That could also be an issue with the next Disney Vacation Club property to open, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort. Due to open in August, the new tower is situated where the Contemporary's North Garden Wing once stood, and is connected to the main building by a walkway on the fourth floor. The real draw here is bound to be the views of the Magic Kingdom, but only a small percentage of rooms will have that coveted view, with others overlooking Bay Lake, the resort grounds, or the parking lot.
If you don't get one of the rooms with a Magic Kingdom view, then all is not lost, as the top of the tower will boast the Top of the World Lounge, where guests can go to watch the Wishes fireworks show. Guests will be able to enjoy Bay Cove Pool, with a water slide overlooking Bay Lake and an interactive water play area. If you want to a sneak peek of this area before it officially opens, it's worth taking a boat ride from the Contemporary over to Fort Wilderness or Wilderness Lodge to catch a glimpse of it.
As if that wasn't enough, a fourth DVC property is set to open its doors late in September, but it will be the smallest addition and the first on the west coast of America. Finally, the original Disneyland resort in California will have its own Disney Vacation Club wing at the Grand Californian Hotel, although getting in here is definitely going to be a challenge! There are only 50 villas, of which just two will be grand villas, sleeping up to 12 people, so getting your hands on those will be virtually impossible. Other choices will include studios, sleeping four; one bedroom villas, sleeping up to five; and two bedroom villas, sleeping up to nine people.
Just like Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary, the new Villas at Disney's Grand Californian won't add many extras to the resort, as it already has so many things to enjoy, including a spa and some fine – and fun! – dining. However, you can expect to see a new swimming pool in the villas area, along with an outdoor viewing area that offers views of Disney's California Adventure just in time to provide great views of the new night-time water pageant that's scheduled to open in the park in 2010.
So surely that's it for expansion of the Disney Vacation Club right now? Well, not quite. As well as all these recent and upcoming openings, work is underway on the first DVC resort not on mainland US soil. The Ko Olina Marina and Resort in Oahu, Hawaii will be home to 480 DVC villas as part of a whole new Disney resort that's scheduled to open in 2011. Sales of these villas have not yet started, so information about what you can expect remains sketchy right now. We do know that the resort has been designed to offer the best possible views from the rooms and that it will include a pool and water play area, spa, two restaurants, a children's club, convention center, and wedding lawn, so it really will offer something for everyone.
There couldn't be a better time to become a DVC member with so many great opportunities opening up over the next few months and years. No doubt there will be further announcements and further additions, as many more people become members and are welcomed home to what did used to be Disney's best kept secret. Perhaps it's not quite the secret it once was…
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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