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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.

NEW AMENITIES COMING SOON TO DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

The Disney Vacation Club accommodations previously known as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge now have a new name – Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This new name more accurately reflects the railroad theming of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and complements the storyline of the resort.

And more changes are ahead at this Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, including a re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool area that will help tell the backstory of Boulder Ridge. Scheduled to open in summer 2017, Boulder Ridge Cove will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry.

Beyond the new pool space, scheduled enhancements to the resort include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. Geyser Point Bar & Grill will be located in the heart of the feature pool area of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, where guests can grab a bite to eat as they lounge by the resort’s main pool.

Save the Date: Magic Kingdom Park to host “after-hours” Member celebration!

From Disney Vacation Club:

As we near the “home” stretch of our Disney Vacation Club® community’s magical celebration of 25 years and beyond, a great big beautiful “beyond” awaits in 2017 with more fun coming to the neighborhood.

We are excited to announce that kicking off 2017 is a complimentary, after-hours party* at Magic  Kingdom Park for Members and their guests on February 24, 2017 and March 4, 2017.

Experience some of your favorite attractions with shorter-than-usual wait times, let the DJ music move you, meet a colorful cast of familiar (and off-the-beaten-path) characters, enjoy complimentary light refreshments and more!

Mark your calendars now to be part of the fun, and look for booking details online at disneyvacationclub.com in January.

All of us at Disney Vacation Club hope this 25th anniversary year has added a memorable chapter to your family’s ever-evolving story, and we look forward to making more memories with you in the New Year and beyond!