The past few weeks the web has been set a buzz again with the rumors of a Grand Floridian DVC addition. The concept is apparently leaning towards the Animal Kingdom Villas model– convert existing space in order to sell inventory immediately while constructing a new building that will represent the bulk of the DVC inventory at the resort.
The Grand Floridian rumor is just another in a long line of rumors we’ve heard this year– let’s recap:
- Last October we saw the same steps we’ve seen over the past few weeks– Disney began filing various permit applications for a building over the former River Country water park. This would essentially develop the land between the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness and the rooms on the drawing seem to have a footprint similar to DVC.
- Following the path of the Mineral King project Walt himself was pushing before Disney World, there was speculation in January that Disney was looking to build a ski resort in Utah after the Aulani project was complete.
- There are the rumors that the renovation of the Disneyland Hotel will also lead to a new DVC component at the original theme park.
- A brochure online from an architecture firm was published this past November discussing the designing of a California-themed DVC resort for Disney World.
- And right here in my hometown there is Disney’s National Harbor Project, which would seem to lean towards a DVC component as well, but this is on hold until after the completion of Aulani.
One thing is clear at this point– Disney has a number of irons in the fire and no one really knows where they will be building next. However, the speculation is a fun thing for the DVC fanatics out there as well as those looking to buy in the future, but waiting for the perfect resort.
The picture is also becoming a little clearer on what DVC has in inventory. Disneyland is completely sold out. Bay Lake Towers is close to full, and Animal Kingdom seems to have passed the 50% mark in sales. DVC is also no longer actively pushing Saratoga Springs at sales events. Sometime in the next 12-18 months some other DVC option other than Aulani, which began sales last year, must begin to come on line in order to ensure an Orlando property is available for sale. I do not see any non-park concepts being brought on line until Disney gets a better picture of how Aulani is selling.
So what are your thoughts? Do any of these projects peak your interest? Would any of them make you non-DVCers buy in to the program, and would any of the converts add-on? What other concepts have you heard of or would you like to see DVC tackle next?