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Disneyland To Open Exclusive Retro Futuristic Tomorrowland Lounge Here Is How To Get In

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TMS-5262
Source:
Orange County Register
Author:
Brady Macdonald
Dateline:
April 18, 2023
Posted:
April 29, 2023
Status:
Current
Disney Vacation Club members will be whisked away to a retro-futuristic Space Age vision of tomorrow when an exclusive new lounge opens in a long-underused Tomorrowland space at Disneyland ahead of the debut of a new DVC timeshare tower later this year.

The Disney Vacation Club Star View Station member lounge inspired by Walt Disney’s optimistic vision for the future will open on Wednesday, April 19 at the Anaheim theme park.

The new DVC Star View Station on the second floor of the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland turns the unused “space” in the perpetual white elephant building into a timeshare perk for members of Disney’s vacation ownership program.

That means the only way to get into Disneyland’s new Star View Station lounge is to be a Disney Vacation Club member — or become one.

The DVC lounge will offer members air-conditioned areas with comfortable seating, free WiFi access, mobile device charging stations and complimentary soft drinks from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

The new space-themed lounge features murals based on early concept art for Walt Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, the K7 Space Suit worn by Tomorrowland astronauts during the early years of Disneyland, the Space Station S-1 model from the 1950s “Disneyland” ABC television series, trading card-like posters of DVC properties around the world and M.C. Escher-like stair step carpeting. DVC members will enjoy expansive balcony views of Tomorrowland and the low-speed driving action on the once-futuristic freeways of the Autopia track.

What does the new DVC lounge mean for any potential makeover plans for the futuristic themed land?

Tomorrowland is full of unused “space” —including the Magic Eye Theater, former PeopleMover track, Starcade arcade and the vast majority of Star Wars Launch Bay.

At a minimum, Disneyland will not be taking a bulldozer to Star Wars Launch Bay over the next year or so with the new DVC lounge opening this week.

Star Wars Launch Bay — which was once home to Innoventions, America Sings and Carousel of Progress — has long been the white elephant of Tomorrowland.

The hulking two-story round building with a rotating first floor sits on nearly an acre of prime real estate in Tomorrowland. In recent years, the massive convention-like space has been used sparingly for exclusive character meet-and-greets, fireworks viewing and seasonal merchandise sales.

Any plans to makeover Disneyland’s Tomorrowland would almost certainly involve the reuse or demolition of Star Wars Launch Bay. That’s unlikely to happen anytime soon with Disney’s most diehard fans taking up residence on the top floor.

The new DVC lounge in Star Wars Launch Bay is a temporary installation at best — easily removed or relocated. A similar Magic Key annual passholder lounge in the former Starcade arcade was a limited-time addition that quietly disappeared after a few months.

Disneyland’s first-ever DVC lounge will be similar to other members-only locations atop Disney’s Contemporary Hotel and inside Epcot’s Imagination pavilion at Walt Disney World.

Disney has about a dozen DVC properties in Florida as well as locations in Hawaii and South Carolina. A few dozen DVC Villas are nestled within Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. A new 12-story Disney Vacation Club timeshare building under construction at the Disneyland Hotel is set to open in September.
 
Attractions Referenced

America Sings

Autopia

Carousel Of Progress

Innoventions

PeopleMover

Star View Station

Star Wars Launch Bay

Starcade

 
Lands Referenced

Tomorrowland

 
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