Quite a few stories this week. Disneyland begins selling tickets again; Reflections looks like it is permanently on hold. Direct sales decreased for Rivieria, and DVCHelp.com has updated their point charts. Pete explains how the COVID-19 pandemic and DVC Member policies are impacting the availability data.
Disneyland Resort Ticketing and Park Reservations Go Live
Story Lead: Vicky
On April 12 park reservations went live and on April 15 ticketing went live for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Vicky talks about the “no earlier than” 8am time given, how long the process took and other dramatic details of the day.
Reflections Construction Trailers Removed
Many news sources have reported that permits have been filed with Orange County, Florida to “[r]emove office trailers from property” at the Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, which was to be the 16th DVC property. Three trailer addresses are cited, all with addresses on World Drive within the city of Bay Lake. It appears these trailers served as office space for crews leading the construction effort on Reflections. Some believe this signals “the final nail in the coffin for the project”. With the removal of the support trailers, it seems like the project has been abandoned. While the long-closed River Country water park was demolished as part of the early work on this project, it seems like it will sit bare for now as Disney goes back to the drawing board for this prime piece of land along Bay Lake.
Direct Sales for Riviera in March account for only 59% of overall Direct Sales
In March 2021, Disney sold 120,218 DVC points for the resorts located at Walt Disney World, its best month for sales since the start of the pandemic However, sales are still nowhere near their pre-pandemic levels. In March 2020, Disney recorded 190,027 points in sales, 58.1% more than this month’s sales.
In March, Riviera sold 72,063 points, just under 60% of total sales. Next was 13 % from Copper Creek and 11.5% from SSR. Remaining resort at 4 % or less.
DVC Member Services Long Wait Times
Story Lead: Pete
An email was sent out to members stating: “Due to multiple circumstances, we are experiencing higher than normal call volumes and some of you have shared your concerns when calling Member Services and experiencing extended wait times. Our Advisors continue to address many complex situations for our Members who have had their vacations interrupted by the pandemic, which often requires more time and limits the total number of Members we can speak to.”
“Please know that we are working diligently to remedy this issue and recognize that we need to do better. We want to assure you that we are taking the necessary steps to help reduce call wait times, including hiring more Cast Members and investing in new phone systems that will enhance our customer service levels.
In the meantime while we are working as quickly as possible to improve the Member experience, we also wanted to share some online tools available at DisneyVacationClub.com that can help you resolve many of your planning and booking needs.”
Source: DVC Member email
DVCHelp Availability Point Charts Updated
Pete discusses 2022 availability point charts and how Covid has impacted what you see on the charts.
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