Disney Launches Vacation Gifting Site

Disney has launched GiveDisneyVacations.com. The site is a new way to gift someone something as little as a $25 gift card and other gifting options all the way up to to an Adventures by Disney vacation or even a membership with Disney Vacation Club.

Guests can choose from Disney Gift Cards, Theme park tickets, and entire vacations with Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney World Resort.

As a special introductory offer, available now through November 15th, guests can purchase a special Walt Disney World Resort package for any time during the 2018 calendar year. The package will consist of a 6-Night/7-Day room and ticket package at one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts for $96 per person, per night. The resort package will be delivered in a special holiday gift box, and delivery is guaranteed before December 15th.

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Walt Disney World Extends Annual Passholder Dining Promotion

Walt Disney World’s 45th Anniversary Annual Passholder dining promotion has been extended until late December of this year.

The promotion that was announced on October 1st was originally planned to expire in September increased the discounts that are in effect for both Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

A 20% discount is available for Annual Passholders at the following Walt Disney World table and quick service restaurants.

  • Lottawatta Lodge, Blizzard Beach
  • Disney Food Trucks, Disney Springs
  • D-Luxe Burger, Disney Springs
  • Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Tiffins, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • The Mara, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Jiko, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Bakery, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Boardwalk Pizza, Window Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • ESPN Sports Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Flying Fish, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • The Wave Disney’s, Contemporary Resort
  • Trail’s End Restaurant, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Citricos, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Grand Floridian Café, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Narcoossee’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • ABC, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Hollywood & Vine, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Olivia’s Café, Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Kona Café, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Artist Point, Disney’s Wildnerness Lodge
  • Whispering Canyon Café, Disney’s Wildnerness Lodge
  • Cape May Café, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Captain’s Grille, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Electric Umbrella, Epcot
  • Liberty Inn, Epcot
  • The Garden Grill, Epcot
  • Biergarten Restaurant, Epcot
  • Coral Reef Restaurant, Epcot
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room, Epcot
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Peco’s Bills, Magic Kingdom
  • Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen, Magic Kingdom
  • Leaning Palms, Typhoon Lagoon

The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Debuts Family Meal Kit

The ability to prepare and enjoy a family meal in a spacious Disney Vacation Club villa has long been part of the magic of Membership … and a new meal kit at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is making it easier than ever to take advantage of a villa’s kitchen and dining area.

Priced at $49 plus tax and available for a limited time at the resort’s Artist’s Palette marketplace, the meal kit for four features Rigatoni Fiesolana (Rigatoni pasta with creamy tomato sauce, sausage, portabella mushrooms, parmesan and fresh basil) and comes with a large garden salad, garlic bread sticks and baking instructions.

Note that full kitchens are available in one-bedroom villas and larger accommodations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Deluxe Studios are not equipped to prepare this meal option.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort to Re-Open Today

The Disney Vacation Club has announced that Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on the east coast of Florida is reopening today after being closed for nearly a week due to Hurricane Irma.

DVC has also announced that it’s other beach-side resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will tentatively reopen on September 18th.

New Disney Vacation Club Riviera Resort to be Built Near Epcot

Disney announced at D23 Expo 2017 that they have plans to build a brand new Disney Vacation Club Resort near to Epcot called Disney Riviera Resort.

The new resort is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, featuring 300 accommodation units, and linked via the new Disney Skyliner gondola system.

“We’re thrilled to announce plans for a new Disney Vacation Club property called Disney Riviera Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort,” Chapek said. “Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.”

Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, said, “The opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in just a few days and the announcement of our next planned development, Disney Riviera Resort, demonstrate the incredible momentum underway at Disney Vacation Club. Our members tell us over and over again how much they love the outstanding accommodations and the value and flexibility of a Disney Vacation Club Membership, as well as the unique location to our growing and evolving theme parks and the exclusive member experiences and benefits they get from our Membership Extras program.”

Land for the new Disney Riviera Resort will come from the recently demolished section of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort Awarded AAA Four Diamond Rating

If you’ve ever visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, you know this Disney Vacation Club resort, oozing with Old Florida charm, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing beach vacation.

AAA, one of the leading sources of travel ratings in the industry, has recognized Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and its cast members with a coveted Four Diamond rating, an honor that goes to fewer than six percent of the nearly 28,000 hotels approved by the travel company. According to AAA, “A Four Diamond hotel is refined and stylish, providing upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

We are honored to receive such a coveted rating and proud of the resort’s cast members for achieving such high marks!

Located on Florida’s East Coast just a two hours’ drive from Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort immerses visitors in its themes of citrus, treasure and the environment. The resort boasts a variety of water-themed activities, including access to the warm waters of the Atlantic, a children’s water play area, a miniature golf course, a Mickey Mouse-shaped swimming pool complete with a water slide and so much more.

Situated on one of the most active sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida, sea turtles are an important part of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. As part of Disney’s overall commitment to sea turtle conservation, a team of Disney researchers track sea turtle nests on several miles of the beach near the resort to help protect them and study what factors contribute to the successful hatching of sea turtle nests. From May to October, members and guests can observe the nesting season of threatened or endangered sea turtles such as loggerheads and leatherbacks during special outings with Disney sea turtle experts.

New to the resort is Wind & Waves, a dining experience that includes a grill focused on fresh, local seafood and produce, a market with grab-and-go meals and a poolside bar. This Florida-themed food experience offers something for every dining style.

Not only is the food amazing, but the accommodations at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort are stunning. Situated along the beautiful Atlantic coastline, Deluxe Studios, Inn rooms and one- and two-bedroom villas offer an assortment of options for your family, making this resort a truly unique Disney retreat.

Disney Vacation Club Sets Opening Date for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Sales for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, will begin next week. Current Disney Vacation Club Members will have the first chance to purchase real estate interests beginning on March 8, with general sales following on April 5.

The resort, which is currently under construction, also has a scheduled opening date: July 17. Once open, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will be the 14th Disney Vacation Club development and the second at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers Disney Vacation Club Members and guests a new frontier for magical vacations where the comforts of home and the wonders of the wilderness are deeply rooted in the magic of Disney. Inspired by the legendary mining and railroad history of the Pacific Northwest, Members and guests will discover rustically elegant accommodations, where cozy touches mix with modern designs to create a tranquil retreat.

Offering one of the widest ranges of accommodations found at Walt Disney World Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will feature 184 modern, nature-inspired vacation homes, including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, and even three-bedroom Grand Villas, which sleep up to 12.

The new resort will also include 26 all-new luxurious waterfront cabins. Sleeping up to eight and featuring two bedrooms, two baths and large dining and living room spaces, the cabins’ floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed wooden beams and interior-exterior stone-hearth fireplace bring the beauty of the outdoors in, and offer plenty of room for families. After a long day of fun at the nearby theme parks, guests can return to their porch and relax in the built-in hot tub. Some even enjoy a view of the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake!

Additional developments at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge include the recently opened Geyser Point Bar & Grill, an open-air lounge overlooking Bay Lake. The resort’s quick-service restaurant, Roaring Fork is also undergoing refurbishments and is scheduled to reopen later this year with a refreshed look and expanded outdoor seating. Boulder Ridge Cove pool, a modern-day swimmin’ hole, will also open this summer.

Those in search of extra pampering will want to stop by the all-new Salon by the Springs for poolside manicures, pedicures and hair services scheduled to open this summer.

Walt Disney World Files Plans for Expansion of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Walt Disney World has filed permits for a large expansion project at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

According to the filed permits there will be an addition of seven new buildings that will include one large multi-level building, which appears to be home to a large number of guest rooms.

The plans show that the new large building will occupy land that is part of the existing Barbados village of the resort, which will apparently be demolished for the expansion.

Along with new construction, there are also changes planned for the roadways and retention ponds.

According to the permits work will begin in 2017 with an estimated completion sometime in 2019. Disney has not made any official announcement regarding this project. It isn’t clear yet whether Disney Vacation Club villas, that have been rumored for the resort, will be part of the development.

Height test balloons were spotted over the resort in September of 2016, which has lead to heightened speculation that a new development was imminent.

Disney Vacation Club Continues Moonlight Magic After-Hours Events for 2017

Disney Vacation Club will continue to offer “Moonlight Magic” after-hours events for its members at Walt Disney World for 2017.

The complimentary, after-hours events at Disney Parks feature shorter-than-usual wait times at some of the parks’ most popular attractions, special entertainment and character appearances and complimentary treats.

DVC has released the following schedule for 2017 Moonlight Magic:

  • Magic Kingdom – February 24 and March 3 2017
  • Epcot – December 4 2017 and December 11 2017
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – September 6 2017 and September 13 2017
  • Typhoon Lagoon Water park – June 22 2017; June 28 2017; July 5 2017; July 13 2017.

Reservations are required, and can be made online at the Membership Magic Ever After page.

Being a Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holder Just got Better

As of October 1st, increased discounts are in effect for both Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

  • A 10% discount at Disney operated Walt Disney World Table Service restaurants (excluding Victoria and Alberts)
  • A 20% discount at Disney operated Walt Disney World shops, including purchases made on the Shop Disney Parks app

Through September of 2017, a 20% discount is available for Annual Passholders at the following Walt Disney World table and quick service restaurants.

  • Lottawatta Lodge, Blizzard Beach
  • Disney Food Trucks, Disney Springs
  • D-Luxe Burger, Disney Springs
  • Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Tiffins, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • The Mara, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Jiko, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Bakery, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Boardwalk Pizza, Window Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • ESPN Sports Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Flying Fish, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • The Wave Disney’s, Contemporary Resort
  • Trail’s End Restaurant, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Citricos, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Grand Floridian Café, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Narcoossee’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • ABC, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Hollywood & Vine, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Olivia’s Café, Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Kona Café, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Artist Point, Disney’s Wildnerness Lodge
  • Whispering Canyon Café, Disney’s Wildnerness Lodge
  • Cape May Café, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Captain’s Grille, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Electric Umbrella, Epcot
  • Liberty Inn, Epcot
  • The Garden Grill, Epcot
  • Biergarten Restaurant, Epcot
  • Coral Reef Restaurant, Epcot
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room, Epcot
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Peco’s Bills, Magic Kingdom
  • Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen, Magic Kingdom
  • Leaning Palms, Typhoon Lagoon

Along with the increase in discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders, Disney has also announced a promotion for purchasing new passes.

Guests who purchase a 12-month pass will now get 13 months of park entry for the price of 12.

New passes must be purchased between October 2nd of 2016 and January 3rd of 2017. Prices vary depending on pass type selected – Weekday Select, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus.