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Old 08-09-2012, 06:30 AM   #1
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Aulani "sold-out" for May 2013?

Hi All,

I'm waiting for the 7 month window to open up for Aulani but I went to search the "cash" price on the public site just to compare what the usual cost would be and there are no 2 bedroom villas for the beginning of May. Does anyone know if this is just because I was using the public site or is the resort truly sold out?

Here's hoping it's not sold out!

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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Cash inventory has nothing to do with DVC inventory. You need to also understand that the resort is still being built so not all rooms are available.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Cash reervation and point reservation come from different inventories. Usually the reverse is true, there will be cash reservations available, with no point reservations.

It is possible that the cash inventory simply hasn't been added to the system yet, or that DIsney is holding back on cash inventory to allow DVC to declare units into inventory for sale.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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Aulani is a very popular resort. This is my home resort and I stayed here in June. I booked at 11 months for a week's stay and when I went back in a couple of months later, they had sold out. It is possible, but they are adding on. Good luck.
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There is some sort of expansion project going on from mid-September 2012 to mid-2013. (Mentioned in several other threads.)

Perhaps they haven't released May for reservations yet until they get a better handle on the expansion, and whether they might adjust room rates because of it.
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There is some sort of expansion project going on from mid-September 2012 to mid-2013. (Mentioned in several other threads.)

Perhaps they haven't released May for reservations yet until they get a better handle on the expansion, and whether they might adjust room rates because of it.
You mean like they did for the GF guests during the construction of the villas

Probably trying to figure out how much they can raise rates for next summer.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #7
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You mean like they did for the GF guests during the construction of the villas
No. I mean that they may be trying to avoid the current situation where they are giving back 2 days worth of points to those staying on points, and cash credits to those staying on cash.
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No. I mean that they may be trying to avoid the current situation where they are giving back 2 days worth of points to those staying on points, and cash credits to those staying on cash.
My coworkers staying at the GF are getting NOTHING in compensation for the current mess.

Disney hotel management lives in a world where they don't have to do the right thing.
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May is a very, very big month for Japanese tourist to Hawaii.

Disney is a very, very big part of Japanese culture.

I am thinking the two items above are coming together at Aulani.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #10
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We are hoping for a week in early June at 7 months. Keeping our fingers crossed, but I must admit I'm nervous. This is a much more extensive trip for us from a logistics perspective than FL. Good luck to you.
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I hope this isn't true. We are considering 10 nights in May at the 7 night window. I hope it can happen. We will be celebrating my 50th birthday.
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May is a very, very big month for Japanese tourist to Hawaii.
Not is, once was. The troubled economy and rapidly aging population in Japan is having a very, very big impact on personal travel, particularly to Hawaii. And the long term trend is still a continued decline (which started fifteen years ago) in Japanese arrivals at Hawaii airports. The number of Japanese going to Hawaii has been cut in half since 1987 (see page 4 in the link below):

http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.or...ingUpdate1.pdf

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #13
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Not is, once was. The troubled economy and rapidly aging population in Japan is having a very, very big impact on personal travel, particularly to Hawaii. And the long term trend is still a continued decline (which started fifteen years ago) in Japanese arrivals at Hawaii airports. The number of Japanese going to Hawaii has been cut in half since 1987 (see page 4 in the link below):

http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.or...ingUpdate1.pdf
No disputing your numbers, but they are looking into the past....not to the future.

Here is a link from Hawaii's DBEDT - Department of Business, Economic, Development & Tourism - With the tourism forecast for 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Here are the projected Japanese visitor and percent change. See page 2 for Japanese Visitor projections.

2011 1,241,804 0.2%
2012 1,388,017 11.8%
2013 1,424,331 2.6%
2014 1,458,555 2.4%
2015 1,493,992 2.4%

Based on the above numbers, there is a projected increase of 17% through 2015.

http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/visitor...ket_2Q2011.pdf
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input everyone. I'm holding out hope that this all works out! We have our flights purchased (points) and our Disneyland portion all worked out so I'm going for the hail mary for sure!
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This wouldn't explain the whole month of May, but there is Golden Week in Japan. Apr 29-May 5th
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