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New DVC Lounge coming to WDW, more details on Fort Wilderness Cabins

In this week's episode, Shannon, Peter, and Sue discuss Moonlight Magic registration changes, a new Disney Vacation Club Member lounge, more details on the Fort Wilderness Cabins, and more! N132

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Moonlight Magic Registration Rule Change

Ahead of the first Moonlight Magic registration for 2024, Disney Vacation Club has changed the verbiage in the “Know Before You Register” section on the Moonlight Magic of the DVC website. The website now states, “When staying using their Membership with Vacation Points, Reservation Points or cash, Members who booked a qualifying Resort reservation by the cutoff date will have access to early or general event registration and can register themselves and up to the number of individuals on their Resort reservation(s).”

Qualifying resort reservations are standard DVC reservations booked with Vacation Points online or over the phone with DVC, reservations booked with DVC for the Disney Collection using Reservation Points, or cash reservations booked over the phone with a DVC representative for a DVC villa.

The new policy means that reservations made at all Walt Disney World (WDW) resorts via the WDW website, by calling a WDW representative, through a travel agent or any other means NOT using an eligible DVC membership do not qualify for early registration. Previously, a standard reservation booked with cash by the deadline for any of the official WDW resorts qualified for early registration, but it absolutely does not anymore.

Source: DVC Fan, Seeking the Magical, DVC News

New DVC lounge in Disney World official 

Disney revealed that construction on a brand-new Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge will begin in 2024 at Walt Disney World. The location of the new lounge has not been announced.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

More Details on the Fort Wilderness Cabins

Several new bits of information came out of Disney Vacation Club documentation filings for the new Cabins at Fort Wilderness.

Based on the documentation, each cabin will have a total of 7,661 points for the year, which is an average of 21 points per night. This is similar to many of the studios throughout the DVC system.  Point charts have not been released yet.

Full floor plan also revealed the dimensions of the cabin is 43’ x 12’ or 516 square feet, which puts the size slightly above studios but much smaller than most 1-bedrooms.

Dog policies for the cabins have also become available. A maximum of two dogs, with fees of $30 per day for Members and $50 per day for others such as cash guests.

  • Dogs must be “fully trained and are not allowed on furniture anywhere on the Resort Property.”
  • When outside of a cabin, dogs must be accompanied at all times and either within a carrier or restrained with a leash.
  • They are not permitted in food and beverage locations, lounges, pools and other recreation areas.
  • They cannot be left unattended for more than 7 hours.
  • Guests with dogs must contact housekeeping to schedule a room cleaning time when the animals will not be present. Door hangers must be displayed on cabins where dogs are present.
  • Management can request dogs to be removed based on behavior. 

Source: DVC News – Floorplan, DVC News – Point Cost, DVC News – Pet Policy

2023 DVC direct prices to rise end of January

On January 30th, the direct price of Disney's Riviera Resort and Aulani are increasing from $217 per point to $225 per point. Meanwhile, on the west coast, The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are increasing for the first time from $230 per point to $239 per point. DVC has not been announced if any of the sold out resorts will also have price increases.

Source: DVC News

New “Little Mermaid” show coming to Hollywood Studios

On December 19th, Disney announced that it was finally going to rehab the old “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” show in the Animation Courtyard. This show has been closed since the start of the COVID pandemic, and cast members have said that the area had a strong mildew problem preventing it from reopening. 

The new show will be titled “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure” and is expected to reopen in Fall of 2024.

Though limited details have been shared, a drawing of a new show scene covering “kiss the girls” was provided. It is likely the show will be a mix of the old and the new, but we should find out in the next few months. 

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Attraction Refurbishments in 2024

Rock ‘n' Roller Coaster closed on January 8, 2024. As of the time of recording, Disney has made no announcement on details of the closure, but it is listed to be reopen the summer of 2024.

Country Bear Jamboree will close date of January 27, 2024 . The attraction will reopen with an all-new show this summer. 

Source: WDWNT, Walt Disney World website, Disney Parks Blog

DVC potentially go to “Trust” model

Disney Vacation Club has registered to form a timeshare trust under the name Palmetto Trust Associations. A timeshare trust model would be something new to DVC. DVC has not released any details regarding a new ownership option.

Source: DVC News

Magic Key Passes to go on sale 1/10

Disneyland Resort resumed sales of all four types of Magic Key passes on 1/10 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Since September 2023, Magic Key passes have only been available for renewal. Magic Key pass prices last increased October 2023. By the time of recording, only the Imagine Key was still available for purchase, which is only for Southern California residents living in zip codes 90000 to 93599.

Source: WDWNT

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