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Free 2016 Disney Parks Planning DVD - Order Today!Free 2016 Disney Parks Planning DVD - Order Today!
February 10, 2016
Time to order your 2016 free Disney Parks Planning DVD!

 

Menus Announced for Food and Wine ClassicMenus Announced for Food and Wine Classic
February 10, 2016
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will return for its seventh year Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, with exciting new dishes debuting alongside returning festival favorites. Fans can now visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2016 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets.

 

Exterior Boardwalk Refurbishment in Full SwingExterior Boardwalk Refurbishment in Full Swing
February 10, 2016
Large sections of the BoardWalk resort are surrounded by construction walls and scaffolding as crews work to repair and paint the building exterior. The Village Green to the rear of the resort's lobby has many sections walled-off and the main building tower is surrounded by scaffolding.

 

Room Categories Adjust at Saratoga SpringsRoom Categories Adjust at Saratoga Springs
February 10, 2016
Beginning in 2017, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa will offer two different room categories: Standard and Preferred. Members looking to book for January '17 will find that the website configuration is not yet entirely complete. The site appears to be presenting Standard rooms correctly. Point values shown match Standard values shown on the charts DVC distributed in December 2015. There is no mention, however, of the rooms being in the Standard booking category. A second option appears to reflect the Preferred point values but no room inventory is currently available. Members are asked to keep an eye on the website for a fix to the booking issue. Rooms located in Congress Park and The Springs will be part of the Preferred category beginning in 2017. All Preferred villas experienced an increase in nightly point costs compared to the prior rates. Standard rooms are located in The Paddock, The Grandstand and The Carousel, and will be available for a lower nightly rate than in 2016.

 

Cold Weather Closures at WDWCold Weather Closures at WDW
February 08, 2016
Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed through Wednesday, February 10. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is cancelled on the following dates: February 9 5:15pm show February 9 8:15 show February 10 8:15 show

 

Timetable for Bay Lake Tower Refurbishment AnnouncedTimetable for Bay Lake Tower Refurbishment Announced
February 04, 2016
Villas at Bay Lake Tower will have a "soft goods" refurbishment April 2 - October 14, 2016. Soft goods typically consist of design materials including bedding, wall, window and floor coverings and upholstery.

 

Swan and Dolphin Offer Hometown Super Bowl DealSwan and Dolphin Offer Hometown Super Bowl Deal
February 04, 2016
Super Bowl Offer: Residents of the states of the two teams participating in this weekend's Super Bowl -- North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado -- can receive a free night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel when booking two nights at the standard price before February 29, 2016, for stays through January 31, 2017. Residents of the Super Bowl winning team's state can also receive a complimentary room upgrade. For additional information, or to make reservations, call 1-800-227-1500.

 

Beach Club to Offer Afternoon TeaBeach Club to Offer Afternoon Tea
February 04, 2016
Beginning February 11 Disney's Beach Club Resort will offer afternoon tea in the Crescent Solarium. The event runs from 1 - 4 p.m. on the following dates: February 11-14; March 24-29; May 5-8; September 1-5. Similar to the Afternoon Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, a variety of food and beverage options are available. Small pastries and sandwiches are featured, along with a number of tea blends. Alcoholic beverages are also available. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

 

Extensive Beach Club Villas Refurbishment ProgressesExtensive Beach Club Villas Refurbishment Progresses
February 04, 2016
According to a Disney Vacation Club spokesperson, refurbishment work at Disney's Beach Club Villas is now under way. Renovated units will be returned to service in the coming weeks as they are completed. The resort-wide project is expected to last through late summer 2016. Most aspects of the villas are expected to be updated including floor and wall coverings, select furniture, fixtures and linens. Villa bathrooms will also be renovated with new soaker tubs, showers and tile.

 

Polynesian DVC Inventory IncreasesPolynesian DVC Inventory Increases
February 04, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has added another longhouse and additional bungalows to the timeshare inventory at Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. (Before Disney Vacation Club can sell ownership in any physical unit at one of its facilities, it must legally add the dwelling to the timeshare program.) Prior to the start of sales in early 2015, DVC added all rooms in the Tokelau longhouse plus 10 of the 20 waterfront bungalows. On January 27, 2016, Disney added the 74 Deluxe Studio villas in the Pago Pago longhouse and six more water top bungalows to the DVC program. This raises the declared percentage of the resort to 60 percent. In addition to giving DVC more points to sell, these declarations give owners access to more rooms at the resort. Until now, reservations at the Polynesian were limited to roughly 144 Deluxe Studio villas and 10 bungalows for every night. With the new units declared, owners can collectively reserve about 218 studios and 16 bungalows nightly. When fully declared, Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will include 360 Deluxe Studio villas and 20 bungalows.

 

VIDEO TOUR: BoardWalk Villas StudioVIDEO TOUR: BoardWalk Villas Studio
February 04, 2016
Take a video tour of the Boardwalk Villas Studio, which now has a pull-out sofa and pull-down bed to sleep 5. It also has the new workspace configuration without a traditional desk.

 

Trattoria al Forno Updated Menu and Food PicsTrattoria al Forno Updated Menu and Food Pics
January 31, 2016
We've updated most of our Trattoria al Forno dinner food photos.

 

DVC Members Can Access New 60 Day ListDVC Members Can Access New 60 Day List
January 28, 2016
A new feature on DVCMember.com called "Last-Minute Magic" notifies members of remaining villa availability over the next 60 days. The feature appears to be nothing more than a manually culled list of dates, resorts and villas available over the next two months. Text on the webpage indicates that it will be updated weekly, meaning that the list could prove to be outdated shortly after its posting. The Last-Minute Magic page can be accessed via the Plan Vacations menu at DVCMember.com. It is currently listed under the "Featured" links.

 

New DVC Room Furniture Offers Guests OptionsNew DVC Room Furniture Offers Guests Options
January 20, 2016
During a 2014 renovation of the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and 2015 modifications to Disney's BoardWalk Villas, the furniture configuration underwent a major change. Gone are the traditional round table and the TV stand that doubles as a storage armoire. In their place, Disney Vacation Club introduced a custom piece of furniture that converts from a table to a Murphy bed. A stand-alone armoire now provides four drawers of storage for guests' belongings. DVC News has photos and more details about these new furnishings at dvcnews.com.

 

POP Century Room Photo GalleryPOP Century Room Photo Gallery
January 07, 2016
Updated photos of POP Century Resort guest room.

 

2016 Annual Passholder Benefits2016 Annual Passholder Benefits
January 06, 2016
The 2016 benefits for Annual Passholders are now online

 

Old Key West Studio Photo GalleryOld Key West Studio Photo Gallery
January 03, 2016
New photo gallery for the Old Key West Studio Villas

 

Jambo and Kidani Villas to Receive RehabJambo and Kidani Villas to Receive Rehab
December 29, 2015
The Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House Villas will begin a soft goods rehab in January following Marathon Weekend. Soft goods typically means there will be updates to the wall, floor and window coverings, upholstry and fixtures. DVC recently stated that making the rooms lighter and brighter are among the main goals of the room design changes. Once the Jambo House Villas are completed work will begin on Kidani Village.

 

Standard Room Category Introduced at Saratoga SpringsStandard Room Category Introduced at Saratoga Springs
December 29, 2015
In 2017, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa will introduce a lower-priced standard room category.

 

Story Behind Old Key West and Olivia'sStory Behind Old Key West and Olivia's
December 28, 2015
Historian Jim Korkis shares the story behind Disney's Disney Vacation Club Resort, Old Key West.