Activities Every DVC Member Should Try at Least Once

Disney's Vero Beach

The marvelous part of Disney Vacation Club membership is that you’ll savor a lifetime of vacation memories. As an owner, you can visit Disney for decades to come! 

Eventually, you may tire of the parks and want to try something new, though. Here are a few activities every DVC member should try at least once.

Dining at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

On April 1st, 1974, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue opened to the public for the first time. This dinner show immediately captivated guests visiting Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.

Now, nearly 50 years later, not much has changed. Sure, Disney used the pandemic downtime to modernize the show. All that means from your perspective is that you’ll discover better lighting and a few new jokes/musical numbers.

Otherwise, all your favorite characters continue to dance and sing and act the fool. Plus, Hoop-Dee-Doo is uniquely perfect for DVC members. One of the signature moments during each performance occurs when cast members ask guests a question.

Are any diners celebrating a birthday or anniversary? The ones who raise their hands temporarily become a part of the show, putting down their fried chicken long enough to discuss their lives. Eventually, the oldest and youngest guests will join the couple who have been together the longest as the “winners” of the meal. 

The entire affair celebrates life and all things Disney. It’s splendid, and you know that it’ll be there every year you visit! So, taking in this show is akin to visiting an old friend! You’ll gain new memories each Hoop-Dee-Doo performance. 

Golfing at a DVC Resort

I’ve never been much of a golfer, but I feel the temptation each time DVC welcomes me home. I say this because two of my favorite resorts “share” the same golf course.

Whenever you stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, you may discover your room has a view. There’s a chance that your Studio/Villa overlooks one of the holes at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. I can assure you that nothing will make you want to play golf as much as seeing others having fun while doing so. 

A golf course sits behind a lake at Disney's Old Key West Resort

In fact, sometimes I’ll pull a Bill Murray in Caddyshack and pretend like I’m an announcer while someone plays a round near my room. The best part about doing so is that I have no idea whether the person is good or not. It sometimes takes a while as the person four-putts for a quadruple bogey. 

Still, watching golf simply isn’t as fun as playing. You should definitely try this during a future stay at one of these resorts!

Touring the Tri-Circle D Ranch

Do you love horses and carriage trails and walking tours of adorable animals? Of course, you do! I mean, do you know anyone who doesn’t?

Disney officials know this and have designed Tri-Circle D Ranch as an admittedly weird but wildly entertaining vacation distraction. Imagine a dude ranch near Magic Kingdom, and you get the point because that’s exactly what it is.

At this ranch, Disney houses all the horses that you watch on Main Street, U.S.A. You can watch them to learn what they do when they’re not entertaining Magic Kingdom guests.

Disney also offers carriage rides and basic horse rides as part of the proceedings. Parents who want to watch their children radiate with joy should spend a morning at Tri-Circle D Ranch. 

Turtle Conservation at Vero Beach

The Turtle Walk/trail at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort earns much of the acclaim…and rightfully so. Each year, DVC members at this resort embrace a rare opportunity to watch turtles come ashore to nest. 

Since sea turtles live 50-100 years, you’re witnessing the birth of creatures whom your grandchildren may meet in future years! Disney doesn’t get any more magical and familial than that!

Of course, there are 11 other months during the year. So, I’m happy to report that even if you miss the main event, turtle conservation never goes out of style at Vero Beach!

Disney's Vero Beach

The Disney Conservation Fund’s Team Wildlife often ventures to the beach and teaches families about turtle behavior. You’ll learn so much while you’re here. Even better, many of these same turtles will return if you come back around the same date in future years!

All of these activities provide recurring benefits, as they’re timeless and joyous. At a minimum, please try all of them at least once. I suspect you’ll grow addicted to one or more of the experiences!

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