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2018 Annual Dues Posted

2018 Annual Dues, approved at the 2017 DVC Member Meeting, have been posted to the DVC Member Site.

Payments due January 15, 2018

Annual Dues are due January 15, 2018, and can be paid online or by phone via credit card, Disney Gift Card, or Disney Visa Rewards Redemption Card.  To make a payment sign into http://dvcmember.com and navigate to My DVC Membership > Annual Dues.

Auto-Pay Option

Another option is to make 12 interest-free monthly payments via Auto-Pay from your checking or savings account.  To sign up for Auto-Pay, sign into http://dvcmember.com and navigate to My DVC Membership > Manage Auto-Pay.

2017 Annual DVC Member Meeting

Are you ready for some exciting announcements at today’s annual DVC Member Meeting?  DVCinfo has you covered!

Starting at 2PM ET we’ll be live blogging the entire meeting with photos and commentary of the presentation!  Just keep this page open, and it will automatically refresh.

Feel free to comment below or join the conversation on our Community forums.

2:07 PM Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures By Disney, and Golden Oak takes the stage to welcome everybody to the condominium association meeting for all DVC resorts.

2:08 PM Playing  promo video of CCVC:

2:10 PM In early 2018, Reunion Station will open, which is an exclusive space for DVC Members, offering  opportunity to book concierge services, unique activities like wine tasting and classes, and provide a place to relax.

2:11 PM Disney’s Riviera Resort is expected to open near Epcot in fall of 2019, connected by a new skyway system to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Disney’s Riviera Resort will feature a rooftop restaurant with a nighttime view of nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Hollywood studio.

2:12 PM Ken is talking about a new marketing campaign that will be launched soon called Stay Magical, that highlights access to new attractions, exclusive events, and exclusive discounts.

2:14 PM Ken is talking DVC providing a front row seat to new experiences like Toy Story Land this summer, Star Wars Land at DHS and DL, a Tron attraction at MK, Pixar Pier at DCA, including recent experiences like Guardians of the Galaxy at DCA, Pandora.  Other new additions include the NBA Experience, the Edison, Jaleo, and more.

2:16 Will talk about the latest membership advantages later in the program.  Will now start official board meeting.

2:22 PM Annual Dues Budgets approved and board meeting adjourned.

2:23 PM Member meeting beginning

2:24 PM Refurbishments.  Just finished refurb at Vero Beach.

Refurb at OKW underway.  Have created a model room at OKW for feedback.  Scheduled for completion in 2019.

2:26 PM Saratoga Springs will be next resort to be refurbished in 2018 with new model room to test a completely new room concept.

2:28 PM Refurbs are every 7 years at each resort.

2:29 PM Talking about housekeeping improvements

2:39 PM Upgrading in room amenities including 2 soft and 2 firm pillows in each bed, improved Wi-Fi

2:32 PM Official Member meeting beginning

2:33 PM Voting Members being introduced

2:34 PM Official Member Meeting called to order

2:35 PM Meeting minutes approved by authorized voting representatives.

2:37 PM Directors elected.

2:38 PM Move to apply dues to expenses and capital reserves.  Approved.

2:40 PM 2018 Annual Dues Budgets are being presented

2:43 PM Talking about Hurricane Irma impact on HHI.  Extended loan made last year to cover costs not covered by insurance, which has $1M deductible across all DVC resorts per named storm.

2:44 PM Budgets for resorts presented

2:48 PM Opening for questions.  First question is how you square the housekeeping cost decreases with the previously announced improvements.  Answer was some of the increased cost of these programs was included in 2017 budgets, but not used, and there are improved estimates.

2:50 PM Second question was regarding accessibility for microwave and plates above the microwave.  Answer was they would definitely look at it and to let guest services know when you are arriving of your needs.

2:55 PM Third question is concern about handicapped units having the roll in shower move all over the place.  As a workaround, they have to use towels on the floor, which they have to wash and dry themselves.  Can they provide the necessary towels.  The answer is they will take her information and better understand her concern

2:56 PM Question about why no units available for rent at Grand Californian.  The answer is they chose not to given there are only 50 units at Grand Californian.

2:58 PM Follow up question about whether you can revert points used to book a backup reservation at Disneyland hotels back to DVC points if a waitlist comes through at VGC.

2:59 Budgets approved by designated representatives

3:00  Official Member Meeting adjourned

3:01 Ken Potrock introduces his boss Anthony Connelly

3:04 PM General Session beginning.

3:05 Talking about Moonlight Magic Events and increased member services hours.  New functionality on the website to modify existing reservations later this year.

3:08 PM Talking about member events at TOTWL and the new Reunion Station.

3:10 PM Extending 25% off discount on Platinum Plus APs and 7-day tickets for the price of 5 through December 3, 2018.   Here is the exact quote from Shannon Sakaske, Vice President Member Experiences and Club Management for DVC, at the Member Meeting (I went back to video to get the exact quote): “I can’t forget about the ticket savings we are able to offer members at Walt Disney World, available for purchase through December 3, 2018. Save over 25% on…yeah, go ahead and clap, we love it. Save over 25% on a Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass, or get 7 days of Disney Theme Parks for just the price of 5. These are 2 really exciting offers, and a continuation of the discounts and special offers we make available to the membership…”

Cookie Time!  Thanks for joining

 

Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic Registration

Registration for the Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic events on January 11, January 28, and February 6 at the Magic Kingdom  is now available online:

https://www.eventswithdisney.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x100036fa17

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


Be sure to come back to dvcinfo.com at 2PM ET for live coverage of announcements at the Annual DVC Member Meeting!

About Moonlight Magic

Moonlight Magic events are complimentary after hour events at Disney Parks, where DVC Members eligible for Membership Extras (all purchasers prior to April, 2016 and direct purchasers after April, 2016) will have the park to themselves, along with complementary beverages and snacks.

Note: DVC Members are limited to attending one date per park.

More Information

See More Moonlight Magic in 2018 for details.

Join the Discussion on our Community Forum

2018 Moonlight Magic Dates

Disney Vacation Club has announced 14 2018 Moonlight Magic events with dates still to come.  Moonlight Magic events are complimentary after hour events at Disney Parks, where Disney Vacation Club Members eligible for Membership Extras (all purchasers prior to April, 2016 and direct purchasers after April, 2016) will have the park to themselves, along with complementary beverages and snacks.  Here are the dates that have been confirmed so far, with more still to be announced:

  • Jan. 11 and 28, and Feb. 6 at Magic Kingdom Park
    Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates Dec 7.  Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on Dec 21.
  • March 21, April 17 and May 16 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates Feb 8.  Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on Feb 22.
  • May 30 and June 11 at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
    Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates April 19.  Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on May 3.
  • July 16 and Aug. 13 at Epcot
    Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates June 6.  Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on June 20.
  • Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 3 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates Aug 30.  Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on Sept. 13.
  • Nov. 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
    Booking begins for all Members on Oct. 4.

Note: Members may only attend one event date per park.

A link to register for each event will be posted to Moonlight Magic After Hours Events on the day of registration.

Join the Discussion on our Community Forum

Polynesian “Close to Sold Out”

In August, DVCinfo exclusively reported that two Use Years at Polynesian were close to selling out of inventory:

Two Use Years Selling Out Imminently

Prior to this latest Declaration, only one previously declared unit had no deeds recorded against it, bringing the total unsold units to 6 with this Declaration.  Since each unit only corresponds to one Use Year, and there are 8 Use Years, this means 2 Use Years will become unavailable once the units currently being sold are exhausted, which could happen imminently.  There is no way to tell which Use Years will become unavailable, since the Use Year assigned to the remaining 6 units will not be known until deeds start being recorded against them.

We can now confirm DVC Guides are telling people that June and August Use Years are sold out and that “Polynesian in general is getting close to sold out”.  September Use Year is also very close to selling out, although one unassigned Residential Unit remains which could be assigned to September to keep it from selling out.  Although we previously reported that Polynesian would be completely sold out by December at the then current rate, sales of Polynesian have slowed considerably, so some inventory will continue to be available into next year as a result.  DVC has stopped promoting Polynesian incentives, although they are still available through January.

Special thanks to Wil (DVCinfo Community Member @wdrl2) for info on remaining Use Years.

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Minnie Van Service Now Available at all DVC Resorts

At the end of July, Disney and Lyft launched the Minnie Van Service to provide private transportation driven by a Disney Cast Member to and from anywhere at Walt Disney World for a flat $20 including tip for up to 6 passengers.

The Minnie Van Service was first made available to guests of  Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and has gradually been expanded since then.  The service is now available to guests of all Disney Vacation Club Resorts, with pickup and drop locations at any location within Walt Disney World.

How to Sign Up for the Minnie Van Service
  1. Sign up and download the Lyft app  DVCinfo readers will receive $5 off their first 4 Lyft rides in select markets using this link.
  2. Activate the Minnie Van Service – When staying at an eligible resort, you will receive a notification in the Walt Disney World (AKA My Disney Experience) app with a link to activate the Minnie Van Service.  If you missed the notification or want to activate the service in advance you can navigate to the link directly.Minnie Van Invite
  3. Launch the app and receive confirmation– once you enter your phone number and click Download & Claim, open the Lyft app and you’ll see the following splash screen after searching for a location within Disney World, indicating the Minnie Van Service is now enabled:Minnie Van Welcome Screen
How to Use the Minnie Van Service
  1. Search for a Pickup Location – anywhere within Walt Disney World
  2. Select Minnie Van Service – click circle in lower left that says Lyft and select Minnie Van Service:Lyft App - Minnie Van Service
    Lyft - Minnie Van Service
    The circle should now show the Minnie Van Service logo:
  3. Select an available Pickup Location – indicated by blue dots on the map, e.g. here are all the pickup locations shown for every DVC resort:Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
    Minnie Van Service - Animal Kingdom
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    Minnie Van Service - Yacht & Beach Club
    Disney’s BoardWalk Resort  & Villas
    Minnie Van Service - BoardWalk
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    Minnie Van Service - Contemporary Resort
    Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    Minnie Van Service - Wilderness Lodge
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort
    Minnie Van Service - Old Key West
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
    Minnie Van Service - Polynesian
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    Minnie Van Service - Saratoga Springs
    The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    Minnie Van Service - Grand Floridian
  4. Set Pickup and Confirm Location –  drag the screen to move big blue pickup pin to one of the blue dots on the map then confirm the pickup location:Lyft - Set Pickup Location
    Lyft - Confirm Pickup Location
  5. Add Destination – once you Confirm the Pickup Location, click Add destination, search for a destination (e.g. Bus Stop – Magic Kingdom), then click Request Minnie  Van Service.That’s it!  You’ll receive the name of the driver and their license plate number to look for and can track their location on the map.  You will receive an app and text notification when they arrive, and the driver will confirm your name for the reservation when you get in their vehicle, then automatically drive to your drop-off location.  Your credit card linked to your Lyft account will automatically be charged (tip included).

Customizable DVC Merchandise Now Available

ShopDisney (formerly Disney Store) has added nearly 100 new customizable T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, totes, and luggage tags featuring Disney Vacation Club resort logos.

Most items feature a customizable “Member since xxxx” subtitle on the back, along with various color options:

DVC T-Shirt Customization

 

Luggage tags also include your name, address, and phone number custom printed on the back of the tag:

Customizable DVC Luggage Tag

All Customizable DVC Merchandise merchandise is available exclusively at shopDisney.com/dvc.  Disney Visa card members can save an extra 10% with CODE: DRVCMEMBER when paying with a Disney Visa.  You can combine this with free shipping on orders over $75 using CODE: SHIPMAGIC.  Sign up for eBates  and get a $10 sign up bonus plus 2% rebate for any shopDisney orders.

DVC Top of the World Lounge Extended Through 2018

Disney Vacation Club has extended access to the Top of the World Lounge through December 29, 2018.  The lounge is exclusively available to all DVC Members and their guests who are staying with them. It is an ideal place enjoy nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom, or a cocktail or appetizer after a day at the park.   Operating hours are 6:00 PM to midnight.

TOTWL access for all DVC Members (direct or resale) is listed as a Membership Extra benefit, which are explicitly defined as Incidental Benefits under Florida Statute, which must not be funded out of annual dues, and can be terminated.  Although historically TOTWL has been perpetually extended, per Disney Vacation Club it currently has only been extended through December 29, 2018:

Disney Vacation Club Members staying at any Disney-owned-and-operated hotel at Walt Disney World Resort (whether they booked with Vacation Points or cash) may enjoy access to one of the vacation kingdom’s most exclusive spaces: Top of the World Lounge atop Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort through December 29, 2018.

Blockout Dates

The following blockout dates apply:

  • December 30-31, 2017
  • July 3-4, 2018
  • December 30-31, 2018
Accessing the Lounge

Upon arrival, check in at the Top of the World Lounge desk in the Bay Lake Tower lobby.  Members must present their MagicBand or Key to the World card and Disney Vacation Club Membership Card in order to gain entrance. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis until the lounge reaches capacity.  Members are encouraged to arrive as early as possible before Magic Kingdom fireworks to ensure admission.

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2018 DVC Budgets & Annual Dues

Disney Vacation Club has posted proposed 2018 budgets and annual dues.  These budgets will be approved at the Board of Directors Meeting preceding the DVC Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, December 7 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center at 2 PM EST, which will be live-blogged on DVCinfo.com or RSVP if planning on attending in person.

Annual dues cover operating expenses (housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, utilities, front desk services), administrative expenses (Member Services, member mailings, insurance), capital reserve expenses (updating and maintaining the interior, exterior, and common areas), and ad valorem taxes (real estate property taxes).

Proposed Annual Dues
Proposed 2018 Annual Dues
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Proposed Resort Budgets:

Check back for a detailed breakdown of these budgets, which will be updated shortly on our informational site at DVC Resort Budgets.

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New Direct DVC Incentives

Disney Vacation Club has released new direct purchase offers for new and existing members, valid through January 30, 2018.  These Incentives consist of a Developer Credit + $500 Gift Card or Developer Credit only.  The $500 Gift Card offer is only available with 20% down payment.  The Developer Credit only incentive is available with 10% down payment.  The combined incentive amount of both offers is the same.  Incentive point thresholds were reduced slightly from previous incentives, resulting in higher discounts at lower levels.  The minimum purchase for Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (without incentives) also increased to 50 points for existing members (same as Aulani and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins).  The base price per point before incentives remains unchanged at $176/point for Aulani, Copper Creek Villas, and Polynesian Villas.

New Member Offer

Current Incentives (through 1/30/18) - New Members - Aulani/CCV

Minimum
Vacation
Points
Developer
Credit/
Gift Card
Effective
Credit/
Point
Effective
Cost/
Point
100$0$0.00$176.00
150$1,000$6.67$169.33
175$2,500$14.29$161.71
200$3,500$17.50$158.50
250$4,250$17.00$159.00
300$5,250$17.50$158.50
350$6,000$17.14$158.86
500$8,500$17.00$159.00
900$15,500$17.22$158.78
1000$18,500$18.50$157.50

Current Incentives (through 1/30/18) - New Members - PVB

Minimum
Vacation
Points
Developer
Credit/
Gift Card
Effective
Credit/
Point
Effective
Cost/
Point
100$0$0.00$176.00
175$1,250$7.14$168.86
200$2,500$12.50$163.50
250$3,000$12.00$164.00
300$4,750$15.83$160.17
350$5,500$15.71$160.29
500$8,000$16.00$160.00
900$14,500$16.11$159.89
1000$17,500$17.50$158.50

Existing Member Offer

Current Incentives (through 1/30/18) - Existing Members - Aulani/CCV

Minimum
Vacation
Points
Developer
Credit/
Gift Card
Effective
Credit/
Point
Effective
Cost/
Point
50$0$0.00$176.00
125$750$6.00$170.00
150$1,750$11.67$164.33
175$3,000$17.14$158.86
200$3,500$17.50$158.50
250$4,250$17.00$159.00
300$5,250$17.50$158.50
350$6,000$17.14$158.86
500$8,500$17.00$159.00
900$15,500$17.22$158.78
1000$18,500$18.50$157.50

Current Incentives (through 1/30/18) - Existing Members - PVB

Minimum
Vacation
Points
Developer
Credit/
Gift Card
Effective
Credit/
Point
Effective
Cost/
Point
50$0$0.00$176.00
125$500$4.00$172.00
150$1,250$8.33$167.67
175$2,000$11.43$164.57
200$2,500$12.50$163.50
250$3,000$12.00$164.00
300$4,750$15.83$160.17
350$5,500$15.71$160.29
500$8,000$16.00$160.00
900$14,500$16.11$159.89
1000$17,500$17.50$158.50
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