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dr&momto2boys 11-06-2011 11:51 AM

Longest Vacation Ever! VGC, Aulani, & More!--Complete!!!
 
Let's get this thing started! I've got lots to do before our longest vacation ever! Planning is my favorite part and essential for my group of 6! Let's start with the intros...


Me (Kyrie): Self-employed loving mother. OCD planner and Disney FANatic!

DH (Marc): Stay-at-home awesome dad! Enables and even encourages my OCD planning and super long vacations!

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x...2011/P32-1.jpgJacob (7): Has visited WDW 6 times, DL once, and 2 DCL cruises. Jacob is looking forward to going on the Matterhorn again! Jacob will try any ride (once.)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x...202011/P27.jpgMax (5): Has been to WDW 5 times, DL once, and 2 DCL cruises. Max loves Goofy's rollercoaster at WDW and is looking forward to any coasters he can ride at DL.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x...202011/P16.jpgElla (3): This will be her first trip to DL! She's been to WDW 4 times and on 2 DCL cruises. Ella loves It's a Small World at WDW and I'm sure we'll be riding it many times here too!

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x...1/DSCF1743.jpgZoe (9 months at the time of this trip, 6 months in the picture): This will be her 1st Disney experience of any kind! :yay: I'm sure she'll love it! She loves everything! :lovestruc

All my children are seasoned travels. The oldest have been to at least 16 different states and several countries. Even the baby has already been to 7 states (will be in 9 before she turns one!) We homeschool. Traveling is a great learning experience!

This trip will begin on January 31st, 2012. We will spend 5 nights in California. We're staying in a one bedroom villa at the Grand Californian. We plan to spend the entire time at Disneyland and California Adventure. Then we fly to Maui. We'll be in a two bedroom villa at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club on Kaanapali Beach for 7 nights. Finally, we fly to Oahu and spend 6 nights at Aulani in a one bedroom villa. Aulani is Disney Vacation Club's newest resort.

Here's what you should expect from my trip report...
Lots of pictures! I took 2400 pictures on a ten day trip to WDW. My guess will be 4000 for this trip. I promise to post lots, but not all!
A day by day account of what we do. And we always do a lot!
Pictures of food. I like planning where we eat and usually take pictures of our food to share here.
If this is for you, then please join in and comment! It makes it much more motivating to keep posting knowing people are reading along and enjoying!

If you'd like to get to know us, check out my May 2010 TR for WDW. We did some pretty cool stuff on that trip and you'll get to know what to expect out of us on this trip!

dr&momto2boys 11-06-2011 12:02 PM

We're back! And here is our actual itinerary:
I'll add links as I've added all the details and pictures to our blog. (Since DH kept a little blog while we gone, I just added to it. There are plenty of pictures, but don't read ahead! I haven't done all the updates yet! I'm just starting! Link through this post (anything that is underlined!) to be sure you're reading a page that is "done!")

The Trip has Begun!
Day 1 Disneyland
1/31 Fly to California
Check into Villas at the Grand Californian
Disney's California Adventure
Dinner at Pacific Wharf Cafe
Day 2 Disneyland
2/1 Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen
Disneyland
Lunch at Bengel's BBQ
Dinner at Naples
Day 3 Disneyland
2/2 Breakfast at Jamba Juice and La Brea Bakery cart
Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland
Lunch at Blue Bayou
Schmoozies
Dinner at ToonTown and Rancho del Zocalo
Day 4 Disneyland
2/3 Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
California Adventure
Lunch at Corndog Castle
Disneyland
Dinner at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ
Day 5 Disneyland
2/4 Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland
Jolly Holiday Bakery
Princess Lunch at Ariel's Grotto
Day 6 Maui
2/5 Fly from LA to Maui
Check into Marriot Maui Ocean Club
Day 7 Maui
2/6 Pool and Beach Day
Lunch at Marriott's Marketplace
Dinner at Leilani's on the Beach
Day 8 Maui (Part 1)
2/7 Exploring West Maui
"Best Banana Bread on the Planet"
Day 8 Maui (Part 2)
Lunch at Porto
Dinner "in" & Movie Night
Day 9 and 10 Maui
2/8 Dinner at Bubba Gumps
2/9 Dinner at Longboards
7pm Seminar
Day 11 Maui
2/10 Seminar 9-5
Maui Ocean Center (Aquarium)
Iao Valley
Banyon Tree Park
Dinner at Hyatt Regency's Umalu
Day 12 Maui
2/11 Seminar until noon
Dinner at Hula Grill
Day 13 Oahu
2/12 Fly to Oahu
Check into Aulani
Dinner at Makahiki
Day 14 Oahu
2/13 Lunch at One Paddle,Two Paddle
Dinner at Off the Hook
Starlit Hui
Day 15 Oahu
2/14 Valentine's Day :love:
Dinner at 'Ama 'Ama
Day 16 Oahu
2/15 Character Breakfast at Makahiki
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Leonard's Malasadas
Dinner at Makahiki
Day 17 Oahu
2/16 Lunch at 'Ama 'Ama
Dinner poolside at the JW Marriott
Day 18 Oahu
2/17 Dinner at Longboards at the Ko 'Olina Marriott timeshare
Day 19 Going Home!
2/18 Fly home

I plan to add dining reviews and resort reviews after I'm done with the general day reports.
I will update and add more links as soon as I can! Please leave comments to keep me motivated if you're enjoying the trip report! Thanks! :goodvibes

dr&momto2boys 11-06-2011 12:10 PM

Our favorite pass time is reading all things Disney and planning our next vacations. For instance, here are the trips we have planned currently...

2012
February Disneyland, Maui, and Oahu(this trip)
April Orlando (probably Universal) and Oasis of the Seas cruise
August Roadtrip to Western United States
October Disneyland again

2013
January possible return to DL (depends on conference location)
May WDW with extended family
September Disney Dream cruise and WDW

maryr1oz 11-09-2011 07:02 PM

Hi - i can't wait to hear more about your trip, and read your report! :thumbsup2

I went and read your Disney World report and it was amazing - so many photos and great detail, a true example of a fantastic report! :banana::banana::banana:

dr&momto2boys 11-19-2011 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by maryr1oz (Post 43199575)
Hi - i can't wait to hear more about your trip, and read your report! :thumbsup2

I went and read your Disney World report and it was amazing - so many photos and great detail, a true example of a fantastic report! :banana::banana::banana:

:welcome: and thanks! :goodvibes

dr&momto2boys 11-19-2011 03:01 PM

I'm definately not finding as much time as I'd like to plan! We did hear that our waitlist for for our last night at the Villas at the Grand Californian came through, so I changed my itinerary a little. Originally there was no availability on Feb 4th, so we planned to check in to a hotel in Hollywood and spend a day there. We'll just stay in the DL area the entire time now. We will probably spend some time in Hollywood on our Fall 2012 trip then. It's funny, the thing I want to do most is go to the Disney Soda Fountain after watching a movie at the nearby theater. The kids will like seeing the stars on the sidewalk too. I'm happy to put it off until the Fall though. I need a good long dose of DL this time!

I finally added the kids' pictures to the original post. Today I want to do some research on where we want to dine at DLR while we're there. Feel free to jump in and make recommendations! I would love that!
I wish the park hours were posted for our trip. I'm used to WDW planning and I feel way behind! I know that's not necessary for DL, but it just feels strange!

dr&momto2boys 11-19-2011 04:11 PM

Here's the full list of places we're considering eating...

DL
Blue Bayou
Cafe Orleans
Carnation Cafe (I think I read it will closed?)
Celebration Round Up and BBQ
Bengal BBQ (Tiger Tails)
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Plaza Inn (Character breakfast)
Rancho del Zocalo
Riverbelle Terrace (Mickey Pancakes)
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Little Red Wagon (Corn Dogs)
Tiki Juice Bar (Dole Whip float)

DCA
Ariel's Grotto (Character meal)
Wine Country Trattoria
Cocina Cucomongo Mexican Grill
Pacific Wharf Cafe
Corn Dog Castle

Resorts/DTD
Goofy's Kitchen (Character buffet)
Storyteller's Cafe
PCH Grill (Character meal)


I bolded the choices I'm pretty sure of. If there are snacks or other things I should NOT miss, at any of these places...or any others...please tell me! ;)

We love dole whip floats, so we won't miss that. We've never tries tiger tails, so we're headed to Bengel's if only for those. We'll also search out the tigger tails at the candy place by the Pooh ride, right? I'm not a marshmallow fan usually, but after reading so much about them we'll have to at least give them a try!

dr&momto2boys 11-20-2011 03:37 PM

I didn't get any further with my DLR plans, BUT we did book our April Orlando hotel. We just realized we're only 6 months away from that!
We booked a 1 bedroom villa at Old Key West Resort Tuesday, April 10th to Saturday, April 14th. I have to be at a conference Thursday morning and Friday morning. We decided to stay onsite at Disney even though we're not going to the parks. We booked the dining plan and made 3 dinner reservations. In case you're interested, here's the itinerary for that trip...

Tuesday 10th Fly to Orlando
Dinner at Chef Mickey's
Wednesday 11th Legoland
Thursday 12th Dinner at Sanaa
Friday 13th Lunch at Beaches & Cream
Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe
Saturday 14th Embark on Western Caribbean cruise...Oasis of the Seas
Saturday 21st Drive to Universal Orlando (Hard Rock Hotel?)
Sunday 22nd Islands of Adventure
Monday 23rd Universal Studios
Tuesday 24th Fly Home

It's funny that we have this trip more planned out than the DL/Hawaii trip in January! I better get cracking! It would be helpful if the park hours were listed for that time of year! :rolleyes:

LuvLuvLuv 11-23-2011 09:31 AM

We're there the same time as you--we're DL first timers!!! I could only get GCV Jan 31-Feb 4... and we're thinking about staying at DLH or PP the night of Feb 4 since there was no availability with DVC... glad you got it!!! :yay:

Looking forward to reading more plans!!

WDWJonasGirl 11-23-2011 10:20 AM

Subscribing!!

dr&momto2boys 11-23-2011 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by LuvLuvLuv (Post 43319264)
We're there the same time as you--we're DL first timers!!! I could only get GCV Jan 31-Feb 4... and we're thinking about staying at DLH or PP the night of Feb 4 since there was no availability with DVC... glad you got it!!! :yay:

Looking forward to reading more plans!!

:welcome:
That's awesome! You'll love Disneyland! (Who wouldn't?) It's just surprising how close together everything is and how narrow the walkways are compared to WDW. Nothing beats walking out your back door literally into DCA!
Did you get on a waitlist for the 4th? Ours came through pretty quickly, but they didn't send us a notice. We just found out from checking the website.

dr&momto2boys 11-23-2011 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by WDWJonasGirl (Post 43319759)
Subscribing!!

:welcome:
Thanks for joining in!

LuvLuvLuv 11-25-2011 07:30 AM

Hi again :wave:

I rented points from a DVC owner for those nights and didn't do a wait list. I think we decided to check out PP-CL for the last night!! We either normally either stay in a 1-BR villa or Club Level... and I'm super curious about their CL. Only studios were available when I rented so I took it (plus it saved lots of $$). Since we've never been there, I don't think we'll hang in the room as much as we do in WDW--we'll be exploring! I'm sure we'll see you around!!

dr&momto2boys 11-25-2011 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by LuvLuvLuv (Post 43331557)
I'm sure we'll see you around!!

Yeah, you can't miss us! :laughing:

CL would certainly make the move more tolerable!

ProudMommyof2 11-28-2011 09:35 PM

Wow! Sounds amazing!


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