Buried within Disney Vacation Club's reveal of the member-exclusive night at Disney California Adventure is a strong indication that owners can expect to see more events of this sort.
While releasing details for the exclusive Disney California Adventure evening, Disney Vacation Club noted that the weekly Royal Member Gathering at the Disneyland Hotel will end on August 8, 2016. DVC claims that the Royal Member Gathering's end is part of its "transition to signature events."
Royal Member Gathering
The Royal Member Gathering debuted in 2013, ostensibly as Disneyland's answer to the Walt Disney World-based Welcome Home Wednesdays. The event typically featured trivia contests, free refreshments and door prizes for the members in attendance. See our prior coverage for details.
Welcome Home Wednesdays ended in early 2015 with Disney Vacation Club claiming that member events were in the process of being retooled. Later that summer, the Neighborhood Beach Bash at Typhoon Lagoon debuted. While not billed as a direct replacement for Welcome Home Wednesdays, no other weekly event has re-emerged at the Florida resort complex.
Welcome Home Wednesdays
2016 saw the return of the Neighborhood Beach Bash, along with exclusive events at the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and now Disney California Adventure. With DVC now granting access to perks exclusively to owners who purchase points direct from Disney, it is not surprising to see them continue flashy events like the exclusive park nights.
The DVC Safari Spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom is scheduled for four nights in September 2016 and the California Adventure evening in November. There has been no official word regarding similar events for 2017 and beyond.
Bummer! That same thing happened to us at WDW, we had never taken the time to do Welcome Home Wednesdays for the first few years after we joined as we rarely stay in the EPCOT area and the one trip we had set aside time to go they cancelled it.
I don't think they've ever had an event during our vacation...and we live too far away to stop by for one.