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Disney Vacation Club 2018 Moonlight Magic Dates

Members will enjoy more Moonlight Magic event dates than ever in 2018, with parties already confirmed for every month from January through November, with more dates still to come! To help you plan accordingly, Disney Vacation Club is pleased to share confirmed party and booking dates.

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic 2018

The confirmed slate includes the first Moonlight Magic events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the highly anticipated Toy Story Land is scheduled to have made its playful debut by the time Members take over the park. Also confirmed is a return to Disney California AdventurePark, where Paradise Pier is scheduled to have become Pixar Pier – headlined by the highly anticipated transformation of California Screamin’ into The Incredibles-inspired Incredicoaster!

Introduced in 2017 as part of Membership Magic Ever After, complimentary Moonlight Magic events invite Disney Vacation ClubMembers and special guests to turn Disney Parks into their own personal playgrounds at the end of the parks’ operating days. While attendees may get a jump start on the fun by mixing in with the regular crowd earlier in the evening, the real magic happens after the park has closed to the public. It’s then that privileged partiers discover shorter-than-usual wait times on popular attractions, meet off-the-beaten-path Characters, enjoy complimentary refreshments, let loose at dance parties and more.

Here’s a look at the confirmed 2018 Moonlight Magic schedule, including the dates on which online reservations will open for each event:

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 21April 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.)
Please note that, in order to allow as many Members as possible to enjoy Moonlight Magic, only one event date for each participating park will be available per Membership. Watchdisneyvacationclub.com for additions to the Moonlight Magic event slate, as well as party hours and transportation information.

2018 Disney Vacation Club Dues and Resort Budgets

Disney Vacation Club has finalized and posted the proposed budgets and annual dues for 2018 in preparation for the annual Condominium Association Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017. Each year the Condo Association meets to elect new board members, vote on the proposed budgets for the upcoming year, answer questions from owners and make any special announcements.

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Disney Aulani Resort’s hidden treasures

From Laniwai, the first-ever spa created by Disney, to the elevator music with Disney classics sung in Hawaiian, there are unique features to find peeking around every corner.

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Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Opens

Disney Vacation Club welcomes its 14th resort with the opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the latest vacation ownership property in its growing portfolio. Offering one of the widest ranges of accommodation types at Walt Disney World Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins features 184 rustically elegant accommodation options, including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, three-bedroom Grand Villas and unique Waterfront Cabins.

“Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers members and guests a uniquely designed and exquisitely appointed home base for their Walt Disney World vacation, and it is truly a gem in the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio,” said Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Vacation Club. “This resort offers the best of everything, including immersive theming, accommodations in a variety of sizes to suit any type of family, high-quality amenities, and the ideal waterfront location that is just around the river bend from Magic Kingdom Park.”

Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the resort features natural elements, such as wood and stone, in its design, as well as subtle nods to the American transcontinental railroad. The Deluxe Studios offer room for up to four guests, while the larger one- and two-bedroom Villas and three-bedroom Grand Villas seamlessly blend the comforts of home with the wonders of the wilderness to create a tranquil retreat for families of any size. Each Villa is thoughtfully designed with today’s families in mind offering full kitchens, expanded storage space for belongings, and private patios or balconies with scenic views.

The 26 all-new luxurious waterfront Cascade Cabins are the centerpiece of the resort. These two-bedroom, two-bath cabins sleep up to eight, offering modern luxuries with a homey, yet upscale feel. Large dining and living room spaces, along with a screened-in wraparound porch, allow for plenty of space for families. Amenities throughout the cabins include a full kitchen, flat panel televisions, a washer and dryer, a hidden pull-down bed featuring artwork of Chip and Dale, a built-in hot tub on the porch, an indoor/outdoor fireplace and a number of special Disney touches.

The resort is a short water taxi ride away from Magic Kingdom Park, and offers easy bus access to the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort, making it the ideal home base for families looking to explore a wide range of new Disney attractions, including the recently opened Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and the reimagined Disney Springs retail, dining and entertainment district.

While staying at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, guests have shared access to all of the amenities and activities available just steps away at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Geyser Point Bar & Grill, which opened earlier this year, offers picturesque views of Bay Lake, as well as explorer-worthy feasts and trails-end spirits in an open-air lounge. Roaring Fork, the resort’s original quick-service restaurant, has recently reopened featuring a refreshed look and expanded outdoor seating.

The resort’s new leisure pool, Boulder Ridge Cove Pool, is themed to the legendary mining history of the Northwest featuring a zero-depth entry pool, a whirlpool spa and first-come, first-served cabanas. Additionally, a brand-new sports court, BBQ pavilions and a refurbished fire pit and movie area have all joined the lineup of resort amenities. Those in search of extra pampering will want to stop by Salon by the Springs, opening later this year, for pool-side manicures, pedicures and hair services.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is the second Disney Vacation Club resort at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. For more information about Copper Creek Villas & Cabins and Disney Vacation Club, visit DisneyCopperCreek.com.

Disney Vacation Club Announces the Start of Sales for Newest Resort

Disney Vacation Club recently announced that sales for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the latest resort in its growing portfolio, will begin on March 8 for current Disney Vacation Club Members with general sales following on April 5.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers guests a new frontier for magical vacations where the comforts of home and the wonders of the wilderness are deeply rooted in the magic of Disney. Inspired by the legendary mining and railroad history of the Pacific Northwest, guests will come “home” to rustic elegance, where cozy touches mix with modern designs to create a tranquil retreat.

“We’re excited to introduce Copper Creek Villas & Cabins to our Members and guests,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Whether it’s a quiet night spent in a cabin unwinding by the living room fireplace or venturing out into the endless action of nearby Magic Kingdom Park, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is the perfect place for families to embrace the simple joys of nature and reconnect with each other for a lifetime of memories.”

Offering one of the widest ranges of accommodations found at Walt Disney World Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins features 184 modern, nature-inspired vacation homes, including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, and three-bedroom Grand Villas, which sleep up to 12. Each unit is thoughtfully designed with today’s families in mind and offers added convenience and many of the comforts of home, such as well-appointed kitchen areas, expanded storage space for belongings and private patios or balconies with scenic views.

Natural finishing touches throughout add a sense of nature to each room. Copper Creek Villas & Cabins also includes 26 all-new luxurious waterfront cabins. Sleeping up to eight and featuring two bedrooms, two baths and large dining and living room spaces, the cabins’ floor-to- ceiling windows, exposed wooden beams and interior-exterior stone-hearth fireplace bring the beauty of the outdoors in, offering plenty of room for families. After an exciting day at the nearby theme parks, guests can return to their porch to take in the fresh air and relax in the built-in hot tub, and for some, enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake and firework views from the Magic Kingdom.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, currently still under construction, is scheduled to open for guests and Members on July 17. This will be the 14th Disney Vacation Club development and the second at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, conveniently located just a water-taxi ride away from Magic Kingdom Park.

Additional Resort Enhancements

While staying at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, guests will have shared-access to all of the amenities and activities available just steps away at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

The recently opened Geyser Point Bar & Grill offers picturesque views of Bay Lake, as well as explorer-worthy feasts and trails-end spirits in an open-air lounge. The unique menu highlights an array of flavors from bison burgers with Tillamook cheddar and a house-smoked salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise to innovative small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails in the lounge. Roaring Fork, the resort’s original quick-service restaurant, will reopen later this year with a refreshed look and expanded outdoor seating.

Later this summer, guests will enjoy the laid-back relaxation of the new Boulder Ridge Cove Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disneys Wilderness Lodge. This modern-day swimmin’ hole set within a spectacular backdrop features a zero-depth entry point.

Those in search of extra pampering will want to stop by the all-new Salon by the Springs for pool-side manicures, pedicures and hair services. Additionally, a brand-new sports court, BBQ pavilions and a refurbished fire pit and movie area also join the lineup of resort amenities all slated to open in the summer.

To learn more about Copper Creek Villas & Cabins and Disney Vacation Club Membership, visit DisneyCopperCreek.com.

Disney Vacation Club debuted in October 1991 with a flexible, vacation point-based model rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, Disney Vacation Club has grown to include Member families from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries who have discovered the joys of Membership. Disney Vacation

Club Members are able to choose from among a variety of vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club Resort or at thousands of other resort destinations around the world. And, when they purchase directly from Disney, Members also can take trips on one of the

Disney Cruise Line ships or guided vacations with Adventures by Disney using their Membership. Additionally, vacations at a Disney Vacation Club Resort can last from one night to several weeks.

 

A LOOK INSIDE COPPER CREEK VILLAS & CABINS AT DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

As we’ve previously shared, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World® Resort is currently undergoing enhancements.

These enhancements include Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the latest Disney Vacation Club property. Offering the widest range of accommodations found at Walt Disney World Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins features 220 modern, nature-inspired vacation homes, including one-and two-bedroom Villas and three-bedroom Grand Villas, which sleep up to 12.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins also includes 26 all-new private, luxurious waterfront Cabins, which sleep up to eight Guests.

Beginning March 21, 2017, you can book Copper Creek Villas & Cabins.

In addition to Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the recently opened Geyser Point Bar & Grill offers picturesque views of Bay Lake, as well as explorer-worthy feasts and trails-end spirits in an open-air lounge. Roaring Fork, the resort’s original quick-service restaurant, will reopen later this year with a refreshed look and expanded outdoor seating.

Later this summer, guests will enjoy the laid-back relaxation of the new Boulder Ridge Cove Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This modern-day swimmin’ hole features a zero-depth entry.

Those in search of extra pampering will want to stop by the all-new Salon by the Springs (formerly Trout Pass Pool Bar) for pool-side manicures, pedicures and hair services scheduled to open this summer. A brand-new sports court, BBQ pavilions and a refurbished fire pit and movie area also join the lineup of resort amenities slated to open in the summer.

The resort, which is the latest Disney Vacation Club property, has a scheduled opening date July 17.

Marriott and Disney Timeshares Dominate Redweek’s List of Top 25 Rental Resorts

Marriott and Disney resorts captured 16 of the top 25 rankings in RedWeek.com’s annual report on the most popular timeshare rental resorts.  A relatively new entrant, meanwhile, the Playa Linda Beach Resort in Palm Beach, Aruba, jumped four spots to #11 in 2017 after climbing four spots (from #19) in 2016.

Disney’s Beach Club Villas (Lake Buena Vista, Florida) finished first in RedWeek’s Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts, followed by Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club (Palm Beach, Aruba) and Disney’s Boardwalk Villas (also Lake Buena Vista).  Marriott-branded resorts won five of the top 10 rental resort slots and 11 of the top 25.  Disney’s new Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort joined the rental popularity list for the first time at #25 and expanded Disney’s overall presence to five resorts.

“All of these resorts offer ideal vacations for timeshare families,” said Gary Prado, vice president of business development for RedWeek.com.  “While the resale market continues to evolve, RedWeek’s do-it-yourself and full-service rental programs provide owners with an excellent way to recoup their maintenance fees when they are unable to use their time.   Our Top 25 rentals report, moreover, shows that there is strong consumer demand for vacations at quality branded resorts.”

Now in its 10th year of publication, RedWeek’s Top 25 includes six independent resorts and one timeshare each from Westin, Wyndham and Hilton.  One third of the Top 25 resorts are located in Florida, followed by Hawaii (28 percent), Aruba (16 percent), South Carolina (8) and California, Mexico, Bahamas and New York (with 4 percent each). The rankings are calculated from rental demand statistics from RedWeek’s 2.3 million subscribers.

When RedWeek launched the resort rental survey, back in 2008, New York’s Manhattan Club was the #1 most popular timeshare rental.  This year, the Club ranks ninth.  One major resort missing from this year’s Top 25 is the Westin St. John, Virgin Grand Villas, which finished in the Top 25 consistently in prior years.

Here is the 2017 list:

  1. Disney’s Beach Club VillasLake Buena Vista, Florida
  2. Marriott’s Aruba Surf ClubPalm Beach, Aruba
  3. Disney’s BoardWalk VillasLake Buena Vista, Florida
  4. Harborside Resort at Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas
  5. Marriott’s Maui Ocean ClubLahaina, Hawaii
  6. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean ClubPalm Beach, Aruba
  7. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach ClubKapolei, Hawaii
  8. Marriott’s Newport Coast VillasNewport Coast, California
  9. The Manhattan ClubNew York, New York
  10. Costa Linda Beach ClubOranjestad, Aruba
  11. Playa Linda Beach ResortPalm Beach, Aruba
  12. Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeLake Buena Vista, Florida

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Caribbean Beach Expansion

There have been some indications recently that a CBR expansion was on the way and now we have confirmation. User danlb_2000 on WDWMagic Forums takes a look.

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New Cabins and Deluxe Villas coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

In 2017, a proposed new Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, is scheduled to open, featuring new Resort accommodations that include plans for Deluxe Villas and unique waterfront cabins. Other enhancements coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. A sweeping re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is also scheduled to open in summer 2017. Named Boulder Ridge Cove, this area will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool.

DVC Member Behind The Scenes Tour of Soarin’ Around The World at Walt Disney World

Prepare for takeoff this fall at Walt Disney World Resort as you embark on a high flying journey to places like The Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia and around the Matterhorn in Switzerland, all during the exciting attraction, Soarin’ Around the World, now open at Epcot*! Disney Vacation Club Members and their Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at this multisensory attraction during this all-new exclusive tour!

Available most Wednesday mornings beginning November 30, 2016, this hour-long guided tour will navigate Guests through the newly reimagined attraction and end with an aviation adventure onboard Soarin’ Around the World with no wait. To make tour reservations, please contact Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

*Theme Park admission is required and not included. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.