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Animation Artist Dazzles Disney Vacation Club Members

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


To see artwork materialize right before your eyes is to appreciate a craft like never before.

That’s the experience Disney Vacation Club Members just enjoyed during their Member Cruise charter voyage aboard the Disney Dream ship. As part of an exclusive show titled “Artists at Work,” Walt Disney Animation Studios Visual Development Artist, Lorelay Bové, swiftly created (and later gave away) a character painting while sharing stories of her blossoming career live on stage.

Lorelay interned at Pixar Animation Studios before transitioning to the Visual Development Department at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where her credits now include work on the theatrical features “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” Wreck-It Ralph” and “Big Hero 6“; the shorts “The Ballad of Nessie,” “Tangled Ever After” and “Frozen Fever”; and the hit holiday series “Prep and Landing.” Up next for Lorelay is “Gigantic”, the recently announced 2018 Walt Disney Animation Studios feature set in Spain, where Lorelay was born.

The painting Lorelay created for Disney Vacation Club Members on stage reflects the distinctive style she employed in her classically conceived cover art for Walt Disney Records’ The Legacy Collection, an ongoing series of 12 albums celebrating milestone anniversaries of some of Disney’s most cherished creations. Lorelay’s illustrations honor Disney’s rich heritage while creating a unified look for the entire collection, which features beloved original soundtracks along with insightful documentary content that tells the story behind the music.

As Variety magazine recently named Lorelay one of the “10 Animators to Watch” – and as we at Disney Vacation Club always do what industry magazines tell us – we focused our camera on Lorelay’s on-stage work to give you this unique, time-lapse view of an extraordinary artist at work. Enjoy!

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Creative Forces Set Sail With Disney Vacation Club

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from beautiful Castaway Cay, where Disney Vacation Club Members have taken over the island! (Not by force, mind you. They were invited.)

Only months removed from our recent charter voyage to Alaska, Disney Vacation Club has traded white glaciers for white sands, going from the Klondike to the Caribbean and returning to the friendly confines of Disney’s private paradise for a rare second Member Cruise of the year. This typically once-a-year event has long been a highlight on many Members’ calendars, enhancing the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, in-room gifts, and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences created just for Members and their guests.

Our special-entertainment lineup of more than a dozen unique experiences is the first in Member Cruise history to feature presentations from each of the three creative forces most requested by our Member community: Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

Continuing a Member Cruise tradition, we kicked off our voyage with the dramatic reveal of our lineup through a mock movie trailer that debuted on the Disney Dream ship’s giant Funnel Vision screen as we sailed out of Port Canaveral.

I’ll leave you to enjoy the trailer while I get to the next important item on my agenda. As a movie-trailer narrator would say, “In a world where ‘work’ is a relative term, one magazine editor boldly searches for an open hammock!”

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Disney Vacation Club Explores Disney’s Wild West

posted on May 31st, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from somewhere between Ketchikan and Vancouver!

Today marks the final day of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, where our adventures through the Wild West have included a bit of time travel.

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Two of my very favorite people – Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline and Disney author and historian Tim O’Day – are taking members on an irreverent journey through “Disney’s Wild West,” one of several unique entertainment experiences created for this special charter voyage. Their fast-paced presentation uses filmed treasures and rare artifacts from the Walt Disney Archives to illustrate “8 Simple Rules for Enjoying Life in Disney’s Wild West.” If history class had been this entertaining, I would’ve paid far closer attention.

Becky and Tim asked if they could share some artifacts with all of you, and I always do what historians tell me.

I’ll leave them to show off their treasures while I go grab seats for “Broadway and Beyond: Songs We’re Wild About,” a new finale concert created by our friends from Disney Theatrical Productions. Man I’m going to hate seeing this voyage come to an end. By this time tomorrow, the artifacts will be back in their vault, the celebrities will be back doing whatever celebrities do, and my bed will be in the same zip code every night. Good thing there’s another Member Cruise in August!

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Disney Vacation Club Goes Wild About Goofy

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from Skagway, Alaska, gateway to the Klondike!

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Today marks Day 4 of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, and things are starting to get really Goofy here on the Disney Wonder. I’m joined by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the longtime voice of Goofy and one of the many special performers and presenters who are helping make this voyage unlike any other.

Bill recently earned a prestigious Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting for a Television Production – one of several Annie Awards garnered by the contemporary animated shorts that have returned Mickey Mouse, Goofy and other familiar characters to their squashing, stretching, comedic roots. We’re screening some of Bill’s favorite shorts during our voyage, including “Goofy’s Grandma,” the title that earned Bill his Annie.

I asked Bill to share a few insights with our friends here on the Disney Parks Blog, and he does just that in the video below. I’ve also included the “Goofy’s Grandma” short in its entirety so you can hear Bill’s award-winning performance for yourself.

I’ll be back in touch again before our voyage ends, but I need to run to get Bill back to the buffet. You wouldn’t like him when he’s hungry.

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Disney Vacation Club Sails Onward to Alaska

posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


My workplace looks a little different today. There are pine trees on the horizon instead of palms, I’m surrounded by water that appears oddly void of reptiles, and a curious number of people have cloaked themselves in some kind of woven, long-sleeved alternative to shirts called “sweaters.” Weird, but fun.

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Clearly, I’m not in Florida anymore. I’m in Canada. Or at least I was yesterday. I’m not sure exactly where I am today, but I know I’m somewhere between the port of Vancouver and the Tracy Arm Fjord, sailing with Disney Vacation Club Members aboard the Disney Wonder on our first Member Cruise to Alaska!

Always my favorite business trip and long a highlight on many Members’ vacation calendars, a Member Cruise is a Disney Vacation Club charter voyage that enhances the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, unique in-room gifts and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences for Members and their guests. This year’s entertainment lineup is as wild as our Alaskan itinerary (a dramatic departure from our traditional Bahamian Member Cruise itineraries), featuring everyone from contemporary filmmakers to dynamic stage and screen stars to insightful authors and historians.

Part of the fun of the Member Cruise experience is the surprise reveal of our lineup as we sail out of port. For this year’s epic voyage, we introduced our entertainment lineup with an epic movie trailer. I actually voiced the trailer’s “scratch track” before we hired a professional actor, and I now understand why those temporary recordings are called “scratch” tracks. Listening to my voice describe the lineup made me want to scratch my ears off. Fortunately, the final cut I now share with you kept me safely away from the microphone. You’re welcome.

I’ll check back later in the voyage to introduce you to some of our special guests. In the meantime, I’m off to see a presentation about bears. Maybe I’ll meet Kenai. Or Koda. Or Ditka!

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Disney Vacation Club Introduces Membership Magic

posted on January 30th, 2014 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


If you’re noticing an extra spring in the step of Disney Vacation Club Members, it could be because today marks the launch of Membership Magic, a diverse array of Membership enhancements, exclusive experiences and special perks. (Either that or members just happen to be wearing really springy shoes.)

“With Membership Magic, we are giving families even more to love about Disney Vacation Club,” said Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Vacation Club. “It’s our special way of thanking our members for being such a valued part of the Disney Vacation Club family.”

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The first wave of Membership Magic offerings (for those who have purchased a vacation ownership in Disney Vacation Club) includes new opportunities to see the world, new Walt Disney World Resort experiences created with Members in mind, new discounts to help stretch vacation dollars, a new online home for exclusive merchandise and more. The lineup also includes the annual Member Cruise voyage’s first summer sailing (August 24-28, 2014 aboard the Disney Dream ship), and two Membership-exclusive Adventures by Disney itineraries (New York City, and San Francisco & Napa).

Complete details about Membership Magic offerings, including availability and continuing access, are available now at DVCMember.com, and with more magic on the horizon (including offerings in California, Hawai`i and even at sea), look for Members’ collective step to get even springier.

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Building the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Less Than a Minute

posted on October 21st, 2013 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


“Step in Time” takes on new meaning when applied to the speedy team that built the newest addition to the Disney Vacation Club neighborhood – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Clearly fueled by more than just a “Spoonful of Sugar,” the crew in this video managed to construct the entire building in a remarkable 56 seconds!

Oh wait, it’s a time-lapse video. Why does that always trip me up? Still, what the team has created (at an average human speed) is nothing short of spectacular.

Like its sister resort, the new building celebrates the gracious grandeur and casual elegance of a time in which families traveled to Florida by railroad. The villas (which include a variety of artistic salutes to the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins“) welcome families “home” to that bygone era with interior spaces masterfully Imagineered in a style that many of us here at Disney Vacation Club have taken to calling “Main Street modern,” elevating turn-of-the-20th-century living with decidedly 21st-century amenities.

In the fall issue of Disney Files Magazine, Disney Vacation Club senior vice president and general manager Ken Potrock described the experience of exploring the villas as “walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A., with just a touch of Tomorrowland hiding around every corner.”

As Ken made no mention of the speed with which the building came together in this video, I can only assume he understands time-lapse photography better than I do.

The villas open this Wednesday, October 23.

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Virtual Disney Vacation Club Race Has Very Real Prize!

posted on November 1st, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


I’ve been spending a lot of time lately in virtual worlds, racing through amazing vacation destinations without even leaving my desk. Now lest you think I’m just playing around on the Internet when I should be working, that’s really not the case (at least not this time).

You see, I’ve been authorized to “play-test” a new Disney Vacation Club virtual board game, and I have to say it’s the most fun I’ve had playing a Disney game since “Where’s My Water?” started draining my phone battery. It’s officially called the “Disney Vacation Club Getaway Your Way Sweepstakes,” though I just call it “Cancel My Next Meeting…I’m Busy!”
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Every time you play, you get to explore three of the game’s five immersive worlds, each with its own vacation landscape to navigate and Disney Villain to race. The journey begins with “Safari Adventure,” where you race Simba’s unscrupulous uncle Scar through an African setting inspired in part by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas.

Just as Disney Vacation Club Members do in the real world, players in this virtual world then choose their own path, racing through two of the following four environments:

Along the way, you can earn virtual vacation points, collect and share digital souvenirs, avoid “Tourist Traps” and more.
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Let’s see, did I cover everything? Virtual worlds…choose your own adventure…collect cool stuff…Simba’s evil uncle…yep, I think that’s it. Oh wait, the prize!

Players may race once a day from now through January 31, 2013 (as many as 10 times total), at which time one randomly selected player’s virtual vacation points will become actual vacation points – the kind Disney Vacation Club Members use to book accommodations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts and hundreds of other destinations around the world. (Each round of game play counts as one entry in the sweepstakes, with racers earning a maximum of 10 entries.) Plus, the vacation points will be replenished annually for three years.

To learn more about the game and begin your adventure, visit www.disney.com/disneyvacationclub.

Good luck, adventurers…and “Kungaloosh!”


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Samantha Brown Shares ‘Stories from the Savanna’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

posted on August 31st, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


I feel compelled to begin this particular Disney Parks Blog post with a statement of my innocence. I have never, nor will I at any point in the future, stalk beloved television personality Samantha Brown.

That said, here’s my fourth post about the lovely Samantha and her latest travels through the Disney Vacation Club universe.

Having already taken our camera crew to Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i (twice) to soak up the warm tropical sun, and to the Disney Fantasy ship’s birthplace to soak up whatever kind of sun Germany offers in January, Samantha travels this time to Florida to bring you “Stories from the Savanna.”

As you may have guessed from the show title, the real star of this Disney Vacation Club online broadcast (no offense, Sam) is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, where the celebrated travel guru showcases the resort’s exotic beauty, immerses herself in African culture and pulls insider stories from Imagineers.

Here’s a little sneak peek of her African-inspired adventure.

Click here to learn more and to register for a time to watch the entire show, September 12-15.

Enjoy the show!

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Look below for more posts with Samantha Brown:

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Samantha Brown Explores the Disney Fantasy Ship

posted on March 26th, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


If my calculations are correct (which my childhood math teachers would find remarkable), this is my tenth post on the Disney Parks Blog, and my third involving travel-television personality Samantha Brown.

The first two posts on my unofficial “Samantha Beat” spoke of her role in Disney Vacation Club online broadcasts filmed on the island of O‘ahu, and they included some offhanded quips (one bitter, one gleefully smug) about whether or not I was in Hawai‘i during the shoots. While I can report in this third Samantha-centric post that I was not on set for the latest shoot aboard the Disney Fantasy, my feelings on the subject are decidedly less bitter – and this show is fantastic!

Viewers can get a sneak peek at the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet and learn more about the wide range of experiences available through Disney Vacation Club by visiting www.dvcwebevent.com and registering for an available on-demand viewing date.

For more posts with Samantha Brown, check out these below:

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