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zurgswife
09-08-2003, 07:56 PM
Just got my Clubhouse email tonight and it states that BCV is officially sold out...and it was the fastest ever sales....

Welcome Home to you 10,000 BCV owners.....

WebmasterDoc
09-08-2003, 08:07 PM
Also included in the "Clubhouse" is an announcement about the Vacation Planner- a companion to the Guidebook.

New Member Guidebook companion coming
Members always look forward to receiving their Member Guidebook for planning vacations. Well, now there's something even better to look forward to. Introducing the Vacation Planner, a new companion to the Member Guidebook that makes planning your next magical getaway faster and easier. That's because your Vacation Planner will focus on Vacation Point charts along with key pieces of information on making, changing, and canceling reservations. By streamlining content and not repeating resort information that doesn't change much from year to year, this useful new book will be much easier to navigate. Look for it to arrive in your home next month. Be sure to hold on to your Member Guidebook, which remains a great reference source for information about your Membership. Happy planning!

zulaya
09-08-2003, 08:15 PM
Doc, you beat me to that. I was just going to point out that little blurb.

So don't throw away your Member Guidebooks, folks. Looks like we are only going to get point charts and info on banking, cancelling and making reservations.

Probably will save us some dues money only producing that info every year. Although I would have liked a MG with SSR resort info on it.

Lora
09-08-2003, 08:18 PM
The part of the member email I'm confused about is the Refurbishment list. It conflicts with the list on the Disney site. Anyone know which list is more accurate?

ncligs
09-09-2003, 05:11 AM
I would apprciate it if someone would "copy and paste" the Member Clubhouse e-mail. I haven't got 1 in 3 months.:mad:
Thanks.....

mommystieg
09-09-2003, 08:39 AM
Ok I will give it try:D

Inside Scoop
Disney's Beach Club Villas is sold out!
We're excited to share the news that Disney's Beach Club Villas is now sold out—our fastest Resort sellout ever! More than 10,000 Member families call this Resort their "home away from home," enjoying its comfort and charm with family and friends. Don't miss our special offers now available for our newest resort offering, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Click here for more details.

Make a last-minute getaway
We're very pleased to introduce our new Last-Minute Getaways program to you. Interval International® is now holding a limited amount of regularly available inventory at some of their best resorts for Disney Vacation Club Members. As part of Member Clubhouse, we'll feature exchange destinations with limited availability for the following month. October's list includes getaways to California, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Mexico, and Utah.

Contact Member Services today for the best selection. For a complete list of currently available destinations for October travel, click here.

New Member Guidebook companion coming
Members always look forward to receiving their Member Guidebook for planning vacations. Well, now there's something even better to look forward to. Introducing the Vacation Planner, a new companion to the Member Guidebook that makes planning your next magical getaway faster and easier. That's because your Vacation Planner will focus on Vacation Point charts along with key pieces of information on making, changing, and canceling reservations. By streamlining content and not repeating resort information that doesn't change much from year to year, this useful new book will be much easier to navigate. Look for it to arrive in your home next month. Be sure to hold on to your Member Guidebook, which remains a great reference source for information about your Membership. Happy planning!

Magic in your mailbox
The fall issue of Vacation Magic will be delivered later this month. Inside, we're celebrating the fifth anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, including a special sneak 'peak' at Expedition EVEREST, a new thrill attraction scheduled to open there in 2006. We'll also stop at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida for a talk with the directors of the upcoming film, Brother Bear, and take a closer look at some of the interior details at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the new Disney Vacation Club Resort. Come along for a trip around the neighborhood!


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Developer News
And they're off!
Right out of the gate, presales of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort are off to a record pace, thanks in part to Disney Vacation Club Members who've shown great interest in our newest Resort. With construction progressing nicely and model rooms now open, everyone's jockeying for position to get in on the ground floor of this resort located just across the lake from the Downtown Disney® area.

With its colorful Victorian era architecture and bubbling springs, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will get hearts racing as it recaptures the heyday of Upstate New York country retreats. This area's rich heritage will be reflected in our new Resort. In fact, Saratoga Springs, New York's theme "Health, History, Horses" resembles the three prominent themes found at the Resort.

You'll find it will be the perfect setting in which to gather with family and friends to relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate the spirit. And with the new 50-year Membership at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, you can continue that tradition longer than ever before.

That will give you plenty of time to get a taste of the tradition of Saratoga Springs. In past issues of Member Clubhouse, we've told you about everything from the Peppermint Pig holiday tradition, to the new food and beverage area at the Resort. And here's another tasty tidbit about something else that got its start in Saratoga Springs—the potato chip, celebrating its 150th birthday this year!

Back in the summer of 1853, a diner at the restaurant of Saratoga Springs' posh Moon's Lake House resort ordered fried potatoes with his meal. The chef, George Crum, prepared the potatoes in the standard, thick-cut French style that was popularized in France in the 1700s. The story goes that the diner complained that the potatoes were too thick and sent them back. After another attempt and subsequent rejection, Crum decided to get back at the guest by cutting the potatoes paper-thin, heavily salting, and refrying them.

To Crum's surprise, however, the diner and his friends literally ate up the "crunch potato slices." In no time at all they became a specialty at Moon's Lake House and became known as Saratoga Chips. Their popularity grew in the area, and when Crum started his own restaurant called "Crumb's House," he placed large baskets of the chips on every table. Before long, Saratoga Chips could be found in restaurants up and down the East Coast. And soon after, they became known as potato chips.

Last month in Saratoga Springs, a press conference was held to commemorate the birth of the potato chip. It's truly amazing that what started as a prank by George Crum has become one of America's favorite snack foods—and another tasty tale of Saratoga Springs.


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News of Note
Memorable Member Days
There's magic in the air anytime Disney Vacation Club Members get together. That was certainly true this summer as our Member Days proved to be quite popular. Each Tuesday, about 1,000 Guests flocked to Disney's BoardWalk Resort and Disney's Beach Club Villas to celebrate and get to know their Disney neighbors. There were guest speakers at Atlantic Dance Hall, special Member Day activities (like the Member Day Barbecue and other Member socials), discounts, and more. Watch for news of additional Member events in future issues of Member Clubhouse and Vacation Magic. And be sure to attend, because it's a great way to find out that Members are truly magical!

Pool hopping policy
Please remember that unless you're a registered Guest of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts or Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, pool hopping is never allowed at Stormalong Bay and Uzima Pool. Quiet pools at those resorts are also off-limits, unless you are a registered Guest of the resort. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Due to the high occupancy that is expected, Members may not "pool hop" from November 24 - November 30, 2003, and December 20, 2003 - January 3, 2004. On other dates, if you're pool hopping at another resort, you may be asked to leave in order to accommodate registered Guests staying at that resort. Please call ahead to the Front Desk of the destination resort to check pool availability, and visit dvcmember.com for updates.

Priority Seating
Planning ahead usually results in a more magical vacation. With that in mind, Walt Disney World® Food & Beverage is implementing a consistent advance booking window for all Walt Disney World Resort dining locations that accept Priority Seating. These locations will now accept Priority Seating bookings 90 days in advance, with the following exceptions:



Even better news is that all of our highly popular character dining experiences may now be booked 90 days in advance. So whether you want to attend the "Once Upon A Time" breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom® Park or the "Princess Storybook Breakfast" at Restaurant Akershus (in the Norway pavilion at Epcot), be sure to call ahead and plan on having a memorable feast.

To make a Priority Seating reservation for a Walt Disney World Resort dining location, please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).


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Around the Neighborhood
The island is your oyster
Join us on Fridays this fall at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort for the Broad Creek Oyster Roast, an all-you-care-to-eat feast, featuring roasted oysters, boiled shrimp, a tender meat offering, corn-on-the-cob, hush puppies, lemonade, and iced tea. All items are freshly prepared on site, with entertainment provided by the legendary B'Lou Crabbe. You can even make your own s'mores over the campfire—a Longview Island tradition!

Autumn's changing colors
While you're at Disney's Beach Club Villas, find a new fall wardrobe. Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions at Disney's Yacht Club Resort now features clothing from Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren Polo, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Photo finish
Even though we've run out of display space for Member photos at Disney's Old Key West Resort, we'd still love to hear about your Disney Vacation Club vacations. Please send your stories and photos to "Letters From Home," 200 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747.

Neighborhood haunts
Pack your costumes if you're heading home to Disney's BoardWalk Resort or Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort on Friday, October 31. The annual BoardWalk Halloween Celebration will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on the Village Green. Join your friends for trick-or-treating, goblin games, a costume caravan, Disney Character greetings, a live DJ, and more. Up at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Cast Members will be greeting kids who are trick-or-treating in areas around the Resort. Then it's over to Community Hall for a "spook-tacular" party!


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Member Perks
A notable Point of view
Overlooking Silver Creek Falls, the ambience at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is inspired by the rustic yet elegant dining rooms in cherished national park lodges. The seasonal menu celebrates the culinary heritage and flavors of Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia, drawing from European, Asian, and Native American traditions. Through December 31, 2003, Members receive a 10% discount at dinner on food and beverages (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity). Not valid on major holidays. A children's menu and vegetarian items are also available. For Priority Seating, please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).


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Banking Reminder
Banking Vacation Points is something most Members wish to do from time to time. To make banking your Vacation Points easier, the following chart is provided here each month as a reminder. Please note that Member Services is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, so plan your transactions accordingly, or make your banking request to Member Services via email.




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What in the World
Dress up for the occasion
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a one-of-a-kind celebration where Guests are immersed in the fantasy of the Magic Kingdom® Park and Halloween. Held on selected dates from 7:00 pm to midnight, the far-from-frightening family-friendly fun includes trick-or-treating, a special parade and fireworks show, Disney Characters in their favorite Halloween costumes, storytelling, and more, plus unlimited use of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions! This year, the event has been expanded to ten nights: October 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31. Advance tickets are available at disneyworld.com or by calling (407) W-DISNEY.

Gourmet globe-trotting
Send your taste buds on a trip around the world at the 10th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. You're in for a culinary and cultural excursion with 20 international food and wine marketplaces representing more than 25 different countries and regions! Special marketplaces offer appetizer-size samples of food and wine from distant lands. Participate in one of the seminars hosted by master chefs, vintners, and brewers. Enjoy new special exhibits including an Australian wine seminar, an Italian chocolate experience, and an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration, and quench your thirst for knowledge by unpeeling the secrets of orange juice production.

The popular Eat to the Beat concert series returns to the festival this year with nightly entertainment in the America Gardens Theatre at 5:45, 7:00, and 8:15 pm. The current schedule of performers is:

October 18-22....................Sister Sledge
October 23-27....................The Spinners
October 28 - November 1.....Three Dog Night
November 2-6....................The 5th Dimension
November 7-11..................Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
November 12-16................Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

Entertainment is subject to change without notice. For more information, visit Special Events at disneyworld.com.

Refurbishment schedule
From time to time, attractions at Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks undergo refurbishment. The current schedule of refurbishment closures is:

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Festival of the Lion King - scheduled to reopen September 30

Disney-MGM Studios
The Magic of Disney Animation - September 30 - November 23
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ - October 13-18

Magic Kingdom Park
Swiss Family Treehouse - scheduled to reopen October 25
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - scheduled to reopen November 22

All refurbishment dates are subject to change without notice.


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sgtpet
09-09-2003, 12:39 PM
Doc,

Just curious/hoping that more will be coming from DVC than the supplemental information instead of brand new member guidebooks?

yesdisneyfool
09-09-2003, 02:22 PM
mommystieg, thanks for the cut and paste. Maybe I'll get the next email - it's kind of like the lottery with me, sometimes I get lucky.

Again, Thanks.

ncligs
09-09-2003, 02:56 PM
mommystieg

"Thank you"....I appreciate it. Maybe DVC will get there on-line communications,account info,etc into the 20th century someday. :(

mommystieg
09-09-2003, 03:51 PM
Glad to help:D