05-25-2000, 11:03 AM
I got this in my email today:

Disney Vacation Club Reveals Plans for Fourth Ownership Resort At Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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(R) 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(R) 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.


Disney Vacation Club, Lake Buena Vista

Mariska Elia, 407/566-3123

Email: mariska.elia@disney.com

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05-25-2000, 11:10 AM
WOW, what great, and suprising news. I thought this location was a dead issue. Thanks for the info.

Gary OKW'94
05-25-2000, 11:55 AM
Thanks for the info. I would have bet the next one was going to be at the Animal Park Lodge before the Beach Club. In fact, I really don't see that much room between the BC and Epcot for it to be placed....

05-25-2000, 12:05 PM
Yippee! I was pretty sure it was coming after a conversation I had with my rep when we bought our add on the end of last month. I can't wait. We will definitely be one of the first to buy there. We ought to have our current points about paid off by then. I just love the location and the pool is the best on property. With points there and at OKW we ought to be able to have any type of WDW vacation we want.

Werner Weiss
05-25-2000, 12:16 PM
Gary OKW'94 wrote:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>In fact, I really don't see that much room between the BC and Epcot for it to be placed....
According to the announcement:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>All units will feature either a pool, garden or courtyard view.
In other words, there will not be views of Crescent Lake or the waterway leading to Epcot. This suggests that the location isn't really between the Beach Club and Epcot, but rather somewhere "behind" the Beach Club.

I hope they give the new DVC resort a really great pool -- otherwise DVC members from the new Beach Club Villas will flock to nearby Stormalong Bay. This could lead to capacity problems at Stormalong Bay, straining the ability of Stormalong Bay to handle DVC pool hopping from the rest of us.

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland (http://www.yesterland.com), featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

05-25-2000, 12:17 PM
Where do I sign up. Heck with the Wilderness, I want to be part of the beach /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

Now this will bring up the age old debate. Will they extend the length of ownership or tear down the buildings in 42?

05-25-2000, 01:19 PM
Quote:"Now this will bring up the age old debate. Will they extend the length of ownership or tear down the buildings in 42?"

No debate needed. As long as the new resort is part of DVC, ownership will expire in 2042- just like all DVC resorts. According to our charter, any present and/or future additions will end in 2042.
Now as for tearing them down, there is no need to do that, as ownership just reverts entirely back to Disney at that time. They could resell, rent ....or tear them down.

Peggy Sue
05-25-2000, 02:03 PM
This is great! A couple of weeks ago we were walking from the beach club to epcot and noticed the land after the beach club and before the international gateway had some survey stakes out there. Is this where they are building?? If so, it is right on top of the international gateway! We just added more points at OKW a couple of weeks ago..and said we would add more a couple of years from now..seems like the perfect place to add points!

When we heard this rumor about a year ago we were also told the next additional would be over at the new animal kingdom lodge after the beach club was done..who knows..maybe that rumor will come true too?!!

Have a wonderful day!

05-25-2000, 02:09 PM
Since there is a road located between BC and Epcot (it runs under the canal), it is unlikely that another structure can be comfortably placed in that area. More likely, the area behind BC and Epcot. This will be an interesting placement, but I'm sure another well designed addition to the DVC resort collection.
Can't wait to see some renderings of the design.

05-25-2000, 02:39 PM
Wow! This is sooo exciting!!!!!! I'm so glad that Disney is giving us even more vacation opportunities. Woo hoo!

Steve BWV'99
05-25-2000, 02:52 PM
Oh I can see the confusion now...BCV BWV /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-25-2000, 03:09 PM
Based on info I saw on Master Plans, the land across the street from the BC entrance was marked for "Vacation Ownership" development. This land has been occupied by a small office trailer barley visible from Epcot Resorts Drive for over a couple of years now. Sounds like the spot to me and further is validated by the description in the press release. I guess we'll know soon enough.

Pat Walker
05-25-2000, 03:19 PM
Great news a 5 star post indeed we bought at the right time and will buy more in the future.I can see this spot will really kick up alot of new buyers.

Scott Wattum
05-25-2000, 03:55 PM
Frankly, I can't get all that excited about this. Big deal, another place at WDW - it's not like they don't have enough already. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Now, if they were to announce something like a totally new location - that would be exciting news!


Werner Weiss
05-25-2000, 03:57 PM
Take a look at the TerraServer aerial image (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.asp?S=11&T=1&X=1114&Y=7845&Z=17&W=2) of the Epcot Resorts area and World Showcase.

There's an undeveloped area adjacent to the Beach Club near the center of the image (actually slightly above the center of the image). And just north of that undeveloped area, there's a small parking lot.

My guess is that the Beach Club Villas will replace the undeveloped patch and the small parking lot. They would need to be built sufficiently far from the Beach Club so that the Beach Club rooms and the Villas both have nice garden views, not views into each others windows.

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland (http://www.yesterland.com), featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

05-25-2000, 04:59 PM
...we already have choices at WDW. I would love to have more choices outside of Florida! Our first trip as DVC members will be to our BW home; next we'll go to HHI. I've been looking at exchanging into II for a trip to Arizona or California. The probl em is that we only want to stay in one place for 4 nights so we have to take a week and therefore throw away the 3 remaining nights. Plus not many of the II properties have suites or 1 bedrooms - there's just two of us. And, lastly, if its not DVC - I'm not sure of the quality.

We bought DVC for 2 reasons: 1) its Disney, 2) flexibility in time of year, length of stay and type of room.

Oh well, maybe next time..Ë?


05-25-2000, 06:57 PM
I have to agree with Scott and Heidi; a DVC resort outside of Florida; we have plenty of choices there now. How about Calif., Arizona, a mountain resort, etc.


05-25-2000, 07:06 PM
I would really rather see a DVC resort on the west coast. Just one would be nice. Also, with a DVC resort in that location I can only imagine that management will try to make an exclusive deal with the BC that the only DVC members who will be allowed to use Stormalong Bay must be staying at the DVC Beach Club Resort. I really hope this doesn't happen.

Werner Weiss
05-25-2000, 07:06 PM
According to the announcement:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>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.[/quote]

I wonder what they'll do to prevent the 4th and 5th floor units from having a clear view of the backstage area behind Epcot's United Kingdom, Millennium Village, and Canada?

Are there enough tall trees in the area to form a visual barrier?

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland (http://www.yesterland.com), featuring discontinued Disneyland attractionss

05-25-2000, 07:36 PM
I haven't looked at the aerial map yet but I had "heard" that it would be across the street from the Beach Club placing it sort of behind the Future World area of Epcot. In any case, I may miss out on adding on at BWV but I'll probably be ready to purchase early on at BC. (WL just doesn't grab me for a purchase though I'd love to stay there as well.) Hmmm...maybe the World of Resorts will be replaced by World of DVC. I do agree though that I would like to see more non-Disney or possibly Disneyland related DVC's but I have a feeling that is not the plan for the time being.

05-26-2000, 03:16 AM
Since DVC is in the business of selling more points and not building to please its present members I think that we will see a lot more DVC buildings going up in WDW. It's a fact that those units sell and the 2 outside of WDW have always had problems turning the sells as quickly. I think that is what DVC is really all about, having great vacations every year at WDW. There are plenty of timeshares out there that offer great trades to most anywhere in the world. What makes DVC different is that they are right inside WDW and ran by Disney itself. Plus it is a way to get more people in the parks to spend even more money. On the matter of location of the new BCV, I had read quite awhile back that the CM parking lot at BC was closed and a parking lot across the street was opened for them to park in. A CM said the old parking lot was slated for the new DVC buildings that were to be built there. I'm not sure where this parking lot is located. Anyone know? I hope that when we are there in November that we will be able to see some of the construction to get a better idea of where these will be located

Gary OKW'94
05-26-2000, 04:32 AM
Now I'm wondering, with the information about the new resort being released, if it will spur DVC into bringing out a new incentive plan to encourage future sales.

05-26-2000, 07:19 AM
Talk about a fireworks view!! 5th floor facing Epcot? I'll stay and charge admission!

05-26-2000, 07:35 AM
Maybe this is where the whole Vacation Club thing started, but why doesn't DVC just make it more reasonable for us members to stay in the existing resorts, ie: Poly, Contemporary, GF, CB, DL, PO etc. Isn't that what alot of us want anyway - being able to stay at any of the WDW resorts. That's how my wife and I did it for the 23 years before we joined DVC. The accomodations were always just fine (sometimes perfect). Disney could expand the hotel portions of the resorts and not bother with these Villas. Then they could concentrate on making the exchange program more varied and reasonable.
We just spent a week in a 1 BR at BWV and it was nice, but we agreed that our subsequent visits would be in a studio, or 2 studios if we bring the grandkids (that's all we really need) - so little time in the room.
Are there other that feel this way?

05-26-2000, 09:20 AM
A few weeks back, DIS had a post on where you think the next one would go. One of my arguments that it WOULDN'T be at Y&B was that it was too close to BWV. Whoops!

Either way, I would welcome it; another opportunity to enjoy WDW at a different facility!

05-26-2000, 09:36 AM
I definitely would love to see a Disnelyand Villas Resort in Anaheim CA.

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05-26-2000, 10:00 AM
I am with you Bicker they are building 750 rooms at DCA with room for a 1.000 they could make the rest DVC -Cris

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05-26-2000, 02:21 PM
We have points in OKW and BWV and . . . soon (I hope) BCV! This is a great location. We've stayed in all the resorts, and the off property resorts are nice, but they don't compare to OKW and BWV. I hope DVC goes through with this.

(By the way, we stayed at The Plaza in New York City, using DVC points, last weekend, and it was ok. Not great, but ok. At 45 points a night, I don't think I would waste the points this way again.)

05-26-2000, 04:27 PM
I am planning on joining DVC in the near future, but now that the Beach Club location has been announced, I would really like that to be my home resort. Would DVC allow me to purchase points now to use at the other locations, then when BCV open have that be my home resort?

05-26-2000, 06:56 PM
Grotto, in short NO! You will have a deed stating ownership of a specific property. You could add on at the VBC when sales begin- or sell your other contract and buy at VBC, but you won't be able to just "trade" home resorts thru DVC.

05-26-2000, 09:50 PM
I was told it would be across the street from the BC where the old BC cast member parking was. They moved that lot months ago and at the time BC cast members were told it was because of the new DVC resort.

Frank in WI
05-27-2000, 01:19 PM
More up to date satellite image of Boardwalk area.


Frank in WI

05-27-2000, 01:29 PM
In this view- the area directly above BC may be the site.

05-28-2000, 02:19 AM
I just returned from a stay at OKW because I couldn't get into my home resort BWV. I was VERY disappointed with the transportation from and to OKW. The buses were slow and far between going both directions, and I didn't like the "out of the way" feel of OKW (but perhaps that feeling was heightened by the fact that I couldn't get transportation fast enough!) BWV is a very popular resort because of its location and that means that it fills up quickly and last minute ressies are not as easy to come by. Hence my stay at OKW. For me, another resort at that popular spot by the international gateway is fabulous news! Not only does it mean that there will be another popular location to draw those who may be interested in staying at BWV, but it also means that I will have an option besides OKW if my Boardwalk fills up before I make my ressie!

Also, I've stayed in many WDW properties as well as three DVC resorts and let me tell you: DVC does it better!!!

I'd be interested in DVC resorts elsewhere too, of course, but we do have the concierge collection to keep our wanderlust satisfied for the time being....

Pixie dust!!


05-28-2000, 10:12 PM
Wow! I think this is great news. It should be quite a boost for DVC.

Being from Calif., I too, would like to see a DVC resort on the west coast. As I understand it, DVC had bought property there at one time, but was unable to develop and market it because DVC is a lease that expires in 2042. I believe that according to CA law, a timeshare must be a permanent, deeded property. Oh well....

Can't wait to see plans for the new resort! Thanks for sharing this information.

05-28-2000, 10:23 PM
I was told today, the location will be to the left of the front entrance of the Beach club. The tennis courts are being moved to the Yacht Club and the valet parking is being moved, not sure where. The old Cast Member parking lot will be the new Beach Club additional parking lot across the street. A new CM parking lot will be built.

02-26-2001, 04:10 PM
Any idea when the Beach Club Villas will go on sale? Will it "pre-sell", if so when??? <IMG SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif" alt="confused"> <IMG SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif" alt="confused"> <IMG SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif" alt="confused">

02-26-2001, 05:26 PM
They are doing construction there now. I just assumed it was the BCV being worked on. If it is, they are located right between The BCV and The International Gateway, but set back a bit from the walkway to EPCOT. They are more towards the canal that runs along the other side of the BC. The canal is actually dammed off and they have some heavyduty cranes doing some major work. From what I could see, there are two structures being built but these only looked to be 2-3 stories high and square. They seemed kind of small so maybe they aren't the actual rooms being built yet. You can see them through the trees as the buss passes between Epcot and the BC on its way to the BW. I'm sorry I don't have more info or better yet, pictures, but I thought this was old news. I didn't know that DVC didn't officially come out with a statement. :mad:

Owner BWV Feb 2000

03-01-2001, 01:48 PM
I agree they should make the other resorts more reasonable for staying on points - now we cannot even stay at the WL unless we can somehow get a reservation at VWL.
While we are wishing, I wish they would either greatly expand the concierge collection and include more moderately-priced resorts, and/or they would open dvc resorts in New Orleans, Gatlingburg,Vail, Sedona, near Yosemite, say Mariposa, Seattle, NYC, Las Vegas....(they could be mini-resorts....)