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Old 09-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #151
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Thanks for posting your photos, Iceman93.

When we were at Aulani, we also heard from a DVC CM that a reclassification may be needed on the odd-numbered ocean view villas in the Waianae Building.

I'm sure DVD will have to tweak the Aulani point chart because of the elimination the Standard View Grand Villa. However, a reclassification of Waianae's 28 odd-numbered vacation homes from Ocean View to Island View would necessitate more significant increased points costs, just like the downgrading of 10 BLT Theme Park View villas to Standard View resulted in increased point charges at BLT.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:05 AM   #152
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Did I miss something, what happened to the standard view GV?
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:13 PM   #153
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Did I miss something, what happened to the standard view GV?
From a post by wdlr in another thread:

Currently, there is one Standard View Grand Villa on the first floor of the Waianae Building (#101) and two Standard View Grand Villas on the second and third floors of the Ewa Building (Villas #289 and #389). In October, Disney will permanently eliminate GV #101, putting a pool side cafe in its place.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:48 PM   #154
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From a post by wdlr in another thread:

Currently, there is one Standard View Grand Villa on the first floor of the Waianae Building (#101) and two Standard View Grand Villas on the second and third floors of the Ewa Building (Villas #289 and #389). In October, Disney will permanently eliminate GV #101, putting a pool side cafe in its place.
Thanks, dvc_john for putting in the quote about the elimination of one Standard View GV at Aulani.

Here is a link to an article with photos on some of the enhancements that are occurring at Aulani. The Standard View GV in the Waianae Building will be eliminated, but there will still be two Standard View GVs on the endcap of the Ewa Building. They are considered standard view because their views of the ocean are obstructed by the rooftop of the Ama'Ama restaurant.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #155
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Booking Villa

I'm just about to book a 2 bdrm. villa for Spring 2013 for my husband and I and our son, daughter-in-law & granddaughter (5). Any suggestions? We have never stayed at a Disney vacation villa before and I am just wondering opinions about if it is better than having 2 rooms at the regular hotel? are shampoo, etc.included?, how often do they supply towels, etc.? Are the villas close to the pools, etc. or are we going to have to walk a mile? Any input anyone can give me would be so appreciated. We are looking forward to our first all family vacation being a Disney one!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #156
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Aulani for Honeymoon

I am wanting to book Aulani for my son and his fiancee's honeymoon. Since it is not my home resort I cannot book until 7 monthe out. Do any of you think I will have trouble getting a room?
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #157
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I am wanting to book Aulani for my son and his fiancee's honeymoon. Since it is not my home resort I cannot book until 7 monthe out. Do any of you think I will have trouble getting a room?
We booked right at the 7 month mark back in December for our trip this past July. I was on the phone right at opening and got exactly what we wanted. We were actually at WDW during our booking time so there I was in Liberty Square booking our Aulani trip.

I would say just get online or call right when your window opens up and you should be ok.

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #158
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Thanks Cinderpamela. How did you enjoy the resort?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #159
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I'm just about to book a 2 bdrm. villa for Spring 2013 for my husband and I and our son, daughter-in-law & granddaughter (5). Any suggestions? We have never stayed at a Disney vacation villa before and I am just wondering opinions about if it is better than having 2 rooms at the regular hotel? are shampoo, etc.included?, how often do they supply towels, etc.? Are the villas close to the pools, etc. or are we going to have to walk a mile? Any input anyone can give me would be so appreciated. We are looking forward to our first all family vacation being a Disney one!!
I can't really help on the 2br villa vs 2 hotel rooms; each has its pros and cons. What I can verify is that, as a paying guest and not a DVC member on points, you will get full housekeeping in your villa twice a day just like in a regular hotel room. They will restock your shampoo, soap, etc., change your linens and towels, and all that exactly the same. And the walks to all of the common facilities are exactly the same length (short!) in either a villa or a hotel room.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #160
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After being here at Aulani i have new appreciation for all the pictures. I would make a suggestion for an additional room category. I would divide the ocean view into two. 1. Partial ocean view and 2. Deluxe ocean view. This would solve the problem of some people getting a much better view than others who are paying the same amount in points. Even some of the garden/pool view rooms could be moved to the partial ocean view room category. When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees. We have thoroghly enjoyed our stay here at Aulani. The attention to detail is what makes this such a level above other resorts in the same class. We can hardly wait to return to Aulani with our children and grandson. Perfect place for a multi-generational vacation.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:04 PM   #161
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Room 964 view

Posting pictures of room 964, overlooking the new area for the Starlight Hui.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:20 PM   #162
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We are in #784 Studio and have an amazing view of the ocean and pool area. No complaints. This place is paradise. I had no problems booking at the 7- month window, and I honestly can't remember if I booked online or by phone. I'm guessing by phone because I just made online readies for next April, and I was a nervous wreck so I'm guessing I made these by phone.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:29 AM   #163
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After being here at Aulani i have new appreciation for all the pictures. I would make a suggestion for an additional room category. I would divide the ocean view into two. 1. Partial ocean view and 2. Deluxe ocean view. This would solve the problem of some people getting a much better view than others who are paying the same amount in points. Even some of the garden/pool view rooms could be moved to the partial ocean view room category. When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees. We have thoroghly enjoyed our stay here at Aulani. The attention to detail is what makes this such a level above other resorts in the same class. We can hardly wait to return to Aulani with our children and grandson. Perfect place for a multi-generational vacation.

Aloha!

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ITA with both...room category and hula dancer!
We were very happy with our even numbered ocean view but after seeing some of the odd numbers.......we would have been very disappointed over there!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #164
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When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees.
I'll add your villa to the list in Post #1 once you post your photos. Mahalo!

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Posting pictures of room 964, overlooking the new area for the Starlight Hui.
I've added villa 964 to the list in Post 1. I'll also update the charts in Post 1 to show that villas xx64 are studios and xx62 are one-bedrooms. Appreciate your contribution to this thread!

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We are in #784 Studio and have an amazing view of the ocean and pool area. No complaints. This place is paradise.
I totally agree: Aulani is paradise! I've added to the charts in Post 1 that villas with room number xx84 are studios. Do you have any photos you would like to share? Mahalo!
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:36 PM   #165
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1204, studio -- pretty spectacular views.





Moved to 363, Standard View 1 BR. Nice to have the extra space, but one could easily call this room, "no view." Still, they let us in at 9:00 a.m., which was great. As an aside, it felt like this room had only very recently opened. Some of the stuff in the room seemed never used -- like, literally. I don't think many guests have stayed in this room at all yet.



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