Sanchez
Disney, for the last several years you have started to get a reputation as only thinking about the rich. All the price increases, all the new high end Resorts, everything you've done for a long time has been geared toward those who are willing to shell out the big bucks.
It's time to bring a little balance back to prices at Walt Disney World and a Value/Value, a $100 per night hotel would go a long way to breaking the string of ever more expensive Resorts popping up around WDW.
Dad's Bottom Line
Come on Disney bring a little balance (and sanity) back to Resort prices. Give us working stiffs a chance to share in the Most Magical Place on Earth.
If you build it we will come.