Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Mar. 08, 2003 9:15 am/pm
An "Edu-taining" Earful of Facts About Disney's Vacation Ownership Program
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) includes more than 64,000 member families from over 60 different countries.
Unlike traditional timeshare offerings, Disney Vacation Club members are not locked into a single week or fixed time period for their vacation. The club provides unprecedented flexibility and exclusive privileges and services to its members, including the opportunity to annually customize their vacation plans by selecting the time of the year, length of stay, size of accommodation and location of their choice.
Deeded in real estate, members access their DVC ownership through a vacation point system. Members receive an annual allotment of vacation points that can be used in a variety of ways for different types of accommodations at a wide variety of resorts and for other vacation experiences, subject to availability. They can bank or borrow vacation points, use their vacation points in combination with renting accommodations on a cash basis, or can purchase an additional real estate interest at any time (FACT: the average member visits the Walt Disney World Resort twice a year).
Disney Vacation Club “sold out” of memberships at its first three Walt Disney World Resort ownership properties, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas and The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. These swift sell outs led to the early introduction of the Company’s newest resort to debut this summer at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Beach Club Villas.
The collection of distinctive Disney Vacation Club resorts includes Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Beach Club Villas, all at Walt Disney World in Florida; Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Florida; and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Company also has two further proposed ownership properties planned for development at Walt Disney World – a project at the Disney Institute resort (scheduled to in spring 2004) and a resort near the award-winning Disney’s Eagle Pines Golf Course.
New members can join Disney Vacation Club for a one-time purchase price that starts at just $12,000. (FACT: DVC’s “Magical Beginnings” program allows Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort guests to apply up to $2,000 of their current Disney resort stay towards the purchase of their membership in exchange for a portion of their first allotment of vacation points so guests can start enjoying the benefits of being a member right away).
Disney Vacation Club members can also elect to use their vacation points for stays at most Walt Disney World Resort properties, the Disneyland Resort hotels in Anaheim, California, and four Disneyland Paris hotels in France (FACT: The most popular member exchange request is for The Disney Collection, which includes Disney Cruise Line sailings and Walt Disney World hotel stays at such properties as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa).
Members have a world of vacation choices, literally, through the Member Getaways program. From African safaris to white water rafting in Oregon to biking in Tuscany, Italy, and skiing the French Alps, the possibilities of Disney Vacation Club membership are endless.
For seafarers, Disney Vacation Club members can choose to use their membership for exciting Caribbean cruises aboard Disney Cruise Line and exotic Alaskan sailings with Holland America Line.
Disney Vacation Club can assist qualified members with flexible financing towards the purchase of their ownership interest.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort near Vero Beach, Florida, opened on October 1, 1995 (FACT: the resort was the first Disney hotel to be built outside the boundaries of the theme parks).
Members are kept informed about the club family through its Vacation Magic newsletter that offers helpful program information, member stories, DVC resort vacation tips, exclusive member merchandise and discounts/privileges and special previews of upcoming Disney events.
DVC members are offered a variety of special Disney discount offers (FACT: DVC members receive a 10% discount at The Disney Store locations nationwide).
Disney Vacation Club features a trained staff of vacation planning professionals Vacation Advisors who help members plan every aspect of their vacations and answer their questions about the program (FACT: In 2001, DVC Member Services representatives processed more than 400,000 member phone calls and over 300,000 member faxes and Internet email queries).
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, opened March 1, 1996 (FACT: it is the first Disney hotel to open outside the Company’s theme park properties in Florida and California).
Disney Vacation Club’s second resort to open at Walt Disney World Resort was Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, a mixed-use property located within the festive 45-acre Disney's BoardWalk Resort waterfront hotel and entertainment district (FACT: in a year’s time, each of the rolling chairs which transport guests daily along the lakefront boardWalk will have logged more miles than the distance between Coney Island, NY, and Atlantic City, NJ).
Opened on November 15, 2000, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the Company’s newest resort. Here guests are transported back in time to the great American frontier as they experience this cozy 136-room getaway inspired by the late 19th century railroad hotels that welcomed visitors to the Old West. (FACT: a special part of the resort houses a collection of train memorabilia and artwork, including an exhibit featuring two of Walt Disney's personal scale-model railroad cars.)
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Source: Walt Disney World
RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator