Disney Vacation Club Villas at Grand Floridian Sales starting Dates

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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Disney Vacation Club will start their sales for the new Floridian Villas as from the 23rd of May 2013. This date is only for current members who want to add on some extra points to their portfolio. New buyers will have to wait a little longer (June 19) before they can buy their forst share in the magic.

No news on pricing yet, but this will come out very soon. Add on minimum will be 25 points while new members will have to get the usual 160 points (unless changed again for this resort). More early info can be found via the DVC Facebook page at this time.

Get your points for some more “Welcome Home” magic

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MyMagic+

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Disney has made it official, the Next-gen technology will be introduced soon under “MyMagic+” for the Walt Disney World resort. With this new tool Disney guests will be able to create their Disney vacation from the comfort of their own home. Guest will be able to use a new website “My Disney Experience” where they will be able to book dinner reservations and other Disney experiences. There will also be an option to book a selection of FastPass+ to avoid not only the lines at the attractions but also a visit to the FasPass booths.

The FastPass+ option will not only include attractions but will have Character meet and greet, preferred firework and parade viewing place and other options. The firework and Parade option could be your key to make sure to see your favorites from a dedicated space every time you want. (I know I’ll be booking Illuminations on many nights once available).

To be able to take advantage of all the early bookings guest will be provided a special RFID wristband named “MagicBand”. This wristband will serve as your hotel room key, park admission, the FastPass+ pre-booked options, your personal photopass and will even have an integrated payment option. The later one might come with a code once spending will reach a certain amount. This to protect the owners in case they would loose their wristband and to avoid those dishonest guests from plundering your account.

With the personal information saved on your wristband character will now also be able to know your name and use it when you visit them. Imagine the faces of the children when talking Mickey comes up to them and knows their names. This might not be for integrated in the early phase of the project, but one that is sure one of the many future options that will find it’s way into the system.

There is no specific date yet when the MyMagic+ will completely take over, but it is slowly finding it ways into the park as some guests already have been part of the testing phase.

Also read the WDWnewstoday article. They where the first to bring out this exciting news. Also visit the Disneyparks blog for some more pictures.

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Trip Diaries Day Twelve: Relax

Monday, January 16th, 2012

So we have the sea and we have the sun. What does that add up too? That’s right; a whole lot of relaxing fun. As you can see a Disney holiday doesn’t always have to be running from one ride to another (not that this is possible at Vero Beach), it can be just as fun enjoying the pool and the weather. It’s pretty much all we did this day.

In the late afternoon we did get to wander around a little bit to enjoy the wonderful view of the ocean. It’s like a beautiful dream you don’t want to stop. I did do some picture taking and just love the sign with all the Disney vacation Club locations. It’s these things that make Disney just that little more special than any other location.

In the evening we went to Sonya’s, the upscale restaurant at the resort. Nice menu and it wasn’t easy to pick something as there were a couple of good things on there. After talking the waiter and asking for some advice I finally went for the scallops and it was amazing. We had a great seating area to. At the back where there are only about 5 tables. Very nice place to eat and I highly recommend it.

I’ll leave it with this short update for this day and let you enjoy the sights on some of the pictures. Be back for more, especially to read how to celebrate New Year eve at Disney’s Vero Beach.

Trip Diaries Day Six: 5:50am

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

With crowded parks during the holidays the only thing to do is get up early if you want to avoid the big queue lines. So the alarm was set for 5:50am and although this sounds a little tough, it wasn’t too hard to get out of bed when you know it’s to have some fun. Well, it didn’t take us to long to see it was worth it. We got to the Magic Kingdom at 7:00am and where ready to hit some rides with the low crowds that had the same idea. (for those thinking we are a little crazy getting up at the crack of dawn)

Before the clock hit 9:00am we got to do a whole collection of rides. We’ve seen Pooh, Snow White and even Peter Pan without a person in the queue. Beats those 2 hours queues in the middle of the busy day. We rode the Speedway, did some shooting with Buzz, had a ride on Space Mountain, took a rocket ride at the Astro Orbitor and got a little wet on Splash Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain was closed (101), so we could not add that one to this run, but we added Pirates of the Caribbean to the mix before 9am.

How’s that for your first two hours in the park. And we didn’t even have to run or get into a sweat to get them done. Getting up this early does make you a little hungry earlier in the day so before we would continue it was time for a cup of coffee and a cookie. Once we enjoyed those it was time for some more rides at the Magic Kingdom. One of my favourites was next as we rode the TTA before heading over to the Laugh Floor. It’s a funny show!

Once we left the monsters behind we could see that the crowds where coming in. No time to lose as we headed to the Haunted Mansion. I needed to see the new queue area and enjoy the ride before queues would get out of hands. Still not too bad as the queue at HM was low. I even let people pass while I enjoyed some of the interactive fun before entering my beloved house for some Disney scares.

After that it was time for an early lunch and some 20% discount shopping. The discount came from a ticket you get when you buy food in the park. It gives you a 20% discount as long as you shop before 12:00pm. It’s also a good trap as we did buy some stuff we might have not if we didn’t have the discount. Once we got our shopping done we left the park. The crowds had build up so bad, queues would be well into the hour for the popular rides. Getting there that early was well worth it.

I also got to see some of the stuff they are building at the new Fantasyland. This is going to be amazing. Can’t wait to return for that in the future.

Once out of the park we grabbed a taxi and headed over to the city Celebration. I always wanted to see it and finally got to do it. The town centre is nice, but smaller as I thought it would be. We had some time for a drink and some ice cream and to take a couple of pictures, but stayed shorter as anticipated. The houses look nice and it might be a nice place to live, but a long visit should not be planned as there isn’t much to do. So back to Old Key West for some swimming, a little rest and to get ready for dinner.

We had reservations for the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We got there a little early so we could have a look around at the resort. It looks nice but for some reason not the place where I would want to stay. A little to busy for us. Doesn’t look like you can relax when staying there. (I could be wrong) The restaurant is always nice, although my 12 year old son’s food was too spicy and he could not enjoy it. I guess that’s the risqué when going from children’s menu to adults menu. The icing on the cake however is watching the fireworks from the top of the building. The best place to see it without the big crowds. Personally I am not a fan of Wishes and I will not stay in the park for it, but I am happy I could end the day seeing it from the Contemporary’s rooftop.

Trip Diaries Day Five: Hot Hot Hot…

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

It was a new record for Orlando with 85, a great time to be at Walt Disney World. It felt like a summer day! Another early start, just after rope drop, at Epcot. Soarin already had a hour line (even if it said 40 minutes it looked like a lot more once in the queue). As we don’t like long queues we were going to save that one for another day. We could not get fastpasses for it as we already got test Track once. We had enough time for Ellen’s Energy Adventure before going on Test Track. It was packed at Test Track with 50 minutes wait (and even 40 minutes on the single riders line), but our Fastpasses took us right in. Still one great ride that will need to be done some more times during this trip.

We continued to enjoy the park by wandering into Showcase (including one of those relaxing “Friendship” boat rides). Had an early lunch in Japan before going to Norway and Mexico to enjoy the rides over there. After that we did some games at Innoventions before heading back for our usual afternoon swim. Getting up early to hit the parks is paying off as we can do a lot before the big crowds.

The late afternoon started in Downtown Disney with some shopping as my son wanted extra Lego and a couple of Lego men to play with. There is some really great Lego stuff out there I wouldn’t mind owning (or playing with). Checked some more shops before we headed back for late dinner at Olivia’s in Old Key West.

Trip Diaries Day two: Welcome Home

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Today we were going to go to Walt Disney World, but before we left the great Villas of Grand Cyprus we wanted to go for one more swim. With the morning weather being a little cold we opted out and went to play some more golf instead (I could get used to this kind of live). Then we checked out and made our way to Walt Disney World. Unfortunately we ran into a little problem during check in. One of my linked reservations only had one name and not my whole family on it. It took about 1 hour to solve it all and we still need to change the key the next day, but the Cast Members where fantastic and tried their best to solve it as good and fast as they can. Things like this can happen and the “Welcome Home” already put me in the best mood, nothing could hurt my day.

Once we got our annual passes sorted we went to our room to get changed and do some swimming before making our way to our first Disney park for this trip. Epcot was the easy choice for us. It’s our favorite and we hoped to do a couple of rides before going to the Disney Vacation Club membership drink. Little did we know as we found queues of 120 minutes for Test Track. With no more FastPass for later, test track was going to be a No-No for today. We did get to see the Canada movie before going to the DVC drink at the Showcase pavilion. What a great venue! The free drinks where a little blah, but as they are free we should not complain. Got ourselves some Limited Annual Passes Christmas Disney pins before leaving the party and do some more of the Showcase attractions. France and Norway where the once we had time for before we had to go to the Grand Floridian. We had some dinner reservations at Citricos, a favorite of ours, and didn’t want to miss it. A great meal and great service, but I find it a little pricy. I know it’s a top notch restaurant, but we found it a little high. I know, we should know and understand (they are Disney prices), but for some reason it troubled us this time. I might have to cancel out second visit to this restaurant for this trip…

Working For the Mouse in Hawaii

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Looking for a job and want to work for the mouse? How about applying for a position at their newest Disney Vacation Club location in Hawaii! Disney will be filling in about 800 positions for their Disney’s Aulani Resort. For those interested in a position at the new resort can apply via the Disney career website. Disney will also be present at the WorkForce 2011 job fair on May 18. Disney will provide information about the resort and the job opportunities during the event. They will not accept applications during the WorkForce event as those are only accepted via their website for Aulani Jobs.

It is expected that Disney will fill a lot of the positions in May and June, but new jobs could be added to the site all the way up to December.

WorkForce will be held on May 18 in Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Disney’s Vero Beach… Booked!

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Do you remember the day you walked into one of the Disney parks… Was it love at first side? I am sure many of the readers here know what I am talking about. Most of us have set foot in the park to fall head over heals in love.

Well, the same happened during our last trip to Florida when we visited Disney’s Vero Beach. We fell in love with the place. It was going to be a one of, but the love is to strong and we had to add it to our next trip. So our Walt Disney World trip is starting to take form, with a portion of the Old Key West booking already done, Disney’s Vero Beach was the next bit we had to book. Checked our Disney Vacation Club points, did a quick calculation and where able to add 4 nights at this wonderful resort.

Make sure to visit the blog regularly as I will add pictures from the resort and from the other locations in and around Walt Disney World and Florida, including some trip reports too, once we are there.

Disney Vacation Club Vinylmation

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Disney Vacation Club members and Vinylmation collectors will have the chance  to add an exclusive to their collection. As of September 24 a new figure will be sold in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Although I try to stay away from yet another collectible item I must admit that I have a weakness for the Disney Vacation Club items and one of these might find a place on my shelves.

To obtain this Vinylmation you will need to show a valid Vacation Club Membership ID.

Special Sales Day at World of Disney

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

If you like shopping and you like discounts then you should put a note on your calendar. On July 24 World of Disney at Downtown Disney has a special and exclusive sales day set up for Walt Disney World annual and seasonal passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. All you need to do is turn up at the doors early in the morning with your pass and ID and get some deals for up to 50% discount. The event starts at 6:30 and ends at 9am.

That’s early, but might well be worth it.

The first 1000 people entering the shop will get a special gift. Early arrival is advised as this will be popular for sure. I know I would be there if I could.

Working on the Beach

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Vero Beach is a wonderful Disney Vacation Club location where the private beach area is one of the main reasons to visit. It’s a magical place me and my family fell in love with, but I wonder if a closed or partly closed beach might have a big impact on it. Luckily this doesn’t happen a lot but for those guest visiting or planning to go in February 2010 might feel that impact as Indian River County will start working on a critical nourishment project where the beach might not be accessible at all. Members and guest will be directed to public beaches during there stay. Those that did plan a visit in early February will get a letter from Disney regarding the beach accessibility during the weekdays. On weekends the beach will be open.

Trip Report: Location, Location, Location

Friday, November 20th, 2009

VeroBeach17sLocation, location, location… it’s important for everybody. If you buy a house for yourself, buy to let or if you go on holiday. Choosing a Disney Vacation Club location is no difference. You want the best place with all the fun and good stuff Disney is known for. So how to choose one place for your trip? Not always easy, so why not pick multiple places and move around a little. You’ll get to know the places and get your favorites picked by the end of the holiday.

On our last trip we got to stay at three of Disney’s Vacation Club resorts. So I though let’s compare them and share my thoughts on these three. Why my favorite is indeed my favorite and what other DVC location I would still want to visit and could be in the running to change my favorite in the future.

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Pool Side Dining at Kidani

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The new Kidani Disney Vacation Club resort at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is offering Pool side dining, and is following into the footsteps of the Swan And Dolphin, both hotels already offering such a pool side dining service. Orders can be placed at the Maji Bar. There are two options, a pool dining or the private dining option.

majiPool Dining
Club Sandwich with choice of chips or fruit ($8.49)
Caesar Salad with Tandoori Chicken ($9.19)
Fresh Fruit Cup ($3.39)
Carrots and Celery Sticks with dressing ($3.69)
Apple Slices ($3.49)
Frozen Novelties ($2.59)

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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).

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