It's a big year for Disney Vacation Club members. 2016 marks the 25 anniversary of the vacation ownership program that now includes over 200,000 member families. The program, which has become wildly popular with Disney enthusiasts and vacationers over the past two and a half decades, now includes 13 uniquely themed resorts in four different states. To celebrate, DVC is launching a variety of exciting special events, offers, and new member services.
This Sunday marks 15 years since The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge opened as the fifth Disney Vacation Club resort. The Villas added 181 luxury units to the DVC portfolio and soon became a popular home resort for DVC members. Its success as a unique vacation experience is evident from expansion plans and rising resale prices.
No need to abandon your diet or be concerned about food allergies while on a magical Disney vacation. Due to recent changes at the resorts and at the theme parks, there are now plenty of delicious, allergy-free options available for guests of all ages. With so many people in the world today on special or restricted diets (low fat, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, lactose intolerant, nut, and shellfish allergies, just to name a few), the folks at Disney certainly stepped up to the plate by now offering a multitude of dining options to satisfy just about every possible dietary requirement. With careful planning and attention to menu selections, you will easily be able to find flavorful, healthy, and safe food choices available throughout all of the Walt Disney World parks.
Since the summer of 2014, rumors have been swirling about the expansion of Disney's Wilderness Lodge! For quite some time now, there has been mention of turning the well-established Wilderness Lodge hotel rooms into DVC villas. Last week on May 15th, Disney filed a permit with South Florida Water Management District which confirmed that Disney is moving ahead with their plans for waterside vacation villas at the Wilderness Lodge!
For years, we've been convinced that Disney's Saratoga Springs is one of the most exceptional vacation resorts available in the United States. Its family-friendly atmosphere, convenient location, and luxury accommodations have made it one of the most popular places to stay at Walt Disney World. In fact, we're so impressed by Saratoga Springs' DVC villas that we even recorded one of our visits. But now we're happy to report that the independent analysts over at Sharket.com have ranked the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort #1 for timeshare resales!
We already know how awesome Downtown Disney is, but somehow it just got even better! Monday, April 13th, was the grand opening of The BOATHOUSE restaurant located at the Landing, which is a new neighborhood that will soon become part of Disney Springs. It’s their first all-new dining spot that features real, floating dream-boats from the 30s, 40s, and 50s!
***UPDATED May 18, 2015***
A long time ago (actually, it started in 1997), in a galaxy, far, far away (well, at Hollywood Studios in Florida) thousands of Star Wars fanatics from across the world came to Disney World for the most exciting event of the year: Star Wars Weekends! (Cue the dramatic Star Wars theme music here). This year, many come dressed as their favorite characters, get pumped up to meet their personal heroes (or villains) at celebrity meet and greets, and get to hang out with other hard-core fans from all over the world. The weekend also features parades, trivia contests, and even dance parties!
Make plans, start packing and get ready to treat yourself this fall to scrumptious cuisine and tasty libations at Walt Disney World! Two Disney food and wine festivals have just been added to the Disney World schedule for 2015 and you’ll want to make your reservations soon.
***UPDATED Jan. 12, 2015***
There has been a great deal of speculation over the past several months about the extensive construction taking place over at Disney's Polynesian Resort. Well, Disney has recently announced that phase one of Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will open in 2015!