Dreams Today are the same Dreams of 1956

Monday, April 21st, 2008

How many families dream about a Disneyland visit, How many do so today and how many did in the past. No matter what time, the dream stays the same. One family in 1956 had a dream like this, a dream that was fulfilled after buying scotch tape and winning 1 of 25 Disneyland trips. This happened in 1956. Now, in 2008, everybody is invited to a look into the past and enjoy a holiday Disneyland movie from the wining family made in 1956 by “dad”. The movie runs a good 34 minutes, but with fun editing and the added narrating it’s a nice look into the Disneyland past.

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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Disney Travel Show (Book While You Watch)

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

castledreamwdw1.jpgSo you are watching TV, watching a Disney travel show and then all you have to do is press those buttons and you can sit back, wait for Disney to call you and you can book the dream holiday you want.

Sounds easy enough…

…and it will be for about nine million subscribers on Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp to start with, and with more cable systems going live once they activate the interactive feature.

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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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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.

Welcome home… For real!

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

DVC-Disney-OKW1.jpgYes, yes, yes… I got a call from the Timeshare Store with the information that Disney is waiving their right to buy the Disney Vacation Club contract back I mentioned in my previous DVC blog entry.

That is it. I made it thru their Right of First Refusal and am now a proud owner of Disney Vacation Club points. 40 points at Old Key West are mine and with 40 banked point and 40 points coming in August 2007 I can start planning my first trip “home”

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Welcome Home… again (I hope) – DVC story continues

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

DVCOldKeyWest.jpg…or at least I hope it will be with this second try to get a Disney Vacation Club contract. (Last time I didn’t make it true Disney’s Right of First Refusal).

It has been a while since my last try but this was the first offer that was of interest for me. While I did get an offer for another contract before this one it wasn’t interesting because it was stripped for 2007, meaning no points before 2008. As I planned to be there in 2007 this would not have been a good choice.

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Happiest Celebration on Earth… Prize Value

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

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If you would like to see some of the Happiest Celebration on Earth prizes and what they are word head over to the Orlando Sentinal blog Dream Giveaways entry to see a value list.

Membership in the Disney Vacation Club (time-share condominium lease) – $83,701
Grand Marshal World Tour: 15-day tour of Disney’s 11 theme parks from Hong Kong to Paris – $45,370
Adventure By Disney: Viva Italia vacation with 9 days in Disney-affiliated resorts in Italy – $25,600

The combined value of all the prices is worth $17.4 million. Here you can see the previous blog entry with the full list (without Value) off all the prizes.

Happiest Celebration on Earth: The Prizes!

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Dreams1.jpgThere is a list on Mousesavers.com of all the prizes that are part of the “Happiest Celebration on Earth” event and even as we already knew some of them (like the world trip) the list is very impressive.

3 Grand Marshal World Tours (15-day/14-night trip for 4 people, visiting Disneyland® Park, Disney’s California Adventure® Park, Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disneyland® Resort Paris, Walt Disney Studios® Paris, Tokyo Disneyland® Resort, Tokyo Disney Sea® Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland® Resort).

The idea of winning the prize to visit all parks in a world trip sound totally awesome to me. I have been dreaming of doing this myself, but now Disney is making sure 3 parties of 4 people will have the honors of experience this amazing dream prize.

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