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stopher1
11-07-2010, 07:02 PM
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/aulani-owner-beach.jpg E komo mai!

That's "Welcome Home" in Hawaiian - so welcome to the AULANI OWNERS THREAD! - Aloha!
I could not find an established thread like this, just a bunch of different random threads about Aulani - points, opening dates, etc - so I figured I would take the plunge and start one. Here we can chat and discuss about our new island "home" - slated to open August 29, 2011. I'm pretty excited about it, even though my family won't be able to stay there until the summer of 2012 at the earliest, but that's okay... there will be years of memories to be made with hopefully lots of great trips to our little piece of Disney on the island of Oahu.

Since the resort isn't open yet, there simply aren't a lot of photos yet, but there are some good stories to be found out on the internet in other websites that follow Disney to give us updates on the construction progress, as well as some members on the ground in Hawaii who have posted tidbits here and there. We do also have concept art renderings and a view of the model. Then when it opens and our first members actually stay there - hopefully they will start posting real pics for us all to enjoy, along with reviews, updated information about the restaurants, entertainment offerings and of course the neighboring community. EDITED: NOW that it IS open - I'm looking forward to seeing lots of pictures and TR info as members and their guests start to enjoy this beautiful resort! Can't wait to stay there myself in 2012 or 13.

We know that there will be 460 villas, including 21 Grand Villas. On the other side of the resort will be 359 hotel rooms. There will be the wedding pavilion, the spa, fitness center, Aunty's Beach House children's play/care facility, as well as a couple of restaurants, room service, and the snorkeling lagoon. And of course O'ahu itself has a plethora of things to see and do. Looking back through past issues, I see that Aulani has been a featured highlight in at least three issues of Disney Files. Looking at Disney's official Aulani website, it seems to indicate that there will be concierge on staff to help in planning for events and excursions as well.

Here's some concept art, copyright Disney of course

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulani3.jpg http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulani2.jpg

a view of the model (that was on display at D23 last year and is, I believe, currently on display at Doorway to Dreams in Schaumburg, IL), the first view is of the resort from the ocean side

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/AulaniModel-2.jpg

and then from the opposite side, showing the front, including the porte cachere and the conference center

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/AulaniModel2.jpg

and then also a closer view focusing specifically on the pool / water play area, with the volacanic caldera in the center with slides coming out from within. It looks awesome, and we can't wait to enjoy it.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulanipoolmodel.jpg


Here are a few photos of the model room from the local sales center

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulani5.jpg http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulani4.jpg http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/Aulani6jpg.jpg


All in all we have an exciting new resort on the horizon. It'll be fun to stay there, but at the same time, it will be fun to hear your thoughts, experiences and plans for the future at Aulani.

Aloha!

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/AulaniLogo.gif

stopher1
11-07-2010, 07:03 PM
:)

stopher1
11-07-2010, 07:03 PM
Here are some links to past Aulani based threads that you might want to check out again

Didn't Want Aulani Points until Today (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2591657)
DVC Hawaii Stickers (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38875409&posted=1#post38875409)
Visited Aulani Yesterday (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2556230&highlight=aulani+owners)
Aulani & Transient Accomodations Tax (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2539037&highlight=aulani+owners)
Question for Aulani Owners: What's Your Unit # (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2505392&highlight=aulani+owners)
We Are Now Aulani Owners (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2499987&highlight=aulani+owners)
Aulani Points Requirements (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2500054&highlight=aulani+owners)
Just Bought Aulani (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2497877&highlight=aulani+owners)
DVC Hawaii (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2501797&highlight=aulani+owners)
Aulani...How Far is resort from Honolulu Airport? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2495912&highlight=aulani+owners)
Aulani Point Charts - Posted online by DVC (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2494121&highlight=aulani+owners)


Here are a few links that are NOT Aulani related, but rather related to all of our sister resorts within the greater DVC family, just for fun, but also in case anyone has specific questions about another resort, all of the DVC resort threads are in one place here...

Animal Kingdom Lodge: ***Official AKV Owners and Lovers Thread*** (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1815576)
Bay Lake Tower: ***Bay Lake Tower Owner's Thread*** (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2027988)
Beach Club Villas: "STORMIN THE BEACH" BCV Owners - and GROUPIES WELCOME HOME! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2447045&highlight=beach+club+owners)
Boardwalk Villas: The I Love BWV (yes, Hallways and Clown Pool, too!) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1300921&highlight=boardwalk+owners)
Grand Californian: The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owners & Lovers Group - 2.0 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2592085)
Hilton Head: HHI Roll Call, Adoration & Information Thread 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2329998)
Old Key West: OKW Lovers Thread !!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1375743)
Saratoga Springs: SSR Lovers & Owners Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2466719)
Vero Beach: Vero Beach Adoration 2010 Thread... We Need New 2011 Thread...Somebody? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344361&highlight=vero+beach+owners)
Wilderness Lodge: VWL Lovers & Groupies Thread: It All Started with a Moose! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2490642)

stopher1
11-07-2010, 09:49 PM
Here are a couple of new images. One is an overall map of the resort

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/AulaniResortMap.jpg


And the other information about driving to the resort from the airport

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Aulani/MaptoAulaniFromAirport.jpg

stopher1
11-08-2010, 12:27 PM
Reserved

wdrl
11-08-2010, 02:26 PM
Thanks, stopher1, for starting this thread! Although we aren't Aulani owners, we definitely want to visit in 2012.

Here is a link to some Aulani information I have posted on DVCNews about the Aulani room locations and views: http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6530. It might be of some help when Members make room requests.

Also, here is another link to a thread that explains how Aulani owners can access their deed at the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances website: http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6874.

Rest&Relax
11-08-2010, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the new thread and links. Looking forward to visiting our new home in May 2012. :)

WDWLVR
11-08-2010, 08:50 PM
http://monorailgreen.info/hawaiiUP/KoOlina.jpg


Here's a photo my DH took as we flew over the area back in 2007. Aulani will be at the green space at the top lagoon. We fell in love with the resort area and are happy to be owners at Aulani looking to make our first visit in October 2012 for our anniversary.

stopher1
11-08-2010, 08:58 PM
http://monorailgreen.info/hawaiiUP/KoOlina.jpg


Here's a photo my DH took as we flew over the area back in 2007. Aulani will be at the green space at the top lagoon. We fell in love with the resort area and are happy to be owners at Aulani looking to make our first visit in October 2012 for our anniversary.

Thanks for the picture! It's great.

I've tried to see aerial shots with construction, but each time I've tried to see it on Google Earth I just get this kind of pre-construction image... but it is still nice to be able to see it even without construction. I can't wait to be able to see it all in person...

WildernessMickey
11-09-2010, 06:19 PM
Thanks for starting this thread. I am not an owner at Aulani but plan to stay there in November of 2011 if I can get in at the 7 month window. I own at the Marriott Beach Club on Lagoon 3 and have been going to Ko Olina for years. It is an awesome place! Disney knows how to pick the best locations! The pictures look fantastic.:cheer2:

Tinks "SS"
11-09-2010, 07:22 PM
Can i be a groupie?? Really looking forward to visiting one day.

stopher1
11-09-2010, 08:23 PM
Can i be a groupie?? Really looking forward to visiting one day.

Of course you can! Welcome!

tbay
11-09-2010, 08:41 PM
Thank you so much for the awesome pictures going there in july and will be checking out the new resort hope to be able to stay there in the future
your pictures look great and very exciting

bethy
11-09-2010, 09:45 PM
We have plenty of points already to meet our needs and so don't plan to buy at Aulani. But I'm still subscribing to this thread because we are hoping to visit in December 2011 - before Christmas. We have back-up plans in case we aren't able to secure a ressie at 7 months but we're hopeful just the same! :cool1:

sillykid
11-09-2010, 09:49 PM
http://www.yesterland.com/

Hope this site shows up and doesn't get blocked. Scroll down to DVC way down and 11 part series that if you haven't seen is quite awesome.

stopher1
11-09-2010, 09:51 PM
http://www.yesterland.com/

Hope this site shows up and doesn't get blocked. Scroll down to DVC way down and 11 part series that if you haven't seen is quite awesome.

Those are pretty neat articles that Werner put together.

IandGsmom
11-10-2010, 09:25 AM
Happy to say we are owners here!!!!!pixiedust: planning first trip home in July 2012 once I am done with my masters program.

wdw4life
11-10-2010, 02:07 PM
Great thread!

I was planning on going December of next year but decided to do another ABD instead. Now I will probably stay at Aulani in 2012.

bethy
11-10-2010, 02:23 PM
Man, I just looked more closely at the building plans for Aulani and Phase 1 seems tiny! I am preparing myself for the very real possibility of not getting a reservation at 7 months. Luckily we are looking at before Christmas rather than after but that is a popular DVC time so I don't know . . .

I need to do some more research on back up places to stay because I'm sure I'll be booking airfare before the 7 month window opens!

TifffanyD
11-10-2010, 02:33 PM
We are in the midst of signing and returning our paperwork on a 100 point add-on! :thumbsup2

SoCalDCLfan
11-10-2010, 06:20 PM
We are in the midst of signing and returning our paperwork on a 100 point add-on! :thumbsup2

Congratulations and Aloha!!:beach:

adminjedi
11-11-2010, 12:37 AM
We bought our first Aulani points in July at the Disneyland opening week special. The resort hasn't even opened yet and we already had addonitis set in!!! We just bought more!!:lovestruc

stopher1
11-11-2010, 07:40 AM
We are in the midst of signing and returning our paperwork on a 100 point add-on! :thumbsup2

Congrats! How exciting :thumbsup2

We bought our first Aulani points in July at the Disneyland opening week special. The resort hasn't even opened yet and we already had addonitis set in!!! We just bought more!!:lovestruc

:cool1: That's awesome. We'd like more than we originally got, but have to wait to do that, but we have been running scenarios to determine what & when.

Jerry@dvcstore
11-11-2010, 06:12 PM
I am so excited to stay at this resort. I have seen it first hand while under construction and it looks amazing. Yahoo.

Leilanie94
11-14-2010, 03:06 PM
Aloha!

I am an island gal - born, raised, and long time resident from Oahu, Hawaii.

We are new owners of this resort! We are excited!!!

We have reservations for October 2011. :cool1:

CarrianneB
11-15-2010, 03:59 PM
Just added on 160 on the DCL a few weeks back - so we are founding members! Haven't decided when we are going - likely summer or fall of 2012.

stopher1
11-17-2010, 07:38 AM
Aloha!

I am an island gal - born, raised, and long time resident from Oahu, Hawaii.

We are new owners of this resort! We are excited!!!

We have reservations for October 2011. :cool1:

Just added on 160 on the DCL a few weeks back - so we are founding members! Haven't decided when we are going - likely summer or fall of 2012.

Congrats & Welcome Home! (now to only fast forward until later in 2011 to actually be able to STAY in our new home... :) )

Rest&Relax
11-26-2010, 09:29 PM
Get excited everytime I think about stay here. :cheer2:

Received an email congratulations on becoming a Founding Member at Aulani. More info this spring when we get to make our tile selections. I guess all the paper work has gone through now.

Can't wait until I start a count down date but it will be a while yet. :sad1:

stopher1
11-29-2010, 10:55 AM
I arrived in So Cal on Friday for a work trip, with a pre-side of fun stopping in at my So Cal home, VGC. This was the sight that greeted me on the wall at baggage claim there at John Wayne.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Disneyland%202010-SOLO/PB260004.jpg



And this was the sight inside the elevator at VGC.


http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Disneyland%202010-SOLO/PB290272.jpg

And while I was there, I was able to get some of those fun Mickey & Donald Ko Olina stickers too. They had them at the DVC desk inside the lobby at the Grand. And the guy at the desk didn't just give me one of each, but about 8 or 9 of each... so :thumbsup2 - yay.

Coach81
11-29-2010, 12:27 PM
Those are pretty neat articles that Werner put together.

Yes, thanks for posting the link!

rparmfamily
12-01-2010, 03:38 AM
Subbing! We are DVC owners (BLT and SSR) and have fingers crossed to get in at some point at the 7 mo mark. We can stay whenever...we are already onisland as well! :) ALOHA!

stopher1
01-03-2011, 09:27 PM
We were recently at VGC, and not only saw the pictures advertising Aulani in the airport, and the resort's elevators - but now the DVC vans transporting guests to the on-site preview center are wrapped in Aulani artwork as well. Never had my camera out and ready when I saw them - but they looked pretty cool.

stopher1
01-10-2011, 07:19 AM
DVCNews has a few nice, new pics up today.

Debs Hill
01-10-2011, 03:53 PM
We are planning for summer 2012...........but hoping to be able to get in at the 7 months window...not sure how realistic this is?!!
Debx:)

living20057
01-10-2011, 07:07 PM
I'm an owner and can't wait to get there! Hopefully it will be April or July 2012:cool1:

eagle29
01-11-2011, 08:59 AM
Wow, It looks amazing! Being from the east coast, an add-on (to my 230 BCV points), doesn't make sense right now. Howver, I hope to get the chance for a 4 or 5 night stay at some point at the 7 month mark. Does anyone know how sales are going? Prior to it being sold out, does it make sense that "developer inventory" will be an easier trade?

To all you Founding owners...CONGRATULATIONS!!:goodvibes

Rest&Relax
01-11-2011, 08:28 PM
When I called member services yesterday for December, MS saw I had Aulani points and ask when we were planning to stay. She told me to make sure to book exactly at 11 months. I did not ask any other questions of how it was selling or filling up. Just a FYI for people.

bethy
01-12-2011, 12:34 PM
When I called member services yesterday for December, MS saw I had Aulani points and ask when we were planning to stay. She told me to make sure to book exactly at 11 months. I did not ask any other questions of how it was selling or filling up. Just a FYI for people.

Thank you for this info. I'm one who is hoping to get in at 7 months for early December 2011. I'd like to try the resort before we consider buying into it.

ChiSoxKeith
01-12-2011, 01:46 PM
Thank you for this info. I'm one who is hoping to get in at 7 months for early December 2011. I'd like to try the resort before we consider buying into it.

The problem is there is from August 29th (Open) to December 29th 2011 - there are only 119 villas (there is a nice breakdown at DVCNews.com here: http://dvcnews.com/index.php/hawaii--ko-olina-resorts-175/1288-early-aulani-facts-and-figures


Once Phase 2 opens, the number of villas more than doubles to 257 villas, and then in 2013 the number goes way up when Phase III opens (404 extra villas come on line). So eventually booking at 7 months shouldn't be too much of a problem. (in my opinion).

We bought there because we didn't want to worry about that.

bethy
01-12-2011, 04:25 PM
The problem is there is from August 29th (Open) to December 29th 2011 - there are only 119 villas (there is a nice breakdown at DVCNews.com here: http://dvcnews.com/index.php/hawaii--ko-olina-resorts-175/1288-early-aulani-facts-and-figures


Once Phase 2 opens, the number of villas more than doubles to 257 villas, and then in 2013 the number goes way up when Phase III opens (404 extra villas come on line). So eventually booking at 7 months shouldn't be too much of a problem. (in my opinion).

We bought there because we didn't want to worry about that.

Yes, I do recall that only one phase will be open - thanks for pinpointing the dates. I think what we'll do is have two back up plans - one would be to go after Christmas when the new phase is open or two would be to stay somewhere else in Hawaii. There are so many great resorts.

We've been to all the other islands mulitiple times but never to Oahu. I'm anxious to see what we think and also finally make a trip to Pearl Harbor. :goodvibes

rparmfamily
01-13-2011, 01:21 AM
Honestly, I think it looks ahead of schedule...every time we go out there, something new is done. And it's happening FAST. I'm not knowledgeable about construction but it is really coming along!

CaskPeg
01-13-2011, 06:51 AM
I have personally gone to that area of the Island and stayed for a couple of days in the past. It is gorgeous in its tropical essence and I know that DVC/and Disney will build a wonderful destination point for future visitors and owners. Enjoy your time in paradise Disney-style.

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-13-2011, 09:41 AM
Aulani owner checking in! Thanks stopher1 for starting this thread. We're planning on celebrating 30 years of marriage at Aulani, but have decided to wait until more phases open rather than going on our actual anniversary (in December 2011). Being more flexible will also allow us to get a better deal on plane tickets for the family since air travel at Christmas time is typically more expensive.

I can't wait to see the trip reports of those who are Aulani-bound this summer and fall! =)

ChiSoxKeith
01-13-2011, 09:58 AM
Honestly, I think it looks ahead of schedule...every time we go out there, something new is done. And it's happening FAST. I'm not knowledgeable about construction but it is really coming along!

That's good to hear as we are planning on being there in September of 2011.

Spottedprincess
01-13-2011, 12:49 PM
We purchased Aulani points summer of last year and my DH purchased more as a surprise so we could spend 2 weeks a year in an ocean view. I just booked our first stay for Early December 2011. This is so exciting. We have tossed around the idea for a timeshare for several years and we came to the conclusion that if Disney builds one in Hawaii or French Polynesia we are in. Be careful what you wish for. About 8 months after we had that conversation there was buzz about Aulani. We couldn't be happier. Can't hardly wait to get there. Or at least see pictures of the finished resort to tide us over until our stay.

Jerry@dvcstore
01-14-2011, 06:54 AM
ALOHA. I look forward to checking in for the first time at Aulani. It is going to be a magnificent resort. Thanks DVC for building it!:cheer2:

stopher1
01-14-2011, 07:49 AM
There's a nice new Aulani (http://www.yesterland.com/disneykoolina12.html) update on Mouseplanet today with lots of nice recent photos

ChiSoxKeith
01-14-2011, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the heads up stopher1! Great pics.

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-14-2011, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the heads up stopher1! Great pics.
Ditto! That was such an interesting article and I'm excited to see all the details for Aulani. Thanks for the link. =)

eagle29
01-14-2011, 09:31 AM
This new resort looks truly amazing! Thanks for the link! My only time on Oahu was spent at the Hilton Hawaiin Village on Waikiki. It was a beautiful resort but in the heart of the city (or so it seemed!) Ko Olina looks like much more of a tropical setting...can't wait for the chance to get there!:cool1:

CrazyDuck
01-15-2011, 01:53 AM
I guess you are lucky it's not open yet: http://www.kitv.com/news/26490893/detail.html

BTW this is why they had to disclose that there is a landfill nearby...

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-15-2011, 08:38 AM
I guess you are lucky it's not open yet: http://www.kitv.com/news/26490893/detail.html

BTW this is why they had to disclose that there is a landfill nearby...
If you read the entire article, you will see that the wastewater releases were not just limited to the K'Olina area but were all over Oahu due to the very heavy rains. This didn't happen because of Aulani's neighbors so much as it did because of the weather. These kind of unexpected weather events are happening pretty much all over the world right now!

rparmfamily
01-15-2011, 12:27 PM
We were going to go to Ko'olina today, but due to the above mentioned article, we aren't. LOL. Really sucks for people there on vacation but some of the island is under a "brown water" warning (from stormwater runoff and overflows from manholes). We've been here 4 yrs and this is the first time I've ever ever seen rains like this year. While this time of year is our "rainy" season it does not normally pour so much and for so long like this year. It's been bad, reminds me of the rains in Florida! (in summer, the downpours, but imagine that for hours or all night...so of course there has been lots of flooding.) We just haven't had very long breaks of dry weather to dry the ground up.

This is the 1st time I've ever heard of the beaches at Ko'olina being closed, they are a protected lagoon and normally the water is great.

CrazyDuck--you're local, right? Has it rained like this before? (other than the 40 days of rain in 2006) The golf courses here around Pearl Harbor are flooded still...and I think there's another system coming Monday? I'm tired of the RAIN!

shellspb
01-15-2011, 12:33 PM
Thanks so much for starting this thread. We Californians cannot wait for this to open. Personally, I haven't been to Hawaii in 40 years because we keep going back to WDW for every vacation. To have this option is terrific, we could do a shorter trip instead of our usual 9 to 10 night stay at SSR. Do you really think this will open on time? I'm thinking it will be later because of the lack of finished photos.

CrazyDuck
01-15-2011, 09:17 PM
CrazyDuck--you're local, right? Has it rained like this before? (other than the 40 days of rain in 2006) The golf courses here around Pearl Harbor are flooded still...and I think there's another system coming Monday? I'm tired of the RAIN!

What we seen in the last few weeks is pretty typical for Jan/Feb. It is our rainy season. The 40 days and 40 nights of rain back in 2006 was epic. I was ready to build an ark and start loading up the animals because I thought we'd never see the sun again. But these recent rains are not that bad... They are intense but they only last a short while and you get days of sunshine in between... Yea the brown water advisory is posted around the whole island because off storm runoff, but the beaches in koolina was the only beach closed because of the stuff that was washing up on shore (hypodermic needles etc...)

Neriberi
01-17-2011, 01:26 AM
Has anyone heard about the tiles? I thought Founders were supposed to get a chance to design their tile, but I haven't received any paperwork about it yet. I've been trying to get a hold of my guide for an update, but no reply so far...

BobNed
01-17-2011, 09:03 AM
Has anyone heard about the tiles? I thought Founders were supposed to get a chance to design their tile, but I haven't received any paperwork about it yet. I've been trying to get a hold of my guide for an update, but no reply so far...

I received an e-mail in October about the tiles... Here is part of it:

Aloha, and congratulations on becoming a Founding Member at Aulani, Disney Vacation ClubŪ Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i.

As a Founding Member, your family will leave a unique mark on this spectacular resort by personalizing a tile that will appear on one of four stone monuments known in Hawai'i as a Pohaku.

A member of our Cast family will contact you as work begins on the monuments next spring to make your tile selections. You'll choose a kapa pattern representing a symbolic element of the resort (mountain, ocean, bird or fish), pick a color for your pattern (red or black) and provide a name or brief message to accompany your creation (details to be determined).

With no predetermined design for the final mosaic, you and your fellow founders will feel what it's like to be Walt Disney Imagineers, making creative choices that will dramatically shape the look of your new home resort.

Hopefully we'll hear sometime this spring.

notlok
01-17-2011, 09:41 AM
To anyone who has visited Aulani recently: How much of the resort is actually complete and does the construction detract from your being able to enjoy the part of the resort that is already finished?

Also, If anyone has stayed there with other resort points, How hard was it to get a reservation

stopher1
01-17-2011, 09:46 AM
Also, If anyone has stayed there with other resort points, How hard was it to get a reservation

The resort is not scheduled to open until August 29, 2011. Reservations are being taken for after that time period, but no one can stay just yet.

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-18-2011, 12:44 PM
Just wondering if any of you fellow owners know... is there a website where we can view our recorded deeds for Aulani? I enjoy being able to verify my documents of record over at the OCC site. I'd like to be able to see my Aulani contract as well. Anybody know a web address? Share, please.

Evey =)

ChiSoxKeith
01-18-2011, 01:02 PM
Yeah, wdrl has a thread somewhere. Let me look for it.

http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6874

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-19-2011, 12:52 AM
Yeah, wdrl has a thread somewhere. Let me look for it.

http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6874

Thanks, Keith! I almost missed your edit!

Evey =)

LouisianaDisneyFan
01-19-2011, 01:02 AM
Wow, they sure took their time recording those deeds! We called and committed the first day Aulani went on sale, but our deed doesn't show up until page 24 on October 5! I wondered why it took so long for us to get all the documents back... now I know why! (Yep, I guess I should have looked at the doc stamps, eh?!)

WDWLVR
01-19-2011, 07:07 AM
Wow, they sure took their time recording those deeds! We called and committed the first day Aulani went on sale, but our deed doesn't show up until page 24 on October 5! I wondered why it took so long for us to get all the documents back... now I know why! (Yep, I guess I should have looked at the doc stamps, eh?!)

Wonder why it took so long. We added on during our July cruise and our deed is recorded as August 17th.

Derf
01-25-2011, 03:28 PM
Any owners having any trouble making their reservations yet? 7-month window starts opening this Saturday, right?

stopher1
01-25-2011, 03:47 PM
There are MORE new pics and some video clips on a couple of different postings on both Mouseplanet & DVCnews for Aulani. As we inch closer and closer to Phase I opening up, no doubt there will be more to come!

Debs Hill
02-07-2011, 12:24 PM
We are planning our trip for 2012....we will be booking at the 7 mnth window.
Do you think it will be harder to get in March/April (easter) or in the summer (july/august). we are flexible about our view!
Thanks so much
Debx:hug:

Debs Hill
02-16-2011, 11:03 AM
Bump! Would love to hear about your booking experiences so far and any predictions re availability
Debxx;)

ChiSoxKeith
02-16-2011, 11:06 AM
There was another thread around this board, people had been reporting availability.

Ah, here it is over on the planning board. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2645563&page=3

Suffice to say, people have been making some reservations at the 7 month mark so far.

Carlyzmom
02-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Any idea what the nightly price for a room is? Ballpark? Just a regular room. I can't find any info.

wdrl
02-18-2011, 09:51 AM
DVCNews.com has a time lapse video of Aulani's construction beginning in 2008. Click on this link to get to the video: http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?p=96298#post96298

We are really looking forward to visiting Aulani in May or September 2012.

bethy
02-18-2011, 10:15 AM
Any idea what the nightly price for a room is? Ballpark? Just a regular room. I can't find any info.

If you go to Disney's website you can book rooms at Aulani and thus look at rates. It probably depends on the time of year but I recall a regular hotel room being in the $400 per night range when I last looked. This was for mid-December 2011.

dato63
02-19-2011, 04:49 AM
We are not DVC members, but are hoping to book Aulani for Christmas 2012. Can anyone tell me if 2012 bookings will open up in August 2011, like WDW does?

Thank you!

gfyjny
02-22-2011, 03:04 PM
We just bought 160 points while we were on our Disney Cruise last week. It was a last minute decision, decided while waiting for the farewell show. We are really looking forward to planning a visit to Aulani in 2012.

gfyjny
02-22-2011, 03:10 PM
We are not DVC members, but are hoping to book Aulani for Christmas 2012. Can anyone tell me if 2012 bookings will open up in August 2011, like WDW does?

Thank you!

I might recommend to you, renting points from a current DVC owner to book your reservation. The Aulani DVC owner has 11 months advantage on booking and it might come out cheaper for you than booking direct from the Resort. We rented our points for Bay Lake Tower last May and really worked out for us, and we ended up joining DVC while were were there. We've been making a good use out of our DVC at Grand Californian now. Of Course it is cheaper owning but it is a long committment. Just something for you to look into.

lilpooh108
02-23-2011, 02:27 PM
We just bought 160 points while we were on our Disney Cruise last week. It was a last minute decision, decided while waiting for the farewell show. We are really looking forward to planning a visit to Aulani in 2012.

Congrats! What was the offer on the cruise, if you don't mind saying. I've read that the incentives on the cruise are generally better than "regular" incentives at WDW or DLR.

ChiSoxKeith
02-23-2011, 02:49 PM
We just bought 160 points while we were on our Disney Cruise last week. It was a last minute decision, decided while waiting for the farewell show. We are really looking forward to planning a visit to Aulani in 2012.

Congratulations!!! Welcome home neighbor.

carole88
02-23-2011, 03:28 PM
Aloha all! Just found this thread today! Can't wait to stay next year. We bought 320 points last October. Hope to visit July of 2012. Looking forward to more news and pictures.

gfyjny
02-23-2011, 06:10 PM
Thank you lilpooh108 and ChiSoxKeith!
They had tons of member gifts during the cruise, like lanyards, baseball caps, bags, organizers, pins and etc. The current pricing for Aulani is at $120 pp, they offered $14 pp discount if you buy 100 or more. They throw in $500 shipboard credit if you buy 160 or more. They covered the closing cost since we are current members. We also got 30 fastpasses for our next visit to either Disneyland Parks or WDW and founding member tile with our family name. I guess very similar to friends and family deal that's going on now. Only difference is $500 giftcard instead of $500 shipboard credit.
We are planning our visit to Aulani in 2012 as well, after the second phase is completed, to make sure all the amenities are up and running.

TifffanyD
02-24-2011, 06:39 AM
Thank you lilpooh108 and ChiSoxKeith!
They had tons of member gifts during the cruise, like lanyards, baseball caps, bags, organizers, pins and etc. The current pricing for Aulani is at $120 pp, they offered $14 pp discount if you buy 100 or more. They throw in $500 shipboard credit if you buy 160 or more. They covered the closing cost since we are current members. We also got 30 fastpasses for our next visit to either Disneyland Parks or WDW and founding member tile with our family name. I guess very similar to friends and family deal that's going on now. Only difference is $500 giftcard instead of $500 shipboard credit.
We are planning our visit to Aulani in 2012 as well, after the second phase is completed, to make sure all the amenities are up and running.

On our cruise they were offering the $500 visa giftcard and offering it for 100 point add-ons. Also, only 18 fast-passes. The rest was the same, I think.

This was on the magic Jan29-Feb 5. Crazy how quickly they change offers.

gfyjny
02-24-2011, 05:06 PM
I guess they changes offers for different cruises. I was pretty happy about the shipboard credit because we got it immediately after signing. So the final bill the next day reflected the discount. After researching once we got home, I've seen other people who have gotten the Aulani point for as low as $102. I wonder what's the lowest people have paid for Aulani points. In anyways we would enjoy our stays there for many years to come.

Stinkerbell317
02-24-2011, 11:09 PM
Just returned home from Ko'Olina today where we stayed right nextdoor to the Aulani sight at the Marriott Beach Club. It looks like it will be an amazing property. The Marriott was quite beautiful as well. We were supposed to get a hard-hat tour of the site, but weren't able to fit it into our schedule due to some unforseen medical issues and ended up wasting most of an entire day of our vacation. But regardless, we were so excited to see it first- hand! And, just so happened that the Black Pearl was docked just in back of the Marriott, so that was pretty neat. We are looking to book Aulani for Spring Break 2012. I can try to answer any questions about the location if you have any.

TifffanyD
02-25-2011, 05:44 AM
I guess they changes offers for different cruises. I was pretty happy about the shipboard credit because we got it immediately after signing. So the final bill the next day reflected the discount. After researching once we got home, I've seen other people who have gotten the Aulani point for as low as $102. I wonder what's the lowest people have paid for Aulani points. In anyways we would enjoy our stays there for many years to come.

$102 is what we paid. We signed up with the $114 per point les $12 incentive.

However, on this last cruise with the $500 gift card it would have worked out to slightly less. Like a dollar or two... nothing huge.

We went to a presentation on Aulani at the Contemporary some time ago and I think I remember that was the best deal. I forget what it was... but I remember there were no 2012 dues. We should've bought then - darn!

gfyjny
03-03-2011, 11:57 AM
$102 is what we paid. We signed up with the $114 per point les $12 incentive.

However, on this last cruise with the $500 gift card it would have worked out to slightly less. Like a dollar or two... nothing huge.

We went to a presentation on Aulani at the Contemporary some time ago and I think I remember that was the best deal. I forget what it was... but I remember there were no 2012 dues. We should've bought then - darn!

I guess difference of a few dollars isn't bad if you think of 50+ years of wonderful family vacation in paradise.

Podgieree
03-03-2011, 05:41 PM
We booked yesterday for a 10 night stay starting 9/28 (one-bedroom). :yay: I realize that everything may not be ready, but we are excited to spend time together in Hawaii. Now I have 7 months to get into shape! :beach:

wink13
03-12-2011, 03:12 PM
Not an Aulani owner but just booked our stay at the 7 month window. Oct 12-17 1 BR Ocean View!!! :banana:

Can't wait.

curiouslittleoyster
03-14-2011, 01:29 PM
We just added on 100 points at Aulani today! We aren't planning on going until late in 2012, though, sometime in December. I'm trying to convince DH to go this fall if we can borrow next year's points and use some of our VGC points.

ChiSoxKeith
03-14-2011, 02:07 PM
We just added on 100 points at Aulani today! We aren't planning on going until late in 2012, though, sometime in December. I'm trying to convince DH to go this fall if we can borrow next year's points and use some of our VGC points.

Congrats and welcome home neighbor!

MrsG
03-15-2011, 05:08 PM
Hi,

Just found this thread! We bought into Aulani on the Baltic Cruise. We pd $102pp. We plan on giving one week in July 2012 to our DS for his honeymoon and we also plan on spending a week there when they return. We bought 160 pts, got a founding tile, and plan on going every few years.
Aloha!

curiouslittleoyster
03-16-2011, 06:36 PM
Congrats and welcome home neighbor!

Mahalo! :)


Congrats to all the other new owners! I'm looking forward to reading trip reports from all the lucky people staying there this fall.

stopher1
03-16-2011, 07:17 PM
We just added on 100 points at Aulani today! We aren't planning on going until late in 2012, though, sometime in December. I'm trying to convince DH to go this fall if we can borrow next year's points and use some of our VGC points.

That is so very cool! Again, congrats (I know I said it already on our other shared home's thread, but it bears repeating!)

gfyjny
03-17-2011, 03:55 PM
We just added on 100 points at Aulani today! We aren't planning on going until late in 2012, though, sometime in December. I'm trying to convince DH to go this fall if we can borrow next year's points and use some of our VGC points.

Congrats!!!!!! It looks like we have the same taste for resorts, VGC and Aulani. We'been loving our stays at VGC. I'm sure Aulani won't disappoint, with such a wonderful view of the ocean.

MamaDrama
03-21-2011, 12:12 AM
We're not a DVC owner, but we just booked for 11/17-20!! We actually cancelled a WDW trip to go to Aulani instead. Can't wait to start hearing trip reports at the end of the summer!

MinnieGi
03-21-2011, 08:55 PM
Also not an owner but hoping to visit in 2012 or 2013!! Looking forward to hearing everyone's trip reports when it opens!! It looks fabulous!

ChiSoxKeith
03-21-2011, 09:31 PM
New Video over at the Disney Parks Blog

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

Iggipolka
03-22-2011, 05:10 PM
My spouse is trying to convince me to add on at Aulani and I"m totally on the fence about it. We already own at AKV and VGC, so my reasoning is that we can already book a vacation at Aulani. We have paid off our DVC loan, so we just have the monthly and year dues, so I'm loath to go back to a loan payment. Pts are selling at $100 a point right now, so while it's a good deal, I just don't know.
The only benefit (as I see it) to buying points there, would be the 11 month booking window.
Am I wrong in this? Are there other benefits?

curiouslittleoyster
03-22-2011, 06:18 PM
That is so very cool! Again, congrats (I know I said it already on our other shared home's thread, but it bears repeating!)

Thank you! I'm very excited! :)

Congrats!!!!!! It looks like we have the same taste for resorts, VGC and Aulani. We'been loving our stays at VGC. I'm sure Aulani won't disappoint, with such a wonderful view of the ocean.

Are you on the West coast, too? I love VGC, too, and the Aulani villa models look wonderful! It looks like it's going to be a beautiful resort.

New Video over at the Disney Parks Blog

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

Thanks for posting the link. It's great to see the resort coming together.

My spouse is trying to convince me to add on at Aulani and I"m totally on the fence about it. We already own at AKV and VGC, so my reasoning is that we can already book a vacation at Aulani. We have paid off our DVC loan, so we just have the monthly and year dues, so I'm loath to go back to a loan payment. Pts are selling at $100 a point right now, so while it's a good deal, I just don't know.
The only benefit (as I see it) to buying points there, would be the 11 month booking window.
Am I wrong in this? Are there other benefits?

It depends on when you want to go to Aulani. If you will be going in the off season, I don't think you will need that 11 month window. Benefit to owning there is that home resort 11 month booking window so you can secure your reservation during peak season. BTW, where did you see the $100 a point offer for Aulani? TIA

Iggipolka
03-22-2011, 06:59 PM
It depends on when you want to go to Aulani. If you will be going in the off season, I don't think you will need that 11 month window. Benefit to owning there is that home resort 11 month booking window so you can secure your reservation during peak season. BTW, where did you see the $100 a point offer for Aulani? TIA

We live in the West Coast, so we'd probably want to go in early Spring to escape the rains for awhile. I'm sure that is going to be a popular time. Our guide told us about the $100 a point deal and recommended to us that if we're thinking about buying, to do so now because prices are going to be going up shortly to VGC levels.

MrsG
03-22-2011, 07:37 PM
My spouse is trying to convince me to add on at Aulani and I"m totally on the fence about it. We already own at AKV and VGC, so my reasoning is that we can already book a vacation at Aulani. We have paid off our DVC loan, so we just have the monthly and year dues, so I'm loath to go back to a loan payment. Pts are selling at $100 a point right now, so while it's a good deal, I just don't know.
The only benefit (as I see it) to buying points there, would be the 11 month booking window.
Am I wrong in this? Are there other benefits?

I agree with Curiouslittleoyster. If you plan on going during high times, I think the 11 mo window will be important. I'm a teacher and so are my adult children so for the foreseeable future, we are stuck going during prime time. For us the 11 mo window is always important. We added on at Aulani, and we are able to give DS a honeymoon there next summer because we are pretty darn sure we can get 10 days ocean view if we call MS the second they open at the 11 mo window.

stopher1
03-22-2011, 08:39 PM
New Video over at the Disney Parks Blog

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

Very nice! Thanks for sharing that link.

ChiSoxKeith
03-23-2011, 09:27 AM
Finally got my recorded deed in the mail this week. Mind you I bought Aulani the first day sales were open, and filed my paperwork right away.

That's what.....nearly 7 months later?

ChiSoxKeith
03-23-2011, 09:40 AM
Anybody get the founder tile paperwork yet?

Originally they said "Spring" and while the weather doesn't support it, spring has sprung.

kjd469
03-23-2011, 09:54 AM
Finally got my recorded deed in the mail this week. Mind you I bought Aulani the first day sales were open, and filed my paperwork right away.

That's what.....nearly 7 months later?

That's good to know that it's taking so long...ours wasn't recorded until November, so I guess I can expect it in another 4 or 5 months, lol.

We have not received any founding member tile info. other than the email about it when we first purchased. I would imagine it will be soon, since the resort opens at the end of August - they will need to get working on it!

OhioDVC
03-24-2011, 10:46 AM
That is a really good point about the tile. We purchased on-site back in Sept and then added on during the Dream inaugural cruise. I hope it is sometime soon. It does seem like they are behind on the tiles

ChiSoxKeith
03-24-2011, 10:54 AM
Got an email back from my guide, the tiles have not gone out yet. No ETA on when though.

Aurora1959
03-24-2011, 02:01 PM
We just bought Aulani points to add to our Saratoga points. So excited and haven't picked a time to go yet.

ChiSoxKeith
03-24-2011, 02:11 PM
Congratulations and Welcome Home!!!!

TreesyB
04-05-2011, 07:28 PM
I didn't buy, but just booked to go in November!:banana: For my 40th birthday. Never know, I could be buying myself a birthday present... hmmmm:cloud9:

Hixski51
04-06-2011, 10:56 AM
Aulani owner checking in. :thumbsup2 We are going Sept. 7-10th with another couple and was able to book 2 IV studios at the 7th month mark. I own 50 pts but needed 2 rooms. I got the first room at 11th month mark and was able to get the 2nd room at the 7th month mark. We are going on a 7 nite Norwegian cruise around the islands from the 11th-17th.

We bought the 50pt add on so we could use it in the future every 3rd yr there and have 150 pts and be able to book at the 11 month mark. We had been wanting to add on 50 pts so where better than Aulani :woohoo: Can't wait to hear about Disney cruise possibly going there.

ChiSoxKeith
04-06-2011, 11:30 AM
Aulani owner checking in. :thumbsup2 We are going Sept. 7-10th with another couple and was able to book 2 IV studios at the 7th month mark. I own 50 pts but needed 2 rooms. I got the first room at 11th month mark and was able to get the 2nd room at the 7th month mark. We are going on a 7 nite Norwegian cruise around the islands from the 11th-17th.

We bought the 50pt add on so we could use it in the future every 3rd yr there and have 150 pts and be able to book at the 11 month mark. We had been wanting to add on 50 pts so where better than Aulani :woohoo: Can't wait to hear about Disney cruise possibly going there.

Sounds like a blast! Congrats on getting the pair of rooms and the cruise sounds like a lot of fun!

Hixski51
04-06-2011, 12:04 PM
Sounds like a blast! Congrats on getting the pair of rooms and the cruise sounds like a lot of fun!

Thanks!! We can't wait.

CO_Mickey
04-08-2011, 08:11 AM
Not an Aulani owner but owner at Saratoga...just booked 4 nights in an Ocean View studio for Nov. 8. Super excited to check it out!

TreesyB
04-09-2011, 05:36 PM
Not an Aulani owner but owner at Saratoga...just booked 4 nights in an Ocean View studio for Nov. 8. Super excited to check it out!

We'll be there around the same time. But I opted for the Pool/Garden view. I'm very excited! :rotfl:

Anal Annie
04-10-2011, 08:33 PM
Following along as well. I was wondering what the going rate is now for points & what the incentives are now (if any)?! We reallllly aren't in a position to add-on right now BUT we'll be taking a DCL Med cruise in August and I've heard that they sometimes have better incentives on the ships to add-on. We are hoping to go to Aulani in August of 2012 but it's too soon to know yet what the 7 month availability will be like for summer months. We try to go to Hawaii every 5 years so we're actually "DUE" this summer. We decided to postpone it a year once they announced that Aulani wouldn't be done until late summer / fall of this year. (DS's school starts the last week of August every year so we flipped Hawaii for cruise.) We usually only use studios and since Oahu is our least fav. island we'd only stay there 4-5 nights. I was thinking that 50 points would probably serve us pretty well if the price is right. Then I wouldn't have to worry about the 7 month window thing for next summer...

ChiSoxKeith
04-10-2011, 08:35 PM
There is a story up over at dvcnews.com. The lazy river was full of water and the water park part was coming along nicely. 9/14 can't come here soon enough.

mdsd8700
04-11-2011, 06:48 AM
There is a story up over at dvcnews.com. The lazy river was full of water and the water park part was coming along nicely. 9/14 can't come here soon enough.

We don't own here, hoping go to summer of 2012. However I love reading about Aulani and completely excited about it opening. There was some good stuff on the Disney Blog page as well. If you type Aulani in the Search you will get a couple of good articles and a fun time elasped video of the contruction so far.

Can't hear everyone's experiences once it finally opens. :goodvibes

justkeepswimmin
04-11-2011, 11:50 AM
Congratulations to all the Aulani owners. Your new home looks beautiful!!

We are currently trying to get a 1 bedroom for the last week of sept or first week of October but waited too long past the 7 month availability opening to call for a room and they are booked up. Still playing around with our dates and will keep calling but I am not surprised, the resort looks lovely and we will definitely get there in 2012 sometime if we can't make these fall dates work out.

Looking forward to those first trip reports and wishing all of you with trips booked a great stay.

Aurora1959
04-11-2011, 09:44 PM
Following along as well. I was wondering what the going rate is now for points & what the incentives are now (if any)?! We reallllly aren't in a position to add-on right now BUT we'll be taking a DCL Med cruise in August and I've heard that they sometimes have better incentives on the ships to add-on. We are hoping to go to Aulani in August of 2012 but it's too soon to know yet what the 7 month availability will be like for summer months. We try to go to Hawaii every 5 years so we're actually "DUE" this summer. We decided to postpone it a year once they announced that Aulani wouldn't be done until late summer / fall of this year. (DS's school starts the last week of August every year so we flipped Hawaii for cruise.) We usually only use studios and since Oahu is our least fav. island we'd only stay there 4-5 nights. I was thinking that 50 points would probably serve us pretty well if the price is right. Then I wouldn't have to worry about the 7 month window thing for next summer...

We added on our Aulani points on the cruise. They paid all the closing costs, gave a huge credit and other stuff. I'd have to dig out the paperwork but I think it was around $100 a point. It depended on how many points you bought. I think if you were to only buy 50 it would be in the highest $/point range.

Anal Annie
04-12-2011, 08:46 AM
We added on our Aulani points on the cruise. They paid all the closing costs, gave a huge credit and other stuff. I'd have to dig out the paperwork but I think it was around $100 a point. It depended on how many points you bought. I think if you were to only buy 50 it would be in the highest $/point range.

Thanks. I guess $100 is pretty cheap for Aulani?:confused3 Nobody has said yet what it's going for "normally" now and the price is not on the DVC website. That's so much more than what we paid for our SSR points:faint:...hard to swallow in a way...esp. if the price is even higher for only 50 pts. When you say you got a huge credit - do you mean an OBC on the cruise or something else?

ChiSoxKeith
04-12-2011, 09:17 AM
Thanks. I guess $100 is pretty cheap for Aulani?:confused3 Nobody has said yet what it's going for "normally" now and the price is not on the DVC website. That's so much more than what we paid for our SSR points:faint:...hard to swallow in a way...esp. if the price is even higher for only 50 pts. When you say you got a huge credit - do you mean an OBC on the cruise or something else?

Face value is $120 per point. I think we paid $108 per point for our 165 point add on when they opened up sales last July.

ChiSoxKeith
04-16-2011, 07:47 AM
Heads up Aulani owners!

If you are an Aulani founding member, you can now start work on your tile.

According to my guide, a letter will be arriving in the mail within the next two weeks giving us directions....however, DVCNews.com sent a note out yesterday that the website (http://www.dvcfoundingmember.com)is live. :cool1:

Yahoo!

adminjedi
04-16-2011, 01:11 PM
Heads up Aulani owners!

If you are an Aulani founding member, you can now start work on your tile.
Yahoo!

Just created our tile!:goodvibes

ChiSoxKeith
04-17-2011, 05:08 PM
Just created our tile!:goodvibes

Awesome!!! DW, DD4, and I are going to work on that this week.

2disneydads
04-22-2011, 09:09 PM
Wow, we are founding members, so we are going to get to work on our tiles. Funny, I just spoke to our guide the other day (I was trying to get some information about the VIP/Rewards program people seem to think is coming), and he did not mention it. He might have forgotten that we bought enough Aulani points to be founding members. We'll be looking for our letter.

Actually - we just did it! I went to the website and made the tile. It was easy and fun - and our preferred name fit! We'll be looking forward to seeing our tile.

DisFanInCO
04-22-2011, 11:27 PM
Hi Aulani owners! We decided to add on at Aulani last week on our MR cruise. Probably won't be able to visit until 2013, but I can't wait! :banana:

SoCalDCLfan
04-23-2011, 09:14 AM
For those of you who have done your tile already, could I ask what you put on it? I see that there are two lines. Is it family name, then city where you live? or did you put something else? :confused3 Silly question, I know. I just couldn't hit the submit button until I asked.

thanks!

SoCalDCLfan
04-23-2011, 09:16 AM
Hi Aulani owners! We decided to add on at Aulani last week on our MR cruise. Probably won't be able to visit until 2013, but I can't wait! :banana:

Congrats and Aloha! 2013 will be here before you know it! Hope you had a great cruise!! We'll be on the Wonder in July - can't wait!

2disneydads
04-23-2011, 09:23 AM
For those of you who have done your tile already, could I ask what you put on it? I see that there are two lines. Is it family name, then city where you live? or did you put something else? :confused3 Silly question, I know. I just couldn't hit the submit button until I asked.

thanks!

We use two names as our unofficial family name - my last name and my partner's last name, so we put "The [First Last Name]'" on the first line and "[Second Last Name] Family" on the second line. We were happy to be able to fit that. We're from two places, so no need to identify them!

2disneydads
04-23-2011, 09:25 AM
Hi Aulani owners! We decided to add on at Aulani last week on our MR cruise. Probably won't be able to visit until 2013, but I can't wait! :banana:

It looks as though our first trip will be August 2013 - we had hoped to make it for August 2012, but my partner wants to wait so that we can celebrate his 50th birthday in HI, maybe with some of his family from the Philippines.

DisFanInCO
04-23-2011, 10:52 AM
Congrats and Aloha! 2013 will be here before you know it! Hope you had a great cruise!! We'll be on the Wonder in July - can't wait!

Thank you! The Wonder was fabulous, you'll have a great time! We miss her and her wonderful crew already :)

It looks as though our first trip will be August 2013 - we had hoped to make it for August 2012, but my partner wants to wait so that we can celebrate his 50th birthday in HI, maybe with some of his family from the Philippines.

That sounds like a fun trip! Our 15th anniversary is in 2013, so we'll be celebrating when we go as well :yay: We have a cruise to Alaska planned for 2012, so at least I have something else to keep me occupied so I don't go crazy waiting :)

stopher1
04-23-2011, 01:36 PM
Hi Aulani owners! We decided to add on at Aulani last week on our MR cruise. Probably won't be able to visit until 2013, but I can't wait! :banana:

Congrats, Aloha and Welcome Home!

Anal Annie
04-23-2011, 01:58 PM
Hi Aulani owners! We decided to add on at Aulani last week on our MR cruise. Probably won't be able to visit until 2013, but I can't wait! :banana:

Congrats! Could I ask what the current add-on incentives are on the DCL cruises right now? I've heard they're usually pretty good but that they change pretty regularly. We're going on one of the Med cruises in August and an add-on at Aulani has been lurking in the back of my mind (IF the incentives were right). We want to go in August 2012 so if we bought this August we'd have that booking advantage that nobody knows yet if we'll need or not. But we wouldn't want a whole lot of points bcuz we just can't go there all that often...but so just curious. We'd probably only be looking for about 50 points as we just use studios plus we island hop so probably wouldn't spend more than 4 or 5 days there. Is there any incentive on DCL for smaller add-ons or only larger ones?! I'm guessing that there's a large minimum requirement to get a tile?!

DisFanInCO
04-23-2011, 02:19 PM
Congrats! Could I ask what the current add-on incentives are on the DCL cruises right now? I've heard they're usually pretty good but that they change pretty regularly.

Thank you, we're excited! :banana: We added-on 160 points, so it was $16 off per point (with the current non-discounted price being $120) plus we got a $500 shipboard credit and they gave us 18 fastpasses to use at either DL or WDW. For the founding member tile you have to buy at least 160 points.

They do offer other incentives for lower point amounts:
50+ points = $4 per point credit
100+ points = $12 per point credit

no shipboard credit for either of those, but I think the 18 fastpasses was for ANYONE who added on.

They did hint that the Aulani price would most likely be going up "soon", but they didn't give a specific date. From what we've seen/heard, cruise incentives are typically the best, both for adding-on and totally new purchases.

2disneydads
04-23-2011, 04:40 PM
Thank you! The Wonder was fabulous, you'll have a great time! We miss her and her wonderful crew already :)



That sounds like a fun trip! Our 15th anniversary is in 2013, so we'll be celebrating when we go as well :yay: We have a cruise to Alaska planned for 2012, so at least I have something else to keep me occupied so I don't go crazy waiting :)

That's funny . . . we have an Alaskan cruise booked for August 2012 . . . on HAL's Zuiderdam . . . better itinerary and less money than the Wonder!

DisFanInCO
04-23-2011, 04:55 PM
That's funny . . . we have an Alaskan cruise booked for August 2012 . . . on HAL's Zuiderdam . . . better itinerary and less money than the Wonder!

Very cool! We looked at that but we were able to rebook while onboard the Wonder last week for the same price as what we would have paid for the same room type on HAL, so decided to go with Disney again. My kids love the club on the Disney ships so much, that I'm not sure we'll be able to cruise another line for awhile! :laughing:

SoCalDCLfan
04-23-2011, 06:45 PM
We use two names as our unofficial family name - my last name and my partner's last name, so we put "The [First Last Name]'" on the first line and "[Second Last Name] Family" on the second line. We were happy to be able to fit that. We're from two places, so no need to identify them!

Thank you!!! that helps :thumbsup2

SoCalDCLfan
04-24-2011, 06:02 PM
We visited the Aulani models at Disneyland today. Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for our first trip in July 2012.

2disneydads
04-24-2011, 08:56 PM
Very cool! We looked at that but we were able to rebook while onboard the Wonder last week for the same price as what we would have paid for the same room type on HAL, so decided to go with Disney again. My kids love the club on the Disney ships so much, that I'm not sure we'll be able to cruise another line for awhile! :laughing:

My kids like DCL a lot, but we are doing a 5-night cruise with another family out of NYC in July (we're in NJ just across the Hudson, so no flying anywhere then). We've been on Carnival, RCI and NCL, and our kids have liked the children's programs on all of them. Camp HAL gets great reviews, especially during the summers and school holidays when HAL has more families sailing, so we are hoping for the best. I am especially intrigued by the cooking program that is part of Camp HAL. I did two Alaskan cruises with HAL in the 90s and really appreciated in-depth Alaskan and natural history programs, which our elder daughter especially will enjoy. Plus the chance to do Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay was too much to pass up. Sailing from Seattle was a big turn-off for us, because the sail from Seattle requires a lot more open ocean crusing and misses the most gorgeous scenery along the Inside Passage. Zuidy sails from Vancouver, which means that we get the Inside Passage, too.

cdnsluvdisney
04-25-2011, 04:27 AM
We just booked our first stay at our Hawaiian "home" for Spring Break 2012- March 19-26! :beach:

rsschneck
04-25-2011, 06:58 AM
We visited the Aulani models at Disneyland today. Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for our first trip in July 2012.

I leave for Disneyland in the morning (business) and I would love to go look at the models. How did you arrange the tour? Where are the models located? I won't have too much time during my trip but I will make time to go look at the models. Our first trip won't be until June 2012.

SoCalDCLfan
04-25-2011, 07:17 PM
I leave for Disneyland in the morning (business) and I would love to go look at the models. How did you arrange the tour? Where are the models located? I won't have too much time during my trip but I will make time to go look at the models. Our first trip won't be until June 2012.

They're right next to the Orange DVC building that's in between the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel. We didn't call ahead. We just asked the receptionist in the Orange Building if we could tour the models. After a few minutes, a very nice cast member greeted us and walked us to the models. Very quick and easy! Hope you get to see them!

rsschneck
04-26-2011, 06:27 PM
They're right next to the Orange DVC building that's in between the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel. We didn't call ahead. We just asked the receptionist in the Orange Building if we could tour the models. After a few minutes, a very nice cast member greeted us and walked us to the models. Very quick and easy! Hope you get to see them!

Thank You! I found them without a problem! After seeing the models I am VERY excited to be an owner and will enjoy vacationing there for many year's to come!:thumbsup2

SoCalDCLfan
04-26-2011, 07:27 PM
Thank You! I found them without a problem! After seeing the models I am VERY excited to be an owner and will enjoy vacationing there for many year's to come!:thumbsup2

So glad it worked out for you! We felt exactly the same way. Somehow seeing the models made it all seem more real. Here's to many years to come of vacationing at Aulani :thumbsup2

Rest&Relax
04-26-2011, 08:34 PM
So glad it worked out for you! We felt exactly the same way. Somehow seeing the models made it all seem more real. Here's to many years to come of vacationing at Aulani :thumbsup2

Was just returned from WDW on the 16th and the Aulani models there were not ready yet. They were putting the furniture in and hoping to have them open in the next couple of weeks so we missed out. We will be back in June so I will be excited to see the models then. :dance3:

I agree "here's to many years to come of vacationing at Aulani". :thumbsup2

ChiSoxKeith
04-27-2011, 10:18 AM
Finished our Pohaku tile last night as founding members.

Getting really jazzed for our first trip to our Hawaiian home. September can't get here fast enough.

Rest&Relax
04-27-2011, 08:55 PM
Finished our Pohaku tile last night as founding members.

Getting really jazzed for our first trip to our Hawaiian home. September can't get here fast enough.


Still working on our Pohaku tile, just need to finalize our wording.

Definitely want trip report when you go. Still trying to finalize our plans for May 2012.

adminjedi
04-27-2011, 08:58 PM
We just booked our first stay at our Hawaiian "home" for Spring Break 2012- March 19-26! :beach:

Congratulations!:thumbsup2

CO_Mickey
04-28-2011, 11:48 AM
We are in Los Angeles for a wedding and a quick trip to DL. We are also going to stop by the Aulani models and who knows... maybe add on? :cool1:

fdwang
05-02-2011, 01:12 AM
Just added on with Aulani after touring the site and models in Hawaii. It's a beautiful resort, and we can't wait to stay there! Kinda regret not being a founding member, but it was hard to buy sight unseen.

-Franklin

justkeepswimmin
05-05-2011, 02:31 PM
Can't wait to see your beautiful new resort! We could only get 4 nights in a 1 bdrm this fall so we are going to switch hotels for our last 3 nights but I finally went ahead and booked it as I found a deal on airfare that was too good to pass up.

I hope to take lots of pictures and post them when we get back. This will be my very first trip to Hawaii! I probably won't want to come home.

dreamlinda
05-20-2011, 09:34 AM
Subscribing. Hopefully visiting February 14 - 17, 2012!

wdrl
05-27-2011, 08:16 PM
There is a news brief on the DVCNews website (see http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/dvc-program/owning-dvc/1589-dvcnews-briefs) reporting that Aulani's Phase 2 will open ahead of schedule. Originally scheduled to be opened on December 29, 2011, Phase 2 will now open on November 15, 2011.

Phase 2 contains 56 lock-off two-bedroom villas and 56 dedicated two-bedroom villas. In addition, it contains 11 Grand Villas, the first that will be available at Aulani. There are no GVs in Phase 1.

Although the opening of Phase 2 will expand the number of completed rooms at Aulani, I do not know if that will translate into a larger inventory for the DVC membership. Essentially, the number of villas that DVC members can book using points on any given Use Day cannot exceed the number of villas declared by DVD for the DVC inventory. I do not have any data on how much of Aulani has been declared.

Here is a map of Aulani showing the location of the three Phases:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/0001U4.jpg

TreesyB
05-29-2011, 02:21 PM
Thanks wdrl. I didn't realize that Aulani was opening in phases. It looks like I'll be there just before Phase 2 opens. And since I booked a Pool side/Garden view, hopefully we won't be facing the parking lot.

wdrl
05-29-2011, 03:32 PM
Thanks wdrl. I didn't realize that Aulani was opening in phases. It looks like I'll be there just before Phase 2 opens. And since I booked a Pool side/Garden view, hopefully we won't be facing the parking lot.

If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.

TreesyB
05-29-2011, 05:46 PM
If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.

For sure will do a trip report! I will be staying in a Pool View studio with one - three friends (depending who can actually make it). Celebrating my 40th birthday - sans kid! I can hardly wait! Looking for airfare deals right now as they have stopped at Oct. 31 - so hopefully June will bring new deals!

Cheers,
Teresa

ChiSoxKeith
05-29-2011, 10:09 PM
If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.

So have you figured out where the 1BR ocean view units are in Phase 1?

The boards will get a trip report when we're back. 9/14-9/21.

wdrl
05-29-2011, 10:47 PM
So have you figured out where the 1BR ocean view units are in Phase 1?

The boards will get a trip report when we're back. 9/14-9/21.

Look at the information I posted on DVCNews about Aulani's rooms and views: http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?6530-Aulani-Rooms-amp-Views-Phase-1. Hopefully it will answer your questions. If not, let me know.

Within the next day of so I'll update that post with information about the rooms & views in Aulani's Phase 2.

Looking forward reading your trip report about Aulani!

wdrl
05-30-2011, 11:32 AM
I have updated the thread on Aulani's rooms and views to include the Phase 2 villas. See http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?6530-Aulani-Rooms-and-Views-Phase-1-amp-2-UPDATED&p=107512#post107512 for information about the location of Aulani's villas for Phases 1 and 2.

ACDSNY
05-30-2011, 02:45 PM
One more week until our 7 month booking window so I can try to book our 3 nights in January. I have enough points for an island view or I can purchase some one time points for pool/garden view. I was thinking I'd only go up to the pool/garden view if the island view isn't available. Anyone think it's worth the extra $ for the pool/garden view since we're only there for a short time to check out the resort?

rsschneck
05-30-2011, 05:40 PM
One more week until our 7 month booking window so I can try to book our 3 nights in January. I have enough points for an island view or I can purchase some one time points for pool/garden view. I was thinking I'd only go up to the pool/garden view if the island view isn't available. Anyone think it's worth the extra $ for the pool/garden view since we're only there for a short time to check out the resort?

I think an ocean view is ALWAYS worth it! After all you are in Hawaii:love:

ACDSNY
05-30-2011, 07:50 PM
I think an ocean view is ALWAYS worth it! After all you are in Hawaii:love:

I wish I could, but it's not in the cards for this trip. If I was staying longer I'd go for it. We have an ocean view once we get to Kauai.

ChiSoxKeith
05-31-2011, 08:51 AM
There are some new pictures (http://yesterland.com/disneykoolina15.html)(nothing very exciting) over at yesterland today.

Leilanie94
06-05-2011, 11:31 PM
Aulani is our home resort. We were able to book our character breakfast dining! Woo hoo! :)

ACDSNY
06-06-2011, 08:12 AM
No problem booking a studio, island view for 3 nights in January 2012 at Aulani at the 7 month booking window.:woohoo:

Now we'll be doing a three island hop!

Frikitiki
06-06-2011, 02:54 PM
Disney just ran an 1/2 page special ad in the Sunday Honolulu Star Advertiser in the help wanted section.

AZMermaid
06-06-2011, 11:07 PM
We just bought into Aulani! :woohoo: We bought a 220 point contract and plan to alternate Disneyland with Hawaii/ WDW. On paper this will work well, in reality time will tell, I guess! We can be pretty flexible with our Disneyland dates, so I think that will help.

adminjedi
06-06-2011, 11:14 PM
Welcome Home neighbor!:goodvibes

IssyHikerBiker
06-07-2011, 03:36 PM
Called member services today and got a 2 night reservation in December at Aulani! :cool1: Though I live in Washington state, I was born and raised in O'ahu, so I look forward to eating the local food (will stop by L&L Drive Inn often), buying Kona coffee and macadamia nuts at Costco, but more importantly, visiting my friends and family :goodvibes.

WildernessMickey
06-07-2011, 04:08 PM
IssyHikerBiker - I used to live on Oahu too, near Ko 'Olina in Ewa Beach. I love going back to visit, and I have been going to Ko 'Olina for many years now. This resort is going to be awesome!

WildernessMickey
06-07-2011, 04:15 PM
IssyHikerBiker - I used to live on Oahu too, near Ko 'Olina in Ewa Beach. I love going back to visit, and I have been going to Ko 'Olina for many years now. This resort is going to be awesome!

IssyHikerBiker
06-07-2011, 04:19 PM
I used to live in Hawaii Kai. Sad part was that I lived 5 minutes from the beach but I always took it for granted :sad2:. Now, everytime we visit Hawaii, we made sure to go to the beach every day!

ciao_gina
06-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Hi all,

I haven't been on this board since 2009 when we were planning our Disney Cruise. We are planning a trip to Aulani in February. I think we need to wait until July to book. Our 'home' is Animal Kingdom Resort.

Looks like I need to figure out how to edit my signature ;)

Rest&Relax
06-20-2011, 05:32 PM
Have my reservation in for May 13 -23, 2012 now!!! :banana::banana:

CaliforniaDreamn
06-24-2011, 09:46 PM
This is an awesome thread! Thank you to everyone that contributed!!

We just joined DVC Hawaii on 6/23. We're still waiting on our paperwork to arrive.

We are so excited and can hardly wait to finally close and try to book something right away. I've read such wonderful things about this new resort.

Again thanks! :)

Frikitiki
06-25-2011, 04:51 AM
I forgot to post in this thread, here is my update from June: http://thetikioutpost.com/2011/06/june-aulani-update.html and here are the pics that I took there back on the 16th: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/sets/72157626854892603/

Hope this helps!

rmonty02
06-26-2011, 01:04 PM
Subscribing...I want to plan a trip for June 2012, so I can't wait to read those TR's :cool2: Aulani is looking beautiful!

emememem
06-26-2011, 08:46 PM
Just bought 150 pt add on for Aulani while on the Dream!!:yay:

tinibee
06-27-2011, 10:21 PM
We bought in for 220 pts at Aulani in May and after 3 sets of paperwork it looks like we are going to be closing soon - well, they cashed the check anyways :)

Anyone know how long it takes to get the activation code for dvcmember.com?

dreamlinda
07-12-2011, 10:19 AM
This morning we booked a 1 bedroom ocean view at the seven month mark. :cool1: Studio OV was also available, but I did not ask about the other views. Hey ~ it's Hawaii and I am from Colorado, I want to see the ocean!!

wdrl
07-12-2011, 10:43 AM
This morning we booked a 1 bedroom ocean view at the seven month mark. :cool1: Studio OV was also available, but I did not ask about the other views. Hey ~ it's Hawaii and I am from Colorado, I want to see the ocean!!

Congratulations on getting the ocean view! I agree with you: When we go to Hawaii, we hope to get at least the Pool View, if not the Ocean View.

wink13
07-12-2011, 11:30 AM
This morning we booked a 1 bedroom ocean view at the seven month mark. :cool1: Studio OV was also available, but I did not ask about the other views. Hey ~ it's Hawaii and I am from Colorado, I want to see the ocean!!

Congrats!!! We did the same OV 1 bedroom for our Oct 2011 trip. Planning on a trip report when we return. :banana:

dreamlinda
07-12-2011, 12:53 PM
Congrats!!! We did the same OV 1 bedroom for our Oct 2011 trip. Planning on a trip report when we return. :banana:

Yes, please do a trip report!! We all have a lot to learn and will need tips, we will be waiting popcorn::

tbay
07-13-2011, 10:44 PM
Hi Everyone
We will be staying next door to Aulani next week
Can't wait to see it. Will let you know how beautiful
it is . Hope I don't get addonitis fever

Frikitiki
07-14-2011, 04:02 AM
Here is my blog post: http://thetikioutpost.com/2011/07/july-disney-aulani-update.html

And here is a link to all the pictures that I took yesterday (7/13) http://www.flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/sets/72157627065253963/with/5936033944/

Disneylovers
07-14-2011, 08:28 PM
Wow, don't know how I missed this thread before! Have to join in the fun!

We added on at Aulani last year when they first started selling. Bought a small contract, as DH doesn't care all that much for Oahu, (he prefers Maui and the Big Island) so we got enough points for a few days of banking and borrowing.

We have a trip planned to the islands for February 2012 for our 25th wedding anniversary. We are spending 4 nights on the Big Island, four nights on Maui, and Feb. 19th to 22nd at our home, Aulani! :cool1: Because our use year is March, we didn't have enough points for more days, so we're settling for 3. Since, like I said DH doesn't care that much for Oahu, I figure we're going to spend a lot of time checking out our new home. Can not wait!!!!!:yay:

Brancaneve
07-15-2011, 09:58 AM
Signin' up:)

stopher1
07-29-2011, 08:02 AM
We're now just 1 month from the resort's Grand Opening of Phase 1!!

ChiSoxKeith
07-29-2011, 03:51 PM
New pics of Aulani up over at yesterland dot com.

1 month to go until the open. 47 days until our week long visit. :cool1:

darby888
07-31-2011, 11:57 AM
Our trip to Aulani is fast approaching :banana:(3 more months) :banana: in a garden view studio.

For those of you that will be there for the grand opening, has Disney notified you of your transportation options yet.

Really hoping for a ME service :yay: ?? and car rental service from the resort??

dreamlinda
07-31-2011, 01:14 PM
Our trip to Aulani is fast approaching :banana:(3 more months) :banana: in a garden view studio.

For those of you that will be there for the grand opening, has Disney notified you of your transportation options yet.

Really hoping for a ME service :yay: ?? and car rental service from the resort??

We don't go until Feb. '12, but MS told me there was not a plan for a bus service, I am hoping they will be altering that decision in short order!! They did say there would be a rental car desk, but did not indicate which company. Fingers crossed....

hsuthard
08-01-2011, 01:47 AM
I took a tour today and just posted a thread in the Resorts forum, with lots of pictures: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2770245

It looks so enticing, my sister who lives here in Oahu has already started planning a spa day with her husband for his birthday, followed by dinner at the restaurant. It sounds like they've been stealing away all the best spa, restaurant, and hotel employees from all the local resorts.

Leilanie94
08-08-2011, 12:14 AM
Yesterday, I booked our character breakfast dining for our stay vacation in November. We're excited! Woo hoo!!! :cool1:

Leilanie94
08-08-2011, 12:16 AM
Aloha!

I am an island gal - born, raised, and long time resident from Oahu, Hawaii.

We are new owners of this resort! We are excited!!!

We have reservations for October 2011. :cool1:

Please correct my info:

We have reservations for November 4-6

Thank you!

dreamlinda
08-08-2011, 05:26 PM
Yesterday, I booked our character breakfast dining for our stay vacation in November. We're excited! Woo hoo!!! :cool1:

Please, please share your thoughts after your visit. My need/desire for info is growing each day!!

sssteele
08-08-2011, 10:24 PM
My wife and I will be calling in October for a pool garden view studio in May. Wish us luck. We're considering a Norwegian inter-island cruise afterwards. We've never been to Hawaii, so we thought we should make the most of our visit. Anybody ever done the cruise or know anybody who has?

TreesyB
08-10-2011, 08:10 PM
You can start booking stuff? Cool!

mdsd8700
08-10-2011, 10:08 PM
You can start booking stuff? Cool!

Here is a link to Mousesavers.com, it has all descriptions and prices for all the excursions.

http://www.mousesavers.com/hawaii.html

We are planning on a June, 2012 trip. Will be checking back here to read all of the trip reports and first hand experiences once the resort opens!

dizkrazkate
08-11-2011, 02:08 AM
DH and I were in Hawaii two weeks ago and took the tour. We are AKV owners. The place was truly beautiful. We were allowed to take photos of the actual room, but not the grounds. Anyway, I have done a piece for my blog all about it, photos included. Feel free to check it out, link in my siggie.

canadianminniemouse
08-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Aulani owner staying August 29-September 3. Can't wait! Any other Founding Members staying Opening Week?

AZMermaid
08-20-2011, 05:12 PM
Is there a thread somewhere that explains, easily, what in the world is going on with Aulani and how it affects the owners? We bought June 1, closed the 15th or so and have received no paperwork. Our guide just says "things take longer in HI" but I can't help but think it is related to the whole Jim Lewis/ dues mess.

kjd469
08-20-2011, 06:44 PM
Is there a thread somewhere that explains, easily, what in the world is going on with Aulani and how it affects the owners? We bought June 1, closed the 15th or so and have received no paperwork. Our guide just says "things take longer in HI" but I can't help but think it is related to the whole Jim Lewis/ dues mess.

Things DEFINITELY take longer in Hawaii....we bought on the Members Cruise last year, closed in October and have received nothing - I inquired a couple of months ago and was told everything is slower there, etc. etc. We finally show up on the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances as having our deed officially recorded May 11, 2011, so hopefully we'll recieve our deed soon!

rparmfamily
08-20-2011, 06:50 PM
Things are in no rush here...we are on "Aloha time" LOL!!! You'll find people drive slower here too LOL.

Looking at the price for the Arizona Tour, they quote $63. I wonder what that includes, since it's free to actually go to. (unless it includes other paying attractions)

We are going Sept 2nd :) we are SSR/BLT members!

adminjedi
08-27-2011, 12:27 PM
Aulani owner staying August 29-September 3. Can't wait! Any other Founding Members staying Opening Week?

We won't be going until December! So looking forward to it!

disnanny
08-27-2011, 05:35 PM
My wife and I will be calling in October for a pool garden view studio in May. Wish us luck. We're considering a Norwegian inter-island cruise afterwards. We've never been to Hawaii, so we thought we should make the most of our visit. Anybody ever done the cruise or know anybody who has?

We will be staying at Aulani in Feb 12 for two weeks.

We did the Hawaii cruise with NCL a few years ago. It was our first ever cruise and we did enjoy seeing the different islands and the cruise was okay. After cruising with Disney it is hard not to compare but it is like comparing apples and oranges. The cabins are small on NCL, there is a charge for every beverage. We did not care for the "free style" cruising, there can be long lines for dinner and you get different wait staff each night. Would not cruise with them again after doing several Disney cruises.

I am hoping someone can answer my question, we purchased 200 pts at Aulani in January, would this not qualify us to be founding members. I called GS and they were not able to answer this, and directed me to the person we purchased from. We have left numerous messages for her but she is working on one of the ships right now.:confused3

ColinA
08-27-2011, 06:31 PM
Staying 18th and 19th January 2012 using points on our way back from WDW.

adminjedi
08-27-2011, 06:59 PM
I am hoping someone can answer my question, we purchased 200 pts at Aulani in January, would this not qualify us to be founding members. I called GS and they were not able to answer this, and directed me to the person we purchased from. We have left numerous messages for her but she is working on one of the ships right now.:confused3

There was a limit to how many points would be sold as founding member. If those were gone before you purchased, you will not be a founding member even though you purchased enough points. You should have received a document regarding founding member with your contract docs if it pertained to you.

disnanny
08-27-2011, 07:06 PM
There was a limit to how many points would be sold as founding member. If those were gone before you purchased, you will not be a founding member even though you purchased enough points. You should have received a document regarding founding member with your contract docs if it pertained to you.

friends of ours purchased in May (5 months after us) and they have picked their tile. I would really hate to miss out on this opportunity. Our intention was to purchase more points and be able to leave them for our children and grandchildren. It would be so nice to have something perm at Aulani with our family name.

Anyone have suggestions what I should do....I really hope we are not to late to pursue this as others have bought after us and they have tiles:sad:

adminjedi
08-27-2011, 07:20 PM
Anyone have suggestions what I should do....I really hope we are not to late to pursue this as others have bought after us and they have tiles:sad:

Call MS again...call your guide and if they are unavailable ask for their manager. There is someone who can help you....don't stop asking!

disnanny
08-27-2011, 07:56 PM
thanks, I will start calling and hopefully get some answers....we are looking so forward to our first visit in Feb 2012 and it would be so nice to know that we have a family tile as a permanent fixture at Aulani.

We did the Alaska cruise in May and were a tad disappointed with the DVC desk. We had every intention of adding even more points, but they seemed more interested in selling to new clients than looking after existing members, due to this we didn't buy.

It would be great to add on points each year for our family, we will try again when in Hawaii in February.

dreamlinda
08-31-2011, 09:48 PM
Waiting for a trip report, somebody ~ anybody, waiting, waiting......popcorn::

Frikitiki
08-31-2011, 11:46 PM
Well, I have my initial thoughts of the property here: http://thetikioutpost.com/2011/08/wave-has-arrived-at-disneys-aulani.html with a link to hundreds of photos. I'm working on the details of what I did on opening day.

dreamlinda
09-01-2011, 07:20 AM
Well, I have my initial thoughts of the property here: http://thetikioutpost.com/2011/08/wave-has-arrived-at-disneys-aulani.html with a link to hundreds of photos. I'm working on the details of what I did on opening day.

OHHH, thank you Frikitiki!!!!!!!

Debs Hill
09-01-2011, 10:56 AM
Has anyone out there taken any of the Disney Excursions? How crowded is the beach? And would love to see some food porn of the restaurants!!! Can't afford the airfare from the UK yet so living through your experiences!!!:rotfl:
Debx

pthuhges2
09-01-2011, 01:36 PM
We're going in November for Turkey day week.. Can't wait! Thanks for the Opening Day pics, they're AWESOME!

Pat

canadianminniemouse
09-07-2011, 11:58 PM
Has anyone out there taken any of the Disney Excursions? How crowded is the beach? And would love to see some food porn of the restaurants!!! Can't afford the airfare from the UK yet so living through your experiences!!!:rotfl:
Debx

Both the beach and the pools were not crowded when we were there. We always found some chairs to put our towels on by the pool and the beach is definitely not like Waikiki.

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darby888
09-08-2011, 10:53 AM
Both the beach and the pools were not crowded when we were there. We always found some chairs to put our towels on by the pool and the beach is definitely not like Waikiki.

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Canadian Minnie -

Wow, that 2nd picture just looks amazing. Thank you for posting.

Can you tell us some more about any of your experiences there....:flower3:

AZMermaid
09-08-2011, 01:08 PM
I saw a post talking about the charge to rent two chairs and an umbrella, but it looks like there are "open" chairs on the beach and the pool. When/why/where would these chairs be rented for the day?

jmatias
09-08-2011, 05:09 PM
I saw a post talking about the charge to rent two chairs and an umbrella, but it looks like there are "open" chairs on the beach and the pool. When/why/where would these chairs be rented for the day?

The single lounger chair is free for resort guest.

If you want the 2 seater wooden lounger that comes with a fabric type umbrella cover you can rent those. Those were located higher up the beach on a grassy patch closer to the walkway.

You can also rent a beach umbrella for $15 for the day. The CM's will set that up for you.

Jen

rparmfamily
09-08-2011, 08:12 PM
Just the basic loungers are free (there are lots on the beach), umbrellas are $ and the fancy wood chaise lounges (doubles) with the thick pads cost $.

AZMermaid
09-08-2011, 08:44 PM
Thanks! Are they included in the $99 pp length of stay beach rental thing?

rparmfamily
09-08-2011, 10:17 PM
That I'm not sure of. I'm not sure what they include in the $99 per person fee other than the snorkeling. I wasn't sure if it meant beach loungers, stand up paddle boards,etc?

4fosterkids
09-09-2011, 10:42 AM
We just returned Monday night from a week in Oahu - 4 nights at Aulani and 3 at Turtle Bay. We had an amazing time at the Aulani for the opening. It is absolutely gorgeous and hard to take it all in, in just 5 days. There is so much to see and do all around you, and we found it hard to leave the property to go do other sightseeing activities.

We stayed in the regular hotel rooms and they are really nice. The beds were fantastic. We were on the 2nd floor overlooking the lazy river. The sounds from our room of the waterfalls & hawaiian music were awesome and even though we were fairly low it was not loud from voices or other stuff at all. You must take the elevator to the 16 floor on both sides of the resort...the views are amazing. We were told at check in that the pool views were the most recommended views, which I found interesting. I had only picked that because I thought my kids would enjoy it..
We ate at least 1 meal at each restaurant. The breakfast buffet was fantastic, but we were unable to book the charactor buffet - neither online or at check in with concierge, which was a bummer.
We all loved the pools, lazy river and slides. Really fun for all ages.
We were disappointed in the constant prices of everything extra and it got to be a running joke within our group of travelers that everything was $35 extra.
Parking per day is $35 for self or valet.
There was very little pin trading going on (we are pin traders :)
I walked every morning at sunrise and it was just gorgeous. There is a fantastic path that goes down to the marina and there are lots of walkers & joggers.
There are lots of things offered for every age, but we seemed to always run out of time and didn't get to try alot of them...LOL kind of like the cruise line.
Try the Pog juice slushie...delicious!
The castmembers were so excited to share their knowledge of Hawaii and the resort and were fantastic. Even though it was opening week and they were tested by new questions & scenarios...they really did great and made our trip magical!
We can't wait to try and go back. There is a Target just down the highway and Kmart too. We stocked up on drinks & food there. Go to the Aloha swapmeet if you need souveniers (jewelry, shirts and anything Aloha!) Fun and fantastic prices :)

We liked Turtle Bay Resort too...but decided we should have gone their first because it was nowhere close to the Aulani and the kids all wanted to go back when they saw the pool...lol

canadianminniemouse
09-09-2011, 04:17 PM
Thanks! Are they included in the $99 pp length of stay beach rental thing?

We were told that the Double Chaise Lounge Chairs are not included in the $99 Length-of-Stay Recreation passes. Rainbow Reef (snorkeling) and all other beach rentals are. My 8 year old son and I got those passes and snorkeled a few times and used the double kayak and did stand up paddling a few times. We also got an umbrella by our beach chairs for "free" with the Rec. passes. For us, the passes were worth it. My husband and 4 year old did not get them.

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mkymsehi
09-10-2011, 09:52 PM
Reposting my report from another thread.


Aulani Resort Grand Opening first impressions. (August 29, 2011).
by Jeff (https://www.facebook.com/jeff.darunner) Da Runner on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:19pm

We arrived in the mid-afternoon to Aulani. We were greeted with "E Komo Mai Hale." (Welcome Home). Everything looked and smelled new.

Today was the Grand Opening, and we were there just to visit and take it all in. Prior to this, we had visited the Disney Vacation Club model units, and had a perimeter tour while still under construction. Our first of two stays will be this upcoming month.

After taking in the main hall, we walked around the viewing deck with overlooks the outdoor dining/bar area. Further away we could see the lazy river, and volcano mountain. We went back through the lobby, and passed the concierge and front desk areas, and the children's waiting room (TV, and a few fun activities).

There are hidden Mickey's, and hidden menehune's all over the place!

From there we found ourselves at the keiki pool playground. It was created with lots of imagination. My girls wanted to jump in, despite not having our swimsuits with us. Let me just say, the pools and hot tubs are EVERYWHERE you turn. Waterslides, river float, hot tubs, wading pools. And lets not forget the beach cove just a few yards away. I would guess there is an acre and a half or more of water activities. Tons of lounge chairs, and still lots of room left despite it being very crowded.

According to one of the lifeguards, wristbands are issued at check in. And that's how they enforce hotel guests using the pools, vs. day visitors. Towels are available in several locations around the pool.

Then there is a pay to enter saltwater snorkling pool. In one area you can look through the windows and see all the tropical fish, and an occassional swimmer go by. Pretty neat. WARNING: It's pricey either by the day, or length of stay price.

There is also a sting ray attraction that is free. But it seems like they open and close it throughout the day, to give the rays a break. Naturalists are there to give talks about the rays. Kids will love this.

There is bar to one side of the outdoor area, and guess what? Another pool!

Near this bar they have an evening hula show. We caught the very end of the act after dinner, and it was pretty good. It's crowded, so get there early to find lawn seating.

On the other side of the vast pool area, is another bar, and Ama Ama restaurant. We were to dine there so we continued touring knowing we'd come back that way.

We ventured into the keiki's Auntie's Beach House. Think the Oceaner's Club aboard any Disney Cruse ship. Lots of free, fun activities for the kids. There are several rooms within the club, with lots of space for the kids to roam. You just sign them in, and leave them as long as they want to stay. You are issued a pager to get buzzed should they want to come out, or in the event of an emergency. Very cool.

Now for you Adventurer's Club enthusiasts. There are artifacts from the Pleasure Island Adventurer's Club that completely decorate the movie room inside the Auntie's Beach House. So either you have to enroll your child to go see it, or take a complimentary tour.

While walking around, we saw a LONG line for photos with Mickey, Minnie, and Stitch. It was around 6 pm outside, and I knew there was no way we were going to stand in line and still make it to dinner. My girls were fine with standing off to the side, watching everyone else battle for their turn. And of course, there's Photopass opportunities around the resort!

Also for the family to explore, is an interactive scavenger hunt. You get a PDA device (not sure where), and you go hunting around for magical things. Very similar to Mission Kim Possible at EPCOT.

Now, back to dinner. The ambiance was great, as we were seated just before sunset. The food was very tasty, but for the prices, my appetite wanted more food. I had a "French" Maui Onion soup, seafood stew, my wife had the market priced fish, and my keiki had the ravioli and steak off the kids menu. Throw in dessert and a cocktail, and of course the check goes up. I wasn't shocked by the sticker price, having seen the menu online in advance.

There are two other restaurants, one a buffet, and one a quick service take out menu. I think all together there are three bars. There is a shave ice stand, and a small curios store near the volcano.

Following dinner we took a final stroll near the beach cove, and there was Hawaiian music being played by a trio, and a really nice firepit (propane) to sit by.

We hit the gift shop, and left with some pretty cool grand opening day, and DVC member merchandise. Because of the crowd, most Aulani items had signs that said, 2 items per guest. Pins and vinylmation were big sellers. I didn't see anyone leave the store without some package in hand. Pin trading takes place with any Cast Member working the cash register. They have pin books that you can look through. I already see a lot of the merchandise is already up for bid on eBay.

The craziest thing I did see was the re-fillable soda mugs. $32.99 for the length of stay. Uh, seriously? Folks, stop by the COSTCO or market in Kapolei, and pick up your groceries there. It's 10 minutes down the road. Or, pay a little bit more than the market, and shop at the ABC store across the street in the Ko Olina shopping center.

Self parking. Free for four hours if you spend $35 on food, drink, or souvenirs. Completely FREE to DVC club members. Just show your card to the valet desk. They scan your ticket, and you put it into the electronic machine at exit to lift the gate.

Highlights, we me Imagineer Joe Rhode, and Vice President Djuan Rivers. Both took a few minutes to talk to us, and really made us feel welcomed. Both were engaging with my girls, and made the greeting very special. Photos with both of them.

One minor disappointment was there are no DVC members discounts in the stores or on dining. We were told maybe in the future, but no discounts at this time.

We didn't check out the Spa or the teens activity lounge. We left those for next time we are there to explore even further.I hope you enjoyed this review. If there is anything else I can answer for you, just ask.

AlohaMick was with us, and several people asked to take photos with him. They all thought he was a riot. I explained how there are many traveling Mickey gnomes, and they were quite amused.

Footnote:
At this time there are no merchandise or dining discounts in any of the shops or restaurants. I asked several times, and kept getting the same answer "no."

They do have discounts for the spa if you are DVC, Kamaaina (local resident), or any parks annual pass holder. Annual pass holders also get a discount on rooms, so be sure to ask, and don't forget to bring your AP with you to show at check in.

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LouisianaDisneyFan
09-10-2011, 10:18 PM
Thanks for that great write-up! We're owners, but we weren't able to go this year. The folks who used our points for this year are at Aulani now, and from their emails, I think they are having a FANTASTIC time! Lucky ducks... the reservation I made for them was upgraded from an Island View studio to a Ocean View one-bedroom!

SueTGGR
09-18-2011, 05:44 PM
Just stopping in to say HI! We bought add on points (adding to SSR, AKV and VGC) while we were on our cruise this last January. It was a nice way to do it, too. :wizard: We are now booked for August next year and can hardly wait. Please keep posting your experiences here, all of you, owners or not.
One thing our DVC guide mentioned that the Pool View is a great view and maybe still have some ocean view. Anyone hear or see anything different? She is supposed to e-mail us when she gets back from her trip there but I have not heard back. It would save us a few points as we have the ocean view reserved for now.
OK, now I am going back to read ALL the posts. :surfweb:
Later,
Sue

mkymsehi
09-18-2011, 08:25 PM
I am here at Aulani right now. We had a island view. We were barely in our room, so my 2 cents is save your points. Parts of two wings are still being worked on.

If you plan on sitting in your room, instead of going to the ocean, then book the ocean view.

We live on Oahu, and now have the option to use our SSR points here, rather than banking them.

Podgieree
09-18-2011, 11:38 PM
Is there a thread somewhere that explains, easily, what in the world is going on with Aulani and how it affects the owners? We bought June 1, closed the 15th or so and have received no paperwork. Our guide just says "things take longer in HI" but I can't help but think it is related to the whole Jim Lewis/ dues mess.

I have edited this as I asked for more information initially when I posted, only to remember (it can take me awhile) that I could Google the requested information on my own. Here is the link that I found in case any of you are still in the dark as I was. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/new-disney-vacation-resort-in-hawaii-faces-possible-losses/ When were at VGC on 8/30/11 I wondered why the salesperson in the lobby said that we could not currently buy at Aulani. He said that he didn't know why. We were curious, but not so much so that we did any research...until now. That's what I get for being on vacation during breaking news. Can't wait to check out the resort soon! Thanks!

SueTGGR
09-19-2011, 11:15 AM
Not an Aulani owner but just booked our stay at the 7 month window. Oct 12-17 1 BR Ocean View!!! :banana:

Can't wait.
Wink13 - Can you post a few pictures of your view when you get back??? Please?? popcorn:: This is what we have booked for next year. I am a beach person and would sleep out on the sand if they would let me. But we are hearing that the other views are just as good.
Thank you and ENJOY!:cool2:
Sue

Frikitiki
09-19-2011, 11:18 AM
I put together this photosynth of Maka'ala so you can explore the detail

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=31063146-95c0-4050-b3b0-344233f8979b

over 200 pictures were used to create it.

Brancaneve
09-19-2011, 01:30 PM
Things DEFINITELY take longer in Hawaii....we bought on the Members Cruise last year, closed in October and have received nothing - I inquired a couple of months ago and was told everything is slower there, etc. etc. We finally show up on the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances as having our deed officially recorded May 11, 2011, so hopefully we'll recieve our deed soon!


I am in the same boat as the previous poster. We added on on June 6 and recieved all of our paperwork, then told to dump all the papers and not send anything in. Since then, we have heard nothing unless someone was responding to a message I left. I started a thread about this. Many people that responded think that DVC must be in a lawsuit, and everyone must be tight lipped about this. I think that DVC should at least write a short letter asking for patience. My Dh and I are starting to rethink purchasing our add on.

SueTGGR
09-19-2011, 06:59 PM
I am in the same boat as the previous poster. We added on on June 6 and recieved all of our paperwork, then told to dump all the papers and not send anything in. Since then, we have heard nothing unless someone was responding to a message I left. I started a thread about this. Many people that responded think that DVC must be in a lawsuit, and everyone must be tight lipped about this. I think that DVC should at least write a short letter asking for patience. My Dh and I are starting to rethink purchasing our add on.
I wonder if DVC is trying to figure out a legal way to up the fees they were under charging for. I am sure an accountant somewhere is getting VERY creative. :eek: Has anyone heard if they even resolved their problem other than firing a few of the higher ups? Personally, I would think to hold on to your contract in case you get through on the lower fees. We bought back in January on the Wonder (btw, those asking about the tiles we got one but a few months prior when we asked initially they said they only had a few left. Sometimes I wonder if it is Disney, DVC or the sales people. But that was something we didn't want to miss out on.) and it looks like we went through on April? And that was before the fiasco.
Good Luck!
Sue

AZMermaid
09-19-2011, 09:57 PM
Yes, we asked our guide again a few weeks ago and he said all was fine, but nothing else. Our account is being debited and he was able to give me my passwords for dvcmember.com. When I logged in, I had a dues owed balance, but I have not gotten a paper bill for them yet. It still worries me since we have no closing documents yet (3 months after closing).

mkymsehi
09-19-2011, 10:29 PM
I am a Hawaii resident, and DVC owner at SSR. Here's my 2 cents on the situation.

The local news reported that DVC will have to re-work the annual dues/maintenance fees, and it then goes to the State Tax Department for review and approval.

I read "in between the lines" that there will be lots of attorneys involved, meetings and likely public hearings before anything is approved. I'm sure it will be a costly procedure for Disney, and I would guess they will incure some sort of fine or penalty by the state.

Don't expect anything soon.

For those who bought in before the problem was announced in August, DVC will honor the signed contract on the dues, and not the eventual higher rate.

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On another note, I just stayed one night from Saturday to Sunday on my points. The hotel transient tax for the one night in a studio came out to $2.97. I was expecting it to be $10 from what I read on the tax department's form, but was surprised it was so low.

SueTGGR
09-20-2011, 12:45 AM
For anyone who has been...do they have the Founding Member tiles on display? The Pohaku's? DH wants to see them ASAP but will probably have to wait until next Summer. :love:
Night all!

mkymsehi
09-20-2011, 01:53 AM
For anyone who has been...do they have the Founding Member tiles on display? The Pohaku's? DH wants to see them ASAP but will probably have to wait until next Summer. :love:
Night all!


I checked for a friend on Saturday. DVC Cast Member said the founder's bricks have not yet been installed. Supposed to be down near the beach cove, near the beach rentals, on the hotel side of the public pathway. Not expected to go in until the end of the year.

I would think a better spot to put them would be the walkway coming up to the port corche', or on the lanai overlooking the Waikolohe Valley.

Frikitiki
09-20-2011, 02:04 AM
I can confirm that they weren't put in on Saturday. Having the location to the left and right of the beach side entrance to the resort give everyone, including the general public the ability to see who chose to make Aulani their home resort early in the process.

This is what the location looks like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/6044323169/in/set-72157627437269616

DisneyFan68
09-20-2011, 03:18 AM
I am in the same boat as the previous poster. We added on on June 6 and recieved all of our paperwork, then told to dump all the papers and not send anything in. Since then, we have heard nothing unless someone was responding to a message I left. I started a thread about this. Many people that responded think that DVC must be in a lawsuit, and everyone must be tight lipped about this. I think that DVC should at least write a short letter asking for patience. My Dh and I are starting to rethink purchasing our add on.

We are also in the same boat. We did receive a call from our guide about a week or so ago to update us on the status and she said it'll probably be another month or so before we can sign and close. She did say though that we'd be able to get our MF at the lower cost/subsidized so I was pretty excited!!!

SueTGGR
09-24-2011, 10:43 AM
Those of you in Limbo about your Aulani points, did you hear anything recently? I read an article this week that it has all been cleared with the state of Hawaii and the dues will be $5.73 per point rather than the initial $4.31. Those that bought early will be given a credit for the difference. If you haven't seen it I will try & locate the article and post the link.
Later,
Sue :hippie:
Edit: Here it is!
Orlando Sentinal Aulani Fees Article (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-aulani-maintenance-fee-20110922,0,7012355.story)

DisneyFan68
09-24-2011, 01:03 PM
Those of you in Limbo about your Aulani points, did you hear anything recently? I read an article this week that it has all been cleared with the state of Hawaii and the dues will be $5.73 per point rather than the initial $4.31. Those that bought early will be given a credit for the difference. If you haven't seen it I will try & locate the article and post the link.
Later,
Sue :hippie:
Edit: Here it is!
Orlando Sentinal Aulani Fees Article (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-aulani-maintenance-fee-20110922,0,7012355.story)

We haven't heard from our guide yet but hope to hear from her very soon!!! We assume it's because Disney hasn't figured out how they are going to handle the whole subsidizing of MF yet or at least announced it. I suppose once they do that we'll be hearing from our guide soon after. Has anyone else gotten a call back from their guide to close on Aulani?

AZMermaid
09-24-2011, 06:01 PM
We still have no closing documents. Our guide says we are all closed as of early June, so hopefully that qualifies us for the $4.31 (or subsidy thereof). I think it has to since that is what we signed to, right? It was a factor for us when deciding between AKL and Aulani.

Brancaneve
09-24-2011, 06:06 PM
We still have no closing documents. Our guide says we are all closed as of early June, so hopefully that qualifies us for the $4.31 (or subsidy thereof). I think it has to since that is what we signed to, right? It was a factor for us when deciding between AKL and Aulani.


Same boat....it will be interesting to see what both of us are offered when they finally give us a call!

SueTGGR
09-24-2011, 06:39 PM
We still have no closing documents. Our guide says we are all closed as of early June, so hopefully that qualifies us for the $4.31 (or subsidy thereof). I think it has to since that is what we signed to, right? It was a factor for us when deciding between AKL and Aulani.
I'm pretty sure if the contract you signed states that the $4.31 is the rate that you will pay, they have to honor that contract. But it will be interesting to see how they handle it. What a mistake though! :eek: The article was very interesting, if you get a chance to read it.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of you :wizard: I am sure DVC is overwhelmed with setting things straight and your DVC sales person will call you soon.
On a similiar note, my DVC person called me the other day to pass on all of rave reviews from her visit to Aulani. She had told us she was getting to go and was going to report back. She couldn't say enough about the resort. She got to take some family members and were there for 3 nights/4 days. They never left the resort and had no desire to! A few of her highlights to me:
Make sure you go and tour the models as they are on the 10th floor with an amazing view.
The 3 bd Grand Villas are AMAZING!
The Rainbow Reef snorkeling area is beautiful but be aware it is cold in there. Not like a swimming pool at all but cast members in and out of the reef. the idea was to have this so the visitors that are inexperienced in snorkeling could have a relaxed and safe place to learn. You have to stay on the surface, no diving down to get a closer look.
Customer Service was incredible, above what she has experienced with Disney.
Don't miss the Menehune Trail (like a scavenger hunt). Even if you can't finish in one session, there is a way to save and finish later.
The Length of Stay package for $99 is well worth it for the gear it includes.
The CostCo is on the way to the resort so stop on your way in to stock up on supplies.
The upper pool view units have a partial ocean view. If you get a Pool View up on the 5th floor you will have a peek at the ocean. She says she felt like the Pool View was just as good as the Ocean View.
Oh, and if you get a Pool View on the 1st Floor you will be able to walk out your Lanai and right to the pool.
The Lazy "Stream" (she said that they said there are no rivers in Hawaii ;)) has surprises along the way so look as you float along.
I think that is it. I can't wait until August!
Later,
Sue:hippie:

ChiSoxKeith
10-05-2011, 10:03 PM
Just got back fellow owners and our place is OUTSTANDING!

I posted it in another thread but here is the view from room 1558 (ocean view room 'Ewa tower).

http://www.manualsinc.com/images/ViewFrom1558Small.jpg

We were there from 9/14/11 - 9/21/11 so we checked out the day before the big opening celebration. We got to see them set up the stage and rehearse (which was very cool).

For those of you that are founding members, the pohuka's are up but all of our tiles are not yet affixed. The Pohuka's stand to the left and right of the gate you go through when you come in off the lagoon and into the Waikolohe Valley.

http://www.manualsinc.com/images/FoundingSmall.jpg

bwvBound
10-06-2011, 12:32 AM
For those of you that are founding members, the pohuka's are up but all of our tiles are not yet affixed. The Pohuka's stand to the left and right of the gate you go through when you come in off the lagoon and into the Waikolohe Valley.Oooooooh! So *that* explains those rocks! We saw lots of people taking pictures of the rock faces and looking for secret messages. LOL! :lmao:

BlazerFan
10-09-2011, 03:53 PM
Please add our family to Aulani. Added on during our visit on Thursday. I can't wait to actually stay there.

disneyjohnuk
10-22-2011, 06:31 PM
Thank you for the post with the photos. I am a founding member and have been waiting to see what it was going to look like.Not had a good year so far so will not be able to travel untill 2012.

A BIG THANK YOU to all Dvc familys for the posts pixiedust:

Rest&Relax
10-23-2011, 10:54 AM
[QUOTE=ChiSoxKeith;42860760]Just got back fellow owners and our place is OUTSTANDING!

I posted it in another thread but here is the view from room 1558 (ocean view room 'Ewa tower).

http://www.manualsinc.com/images/ViewFrom1558Small.jpg


Love your view! Can't wait until we go. We have reservations for May and trying to figure out if I need to make a special room request. Any thoughts on 1 BR ocean view request?

Also, has anybody paid their dues for Aulani yet? We have not heard anything yet?

dianeschlicht
10-24-2011, 01:29 PM
We want to book an Aulani 2 bedroom for February 2013, but can't book until the 7 month mark. Do you think I have any chance at all of getting that?

wink13
10-24-2011, 02:53 PM
We want to book an Aulani 2 bedroom for February 2013, but can't book until the 7 month mark. Do you think I have any chance at all of getting that?

So far people have been able to book what they want at 7 months. I would guess with more rooms being open by then you should be able to book a 2 bedroom. Good luck. :thumbsup2