I think their worst case scenario is demand is HIGH...which I have a feeling it will be. It’s not that many DVC won’t say “pass” with a reduced quality of offering if things aren’t open or are severely modified...it’s just that there are way too many fish in the pool. That’s the reason they sold the contracts in the first place. Guaranteed volume.You're correct that DVC has a big problem on their hands that gets worse with each passing day. Think about all of the stays that were booked on banked points that have been cancelled and the points have since expired... oops.
Theoretically there are several potential remedies that Disney and DVC can concede in the short-term to appease it's members, especially since occupancy outside of DVC inventory is likely going to be down for a while presumably, but it's possible that they are wading through the murky waters of timeshare law before they figure out what exactly they can and can't get away with.
I would think their priority is to get as many DVC owners to burn through points as fast as they can...which would mean using the regular rooms to do so...
Which is about 8 cans of worms. There are quality and service differences...there are consumption pattern differences...as you point out - there are legal/contract blocks. For Disney to put a DVC person in a rack room, there’s a “exchange”/translation issue. A DVC is declared for sale under state law...a rack room is regulated differently...it’s not that simple.
It’s a really big deal. They never planned for a major shutdown. It was never thought of in the late 80s/early 90s when it was conceived. And remember Iger went nuts...did not build a single hotel in the US parks during us tenure...but went DVC nyutszo...
A 36 hour closing for a hurricane once every 10 years doesn’t exactly “cover” this.
Very interesting operational challenge - for wdw at least.