Well I still think if you bought say 50 direct that you could use those 50 at all future resorts, but just wouldn’t be eligible for the “membership extras.”
Right, I guess you might not want a Gold AP (to me one of my most valuable benefits)?
Exactly, I think that the AP discount is really the only benefit that you can put real value on. I, personally, don’t have plans to buy APs more than maybe once or twice. I also am not local enough to ever plan trips around those after-hours party that people seem to love!
But I’m not necessarily arguing the pros/cons of buying direct, just trying to understand what the definition of “minimum” seems to be in this circumstance!
BLT2 (where the garden wing is) and the Poly plans have been floating around for several years. BLT obviously for longer!
I don’t buy the BLT2 rumour personally. It wouldn’t have a good view of the castle, which would make it a second choice for many. And I think it’s more likely they go for a Grand Destiny option for convention guests personally.
I thought a second GFV block was more likely because of the walking path.
I worry about them building higher than a 2 storey villa block at the Poly, but adding 1 and 2 beds would be popular with many. They could also add a community hall. And seemingly there were plans earlier for bigger villas, so maybe they’re dusting down those plans.
It does vary by resort. And I’m sure they will still allow you to buy less than the number required for perks. I don’t think that has gone up, it’s 50 for Riviera, although even that won’t get you far with the points charts.
I’ll be interested what happens to the minimum add-on. If they want to. It the number of people with just 25 points, they will want to stop a 25 point add-on. But then that would mean they would probably have to increase the number of one time use points you can buy too.
That is not correct. 100 points is the minimum required to qualify for Membership Extras. And they are grandfathering in all existing owners with 75 direct points.
Right, that was pointed out by @melcort10. Although I have still not found an “official” announcement? I do know all the guides left the meeting yesterday saying it- but was it officially announced?
Just confirming what @melcort10 said.
I haven’t seen it reported it anywhere yet. I just had a look to see if anyone had posted a link. Couldn’t find anything.
The DVCnews report was a little weird with the language.
“Existing owners should be grandfathered under terms which existed at their time of purchase. ”
That just means if you currently qualify for the perks, you will still qualify even if you wouldn’t qualify under the new rules.
Which technically they don’t have to do, but which would really cause a stromash if they didn’t.
I don’t like the word “should”.
Gotcha! That’s just because it hasn’t yet been officially announced I think.
There are reports on DVC news that “ After September 19th the new direct purchase minimum will be aligned with the minimum for perks .”
And it’s now on the DVC website:
“ Important Information about Membership Extras:
Membership Extras, such as vacation options in the Disney and Concierge Collections, certain discounts, offers, and special events are incidental benefits. These incidental benefits are subject to change or termination without notice, may require the payment of a fee and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Membership Extras are also subject to availability and block-out dates may apply, including high periods of demand such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. To receive any Membership Extras, purchasers must present a valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card along with a corresponding valid photo ID. Effective September 17, 2019 to obtain a Disney Vacation Club Membership Card, Members must accumulate a total of at least 100 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. Disney and Concierge Collections options are not available for ownership interests not purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. after March 21, 2011, and, effective April 4, 2016, Members who have not purchased an ownership interest directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. will not have access to Membership Extras.
Link to the dining discount page, scroll right down to the small print:
I don’t see it saying they won’t sell less than 100 points to new owners but I guess they don’t have to post that? I would love to know if that is true.
I’ve got a pretty good email chain going with a Disney DVC CM…because I’ve been waffling on it for so long. I’ll ask him and report back!
I wouldn’t have thought so.
Up until now it’s always varied depending what resort. Even if they say it’s 100, I know people have bought as few as 50 at OKW & SSR.
However personally I think they should reimpose a minimum number.
There used to be a minimum, right?
I think way back it was something like 230.
When we bought it was 160 at Bay Lake; I think it was the same for all the resorts they were selling at that time. That was in 2010.
And then they started dropping it. In theory they still stay 100 but people get away with just buying 50 at some resorts.
I know they can’t stop the resale of 25 points, but the large numbers of people with only 25 or 50 points is increasing the pressure on studio availability. (And I know there are other reasons - Poly and CCV).