While many DVC members enjoy the DVC Member Lounge in Epcot and Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower, several of us in the DVC Fan Facebook group have mentioned that we wish there were lounges in all of the Walt Disney World Parks. It got me thinking: where would these new lounges be located, and what would they look like? Just for fun, below is how I imagine the additional DVC lounges. I think each should be open to all DVC members (direct and resale) and have some standard amenities like seating, charging stations, Freestyle Coke machines, and restrooms.
Big Top Souvenirs at Storybook Circus has seen several bouts of damage over the years, and I think they should turn one of these into a great opportunity. This retail space could provide more than enough room for a DVC lounge. It could sell a wide assortment of general DVC merchandise and resort-specific merchandise, so we can all represent our home resorts with pride. Big Top Souvenirs currently sells lots of treats, and I don’t see why they couldn’t be sold at a DVC lounge. Wouldn’t it be fun to have DVC-themed cupcakes, rice krispy treats, cake pops, and cookies? With such a large space, it would also be great to have exclusive character meet and greets here, similar to what Disney Visa cardholders are sometimes offered in Epcot.
There are so many little nooks and spaces to explore in Galaxy’s Edge that I think it would be fun to have a somewhat hidden DVC lounge on Batuu. In addition to the usual seating area, there could be a place to relax and watch Star Wars movies and series. In terms of eats, Kat Saka’s kettle and Batuu Bits would be the perfect snacks to distribute in lieu of the usual chips, Oreos, and animal crackers that are given out at the Member Lounge in Epcot. I’d also love to be able to order some of the beverages from Oga’s Cantina. Who knows–maybe members of the Resistance or the First Order may find their way into the lounge as well.
To me, it always feels like Animal Kingdom is a few degrees hotter than any of the other parks. It can definitely use a lounge with those Freestyle Coke machines! This park was the most difficult to figure out; I think an ideal location for this lounge is the Artisan Rooms at Discovery Island or Conservation Station because they both would allow for a large, air-conditioned space. In fact, these spaces are often used for private events. It would be amazing if this lounge had a view of the animals, but unfortunately, neither of these locations would provide that. The closest animals to Conservation Station would be those at the Affection Section petting zoo.
I realize that Disney Springs isn’t a park, but I still think it would be a good location for a lounge. Perhaps as a part of the Disney Springs Guest Services & Welcome Center in Town Center, there could be a DVC lounge where members have their own dedicated cast members from Member Services. These cast members could address DVC-specific concerns and even help guests book or modify DVC reservations. It could also be an ideal location for hosting something akin to the Disney Vacation Club Member Celebration at Aulani with DVC updates, details on add-on incentives, trivia games, and refreshments.
Additional DVC lounges may be a far-fetched idea since not all of them would generate revenue, but I think they would be much appreciated by all members and a nice added benefit for joining DVC if they were guaranteed benefits.
How do you imagine the other DVC lounges? What kinds of amenities would you like to see?