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Old 05-20-2011, 09:34 AM   #151
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:16 PM   #152
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There is a news brief on the DVCNews website (see http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/dvc...dvcnews-briefs) reporting that Aulani's Phase 2 will open ahead of schedule. Originally scheduled to be opened on December 29, 2011, Phase 2 will now open on November 15, 2011.

Phase 2 contains 56 lock-off two-bedroom villas and 56 dedicated two-bedroom villas. In addition, it contains 11 Grand Villas, the first that will be available at Aulani. There are no GVs in Phase 1.

Although the opening of Phase 2 will expand the number of completed rooms at Aulani, I do not know if that will translate into a larger inventory for the DVC membership. Essentially, the number of villas that DVC members can book using points on any given Use Day cannot exceed the number of villas declared by DVD for the DVC inventory. I do not have any data on how much of Aulani has been declared.

Here is a map of Aulani showing the location of the three Phases:

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Old 05-29-2011, 02:21 PM   #153
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Thanks wdrl. I didn't realize that Aulani was opening in phases. It looks like I'll be there just before Phase 2 opens. And since I booked a Pool side/Garden view, hopefully we won't be facing the parking lot.
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:32 PM   #154
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Thanks wdrl. I didn't realize that Aulani was opening in phases. It looks like I'll be there just before Phase 2 opens. And since I booked a Pool side/Garden view, hopefully we won't be facing the parking lot.
If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.
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If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.
For sure will do a trip report! I will be staying in a Pool View studio with one - three friends (depending who can actually make it). Celebrating my 40th birthday - sans kid! I can hardly wait! Looking for airfare deals right now as they have stopped at Oct. 31 - so hopefully June will bring new deals!

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If you have reservations for a Pool/Garden View, you are guaranteed you won't be facing the parking lot!

If I have figured out Aulani's layout correctly, the Phase 1 Pool/Garden View villas are located on the third and fourth floors of the building outlined in yellow on the map that appears in my prior post. Phase 1 has four lock-off two bedrooms with Pool/Garden Views: Villas #352/354 and #356/358 on the third floor and villas #452/454 and #456/458 on the fourth floor.

I'd appreciate it if you would post back after your trip and let me know your room number. Better yet, it would be great if you could do a trip report and let us know what you think of Aulani. My wife and I are hoping to visit Aulani in September 2012 and we are hoping to book a Pool View studio.
So have you figured out where the 1BR ocean view units are in Phase 1?

The boards will get a trip report when we're back. 9/14-9/21.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:47 PM   #157
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So have you figured out where the 1BR ocean view units are in Phase 1?

The boards will get a trip report when we're back. 9/14-9/21.
Look at the information I posted on DVCNews about Aulani's rooms and views: http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread....-Views-Phase-1. Hopefully it will answer your questions. If not, let me know.

Within the next day of so I'll update that post with information about the rooms & views in Aulani's Phase 2.

Looking forward reading your trip report about Aulani!
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:32 AM   #158
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I have updated the thread on Aulani's rooms and views to include the Phase 2 villas. See http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread....512#post107512 for information about the location of Aulani's villas for Phases 1 and 2.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:45 PM   #159
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One more week until our 7 month booking window so I can try to book our 3 nights in January. I have enough points for an island view or I can purchase some one time points for pool/garden view. I was thinking I'd only go up to the pool/garden view if the island view isn't available. Anyone think it's worth the extra $ for the pool/garden view since we're only there for a short time to check out the resort?
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One more week until our 7 month booking window so I can try to book our 3 nights in January. I have enough points for an island view or I can purchase some one time points for pool/garden view. I was thinking I'd only go up to the pool/garden view if the island view isn't available. Anyone think it's worth the extra $ for the pool/garden view since we're only there for a short time to check out the resort?
I think an ocean view is ALWAYS worth it! After all you are in Hawaii
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:50 PM   #161
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I think an ocean view is ALWAYS worth it! After all you are in Hawaii
I wish I could, but it's not in the cards for this trip. If I was staying longer I'd go for it. We have an ocean view once we get to Kauai.
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There are some new pictures (nothing very exciting) over at yesterland today.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:31 PM   #163
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Aulani is our home resort. We were able to book our character breakfast dining! Woo hoo!
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No problem booking a studio, island view for 3 nights in January 2012 at Aulani at the 7 month booking window.

Now we'll be doing a three island hop!
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Disney just ran an 1/2 page special ad in the Sunday Honolulu Star Advertiser in the help wanted section.
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