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Disney Vacation Club Resort Timeline, Part 3

Now that we’ve covered the earliest days and the growth phase of the Disney Vacation Club, it’s time to bring the story to the present day. That covers the past ten years of changes, improvements, and additions to the DVC catalog. The focus of the final discussion will involve exotic Hawaii and then the prioritization of locality to the world’s most popular theme park. Before we begin that analysis, however, we need to look at Disney’s first attempt to push back the deadline on its artificially constrained time limit for DVC membership. It’s…messy.

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Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Disney Vacation Club Resort Timeline, Part 2

In part one of the discussions regarding the Disney Vacation Club timeline, I focused on the genesis of the initiative as well as the original strategy Disney held for their new endeavor. Of particular note were the stronger ties to the early days of timeshares, the idea that DVC members might not care whether a participating resort was near a theme park. The other aspect that bleeds into today’s topic is the struggle Disney faced when they didn’t have an empowered relationship with local and state governments.

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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Disney Vacation Club Resort Timeline, Part 1

As the 25th anniversary of the Disney Vacation Club approaches, this is a wonderful time for members to take a moment to look back. Let’s appreciate all the value that enrollment provides us. Thirteen of the most beautiful hotel resorts in the United States participate in the program. How we reached this point represents a fascinating journey with fluctuating plans for where Disney should locate each new property. Here’s a look at the first decade of DVC’s developments.

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Disney's Old Key West Resort

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Five dramatic turning points in DVC history

As The Walt Disney Company celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Disney Vacation Club, it’s the perfect time to look back at the major changes in the program during its history. Originally only one participating hotel existed, and it claimed the dullest name imaginable, Disney’s Vacation Club Resort. Today, 13 Disney-built resorts participate in the program, not counting the hundreds of other hotels across the globe where DVC owners can exchange their points for RCI stays. As we celebrate 25 years of DVC, let’s take a moment to appreciate the five most important events in the history of the program.

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Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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