[QUOTE=smallworld;1134674]OK…thanks…this makes sense. However, I still say that in the long run…if DVC membership is available at every resort, or more resorts, those of us who are non-DVC members will find a shortage of rooms available if we are booking 6 months to a year out. But that’s just in my head----my way of thinking. :laugh:[/QUOTE]
No, I don’t think non-DVC members will find a shortage of rooms available because of DVC. Like DT said, DVC members don’t book the same rooms as non-DVC members. For example, when you book the Beach Club as a non-DVC member, you’re actually booking a completely different resort. The DVC resort is called the “Beach Club Villas.” These are different rooms and in an entirely different building. Instead of the typical 2 queen beds in a standard room at the Beach Club, BCV has studios, 1-bedroom villas, and 2-bedroom villas. When they add DVC rooms, in most cases, they are not taking away standard hotel rooms - they are only adding DVC rooms (an exception is AKL where they changed X number of standard hotel rooms to DVC villas, now known as “Jambo House.” However, in my experience, this has not lead to non-DVC members being unable to book AKV).
The number of hotel rooms available to non-DVC guests is not decreasing. In fact, I believe that like DVC, it will only grow. Look at the Art of Animation Resort added just last year - they added a non-DVC resort to accommodate larger families. Before their family suites at the values, the only solutions to families larger than four or five were multiple hotel rooms, the cabins at Fort Wilderness, or renting/buying DVC.
Now, you will see that you can actually book DVC villas as a non-DVC member online through Disney’s website. This is not nearly as good of a deal as it would be renting through DVC owners. However, if I remember correctly (correct me if I’m wrong, DVC members!), it’s because only a certain percentage of the resort is available for DVC members to book until it is completely sold out. That being said, I just did a quick search for villas at WDW, and OKW and other early DVC resorts which have definitely sold out are appearing, so I’m not certain on that. However, when we booked BLT back in 2009, we did it through WDW, not by renting DVC points.