Updated for 2017!
Located in the Imagination! Pavilion, Disney Vacation Club opened a DVC Member Lounge back in 2016 for members to enjoy when they visit Epcot. Who does;t need a break in the air conditioning when walking through that park – Every Person Comes Out Tired. The Lounge is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This complimentary space was opened as part of the 25th anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, and current plans call for it to stay open through 2017 through the Membership Magic Ever After celebration.
We read about the lounge in our winter 2016 Disneyfiles Magazine. I was interested immediately because I thought the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot was the coolest place to be back in the 80s. The look of the lounge was retro and reminded me of the furniture I missed back in the 60s, since I wasn’t born until 1970.
Formerly called The Journey Into Imagination, Imagination! is a pavilion that debuted in 1982 on the western side of Future World. I remember the movie you watched inside in 3D, which was the coolest thing ever back in the mid 80s when Kodak was the former title sponsor of the pavilion. The movie, Magic Journeys, was played along with a song of the same name by the Sherman Brothers. Those of you my age are singing the song in your head right about now…
After checking in with your membership card and photo ID, you walk upstairs to the second floor of the ImageWorks merchandise location within the pavilion.
In 1998, the original Journey Into Imagination was shuttered for renovations. The upstairs ImageWorks was closed, the leap-frog style fountains were reduced in size to accommodate the new gift shop at the exit of the new ride, but the glass pyramids remained intact even though the upstairs ImageWorks was closed.
The glass pyramid ceiling is of course the best part of the building.
The lounge space offers many features:
- Comfortable seating
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Children’s play area
- Charging stations
- Computers with printers
- Member Services Advisors
We visited during Thanksgiving, so Christmas decorations were already on display.
There were a lot of rules members needed to be aware of to visit the lounge without issue.
- Valid Membership Card and photo ID required at check-in. The name on the membership card must match the name on the photo ID.
- Party size is limited to the member and up to five guests per membership card.
- Guests and associates must be accompanied by a member with a valid membership card and photo ID.
- No automatic re-entry allowed. Members and their guests who leave the space must follow the same entry policy.
- Strollers must be parked at the attraction stroller parking outside.
- Children may not be left unattended in the member lounge.
- Members should remain with their guests.
- Personal devices should not be left unattended.
- Personal cups may not be used with the Coke Freestyle machines.
- Access to the Member Lounge is part of Membership Extras. New purchasers after April 4, 2016, must purchase directly from Disney to have access to Membership Extras.
Was it worth paying DVC membership dues to visit the Member Lounge? No, not by a long shot as a perk by itself, but it was cool experience. DVC perks has started vanishing through the years we have been members.
It felt like sitting in a part of my childhood history. Enjoying free snacks and drinks in the air-conditioning on a hot fall day was certainly fun for 20 minutes or so.
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