CELEBRATION, Fla., Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney Vacation Club, a leader in vacation ownership, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. Since its debut in 1991, Disney Vacation club has offered a flexible, points-based vacation system rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Today, Disney Vacation Club has more than 200,000 member families, from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries, who have discovered the joys of membership.
Members are able to choose from a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any of the 13 Disney Vacation Club resorts or at thousands of other resort destinations around the world. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks. When purchasing directly from Disney, members can also use their membership points to take trips on Disney Cruise Line or guided vacations with Adventures by Disney.
In 2016, Disney Vacation Club will debut new special member events and offers at Disney theme parks and resorts as part of its anniversary, plus new exclusive membership enhancements that make vacation planning even easier. These new offerings complement an already exciting and extensive lineup of offerings for members called Membership Magic.
"Membership Magic gives families even more to love about Disney Vacation Club," said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. "Now, for our 25th Anniversary, we're introducing even more amazing membership extras, exclusive experiences and other enhancements that only members and their guests can access. It's our special way of thanking our members for being such a valued part of the Disney Vacation Club family throughout these past two and a half decades."
For the 25th Anniversary, Disney Vacation Club is creating a new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, opening Spring 2016. Included with paid admission to Epcot, this space gives members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, and mingle with other members.
To further celebrate this milestone anniversary, members will also be offered complimentary theme park and water park events throughout the year, discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort, quarterly giveaways, fun surprises throughout the year and new memorable experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line. A new personalized Disney Vacation Club Membership Card will make it possible for members to enjoy all these new benefits, and recognition programs, such as special anniversary buttons, photos opportunities, unique merchandise and more, allowing members to display their pride.
Disney Cast Members will also show their appreciation to members throughout the year, starting with the launch of new services to help simplify the vacation planning process for members. This includes a reimagined website, accessible on any device, that provides members with personalized vacation advice, as well as the brand-new "Last-Minute Magic" webpage designed to help members explore last-minute vacation possibilities at select Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
Over the past 25 years, Disney Vacation Club has been a leader in the vacation ownership business. From opening its first property, Disney's Old Key West Resort, to its 13th resort, Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, which debuted in 2015, Disney Vacation Club continues to explore new ways to grow and evolve. Plans for a proposed 14th resort are already underway at Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort. Current plans call for the resort to feature deluxe accommodations, including cabins. More information and project details will be shared at a later date.
SOURCE Walt Disney World