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Episode Info: Shannon and Pete provide an update on a property tax settlement in Disney's favor that could lower DVC dues, Cirque du Soleil reopening, Jamabo availability, Transportation options when the parks reopen, and an update on the new park pass reservation system. This episode of the My DVC Points Podcast was made possible through financial support from the DVC Dream Team: DVC Resale Market – Industry Leader in DVC ResalesDVC Rental Store – DVC Point Rental and Swap PartnerIncredible Vacation Homes – Luxury Vacation Homes for Family GatheringsBe Our Guest Vacations – Travel Agent for DVC Point Swap ProgramsMonera Financial – Exclusively Financing DVC ContractsPatreon supporters in the My DVC Points VIP Producer Club. Walt Disney World Wins Lawsuit Against Orange County Property Appraiser Over “Excessive” Property Taxes In 2015, Disney went to trial over what was deemed excessively high property assessments for Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, which ultimately led to a win in 2018. The judge ruled that the resort's value should be cut in half, to a mere $189 million. Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh tried to appeal, however, the Fifth District Court of Appeal has since determined that the property appraiser's office inflated the value of the property by over $4 million. The win represents a major legal victory for not just Disney, but the entire lodging industry. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the court declared the entire method that Singh had used to appraise the Disney property — also known as the “Rushmore” method that is widely used by other property appraisers — is illegal under Florida law. Armed with this new ruling, Disney and other hotel companies can now leverage lower tax assessments on all of their properties. In fact, Disney already filed lawsuits in Orange Circuit Court over last year's tax assessments for the company's various theme parks, resorts, and all of the associated buildings located throughout the property. Tickets for Cirque du Soleil's “Drawn to Life” at Disney Springs Now On Sale; First Performance Scheduled for November 5 Update on Jambo House Upon the reopening of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Uzima Pool will also open, however, all other amenities such as restaurants and merchandise locations will remain closed until the rest of the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge opens. A shuttle from Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House to Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village will be provided where available merchandise locations and restaurants are located. Restaurant Reservations now Open Transportation Available for reopening announced Starting June 22, buses were back in service and taking Guests to and from Disney Springs to their resort hotels. But beginning July 7, the Monorail and Ferry Boats will be available, with the Skyliner reopening on July 15. The Minnie Van service and Watercraft dates were no...
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