When you walk into one of the newly renovated villas at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you really notice a difference. I liked them before, but wow, they are really nice. The hardwood floors and whimsical window treatments caught my eye.
And I personally think they nailed it with the bedding. The warm colors are very elegant while still capturing the playful nature of Key West. The villas also have fancy new granite countertops, pretty new light fixtures and of course flat screen TVs. The housekeeping staff sure has fun creating the towel animals placed throughout the villas. Check out the images shot this week.
It is hard to believe but 15 years ago today the first off-site Disney Vacation Club Resort opened on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Cast members gathered around Disney’s Vero Beach Resort to mark opening day, Oct. 1, 1995. Now 15 years later the laid back resort has changed a bit since that day — most recently adding a 1,500-square-foot spa. But for most folks, the various changes throughout the years have been subtle enough that they still feel like they are “going home.” Wonder if cast members can spot themselves in the picture.
I haven’t posted for a few weeks because I was on vacation. It was a hodge-podge holiday combining family visits, a little business and some long overdue beach time. I was amazed to walk along the beach and see so much sea life – including star fish, jelly fish and even turtles.
The sea turtles have always fascinated me with their prehistoric looks. Secondly, it is hard to imagine how they lay their eggs and then head back to the sea leaving their helpless eggs to nest and then hatch on the beach. Luckily, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has a Sea Turtle Conservancy program to raise awareness about the threats that impact sea turtle nesting. This picture shows a loggerhead sea turtle, who had just laid its eggs, as part of Tour de Turtles. It was fitted with satellite transmitters and released to the sea. Disney’s Animal Programs researchers are tracking some 10 endangered sea turtles to learn more about their habits and migratory patterns. It’s a pretty cool program you can watch unfold on www.tourdeturtles.org.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.