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This Week in DVC Trip Updates

May 3, 2021

This week, a shark bit someone staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort, and another DVC property reopened with modified rules…and it’s the one we missed the most!

Here’s the DVC trip news of interest. 

The Grand Californian Reopens 

On April 30th, Disneyland Resort officially reopened its theme parks after 412 heartbreaking days. 

The night before, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened to the general public. Then, the DVC section returned on May 2nd

So, your favorite Disneyland resort is back in business after 13 months and a couple of false starts in 2020. 

Hotel management has changed some stuff as a concession to the pandemic. 

For starters, Napa Rose and Storytellers Café haven’t reopened yet. 

You’ll have to make do with the Hearthstone Lounge for the time being. It’s serving guests starting at 4 p.m., as Disney presumes you’ll dine elsewhere at lunch.

This lounge has enabled Mobile Ordering and even offers a modest amount of walk-up seating for guests who haven’t ordered ahead. 

However, your best bet is to use the Disneyland app to order ahead, as only guests with Mobile Orders gain guaranteed seating.

Also, you must be a hotel guest to dine anywhere at the Grand Californian. So, you cannot grab a meal here if you’re staying elsewhere. 

Other Grand Californian Changes

Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

As you walk around, you’ll notice that the cast members have spiffy new outfits that enhance the California vibe. 

The front desk and pool outfits are especially stylish. They’re one of the first demonstrations of the updated Disney Look. 

Please understand that the pools have reopened, albeit with social distancing and capacity guidelines in place. 

All three pools – The Fountain, the Mariposa, and the Redwood – are available, which is a bit surprising given the hotel’s capacity limits. 

The most significant (but temporary) change for DVC members involves Disney California Adventure (DCA).

As you know, the Grand Californian features a quintessential perk, the ability to walk into DCA from an exclusive hotel entrance.

Alas, Disney has turned that into an exit only for now. You can leave DCA through this gate and walk into the Grand Californian, but the reverse isn’t true. 

If you want to go into DCA from the hotel, you must head through the main gates. It’s only a difference of a few minutes anyway. Just please be aware of it.

The capacity at the hotel is a bit weird right now. The state’s current health rules call for a maximum capacity of 25 percent. 

The other two Disneyland Resort hotels haven’t reopened, though. So, the Grand Californian is the only official Disney option.

However, Disney has yet to update its policies to allow out-of-state guests. Nobody’s quite sure what to expect about hotel capacity. 

If you live in California and own DVC, you’ve got one of the best opportunities ever to visit the Grand Californian while the parks are empty.


Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

Don’t let the sexy headline fool you. This wasn’t The Meg or Jaws or anything, just one unfortunate man.

A 54-year-old was boogie boarding in the Atlantic Ocean near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. 

Police officials don’t know whether he was staying there or not, only that he was in the area when a shark attacked.

The hungry creature chomped the swimmer’s leg, causing wounds to an area below his right calf and below his right knee. 

Everyone understandably cleared out of the ocean at that point while first responders assisted and then took him to the hospital. 

His injuries aren’t life-threatening. We don’t how serious the wounds are, though.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: “The type of shark, its size, and other details were not immediately known.”

The following day, a shark near New Smyrna Beach bit a 64-year-old woman. 

These two beaches are about 120 miles apart, but I’m telling you so that you’ll know to be careful while swimming in the ocean. Humans look tastier than usual right now.

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