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Old 06-08-2013, 08:36 PM   #121
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:09 AM   #122
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Catching up!

Your first day(s) look awesome, even if the view from your room is a bit less awesome than usual.

Breakfast looks so good, and for not being interested in the characters all that much, Jeff sure looks like he enjoyed hugging Minnie!
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Great start! Just got back from a trip to WDW so I need all the trip reports I can read to get over the end of trip depression.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:18 AM   #124
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Nice morning! Your pics really show off that island sunshine - I can feel the warm air and smell the flowers, almost! Looks like breakfast was a good choice. I'm not partial to character breakfast - not really a morning person - you know, no napkin waving before I've had my coffee, dang it! But the food choices look yummy!

Your view wasn't the worst I've ever had - think dumpster in the alley in Reno- but I'm looking forward to see where you end up next!
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:23 AM   #125
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I'm following along First of all, Happy birthday to your Evan!

I love that Jeff "wanted the buffet," but then gleefully ran to Minnie's arms for a photo op The outdoor seating area looks nice and scenic, do they have indoor seating as well? It just looks like a much less hectic version of a character buffet (I'm thinking in contrast to Chef Mickey, aka the Headache Maker. Don't get me wrong, I love some classic characters in chef's uniforms, but man that place gets loud!). Looks like a wonderful start to the vacation, I'm waiting to see the view at your second room and hopefully you had some quieter neighbors!
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:12 PM   #126
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Not the worst view for the standard but oh yes I would splurge for the OV. Can't wait to see pictures of the next room.


Glad Jeff took the lead for breakfast. Too funny about not waiting in line for Mickey but having the best time with Minnie and asking for Goofy- yup he is a Disney lover, just not ready to fully admit it.



Great pictures of the 2 of you.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #127
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Catching up!

Your first day(s) look awesome, even if the view from your room is a bit less awesome than usual.


Well it could have been worse. We could have been 2 floors down! Or 1 floor, both would be worse.

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Breakfast looks so good, and for not being interested in the characters all that much, Jeff sure looks like he enjoyed hugging Minnie!
I know, he cracks me up! He went right in for that hug with a big old grin.

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Great start! Just got back from a trip to WDW so I need all the trip reports I can read to get over the end of trip depression.
Hi Kristi! TR's are the best thing for PDD that is for sure.

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Nice morning! Your pics really show off that island sunshine - I can feel the warm air and smell the flowers, almost! Looks like breakfast was a good choice. I'm not partial to character breakfast - not really a morning person - you know, no napkin waving before I've had my coffee, dang it! But the food choices look yummy!


I do think being out on the patio really lessened all the chaos that can be a character breakfast and spread out both the noise and activity level. It was great and the weather was outstanding.

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Your view wasn't the worst I've ever had - think dumpster in the alley in Reno- but I'm looking forward to see where you end up next!
Dumpster in alley in Reno wins for sure!

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I'm following along First of all, Happy birthday to your Evan!
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I love that Jeff "wanted the buffet," but then gleefully ran to Minnie's arms for a photo op The outdoor seating area looks nice and scenic, do they have indoor seating as well? It just looks like a much less hectic version of a character buffet (I'm thinking in contrast to Chef Mickey, aka the Headache Maker. Don't get me wrong, I love some classic characters in chef's uniforms, but man that place gets loud!). Looks like a wonderful start to the vacation, I'm waiting to see the view at your second room and hopefully you had some quieter neighbors!
They do have indoor seating and yes, it was a very laid back character breakfast. I think having it both inside and out really helped with that. Very mellow!

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Not the worst view for the standard but oh yes I would splurge for the OV. Can't wait to see pictures of the next room.
It's worth the points in our book for sure!

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Glad Jeff took the lead for breakfast. Too funny about not waiting in line for Mickey but having the best time with Minnie and asking for Goofy- yup he is a Disney lover, just not ready to fully admit it.
He cracks me up! It was such a fun start. He will say he just did the character breakfast for me as he figured I'd want that but really...he wanted the buffet and didn't mind the characters a bit.


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Old 06-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #128
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Keeping up so I know where I left off4 days from now I will be in Vermont !!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:45 PM   #129
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The picture of Jeff hugging Minnie made me smile. Gotta love irony, especially when it is documented with a camera. The picture of the 2 of you with Minnie is lovely. VERY vacation-y. You are looking pretty tan for the first day of your trip!

I can't wait to see the view from your new room. As I said before, I know nothing about this resort, so I wasn't sure what I was looking at in your first balcony pictures. I get it now, after understanding it's a convention center, etc. I'm glad you were only there one night!

The picture that Jeff took of you while taking a picture is beautiful!
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:17 AM   #130
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I'm more of a take whatever room i'm given sorta girl but maybe in furture i'll take a leaf out of your book as we never seem to get good views!

What did you get Evan for his birthday?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #131
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I can't seem to stay caught up lately. I blame it on the post Disney blues.

I know that the standard view room didn't have the best view but I'm betting that I could have lived with it if I absolutely had to.

Before you mentioned the fact that Jeff thought the resort looked like AKL, I was thinking the same thing. It's beautiful!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #132
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3 days now, have fun Rosie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The picture of Jeff hugging Minnie made me smile. Gotta love irony, especially when it is documented with a camera. The picture of the 2 of you with Minnie is lovely. VERY vacation-y. You are looking pretty tan for the first day of your trip!
Gotta love documentation huh! It was a really fun morning and very vacation-y all around!

We did go tanning a couple of times before the trip as neither of us wanted to burn. Even with that and slathering 30 the entire time we were there, we did get pink a couple of times but nothing awful.

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I can't wait to see the view from your new room. As I said before, I know nothing about this resort, so I wasn't sure what I was looking at in your first balcony pictures. I get it now, after understanding it's a convention center, etc. I'm glad you were only there one night!

The picture that Jeff took of you while taking a picture is beautiful!
Yes, there is a small convention center at the resort, 3 ballrooms maybe? Not huge. New view will be in the next update. The lobby is SO gorgeous and I think hard to capture on film. I think the view out of the lobby is as enchanting as the lobby itself.

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I'm more of a take whatever room i'm given sorta girl but maybe in furture i'll take a leaf out of your book as we never seem to get good views!

What did you get Evan for his birthday?
I figure it never hurts to ask and for the most part I've always gotten my requests. What is interesting to me is the whole online check check in process and room request section and whether or not that overrides any previous request you made in the system.

We bought Evan a couple of things however one was a bit of a bust. Both boys got a T from Hawaii and then there was a 2nd T that made us think of Evan so we got it as kind of an extra bday gift. The shirt, when I saw it in the store appeared to be pretty uni-sex and was marketed on a mannequin as a mans shirt. However, on Evan it really looked more like a womens cut, lower crew neckline than he was comfortable with and shorter sleeves.

So I have a new tee for me

His big gift though was a pBone. It's the big thing, these plastic trombones that come in all kinds of crazy colors and he has been dying for one for quite some time. We ended up getting him the yellow one. He asked for purple, yellow or white. As his HS colors are green and gold, that worked best in case he uses it in pep band and I thought the white would get really dirty. I wish he'd asked for the green but he's pretty darn excited about it.




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I can't seem to stay caught up lately. I blame it on the post Disney blues.
Me either. I blame it on the end of the school year and post Aulani blues. Have you started a new TR yet?

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I know that the standard view room didn't have the best view but I'm betting that I could have lived with it if I absolutely had to.
It does beat NOT being in Hawaii at all, that is for sure! I think it really depends, if you don't plan to be in the room/on the lanai much it would be irrelevant.

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Before you mentioned the fact that Jeff thought the resort looked like AKL, I was thinking the same thing. It's beautiful!
Shades of WL as well, same architect on all 3 but you really do get a strong sense of AKL, down to the hallway wallpaper!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #133
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Hi there!

Just found your TR and thankfully you aren't too far in!

I laughed when I saw your view and thought, that looks just like lurkyloo's view. I hope your next room is better!

Breakfast sounded delicious! DH & I are heading to Aulani in Sept so I've been doing lots of research, especially with the restaurants there to figure out if I want to make any ADRs.

Is that pic of your view of the petroleum plant? I think I saw that nearby when I was doing my research.

Thanks for sharing, keep it coming!
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Cynthia, I have, indeed, started my trip report. The link is in my signature.
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So at 5:45 we were up and at ‘em! And because it really was 8:45 to our overtired brains…we decided to just get up, albeit slowly. Can anyone guess what we did next?
I know that you put that little gem in there for me and some other gutter-minded types. Thank you.

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When we checked in, we found out we would be located here (blue circle).
Uh oh, is that a walkway projecting out from that blue circle?

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So lets see our view!

Anyone recognize this?
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Yes, we were in room 657. Exactly 2 floors up from lurkyloos infamous "worst view ever" room. And yes, it was better 2 floors up. I found it very humorous though that we were exactly in the same spot as really being one room off in either direction would be a lot better. Still, it did have some decent island view to go with the convention center pathway roof.
How funny!

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We could kind of see something in the distance so I zoomed in...



We had to google it as we couldn’t stand not knowing what the heck that thing was! Anybody know? Could be worth a tiki head (slushie credits don't seem to fit here) or maybe a menehune.
I see that there is a big industrial park south of Aulani, and although I found some tanks like that one with Google streetview, I couldn't find that specific one, so wasn't able to narrow down which company's it is. Sheesh, of all of the industrial sites I've visited over my career, I never gotten to go to one in Hawaii!

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Jeff's arrival lei

Does everyone who checks in get something like this? Very cool.

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I like how excited Jeff looks in this picture.

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While he was gone, Goofy came by. I love how they can talk without talking!

"Where’d he go?" Goofy asked

To the buffet I replied

"Aw shucks! " he said.

"I’ll be back!" he said.

Except he never did.
They are amazing at that talking without talking!

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I forgot to mention that the previous night as we were wheeling our luggage down this hall Jeff turned to me and goes...you know this reminds me of...and before he even said where I said yep, same Architect. You really do get a strong sense of AKL there I think though I also agree with the comment that Jeff made at breakfast which was basically that Aulani was a significantly upgraded and updated Poly. LOL!
The same architect did Aulani as AKL? And Wilderness Lodge too, I guess, since I thought that was the same person?

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Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVAN!!!!!!!!!!!




This was taken last night after his 8th grade academic awards ceremony (honor roll, yay!) and science fair (honorable mention, yay!)
Happy Birthday Evan! He's really stretching out!
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