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Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Aloha Kakahiaka!

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Janelle Sanqui, Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! I’m Janelle, the first Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. You may have heard my story in the “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana” series. I have the privilege of sharing the unique combination of Disney magic and aloha spirit of Hawai‘i and Aulani with all of you!

Here in Hawai‘i, the word “aloha” is used as a greeting. It also means to have love, honor, and respect for everyone. There is a Hawaiian greeting for any time of day! Throughout this new series, I will share those greetings and a few ways you can experience aloha at Aulani from sunrise to well past sundown.

Let’s begin this series with the start of the day. Aloha kakahiaka means good morning!

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I love the calm that the start of the day brings. The Hawaiian word for calm or quiet is wailana, and a morning walk through the Waikolohe Valley to Aulani’s Wailana Coffee Bar is the perfect way to enjoy a quiet morning before kick-starting your day with a specialty coffee.

Maybe you are mikimiki or energetic in the morning? Be sure to visit the Mikimiki Fitness Center or try a sunrise yoga session on the beach. Aulani’s fitness team offers a variety of energizing classes for those looking for an active start to the day. A few of my favorite morning fitness activities are the premium paddleboard yoga experience and Splash and Dash Fitness.

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If visiting Aulani makes you want to sing and dance first thing in the morning, Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki is the place for you and your ‘ohana. During this fun and interactive character breakfast, we share the flavors and food of Hawai‘i while celebrating through song and dance with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy, who are also on vacation at Aulani just like you!

How will you start your day at Aulani?

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It’s a Beautiful Day on Bay Lake at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Happy Monday! Looks like it’s a great one from our view of Bay Lake from the Disney Vacation Club property Bay Lake Tower.

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Who’s ready for a day on the water with water sports provided by Sammy Duval’s?

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Celebrate 25 Years of Disney Vacation Club By Downloading This Commemorative Wallpaper

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


This year is special, because we’re honoring 25 years of Disney Vacation Club. With more than 200,000 Member families calling our 13 Disney Vacation Club Resorts “home” we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the year than by creating this commemorative downloadable wallpaper.

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Can you spot your favorite Disney Vacation Club Resort represented here?

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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A Mom’s Take: Making Family Vacations a Priority Thanks to Disney Vacation Club

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Do you make vacations a priority for your family? Disney Parks Moms’ Panelist Kate says that before joining Disney Vacation Club, her family didn’t vacation often enough. See what she has to say about how being a Disney Vacation Club Member enhanced her family’s ability to take regular vacations.

For 2016, why not make a resolution to travel more often and spend quality time together as a family with Disney Vacation Club?

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Disney Vacation Club Members Join Together to Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially since we get to welcome home so many of our Disney Vacation Club Members to celebrate the holidays during our Merry Member Mixers.

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Between mingling with Mickey and rocking around the Christmas tree, we love that our Members also took the time to come together as one Disney Vacation Club family and bring some cheer to others in need.

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Hundreds of Members and their guests of all ages visited our Disney VoluntEARS stations where they helped make birthday cards for ill children, send well wishes to service men and women and paint special Disney murals that will be donated to children’s hospitals.

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We couldn’t ask for more dedicated Disney Vacation Club Members, and we’re so thankful that they joined us this time of year to support great causes and share in giving a little Disney magic. Together, we were able to create a brighter world.

There’s still one more Merry Member Mixer left this season and you can find out more details here.

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Ghirardelli’s Comin’ to (Down)Town Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

If you’re looking for holiday treats, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers a new opportunity. Beginning today – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Ghirardelli will have a seasonal holiday store, located next to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center across from Rainforest Café.

For the shopping convenience of Downtown Disney District guests, the seasonal retail location offers a variety of beautifully wrapped gifts, limited-edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, classic bars and SQUARES, pick-and-mix chocolates, novelties and more.

Please note that this is a merchandise-only location. For the Ghirardelli ice cream experience, please visit the location in Disney California Adventure park.

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Explore the Disneyland Dream Suite

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


Part of the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise (a charter voyage that enhances 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) is its unique ability to take some of Disney’s biggest fans to places beyond those on the ship’s itinerary. Whether we’re “traveling” behind the scenes with filmmakers or into the minds of artists, back in time with historians or into the future with Imagineers, some of these voyages’ most memorable moments don’t involve a port of call.

While these unique experiences typically play out on the ship’s numerous stages, the revelations periodically extend to stateroom televisions, where exclusive content allows families to further explore a topic or place featured in an onstage presentation.

Our August 2015 voyage, for example, featured a rare look inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above the Disneyland firehouse as part of a special celebration of Walt in the ship’s Buena Vista Theatre. Upon returning to their staterooms, Members and their Guests explored another planned Walt Disney residence through an on-camera tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite, a stunning New Orleans Square hideaway once envisioned as a more spacious apartment for Walt and his family.

The 9-minute video features the perspectives of renowned Imagineer Kim Irvine, explores the suite’s uniquely themed rooms and demonstrates the charming effects that come to life in surprising fashion.

To help more Disney fans enjoy this imaginative space during the ongoing Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Disney Vacation Club is pleased to now share that video with all of you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We leave you to enjoy the tour while we continue planning our next Member Cruise, sailing September 28 – October 2, 2016, out of a new port for the event – New York City! The Big Apple is inspiring some big ideas for this voyage, which our Members will begin booking on November 15.

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A Mom’s Take: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


There are 13 Disney Vacation Club Resorts spanning from Florida to South Carolina, California and Hawai’i. Every Member has a favorite place to stay. For Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette, her favorite Disney Vacation Club Resort is also her home Resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village.

See for yourself what makes this resort a favorite for Juliette:

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Summer may be over, but the summertime magic never ends at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida. This Disney Vacation Club Resort, located two hours southeast of Walt Disney World Resort, is a relaxing hideaway that offers warm sand and sparkling blue waters. And because it’s a Disney Vacation Club Resort, you can book larger rooms – 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and even 3-bedroom Beach Cottages – all with full kitchens, making it the perfect spot for an extended family getaway.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is one of my very favorite places, and Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette agrees. Watch this video to see why she loves vacationing there with Disney Vacation Club.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


When it comes to vacations, I’m all about flexibility.

I like to vacation at all different times of the year, sometimes for a long weekend and other times for an extended stay. For special occasions, I even like to bring friends and family with me. If you’re like me, then Disney Vacation Club might just provide the sort flexibility you’re looking for when vacationing.

Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette agrees. She shares her reasons for becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member, and how it’s changed the way her family vacations.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms Panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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