Get Disney Genie+ for Free
Admittedly, we’re talking about a small number of potential qualifiers, but Disney just announced a promotion.
We’ll explain how a subset of Disney fans can get Disney Genie+ for free next week.
Free Is Good
A couple of months ago, I posted a way to save 30 percent off a D23 Gold membership. I hope you took me up on this offer, as it comes with a surprising bonus.
On October 14th at 1 p.m. EST, D23 Gold Members can schedule Disney Genie+ for free.
The catch is that you can only do this on October 19th, the first day of the service.
So, the only qualifying applicants are people with Park Passes and valid admission for October 19th who are also D23 Gold Members.
Admittedly, we’re talking about a small sample size, but this possibility applies to some of you.
The lucky ones will be among the first to experience Disney Genie+ “as a complimentary add-on for the day.”
The email lists a bunch of caveats. Here they are:
“Attractions with Lightning Lane entrances that are Disney Genie+ and individual purchases are limited in availability, subject to change or closure, may vary by date, and are not guaranteed.
To enter a theme park, both a valid admission and theme park reservation for the same park and same date are required.”
Guests with specific questions about the giveaway may contact GuestRelations@d23.com or call D23 Guest Services at (855) 323-5973.
I’d recommend calling, as Disney’s email response time has been several days as of late. October 19th could come and go by then.
Those of you in Central Florida or vacationing there next week absolutely should take advantage of this deal. It might actually price you into D23.
By buying in, you’d receive this collector’s set in the mail, which is worth the price of admission on its own, in my opinion.
DVC News and Notes
The new lobby at Disney’s Old Key West Resort has debuted. Here’s a video of the updated look:
I realize that many of us remain sensitive to changes at DVC’s oldest resort, the one that feels most like home. So, here’s an old walkthrough video for comparison:
Disney has chosen brighter tones and a more open-ended space, including sizable walking lanes. Comfy sofas are also a thing, replacing wooden benches. I like that.
Wicker furniture resides in one area, making me wonder whether DVC officials wandered through the Margaritaville Cottages while spitballing decorative ideas.
Also, the children’s seating area is more pronounced with a small table for the littles we love.
Overall, the main change is that everything is more modular and lighter in tone, much like Disney’s Contemporary Resort updates.
A Galactic Starcruiser Update
Finally, following up on a previous post, we now know the DVC Points cost for a two-night stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
On a per-point basis, this resort qualifies as the most expensive place to stay in the DVC inventory, which isn’t THAT much of a surprise.
In truth, I’m still a bit shocked that Disney took this approach and allowed the usage of DVC points for its services.
I suspect the company has taken the philosophy that it can sell DVC to loyal Star Wars fans this way.
Anyway, since we’re talking about a “cruise,” DVC Points require double occupancy. So, the cheapest possible stay is 590 points.
That’s for one or two people staying in a standard room on two weekdays. For weekends, the price goes up to 633 points.
Now is when I mention that these DVC Points costs are for the offseason. During more popular times, a standard can cost as much as 643 points on weekdays and 699 points on weekends.
Adding a child aged three to nine to the room increases the points cost by 60 points. A third adult would be 86 points.
The High Cost of Intergalactic Travel
Notice that I haven’t even gotten to the suites, whose pricing starts at 718 points. You can read the full DVC Points chart here.
Overall, a Galactic Starcruiser stay starts at 295 points per night. For comparison, a Bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort starts at 113 points per night and maxes at 227 points.
A Bank at Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge begins at 84 points and maxes at 196 points.
Even the most expensive of DVC’s Grand Villas tops out at 228 points per night.
Make no mistake. This is a new standard-setting pricing system at Star Wars Hotel.
I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb to say that this won’t be how most DVC members spend their points.