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Copper Creek Villas & Cabins Half Declared

On April 13, 2018 Disney Vacation Development filed the third amendment to the declaration of condominium for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, which is the second declaration in the last 60 days, and the fourth overall.  This amendment declares 6 Residential Units in Phase 7, which consists of 12 Villas on the Third Floor including 2 Studio, 2 Dedicated One-Bedrooms, 3 Two-Bedroom Lock-Offs (including 1 Alternate Lock-Off), 4 Dedicated Two-Bedrooms, and 1 Grand Villa.

CCV Phase 7
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The 6 Residential Units declared in this amendment represent approximately 234,525 points out of the total 3,321,966 points, or approximately 7% of the total points available.  This brings the total points declared for DVC Members to purchase and use up to 50% from 43% only 42 days earlier.  At this current rate, Copper Creek Cabins and Villas should be 100% declared by mid-2019.

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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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Third DVC Declaration at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins

Disney Vacation Development has filed the third DVC Declaration at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, just 17 days after the Second DVC Declaration.  This Second Amendment to Declaration of Condominium declares “Phase 6,” containing 5 “Residential Units,” consisting of 10 Villas on the Fourth Floor: 1 Dedicated One-Bedroom, 6 Dedicated Two-Bedrooms, and 3 Two-Bedrooms Lock-Offs:

CCV Phase 6

The 5 Residential Units declared in this amendment represent approximately 204,295 points out of the total 3,321,966 points, or approximately 6% of the total points available.  This brings the total points declared for DVC Members up to 43% from 37% only 17 days earlier.  At this current rate, Copper Creek Cabins and Villas is expected to sell out by the end of 2019.

DVC deeds are based on a fractional percentage of a Residential Unit, corresponding to the number of points purchased.  Since each Residential Unit is assigned one Use Year, DVC must maintain at least 8 Residential Units with available inventory declared to the Condominium in order to sell points for all Use Years.  Therefore, the previous declaration only extended 5 Use Years.  This Declaration allows DVC to extend the other 3 Use Years, and still have 2 Residential Units available to assign Use Years that sell out faster.

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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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