LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will expand
its Disney Vacation Club concept of vacation ownership units to the
Disney Institute campus at Walt Disney World Resort. Construction
is expected to start this spring on 192 units.
A Walt Disney spokeswoman said programming at the Disney
Institute, which offered courses in cooking, photography and
animation to the general public, has been phased out.
The institute's programming now is focused on professional
development, geared to meetings and convention groups, takes place
at facilities at Disney's resorts.
The spokeswoman said there has not been a decision as to the
future of the Disney Institute's buildings and whether they will be
incorporated in the Vacation Club complex or demolished.
The institute's campus, where the Vacation Club units are to be
built, is adjacent to the Downtown Disney resort area.