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Old 05-02-2013, 04:39 PM   #436
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We were there in May/June 2012 and I really liked the adult pool area. I do wish that they had kept it. I also would have preferred a hot tub that wasn't over-run with kids that are screaming and have no appreciation for it's location. Whenever we walked by the ones that overlook the beach there were no adults nearby, except ones with babies. In a perfect world they would keep a kid-free area with nice views.

We were there last week and on their survey I made the same basic comment about Ama Ama. DW and I were there for sunset and surrounded by kids. I'm OK with kids, after all it's Disney, but I suggested they need to have an adult only dining area within the restaurant.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #437
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We went for our 40th anniversary and the concierge at Auluni made reservations for us at Azur, in the Marriott, right next door. We sat outside by their pond under the stars. OMG! There were only 2 tables for 2 on the grass area with long linen table clothes and candles. The chef is from Italy and the food reflected it. What an experience something right out of a romantic movie.
Wow - definitely saving that for later. Sounds like it was wonderful. We do a whole Hawaii one year, cruise the next. This year is an Alaskan Cruise, so next year we will do Aulani again. And I'm certainly going to remember that.

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We were there last week and on their survey I made the same basic comment about Ama Ama. DW and I were there for sunset and surrounded by kids. I'm OK with kids, after all it's Disney, but I suggested they need to have an adult only dining area within the restaurant.
I agree, I'm OK with kids too. But I also think that while the kids need an "adult-free" zone, we need a "kid-free" zone too. I really like the quiet pool area on the ship and took advantage of the same thing while at Aulani. I'm not saying the area has to be huge either. And rowdy and/or rude adults wouldn't be welcome either. In fact, I wouldn't mind tweens and teens if they were conducting themselves in a mature manner either. It's all about having a nice quiet zone where you can relax. It's very hard to do that when a 4 year old is screaming, jumping or what not. And they deserve to do that screaming and jumping, let's just do it where all the other kids are doing it too.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #438
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I am a new owner at Aulani, and new to DVC. Just booked our first visit December 1st for my daughters 5th birthday.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #439
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Just added on at Aulani!! Can't wait to stay there in January, 2015 for our honeymoon!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:36 PM   #440
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I can't believe I haven't found this thread until now. I need to read the whole thing when I have time.

We are Aulani owners - bought on the Fantasy last August. We have a very old timeshare that we inherited that is terrible and have been trying to decide what to do with it. We drove by Aulani when it was under construction and were very intrigued with the idea of Disney in Hawaii. I made my husband go to the DVC presentation on the ship because I wanted the shipboard credit. Of course, we didn't win that but ended up buying 160 points while we are on the ship. We've gotten rid of the old one!

We have our first trip booked for August and we can't wait! 2 grown ups, 2 kids. We are all SCUBA divers so we are very excited. Mickey and great diving in one trip!
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #441
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I can't believe I haven't found this thread until now. I need to read the whole thing when I have time.
Same here! We bought our initial set of points in May 2012, after staying there on the hotel side for my DH's conference next door. I always wanted to learn more about the DVC and so we scheduled a tour; hook, line and sinker, we were reeled in! We just added on a couple weeks ago so we won't have to borrow for trips to WDW!

We live here and yet, I still enjoy doing the staycation thing (only at Aulani)!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #442
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Just purchased our first DVC points at Aulani (350 pts, villa 11E if I remember). We are in San Diego so hawaii, dvc cruises, and disneyland are now part of our recurring vacation planning....

What I still need to work out is whether we'll really need to get a rental car when visiting (I find driving in unfamiliar locations stressful as I'm very safety concious). And, also how we can save on food costs...the in room family meal rates seem out of this world.... If there is a reasonable cost onsite buffet or a simple restaurant we can walk to with kids that would be ideal.

Also while dreaming, if disney had cruises between west coast and hawaii or a good deal for visiting the other islands during extended stays....
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #443
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Someone said earlier that the outdoor hydrotherapy gardens at the spa would be operational again by the 24th of this month. Can anyone verify or refute?
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:33 PM   #444
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Someone said earlier that the outdoor hydrotherapy gardens at the spa would be operational again by the 24th of this month. Can anyone verify or refute?
They reopened on the 22nd and were up and running on the 24th when we were there
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:12 PM   #445
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What I still need to work out is whether we'll really need to get a rental car when visiting (I find driving in unfamiliar locations stressful as I'm very safety concious). And, also how we can save on food costs...the in room family meal rates seem out of this world.... If there is a reasonable cost onsite buffet or a simple restaurant we can walk to with kids that would be ideal.

Also while dreaming, if disney had cruises between west coast and hawaii or a good deal for visiting the other islands during extended stays....
I guess it depends on what you want to do? Aulani does have a shuttle that will take you to the mall (2x/wk) and such, and you could do the excursions where they will take you out via their shuttles. But if you want to go and eat off property that may be complicated or even to get to the North Shore.

Honestly, all the food on property is pricey. Its equal to dining at Disneyland everyday. They have one buffet called the Makahiki but that adds up in cost very quickly. There are restaurants across the resort, but that too is limited.

Oh and they had a cruise from SoCal to Hawaii last year. Last I heard they were going to do another one, but not too sure when that one is going to happen.
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Hey all - just wanted to tell all of you Aulani owners - go somewhere else for New Years!!

I'm trying to book 12/22 - 1/3 and there is nothing 12/29 - 1/1. I mean, nothing. We have a 2BR for 12/22-12/28. Then we have a studio from 12/28-12/31 with a second studio for 12/28 - 12/29.

So, we still need 12/29 - 1/3 for one group and 12/31-1/3 for the 2nd. I really think that WDW would be much better for all of you this year.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #447
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Hey all - just wanted to tell all of you Aulani owners - go somewhere else for New Years!!

I'm trying to book 12/22 - 1/3 and there is nothing 12/29 - 1/1. I mean, nothing. We have a 2BR for 12/22-12/28. Then we have a studio from 12/28-12/31 with a second studio for 12/28 - 12/29.

So, we still need 12/29 - 1/3 for one group and 12/31-1/3 for the 2nd. I really think that WDW would be much better for all of you this year.
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Hey all - just wanted to tell all of you Aulani owners - go somewhere else for New Years!!

I'm trying to book 12/22 - 1/3 and there is nothing 12/29 - 1/1. I mean, nothing. We have a 2BR for 12/22-12/28. Then we have a studio from 12/28-12/31 with a second studio for 12/28 - 12/29.

So, we still need 12/29 - 1/3 for one group and 12/31-1/3 for the 2nd. I really think that WDW would be much better for all of you this year.
We will be on the Dream for NYE so we aren't clogging up Aulani for you. Must be someone else.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:20 AM   #449
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Hey all - just wanted to tell all of you Aulani owners - go somewhere else for New Years!!

I'm trying to book 12/22 - 1/3 and there is nothing 12/29 - 1/1. I mean, nothing. We have a 2BR for 12/22-12/28. Then we have a studio from 12/28-12/31 with a second studio for 12/28 - 12/29.

So, we still need 12/29 - 1/3 for one group and 12/31-1/3 for the 2nd. I really think that WDW would be much better for all of you this year.
Have been stalking my 7 month window and managed to get a 1bedroom from 12/25- checkin out on 12/30 but that's it! Everything is booked and it's going to be a busy holiday season at Aulani! (making me wish I would have gotten Aulani as my home resort, didn't realize then how much we would love it there!)

Would have loved to stay at least another day or two at Aulani, but now I think our plan will be to Island hop over to Maui.... not too bad of a plan B!
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What I still need to work out is whether we'll really need to get a rental car when visiting (I find driving in unfamiliar locations stressful as I'm very safety concious). And, also how we can save on food costs...the in room family meal rates seem out of this world.... If there is a reasonable cost onsite buffet or a simple restaurant we can walk to with kids that would be ideal....

Resort restaurants in Hawaii,not just Aulani, are pricey. Kapolei, about 5 miles eastward, has a number of low to moderately priced restaurants. But you'll need a car to get there. There is also a Safeway, Wal-Mart, and Target where you can buy groceries, though you will note that prices are generally higher than those on the mainland.

If you want to do anything on Oahu besides enjoy all that the Aulani has to offer, you are either going to need a car or pay high prices to go on the various tours. Driving in Hawaii, however, is about as stress free as you can get as most drive the speed limit and are usually courteous.
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