Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 Disney Vacation Club Jubilee Celebration!

In celebration of its 60th birthday Disney hosted a Jubilee Celebration on July 17, 2016 open exclusively for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members and their guests.  It was a double celebration since this was DVC's 25th birthday of the timeshare vacation program.
Since this was a rare event, I wanted to go and check it out! We've been DVC members for awhile now and I was excited to see what was in store! On the west coast, the event occurred on July 17th in the Sequoia ballroom of the Grand Californian Hotel.
The ballroom was set up with many exhibits that were picture taking opportunities. (This is the actual dog from the Pirates ride in Disneyland.)

Of course Mickey and Minnie were there to host their guests!

Each family also received a complimentary 5 x 7 print of these pictures courtesy of the Photopass photographers.  Other characters were also available for picture taking. This is Clarice, Chip and Dale competed for her attention in one of their Disney movies.
Music was provided by a DJ and carnival style games were available for everyone to play!

Coffee and desserts were also provided.  

Some of the desserts were really Disney-inspired and almost too cute to eat!
Belle's Crunchy Cream Puff
Cinderella's Coach Chocolate Cake Pop
Wookie Cookies
The two-hour party ended with some trivia questions and one of us in our group won this cool tablet carrier!
It was a fun party, but I have a few suggestions for the next event:
  • Parking was not included.  For DVC members who get a "Welcome Home" greeting by cast members, it did not feel like coming home by getting charged for parking. The ticket to attend the party was just as much as the buffet at Storytellers Cafe. If you eat at the buffet, your parking is complimentary.  didn't make much sense to me.
  • It would have been great to have some kid-friendly drinks and at least some savory food served. Punch, Corn dogs, Dole Whips, teriyaki skewers, or even just popcorn would have been an added value. 
  • I think the DJ thought he was in a rave night club at times. I later found out he's the DJ who hosts the Mad Hatter Tea Party at California Adventure.  Kids love to dance but I thought the volume and EDM (electronic dance music) wasn't appropriate for the event.  He could have played music for the whole family to get out on the dance floor.
  • The complimentary photos with Minnie and Mickey were a nice touch, but it would've been cool to get a swag bag of DVC merchandise as souvenirs. 
I am planning to attend the next DVC event in November, the 25th Anniversary Bash in California Adventure.  I hope to give a better report of that event!

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