While it hasn’t been popular, that is mostly because of the access to DVC resorts on the west coast. While you could technically use your points at the Disneyland resorts, it was a horrible use of your points. No one in their right mind would purchase a DVC membership for that use. Disneyland has plenty of land to build a DVC, remember, DVCs make a ton of money for Disney, it is nearly all profit, they run it for 50 years, being paid to do so, then get the property back for free. They could easily build it in the remaining part of the original Disneyland parking lot, over by Paradise Pier, in the Employee parking area just East of DL or in the “strawberry fields”. Remember, DL was one of the original DVC locations, but the land was too far away at the time (in Newport), and honestly, didn’t make sense. Just think, this is a great oportunity for current DVC members to visit DL on the cheap, and a great chance for Disney to push DVC on the west coast, and expand the membership base.
I for one, will be first in line to visit when it opens. The Disney resorts are horribly expensive, and we have to get 2 rooms. You are talking $600 - $800 per night just to stay on property. Doesn’t happen often for us, not unless there is a deal. But 5 nights in a 2 bedroom during the week shouldn’t be too bad at all.
As for AKL, just stunning. They constantly have to push the resort, it is never full, you can almost always find something there available. It will be interesting to see how they build the rooms so that they all have views of a savannah. Might be nice if they have non-savannah view rooms, they would be a lot less expensive, might give us cheap skates another option. I just get the feeling that if they build the Contemporary one, it would be sold out fast! I know I would be there with check in hand.
Oh, and what ever happened to the Eagle Pines DVC announced over 5 years ago?