For years, I have been telling Mrs. Mom, if they ever build the Disney Vacation Club at the Polynesian Resort, we’re in. To which she promptly replies “in your dreams.” Hey, Mrs. Mom, looks like Dad’s Dreams are coming true. Sadly.
Yes, I said sadly. Let me explain.
The Disney Vacation Club is a great idea for lots of people. You can prepay for a room for your vacation for the next 40 to 50 years. What a concept. Yes, I know, other timeshares are cheaper. Other timeshares are for life. Other timeshares are more “tradeable”. But not one of them hold their value near as well as the DVC. Plus none of them are located with a birds eye view of Cinderella Castle. Trust me on this one, it’s a big selling point.
So Dad, what’s the problem with the Disney Vacation Club coming to the best hotel in the world? In theory, nothing. It should be a great thing, but I think Disney might be about to mess it up. Disney’s original plan was to build a bunch of bungalows over Seven Seas Lagoon, kinda like the Tree House Villas at the Saratoga Springs Resort, but with a more island feel like this beautiful resort in Bora, Bora …
Now doesn’t that just look perfect for the Polynesian Resort? I don’t care what one of those cost, I’d have to have one of those, especially with a “Theme Park View”. Sign me up today. Maybe they’d come with those cute little Mouseboats (yes, they call them SeaRaycers now), and we could ride over to the Magic Kingdom in them. Now that would be cool.
I don’t know why, but it’s rumored that Disney has scaled back the plan to build the bungalows completely or just in limited number (thanks to my buddy Tikiman for keeping up with it). It’s said that now they are just going to convert the Tahiti Longhouse into DVC suites.
JUST the Tahiti Longhouse? What good would that do? Tahiti only has 143 regular rooms. That would equate to only 60 or so DVC rooms. And we thought the Wilderness Lodge didn’t have enough DVC rooms.
I think this is wrong headed in lots of ways. It seems Disney is economizing again and the Polynesian is getting the short shrift. Hey, the Contemporary got a really nice DVC building, DVC is building a whole new section at the Grand Floridian, but the stepchild gets the dregs. Sad.
Another reason I don’t like this idea (taking the Tahiti building and turning it into a DVC resort) is because there will now be 143 less rooms available at the Polynesian. That includes some of the rooms with the best “Theme Park Views”. This will just make it harder (and probably more expensive) to get rooms at the Polynesian. That’s just wrong.
I was hoping that when Disney expanded the DVC to the Polynesian that they would do something special (like the bungalows). Something that would enhance the beauty of the resort and expand the availability. Sounds like that’s not happening. Sad.
So, what do you think about the DVC at the Polynesian Resort?