Posted on March 26, 2021
Disney timeshare owners received more good news as Disney officials announced the official reopening date for Disneyland – with the iconic theme park set to open on April 30. Officials had earlier indicated a late April timeframe, due to California’s decision to relax COVID-related reopening requirements, and have now set the long-anticipated date.
Disneyland has been closed for over a year due to the pandemic and capacity will be limited to 15% and only open to California residents. Ticket sales will need to be prebooked, as there will be no onsite entry tickets sold. Even with these limitations, this is a good start for residents of a state starved for positive news after being hard hit by the virus.
The reopening of Disney timeshare villas at the Grand Californian Resort had been set for May 2 and this will continue, even as the hotel itself will now reopen on April 29.
The new agreement means that RCI becomes the exclusive exchange provider for the Capital Vacations Club, which is the points-based Club attached to Capital Vacations resorts. RCI will provide Capital Club members with exchange access to over 4,200 resorts worldwide, while Capital’s 45 resorts in the U.S. and Caribbean will be added to the RCI network.
Timeshare Broker Associates is a featured reseller for Capital Vacations.
As the United States continues to emerge from pandemic-induced shutdowns, airlines have announced new flights in anticipation of servicing pent-up vacation demand over the summer.
Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach – two popular South Carolina timeshare destinations – will receive new flights from United and Delta airlines, with airlines announcing new services from northern U.S. cities such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
The airlines are planning for expanded service to kickstart by the end of May in time for the Memorial Day holiday, with United also announcing that their Latin America services will be back up to pre-pandemic levels. This includes the Caribbean as well as Mexico, Central and South American destinations, so owners of Mexico timeshares will also benefit from increased air service.
The news comes as airline passenger traffic continues to improve, with TSA officials recently announcing the number of screened passengers at airports at their highest levels in over a year. TSA screened over 1.3 million people on March 12, which was the largest single-day number of travelers since March of last year.
Westgate Resorts has made a major investment in its water park amenities with the opening of the Treasure Cove Water Park at Westgate Lakes Resort in Orlando. Even in the midst of the tourism slowdown, the timeshare giant continues to invest in their properties in anticipation of a visitor rebound later this year.
The park features 30-foot-high water slides, wave pool, lazy river and aquatic play areas for the kids. While this is obviously geared toward the kids, adults can also enjoy the Rikki Tiki Tavern, two restaurants and a choice from 600 lounge chairs, deck seating and private cabanas.
Westgate has also renovated 400 villas at Westlake Lakes, with the company spending a total of $130million in renovations across its network of resorts.
Crowds continue to build in Las Vegas as capacity limits at venues are increased in response to decreasing COVID levels. Las Vegas timeshare owners planning to visit will see casino capacities increased to 50%, even though COVID protocols remain in place such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Onlookers say that the Strip looks like it is back to normal, with resorts and venues looking to recoup the devastating loses incurred in 2020. Nevada gaming officials say gaming revenue on the Strip was down 41% in February compared to last year, but the Hard Rock Hotel reopened last night and hotels such as Encore at Wynn are planning to resume full week operations in early April.
Some hotel room rates have leaped as much as 42% over the past two weeks in anticipation of returning visitors, which makes timeshares in Vegas even better value.
For Disney timeshare fans who may be a little spooked by new tracking technology, this item is sure to get your attention. Disney is testing facial recognition technology at the Magic Kingdom theme park through April 23. The test would replace the fingerprint scanners currently in use, as Disney tests more contact-free methods in the wake of COVID.
Anyone who has travelled internationally (albeit not recently) knows that facial recognition technology has been in place for a while. The funny thing is that Disney is testing this new technology while insisting on visitors wearing a mask during the process. Maybe I just don’t understand enough about how the technology works, but it seems ironic that the company would scan someone’s face to identify them when they can’t see their face because of a mask.
What happens if I change my mask during my visit? What if I get sooooo excited about the thought of shelling out $$$ for a Mickey mask that it invalidates my entry? After all, you can change your mask but you can’t change your face, although some Beverly Hills housewives try their best to do so.