There are story circulating today that Disney might be testing a new way housekeeping (mousekeeping) is done at the resorts. It sounds like something that could be pretty popular among guests.
According to Inquisitr.com guests staying at some of the Value Resorts have been given the chance to decline housekeeping services and in exchange they get a Disney gift card. From the reports, it sounds like the gift cards equal $20 per night for the guest’s vacation. So if they are staying 4 nights they would get an $80 gift card for declining housekeeping services.
The only catch seems to be that you cannot break it up. So if you decline services it’s for the whole stay, not part of your stay. It also sounds like it needs to be done at check-in.
Declining housekeeping does not mean that you can’t get fresh towels or more shampoo/soap, you can call and request more of those items. By declining housekeeping services you wouldn’t get the sheets changed, the trash wouldn’t be taken out of your room, and there would be no vacuuming.
Right now only guests staying at some of the Value Resorts have reported this. The speculation is that Disney is testing the new option at a few resorts and if it does well they will expand it to the other resorts.
I’ll be honest, I usually don’t have housekeeping come in while I am staying at the hotel. Unless we are visiting for a long time, we usually leave the privacy sign on the doorknob.
During my last stay I left the sign off, because the room didn’t feel all that clean so I thought it would be a good idea to have housekeeping come in and clean. When I returned to the room it didn’t feel like she did much of anything anything.
Also, before the housekeeper came to clean, I had taken the card that had the previous housekeeper’s name on it and put it in the garbage, because it had stains on it and looked old. After she cleaned the room I noticed the same card was back on the night stand. The reason I know this is because it had the same name, the same stains on it, it no longer stood up by itself (it was a folded card, so it did stand up at one point) and it just felt old.
That experience left me very disappointed and I brought it to the attention of the hotel. I hear more and more stories like this, so I understand why Disney is removing the carpets from the rooms (easier to keep clean) and why they are looking at this new option for guests to choose.
I would definitely choose to receive the gift card if that is an option available the next time we go to Disney World. I’m hoping that at some point they make that an option when you are booking your reservation. It would be nice if the amount could be taken off of the price of the room/tickets. Fingers crossed this becomes an option!
Would you choose the gift card over housekeeping?
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