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belle26
07-26-2011, 11:19 AM
:banana::banana: We did it! We booked Aulani today for next June for our 25th anniversary! So excited, now just have to wait the 1 months! :banana::banana:

Leitadala
07-26-2011, 01:36 PM
Congrats! DH and I go in October for our 5-year! So exciting! :banana:

DenLo
07-26-2011, 01:44 PM
:banana:Congratulations to you both!:banana:

kylmac
07-26-2011, 02:42 PM
Congrats! We just celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with DCL to Alaska. Celebrating with Disney sure makes it that much more special! May you go to Aulani for every anniversary! We are going next June also-we've only been married for 14 years. Have a great time!
Elizabeth

shortypots
07-26-2011, 02:51 PM
What view and size did you book?

belle26
07-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Even though it's only the 2 of us, we took a 1 bedroom garden view. We plan on stopping in San Francisco on the out, and Disneyland on the way back and figured the kitchen and washer and dryer would come in handy. We decided to splurge this time, normally we would have just taken a studio. We figured it's only your 25th once!

belle26
07-26-2011, 03:31 PM
Congrats! We just celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with DCL to Alaska. Celebrating with Disney sure makes it that much more special! May you go to Aulani for every anniversary! We are going next June also-we've only been married for 14 years. Have a great time!
Elizabeth

Didn't you just love Alaska? We had a great time! I agree, celebrating with Disney just makes it special. the years we took a non Disney trip were fun, but something seemed to be missing!
When will you be there in June? We arrive the 26th.

Leitadale - congrats also, be sure to fill us in when you get back!

kylmac
07-26-2011, 04:30 PM
Congrats! We just celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary with DCL to Alaska. Celebrating with Disney sure makes it that much more special! May you go to Aulani for every anniversary! We are going next June also-we've only been married for 14 years. Have a great time!
Elizabeth

Rest&Relax
07-26-2011, 04:43 PM
Congrats!
We are a month ahead of you. We are booked for a 10 day stay in May for our 30th. I agree that Disney always seems to make it special. We celebrated our 25th on a non Disney cruise. It was good but it wasn't Disney!
Celebrating our 30th in Disney style!! :dance3:

belle26
07-26-2011, 10:02 PM
Rest&Relax,
30 years, how exciting! Enjoy and do it up Disney Style big time!! Congrats!

shortypots
07-27-2011, 08:36 AM
Congrats to all the couples celebrating big anniversaries! It is nice to hear people hitting those big numbers in this day and age. DH and I are only on 12 yrs, but have been together 18 going on 19. Hard to believe too.

Belle26, I agree with you the 1 bd comes in handy. We bought additional points at VWL so we could do a 1bd every Dec, because now we are spoiled. Can't go back to a studio.

When you go to Hawaii, make sure to check out the Polynesian cultural center and do the admiral's pass. It will get you a guided tour throughout the property which means you do not miss any of the shows. Also, you get a special frozen treat and awesome seating to the luau. Food at the luau was just ok IMHO, but the show was awesome.

At Disneyland, we noticed that the CM's were not quite normal happy CM's like in Disneyworld. It was great seeing the differences, and California Adventure was a lot of fun. You can get a glass of wine at the winery on site, and sit and people watch. But I just didn't think that the service was "pure disney" if you will. Let me know if you notice the same when you go. I am sure it just has to do with the different attitudes of the Californians. Wouldn't stop me from going again if we went to California! :)

mdsd8700
07-27-2011, 08:53 AM
Congrats on your upcoming Anniversary and your stay at Aulani! How exciting! :cool1: We are planning on going next year in June as well, DS graduates from HS so we will be celebrating in Hawaii!

We have been to San Franscico and DLR as well. Love, Love DLR!!! We have been there 4 times and love it so much we switch up every other year with WDW. It is smaller and definately not as much activity but Disneyland is the original and we prefer it to the MK in WDW. It just feels like Walt is right there with you. ;)

Enjoy your trip!! :goodvibes

JoEllen
07-27-2011, 12:11 PM
Congrats! We are BWV owners who will be trying to book the 7 mos window for May 2012. Have you heard if there will be an airport shuttle to the resort or do you have to rent a car?

belle26
07-28-2011, 11:10 AM
Congrats! We are BWV owners who will be trying to book the 7 mos window for May 2012. Have you heard if there will be an airport shuttle to the resort or do you have to rent a car?

Haven't heard about an airport shuttle, we were wondering the same thing - our rep did tell us that they were planning on a car rental agency right at the resort for those wanting to rent for a day or two but not the while trip, which kind of makes me think there may be some kind of shuttle. But that's just me thinking.

msds8700, any suggestions for SF? We've been to DLR a couple of times, but I think the last time was 2005, so it's been awhile.

Aurora1959
07-28-2011, 07:37 PM
Haven't heard about an airport shuttle, we were wondering the same thing - our rep did tell us that they were planning on a car rental agency right at the resort for those wanting to rent for a day or two but not the while trip, which kind of makes me think there may be some kind of shuttle. But that's just me thinking.

msds8700, any suggestions for SF? We've been to DLR a couple of times, but I think the last time was 2005, so it's been awhile.

We were told the same thing about the shuttle and car transport. We'll be there a month before you.

As for SF - you gotta check out the Disney Family Museum. I haven't been yet myself, but I have friends who have gone a ton of times. It's really well done and since you can't really see it anywhere else, I figure you have to go. http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/

There's always the other stuff. And if you are in town for a while, you might consider hitting one of the plays. Just depends on what you want to see/do and how long you will be in town.

arthur06
07-28-2011, 07:59 PM
Even though it's only the 2 of us, we took a 1 bedroom garden view. We plan on stopping in San Francisco on the out, and Disneyland on the way back and figured the kitchen and washer and dryer would come in handy. We decided to splurge this time, normally we would have just taken a studio. We figured it's only your 25th once!

Sounds like a wonderful trip! Also, congratulations on 25 wonderful years! :thumbsup2

belle26
07-28-2011, 09:15 PM
Sounds like a wonderful trip! Also, congratulations on 25 wonderful years! :thumbsup2

Thanks!!

saintstickets
07-28-2011, 09:24 PM
:banana::banana: We did it! We booked Aulani today for next June for our 25th anniversary! So excited, now just have to wait the 1 months! :banana::banana:

Congrats! DH and I go in October for our 5-year! So exciting! :banana:

Congrats!
We are a month ahead of you. We are booked for a 10 day stay in May for our 30th. I agree that Disney always seems to make it special. We celebrated our 25th on a non Disney cruise. It was good but it wasn't Disney!
Celebrating our 30th in Disney style!! :dance3:

Looks like a theme is developing here! DW and I are waiting to book Sep2012 for our 30th anniversary. We went to Kuaui for our honeymoon and this will be our 1st time back!

belle26
07-28-2011, 09:33 PM
Aurora1959 - thanks, great ideas, I just spent time on the Disney museum website, and it will definetly be on the to do list!

Yes, there certainly seems to be a theme! congratds on 30 years!

my3princes
07-29-2011, 05:54 PM
We are planning Aulani for July 2012 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Anxious to book, but need to wait for the 7 month window. We are planning to do a vow renewal on our actual Anniversary, but haven't decided if it will be at Aulani (cost and reservation availability). I will be scouring the web for trip reports once people are able to finally stay at Aulani :thumbsup2

work2play
07-31-2011, 12:31 PM
Looks like a theme is developing here! DW and I are waiting to book Sep2012 for our 30th anniversary. We went to Kuaui for our honeymoon and this will be our 1st time back!

Wow! Great minds think alike! We got married in the fern grotto on Kauai and are planning a stay at Aulani for our 30th anniversary, April Fools Day 2013!!

slowly
08-02-2011, 03:32 AM
Shuttle and car rental seekers,

There are shuttles that are available and I anticipate them being a little steeper in price as Aulani becomes a favorite destination. Best thing to do is do a google search and shop around for deals. Haven't heard of a Disney run shuttle yet. Although, the distance from the airport to Aulani is only about 20 miles away the traffic can make it a bear! If you can, fly in late at night after 6:00 pm or between 9:00 am -2:00 pm during the week or anytime during the weekends.

Renting a car at the airport is the best deal IMHO. Aulani is offering free parking for their guests. If you are planning to just stay at the resort and walk around the area it is limited but has a beautiful golf course, famous Roy's restuarant and other hotels within walking distance. A car will be needed to get around the island for sure.

mdsd8700
08-02-2011, 07:19 AM
msds8700, any suggestions for SF? We've been to DLR a couple of times, but I think the last time was 2005, so it's been awhile.

Well we are certainly no SF experts we have only been there once. We stayed at the Westin St. Francis, it was very lovely. Our favorite thing in SF was Alcatraz. It was really pretty cool and overall one of our top things from all our vacations. Taking a trolly car was pretty neat as well. We actually walked the Golden Gate Bridge and then walked back. Sounds a little crazy I know, it took about 45-50 minutes but everytime we see it on TV are like "we walked across that". Fisherman's Wharf was okay, but we didn't think anything too great. Ghiradelli was fun. The shopping was also great. We only spent about 3 days there as we did a road trip from DLR to San Fransciso on the Pacfic Coast Highway. We stopped in 3 places on the way up.

DLR is great fun and the VGC are amazing! Staying there is a real treat to say the least! The DLR portion of this board will be able to help with planning for both DLR and I am sure you can find some San Fransico advice as well.

Enjoy the trip sounds absolutely amazing and I am sure you will have an awesome time! :cool1:

deedisneydream97
08-02-2011, 07:40 AM
We booked last month for a January stay. 3 nights in standard studio, 7 nights in one bedroom, ocean view!! Can't wait. When I spoke to the DVC rep, I was told there was NO shuttle offered by Disney at that time to/from airport. I went ahead and reserved a car from dollar. We plan on doing alot of island exploring (have already purchased a number of books) and do not plan on spending any time in Waikiki or Honolulu (except for a day at Pearl Harbor) because they sound WAY too busy. The side of the Island that Disney is on is considered remote. Also, every book I have skimmed thru has said the same thing about leaving anything in your rental car, there apparently is a theft problem in the busier areas.

I also read that Alauni will be charging resort guests $25/day for parking. I certainly hope that is NOT the case for DVC members. Anyone know if this is true?

Is everyone planning on purchasing their own snorkleing gear at home and bringing it with them instead of renting?

mdsd8700
08-02-2011, 07:44 AM
I also read that Alauni will be charging resort guests $25/day for parking. I certainly hope that is NOT the case for DVC members. Anyone know if this is true?



Members staying on points get free self parking.

Steamboat Girlie
08-02-2011, 07:46 AM
We booked last month for a January stay. 3 nights in standard studio, 7 nights in one bedroom, ocean view!! Can't wait. When I spoke to the DVC rep, I was told there was NO shuttle offered by Disney at that time to/from airport. I went ahead and reserved a car from dollar. We plan on doing alot of island exploring (have already purchased a number of books) and do not plan on spending any time in Waikiki or Honolulu (except for a day at Pearl Harbor) because they sound WAY too busy. The side of the Island that Disney is on is considered remote. Also, every book I have skimmed thru has said the same thing about leaving anything in your rental car, there apparently is a theft problem in the busier areas.

I also read that Alauni will be charging resort guests $25/day for parking. I certainly hope that is NOT the case for DVC members. Anyone know if this is true?

Is everyone planning on purchasing their own snorkleing gear at home and bringing it with them instead of renting?

From the Disney Aulani website:

Parking
Both self- and valet parking are available to Guests for a fee. Disney Vacation members enjoy complimentary self-parking.

deedisneydream97
08-02-2011, 08:10 AM
Whew....thanks for that parking info. I had not been able to find that. I have scoped out the restaurant menus for the resort, though. Different foods, but prices don't seem out of sight (am preparing for food sticker shock).

A fun thing we did in SanFran: we rented bicycles at Fisherman's Wharf, rode them up and across the Golden Gate Bridge, down into Sausolito, had the best burger ever at a tiny place called Hamburgers (really!), and then boarded the ferry with our bikes to get back across the bay (it's included in the bike rental). I was not the fittest person at the time, but was able to keep up with two very althetlic guys most of the time. They only had to wait for me once. Taking the trolly to go shopping in ChinaTown was fun, too.

kylmac
08-02-2011, 02:24 PM
Belle26-I think we get there on the 14th so we just miss you-we check out the 21st and head to DLR for a few days-the kids can't wait. We think we are doing San Diego a day or 2 before (my daughter loves San Diego!). We thought Alaska was amazing and it was really hard to compare it to any where we have been. It was crazy being on the Wonder and swimming in the heated pools with no kids and so different from all of our trips on the Magic where the pools are flooded with kids. We always seem to go to Disney for either our daughter or sons birthday so we tend to get celebrate buttons quite alot.
Take care and can't wait to go! ALOHA!
Elizabeth
PS We also are getting a 1 bedroom as I will need to do laundry and I want to use the kitchen as this will not be a rushed "Disney" trip (ie getting up early to get to the parks). Enjoy!

izma
08-02-2011, 03:52 PM
Hello!

I am wondering if anyone here can tell me if you will be able to pre-order your groceries at Aulani like you can at the WDW DVC resorts. I read somewhere that that is their intention but was curious if they plan to have that up and running by opening. We plan to visit in February...

thanks!

MamaPoppins
05-22-2012, 10:06 AM
We r goin June 11-15:hourglass...super excited I can't wait don't think I'll sleep a wink on the flight:cloud9:...we r traveling 11 pple deep :grouphug:

belle26
05-28-2012, 10:29 AM
Well we are certainly no SF experts we have only been there once. We stayed at the Westin St. Francis, it was very lovely. Our favorite thing in SF was Alcatraz. It was really pretty cool and overall one of our top things from all our vacations. Taking a trolly car was pretty neat as well. We actually walked the Golden Gate Bridge and then walked back. Sounds a little crazy I know, it took about 45-50 minutes but everytime we see it on TV are like "we walked across that". Fisherman's Wharf was okay, but we didn't think anything too great. Ghiradelli was fun. The shopping was also great. We only spent about 3 days there as we did a road trip from DLR to San Fransciso on the Pacfic Coast Highway. We stopped in 3 places on the way up.

DLR is great fun and the VGC are amazing! Staying there is a real treat to say the least! The DLR portion of this board will be able to help with planning for both DLR and I am sure you can find some San Fransico advice as well.

Enjoy the trip sounds absolutely amazing and I am sure you will have an awesome time! :cool1:

Can't believe I've been absent so long! I love the idea of riding the bikes over the bridge and bringing the ferry back! We did book Alcatraz and Muir Woods. We are planning the hop off trolley and cable cars, but the bikes are something like you said that we could say I did that! Thanks for the suggestion! Only 26 days until our adventure begins. My husband is ready to pack!

belle26
06-04-2012, 11:57 PM
17more days until the adventure begins!! Can't wait! :banana:

hjgaus
06-05-2012, 02:10 AM
17more days until the adventure begins!! Can't wait! :banana:

12 more long days til the real fun begins for this " In serious need of the tropics" clan!! Sea air n blue skies here we come!!!

ELMC
06-05-2012, 08:16 AM
17more days until the adventure begins!! Can't wait! :banana:

I think it's awesome that you started this thread 11 months ago and now the time has almost come for your trip. Have a great time! :)

shari2137
06-05-2012, 11:09 AM
Have a wonderful trip, we are hoping to book this week for next year. :banana:

shortypots
06-06-2012, 08:13 AM
Geez, and I have to settle for WDW in 2 days :)

Have a great trip and do not forget to post lots of pics and trip review!

zeferjen
06-06-2012, 10:06 AM
Have fun!!!

belle26
06-06-2012, 08:58 PM
Thanks!! Will do my best to post lots of pictures!

nikknyc
06-06-2012, 09:20 PM
Thanks!! Will do my best to post lots of pictures!

Have so much fun! We're planning June 2013 for my 26th birthday!!!! :)

belle26
07-01-2012, 12:09 AM
We've been here since Tuesday, and are still discovering things. We took a car Service from the airport, Royal Hawaiian Tours. They were great,then we rented a car on Thursday untilMonday. The car service will pick us up on Tuesday. We went to the Polynesian Cultural center on Wednesday. On a tour booked through Aulani. It was great, highly recommend it. Thursday my husband went scuba diving,and I hung out at the polo for the day. It was a very relaxing and restful day. Friday we went on at our to Pearl Harbor, again booked through Aulani. Only disappointing part was Before we could board a boat to go out to the Arizona, the Navy closed the harbor because of high winds. We have tickets to back tomorrow,but not sure if we will use them. Today,we drove to Diamond Head, the went down to Waikiki Beach and the International Market. Traffic wasn't too bad. Headed to the pool now for a swim before dinner. This place is amazing! Will try and post pictures soon.

DenLo
07-01-2012, 10:32 AM
That would be disappointing to miss seeing the Arizona. I never thought that the harbor might be closed at Pearl Harbor. Hope the rest of your trip goes well. And I'm looking forward to any photos you're willing to share.

belle26
07-05-2012, 01:13 AM
We are in San Francisco now, using points to stay at the Fairmont. Nice hotel, but we are missing Aulani! I wish I had saved the points, and booked the Holiday Inn near Fisherman's wharf. We would have been closer to the action, and would have had tons of points left to bank for fun next year. Don't get me wrong, the Fairmont is impressive, just a little far from where we want to be.
Aulani is spectacular, we loved every minute there. Can't wait until we have enough points to go back again. We enjoyed the one bedroom, because of the connivence of the washer, we packed lighter. We even used the kitchen, although that was not the original plan. One morning, we managed to set the smoke detector off and received not only a call from the front desk, but a visit from security. Security actually said they were there for breakfast! Once we get home, I'll work on some pictures. My husband certainly took enough!

belle26
07-12-2012, 02:13 PM
We have been home now since Saturday, and are wishing we were back at Aulani everyday! Vacation beats reality every time!! I'm put pictures up on flickr, here's the address:http://www.flickr.com/photos/vacations26/sets/72157630546076848/

So far, it's just of our room and some of the resort.

belle26
07-12-2012, 02:22 PM
Just a little note, we used Royal Hawaiian round trip from the airport, it was $136.00 plus whatever you tip. We rented a car at Aulani on Thursday, and returned it on Monday to drive over to Diamond Head, the North Shore and other short trips. Although it might have cost us a less to just rent a car from the airport for the week, since we had no clue about traffic and routes, we felt this worked best for us. When we go back, we will probably do the same, just for the ease at the airport. We felt you definitely needed a car, we went out to eat, to shop, (we did use our kitchen) and to see places not included in tours offered. Definitely recommend the Polynesian Culture Center tour and the Arizona/Missouri tour recommended by Aulani. They worked out well for us. this is what worked for us, will not work for everyone.

treborq
07-14-2012, 11:44 AM
Even though it's only the 2 of us, we took a 1 bedroom garden view. We plan on stopping in San Francisco on the out, and Disneyland on the way back and figured the kitchen and washer and dryer would come in handy. We decided to splurge this time, normally we would have just taken a studio. We figured it's only your 25th once!

If you really want a treat in SF and have the points to splurge check out staying at the Fairmont (concierge collection). We stayed there last July and as DVC guests we were treated royally. View room was spectacular, brunch (included) was unbelievable and kept us till dinner with small snack during day, located at top of the hill in center of town at crossroads of 2 differant cablecar lines this was a highlight of our vacation! Well worth the splurge!

belle26
07-14-2012, 12:14 PM
If you really want a treat in SF and have the points to splurge check out staying at the Fairmont (concierge collection). We stayed there last July and as DVC guests we were treated royally. View room was spectacular, brunch (included) was unbelievable and kept us till dinner with small snack during day, located at top of the hill in center of town at crossroads of 2 differant cablecar lines this was a highlight of our vacation! Well worth the splurge!

That's exactly where we stayed! Neat hotel, and you are so right about the brunch! We were not able to get onto the cable cars there because they were packed every time, might have been because it was 4th of July.