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Old 11-06-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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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!

Jacob (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.)

Max (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.

Ella (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!

Zoe (9 months at the time of this trip, 6 months in the picture): This will be her 1st Disney experience of any kind! I'm sure she'll love it! She loves everything!

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!
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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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
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!
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:10 PM   #3
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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
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
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Hi - i can't wait to hear more about your trip, and read your report!

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!
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:43 PM   #5
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Hi - i can't wait to hear more about your trip, and read your report!

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!
and thanks!
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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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!
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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I'm enjoying your TR
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:07 AM   #8
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Just read day 7. Lost my post again! Family is up and we're off to tour. I'll retype my reply when we return.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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All caught up! Hope the rain stops soon. According to the news last week was a disaster for Hawaii vacationers as it stormed almost the whole week.
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I'm also still here and reading along. I am back to work soon from maternity leave so making the most of my last few days off.

Going to catch up now.
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Just read both parts of day 8 - is it right that they are mostly just written by your husband? They didn't seem to have much on either added by you.

I would have been terrified on that road and can understand why the other driver freaked out!
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Originally Posted by dr&momto2boys View Post
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
2/11 Seminar until noon
2/12 Fly to Oahu
Check into Aulani
Dinner at Makahiki
2/13 Starlit Hui
2/14 Valentine's Day
Dinner at 'Ama 'Ama
2/15 Character Breakfast
2/16
2/17
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!
I'm enjoying your TR and your kids are adorable. I'm wondering if you were at the same seminar as pediatric docto freinds of ours..they seemed totally bummed (not!)
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I'm enjoying your TR and your kids are adorable. I'm wondering if you were at the same seminar as pediatric docto freinds of ours..they seemed totally bummed (not!)
Thank you! Were they at the Hyatt Regency too? No, I was at a chiropractic conference. And yeah, it sure is tough to have to go to Maui in February!
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Only two more days in paradise then one LONG travel day back to reality! Boy do I have a bunch of pictures to show you! Food porn too. You guys will have to keep me motivated to do all the work it takes to upload the pictures and post here though. It gets boring when it feels like I'm talking to myself. I promise I've got some good stuff to share.
Today we went to the character breakfast at Makahiki at Aulani. It had the best food of any Disney character meal I've ever been to, but the fewest characters! We also went to the swap meet at Aloha Stadium to buy souvenirs. Great bargains for the most part! The kids spent more time with "Auntie" at the keiki club and much more! We really know how to pack in the fun! All this with 4 little kids! Whew! I need a vacation! Just kidding! But we are committed to doing as much nothing as possible for the next two days.
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Enjoy the rest of your trip, but we want to relive it all with you!
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