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DisneylandForward, Epic Universe Announcements

In this week's episode, Shannon and Peter share new information on the DisneylandForward project and Universal Orlando's Epic Universe, as well as pricing, maintenance fees, and incentives for the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. N134

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Disney commits to $1.9 Billion for Disneyland forward

On January 23rd, Anaheim announced that Disney has committed to spending a minimum of $1.9 billion and up to $2.5 billion on the Disneyland Forward project should Anaheim city council approve the project. Money would be spent on “theme park lands, attractions, hotels, shopping and dining west of Disneyland Drive and on the Toy Story parking lot.”

From the Orange County Register: 

“The DisneylandForward proposal calls for Disney to pay $40 million for portions of Magic Way, Clementine Street, Gene Autry Way and Hotel Way to clear the way for the proposed theme park expansion.

The plan also calls for Disney to build a 17,000-space eastside parking structure with direct connections from the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway that would be larger than the combined Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures.”

The DisneylandForward proposal is scheduled for Anaheim Planning Commission hearings in March with a vote by the Anaheim City Council in May.

Source: Orange County Register, DisneylandForward website

Pricing, Maintenance Fees, and Incentives for the Cabins 

The newest Disney Vacation Club resort, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness has opened for sales to existing members, and with that, we have more information on pricing, maintenance fees and incentives.

First off, the starting price for the cabins is $225 per point, which is the same current price as Disney's Riviera Resort and Aulani. 

Initial incentives are not particularly impressive, with a 100 point contract receiving a mere $2 discount, and 150 point contract with a $10 discount.

The biggest news is that the maintenance fees for 2024 have been released, and the initial rate is a whopping $12.16. This is the second highest priced maintenance fees of DVC resorts.

Points PurchasedCurrent Member DiscountCurrent Member Price
25 – 99 points$0$225
100 – 124 points$2$223
125 – 149 points$4$221
150 – 199 points$10$215
200 – 249 points $11$214
250 – 299 points$13$212
300 – 499 points$14$211
500 – 999 points$15$210
1000+ points$16$209

Source: Disney Vacation Club website, DVC News

Epic Universe announcement made

This week, Universal Orland released an official announcement about the new theme park, Epic Universe. There were no real surprises with the announcement except that the central area will be known as Celestial Park and will have two restaurants and three rides including a dueling roller coaster. The other lands are Super Nintendo World, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic, How to Train your Dragon – Isle of Berk, and Dark Universe featuring Universal's Classic Monsters. No real details on the rides or attractions in the various lands were released. Opening is still just listed as 2025, but it’s still worth noting as competition to your time at Disney. 

Source: Universal Orlando website

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