2010 Year in Review

General DVC News

2010 was something of a mild year in the Disney Vacation Club world.  Coming off the 2009 opening of four new destinations, the excitement was bound to wane a bit.  But with Aulani on the horizon and other program happenings, we still found reason to post more than 300 stories to DVCNews.com.  Let's take a look back at some of the highlights...

In January we finally learned the name of Disney's Hawai'i resort.  And no, it wasn't Disney's Grand Hawaiian Resort.

Disney Vacation Club published the point charts for 2011.  Those charts reflected another wave of reallocations with weekend rates falling further and weekdays easing upward a bit more.

Details emerged regarding a months-long beach replenishment project along Florida's Vero Beach.

In February, Disney's Vero Beach Resort adopted a new policy for pool towels in which they were stored in guest rooms rather than in poolside racks.

On March 1st we learned about a new wave of pending changes to the DVC reservation system.  Included in the changes are  mandatory pre-payments for cash reservations and Dining Plan purchases.

March also brought price increases for some older properties and a round of webcast promotions.

Disney announced a Premier Annual Pass which provides unlimited admission to ALL parks at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  Sadly, no additional discount was offered to DVC members.

A new DVC purchase promotion offered free voyages on the Disney Dream to buyers.

Producers put out a call for Disney Vacation Club members willing to partcipate in the first DVC infomercial.

In April we learned about the first Star Wars Weekends pin being produced exclusively for Disney Vacation Club members.

PassPorter published the first print guidebook dedicated to DVC ownership.

Disney's Aulani resort was topped-off as construction reached the building's tallest point.

Disney announced that it was opening the first Disney Vacation Club preview center at Tokyo Disneyland resort.

DVC began offering members the opportunity to purchase one-time-use points for $15 each.

Artwork emerged for the first DVC exclusive Vinylmation figurines.

In May, DVC sent many members a survey looking for feedback on their favorite member perks.

June saw the release of point charts and other details regarding the Aulani resort.

In July sales officially began for Aulani, at which time we learned about the fixed-week point offering at that resort.

DVC also surveyed members on resort amenities.

August saw the official opening of DVC's Tokyo sales center.

Member demand for Disney Cruises was so high in 2010 that DVC had to stop accepting reservationsSome additional inventory was secured a few days later.

Still no Dining Plan peak season rates for members in 2011.

Due to poor member reception of the bathroom/kitchenette setup at the Bay Lake Tower, in September DVC announced that changes were forthcoming.

Could River Country be home to the next DVC resort?

Details released on the 2011 SS Member Cruise, the first member voyage to be held on the Disney Dream.

Those long awaited enhancements to the DVC computer system were revealed, along with the dates in which Member Services would be negatively impacted.

It will take two years to paint the exteriors of all 18 buildings at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

In October Disney's Vero Beach Resort turned 15 years old.

Disney finally put some dates to the expansion of The Paddock pool at Saratoga Springs.

Members got a first look at changes made to Old Key West villa rooms during its year-long refurbishment.

After about 18 months of sales, Disney Vacation Club announced that the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel were officially sold out.

DVC prices reached a new plateau with the Bay Lake Tower going up to $130 per point in December.

One of the features unveiled in the computer upgrade was the ability to email booking confirmations to members.

The rumor mill began churning again in November with leaks regarding a California-themed DVC resort which may be in the planning stages.

The interest rate went up for direct purchases financed through DVC.

The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Disney began implementing the modifications to Deluxe Studio villas at the Bay Lake Tower.

No more reallocations for 2012 as the point charts were published about 2 months earlier than the prior period.

DVC held its first Black Friday sale with attractive discounts on purchases at the two Doorway to Dreams locations.

The Thanksgiving tradition continued as members began receiving their 2011 dues notices just days before the holiday.

Welcome Home Wednesdays will experience a time change in 2011.

In December DVC held its annual Condo Association meeting and DVCNews.com published live updates throughout the event.

That closes the book on 2010.  Stay with DVCNews.com throughout 2011 as we continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information relevant to Disney Vacation Club ownership!!!