Club 33 May Be Coming to Walt Disney World

The rumor mill is buzzing that Walt Disney World may be getting its own Club 33.  Disney currently has Club 33 available at Disneyland Resort in California, Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.  The membership gets guest access to exclusive locations within the respective locations as well as invitations to special events, merchandise and more.  It is expected that a Walt Disney World Club 33 membership would have a presence with limited access to a lounge/dining at all 4 of the theme parks.

The membership costs around $25,000 as the up-front purchase and then an additional $10,000 each year in dues.  It is unknown if that will increase for Walt Disney World depending on what kind of presence and offerings are available at each park.  Club 33 members from other locations wouldn’t automatically be granted access, and a Walt Disney World membership wouldn’t give access to other Club 33 locations.  The membership is exclusive to the location it was purchased.

This is the most exclusive Disney club to be a part of and there has even been waiting lists to join some of the current Club 33 locations.  Disney hasn’t made any of this official yet, so this is still considered a rumor until there is an announcement.  We will keep you posted as soon as we learn more.

How many of you out there would dream of joining Club 33 at Walt Disney World?

Please the article below The Pros and Cons of Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts

When it comes to Walt Disney World hotels, the Deluxe Resorts are the big shots. These are the hotels people dream of staying in. They’re also most likely to be seen in commercials and other promotional materials. There are eight Deluxe Resorts: Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Polynesian Village, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club. Choosing a hotel is an important step in vacation planning. If you’re thinking about staying in one of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe Resorts, here are some pros and cons.

Pro: Bigger Rooms: The Deluxe hotels have bigger standard rooms than Value and Moderate standards. A standard room refers to a regular hotel room, with either two full/queen beds or one king bed. The suites and Disney Vacation Club rooms are classes all their own. But with regards to standard hotel rooms, the Deluxe Resorts range from 344-440 square feet. Grand Floridian has the largest rooms coming in at 440 square feet, well over the national average 330 square foot hotel room. By the end of a week-long vacation, you’ll be glad for any extra space you have!

Con: Bigger Bill: I’m going to get the obvious one out of the way here. There’s no denying the Deluxe Resorts are significantly more expensive than Moderates, Values, Campsites, and non-Disney hotels. For most families trying make a Disney vacation as affordable as possible, Deluxe hotels are simply out of the question. Walt Disney World does offer promotions on their Deluxe Resorts at various times in the year, sometimes as much as 30% off each night, but the price tag will still be the highest on property!

Pro: Close to Parks: Walt Disney World’s Deluxe hotels are the closest to the theme parks. In fact, many of them are within walking distance of park gates. The Contemporary Resort is a five minute walk to the Magic Kingdom. Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club and the Swan and Dolphin (although Swan and Dolphin Resorts are not technically Disney hotels) are all within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Being close to the parks is ideal for families who want to be able to return to their room during the afternoon. Proximity = convenience.

Con: Firework Noise: The downside to being closer to the parks is that you will hear the fireworks bursting outside your room. You may think that’s no big deal, until you want to turn in for an early night. Families with young kids might find this particularly hard. If you want to keep kiddos on their normal bedtime schedule, Wishes at 10pm might put a damper on trying to get the kids to stay in bed, especially if they have a fear of loud noises. I’ve heard fireworks from Pop Century. I didn’t mind because I wasn’t trying to sleep at the time, and I wasn’t paying hundreds of dollars to stay in a hotel with all that noise!

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Pro: Amazing Theming: All of the Deluxe Resorts feature incredible theming. Many transport their guests to another time and place, like the Victorian Era, or the 1930s (Grand Floridian and Boardwalk), and Africa, or the Pacific Northwest (Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge). Guests can enjoy these themes by visiting the lobbies or dining in one of the restaurants. But staying in these resorts is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the rich themes. The attention to detail and amazing theming carries from the lobby, to the rooms, to the restaurants and to the pools. Speaking of pools, only guests staying in that hotel, can use the pool. So if you want to experience the shipwreck themed Stormalong Bay pool, for example, then you must stay in Yacht or Beach Club.

Con: Lacks Disney Characters: Adults don’t always love the over-the-top theming found in the Value Resorts, but kids love it! Children likely won’t appreciate the nuanced theming at the Deluxe Resorts, like Grand Floridian or Yacht Club for example. Kids aren’t usually into elegance, kids are into characters. Maybe save the hotel splurge for when the kids are old enough to appreciate the theming.

Pro: Disney Vacation Club: Disney Vacation Club (often referred to as DVC) is a timeshare rental at Walt Disney World. For families that buy into the Vacation Club, it’s a terrific opportunity to stay in the Deluxe Resorts, as they are the ones that offer DVC accommodations. The rooms can be studio (regular hotel rooms), or one, two or even three bedroom villas. These are ideal for large families or gatherings with extended family. Plus, non DVC members are able to rent these rooms as well!

What are you favorite parts about the Deluxe Resorts? Anything you don’t care for? Let us know!

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at http://magicalvacationplanner.com/staff/christy-caby/ or look for me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christy.caby. Have a magical day!