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2017 to finish strong with Membership Magic Ever After

Ryan March

by , Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

With Membership Magic Ever After generating a flood of Member-experience headlines in 2017, one could liken the process of consuming those headlines to drinking from the proverbial fire hose. So with about two thirds of this newsworthy year now behind us, I thought it might be helpful to take a breath and recap some 2017’s most impactful news while there’s still time to take advantage of these enhancements to the Member experience.

Member Lounge: Launched in 2016 as part of our Disney Vacation Club celebration of “25 years and beyond,” the Member Lounge on the second floor of the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot became an instant hit, welcoming more than 180,000 Members and special guests to this secluded (and delightfully air-conditioned) space during its first year. The lounge’s popularity prompted its extended operation in 2017, and I’m pleased to report that it’s currently scheduled to remain open throughout 2018. Stop by the lounge (entering through the Imagination! Pavilion’s merchandise shop) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily to enjoy comfortable seating areas, complimentary soft drinks, Wi-Fi service, device-charging stations, computers with printers, a children’s play area, access to Member Service Advisors and more.

Enhanced Member Services: Members continue to enjoy the new option of updating an existing reservation by directly contacting the same Member Service Advisor who helped book that reservation in the first place. And, beginning Sept. 10, Member Services will expand its operating hours to 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern on weekdays (currently 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern (previously 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) on weekends.

Member Events: Complimentary after-hours parties that turned Disney Parks into personal playgrounds for Members and special Guests in 2016 continued this year. Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic events kicked off this spring with parties at Magic Kingdom Park and this summer at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This year’s remaining Moonlight Magic slate includes already-booked-to-capacity parties at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and yet-to-be-booked parties at Disneyland Park (Nov. 15) and Epcot (Dec. 4 and 11). A variety of specially ticketed seasonal events, meanwhile, have allowed Members to celebrate everything from Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to New Year’s Day and Independence Day in distinctive fashion. Upcoming ticketed events at or near Disney Vacation Club Resorts include Halloween parties and winter-holiday dinners, while additional holiday offerings include discounted tickets for select nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. This year’s sold-out Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise (sailing Aug. 26-Sept. 2) will sail for the first time aboard the Disney Fantasy with the event’s first Eastern Caribbean itinerary, while the 2018 voyage will sail for the first time in the heart of summer (July 23-27, 2018). At the time of this posting, a limited number of staterooms remain available for the 2018 Member Cruise.

Ticket Offers: Members still have time to take advantage of two special Walt Disney World ticket offers, including a discount of at least 25 percent off the purchase of a Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass and a 7-Day Magic Your Way Ticket for the price of a 5-Day ticket. Both offers are available for purchase through Jan. 3, 2018.

Waived RCI fees: Members looking to travel the world may continue to book RCI Resort reservations without paying the $95 reservation fee by making reservations between now and the Dec. 31, regardless of travel date.

Visit disneyvacationclub.com to learn more about Member offerings available as part of Membership Magic Ever After, including reservation and purchase details where applicable.

In the meantime, what has been your favorite Membership Magic Ever After offering, and what are you excited to experience next?

You should not purchase a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort in reliance upon the continued availability of these Membership enhancements. Some, such as discounts, offers, and special events, known as Membership Extras, are incidental benefits and are subject to change or termination without notice and cannot be combined with other offers; some require a fee. New Members after April 4, 2016 who do not purchase their ownership interest directly from Disney will not have access to Membership Extras.

Comments

  • We have to plan when our current AP expires and when the new ones will kick in ! Our current AP expires in February 2018 and we plan to buy the 25% discounted ones and activate them in May 2018. We always get at least 3 uses (trips) out of each Annual Pass….spring, Fall ( Food and Wine) , then winter getaway from the snow. Thank You Mickey !

  • I just wish DVC Members on the West Coast could occasionally be given member benefits to utilize at DLR!!!!

  • The 25% discount for annual passes is a wonderful benefit/incentive. The membership lounge has been really nice also – can sit back, relax, charge phones, sip a drink…. A bit of a break from the park crowds. I wish DVC would expand this to the other parks. Talking with the same advisor has also been excellent… It would be nice to be able to leave them a message when they are not there when you call

  • Love the discount annual passes, discount special event tickets and the fabulous dvc party’s i.e. Moonlight madness!

  • The benefits are awesome! Not only do we get to be a proud member of DVC, enjoying premium resorts and memorable experiences, but we are treated with various discounts and events that are exceptional. My family had no choice but to take advantage of the amazing 25% Annual Platinum Plus Pass offer; we are in Canada, but with our new DVC contract, we will be visiting for 3-weeks this year. What a great annual pass deal! We saved enough on the tickets that we decided to book Signature restaurants for our next two stays with our saved money! And low and behold, we are getting 30% off of the signature dining! I love DVC!

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