Following Thursday's announcement that Disney's Grand Floridian Resort would be the twelfth Disney Vacation Club destination, Disney issued a news release revealing a few facts and figures regarding the project.
Disney Vacation Club Announces New Development Project at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
CELEBRATION, Fla. (December 8, 2011) – A new resort development announced today will expand Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, distinguished as the flagship hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort, and continue the growth of Disney Vacation Club, Disney's innovative vacation-ownership program.
Disney Vacation Club plans to build an estimated 147 villas as part of a previously announced expansion of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, one of the premier resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Estimated to open in late 2013, this new resort experience is slated to be the 12th Disney Vacation Club property and will be located near the spa and wedding pavilion at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. In addition to villa accommodations, plans for the expansion include a children's water-play area and other amenities.
"We continually look for ways to expand Disney Vacation Club by creating resort experiences that our members will love," said Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. "With the continued popularity of Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, we are thrilled to offer our members and guests a new resort option along the monorail system with easy access to the Magic Kingdom Park, as well as a variety of shopping, dining and recreation experiences."
Disney Vacation Club is owned by Disney Vacation Development Inc., part of the magic of The Walt Disney Company. To learn more, visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.
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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world's leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club, with 11 resorts and more than 150,000 member families or 500,000 individual members; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.