Disney Vacation Club Star View Station – A Member Lounge is now open in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland! That’s right, they made it to opening without cutting down on the 9 word title for a lounge. I’ll try not to make any other jokes about that wordy situation in this post where I’ll review the lounge, add my thoughts on how it fits into Tomorrowland and share photos of the new spot.
I think we’ll just go with calling it Star View Station in this post for the sake of my sanity. First, some basic details about the new lounge. As you may have gathered Star View Station is for Disney Vacation Club members only. That said, any member can take up to five guests into the lounge. Just make sure to have the digital membership card downloaded and/or ready to show at the entrance of the lounge.
On most days, Star View Station is open from 11 to 6. There is a capacity at the lounge but it’s quite high and I wouldn’t worry about it being full unless it’s a very busy day. Star View Station is in the middle of Tomorrowland, between Space Mountain and Autopia in the old Carousel of Progress building. The lounge is all upstairs, including both inside and outside. If you have any other questions on specifics please let us know in the comments.
As I mentioned, the lounge is upstairs so after checking in at the desk downstairs guests will head up and our met by this mural.
It’s a lot! I’ll admit, that it’s so over the top and cheesy that I’m into it. There’s a certain Michael Bay aspect to it where I can’t quite tell if whoever designed it is in on the joke. I’m concerned at the speed of the DVC rocket as it nears the station, I’ve seen enough space movies to know that things will certainly blow up at some point. Anyway, this mural fits into the nostalgic, hokey self-indulgence that some iterations of Tomorrowland’s designs have embraced. This one’s weird but I’m here for the risk.
After guests pass the mural, they wander down this hall showcasing DVC and Adventures by Disney posters and some neon. It’s a cool hall that they’ve repurposed and the posters are fine. After that guests enter the lounge.
It’s a large and wide open room with seating and some artwork. There’s quite a bit to take in, honestly too much, but that didn’t bother me much. Most of the seating we’ve tried is comfortable, if not a bit overzealous in design. Behind where I took the above photo were bathrooms, two Coke Freestyle machines, two pretty fancy coffee machines and a few snacks (Cheez-It’s and Lays.) I didn’t take a photo of those things because I think most people know what that looks like!
The snacks and drinks are complimentary for any Star View Station visitors. Relative to the DVC lounge in Epcot, there are a few more drinks offered here and it’s nice to have a bathroom inside of the area. As far as the aesthetic goes, I’m not sure that anyone will go in here because it’s a trendy place to hang out. Instead it’s a comfortable spot with air-conditioning and nice seating. I can slowly try to make back the money spent on a DVC contract with soft drinks, coffee and potato chips! There’s also plenty of power outlets around if you need to charge your phone.
My favorite part of the décor was the above mural and this one.
These incorporate the Tomorrowland ideas nicely and are cool remnants of Disneyland history. There’s also a Small World painting in the kids area that included a TV playing some Disney cartoons.
We’ve also got astronaut man! This is a nice historic feature, as well, with a plaque to tell of it’s Disneyland significance in the late 50’s. All in all, they could have done much worse with the decorations. There’s enough eye candy in here to keep things interesting while still making it relaxing. Again, maybe it’s not the coolest place but it is comfortable with some nice touches.
The outside deck is the best view of anywhere in the lounge and seems to be open anytime for guests. All of the seats were open and hardly anyone else was going out there. If you want an even more secluded break from the crowds then this is a good spot, assuming it’s not too hot.
That’s what Star View Station amounts to! It’s a really nice spot to sit and get a complimentary drink if you’re a DVC Member. It shouldn’t entice you to become a DVC member if you aren’t one, but it’s a nice perk.
I’ll never be one to advocate for Disney to use spaces only for select people. I wish every building was an attraction, shop, restaurant or lounge that everyone could go in. That adds capacity to, in Disneyland’s case, an already cramped park. While attending upcharge events, dessert parties or member lounges is fun, I’d rather just see that space used for everyone.
Unfortunately, that’s just not where we’re at anymore in Disney Parks. The building Star View Station took over was hardly ever used so something in there is better than nothing. I don’t know how long it will be around. There have been rumors about a Tomorrowland overhaul in Disneyland for years and this takes up prime real estate in that area. That said, Star View Station will stick around for a while and DVC members should take advantage of it while it’s here.
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