One of my favorite DVC Resorts (and the very first one on Disney property) Disney’s Old Key West Resort is getting a facelift. A major room refurbishment is underway that will make them feel fresh, more high tech and modern. I am psyched about the new flat–panel TVs, gorgeous granite countertops and the addition of a sleeper chair in the one and two bedroom villas. The rooms will feel brand new with comfy bedding and pillows, drapes, rugs, chairs, carpeting, lamps and furniture. It will take place building by building and I will get photos soon.
posted on July 13th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
posted on July 1st, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Hi everyone – today marks a milestone for Disney Vacation Club. Vacationers seeking sea, sun and sand can now purchase a real estate interest in Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina Hawai’i.
The long-awaited and first-ever destination resort joins ten other Disney Vacation Club properties in the collection. This family friendly oceanfront resort is scheduled to open Fall 2011. To learn more about Disney Vacation Club and Aulani, call 800-500-3990 or visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.
Also, check back here for more updates on the Resort.
posted on June 29th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
To me, the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs are a peaceful retreat from the excitement of the theme parks. This DVC Resort takes me to my happy place – in the wilderness, surrounded by nature. If you take a stroll at the resort you might stumble upon a recent find of mine. Colorful wildflowers and flowering plants have created the perfect butterfly habitat. Gorgeous butterflies flutter around a sunny enclave they call home. It’s just a beautiful site.
posted on June 22nd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Ready to relax? Later this summer Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will expand its spa offerings –which means more pampering for guests. The nautical-themed Spa at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will feature two massage rooms, a wet treatment room for body scrubs and wraps, a mani/pedi room and a relaxation room. The 1,000-square-foot retreat is scheduled to open in mid-August. I am so there…
posted on June 16th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Ahoy mateys!! Pirate fever has made its way to the beach, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort to be exact. Shutters restaurant at Disney’s Vero Beach is having some swashbuckling fun this summer with a special Pirate Character dinner every Monday night hosted by Pirate Goofy and Pirate Donald. It’s an all-you-can-eat feast with guava barbeque ribs, rotisserie chicken, brisket, barbeque pulled pork and loads of favorite sides that I thought you’d like to know about. It’s $26.99 and $12.99 for ages 3-9 thru Labor Day.
posted on May 21st, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Hi everyone, there’s a cool service for Disney Vacation Club members that saves time and money. Did you know that you can go to a special web site and preorder groceries? Dairy, fruit, cereal, laundry detergent, frozen items and more, are all available at reasonable prices. The items are magically delivered to the DVC villa for a small delivery fee, plus the price of the items selected. This is a great way for guests to cut costs and utilize the DVC kitchen facilities at mealtimes.
posted on April 30th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Hi everyone…I had to share this beautiful image overlooking the crescent-shaped lagoon from the 9th floor of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i. I am happy to report that construction for our newest Disney Vacation Club Resort is right on track. We actually reached a construction milestone today, as we ended the vertical construction phase of our 15-story oceanfront resort with a “topping off” ceremony.
posted on April 7th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
This summer, Disney Vacation Club is scheduled to open the doors of its first ever international sales preview center at Tokyo Disney Resort. The 15,000-square-foot interactive center will give guests a peek at Disney Vacation Club resort hotels as well as other vacation offerings Disney offers. Guests can see for themselves a two-bedroom model of the vacation home accommodations that DVC members and families can expect to find on the island of O’ahu at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. And kids won’t be bored because Disney designed a supervised play area and interactive family discovery zone within the space. Check out this first artist rendering.
posted on April 6th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
If you are a DVC member or hotel guest staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Kidani Village you are in for a treat. The six-acre Pembe Savannah has a huge collection of animals including nyala, impala, waterbuck, spur-winged geese, ground hornbill, red river hogs and okapi. Because of space limitations it is uncommon for an exhibit to have so many different species interacting with each other — like they might in the wild. My personal favorite is the okapi. It is such an odd looking animal with stripes like a zebra yet also giraffe like. Okapi are actually pretty rare with fewer than 100 okapi located in just over 20 locations. In this picture, the red river hog seems quite happy sharing space with the okapi. All one big happy family.
posted on March 25th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
You’d never know it about me, but I like cars. I’ve been to the Daytona 500 … and loved it. When I met my husband, he drove a ‘63 split window Corvette. I grew up going to “cruises” on Saturday nights with my dad in his muscle cars. And, I know what a Hemi is. So, it’s a dream come true that you can now build a one-of-a-kind remote control race car and bring it to life at Ridemakerz, a new custom toy car shop that opened today at Downtown Disney.
This high-octane experience houses full-size hot rods, plus fire engines, racecars, dump trucks with more than 649 million combinations to trick them out. The fun revs up at Downtown Disney West Side in the old Virgin Megastore venue. Please check back for video of the grand opening today.
UPDATE: New video has been added below from the Ridemakerz opening.