WDW Resort Refurbishment Updates – All Star Sports, Fort Wilderness, Old Key West and Contemporary Resort

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The following additions were added to ReSearch:

  • All Star Sports – Game Point Arcade – May 4 through May 6
  • Old Key West – Miller Road Quiet Pool – May 4 through May 15
  • Old Key West – Turtle Shack Quiet Pool – May 18 through May 29

The following changes were made:

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Disney Vacation Club Scheduled to Open Kidani Village, Second Phase of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In spring 2009, Disney Vacation Club is planning to open the first phase of Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.

“We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible,” said Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club. “Disney Vacation Club is entering a new era with Kidani Village, as it’s the first of four new properties opening in 2009.”
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Sanaa Shows Off Some of Its Works of Art – Photos of New Menu Items (UPDATED)

Disney has just released these photographs of nine delights that will be served at Sanaa, the table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s DVC resort, Kidani Village.

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

See the rest after the jump (more…)

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AKL Welcomes Baby Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

Disneys Animal Kingdoms Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge''s Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge recently welcomed a new “resident” – a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture hatchling that is a member of a threatened species. While weighing less than six ounces and about eight inches long when hatched, a vulture could grow to reach sizes close to three feet in height, with a wingspan of nearly eight feet, and can weigh 15-20 pounds. The baby and its parents reside on one of the unique resort’s savannas at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Raytheon Opens Family Technology Center at SOG

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE:  RTN) today announced the grand opening of The Family Technology Center at the Shades of Green(R) on Walt Disney World(R) Resort. Shades of Green is a U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center used exclusively by active and retired military personnel and their families and Department of Defense civilians. (more…)

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Bay Lake Tower to Open August 4 – Reservations Feb 8

Disney Vacation Club has set an Aug. 4 opening date for the Bay Lake Tower, the time-share addition Disney is building next to its Contemporary Resort.

The date is earlier than the “Fall 2009” target Disney had been using until now.

Disney says customers who have purchased shares in Bay Lake will be able to start making reservations Feb. 8. That’s also the same date Disney will begin accepting reservations for in its Treehouse Villas from customers who own stakes in the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa time share.

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