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    Work Starts On Disney Wilderness Lodge Villas


    April 15, 1999 | Orlando Sentinel


    Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney World Resort officials Wednesday broke ground on the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a 136-unit, five-story time-share resort on 4 acres adjacent to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.


    The Villas, which will have walkways and access to amenities at the 728-room, 5-year-old lodge, are scheduled to open in January 2001. The design, officials said, reflects "turn-of-the century hotels built by early railroad workers in the old West."






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    Disney announces Beach Club Villas


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
    May 25, 2000



    Disney Vacation Development, Inc., operators of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) - Disney's innovative vacation ownership program -- announced today that it will expand its timeshare resort presence at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Florida by building a fourth resort, bringing the total number of DVC resorts to six. This latest development marks a time of exciting growth for the Company, which now boasts a membership of 48,000 member families from over 60 countries.


    The proposed development - which will be called Disney's Beach Club Villas - is slated to occupy a 6-acre site next to the Disney's Beach Club Resort in the Epcot Theme Park Resorts area within Walt Disney World Resort. Development will begin this June with an estimated completion in the fall of 2002.


    "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring the Disney Vacation Club concept to yet another site here at Walt Disney World," said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "This latest expansion of our successful vacation ownership program allows us to provide still more magical experiences for our guest and member families."


    Like its sister resort, Disney's Beach Club Villas will be designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern, best known for his East Coast seaside houses. The new ownership resort will be inspired by the casual elegance of Cape May oceanfront homes built in the early 20th century, reflecting a light, comfortable ambiance as characterized by the use of whimsical "stick-style" architecture, pastel colors, porches and other decorative elements.


    "Our Company is committed to providing innovative vacation offerings," said Weiss. "We believe that the new resort will be a great success and that the relaxed charm of this early 1900's eastern seaboard-inspired property will make it a great vacation option for members and guests alike."


    Initial plans for Disney's Beach Club Villas call for the development of a 205-unit, free-standing four & five-story vacation ownership resort consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom vacation villas adjacent to Disney's Beach Club Resort. All units will feature either a pool, garden or courtyard view. Further development plans call for the construction of connecting walkways and full access to Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts; the addition of a pool, as well as enhancements to the existing lobby/retail space and other select guest areas within Disney's Beach Club Resort.


    As Disney Vacation Club approaches its decade mark in 2001, the Company is celebrating a number of achievements, including the expansion of its resort collection through the addition of Disney's Beach Club Villas and The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (expected opening in January 2001) -- subject to government approvals -- as well as the strong growth of its member base.




    The current collection of Disney Vacation Club Resorts includes Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's BoardWalk Villas -- both located at the Walt Disney World Resort -- as well as Disney's first resorts beyond the Disney theme park locations; Disney's Vero Beach Resort on Florida's Atlantic Coast and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.
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    BCV Plans


    Where did DVC find room at the Beach Club resort for their resort?




    Plans for Beach Club Villas from 2000.


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    Disney To Expand Its Growing Time-share Resorts


    May 26, 2000 | Orlando Sentinel


    Furthering its growing time-share business, Walt Disney World will build a fourth Disney Vacation Club, set to open in fall 2002.


    The 205-unit development, to be called Disney's Beach Club Villas, will be on 6 acres next to Walt Disney World's Beach Club Resort. Construction starts next month.


    Disney World already has two Vacation Club resorts -- Old Key West and BoardWalk Villas -- and a third, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, set to open next January. Disney also has time-share resorts in Vero Beach and Hilton Head, S.C.


    "Business has been really, really good," said Mariska Elia, spokeswoman for Disney Vacation Club. Disney moved into the time-share business in 1991. In just the past 2 years, its Vacation Club membership has nearly doubled to 48,000 families from more than 60 countries, Elia said.


    Members pay a one-time fee, ranging from $10,000 to more than $200,000, for an ownership interest in a Vacation Club time-share. Like its sister resort, the five-story Beach Club Villas will be designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, reflecting the whimsical architecture of oceanfront homes built in the early 20th century in Cape May, N.J.








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    Disney Vacation Club Announces Plans for Largest Ownership Resort to Date At Walt Disney World Resort


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
    July 23, 2001



    Disney Vacation Development, Inc., operators of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) -- Disney's innovative vacation ownership program -- announced today that it will expand its timeshare resort presence at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (subject to obtaining necessary approvals) by building a seventh DVC property. This latest development for the growing Disney Vacation Club product marks the Company's largest ownership resort project to date.


    The announcement heralds a time of exciting growth for Disney Vacation Club, which now boasts a membership of nearly 60,000 member families from over 60 countries.


    The proposed 600-unit ownership development is slated to occupy a 61-acre site along the award-winning Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course at Walt Disney World Resort. All rooms will feature either a pool, golf course or forest view. Initial plans call for the construction of a main Inn building encompassing a check-in area; accommodations; restaurant/lounge; theme pool with feature slide; retail space; arcade; common living room area and a health club, as well as Villa buildings containing vacation home accommodations. Development will begin this fall with an estimated opening in Spring/Summer 2004.


    "We are very excited to expand the Disney Vacation Club concept to an entirely new resort area here at Walt Disney World Resort," said George Aguel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Vacation Development, Inc. "I am confident that this new offering will be a successful addition to the dynamic vacation options we provide."


    The theme of the proposed DVC resort will complement and enhance the beautiful setting found at Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course. The new resort will be inspired by the architecture of Addison Mizner, a celebrated early 20th century architect who led the renaissance of Florida resort design. The property's design will reflect a variety of motifs found in indigenous Florida buildings of this era, including Spanish, Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic forms. The atmosphere and elegance found in the coastal communities of southeast Florida (including West Palm Beach and Boca Raton) will be found in the resort's architecture, ranging from tile roofs to fountains to lush, tropical landscaping.


    Commissioned to design the resort was renowned architect Graham Gund, who created the architectural look for such Disney projects as Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort -- another Disney Vacation Club property. Gund designed the resort to take advantage of the pristine setting found at Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course while maintaining the integrity of the existing golf course. Guests at the resort will have views to Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course but golfers' view of the property will be buffered, with resort buildings "stepping down" in height as they near the golf holes.


    The new resort is scheduled to open in phases, with the first phase consisting of the Inn building and five Villa buildings for a total of 360 units. The Inn and one Villa building are currently expected to open in Spring/Summer 2004, with the four additional Villa buildings opening throughout the remainder of that year. The final phase of five additional Villa buildings containing 240 units are currently anticipated to open by Spring/Summer 2005.


    As Disney Vacation Club approaches its decade mark on October 1, 2001, the Company is celebrating a number of achievements, including the expansion of its resort collection through the proposed addition of the new resort at Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course and the completion of Disney's Beach Club Villas, which is currently under construction at Walt Disney World Resort next to the popular Disney's Beach Club Resort (expected opening in September 2002).


    "These latest expansions of our successful vacation ownership program will allow us to provide still more magical experiences for our guest and member families," added Aguel.


    The current collection of Disney Vacation Club Resorts includes Disney's Old Key West Resort; Disney's BoardWalk Villas and The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- all located at the Walt Disney World Resort -- as well as Disney's first resorts beyond the Disney theme park locations; Disney's Vero Beach Resort on Florida's Atlantic Coast and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.





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    Disney Ready To Build 600-unit Time Share


    July 24, 2001 | Orlando Sentinel


    Fast running out of inventory, Disney said Monday it will build a new flagship-style time-share resort between the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. The 600-unit resort, which has not been named, will be Disney's first full-scale time-share offering since its Old Key West Resort sold out in late 2000. The new resort will sit on 61 acres adjacent to Disney's Eagle Pines Golf Course. As with other time-share projects, this one will be built in phases, beginning with six buildings and 360 units. The first two buildings will open in mid-2004, followed by the others throughout the year.


    Taking its theme from Florida's history, the property will feature tropical landscaping and architecture with Spanish, Moorish and Gothic influences. "It adds a different flavor, a different atmosphere to our portfolio," said Mariska Elia, spokeswoman for Disney Vacation Club, the company's time-share arm.


    This will be Disney's seventh time share -- giving the company 2,100 units at completion -- but it will be the second local property that functions as a stand-alone resort. The others, including The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, are smaller resorts that share amenities and facilities with Disney hotels.


    The Wilderness Lodge property and Disney's Beach Club Villas -- a smaller resort now under construction -- are expected to be sold out around the time this newest resort opens. "We really need a big project," Elia said. "This is another anchor property with a lot of inventory." Disney also owns two resorts outside of Orlando: Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.


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    Here is a view of Disney's Golden Oak and the Four Seasons resort. I outlined in red the location of where the Eagle Pines DVC resort was planned to be built.


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    DVC CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY


    Celebration, Fla.
    December 20, 2001




    October 7, 1991 - DVC Preview Center opens to the public, MS begins accepting reservations, first 5 information kiosks open.


    December 20, 1991 - 1st phase of DVC Resort (now OKW) opens. Preview Center is renamed Commodore House


    January 1992 - 1st edition of Vacation Magic (DVC Member magazine)


    May 1992 - Sharing the Magic referral program launches. # of member families: 2,300


    June 1992 - Select WDW resort exchanges added as options.


    December 1992 - 1st DVC Condo Association meeting held


    January 1993 - DLR and DLP resort options added as options.


    November 1993 - 1st international member event held in London.


    December 1993 - Number of member families: 8,000


    April 1994 - Number of member families: 9,400


    June 1994 - All planned phases of the Disney Vacation Club Resort completed and opened to members and guests.


    October 1994 - Pre-sale of VB begins


    December 26, 1994 - Ground breaking for HH


    January 1995 - Member update sessions begin at Disney Vacation CLub Resort


    March 1995 - 150 point Vacation Point Membership package introduced. HH preview center opens.


    April 1995 - Adventure Travel and Cruise Member Getaways exchange programs debut.


    October 1995 - VB opens, number of member families: 16,000. Disney Vacation Club Resort officially renamed Disney's Old Key West Resort.


    January 1996 - Disney Discovery Club (2Dc) launches as an edu-taining experience for children at DVC resorts.


    March 6, 1996 - HH opens


    July 1, 1996 - BWV opens, DVC sales center opens at BWV


    November 1996 - Concierge Collection is added to member getaway program.


    June 1997 - DCL added as vacation exchange option.


    October 1997 - Number of member families: 25,000. DVC commemorates 25th Anniversary of WDW with daily celebrations at Commodore House


    June 1998 - Shadow the dog is introduced at HH.


    July 1998 - Commodore House is closed to add 34 new vacation homes at OKW (buildings 62,63,64)


    December 1998 - 3 DVC resorts are named by readers of Conde Nast Traveler to it's prestigious Gold List - BWV, VB and HH


    April 15, 1999 - Ground breaking for VWL.


    November 1999 - Final 3 buildings at OKW open for members and guests.


    October 2000 - VB celebrates 5th Anniversary. Ground breaking for BCV


    March 2001 - HH celebrates 5th Anniversary


    July 2001 - BWV celebrates 5th Anniversary. DVC announces plans for 600 unit proposed resort at Eagles Pines Golf Course.


    September 2001 - New Annual Member Guidebook debuts (replaces original 3 ring binder)


    October 2001 - DVC celebrates 10 Years of Memories, Dreams and You!


    December 20, 2001 - OKW celebrates 10th Anniversary.
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    Disney Decides Vacation -- Not Education -- Is Hot


    Disney Will Tear Down Part Of Its Education-oriented Disney Institute And Build Time Shares



    January 25, 2002 | Orlando Sentinel


    Walt Disney World plans to demolish about one-fourth of its troubled Disney Institute resort and build 192 new time-share units there. The Disney Institute opened more than five years ago but has been largely shuttered of late because attendance has declined.


    But Disney's "Vacation Club" time-share apartments are hot sellers. Customers, mostly with families, plunk down between $11,000 and $150,000 for the right to stay at various Disney resorts, including the time-share units themselves, for periods ranging from one week to more than a month annually.


    Construction on the new time-share apartments that will displace part of Disney Institute will start in the spring, said George Aguel, senior vice president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The new resort, scheduled to open in 2004, doesn't yet have a name. "We're still working on a theme," Aguel said.


    Located near the Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island entertainment-dining areas, the new time shares are evidence that the strategy of selling resort units is more viable than opening more hotel rooms. Last year, Disney World indefinitely delayed the planned opening of its huge Pop Century hotel and closed its Port Orleans resort.


    In sharp contrast, the 536 Vacation Club rooms that opened in 1996 in Disney World's Boardwalk Villas are nearly sold out, Aguel said. Another Disney World time share, Beach Club Villas, is scheduled to open this summer, he said. Pre-opening sales are to begin in February.


    Disney Institute rooms were priced from $200 to $500 a night. Disney officials have previously said that the cutbacks at Disney Institute are partly a result of the post-Sept. 11 travel slowdown. Disney World has almost 22,000 hotel rooms and about 2,000 time-share units. Ensconced in a leafy area bordering a golf course, Disney Institute derived its name from the educational entertainment concept on which it was founded.


    The brainchild of Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner, it began as a resort that combined vacations with the study of personal-enrichment pursuits such as gardening and the arts. But the hotel, which housed such famous guests as President Clinton, failed to achieve the kind of success Disney management expected. Founded in a year of record crowds at Walt Disney World, Disney Institute now often has a deserted look. After initially catering to tourists seeking a different Disney experience, the focus later shifted to business travelers and corporate groups.


    Although the resort remains partly open, most of its 800 employees have been transferred to other jobs in various parts of Disney World's hotels and theme parks. Will new time shares eventually displace the rest of Disney Institute, with the initial 192 units being just a first phase? Aguel deflected that question. "You really make those plans based on demand, once you get into the sales process."
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    Disney Unveils Time-share Plans


    The Saratoga Springs Resort Spa -- Set To Open In 2004.
    -- Will Replace The Disney Institute, The Now-defunct Educational Resort.
    About 480 Time-share Units Are Planned For The Site.



    September 14, 2002 | Orlando Sentinel


    The defunct Disney Institute is being reinvented as a turn-of-the-century time-share complex called the Saratoga Springs Resort Spa that will open in 2004. Saratoga Springs, already under construction, is being modeled after its namesake, the getaway town in the early 1900s for the affluent in eastern New York best known for its mineral springs. For example, the pool area at the resort will be designed without the usual Disneyesque water slides -- focusing instead on a natural spring look with bubbles foaming up among rocks.


    The resort will include 184 new units and about 300 remodeled apartment-style rooms in older buildings that were part of the Disney Institute. The campus-style buildings that contain the older rooms may also be enhanced to reflect the upstate New York theme, said Mariska Elia, a spokeswoman for Disney's time-share operation, called Vacation Club.


    Saratoga Springs will be the latest addition to Disney's Vacation Club time-share apartments, which are hot sellers. Disney World already has about 2,000 time-share units along with its 22,000 hotel rooms. Elia said the older section of the complex, the former Disney Institute, may also be converted to time shares.


    Prices to purchase one week in the new section of Saratoga will range from $12,000 to $150,000 for rooms and suites that sleep up to 12 guests each. Aside from the pool, the 16-acre facility will have a playground and barbecue pavilion.




    Ensconced in a leafy area bordering a golf course, Disney Institute opened more than five years ago but was largely closed during the travel slump that began after Sept. 11, 2001. The institute derived its name from the educational entertainment concept on which it was founded.


    The brainchild of Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner, it began as a resort that combined vacations with the study of personal-enrichment pursuits such as cooking, gardening and the arts. But the hotel, which housed such famous guests as President Clinton, failed to achieve the kind of success Disney management expected. Founded during a year of record crowds at Walt Disney World, the Institute had faded by last year into a largely deserted area. After initially catering to tourists seeking a different Disney experience, the focus later shifted to business travelers and corporate groups.


    Although a few rooms at the former institute remain open, most of its 800 employees have been transferred to other jobs in various parts of Disney World's hotels and theme parks. Walt Disney World still offers a variety of business seminars for groups at various Disney World resorts through a mobile Disney Institute program, which has 45 employees. "Having a facility was nice, but there were constraints to that," said Larry Lynch, director of the institute business.


    One drawback of the old site was that potential clients -- often large companies -- viewed the campus as too small. He said the institute held its largest gathering -- 1,200 people -- for a seminar on leadership and customer service last month at the Grand Floridian resort. "That's bigger than anything we had in our own buildings," Lynch said.


    Located near the Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island entertainment-dining areas, the new time shares are evidence that the strategy of selling resort units is more viable than opening more hotel rooms.





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    Was the opening of the Disney Vacation Club the first appearance of villas-style accommodations at Walt Disney World?


    No.


    For those of you who were unaware, there were vacation villas for years on the land where Saratoga Springs Resort now sits.


    Disney had planned on building a residential community called "Lake Buena Vista" which would have homes, recreation and shopping. Lake Buena Vista would encompass four themed communities, a Golf, Tennis, Boating and Western community. Each of the four communities would have their own town homes.




    In June of 1973, plans were announced for a residential community to be called Lake Buena Vista.




    However, Disney realized that if a municipality were incorporated, it would require the residents who lived in Lake Buena Vista to have voting rights. This would create a problem as they would be able to vote on any further construction on resort property and taxation issues would arise. So, while Disney moved forward, the facilities would be used by vacationers and not for permanent residents.
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    By May of 1974, a total of 133 town homes had been constructed and a shopping center called the Lake Buena Vista Village was being built. In October of 1975, 60 Treehouse Villas were completed. At the same time the Lake Buena Vista town homes were being built, the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course was being built simultaneously.


    From a 1974 Disney World publication: "A limited number of one- and two-bedroom villas, fully furnished and complete with linens and kitchenware, are available to families visiting the Vacation Kingdom for short-term rentals."




    From a 1976 Disney World publication: “For larger families and groups, the spacious one- and two-bedroom Villas provide plenty of room. Each is elegantly furnished and includes all the conveniences – kitchenware, color television, linens and daily housekeeping service. In addition, [Vacation Villa] guests receive complimentary motor coach transportation to the Magic Kingdom and the Walt Disney World Resorts.”


    From 1976 through 1978, Disney added more villas.


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    The villas were renamed as the Walt Disney World Village Resort in 1985.




    In 1989, to coincide with the opening of Pleasure Island and the renaming of the Walt Disney World Village to the Disney Village Marketplace, the Villas name was again shortened to Disneys Village Resort.




    In 1995, Michael Eisner decided to start construction for a learning center called the Disney Institute, which opened in February 1996.




    So the villas were renamed to The Villas at the Disney Institute in 1996.


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    Here is a postcard from The Villas at the Disney Institute.


    Do you notice any structures that look similar to those at SSR?



    A postcard from The Villas at the Disney Institute



    A postcard from The Villas at the Disney Institute


    Here's a shot of SSR today.




    After the tourist slump that followed September 2001, the Disney Institute, along with the villas, finally closed its doors in 2002.


    Given the success of Disney’s Vacation Club, the most cost effective measure for the closed resort was to convert the entire property into a Vacation Club property. Disney abandoned its plans for the Eagle Pines DVC and instead focused on re-using the Lake Buena Vista property.


    Work began on what would become Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. The newest buildings constructed in 1995 were kept and all the original 1970’s buildings were demolished, with the exception of the Treehouse Villas.


    The 1995 Institute structures received a minor horse-themed overlay: the lobby became known as the “Carriage House”, the Seasons dining room re-opened as the “Turf Club” with whimsical jockey jackets on the walls, and so on. Disney just added on multiple 4-story DVC units.


    When the Disney Institute closed, Disney kept the Treehouse Villas as housing for International College Program Cast Members. However, in 2004, Hurricane Charley, hit Central Florida and impacted several of the original Treehouse Villas. The entire complex was abandoned because of new Americans with Disability Act laws and South Florida Water Management restrictions, that would have caused the Treehouses to have been completely rebuilt. They remained in a state of disrepair until 2008 when they were leveled and replaced with new Treehouse Villas opening in the summer of 2009 as part of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.
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    With Six Resorts and 70,000 Timeshare Members, Disney World Putting More Focus on Fast Growing Sideline Business


    Nov 8, 2003 | Orlando Sentinel


    Walt Disney World executives said Friday that the transfer this week of the company's time-share business to a senior manager whose sole focus will be on that segment shows a new commitment to the fast-growing sideline. Jim Lewis, a senior vice president who formerly headed public affairs, on Thursday assumed control of the Disney Vacation Club.



    Jim Lewis


    The time-share operation has grown to six resorts with more than 70,000 time-share members since 1991, when it opened its first resort with a Key West theme. "The past few years have exceeded our own high expectations," Lewis said Friday, and with time-share membership in Disney resorts tripling in six years, "the company has made a decision to have a senior executive focus on this full time."


    Saratoga Springs, the seventh and largest Disney time-share resort, is under construction on 16 acres near Downtown Disney. A first phase opens next spring and when completed in 2005 it will add 552 units, giving Disney more than 2,100 time-share units, or nearly 1 in 12 of all time shares statewide.


    Randy Garfield, Disney's executive vice president of sales and travel and Lewis' boss, said Friday that the fact Lewis has a strong finance background is not an indicator that the time-share business needs special attention or bolstering in that area. "There is no finance problem," Garfield said.


    Although Lewis has no hotel or time-share experience, he has displayed a variety of leadership skills during his seven years at Disney and in previous management roles at PepsiCo and elsewhere, Garfield said. "It won't take him long to get up to speed," Garfield said. "That was a key consideration," in the appointment. Lewis said he was excited about the challenge of taking on the new assignment but conceded that "I have a lot of work to do," in learning the time-share business, "from soup to nuts."



    George Aguel


    He assumes the role previously held by George Aguel, who joined the company in 1990 and built Disney's time-share business from scratch, earning a national reputation in the hospitality industry. Aguel also is widely recognized as one of the nation's top Hispanic business executives.


    Aguel will continue to head Disney's group and convention business, and takes on a new role in developing alliances with corporations for joint marketing and other business relations. Moreover, Garfield said, Aguel will continue to act as an "elder statesman" for the time-share business. "He's going to be a resource to draw on," Garfield said, but will have no direct hand in the business.


    Garfield and Lewis would not talk about any future projects for the time-share division, but Lewis said he accepted the position with the expectation of growth. "I'm not going to be satisfied," with the status quo, Lewis said. For the near future, he said, his focus will be on Saratoga Springs, which is taking over some of the property formerly housing the Disney Institute. The institute combined a resort vacation with personal development sessions in areas such as cooking and art. But in the past several years the institute's training sessions have been dispersed to other Disney resorts and the lodging portion of the former institute has been demolished to make way for Saratoga Springs.
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    'toga Party At Disney


    Disney Opened The First Phase Of Its New Resort
    Even The Mayor Of Saratoga Springs Showed Up.



    May 28, 2004 | Orlando Sentinel


    With a splash of water from the real Saratoga Springs, the Walt Disney Co. christened its seventh -- and eventually its largest -- time-share resort Thursday and suggested there may be more to come. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, built on the former site of the Disney Institute across from Downtown Disney, opened with 184 units. Units range from simple studios the size of a typical motel room to two-story suites with whirlpool tubs, full kitchens and DVD players with surround-sound speakers.


    Inspired by the upstate New York country retreats of the late 1800s, the resort was designed around the themes of natural springs and Saratoga's tradition of horse racing. Several "springs" dot the resort, and silhouettes of thoroughbred racehorses circle lampshades in the rooms.


    Ms. Deevee See and Ms. Sara Toga did a warm up with the audience, asking people where they were from, providing jokes and light moments as people awaited the opening. Three costumed trumpeters heralded the crowd with the traditional race opening. Jim Lewis, VP of DVC came out and welcomed everyone. The Dapper Dans and Jodie Benson (Ariel) sang. Al Weiss welcomed everyone and introduced Mickey Mouse and the mayor of Saratoga Springs, NY. The mayor brought a pitcher of spring water from NY which was later poured into the pool at SSR




    The first guests arrived earlier this month, but the resort was dedicated Thursday morning by the mayor of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Michael Lenz, who poured a pitcher of spring water into the resort's swimming pool. The Founder’s Day Parade was an old fashioned hometown parade, complete with bikes, horses, marching bands, girl scouts and boy scouts and balloons. Mickey, Minnie and the mayor of Saratoga Springs, NY completed the line-up. The new DVC Preview Center (sales office) was open to guests.


    Disney executives said Phase One of the resort was three-quarters sold, and they announced plans to expand the resort by another 644 units by 2007. Saratoga Springs "is part of our long-term strategy to continue to give guests what they want," said Al Weiss, Walt Disney World's president. Beginning with Disney's Old Key West Resort in 1991, each of Disney's previous time-share resorts has sold out, Weiss said. "Obviously," he said, "they're demanding our Disney Vacation Club product in a big way."


    As with other time-share programs, Disney Vacation Club sells part-ownership in a property. Disney's program gives members the option of staying at any of its time shares or certain Disney hotels, or they may exchange their "vacation points" to stay at other properties. The average price for a unit at Saratoga Springs is about $19,000 for a two-bedroom suite, Disney said. Buyers also are required to pay an annual maintenance fee of $800. During weeks when a unit isn't being used by a vacation club member, Disney will treat it the same as a hotel room, renting by the night. Rates will start at $254 a night for a 355-square-foot studio.


    Disney is weighing plans to build more time-share resorts in Orlando and elsewhere. "We see a lot of opportunity on both fronts," said Jim Lewis, senior vice president for Disney's time-share division. Lewis wouldn't give details but said, "We still have a lot of green space to expand." Lewis said the company wants to build its time-share business because owners tend to visit more often and spend more money -- twice as much as those who stay at a Disney hotel and seven times as much as those who stay off property. Saratoga Springs' opening gives the company five time shares at Walt Disney World and one each in Vero Beach and on Hilton Head Island, S.C.


    Leaders also announced that Community Drive, the road on which both Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are located, will be renamed Disney Vacation Club Way in honor of the two resorts.
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    A Satellite view of SSR history


    1995 - In the shot below, the Disney Institute is being constructed. These buildings are the oldest that still exist at SSR.






    2002 - The Disney Institute is shown below as it existed immediately prior to the start of construction of SSR.






    2005 - Four villa buildings in one section, called Congress Park, opened with 184 vacation home units (280 guest rooms) on May 17, 2004. Eight villa buildings in two sections, called the Springs and the Paddock, are shown under construction in the shot below. They started opening in spring 2005, eventually adding an additional 378 vacation home units (560 guest rooms).






    2006 - Six villa buildings in two sections, called the Carousel and the Grandstand, are shown under construction in the shot below. DVC completed the (then) final phase of this large resort in summer 2007 (until the Treehouse villas were added)






    2015 - SSR today. The expanded Paddock pool is visible compared to the shot above.


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    Members Will Own a Piece of the Magic
    Near Disney's Animal Kingdom



    October 11, 2006
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    Disney Vacation Club announced today that it is building a new timeshare resort on Walt Disney World property to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.


    Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas will be part of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, which Travel & Leisure Family magazine recently honored with the No. 4 spot on its list of the 50 greatest family resorts in the United States and Canada. The Disney Vacation Club accommodations will feature intricate African-inspired details and home-like amenities, and most will offer sweeping views of an expanded savannah inhabited by a variety of African animals. These new accommodations are scheduled for development in phases with an anticipated opening beginning in fall 2007 and a completion date planned for Spring 2009. The project's first phase will include 134 remodeled accommodations on the fifth and sixth floors of the existing Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and subsequent phases will include construction of 324 Vacation Homes in a new village of buildings, for a total of 458 Disney Vacation Club homes.


    The project also calls for construction a new table-service restaurant, a themed pool and water-play island, fitness center, merchandise shop, sports-and-recreation facilities and more.


    "We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible," said Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club. "I am delighted to announce that our members will have yet another place to call home with Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas. This begins another exciting new era for Disney Vacation Club as we continue to explore future destination possibilities both domestically and internationally." Disney Vacation Club, now celebrating its 15th anniversary, offers flexibility and savings on decades of future vacations at Disney destinations and more than 500 other vacation hotspots around the world. Membership has doubled since 2000 to include more than 100,000 families, which represents more than 300,000 individuals from more than 100 countries and every U.S. state.


    Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas will be the eighth Disney Vacation Club Resort, joining five others at the Walt Disney World Resort, one in Vero Beach, Florida, and one on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Memberships have sold out at the first six Disney Vacation Club Resorts, and sales remain ahead of schedule at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, which opened in May 2004.











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    Disney unveils new time shares


    October 12, 2006 | Orlando Sentinel


    Disney time shares are coming to the Animal Kingdom, with a plan for 458 units, the company said Wednesday. According to Disney, the time shares will be a mix of new construction and renovated accommodations in part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They'll feature African-inspired details and most will offer views of a savannah inhabited by a variety of animals.


    Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas will be the company's eighth time-share property -- the sixth at Walt Disney World -- and was hailed Wednesday as a smart business decision. "It's a major plus," said Michael Hewell, a former Disney employee who now escorts guests through the parks with his company, Michael's VIPs, and owns the online Web site, TourGuideMike. "Disney's going to sell every single one of them." As for the choice of Animal Kingdom, Hewell said, "It's the true retreat," and added, "For those people who want to rest away from the theme park madness, they now have a choice."


    Time shares have long been popular in Central Florida, but more so in recent years. In 2001, 10 percent of Orlando visitors stayed in time shares. Last year, that number had increased to 15 percent. From 2001 to 2005, the number of time-share units jumped 26 percent, from 15,157 to 19,099, according to the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hotel-room growth, on the other hand, grew only 2 percent during the same five-year period.


    Disney's entry into the time-share market was a big help to the industry, said Robert J. Webb, a veteran real estate and time-share industry attorney with the Baker Hostetler law firm in Orlando. "Disney's entry was part of a paradigm shift" in the 1990s, Webb said, when brand names such as Marriott and Disney entered the time-share field, long dominated by small operators. "It helped bring a lot of credibility to the industry."


    The expansion of the Disney time-share holdings is a reflection of the strength of the industry and Disney's commitment to its resort business, said Webb, who has represented Disney as an outside counsel in the past. "It's an excellent example of the evolution," Webb said, of hospitality companies relying on a mix of hotels and time shares for accommodating guests.


    Disney historian Michael Broggie said the new time shares are a continuing affirmation of Walt Disney's decision to build in Central Florida. "It also is a reflection of the confidence that [Disney chief] Bob Iger has in Central Florida and investing the company's assets there," Broggie said.


    Development of the Animal Kingdom Villas is scheduled in phases, with units to begin opening in fall 2007. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2009. The first phase will include 134 remodeled accommodations on the fifth and sixth floors of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and additional phases will include the building of 324 vacation properties in a new building at the resort.


    KIDANI VILLAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION








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    DVC OFFERS 15-YEAR EXTENSION OF OLD KEY WEST


    August 17, 2007 | Letter to Cast Members


    As we continue to celebrate “15 Years of Making Vacation Dreams Come True,” I’m pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for Members who call our original resort “home” to add 15 more magical years to their Membership.


    In an historic move for our company, we’re preparing to provide Members at Disney’s Old Key West Resort the chance to extend their Disney Vacation Club Membership through January 2057. We’ll hold a special meeting of the Disney Vacation Club Condominium Association on September 24 to vote to extend the resort’s ground lease accordingly and, pending the outcome of that vote, we’ll formally present Members with this opportunity to extend their Membership term, or to decline by deeding their extension to Disney Vacation Development.


    We anticipate that a significant number of our Members will take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, as our Annual Condominium Survey clearly revealed their interest in doing so. As you know, Disney’s Old Key West Resort holds a special place in Members’ hearts, and we look forward to sharing this unique opportunity with our original Member family.


    By extending the magic of Membership at our flagship resort, we’ll help families create new memories and pass on the legacy of Disney vacations to their loved ones for years to come. Your leadership team will be providing you with more details on this unique opportunity in coming days. Here’s to “15 More Years of Making Vacation Dreams Come True!”


    Notice of 2007 Special Meeting of the Board of Directors and Members of Disney Vacation Club Condominium Association


    RESOLVED: That the Association is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with DVD in which DVD will agree to extend the Ground Lease until January 31, 2057, thereby extending the Disney Vacation Club Condominium, the Vacation Ownership Plan and each Member’s Ownership Interest in the Disney Vacation Club Condominium, an additional 15 years to January 31, 2057, in exchange for the payment by the Association to DVD of $25.00 per vacation point (the “Extension Fee”);


    FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Association is hereby authorized to, and shall levy and assess, against each Member of the Association a special assessment in the amount of $25.00 per Vacation Point for payment of the Extension Fee. The special assessment and collection of this assessment shall be governed in all respects by the Association’s process for collection of annual assessments. The special assessment shall be a personal obligation of each Member and the Association shall have a lien on each Member’s Ownership Interest to secure payment of the special assessment. The Association shall promptly mail special assessment notices to each Member and the special assessments shall be due and payable on or before February 29, 2008;


    FURTHER RESOLVED: That for those members of the Association who desire not to extend their Ownership Interest beyond January 31, 2042, they may satisfy their obligation to pay the special assessment by executing a deed (with the formalities required by Florida law) conveying to DVD their Ownership Interest for the period January 31, 2042, to January 31, 2057.





    CONTRACT EXTENSION APPROVED AT SEPT 24, 2007 SPECIAL MEETING


    - All Old Key West DVC owners will receive a letter of offer to extend the ground lease of their vacation ownership from ending 1/31/2042 to ending 1/31/2057. Meaning that the property OKW sits on will be leased from the Walt Disney World Company for an additional 15 years.


    - The price will be $25 per point to extend current contracts for 15 years. However if you accept the extension before 2/29/2008 Disney Vacation Development will pay $10 of that $25. Making the final cost to the owner $15 per point of you act before 2/29/2008. If you act after that the price will be $25 per point.


    - There is no cost to the owner at all if they choose not to do this. All that happens is they will assign their vacation ownership back to DVC for the period of 2042 - 2057.


    - This can be done per contract with DVC - so if you are like me and own multiple contracts you can choose to do one or both of your contracts. But each contract must be done for the full value of the points.


    - This only being offered at OKW for now.


    - No effect on current annual dues.


    - There will be no closing costs associated with the extension.


    - Since DVC recognizes that there will be cost and time involved (paperwork will have to be notarized) even if you don't accept the offer they are going to credit every owner $30 on their December 2007 dues to cover the costs.


    - It can be financed with DVC - current terms = 10.75% for 10 years. It can also be financed on your own, or paid in full or charged to a major credit card.


    - Price of OKW points purchased through DVC prior to the resolutions being passed was $92 per point and ending in 2042. After the resolution passed OKW points are now $96 each and will end in 2057.
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    DISNEYLAND RESORT EXPANDING DISNEYS GRAND CALIFORNIAN HOTEL & SPA


    First West Coast Disney vacation villas planned



    ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept 18, 2007 Responding to a growing demand for guest accommodations in Anaheim, the Disneyland Resort today celebrated an expansion of Disneys Grand Californian Hotel & Spa that will increase accommodations by more than 30 percent and will include the first Disney Vacation Club villas in Anaheim.


    This expansion, scheduled for completion in late 2009, will involve 300 union construction jobs and result in 100 new hotel jobs. It underscores Disneys long-term commitment to growing and investing in Anaheim. The expansion also marks the latest in a series of major additions to the Resort that include the newly launched Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disneys California Adventure.


    This expansion underscores our commitment to growing and investing in both the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Resort Area, said Ed Grier, president of the Disneyland Resort. These new hotel rooms and villas will give more people the opportunity to enjoy the immersive vacation experience Disney is known for. We know that our guests value being able to stay in the middle of the magic with our world-class theme parks, shopping and dining just steps away.


    The 2.5-acre expansion on the hotels south side will add more than 200 new hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas. Those vacation villas, to include kitchens, living and dining areas and other home-like amenities, will mark the West Coast debut of Disney Vacation Club, Disneys innovative vacation-ownership program.


    For more than 50 years, the Disneyland Resort has been investing in our community and they have helped us build a world class resort destination in which all of Anaheim can be proud, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle said. Thanks to Disneyland and the Anaheim Resort Area, Anaheim boasts one of the fastest growing markets in the country for hotel occupancy.


    Other elements planned for the project include a rooftop deck for viewing fireworks, a new swimming pool and about 300 underground parking spaces. Peter Dominick of 4240, architect for Disneys Grand Californian Hotel & Spa as well as Disneys Wilderness Lodge and Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is designing the ambitious expansion. It will reflect the same California Arts & Crafts architecture of the existing hotel, which immerses guests in a turn-of-the-20th-century California experience.


    Disneys Grand Californian Hotel & Spa currently features 745 guest rooms, including 44 suites. Upon completion of the expansion project, the hotel will feature 945 guest rooms, including 44 guest suites, and 50 Disney Vacation Club two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas.


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    Hawaii DVC Planned


    Oct 3, 2007


    Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (NYSE: DIS) announced today that the company has finalized plans to purchase 21 acres of oceanfront property on Hawaii's island of Oahu.


    The property, located on the island's western side in the picturesque Ko Olina Resort & Marina, Honolulu's premier resort destination, will be home to Disney's first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme park developments. The expansive resort, scheduled to open in 2011, will have more than 800 units including hotel rooms and villas for Disney Vacation Club, which is Disney's rapidly growing timeshare business.


    "This resort hotel will give our guests another way to visit an exciting part of the world with a brand they trust," said Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. "In fact, Hawaii has been among our most requested Disney Vacation Club getaway locations beyond our theme parks. We are looking forward to building a special family resort that honors the cultural diversity of Hawaii and reflects the spirit of aloha that makes this location so unique."


    Consistently ranked as one of the top family destinations in the world, Hawaii's natural beauty and extensive offering of family activities make it an ideal location for a Disney resort. Part of the Disney resort hotel in Ko Olina will be dedicated to Disney Vacation Club, a timeshare program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By becoming a member of Disney Vacation Club, families can enjoy vacations at Disney destinations worldwide as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.


    Disney Vacation Club has grown to serve more than 350,000 individual members from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states. "We are delighted to create a place in Hawaii that our Disney Vacation Club members can call home," said Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club. "We know that both our existing members and new members will be thrilled about this resort in Ko Olina."








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    Aloha, Disney


    Mickey's company announces plans to build an 800-unit resort hotel at Ko Olina



    Oct 4, 2007 | Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced yesterday that it has purchased 21 acres of oceanfront property at Ko Olina Resort & Marina to develop the company's first stand-alone hotel.


    Disney paid $144 million to acquire a plot near Ko Olina's Lagoon 1, where it plans to develop an expansive resort that will open in 2011, creating more than 1,000 jobs. The mixed-use resort will have more than 800 units, including hotel rooms and villas for the Disney Vacation Club, which is Disney's time-share brand. Total development costs are still undetermined.


    "This resort hotel will give our guests another way to visit an exciting part of the world, with a brand that they trust," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Hawaii has been among the Disney Vacation Club's most requested getaway locations beyond theme parks, he said. Beach vacations are the No. 1 most popular trips for families, and Hawaii is the second most popular destination after Florida.


    Hawaii's natural beauty and family activities make it an ideal location for a Disney resort, Rasulo said.








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    VACATION MAGIC BECOMES DISNEY FILES


    Vacation Magic, the publication for DVC members since 1992, is renamed to Disney FILES starting with the Winter 2007 edition (Vol 16 No 4).


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