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N090 Summary of D23 Announcements for DVC, WDW, and DCL, and more!

Shannon and Pete discuss the announcements (or lack thereof) for Disney Vacation Club, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line from the D23 Expo. Disney Vacation Club also revealed a new booking tool through Interval International, replacing the Concierge Collection. Other news of the week include American Adventure at Epcot closing for refurbishment, extended evening hours added in December for Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Wicked Wind Down event extended for a second time. N090

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D23 DVC, WDW, and DCL announcements

Disney Vacation Club revealed a sample image of a studio for the upcoming refurbishment at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The Villas at Disneyland Hotel will open in 2023, while the new Polynesian expansion is slated to open in 2024.

No new announcements for Walt Disney World in 2022 were made.

In 2023, Walt Disney World will begin celebrating Disney's 100 years of Wonder. An updated Happily Every After fireworks show will return to Disney's Magic Kingdom, and TRON Lightcycle / Run will open in spring 2023. The Hatbox Ghost will also be coming to the Haunted Mansion. For Epcot, a replacement for Harmonious was announced to be coming, and Figment will begin to meet guests in late 2023. The Journey of Water, inspired by Moana, is projected to open in late 2023 as well.

More details were also revealed for Tiana's Bayou Adventure, the replacement for Splash Mountain. The reimagined ride is expected to open in late 2024.

For Disney Cruise Line, a new cruise ship Treasure was revealed based on the theme of adventure and is scheduled for delivery in 2024. Disney Cruise Line also shared a sneak peek at new details and concept art for Disney’s second island destination in the Bahamas, located on the island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. The Disney Wonder was announced to be going to Australia and New Zealand for brand-new “Disney Magic at Sea” cruises beginning late October 2023. During the repositioning voyages between Honolulu and Sydney in October 2023 and February 2024, the Disney Wonder will offer the fleet’s first-ever South Pacific itineraries with destinations like Fiji and Samoa. Bookings open to the public on Oct. 6, 2022.

Source: D23 Expo, Disney Parks Blog – WDW, Disney Parks Blog – DCL

DVC announces new way to travel with Interval International

From Disney E-mail to members:

“We’re excited to share that Disney Vacation Club® is officially launching a new hotel-booking tool through Interval International®. This new option represents a dramatic expansion of vacation and exchange possibilities, adding even more power to eligible Members points and giving you more vacation options than ever before!

Beginning on September 12th, this online self-service tool will curate a list of properties using a combination of points and cash. Hotel exchange features hundreds and hundreds of well-known hotels from trusted brands in sought-out cities across New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, London and many more! Members can even search available hotels by desired travel dates and destination, filter by brand, and calculate required vacation points.

While the previously offered exchange accommodations through Concierge Collection will no longer be available, most of the luxury resorts that were part of the collection are offered within this new hotel exchange.”

Source: Disney Vacation Club email to Members

American Adventure closing for refurbishment

According to the latest refurbishment calendar, American Adventure at Epcot, an elaborate audio-animatronic show, will close on September 19th. A reopening date is not yet available, with the show remaining closed for the duration of the published calendar through November 6, 2022.

Source: WDW Magic, Walt Disney World Website

Extra Extended Hours scheduled in December at DHS

Disney's Hollywood Studios has added extra extended evening hours on December 15th and 22nd, which are on Thursdays. These hours are in addition to the normal Epcot and Magic Kingdom extended evening hours. 

Rides scheduled to be open are listed as:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Source: Walt Disney World Website

Wicked Wind Down Extended a Second Time

Wicked Wind Down at Top of the World Lounge has been extended an additional month, from September 13th to October 12th. This event includes an appetizer, dessert and drink as well as reserved seating for fireworks for $55 each. 

Source: Disney Vacation Club Website

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