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Old 03-24-2006, 02:55 PM   #1
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The DVC board official Animal Kingdom Villas discussion thread

A number of different threads (more than a dozen) have been started discussing the announcement of a DVC resort at the Animal Kingdom Lodge area.

To help keep the boards clean, all those threads are being merged here into this thread.

Please restrict all AKV discussion to this thread, and do not start any new threads, as they will only have to be merged by a moderator into this thread, or may just be closed instead.


Note that since Disney is calling it Animal Kingdom Villas, we will use the acronym AKV to describe the resort. Many have been using VAKL and may wish to start using AKV.

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The following is a copy of a post made by tikiman which shows an artists rendition, and a copy of the announcement text. It is reposted here for information......




October 11, 2006, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – 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 readers of Travel & Leisure Family magazine recently honored with the No. 4 spot on their 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 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 building, and subsequent phases will include the construction of 324 vacation homes in a new building on the resort property, for a total of 458 Disney Vacation Club homes.


The project also calls for construction of a new table-service restaurant, 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 milestone 15th anniversary, is an innovative timeshare program that lets families enjoy flexibility and savings on future vacations at Disney destinations and more than 500 other popular vacation sites around the world. Since 2000, Disney Vacation Club membership has doubled to include more than 300,000 individuals from over 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, Fla., and one in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Disney Vacation Club has sold out of memberships at its first six resorts, and sales remain ahead of schedule at its seventh property, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, which opened in May 2004 near the Downtown Disney area at the Walt Disney World® Resort.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:26 PM   #2
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NEW DVC @ Animal Kingdom has been announced!

From the DVC-operations board:

Just re-posting it here since this is where the "rumors" are always discussed...

Animal Kingdom Villas was just announced on Local Channel 9 Orlando, the new DVC will feature 450 rooms, restaurants, a pool, some shops... it is expected to be open within 1 year, and finished in 2009.

Name will be Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV, not VAKL as we have all been saying!)

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Old 10-11-2006, 10:45 PM   #3
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Wow! Thanks for reporting. Anything about CRV?
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:45 PM   #4
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Nope...not a peep on that as far as I know.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:52 PM   #5
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That's good news!! I know a lot of people will be really excited about this!!
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:19 AM   #6
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I saw this posted on the wdwmagic website as well. I hope it's true. I can't wait for the official announcement to come out and hopefully it will have some more details.
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:25 AM   #7
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There is a post on the News and Rumors board that I will try to move to here. This sounds like a go.

Here it is...
QUOTE=crazy4wdw]Disney unveils new time shares

Sara K. Clarke | Sentinel Staff Writer
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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.

Jerry W. Jackson and Tim Barker of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Sara K. Clarke can be reached at 407-420-5664 or skclarke@orlandosentinel.com[/QUOTE]
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:37 PM   #9
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AM I DREAMING??? WAKE ME UP IF I am! VAKL announced!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1248780

Oh please let it be true! I am on my way to check out any real source!
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I saw this posted on the wdwmagic website as well. I hope it's true. I can't wait for the official announcement and hopefully it will have some more details.
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:31 AM   #11
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Mouse Planet reported that showrooms for AK villas are currently being built at SSR. You definatley are not dreaming!!!
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Old 10-12-2006, 05:32 AM   #12
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But is it "AN OFFICIAL DVC ANNOUNCEMENT?"
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Oh, please, please, please let this be for real!!!
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But is it "AN OFFICIAL DVC ANNOUNCEMENT?"
I'm in Orlando right now, and last night the local news stations were reporting it as an official Disney announcement. They said that some rooms would open in about a year, with the full complex (approx 450 DVC rooms, restaurant, shops) to be finished in 2009.
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