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Disney’s Polynesian Resort Announced as Next Disney Vacation Club Location

After much speculation, it's official. Disney's Polynesian Resort is the next location for the Disney Vacation Club.

This announcement came via press release that was quickly shared online, and comes after much debate as to where they next DVC location might be. The newest DVC property, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, is scheduled to open on October 23.

Disney Parks and H2O Plus Expand on Alliance Relationship

We all know and love (and take home) the H2O Plus products found in the rooms at Disney resorts. Now as part of a new deal with Disney, H2O Plus products will be available at Aulani in Hawaii and internationally at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Resort Paris.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Go on Sale This Week

Earlier this week, Disney Vacation Club's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ken Potrock shared some exciting news on the DVC Facebook page. This Thursday, May 23, the 12th DVC Resort, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, go on sale exclusively to DVC members.

Walt Disney World Resort Receives New Tennis Lesson Provider

Earlier this month, Orlando Tennis Services, LLC was named as Walt Disney World Resort's new tennis lesson provider.

It looks like any WDW Resort guest will be able to take part in tennis lessons. The cost for lessons is $90 per hour, and guests need not own or bring their own equipment to receive lessons as it's provided. Tennis courts are available for lessons at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Board Walk Resort, Bay Lake Tower, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a ten percent discount on lessons.

Monorail Hours Changed

The Walt Disney World monorail's hours have been changed because of work on the DVC addition at the Grand Floridian.

Guests can expect the Magic Kingdom resort loop to be closed each day from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The change started March 2nd and it is said Disney is planning to have the work done by the end of March.

New DVC Unit Coming In 2013

Back in March, we brought you news about an upcoming addition to Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa. While there was speculation at the time that this upcoming addition might be a new set of time share units, we now know this to be true as Disney recently annouced it would be constructing a time share addition to the Grand Floridian.

WDW Moms Panel Seeking Applications Starting September 12

Walt Disney World is seeking a few good moms to join their 2012 Moms Panel. Starting September 12 at 9 a.m. ET, applications can be submitted for consideration of joining the ranks of panelists who provide information and guidance to those planning Disney vacations.

This year, those who are knowledgeable about Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney, runDisney and Disney Vacation Club are being sought to join the panel.

Interested in applying for the panel? Here are the necessary qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old.

Disney Names New DVC Exec

Just a few days ago, we reported that Disney had let go its top DVC executive. It looks like they now have a replacement in Claire Bilby.

Ms. Bilby was appointed by Disney as the senior vice president of the Disney Vacation Club on Monday. The announcement came about three days after Disney fired the previous president Jim Lewis as well as two other executives. Financial difficulties concerning Aulani, a Hawaiian-based Disney resort set to open soon, may have lead to the dismissal of the executives and appointment of the experienced Ms. Bilby to the position.

DVC President Fired

Management changes and shake ups continue at Disney. Last Friday, the company fired Jim Lewis, president of the Disney Vacation Club.

Disney confirmed the change on Friday. Spokeswoman Rena Langley said, "We wish Jim Lewis well in his future endeavors and we plan to announce his successor in the near future." Lewis had been president of the DVC since 2006.

Grand Floridian Spa Closing in September

Walt Disney World will soon be down to one full-service spa as the spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will be shutting down temporarily starting September 19.

Last Friday, Disney spokesman Brian Malenius stated, "We are in the early stages of an expansion project at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa." He went on to add the spa will "temporarily close this fall as part of a planned renovation."

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Should Disney Continue with Stand Alone Hotels?

It was announced last month that The Walt Disney Company has canceled plans to build a 500 room National Harbor resort in Washington, D.C. Disney purchased the 15 acres in May of 2009 for $11 million.

Looking to build a stand-alone Disney branded hotel, they pulled out with Disney spokeswoman Kristin Nolt Wingard stating, "Given the full slate of expansion currently underway at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the timing isn't right to proceed with another new project of this scale."

A Glimpse at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort was one of the first two hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. It has become an Disney World icon and a favorite among many guests.

Disney Vacation Club

The Disney Vacation Club is a great way to own a piece of Disney and get to stay at some incredible resorts. DVC is Disney's version of a vacation ownership program where members buy in at a certain number of points and then have the flexibility to travel where and when they want.

While most people are probably already familiar with DVC there are probably at least few that aren't (don't worry I didn't know a whole lot either.) So I set out to learn a little more about the DVC and share it with you all!

Owner's Locker

Do you ever tire of having to bring the same bag of essentials to Disney World every year? What if there was a way to not have to lug the things you use at Disney World home and back every time you visit?

Owner's Locker is an Orlando based company that provides just that. As an Owner's Locker member you can store your vacation gear in one of their signature purple lockers and have it delivered to your resort every time you visit.

Top of the World Lounge

The Top of the World Lounge is a special gem reserved for Disney Vacation Club Members and their guests staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort's Bay Lake Tower. High up on the on the 16th floor of the tower, this retro-modern retreat offers 77 seats and a full service bar overlooking the Magic Kingdom.

A Visit to Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Planning an end of summer vacation, but find yourself in a debate between a visit to Disney or soaking up some sun at the beach? Well, on Florida's Atlantic coast, there's a place that is the best of both worlds...Disney's Vero Beach Resort.

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Disney on a Budget: Discount Accommodations

Staying at a Disney resort can be a big chunk of your vacation budget. Here we have compiled some information on discounts for Disney resorts so that you can save some money when you book your next Disney vacation!

5 Reasons to Stay at the Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge is one of the most popular resorts at Walt Disney World. From the towering totem poles to the erupting geyser, the Wilderness Lodge is one of our favorite places to stay. Here are our 5 reasons to stay at the Wilderness Lodge on your next Disney visit.

Disney on a Budget: Discount Tickets

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be stressful, especially if you have a limited budget to work with. We have tried to alleviate some of the leg work so that you can find the best deals for your trip quickly. Here we break down where and how you can find discount tickets to the parks.

Do you pay off your Disney World trip before you go? [Facebook poll]

Over on the Walt Disney World for Grownups Facebook page, we recently asked the question, "Do you pay off your Disney World trip 100% before you go?" Read on to see what our fans told us.