Disney’s Hawaii Resort

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Disney presented their plans to the media regarding their Hawaii Theme resort. The resort was announced about 1 year ago and will start to greet their first guest somewhere in 2011. There will be 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare units. The Honolulu Advertiser has a great news video where you can gaze upon a nice model of the hotel and the waterpark that flows between it.

Picture via The Honolulu Advertiser.

Booked II

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Second part of our holiday in August 2009 has been booked. 5 Extra nights in Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani, Savannah View .

A total of 14 nights at the most magical place on earth. Now it’s waiting to book the Vero Beach part of the holiday and the extra days in greater Orlando. Tips for those days are always welcome.

The only worry I have is the 24 hour construction work that will be going on at the Animal Kingdom Villas. I hope they will not be to disturbing, otherwise this might have been a mistake! (I’m sure it will be OK).

Picture Copyrights Disney

Pleasure Island: Music Off, Lights Out, Doors Closed

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Most people who visited Walt Disney World will have visited Downtown Disney and will either have noticed Pleasure Island or even went to enjoy one of the clubs. Disney has announced they will change Pleasure Island and will no longer run nightclubs but will turn it into a more family friendly place. The last dance is set for September 27th 2008. After that, music off, lights out, doors closed.

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Disney Vacation Club’s new Headquarters

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

One who loves the Disney live might well be, or consider, living in Celebration. This town, not to far of Walt Disney World and created by Disney, might be the dream home for many Disney fans. Like every town expansion is something that happens once and a while, no difference for Celebration.

On the Celebration Blvd, there is one of those construction sites. On this new construction site, near LaRosa and the Medical Building, a new building is going to be the new Corporate Headquarters for the Disney Vacation Club. The contractor is Duke, who already worked on the Celebration Business Center.

Although our source is reliable, as far as we know there has been no known official word from Disney regarding this project yet. Any other information always welcome.

Big Plans and Big Money equals Real Disney Quality!

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

dca-future1.jpgDisney Californian Adventure has had a lot of heat from the fans, the media and from the pro’s. Disney has been updating the park and has been looking at options to improve it but now it seems that DCA is ready for a big change… a very big change, a One Billion dollars change! (give or take a couple of dollars).

The change is part of a bigger plan to enhance Disney Theme parks where a total of 1,5 billion will also improve other gates, will give Disneyland Hotel a face-lift and will bring Disney Vacation Club to Anaheim.

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Disneyland Resort Paris 15th Anniversary Celebration trip report: Newport Bay Club

Friday, April 20th, 2007

roomwithaviewnpbc1-small.jpgWe arrived on the 11th April in the early evening and went to check in the Newport Bay Club Hotel. My wife asked to see if we can have a ground or lower floor room. (She has been in a fire when she was young and feels more comfortable and less fearful knowing she is close to the ground floor).

So when I asked the CM for a ground floor room he checked if something was available…

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Contemporary Resorts Artwork

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

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There have been several rumors about the Contemporary Resort new wing; A new Disney Vacation Club location for Walt Disney World, not a Disney Vacation Club location, artwork found, not the artwork that will be used, etc… Disney didn’t put any official words out so far and even if most believe it is going to be the new DVC location we will only be 100% sure when Disney says so. Until then we can enjoy the rumors and artwork that pops up on the web.

The above artwork was send to screamscape.

Disney Vacation Club at Contemporary Resort; Yes or No?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Rumors are, well rumors, until somebody makes an official announcement. One of those rumors Disney fans and especially Disney Vacation Club owners, are waiting for to be announced as real is the DVC wing at the Contemporary Resort. However, People close to the DVC project have dropped a little secret into somebody’s lap by mentioning that this is not the case. The preparation at the Contemporary is not DVC related.

akl-dvc1.jpgThe Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas are the only DVC expansion that is taking place right now. The next DVC location might not even be at Walt Disney World, but might well be beyond the borders of USA. Want to know more about this rumor about “no Contemporary DVC” versus the rumor about the “yes Contemporary DVC” listen to WDW radio podcast and special guest Shontell Crawford, former Cast Member and owner of DVCbyResale.com for more.

What will it be; Contemporary DVC, yes or no? And if you know more, why don’t you let us know here :-)

Disney Vacation Club: The Story Continues

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

dvc15print.jpgA couple of minutes ago I got a mail from the Timeshare Store. Disney has informed them they waiving their right to purchase the Old Key West Disney Vacation Club contract I wanted.

I now am the happy (you should see the smile on my face) owner of a second DVC contract. My 2007 October trip will therefore be a little bit enhanced. Now I will be able to stay at “my home” resort a little longer.

More DVC stories and the October trip story (planning and trip report) will follow here on the blog (in the near and far future).

Walt Disney World… Booked

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

casltebehindtrees1.jpgIt is done! With a free continental flight and my Disney Vacation Club points I now booked my trip for next years Halloween Walt Disney World visit.

Countdown can start, even if it is over 10 months to go. I’ll be at Walt Disney World as from 21st October (Late arrival) up to 1st November…

I will stay in the Old Key West resort for 7 nights. After that I will switch to another hotel. That one hasn’t been booked yet. Although I would love to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I think I will not do that this time around and might go for one of the less expensive Disney hotels. Animal Kingdom Lodge will have to wait for another year.

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“Monsters” and “Laughter” postponed to Spring 2007

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

laughfloorwdw1.jpgThe opening date for the new attraction Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club in Walt Disney World has been pushed back to spring 2007.

“It’s not that people disliked ‘Laugh Floor.’ They just didn’t love it. Right now, people seem to think that this is a very middling show. And we don’t want middling. For the amount of money that we’ve already spent on this Tomorrowland attraction, the thousands of hours devoted to R & D, we want a smash. Which is why we’re going to shut down now and retool for a while.” (From JimHillMedia.com)

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North Wing of the Contemporary Demolition?

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

contemporaryd-screamscape1.jpgEven more proof is found for the demolition of the north wing of the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World.

Screamscape is showing some paperwork, filed by Disney last month, verifying the request to begin demolition of the north wing.

The rumored Disney Vacation Club Contemporary Wing looks closer than it ever did before, even with an Animal Kingdom DVC coming first!

Contemporary DVC Wing: A “Watery” Step Closer?

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

dvcfiledwater1.jpgCould this filed permit with the local Florida water management system (pdf file) by the Disney Company be a little more proof that a new Disney Vacation Club wing at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World will happen?

With the Animal Kingdom Lodge DVC section announced I expected that the Contemporary Wing might have been for either a later date or maybe even canned (maybe because of high costs?), but with this filed document it looks like the new DVC wing might be closer as I thought it would be.

The permit expiration date is set to September 6, 2011 so nothing is final (Until Disney says so :-) ).

Disney Vacation Club Animal Kingdom lodge: Balloons and Location

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

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When you visit Screamscape.com you will see some pictures of balloons (Height testing) at the new Disney Vacation Club Location over at Animal Kingdom Lodge. While the picture is from June it is now clear why they where there. There is also a picture from above with the location added in red (Google maps)

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New Disney Vacation Club Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

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Disney has unveiled their plans to add new timeshare at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World. I am very new to Disney’s timeshare, just bought my first points, but with new timeshare at my favorite resort I might be getting some extra points there (once they start selling). However I don’t think this will be very easy as this resort is loved by many and it might be sold out in no time. You can find some extra information on the Orlando Sentinel site

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas will be the company’s eighth time-share property — the sixth at Walt Disney World — and was hailed Wednesday as a smart business decision.

Development of the Animal Kingdom Villas is scheduled in phases, with units to begin opening in fall 2007. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2009.

The first phase will include 134 remodeled accommodations on the fifth and sixth floors of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and additional phases will include the building of 324 vacation properties in a new building at the resort.