The new lounge at Disney's Wilderness Lodge has seemingly abandoned one of its signature events.
On April 30, Reunion Station made its long awaited debut. The space was tapped to fill a variety of roles including concierge lounge in the morning & evening and home to a number of optional workshops offered to Disney Vacation Club members in the afternoon.
Each evening, Reunion Station was slated to host a free DVC "member mingle." The spring 2018 issue of Disney Files Magazine described it as such:
"And from 7-10 p.m. daily, Reunion Station will open its doors to Members* for mixing and mingling. A Concierge host will be on hand during these nighttime hours to answer questions and offer assistance."
Posts to the Disney Parks Blog later confirmed plans for the nightly gathering, including this passage from a March 26 story:
"And from 7-10 p.m. daily, Reunion Station will open its doors to all eligible Members (including those not staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) for mixing and mingling. A lounge host will be on hand during these nighttime hours to answer questions and offer assistance."
However since its opening, member posts to social media indicate the "mingle" is not taking place at Reunion Station and Cast Members seemlingly have no knowledge of the event. The March 26 Disney Parks Blog article was edited to remove details about the abandoned member meet. Reunion Station information on the DVC member website now indicates that the lounge is open until 10pm daily exclusively for members participating in the paid concierge add-on services.
Disney representatives have not yet responded to our attempts to confirm the event's status. We will update this story if any additional details are received.
Other exclusive spaces freely available to Disney Vacation Club owners include the second floor lounge located in Epcot's Imagination Pavilion and the Top of the World Lounge, open nightly for fireworks viewing at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Originally the evening concierge hours were only published as 4-6pm. The member mingle would then run from 7-10pm. They were asking $50 per person for what amounted to 3 hours in the morning (7-10am) and 2 hours in the evening.
They've since updated the info to state that concierge snacks would be available from 4-6, but participants would still have access to the lounge until 10. IMO, at $50 per person, this concierge add-on is going to be a big dud. Perhaps this expansion of hours is their way of adding some value.
What Disney should do is randomly give CCV/BRV guests free one-day passes to the concierge lounge to help promote. Oh, and cut the price by at least 25%.
I don't see much value in leaving the lounge open without having snacks and beverages available. Who wants to just hang out for a few hours just to say they got their monies worth.
Even with a 25% price cut, there is little value other than bragging rights.
At $25.00 per adult, $10.00 per child, maybe I would consider it if I was doing a Resort only trip.
Sound like Disney built a building hoping people would spend extra money to hang out in a exclusive club.