I am going to see if I can get the three free months to see what the room tool is. Every other tool seems like their version of tools that have been available in other places for years. I kept on thinking, “I know at least one of you have talked publicly about using the room request feature on Touring Plans so no way do you think this is unique”.
Edited to DS: I sent the email about 90 minutes ago and they sent me a code already. No way I can look at it until next weekend, but I will.
I’ve been playing around with this for a few days. We are super new to DVC, but the best tool seems to be the availability tool showing the number of remaining DVC rooms by type on a calendar display. The reservation finder is similar to others (pay for use), but does not include events/tours like similar searches elsewhere. Commend them for trying, hope some of it sticks around.
Paul Krieger runs the DVCFan website, and also writes for DVCRentalStore and WDWInfo. This is yet another site he’s involved with, this time with a podcast which I think has only been running a year (given that episode is #20 or 21).
That’s a lot of sites to be a major contributor to, so why start up yet another one. It seems they could all be self-referential. Currently for example if you look at DVCFan, there is a Buy & Sell tab, which opens up DVCRentalStore. That’s just one example.
And the only new tool is the availability one. I’m not sure how they get the info for it, but DVC could shut that down in an instant - if they had half-decent IT …. oh, wait. But the point is, that could leave this new site with no USP.
Marissa and Derek used to be regulars on podcasts (Welcome Home Podcast and My DVC Points Community) on regular basis as former guides who then worked for DVC Resale. Kerri was a former Disney Ambassador, and worked for the company (last job on Club 33 WDW) who was permanently laid off during Covid. She is a co-founder of the Ears to Each Other Facebook page. When she was let go from Disney she started working for DVC Rental. About that same time those two companies merged with Monera (DVC resale financing) and became the World of DVC and they started sponsoring DVC Fan.
About a year ago Paul and his wife took jobs with the world of DVC. I think Paul is with rental and Amy is definitely with Monera. It is funny the relationship the World of DVC has with the Dis.