Ten years ago today, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge welcomed its first guests. The resort continues to be popular with Disney Vacation Club members because of its great guest service and its comfortable, rustic theme. I personally think it is a special place because it captures a homespun ambiance and sense of adventure of the great American Northwest National Park lodges at the turn of the century. The 114 two-bedroom villas connect to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Is this one of your favorites? Please let us know in comments.
posted on November 15th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Did you know that Thanksgiving brunch at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is an annual tradition for many locals? Besides the typical display of turkey and stuffing, the chefs add a little Florida to the menu with chilled seafood like snow crab, poached salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp and mussels. It’s a spread I thought a few of you would want to know about. There’s a ton of fave veggies and sides too, and even a kids menu for those fussy munchkins. It’s priced at $30.99 and $16.99 for ages 9 and under and reservations are required. Buffet is open from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. so come hungry, and be grateful.
posted on October 22nd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
I just wanted to let you know if you couldn’t get tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, you can still trick-or-treat at Walt Disney World Resort. On both Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, kids can don costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Downtown Disney. There are at least 20 shops and restaurants throughout the West Side, Pleasure Island and the Marketplace that will offer goodies from 5-9 p.m. There’s also a kid’s DJ dance party at the Waterside Stage, a magician, stilt walkers, storytelling and a few other happy haunts. Sounds like fun for the whole family!
posted on October 6th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
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.
posted on October 1st, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
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.
posted on September 3rd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Today, guests staying at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort got a sneak peek of the lovely new spa operated by local spa guru Tanja McGuire Incorporated. Of course, traditional treatments like Swedish massages and mani/pedis are offered, but a few items on the menu got my mouth watering.
How do these sound? A Coconut Hydrating Facial with oils and chunks of ripe coconut, a hydrating Strawberry Rhubarb replenishing facial or a Mango Enzyme Exfoliating Wrap. They sound dreamy to me.
posted on August 11th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
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.
posted on July 29th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Hi everyone…some 7,000 miles away, our sister park Tokyo Disneyland celebrated the grand opening of its first Disney Vacation Club Model Showroom at the Ikspiari shopping and dining complex.
In the 15,000-square-foot showroom, visitors can walk through an actual model room of Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. Kids can revel in the fun with a play area and other interactive zones. Here is an image from the opening ceremony.
posted on July 13th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
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 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.