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New Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge VillasNew Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge Villas
May 26, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has announced an enhanced name for The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Walt Disney Imagineers plant to bring the community's story to life in new ways, including through the re-imagined (and soon to be renamed) Hidden Springs Pool area. The new name also distinguishes the resort's condominium association from any proposed new Disney Vacation Club developments at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

 

VIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans RiversideVIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans Riverside
May 23, 2016
Tour one of the elegant Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside where you'll feel like you are entering the private chambers of a princess. The room is decorated in rich colors, gilded accents, ornate furniture and layers of fabric. The room's theme is based on the premise that Princess Tiana has hosted her royal friends in the rooms and each has left behind mementos to mark their visit.

 

Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!
May 16, 2016
Flying Fish has announced its new chef, Tim Majoras! If his name sounds familiar, Chef Tim previously worked at the Flying Fish Cafe. Opening is set for late summer for Flying Fish restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk. Diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated, interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens, taking the spot formerly occupied by the candy and ice cream shop.

 

Boardwalk's Ample Hills Creamery Now OpenBoardwalk's Ample Hills Creamery Now Open
May 13, 2016
Ample Hills Creamery has opened on Disney's BoardWalk, in the space formerly occupied by the ESPN Club's arcade, The Yard. The Brooklyn-based company is known for their creative approach to all things ice cream. This re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is Ample Hills Creamery's first location outside of New York City.

 

REVIEW:  Afternoon Tea at Beach Club's Crescent Solarium REVIEW: Afternoon Tea at Beach Club's Crescent Solarium
May 13, 2016
For many years Walt Disney World has offered a popular afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Resort. Earlier this year the Disney Parks Blog announced a new tea offering: Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium, which would be held for a limited time in the Solarium at the Beach Club Resort. It didn't line up with our February dates, but then a new set of dates for April appeared, and Alert Reader Deb Koma was able to book a reservation for five of us for Sunday, April 17. (Future dates offered are May 5-8, June 16-19, August 11-14, and September 1-5.)

 

Wilderness Lodge Villas Video Gallery - One-Bedroom VillaWilderness Lodge Villas Video Gallery - One-Bedroom Villa
May 10, 2016
We have added a video tour of a one-bedroom from the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

 

Snack Counter at Boardwalk's Screen DoorSnack Counter at Boardwalk's Screen Door
May 05, 2016
I was walking along the BoardWalk last week and stopped in at the Screen Door General Store, just to grab a few seconds of air conditioning before continuining on my walk to the Walt Disney World Dolphin. To my surprise, I was greeted by a long bakery case, filled with cookies, candy apples, fudge and more.

 

Beach Club Hosts Mother's Day EventBeach Club Hosts Mother's Day Event
May 03, 2016
Ariel's at Disney's Beach Club Resort will host a special event, Chocolate Factory featuring Mother's Day, from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 8. This event for the whole family is centered around chocolate with specialty drinks for adults and kids, as well as decadent desserts. Cost is $38 for adults, $20 for children 3-9. Make reservations by calling 407-934-1470.

 

VIDEO TOUR: 1-Bedroom Corner Unit at the BoardWalk VillasVIDEO TOUR: 1-Bedroom Corner Unit at the BoardWalk Villas
May 02, 2016
Enjoy this complete walk-through of a special corner 1-Bedroom Villa. This villa is approximately 710 square feet with one bedroom with a king-size bed, walk-in closet, TV and armoire plus a living room with a queen-size sleeper sofa and TV, dining area with table and chairs, full size kitchen, sink and shower, whirlpool tub with sink and vanity, stacked washer and dryer and a private balcony or patio.

 

BoardWalk Villas Renovation CompleteBoardWalk Villas Renovation Complete
April 28, 2016
Contractors recently completed the year-long renovation of all guest rooms at Disney's BoardWalk Villas. All Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Three Bedroom Grand Villa units have been updated with new decor. Modifications to the rooms include new floor and wall coverings, linens and replacement of some furniture and fixtures. Deluxe Studio Villas have been updated to include the fold-down Murphy bed. This addition raises the maximum occupancy of Studio rooms to five guests of any age. The booking features at DVCMember.com have been updated to reflect the new maximum occupancy. Exterior work at the BoardWalk will continue throughout 2016 with a series of painting projects, updates to Flying Fish restaurant and the addition of the Ample Hills Creamery ice cream parlor.

 

Fort Wilderness Cabin Loop Changed to Premium CampsitesFort Wilderness Cabin Loop Changed to Premium Campsites
April 28, 2016
All cabins at Fort Wilderness Campground have now been refurbished. The campground's Loop 2100 is now under construction, and all cabins there have been removed. Concrete pads are being installed in the area for new premium campsites. Work should be completed on Loop 2100 later this summer.

 

Walt Disney World Dolphin Video Gallery - Renovated RoomWalt Disney World Dolphin Video Gallery - Renovated Room
April 27, 2016
We have updated the WDW Dolphin Resort video gallery with a tour of the newly renovated room.

 

Star Wars Themed Gifts Detailed in MayStar Wars Themed Gifts Detailed in May
April 20, 2016
Disney Floral and Gifts, in partnership with Lucasfilm, will release a new Star Wars Rebels role-playing experience this summer. The offering will feature exclusive gear that places you on an interactive adventure that starts in your resort room at the Disney Parks in Florida and California. Once the mission is revealed, you'll be guided by Ezra Bridger through an interactive augmented reality experience to the Star Tours attraction. More details will be released on May 4 on the Disney Floral and Gifts site.

 

French Quarter Kids Aquatic Play Area PHOTOSFrench Quarter Kids Aquatic Play Area PHOTOS
April 13, 2016
Port Orleans French Quarter recently opened a brand new Kids Aquatic Play Area adjacent to the Doubloon Lagoon themed pool. We have photos~!

 

Change to Resort Airline Check-In HoursChange to Resort Airline Check-In Hours
April 13, 2016
Hours for Resort Airline Check-In, a complimentary service that allows Walt Disney World resort guests who are flying on participating airlines to check-in for their flight at the hotel, have been changed. The service, which also allows guests to collect their boarding passes and check their bags at check-in desks conveniently located in or near the hotel lobby, is now available from 5 a.m.-noon.

 

New Resort Tour Offered at the Grand FloridianNew Resort Tour Offered at the Grand Floridian
April 13, 2016
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is now offering a one-hour resort tour called The Floridian Express. The tour focuses on the charm of Southern Florida during the turn of the century and other hotels and individuals who inspired the Grand Floridian. This tour also includes a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria and Albert's restaurant. The tour is offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with check-in at the main Porte Cochere. The tour is limited to 10 participants, ages 10 and up, and can be reserved up to 180 days in advance (subject to availability). Price is $15 per person (plus tax). Book by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

 

The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Photo GalleryThe Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Photo Gallery
April 11, 2016
We revamped the photo gallery for the Villa's at Disney's Wilderness Lodge! In addition to photos of the studio, one and two bedroom villa, we now have photos of the Member Lounge, Carolwood Pacific room and covered walkway.

 

Ice Cream to Return to Disney's BoardwalkIce Cream to Return to Disney's Boardwalk
April 08, 2016
A re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is set to open this spring at Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company known for their creative approach to all things ice cream, will open its first location outside of New York City.

 

Point Price Rise for Aulani and PolynesianPoint Price Rise for Aulani and Polynesian
April 08, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has revealed that the base price for points at Aulani and the Polynesian will rise from the current $168 per point to $171 per point on June 1, 2016.

 

Changes to Disney Vacation Club ResalesChanges to Disney Vacation Club Resales
April 06, 2016
Ken Potrock, Disney Vacation Club Senior Vice President, has announced that as of yesterday, April 4, 2016, anyone who does not purchase "an ownership interest [in Disney Vacation Club] directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. will not have access to Membership Extras." These "extras" include such benefits as discounts on Annual Passes, as well as discounts on merchandise discounts and dining. All current DVC members who may have purchased a resale contract from someone other than Disney Vacation Club will be "grandfathered in" and will continue to receive these benefits.