Wait Listed ... How Long?

So I tried to rent points through David’s for AK and there wasn’t inventory for the type of villa I wanted, so I went to my backup option, Beach Club. There is inventory, but David’s doesn’t have points. I am now on the Wait List. I have booked a backup vacation at Ft. Wilderness Cabins.

I have now planned out three completely different vacations in my mind (actually four if you include the AoA option I had been considering earlier) based on which hotel I get. Where you stay makes such a big difference!

My ideal is still to get Beach Club, but the email they sent me was couched in a lot of “no guarantee” language and not even an estimate of timing. How long have you stayed on a wait list? Specifically asking for Beach Club but other answers welcome.

When are your dates? It could have an impact.

May 29 - June 5. They said we are in their busiest time for booking, which makes sense.

Well good news and bad news: The good news is that everything at Beach Club currently has availability (actually, everything does). So the bad news is that they just don’t have someone to rent to you. Which is good because it means the wait list shouldn’t be TOO long, because someone is bound to make their points available. The bad news is there’s really no way to tell how long that’ll be in this situation and you might not know or see anything until the 7-month mark (when everyone’s points can be applied to every resort). And by then, availability on the Disney Side of things could get a little dicey.

Have you asked DVC Rental Store?

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I’m afraid to get into two different contracts and have bad timing and be stuck with two villas. Is there a way for me to inquire and see if they have members with points to rent?

Yeah, just ask for a quote from DVC Rental. They check everything without any sort of commitment. Only when you agree to everything do they start “locking” things in.

https://dvcrentalstore.com/reservation-form/

(oh yeah, and the quote’s free too.)

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Can I ask what you were hoping to get at AKL?

We were looking at the “value” category of two-bedroom villas.

Oh, yeah- between the refurbishment and popularity - that is impossible .

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I figured it would be a long shot. I submitted my request 12 months in advance (max allowed) so it would be ready at the 11-month mark but alas…

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So I did this and they were able to give me a quote, but their email has this verbiage:

Please note we are currently experiencing a high volume of requests at the following DVC Resorts: Polynesian Villas, Beach Club Villas and Boardwalk Villas and an industry-wide shortage of DVC Members renting their points at these locations While we are still processing requests for these resorts, please note there could be a lengthy wait without the guarantee that we will be able to secure your reservation. If you prefer to secure a reservation more quickly, I would recommend other DVC Resort choices.

So it looks like I would be in the same situation of being on the wait list except I wouldn’t be (presumably) toward the front of DVC’s lines as I am at David’s since I submitted there at the 11-month mark.

Any idea which site has more members to get inventory from?

I read on the Disney Tourist Blog that DVC Rental Store pays their members $1 more per point so they may have more renting members.

I recommend calling David’s and speaking directly with someone. I originally requested a Value Studio at AKV for my May 2019 trip (put the request in 12 months in advance like you), but they didn’t have AKV points at booking time. I called them later that day to switch to a different resort. They were able to give me a sense of what they could book that day.

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I assume this is true because they charge an extra $1 per point compared to David’s. The quote is a few hundred dollars higher.

I definitely don’t want to put money down on two units and risk getting both, so I’m probably going to stick to my David’s reservation and see what happens since I’m higher on the wait list there. Worst case scenario, we use the backup Ft Wilderness Cabin reservation and have a fabulous time. But I still have time to submit a request at DVC Store if anyone wants to talk me into it. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I have also rented through DVC Rental Store and had excellent experience with them. DVC Rental Store was $1/point more back in 2018 when we did our first rental which is why we went with David’s. However, we ended up using them on the same May 2019 trip when we added on a couple of additional nights at the start and end of the reservation. They handle rentals with fewer than 50 points (David’s does not).

DVC Rentals Store assigns you a specific person to work with for your rentals and you can submit availability requests directly through them for future trips. I am using DVC Rental Store again for my May 2020 trip as we are trying to book some high demand resorts (Polynesian and Bay Lake Tower) and having a designated adviser to work with was worth the extra $1 per point for me. She knows my second choice resorts and can monitor availability for me and let me know if should switch to one of those.

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