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Old 01-09-2012, 05:05 AM   #31
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Subscribing!!! Wow what a trip.

We stayed 19 days in a 2 bedroom villa (GCV) last June, even got a Paradise Pier View from the 5th floor, and it was amazing....We can't wait to try Aulani but at this point we are in a big borrow state, after the 19 day trip. I guess I will just have to live it through your report for now.

We are going to Disneyland this month for a quick 5 day trip but we will not get to stay in our villas this time, instead we will stay at the Pier but we are excited to just be going again, although hubby and little daughter do not know yet. We will however be back to the villas this June for 9 days.

I wanted to let you know that if you go to www.patinagroup.com and click at the bottom of the page (join mailing list) they will email you a coupon (either $30 or $50 depending on the state you are from), for your birthday. The coupon is good for 30 days and can be used at Naples, Catal or Tortilla Joe's. We did this last November and used it at Tortilla Joe's and it worked great. Both my husband and I signed up so that we could each receive the coupon.

Have an amazing trip!!!
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:56 PM   #32
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Subscribing!!! Wow what a trip.

We stayed 19 days in a 2 bedroom villa (GCV) last June, even got a Paradise Pier View from the 5th floor, and it was amazing....We can't wait to try Aulani but at this point we are in a big borrow state, after the 19 day trip. I guess I will just have to live it through your report for now.

We are going to Disneyland this month for a quick 5 day trip but we will not get to stay in our villas this time, instead we will stay at the Pier but we are excited to just be going again, although hubby and little daughter do not know yet. We will however be back to the villas this June for 9 days.

I wanted to let you know that if you go to www.patinagroup.com and click at the bottom of the page (join mailing list) they will email you a coupon (either $30 or $50 depending on the state you are from), for your birthday. The coupon is good for 30 days and can be used at Naples, Catal or Tortilla Joe's. We did this last November and used it at Tortilla Joe's and it worked great. Both my husband and I signed up so that we could each receive the coupon.

Have an amazing trip!!!


Wow! Great info!!! And since my birthday is in 2 days, it's perfect timing! I signed up and the website said I would get a $50 coupon. What's the catch? This sure seems like something for nothing. Is it too good to be true? I hope I get it in time.
And Patty too! Thanks for joining in. I'll have some good stuff for you all soon!
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #33
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Oh bummer, I got my free restaurant coupon today...but it was for their New York restaurants. I live near Chicago, did they send me NY because it's the closest? I really wish I contact someone and ask for California instead. I just don't have a clue how to do that. I was sooo excited too!

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I did go to their website and found a "contact us" link. I never thought I'd hear back from them, but I received another email within 30 minutes with a birthday certificate for West Coast restaurants.
So I'll use my $30 off at Tortilla Jo's or Naples.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #34
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Yay, I read your other trip report and can't wait to read this. 19 days is amazing, I would love to go for that long. Your kids are gorgeous.

Excited to read more.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:58 PM   #35
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Yay, I read your other trip report and can't wait to read this. 19 days is amazing, I would love to go for that long. Your kids are gorgeous.

Excited to read more.
Thank you!

I finally got my Disneyland Itinerary planned out. I was hoping to have time to update more here. We are packed and almost ready to go!!! One more [I]long[I] day of work tomorrow and we're off!

I'll try to update the itinerary I listed at the beginning of this thread at least! And I don't want to forget to mention my best strategy for ride planning at DL and DCA. I originally bought Ridemax. I've used it before (a couple of years ago) and I still found it clunky and lacking. Finally I used the web based version and it's better and I found the tips which helped a lot. It's just not as intuative as I would like. It's okay now that I figured it out.

Yesterday I subscribed to TouringPlans. It was a deal at around $5.50 for a years subscription (using a mousesavers code.) It is very refined and I love it. It is a great place to start planning. I love the maps which pinpoint the daily plans by number too. It's probably enough for most people.

But I'm super analytical and found my best strategy was to start with one of TouringPlans pre-made plans; then tweak what rides I wanted to skip or add; enter them into ridemax several times (because it can give slightly different plans each time); then make a personalized plan using the best order on Touring Plans. I'm quite happy with the end result. Whew! No wonder I haven't had any time to update this thread!
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:59 PM   #36
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The Disneyland portion of our trip is over but it was fantastic! I wanted to do some live reporting but the Internet at the resort was weird. It would just shut down my Kindle Fire.
Our one bedroom villa at the Grand Californian was wonderful! I think the nicest of the DVC rooms we've had (excluding grand villas.) It was the perfect size for us until the baby needs her own bed. I'll elaborate more and post pictures when I return. I do want to thank you all on the disboards though for the I.fl on which rooms to request. We got a great view of WOC and enjoyed watching it ffrom our balcony almost every night.
Currently we're in Maui and have an incredible ocean and mountain view from our 2 bedroom villa at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club on Kaanapali beach. Will have much to share with you.
I anticipate Internet problems at Aulani too so I'll update when I can and start uploading picture the week of February 20 when we're home.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #37
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I hope you are having a great time. My brother is going to Oahu at the end of the month for part of his honeymoon (sandwiched between Santa Monica and Vegas) and I know he is so excited.

Can't wait to read more.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #38
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I wanted to let you know that if you go to www.patinagroup.com and click at the bottom of the page (join mailing list) they will email you a coupon (either $30 or $50 depending on the state you are from), for your birthday. The coupon is good for 30 days and can be used at Naples, Catal or Tortilla Joe's. We did this last November and used it at Tortilla Joe's and it worked great. Both my husband and I signed up so that we could each receive the coupon.

Have an amazing trip!!!
I have been watching this report and I wanted to Thank You for this, VallCopen. Not sure when we will get to DLR but my b-day isn't until August & the Tortilla Joe's Express is our favorite. Quick, easy & to order. Hopefully they aren't excluded. If not the bar area is a good place too.
Now back to wait for news on Maui (going there in 2 weeks) and Aulani (going in August) Already knew the Grand CA is THE BEST! Hopefully you found out how to get into CA Adventure early to get fast passes for WOC & get into TSM with little or no wait. I love the side entrance for Resort guests.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:51 AM   #39
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SueTGGR your very welcome.

Excited to here about your trip... We are planning Alunai for summer 2013 and are excited to here all about it and what you thought of the views, we can only book at 7 months since VGC is our home resort but I am keeping the fingers crossed that we can get in for June, 2013. Hope your trip was awesome.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:26 AM   #40
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A quick check in... we're at Aulani now and the Internet works! Our one bedroom villa seems much smaller than at VGC. It's beautiful though! For those going to Aulani I highly suggest requesting a room near the end (closer to the ocean) if you actually want to see the ocean. I'm quite disappointed with the "ocean view" of our room. Technically you can see the ocean but it is very far away. We are closest to the elevators on the seventh floor. Would also recommend requesting a higher floor for ocean view.
I will have lots of good things to report when I get back but I wanted to mention the view problem to help out those who leave soon.
More when I get home next week.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:44 AM   #41
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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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Old 02-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #43
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I definitely want to hear and see more about your trip. I know my brother is going to Aulani but he is a boy and will not notice any of the details that I would find interesting!

They have an island view room booked but I had thought about saying for them to request a high floor.

Please post more including pictures, pretty please. Plus, your kids are so cute that you need to show them off
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:26 PM   #44
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Boy do I have a bunch of pictures to show youwe are committed to doing as much nothing as possible for the next two days.
I'm very excited to see all you have to show us! My family leaves in 2 weeks & 3 days for Aulani, first time to Hawaii. I have a 12yr old boy, Logan & a 14yr old daughter, Peyton & can't wait to see their reaction to it all. I too will do a TR & post many pictures...In the mean time I'm anxiously awaiting all you have for us. Thank you for your time & thoughtfulness.....
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:25 AM   #45
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I am still here too, just waiting ...Sooo excited to see all your pictures of Alunai. Thanks.
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