Why Disney Should Expand DVC to Moderate Resorts

Walt Disney World offers so many options to choose from when it comes to choosing a resort. From the economically appealing Value resorts, to the extravagant Deluxe and DVC properties, Disney offers something for everyone. However, I have always wondered why DVC has stuck to extending only their Deluxe properties and not their Moderate resorts that are almost double the size of some Deluxe resorts. While extending DVC into the Value resorts would defeat the purpose of DVC for a multitude of reasons, the Moderates are some of the nicest resorts on-site that tend to have tons of availability during most times of the year. From their in-depth themes, to pools with water slides and table-service restaurants, the only thing really keeping these resorts out of the Deluxe category is their proximity to the theme parks.

I can count on one hand the times I have searched through the Disney website to find resorts like Coronado Springs and Port Orleans completely sold out of rooms. I have always said that Port Orleans has more than enough space and a good number of “deluxe” amenities to justify using your points to stay there and use a minimal cost, as well. This idea came to mind when Disney began gutting out rooms at the Wilderness Lodge to make room for Copper Creek. I believe certain Moderates could benefit from gutting out some of their rooms to make some DVC-type rooms. I feel like the perfect opportunity for them to establish this would’ve been when they announced the Grand Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. This could’ve easily led Disney into making the outer buildings of the resort into DVC accommodations while keep a large amount of rooms in the Tower for non-members who are looking to pay cash.

While I am a DVC Member and a huge fan of all of the Deluxe properties, there are times where I’d like to venture into some of the other resorts and still use my points as opposed to paying cash for a stay, in addition to my annual dues. While you can technically book Moderate resorts with your points, it is extremely expensive and usually more than using them at the Grand Floridian or Polynesian Villas. It would be nice for them to open up some rooms at a point level similar to Saratoga Springs and Old Key West since all ‘Moderates’ match-up in amenities. The pools at some of the Moderate resorts are among WDW’s best, and with the new dining options at Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach, these resorts are raising the bar to compete with some of the Deluxe properties.

Unfortunately, with the two upcoming DVC resorts set to open, this idea would probably be out of the question for the next few years. I am hoping that this comes into play in the future as it would expand the options available to Members and potentially open up some availability. But for now, I will stick to visiting them during our resort-hopping days and continue to keep my fingers crossed for a potential expansion.

11 thoughts on “Why Disney Should Expand DVC to Moderate Resorts

  • June 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I was surprised when they announced the Coronado expansion that we didn’t hear about a DVC addition, however, I think Disney’s issue is with how to implement this and incorporate it into the current structure. Their are things I expect from a DVC property that even the most recent moderate renovations have not considered or adjusted for. Riviera may be an attempt at this in a certain way by placing a DVC property in the general area of a moderate. I like the idea, but am probably in the same place as Disney executives scratching my head to figure out how to make it work. Great article!

  • June 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    We reserved a room at Port Orleans Riverside for our daughter for 4 nights using DVC points. You have to call member services to set it up. There is a $90 fee (similar to RCI). The points needed were in line with normal DVC bookings.

    • July 6, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Good to know! Thanks!!

  • June 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Heck, I’d love if they did this just to get access to a food court. I always book studios as I have no intention of cooking while on vacation and we all know the quick service places at some of the DVC places leave a bit to be desired…

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I agree 100% that DVC should open the market for moderate resorts like they opened the market for value resorts with the All Stars.

  • June 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Hoping for something like this! We llve Port Orleans and would welcome more availability! Getting a whole week somewhere is almost impossible these days if not at 11 mth mark!

    Plus we need a few more resorts requiring less points!

  • June 25, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Nope , not for me. I love staying at the deluxe resorts. Thats why i bought DVC. So i could stay in Luxury hotel rooms. I know a lot of people will disagree with me but it is my opinion and I have a right to it.

  • June 27, 2019 at 9:48 am

    We purchased DVC because of the deluxe resorts. My wife also likes the fact that the deluxe resorts we stay at all the room doors are accessed from an indoor hallway. Also DVC is to be a step above the normal resort rooms. I feel if they add moderate resorts then you are leasing the DVC. As Ron D stated if you want a moderate you can pay the $90 exchange.

  • June 27, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I would absolutely buy if they added a DVC section at French Quarter! I love DVC but FQ is still my favorite. If I had access to a kitchen and laundry and room to spread out, I would never stay anywhere else!

    • June 27, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I generally wouldn’t stay anywhere but deluxe now, but before we ever did the Poly, we stayed at Art of Animation in a Cars suite and fell in love. I’d be interested in staying there on points for a resort-only stay.

  • July 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    we need more resorts. It is almost impossible to get a studio in the vacation club. You have to book your home resort 7 to 11 months in advance to get a studio.
    We are Florida snowbirds. One hour from Disney. Sometimes we would like 2 or 3 days
    at a resort. Must look app 5 months in advance.

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