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Updated 10/23/13:

The Grand Floridian Villas opened at Walt Disney World today!

Updated 10/3/13:

Disney announced the latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club will be at the Polynesian Resort. The Polynesian Villas are scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the third Disney Vacation Club property on the monorail.

Updated 9/11/13:

Last chance to get the free Disney Dining Plan for the fall of 2013! Disney is offering a free dining plan with the 6 night Magic Your Way Package which includes your room and theme park tickets. Book your travel by September 15th!

The California Grill re-opened on September 9th after a major refurbishment. The stunning new look includes a different color scheme and brand new floor to ceiling windows to highlight the spectacular views from the restaurant. The new dining room has a more modern look and a creative new menu has been introduced with an expanded wine selection.

Updated 8/20/13

The California Grill is reopening on September 9th after a lengthy rehab. Disney will begin taking reservations on August 26th. The updated restaurant will include a new deck and a new menu.

The new refillable mug program is expanding in Walt Disney World.

The Grand Floridian Villas are continuing with their sales. This property offers the option of a fixed week each year, similar to traditional timeshares.

Free Disney Dining is back! You can receive free dining on your Walt Disney World vacation when you purchase a vacation package at full price. This special offer is available on select dates from September through December.

No Fridges in Resort Rooms Temporarily

Refrigerators are being removed from Disney resort rooms due to a manufacturer's defect. Disney expects to replace all the refrigerators within the next four months. This affects Aulani and Walt Disney World resort rooms, but does not affect Disney Vacation Club rooms, Art of Animation suites, All Star suites or Fort Wilderness cabins since they have a different sized fridge.

Disney to roll out new refillable mug pricing structure

Disney's new "Rapid Fill" program will utilize radio frequency identification (RFID) in their refillable mugs with a new price structure based on the number of days purchased. Instead of paying a flat price you will pay based on the number of days you will use your mug. You can purchase the mug for a specified time frame and then it will deactivate at the end of the time period. Prices are $8.99 for one day to $17.99 for length of stay (four or more consecutive days). You will not be able to use mugs for future visits and cannot use old mugs. This program is starting in July at the All Star Resorts prior to rolling out at the other resorts. The mugs will still be included in the Disney Dining Plan.

General Resort News

  • The Villas at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are available for purchase to current Disney Vacation Club members. Sales opened to the general public starting on June 19th. The villas are slated to open October 23, 2013.
  • Victoria and Albert's was awarded their 14th consecutive AAA Five Diamond award. Congratulations to this wonderful restaurant in the Grand Floridian!

Resort Refurbishments

  • The End Zone Food Court at the All Star Sports Resort will be closed for refurbishment August 3 - December 20, 2013. Grab n go items (pre-made) will be available at the arcade during this time. The arcade will be not functional during the refurbishment. Visits can use the food courts and arcades at the All Star Movie and All Star Music Resorts. Bus service will be provided
  • Rooms and suites on the 14th floor of the Disney Contemporary Resort are closed for refurbishment.
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