2018 Typhoon Lagoon Moonlight Magic Registration

Registration for the Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic events at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park on Wednesday, May 30 and Monday, June 11 is now available online for DVC Members with Disney Resort reservations during the event:

https://www.eventswithdisney.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x10393131ca

Note: the registration page reloads automatically, so keep it open to keep your place in “line”

DVC Members are limited to attending one date per park.  Reservations open to all Members on Thursday, May 3 2018 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time.

About Moonlight Magic

Moonlight Magic events are complimentary after hour events at Disney Parks, where eligible DVC Members will have the park to themselves, along with complementary beverages and snacks.

Member Eligibility

Moonlight Magic events are Membership Extras offered as part of Membership Magic, therefore available to DVC Members who purchased resale prior to April 4, 2016, DVC Members who purchased 25 or more points direct prior to February 25, 2018, and DVC Members who purchased 75 points or more direct on or after February 25, 2018.

More Information

See More Moonlight Magic in 2018 for details.

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New President of Disney Signature Experiences Overseeing DVC

Jeff Vahle has been named the president of Disney Signature Experiences, including Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Golden Oak, and Aulani.  Commenting on the announcement, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products said “There is tremendous opportunity to deliver magical Disney vacation experiences in new and exciting ways.  Jeff is a talented leader with a strong track record of success and I’m excited to see what he and the team will accomplish together.”  Jeff remarked “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to be part of an incredible team that makes magic for millions of guests every day at Disney destinations around the world.  I look forward to leading this creative, dedicated and hardworking team as we build on the success of these businesses during this unprecedented era of growth and innovation.”

Disney Signature Experiences is part of the Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Segment formed as part of Disney’s strategic reorganization, under the leadership of Chairman Bob Chapek.    Disney Signature Experiences replaces New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line, previously led by Anthony Connelly, who recently took the job in  October.

In his new role, Jeff will lead Disney Vacation Club vacation-ownership program which includes 14 themed resort properties across Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, along with three beach resorts, and is preparing to launch its 15th resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, in Fall, 2019.  Jeff will also lead Disney Cruise Line as it prepares to add three new ships in 2021-2023, Adventures by Disney guided group travel business, sales at Golden Oak luxury custom home community, Aulani, A Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and continue to lead the Global Facilities Operations and Sourcing and Procurement teams.

Jeff is a 28-year veteran of Disney, who began his career with Walt Disney World in 1990, and is a graduate of Auburn University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Rollins College, with a Master of Business Administration.  He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Give Kids the World.

Pixar Play Zone Now Open at Contemporary Resort

Pixar Play Zone, a new themed children’s experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, opened this week.  This is a pilot to replace the Children’s Activity Centers at Disney Deluxe Resorts which are all closing on July 31.

The experience features Space Ranger Training where kids learn to master the call “To infinity and beyond!”, Woody’s Roundup sing along with Woodie and Jessie, Radiator Springs soapbox derby racetrack, and an Incredibles Super Dance Party with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible.

The experience also includes video games and dinner.  Children age 4–12 who are potty trained can participate in this experience, which is offered nightly from 6-10:30 PM.  Doors open at 5 PM.  Cost is $65 plus tax per child.  Reservations are available by calling 407-824-5437.

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Digital Key Coming to Wilderness Lodge

After a brief pilot at Polynesian Resort, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts will be rolling out a new mobile Digital Key for guests staying at the Wilderness Lodge.

This new technology allows guests access to their room as well as hotel entrances, pools, fitness centers, and club level lounges using just their Bluetooth-enabled mobile device and updated Disney World My Disney Experience app.

The digital key works by tapping a “Unlock Door” button in the My Disney Experience app while holding the device within close proximity to the lock, as shown in the video below:

MagicBands are still required for park entry, FastPass+, and room charges and can continue to be used for room access.

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New Super Hero-themed Lands Coming to Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris & Hong Kong Disneyland

Today, Walt Disney Company released the following teaser video unveiling three new super hero-themed lands at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland:

Disneyland Resort, California

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The new Super Hero-themed land at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure park will open in 2020, and will be anchored by Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT, and feature other immersive experiences including Spider-Man and The Avengers. The adjacent Bug’s Life attraction has already closed, and other attractions will close by the end of 2018 to develop this new land.

Disneyland Paris

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As part of the expansion announced at Disneyland Paris, a new Marvel-themed land at Walt Disney Studios Park will open in 2020, anchored by a reimagined attraction featuring Iron Man and The Avengers.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Disneyland will add new attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, which will join the Iron Man Experience, which opened in 2017.

Marvel Themed Entertainment

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These new experiences are being developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, which previously produced The Marvel Experience, which has been described as a “traveling theme park”, which these experiences seem to be an evolution of.

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Parking Fee

Effective for reservations made on or after March 21, 2018 Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests will be charged an overnight self-parking fee.

Overnight Parking Charges by Resort Category:

  • Value Resorts: $13 per night
  • Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Deluxe and DVC Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Complimentary parking will continue to be offered at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Valet Parking will continue to be offered at select Deluxe Resorts and DVC Deluxe Villas for $33 per night.

All prices include sales tax.

Disney Vacation Club Members

DVC Members will not be charged for self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villas, regardless of whether they use vacation points or cash.  DVC Members will not be charged for self-parking at other Walt Disney Resort hotels when staying on points.

Day Guests

Complimentary self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.

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Reunion Station Lounge Opening April 30

The previously announced Reunion Station Lounge at Wilderness Lodge will open April 30, 2018.  The multi-purpose space will be exclusive to eligible DVC Members as part of Membership Magic, offering a paid food and beverage-inclusive lounge in the morning and evening, paid workshops throughout the day, and a complimentary Member mix and mingle at night for all DVC Members.

Food and Beverage Private Lounge

A food and beverage-inclusive private lounge will be available for DVC Members to book for the length of their stay at either Boulder Ridge or Copper Creek Villas.  Prices are $50 a night for adults and $33 a night for kids age 3-9, which must be booked for length of stay for every person listed on the resort reservation.  Food and beverage services will  include pastries, fruits, cereals, juices, and more from 7 AM – 10 AM, and wine, beer, cheeses, salads, soups, desserts, and crudités from 4 PM – 6 PM.  Reservations can me made starting April 4.

Special Events

From 1:30 PM – 3 PM , Reunion Station will host special paid events, currently including a Beverage Tasting Series, Phone Photography,  and Animation 101 on on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays respectively.   You do not need to have purchased the food and beverage-inclusive private lounge option to participate in these events, and all eligible DVC Member may book these events (including those not staying at Wilderness Lodge).  The price for these events is $40 per person, including tax and gratuity.  Special events are limited  to a maximum party of four people. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.  Reservations can me made starting April 4.

Complimentary Member Mix and Mingle

From 7 PM – 10 PM Reunion Station will be open for a complimentary mix and mingle for all eligible DVC Members (including those not staying at Wilderness Lodge).  A lounge host will be on hand during this time to answer questions and offer assistance.

Member Eligibility

The food and beverage-inclusive private lounge, special events, and member mix and mingle are offered as part of Membership Magic Membership Extras, therefore available to DVC Members who purchased resale prior to April 4, 2016, DVC Members who purchased 25 or more points direct prior to February 25, 2018, and DVC Members who purchased 75 points or more direct on or after February 25, 2018.

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Permit Filed at Previously Planned DVC River Country Location

Yesterday Disney Parks & Resorts filed plans with the South Florida Water Management District for an elusive “Project 89” at the former River Country Water Park site, located between Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge.  The stated purpose of the project is to “conduct geotechnical investigation to assess the suitability of subsurface soils” for development.  The work is planned to commence 03/05/18 and be completed by 4/6/18.

This is not the first time Disney Parks & Resorts has eyed River Country for development.  In September 2011, Disney filed plans for a Fort Wilderness DVC resort.  Below is the site plan dated September 30, 2011 for “Project 2011-2” at Fort Wilderness.

Disney's Fort Wilderness DVC Site Plan
Disney’s Fort Wilderness DVC Site Plan (click for larger image)

After the project was canceled, the design firm for the project released the following rendering and video of the planned resort:

Fort Wilderness DVC buildings
Fort Wilderness DVC buildings

While these plans never came to fruition, they could be revived.

Three other DVC developments that never came to be
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DVC Members to Enjoy Early Booking for Disney Cruise Line

As a new Membership Extras benefit, Disney Vacation Club Members will be offered early booking on Disney Cruise Line for the first time, starting with Summer 2019 Itineraries that were just announced today.

Booking Window for Castaway Club and Disney Vacation Club Members

Early booking will be available to Disney Vacation Club Members on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 AM:

MembershipBooking Date
Platinum Castaway Club MembersMonday, March 5
Gold Castaway Club MembersTuesday, March 6
Silver Castaway Club MembersWednesday, March 7
Disney Vacation Club MembersWednesday, March 7
General PublicThursday, March 8
Reservations

Disney Vacation Club Members can make reservations by calling Member Services at 1-800-800-9800 to book with Vacation Points or a combination of Vacation Points and cash, or call Disney Cruise Line at 1-866-325-6348 to book with cash only.

Eligibility

This benefit is being provided to DVC Members as part of DVC’s Membership Extras program, and is subject to change.  Membership Extras are available with eligible ownership interests, including all DVC Members who purchased DVC interests prior to 4/4/16, DVC Members who purchased directly from DVC  between 4/4/16 and 2/24/18, and DVC Members who have purchased 75 or more points directly from DVC on or after 2/25/18 (see Membership Extras Eligibility Changing Feb 25).

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Multi-day Dynamic Ticket Pricing Coming “Towards the End of the Year”

At the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on February 26, 2018 Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, was asked about the effect of dynamic pricing on single-day tickets and the plan to take it beyond single day.  Mr. Iger responded by saying “Technology has given us the ability to add a substantial amount of more flexible, a variable pricing, across the board. We just announced it in Shanghai, we’ve been doing it in California, we’re doing it in Florida. In Florida, by the way, very few people buy the 1-day pass. We have talked about putting into place flex pricing on the multi-day pass, and that’s coming sometime towards the end of the year.”

“We have talked about putting into place flex pricing on the multi-day pass, and that’s coming sometime towards the end of the year” – Bob Iger

Mr. Iger said “we’re trying to smooth out the experience for everyone by basically increasing the pricing during the peak periods and decreasing or not increasing the pricing, I should say, as much in the off periods, so that the experience you have when you come to our park is just as good in the peak time as it might be in the times where the park is less crowded. By and large, this has been an initiative or strategy in parks and resorts that is really starting to  work, both from a bottom-line perspective, but also from a guest experience perspective.”

“this has been an initiative or strategy in parks and resorts that is really starting to  work, both from a bottom-line perspective, but also from a guest experience perspective.” – Bob Iger

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