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Why Wouldn’t Disney Sell DVC in Hawaii?

10 Oct

Okay Lisa, this one’s for you . . . if you’re still looking for ammo for your argument that Disney Vacation Club is a cult, you need to check out DIS News on why DVC can’t be sold in Hawaii (yet), reposted from the Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, I believe):

Disney, which paid $144 million for a 21-acre tract of oceanfront property for the project, said that it chose Hawaii as its first stand-alone hotel destination because Disney Vacation Club members showed strong demand for the islands.

But Disney will need to register with the state to sell memberships in that project, which is expected to break ground next year and is slated for a 2011 opening.

Hawaii, a top time-share destination along with California and Florida, enacted stringent restrictions on product marketing in the early 1980s that required companies to register and pay fees before doing business in the state. Inexplicably, Disney never did so.

Lori Beth Van Cantfort, the time-share administrator for the state of Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, said yesterday that although Disney has been registered in Hawaii since 1993 and can advertise its time-share plan here, it does not have a Hawaii escrow agreement on file with the department and therefore cannot conduct any sales activity in the state.

Apparently, in the current state of things, a Hawaii resident who wants to buy DVC will have to fly to the contiguous 48 US states to even get detailed information from Disney, let alone sign any paperwork. (Or perhaps they can get around this if they buy DVC points through resale? I’ll bet somebody reading this blog will know.) One Hawaii resident comments:

“I didn’t know that I had the option to go speak to them while in California, or I might have tried,” she said. “Most of my inquiries were for the info DVD or through e-mail. It was never mentioned to stop in and speak to them while on a trip there.”

Wow. Perhaps there’s a black market in Hawaii for some of those DVC DVDs that so many of us have sitting around our homes. Who knew?

Disney Vacation Club Coming to Anaheim

18 Sep

The LA Times was one of many sources reporting today that Disney will expand the Grand Californian hotel at Disneyland, including 50 timeshare units available through Disney Vacation Club.

But what caught my eye? Well, MouseGuest Weekly listeners might remember that just last week Lisa was frustrated that nobody would ever give her a straight answer about how much it costs to buy into DVC. So, hey Lisa! Here’s a snippet from the LA Times article that helps to answer your question:

The cost of joining Disney Vacation Club starts with a minimum $16,700 one-time purchase price, plus annual maintenance fees of at least $600. Members then buy points and use them to determine where, when and for how long they stay. The average purchase price is $26,000, which buys a two-bedroom unit for one week each year.

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