Shannon and Pete cover the latest news for DVC members. Annual credit card payments can now be automated via credit card. Members booking Aulani during a closure have had their points extended until Feb 28, 2021. The creepy clown has been officially removed and dismantled at Boardwalk. Minivan service has been discontinued, and they cover an update on the reopening of Disneyland.
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Credit Card Auto Pay Option For Annual Dues Coming Soon
Next month, Disney Vacation Club will give owners a new option for pre-scheduling their Annual Dues payments. DVC owners will soon be able to pay set up their annual dues to auto pay from a credit card. While multiple options have always existed for paying the yearly obligation, pre-scheduling credit card payments is one alternative not previously offered. Owners will be able to enter their credit card information on the members-only website, and the fees will be charged in one lump sum on the due date. Monthly payment options are also available. However, the payment must be debited from a US-based checking or savings account. The monthly bank debit option spreads the total year's dues over 12 equal installments with no additional fees. Disney Gift Cards and Chase Disney Visa Reward Points can also be used to pay member dues. The new payment setup is expected to launch in November.
Aulani Points Extension
As Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas approaches its November 1, 2020 reopening, Disney Vacation Club has announced some flexibility for owners whose points were impacted by COVID-19. Under the new guidelines revealed this week, previously banked Aulani points which are still available for use will be automatically extended through February 28, 2021. This provides owners with a 4-month window to use their points, during which rooms are likely to be available due to the continuing health crisis.
Other points remain subject to normal usage guidelines, although DVC will reportely allow points to be banked beyond the normal deadline. Under standard rules, members must bank their points within the first 8 months of the Use Year.
California Health Secretary States Disneyland Reopening Guidelines Will Be Released “When We’re Ready”, Orange County Still in Red Tier
Today, the California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly issued another COVID-19 update, reiterating that Orange County, which includes Anaheim and the Disneyland Resort, is still under a Red “Substantial” tier code. While not present at the update, Governor Gavin Newsom works directly with Dr. Ghaly in establishing reopening procedures for businesses across the state. Counties are assigned a color code based on case rates and positivity rates.
Dr. Ghaly reiterated that reopening dates and guidelines for theme parks “will come out when we’re ready.” “We will continue to lead with public health and look at our data …slow and stringent, moving forward,” the health secretary stated.
Creepy Clown Removed as Refurbishment Continues on Keister Coaster Waterslide at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
As we discussed in the last episode, the Keister Coaster waterslide at Luna Park Pool in Disney’s BoardWalk Villas would be closing for refurbishment. The waterslide is notorious for its giant clown face, but it seems the clown face is no more. Luna Park Pool still remains accessible to Boardwalk Villas guests while the waterslide is closed. The waterslide is expected to reopen at the end of this month, though refurbishment will continue around Luna Park Pool in November.
Minnie Van Service Retired at Walt Disney World; Cast Members Included in Mass Layoffs
It has been confirmed that all Minnie Van Cast Members were among those terminated at Walt Disney World. Despite early talks of the service’s demise ultimately brought on by the pandemic.
Direct Sales Continue To Move Upward In September 2020
Since hitting an all-time low of 9,540 points in June 2020, direct sales of Disney Vacation Club points have continued to improve each subsequent month. In September 2020, 109,916 points were sold for the 11 Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World, marking the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March that monthly sales exceeded the 100,000 point mark. Almost as many points were sold in September than in the previous three months combined.
Although DVC sales are improving, they are still a far cry from the sales figures in the pre-pandemic era. We have been tracking sales since July 2010 and monthly sales before the pandemic averaged 173,215 points. September’s sales total of 109,916 points places it only 110th out of the last 123 months.
In September 2020, 66,013 points were sold for Disney’s Riviera Resort. It has sold 1,546,075 points, about 22.9% of the resort’s 6.7 million total points. Three Fixed Week deeds were sold for Riviera in September, yielding 37 fixed week deeds sold to date. These deeds only account for about 0.6% of the points sold for Riviera.
It is nearly impossible to project when Riviera may sell out. Since sales began, the resort has averaged 85,967 points in monthly sales. At that rate, it would take Riviera about 59 months, or until Summer 2025, before it sells out. However, it is difficult to guess what DVC sales will be like over the near term, much less five years from now.
Disney has declared 123 of Riviera’s 341 vacation homes for the DVC inventory. The 123 vacation homes account for 2,448,318, or 36.3%, of the resort's total points. Disney still has about 4.3 million undeclared Riviera points at its disposal. Also, about 902,000 Riviera points are declared for members to use but have not yet been sold to the public.
The sales data includes all 11 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World and Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. Point sales data is not available for the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. The data is compiled from deeds filed by Disney Vacation Development and recorded with the Orange County (FL) Comptroller, the Indian River County (FL) Clerk of Court, and the Beaufort County (SC) Register of Deeds.
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