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Could Apple Buy Disney? – Let’s Peel Back The Layers

Could Apple Buy Disney? – Let’s Peel Back The Layers

Peel. Apple. Get it? Oh, how we make ourselves laugh. Hopefully, you as well. In recent days, an old question has been raised within the financial community, could Apple buy Disney? The long-running rumor has resurfaced and it got us thinking. Could this really happen? Well, there is no better time than the present to bite into this ripe rumor. Grab your peeler and less get to the core of the big question, could Apple buy Disney?

Apple TV+ could be why we see Apple buy Disney

Why Apple?

Oh, the layers to peel to back on this. To buy any company, let alone a company the size and magnitude of the Walt Disney Company, a business would need to raise a large amount of capital (cash and assets). Unless you’re Apple. It’s well known that the technology giant is one of the company’s with the most available cash with estimates around $100 billion. It’s known the company is looking for ways to bring the cash into the US by paying the least amount of tax. An acquisition would be one way.

Ok, they have the cash, but why would Apple buy Disney? Beyond the desire to bring the cash stateside, Apple is amidst building its own streaming service. Apple TV+ launched on November 1, 2019. The majority of the subscriptions on the platform are currently “free” subscriptions, as Apple gave anyone spending $50 or more a month on an Apple service TV+ at no cost. The platform is still building out its shows, movies, etc. It’s a service that’s craving content. What does Disney have a lot of? Content. Everywhere you turn at Disney you see loads of content. This is even before they acquired Fox.

Why Has The Rumor Return?

We’re living in a very unique time in our world’s history. It’s the pink elephant in the room known as the coronavirus. With the world focused on the health and safety of everyone, as it should be, Wall Street is circling. They’re circling around the Disney stock and its large drop over the past few weeks. The stock is dropping for multiple reasons, with the main two being the closure of the parks/cruise line and the impact on the global box-office. According to Bernie McTernan, Securities Director at Rosenblatt, the company is under scrutiny from investors and under pressure to turn things around. He continues on to say the stock price is ripe for a purchase from a company like Apple.

Why It Won’t Happen

Assuming the Federal Trade Commission and Disney investors would approve a deal in the first place, which they more than likely it would not, there are many reasons why this would not happen. When someone says could Apple buy Disney, they are usually only looking on the surface. Peeling back the layers, for Apple to buy Disney it would take upwards of $400 billion to do so. Do you know how many Mickey bars you could buy with that much money? Us either, we don’t have that many toes, lets just a lot.

How do we get to that evaluation? Even at the current stock price, it’s projected that Disney stock would get a 50% premium on top of the current price. With the premium, the stock price would equal ~$140 per share. This would make a buyout equal to ~$400 billion. Even Apple doesn’t have this amount of cash on hand to make a purchase. They could raise capital to do so. Once again this assumes both the Disney investors, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, would approve it.

Our Thoughts

Rumors and people asking the question, could Apple buy Disney, are sure to continue for years to come. Ultimately, you never know what could happen, no one saw Disney buying Fox, but odds are very low of this ever occurring. In the DVC Duo house what we would like to see is a partnership between the companies. Just imagine the type of experiences they would create combining the Apple technology with Walt Disney Imagineering. Now that would be Imagination Pavilion we would like to see! For now, the idea Apple could buy Disney will remain a fun lounge discussion. Shall we meet at Abracadabar and see if we can make this rumor disappear?

Disney Polynesian Resort Villas – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Disney Polynesian Resort Villas – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Aloha! Welcome to one of the original Walt Disney World hotels in the Polynesian Resort. In April of 2015, Disney opened the doors to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) portion of the historic resort. The resort was the last monorail resort to receive the DVC portion, with Bay Lake Tower coming first, then followed by the Grand Floridan. Alright, we just got our text and it looks like our room is ready. Let’s head over to Disney’s Polynesian Resort Villas for our DVC Duo resort review.

Themeing within the Polynesian Resort

The Theme

Stepping into the Polynesian Resort is like stepping in your favorite old school sitcom. In all the best ways. Hear us out. Whether you grew up with the Brady Bunch, Full House or even Saved By The Bell, they all have that Hawaiian vacation episode. You know the one. The quintessential tropical getaway. That’s the Polynesian in a nutshell.

Themed after a 1950’s feel of the South Pacific, the resort transports you to a time where all your stresses disappears and you feel the need for a deep exhale. All that’s missing is a Tiki drink in your hand, but we’ll get to that!

Passholder Insights: The Polynesian Resort is one of the only deluxe resorts where there are no guest rooms attached to the main building. The other is Old Key West.

Studio at the Polynesian Resort

The Rooms

With 380 villas the Disney Polynesian Resort Villas is spread between 3 buildings and 20 over the water bungalows. The resort is the most unique DVC configuration at Walt Disney World and across all DVC resorts worldwide, as the resort only has two room types. Three of the buildings, along with the bungalows, are dedicated DVC rooms. The buildings are, Moorea, Pago Pago, and Tokelau. Below are the room options:

  • Deluxe Studio – Similar to an oversized hotel room with one queen-sized bed, one queen-sized, 1 single pull-down bed, one walk-in shower, one full bath with a tub/shower combo. Sleeps 5 people.
  • Bungalow – A standalone building over the banks of Seven Seas Lagoon that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, and larger deck with a private hot tub. The master bedroom is made up of a king bed, jacuzzi tub, and walk-in shower. The second bedroom consists of a queen bed and a pulldown twin bed. In the living room, you’ll find a queen pull out bed and a pull-down twin bed. Sleeps, 8 people.

We’ve stayed in the studios at the Polynesian Resort. In our option, what this resort different than almost any of the other DVC Resorts is that all the studios have two showers and sinks. This makes getting ready super easy!

Passholder Insights: If you’re looking for a larger room that is not a Bungalow near the Magic Kingdom both Bay Lake Tower and Boulder Ridge Resort are great options.

Arriving at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Rolling up to the Disney Polynesian Resort either by the Disney Magical Express, car, taxi, or rideshare you’ll be dropped off at the entrance to the lobby. Bell services will greet you for any of your luggage needs or if you’d like to valet your car. Stepping through the front door you’ll want to head to the right for guest services and room check-in.

Depending on the time of day (before check-in time) we would recommend having bell services hold your bags so you can enjoy the magic. Of course, you could always take advantage of the Magical Express Luggage service and save yourself the hassle of lugging luggage as we do!

Passholder Insights: We’re usually big fans of checking into our room online, however, at the Polynesian, it’s worth checking in at the front desk for your lei.

The Polynesian Resort Lobby

The Lobby Area

Oh, the Poly lobby. It just rolls off the tongue. Setting through the doors to the lobby you can’t help but see the castle in the distance. That’s right, the resort is so close to the Magic Kingdom you can see the castle across Seven Seas Lagoon. Looking around the two-floor lobby you’ll see a gift shop off to your left filled with Hawaiian inspired treats and apparel. On the second floor is where you would pick up the monorail, as well as find another gift shop and two of our favorite dining spots, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Passsholder Insights: Fun fact, Disney decided to move the Polynesian pool ten feet to the right to ensure guests would see the castle when walking into the lobby. It required a whole refurbishment of the pool area.

The Polynesian Resort Pool

The Pools and Recreation

Speaking of that pool that moved. Off the back of the infamous Poly lobby, you’ll find the main pool area for the resort, the Lava Pool. The centerpiece of the pool area is the active volcano that erupts throughout the day. Wrapping around the volcano is a 142-foot slide that drops you into the 120,000-gallon zero-entry pool. Heated of course! The pool is fully equipped with in-pool chairs and underwater music. Circling the pool area you’ll find an ample amount of lounge chairs, a whirlpool and a variety of private cabanas. The cabanas are available for $25 for a half-day and $40 for the full-day.

Beyond the main pool, there is a quiet pool nestled within the garden area. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing or taking a nap.

Outside of the pools, the Polynesian Resort offers a variety of recreation activities including, boat rentals, volleyball, fishing, movies under the stars, and activities throughout the day. The most notable activity is the Torch Lighting Ceremony that takes place by the Lava Pool Tuesday through Saturday. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. Check with the front desk for the time.

Passholder Insights: Nightly from the Poly beach you’re able to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks as well as the Electric Water Pageant.

Entrance to Ohana

Let’s Eat

From top to bottom the Polynesian Resort has some of the best dining spots at Walt Disney World. The resort offers a range of options from quick service to sit down restaurants and even a dinner show. For quick service check out Capt Cook’s, by far one of the best quick service options on property. Other quick service options include Kona Island, the Barefoot Pool Bar, and Nate’s favorite spot Pineapple Lanai. Dole Whip anyone?

The resort offers a variety of sit down restaurants. Below is the breakdown of options:

  • Kona Cafe – Located on the second floor of the lobby the restaurant offers Hawaiian and South Pacific dishes. A DVC Duo all-time favorite. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kona Cafe is a single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. For a full review of the restaurant check out our DVC Duo restaurant review.
  • ‘Ohana – Located on the second floor of the lobby this infamous dining spot is a can’t miss in the DVC Duo house. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant offers character dining in the morning an all you can eat Hawaiian feast at night. A single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. We would highly recommend making an advanced dining reservation for this one. For a full review of the restaurant check out our DVC Duo restaurant review.
    • Twilight Feast – when staying at the resort you’re able to order room service from ‘Ohana. It’s called the Twilight Feast and served once a night. Usually, one order of the twilight feast can feed two.
  • Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show – Located at Luau Cove is the twice a night dinner show. Weekly on Tuesdays through Saturdays, you can sit down for an all you can eat Hawaiian Luau. Two meal credits if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. Advanced reservations are required.

Beyond the restaurants, the Polynesian has two of the DVC Duo’s favorite lounges in Tambu Lounge and Trader Sam’s. Both tend to be more popular options for an adult timeout. You can’t go wrong with either option if you’re in the mood for a tropical drink.

Passholder Insights: We like to kick-off our unofficial Monorail Crawl at the either of the two lounges within the resort.

Workout facility at the Polynesian Resort

Quick Workout

Looking to sneak in a vacation workout? The Polynesian has got you covered. The resort shares a gym with the Grand Floridian Resort and is situated between the resorts. It has everything you’ll need for a solid vacation workout. Additionally, the resort area has a jogging path along Seven Seas Lagoon.

Our Thoughts

We love it! By far one of our top places to stay at Walt Disney World is the Polynesian Resort. If you’re someone who enjoys the more laidback island type feel, then this is your spot. For us, it’s perfectly located as we can easily jump on the monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The best part is the studios with two showers. Once you have two showers it’s definitely hard to go back. With that our Polynesian review is complete and there is only one thing left to do. That’s right, it’s time to start our monorail crawl!

How The Coronavirus Could Effect Disney World? – The Long Term Impact

How The Coronavirus Could Effect Disney World? – The Long Term Impact

Grab those binoculars! Or Magic 8 ball. The choice is yours! We’re taking a look into the future at the potential impact the Coronavirus could have on Walt Disney World. First and foremost, the most important thing is the health and safety of everyone around the world. There is no doubt the impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is already having on a global scale. It’s an unprecedented time for us all. We send our best to everyone and know our thoughts are with you. During this time we will continue to provide content as we always do, sarcasm and dad jokes included. With that said, let’s see how it could change the long-term plans for the Walt Disney World parks.

Hyperion Wharf concept art

History Tell Us

As they say, we can learn a lot from our past! When it comes to outside factors impacting the overall direction of the Walt Disney World parks we don’t have to look too far back. We may not need those binoculars after all. The last time something on this scale occurred was back in 2008. In 2008 it was the financial crisis that affected the global economy.

Prior to 2008 Walt Disney World had plans for a variety of updates. Within these updates were two continually talked, never forgot projects in the Monsters, Inc Scream coaster (replacing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster) and Hyperion Wharf (later became Disney Springs). Neither of these projects were blue-sky ideas, as Disney release concept art for both, with the Monsters, Inc Scream coaster only be shown to cast members. Both of these projects were filed away in the infamous Walt Disney Imagineering filing cabinet. Yes, that same cabinet we mentioned in our Galaxy’s Edge Restaurant. They were both filed away as the financial crisis impacted the Walt Disney Company on many levels and in an effort to “right the ship” Disney moved away from many known and unannounced projects.

Passholder Insights: Hyperion Wharf would have been located where the Boat House and Morimoto Asia are located at Disney Springs.

Mountain at DisneySea

Current State

At the moment, all of the Disney Parks around the world are at different levels of closure. With the parks themselves all being closed. It is the first time in the history of the company that all the parks are closed at the same time. How Disney is handling the situation is, to say the least, spectacular. All cast members will be paid during the closures, additionally, they’ve addressed the guest experience on all levels. From annual pass extensions to waiving all change/cancellations fees, and providing future credits for park tickets that are either not used or partially used. For all the details please reference the following information.

Each of the parks closed on the following days:

  • Shanghai Disneyland – January 25, 2020
  • Hong Kong Disneyland – January 26, 2020
  • Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea – March 1, 2020
  • Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure – March 14, 2020
  • Disneyland Paris – March 16, 2020
  • Walt Disney World – March 16, 2020

There are aspects of the parks in China reopening within the region. On March 9, 2020, Shanghai Disneyland reopened its Downtown Disney section of the park. On March 11, 2020, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea extended their closure from March 16, 2020, to an undetermined date in early April 2020.

The Disney parks in the US are projected to reopen on April 1, 2020, based on the current announcements from Disney. Please note we would not be surprised to see this date pushed further into April if not May, similar to how Tokyo Disneyland readjusted their opening date. Additionally, Disney will also be closing all Disney operated stores within their Downtown and Disney Springs areas on March 17, 2020. The closures continue with all Disney World resorts in the continental US either closing or they are already closed. All of the Disneyland Resort will be closed effective March 16, 2020. Walt Disney World resorts, Disney Vero Beach Resort, and Disney Hilton Head Resort closed on March 20, 2020. Disney’s Aulani Resort will be closing on March 24, 2020, at 5 pm local time. All resorts are projected to be closed through March 31, 2020.

On Friday, March 20, 2020, runDisney official announced the 2020 Star Wars Rival Run weekend would be canceled. The event was scheduled to take place from April 16th to 19th. All races will be refunded within six weeks of the announcement. For more details please see the following notice from runDisney.

UPDATE: On Friday, March 27, 2020, Disney announced they were extending the closure of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort for the foreseeable future. All cast members will continue to be paid through April 18, 2020.

UPDATE: As of Friday, March 27, 2020, Disney’s Aulani Resort, Hilton Head Resort, and Vero Beach have all shifted to closed until further notice. Our assumption is they will follow local regulations as it relates to essential businesses.

UPDATE: As of Saturday, March 28, 2020, Disney has offered a Free Dining Plan at Walt Disney World to any guest whose reservation was canceled due to Coronavirus (between the dates of March 16, 2020, to May 31, 2020). The offer is for is available for travel between June 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. Additionally, Disney is only taking resort reservations for trips that begin on June 1, 2020, for all guests.

The Fine Print For Free Dining:

  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservation required.
  • Length of stay is 2 nights – 14 nights
  • Ticket requirements: 2-day minimum; all ticket types included (i.e., Base, Park Hopper, Water Park & Sports, Park Hopper Plus
  • Offer excludes the following room types: campsites
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Theme park admission is required for some dining locations
  • This offer is subject to availability. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on the date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on the length of stay and ticket.

Please note the parks could open prior to June 1, 2020. Disney has not announced when the parks could reopen.

With the closures, Disney has estimated they could see a minimum of $280 million drop revenue associated with the Asian region. Estimates for the other Disney parks have not been estimated, but early indicators are saying The Walt Disney Company could see at least an 11% drop in revenue projections.

Early Impact

Walt Disney World is already seeing the impact of the Coronavirus. According to Len Testa of Touring Plans, Disney took a proactive approach with reducing costs at the parks with the removal of certain experiences. One of the experiences effected is The Muppets Present: Great Moments of American History which was located in Liberty Square of the Magic Kingdom. The original plan called for the popular show to continue after its return for the holiday season. However, Disney removed the show once it heard the early reports around the Coronavirus in Asia.

Additionally, performers around Epcot’s World Showcase including the British Revolution in the UK Pavilion and Matsuriza (drummers) in the Japan Pavilion have performed for the last time. It is unknown at this moment if they will return when the parks reopen or not.

UPDATE: On March 17, 2020, it was confirmed that all construction around Walt Disney World has been halted. According to a report from the Orlando Business Journal, Walt Disney World shut down all construction sites to compile with CDC recommendation that we should have groups of 10 or more people. The source for the Orlando Business Journal article is Mark Wylie, president, and CEO of the Central Florida chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. It’s unknown when construction would resume. At the moment, there has been no comment from the Walt Disney Company.

With the delays in construction, it could be assumed the opening date for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be pushed back from the projected May opening. It’s believed the attraction has about 8 weeks of work left to complete the project.

Long Term Impact

The time has come! At the time of writing, it is still unknown the total financial impact the Coronavirus will have on the Walt Disney Company. The financial implications span from all the parks to the reduction of revenue from merchandise and of course from movie studios. Looking back at history it’s fair to say the loss of revenue from the parks will impact the attractions and experiences slated to be coming to Walt Disney World, as well as other parks. More than likely it will not impact the projects currently underway from being completed.

So what could be impacted?

According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the project most likely to change is the Mary Poppins attraction for Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion. Similar to Monsters Inc. Scream Coaster we could see this attraction put on hold.

Beyond Mary Poppins, many of the attractions that could be impacted are anything associated with Phase 3 or Phase 4 at Epcot. We’re looking at you Imagination Pavilion and World Showcase. World Showcase? Yes, World Showcase. Let’s just say in the DVC Duo house we believe this could impact the addition of another country to the area.

The one attraction in the “gray” area on how it could be impacted is Spaceship Earth. As we discussed in the following article, behind the scenes there is chatter on which direction Disney would go with the update, major overhaul (18+ months) or breaking the project into two mini-updates. In the DVC Duo house, we believe this unexpected global crisis could have a larger impact on how Disney could update Spaceship Earth in the form of downsizing the project.

Outside of Florida, we’re hearing talks of the Quinjet attraction slated as the Phase 2 of Disney’s California Adventure Avengers Campus could be impacted. No decisions have been made and a lot will depend on the months to come. Phase 1 of the California Adventure is going forward as planned with the Spiderman attraction and the Pym test kitchen.

Our Thoughts

It’s not if, but more like how much will the Coronavirus change the scope of the Walt Disney World and all Disney park projects. With Disney more than likely to see a large financial impact from the outbreak, they will have to scale back somewhere. It will be some time before we get the full view of the overall impact of the Coronavirus. Our first insight will come at the next Disney quarterly earnings call estimated to be May 13, 2020. Ultimately, the most important thing is the health and safety of everyone.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

Abracadabar – Where The Cocktails Just Disappear!

Abracadabar – Where The Cocktails Just Disappear!

Abra, Abra, Abracadabar! Yeah, we had to go there. What can we say, we’re just a bunch of jokers. Ok, that’s enough Steve Miller references for one article. Or is it? Back on topic. Hidden in plain sight is a Disney lounge mixing up a variety of classic cocktails that guests keep making disappear. Let’s head over to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, to see if Abracadabar is magical!

seating area at Abracadabar

Location

Let’s take a stroll. A stroll down the Disney Boardwalk, where you’ll find Abracadabar. Located between two of our favorite dining spots at Walt Disney World, Flying Fish, and Trattoria al Forno, is a magic-themed lounge. The backstory is that it’s a lounge where magicians come to hang out after a long hard day of sawing people in half and making things disappear. Magicians gotta unwide too!

The dark, cozy, lounge offers a variety of seating options from the bar to high tops and even a couch or two. Dibs on the couch! Additionally, you’ll find outdoor patio seating. What makes the Abracadabar a unique experience is all the nods to the magical craft of yesteryear. It’s like you’re stepping back into the 1920’s.

Passholder Insights: Abracadabar serves as the lounge to the two adjoining restaurants, Flying Fish, and Trattoria al Forno.

Black Manhattan at Abracadabar

Why We’re Here!

The backbone of Abracadabar is the handcrafted cocktails. Themed around magicians, you’ll find concoctions inspired by the magical arts like the Parlor Trick or one of Nate’s favorite the Black Manhattan. By far the most famous cocktail is The Conjurita. This cocktail is more than just a tasty margarita. Served tableside The Conjurita is a “magic trick” as well as a drink. No spoilers here, you’ll have to order the drink to see the show. If you enjoy a less sweet, classic preparation of a margarita, then you’ll want to give this a try.

From top to bottom, there are no bad cocktails at Abracadabar. It’s a tough job but we’re more than happy to be the cocktail tasters. Beyond the specialty drinks, the lounge offers a variety of classic cocktails including the best sazeracs at Walt Disney World. It gets two thumbs up from Serena. It’s on par with the sazeracs you’ll find in New Orleans.

Passholder Insights: If you’re bourbon fan keep an eye out for the different Disney blends. Disney has partnered with a few different distillers to make bourbons you can only get at Walt Disney World.

Seasonal Flatbread from Abracadabar

Light Bites

Nothing goes better with a cocktail than an app! Recently, Abracadabar started offering a variety of light bites to the menu. Sharing the same kitchen as Trattoria al Forna, the light bite menu includes Italian inspired snacks. A couple of our favorites are the calamari and flatbreads. Calamari in general can be hit or miss, where sometimes it’s not crispy and more greasy. This is not that type of calamari. It was perfectly crispy, not overcooked, and had very clean flavors.

The standout snacks are the flatbreads. Wood-fried to perfection. There are two options to choose from, a simple margarita and a seasonal offering. You can’t go wrong with either. They are perfect for sharing or we’ve been known to make into dinner.

Passholder Insights: A great alternative to enjoying your drink within the lounge, is to ask for it to-go and wander around the Boardwalk area.

Our Thoughts

Hidden gem! Abracadabar is one of our favorite Disney lounges. They make some of the best classic cocktails at Walt Disney World. Any time we’re at either Epcot or Hollywood Studios and looking for a break from the parks we’ll usually stop in here. If you’re looking for a well-crafted cocktail we definitely recommend checking it out. No trick here!

DVC Perks On A Disney Cruise – Setting Sail With Benefits

DVC Perks On A Disney Cruise – Setting Sail With Benefits

We’re back! It’s the next edition of our Disney Vacation Club (DVC) benefits, and we’re talking DVC perks on a Disney cruise. In our previous articles, we chatted about the lesser-known DVC benefits. Today we’re going deeper into the unknown to share the DVC perks on a Disney cruise. Are you ready, Elsa? Get it, into the unknown? Yeah, we went there, it’s a stretch but we went there. Alright, let’s slip into our boat shoes and head out onto the deck!

Only members with a Blue card receive DVC perks on a Disney Cruise

Big Blue World

You’re so right, Nemo! It’s all about the blue when it comes to DVC perks on a Disney Cruise. No, we’re not talking about the jaw-dropping, can’t help but stare, blue sea. We’re talking about your DVC member card. In the DVC world, there are two types of cards blue and white. To keep it simple, the blue card means you purchased a minimum of 100 DVC points directly from Disney and qualify for Membership Extras. Discounts on Disney Cruise Line are part of the Memberships Extras.

Passholder Insights: One of our favorite Membership Extras is called Moonlight Magic, which is similar to the Disney Afterhours Events.

We're Talking Disney Cruise Rotational Dining

Booking Benefits

Discounts, get your discounts! One of the newest DVC perks on a Disney Cruise is the booking discounts. For years, many people would recommend not booking a cruise with your points as the value is not there. True, oh so very true. Until now! One of the biggest benefits is the 30% off discount members receive on the cost to book a cruise. Yes, 30%!

How it works. Throughout the year, Disney marks different sailings as eligible for this discount. For example, there are 21 sailings in 2020 marked for this discount, with more sailings to come. This discount applies to both costs for points and cash. To receive the discount at least one person needs to be booked on points, then you can pay cash for everyone else. Or any combination you see fit. The one person could be anyone including a child, which is the lowest amount of points for a cruise. All reservations need to be made via DVC member services to receive the discounted rates.

Passholder Insights: When we use our points for a cruise, we usually just book one person at the 30% off point rate than pay cash (30% off again) for the other person.

One of DVC perks on a Disney Cruise is the automatic Gold Castaway Club status for booking a cruise

Priorities

Let’s get our priorities in order. Two priorities to be exact. One of the biggest DVC perks on a Disney cruise is when you’re able to book your vacation. When new sailings becoming available Disney Cruise Line prioritizes guests bookings in the following order:

  • Platinum Castaway Club – 10+ sailings
  • Gold Castaway Club – 5+ sailings
  • Silver Castaway Club – 1+ sailing
  • General Public

This system is very much like a pre-sale model. With frequent Disney Cruisers having the ability to book earlier prior to the bookings being opened to the general public. DVC members automatically qualify as Gold Castaway Club level, regardless of many sailings you’ve had on Disney Cruise Line.

The priorities continue when you arrive at the cruise terminal. On embarkation day, there is a DVC member line for check-in.

Passholder Insights: The gold level status is only for booking a cruise and not for excursions, cabanas or Palo.

One of the DVC perks on a Disney Cruise is the discount at Senses Spa

More Discounts

But wait, there’s more! Once aboard the ship, there are a variety of discounts. Below is a breakdown of the discounts available:

  • Disney Digital Photo Packages – 10% off
  • Shopping – 10% off (minimum of $50 purchase)
  • Senses Spa – 20% off (while in port)

For all of these discounts, you will need to present your member card.

Passholder Insights: For us, the best port to take advantage of the spa discount is Nassau, Bahamas. You’ll want to book your spa treatments, as the spots fill up pretty fast.

Our Thoughts

Keep the perks coming! Over the years, we’ve seen Disney Vacation Club continue to expand upon the membership extras. With the recent changes to the DVC perks on a Disney Cruise, it made us reconsider using our points for a cruise. Now, we’re looking at more cruises and ways we can set sail with Disney Cruise Line. Yes, it’s that’s good. There’s only one thing left to do, figure out where to sail to next!