07 Jan Disney Vacation Club Resorts Opening Dates
As Walt Disney World Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary, Disney Vacation Club celebrates its 30th. It was 1991 when the Disney Vacation Club timeshare launched. There was just one resort, then called The Disney Vacation Club Resort, now known at Old Key West. Upon opening DVC points were around $50. Quite a few things have changed over the last three decades. Disney Vacation Club now has 15 resorts that span across the country in Florida, South Carolina, Anaheim and Hawaii. Points values have gone up quite a bit and decades of points have been spent making incredible memories. For the fun of it let’s take a look at when each of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts opened.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort 1991
It’s the original and filled with Florida charm. Old Key West is quaint and relaxing with a neat Mickey water slide. The resort restaurant Olivia’s Cafe features Disney Vacation Club Member photos.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort 1995
About two hours south of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is on the Atlantic Ocean. Relax in the sun and sand with a Mickey bar in hand!
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort 1996
South Carolina is home to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort. This is about a four hour drive from Walt Disney World and is very woodsy in atmosphere.
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas 1996
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas is close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and offers boat transport to both. This charming, glitzy resort has its own actual boardwalk with neat dining and entertainment options.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Boulder Ridge 2000
Boulder Ridge is a rustic dream. It’s just a boat ride from Magic Kingdom, on the beautiful Bay Lake and surrounded by nature. The lobby for the DVC building here has a lovely fireplace and homage to Walt Disney’s love of trains.
Beach Club Villas 2002
Beach Club has the best pool at Walt Disney World. There are great dining options at this resort and it’s just a few steps away from the International Gateway entrance of Epcot!
Saratoga Springs 2004
Saratoga Springs has a beautiful view of and walkway to Disney Springs. This quiet, beautifully landscaped, pastel resort also has its own spa.
Animal Kingdom Villas 2007
There’s truly nothing like Animal Kingdom with its own savanna and animals. The adventurous eater is at home here with so many different flavors. Animal Kingdom has one of the best lobbies at Disney World and the Kidani Village DVC building feels so secluded.
Bay Lake Tower 2009
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a modern dream and just a short walk from Magic Kingdom. Monorail rides, firework views and the neat pool on Bay Lake are highlights.
Villas at the Grand Californian 2009
The Grand Californian is the only DVC property at Disneyland so far. The natural aesthetic is stunning and the lobby is gorgeous. Nothing beats how close this is to the parks with Disney California Adventure even having its own special entrance here.
Aulani brings the magic of Disney to Hawaii. With its own swimming cove on the ocean and amazing culinary experiences like a luau Aulani it’s really something special.
Villas at Grand Floridian 2013
The Grand Floridian is among the most popular of the DVC resorts and with good reason. The monorail loop location, eye-catching lobby and luxe dining experiences make it memorable.
Polynesian Villas & Bungalows 2015
The Polynesian is a treasured, classic Disney resort. The palm trees, architecture and beachy location on the Seven Seas Lagoon bring a lot to this resort. With Dole Whip on hand and the popular restaurant ‘Ohana you can’t go wrong with a stay here.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Copper Creek 2017
Copper Creek has a variety of rooms but also cabins on the waters of Bay Lake. They are absolutely gorgeous inside with an indoor/outdoor feel. Copper Creek rooms are surrounded by the resort’s two exciting pools.
Disney’s Riviera Resort 2020
The Riviera Resort brings European charm to Disney Vacation Club. The studio rooms have views of Epcot’s fireworks and the Skyliner stop here makes it very convenient to get around Disney property.
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