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N069 Disney Wish delayed by a month, Grand Floridian expansion update, and Bay Lake Tower direct discount

Pete, Shannon, and Sam from DCL Duo discuss the delay of the Disney Wish maiden voyage and the impact on the DVC member cruise. For DVC direct sales, 50% of the Big Pine Key building has been declared and DVC releases significant discounts on Bay Lake Tower. Hollywood Studios will have extended evening hours for one week in lieu of Magic Kingdom beginning April 13th. N069

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Disney Wish Maiden Voyage and DVC Cruise delayed

Disney has sent e-mails to all members scheduled to cruise on the DVC cruise on June 14th. The e-mail stated as follows: 

“While we are all eagerly awaiting the ship’s debut, today we must share that our anticipation will unfortunately have to extend a bit longer than initially planned. The shipyard has notified us that despite their very best efforts, they will need more time to finish our ship due in part to the pandemic and particularly the arrival of the Omicron variant in Germany at a critical point in the process.

As a result, we are left with no other choice than to delay our maiden voyage until July 14, 2022. This will regrettably affect the exclusive Disney Vacation Club cruise for which you have a reservation. 

Since you were booked on the exclusive Disney Vacation Club cruise, we will automatically shift your reservation to the new Member sail date, July 19, 2022, at a 50 percent discount. If you are unable to move to this new date, you will have the option of either a 50 percent discount on a future cruise departing by December 31, 2023, with all reservation points and monies applied to that future cruise, or a full refund, including reimbursement of any cash and/or the return of any reservation points used for your reservation.”

It’s important to note the difference between “Reservation Points” and “DVC Points”, as once points are converted to “Reservation Points,” they do not convert back to DVC Points. 

Source: Disney Cruise Blog

50% of Grand Floridian Big Pine Key Building declared as part of Condo Association

In a series of filings with the Orange County Comptroller's office, Disney Vacation Club has amended the Ground Lease, Declaration of Condominium and Membership Agreement to begin adding the “Phase 2” units to its Grand Floridian timeshare development. A total of 101 Resort Studios were added to the program, representing half of the 202 rooms which make up the project. The rooms formally added include most of the 3rd floor, plus all of the 4th and 5th floors of the Big Pine Key building.

While these filings move Disney Vacation Club closer to selling additional points at the Grand Floridian, no prices or sale dates have yet been disclosed. With Disney's Riviera Resort, sales began about one month after similar declarations were filed. For reference, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge opened sales just 15 days after such filings.

Source: DVC News

Extended Evening Hours switch to Hollywood studios for one week

According to Disney Website – On Wednesday, April 13th, extended hours will be offered at Hollywood Studios instead of the usual Magic Kingdom hours. Magic Kingdom extended hours return to the rotation the following week. It is not known at this time what rides will be available at Hollywood Studios during the extended hours.

Source: Disney World Website

Deep discount on direct points at Bay Lake Tower

Tim Krasniewski over at DVC News has indicated a current special incentive from Disney for Direct purchase at Bay Lake tower, with up to a $48 discount on points purchase. Remember, base price for BLT is $245 but discounts this large are rare for sold-out resorts.  For example, 200 points a new member would receive a $26 discount to $219, while an existing member can add-on 200 points with a $43 reduction bringing the price down to $202 per point.  This compares to $194 right now for 200 points at Riviera. So if you are a BLT superfan and insist on buying direct – now may be the time. Offer ends March 2nd. 

Source: DVC News

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