Disney Vacation Club removes all ‘real’ dinnerware from Studio Units in favor of paper products

| March 19, 2008 | 15 Replies

Disney Vacation Club has announced that they will be replacing all of the ‘real’ glasses, dishes and silverware in their studio accommodations for paper products.  This will only affect the studio units – all other units will stay equipped as usual.

When I questioned the powers that be at Disney Vacation Club about this policy change I was told this was done for two reasons; a) there are no dishwashers in the studios so this is for health/sanitary reasons and b) guest demand.

We love reason b.  We hear it quite a bit these days.

Can’t you just see the hoards of angry DVC owners storming the desks at guest services demanding that the ceramic mugs be removed?  I personally like to imagine the looks on the faces of housekeeping as they enter a room to find glasses stacked in a perfect pyramid – the obvious result of spontaneous acts of civil disobedience DVC members partake in to show their disdain for actual, glass drinking vessels.

Is it just me or is this one of the most un-Disney like moves you have ever heard?

First, Disney Vacation Club touts itself as your home-away-from-home while on a Disney vacation.  This is why you are willing to shell out the big bucks to own a piece of the magic.  I don’t know about you but my home has real mugs.

Second, the Walt Disney World Resort constantly gets high marks and praise from environmental groups on their recycling and waste management efforts.  Doesn’t it seem counter productive to replace reusable items with non-eco-friendly paper products?

Now, in the interest of full disclosure I must let you know that I am a Disney Vacation Club member but I have never stayed in one of the studio units.  I have spoken to several DVC owners who do stay in the studios and they tell me they handwash their mugs, glasses, etc between uses so there is no need for a dishwasher in these units.  Perhaps Disney Vacation Club does feel the need to sanitize the glassware between guests – so swap out the half dozen or so glasses and mugs with clean ones and wash the dirty ones.  It just doesn’t make sense to me.

I was also told by one DVC member that they have not had ‘real’ plates in a studio unit for quite some time.  There were ceramic mugs and glass glasses but the plates were already paper.  Wake up people – first the plates are paper then your cups are plastic – what’s next?  Disposable sheets and no air conditioning?!?!

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