In our room at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, we had a card inviting us to an event at the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
The card listed:
Enjoy a reception at the spellbinding Top of the World Lounge.
Discover the latest news and benefits of the Disney Vacation Club.
Tour a Two-Bedroom Vacation Home and the Bay Cove Pool area.
Plus, there’ll be special event giveways.
My wife RSVP 'd for our off day and was told that it would take about 1 hour. We were only really interested in seeing the resort, the rooms, and the pool.
So, in 2001, we did a DVC tour with Carol Ann DeAngelo at the Boardwalk Villas. It was so laid back with zero pressure. We also sat through a couple high pressured non-DVC timeshare pitches over the years. This event fell somewhere between the 2 extremes. The two sales reps [B]seemed[/B] okay, but the support folks were annoying and even a bit creepy.
It took 2 full hours… and we even skipped out before we were supposed to.
The giveways, which we didn’t even care about, were honestly cheap DVC promotional items (key chains and such) except for a $100 gift card. It was done in the form of a trivia contest and took forever.
The tour of the 2-br home and the pool - which we did care about - was mass chaos and took about 10 minutes total.
At the end, they wanted us to sit down with a sales rep, and dangled instant fast passes in front of us. Hrm. I clearly told the rep that I had no interest in adding points, but he said to go in and talk and get the fast passes. It will take 2 minutes. :huh: I have to admit, at this point, I wanted the passes. Right then, though, one of the reps made a mistake and started to hand out the instant fast passes to those of us waiting… When we got ours, we said “See ya” and the guy actually said to us “Oh, you changed your mind?” :huh: Let me say, we weren’t the only ones to leave.
We each got an Instant Fast Pass card that was good for 3 instant fast passes each. Of course, we used 2 of them on Space Mountain and the ride went down when we were in the queue and it ended up taking about 80 minutes to ride. :pinch:
So the whole thing was a big lure to get you to talk to a Sales Rep. :blow: What a difference from 2001…
Now, I will say that I enjoyed seeing the Top of the World lounge. They had a spread of finger sandwiches and such which was nice, and I thought the rooms were spiffy.
They said they were offerering deals not available to folks outside the room; I’m not sure how true that was, but if you wanted to add or buy points this “event” might be worthwhile. If you aren’t looking to buy, I’d avoid this.