Discussion in 'DVC Resorts' started by dvc_john, Aug 3, 2012.
Cool! Glad it worked out for all of you. We will be checking out of Aulani 9/9.
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does that mean the expansion work doesn't start until 09/10? I'll be there from 09/03-09/08.
We'll be in Aulani 9/8 - 9/14, and they gave us 92 points back and banked them into our next use year: our deadline had passed. A week stay for 160 points isn't too bad!
Hopefully the construction won't be too disruptive.
See y'all there. DW and I will be at Aulani from 9/03-9/09/12!!
So I wonder what is happening with any last minute point bookings? You book at the full points and then get back whatever is appropriate based on how long you're staying?
I'm staying in a 2 bedroom pool view 12/14-12/21 and have not gotten anything about points back. Just the email I got 7/26 talking about the expansion and potential disruption. I'd be thrilled with 2 nights back, myself! Maybe I should call Member Services and ask.
Glad I read this thread. I got the letter but i don't believe I got the email. I will give them a call today. Thanks everyone for info.
Now I am really bummed though as I am guessing this is going to be pretty distruptive if they are already offereing credits.
Oh well it's still Hawaii
Wow...I'm really bummed. We are heading to Aulani for 8 days over Thanksgiving and I am not happy with the construction going on....even worse is that I am renting points, so I paid for the full 8 nights worth of points, yet the dvc owner is getting a credit of two nights for the inconvenience that I am going to have during the trip...double bummer.
Did you talk to the person you are renting from and/or do you have a rental agreement? I am renting from the nicest person, and she is refunding my payment for the 120 points she is getting back. She is awesome, and I rented from her through the message board here.
I rented through an agency & they were very receptive to finding out what was going on however they did point out that the contract does not require the member to pass along any resort credits or refunds...we shall see what happens.
Well DVC got to keep some of my credited points as we upgraded from a standard view to pool view. I have no will power where points are concerned.
We are there 3 nights in October and they sent a letter saying we'll get $150 on our Resort Folio. Must be spent, non-refundable, dont think that will be a problem though.
Hope the Starlit Hui will still be on. Anyone know the dates it will be closed? All the letter said was short hiatus in the fall.
Thanks DVC, you do things right.
Debbie and Tony
We are checking in on December 23. Hope this means that the work will be suspended for the holiday and that the majority of the disruption is expected to be over by then! But somehow I'm thinking that won't be the case and that the refund goes up to the 22nd because the busiest period is the 23rd-30th that we have booked and they know people will come no matter the situation.
When I called the lady over the phone told me that it will probably be closed the end of Oct. (When I will be there.) But... who really knows.
I called the Vacation Planning Center on Friday and was told that the Starlit Hui will be closed the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October. The guide did say with construction there is no guarantee, so those dates could be extended. We will be there 9/8-9/14 and he could not guarantee that construction would not start early, so we are hoping for the best.
I am a huge DVC fan. Have gotten friends to join because of my enthusiasm. But this is my first negative post. I hope it will give information to other DVC members.
This trip is a very special occasion. 3 of the four grandparents in our family are turning 70 this year. We've planned this for some time. I'm using a lot of points to take everyone.
My disappointment about the expansion was abated when DVC said they'd refund 2nights. But I wanted to make sure things like the Starlit Hui (which people have raved about) and the breakfast buffet (which I always enjoy at Hawaiian resorts) would be offered.
According to the Aulani, it's website is lacking or out right wrong in so many ways.
1. Starlit Hui will be closed for one month beginning Sept 13. We arrive on the 24th.
2. And a regular breakfast buffet is no longer available except on Mondays. You must now pay for the more expensive Character breakfast buffet. None of us wants a character experience. I want to pay for what's offered on their website. A breakfast buffet which is seemingly standard in the nicer resorts in Hawaii. Because the grandparents have some dietary restrictions, and because we all enjoy lavish breakfast buffets when we travel, this is important to us.
3. There will be no more Movie nights during this time period.
4. The spa no longer offers the $45/day entrance for their hydrotherapy baths, jacuzzi, saunas, etc. This is not my thing, but it is what the elderly family members would have enjoyed. Now one must pay for a spa treatment that is at least 50minutes long to gain access to the hydrotherapy area. And these are just the activities I specifically asked about.
I am upset right now because the hotel operator (didn't get his name) was rude. He basically told me this happens all the time at Disney resorts and they are trying to get used to the way Disney does things. So suck it up. When I asked for an email address or phone number to submit a suggestion, he put me on hold then hung up. When I called back someone else answered.
I've traveled to many DVC resorts, and this has not happened. I know Aulani is new. I want to be understanding but Disney should be more accommodating during this period of time when so much has changed from what was advertised on their website. This is BAIT AND SWITCH.
I would suggest they lower the cost of the character breakfast buffet which will now be 6 days/week to the regular buffet breakfast since you no longer have a choice. This would be about $300 savings for us.
During their expansion, Aulani should continue to allow the $45 a day spa entrance.
The Movie night at the least, if not Starlit Hui too, should be temporarily set up in a location away from the construction. Pitch a blow up movie screen near the beach or something. Surely, Disney can come up with something than just saying the activities advertised on our website, brochures, and by our cast members is no longer offered at that time. Too bad.
At the least, Disney should have been more forthcoming and detailed with the degree to which Aulani's guests would be affected during their expansion. When did they know about this anyway? Why didn't they tell us sooner?
Furthermore, Disney should better train their hotel operators/cast members about customer/member service.
In the end, this is a celebration for our family members so we will have a wonderful time, but as the organizer, I wish I had not told everyone about these activities that even the most physically limited member could enjoy.
Does anyone know where I can submit suggestions and if it's even worth my time?
Tough lessons learned, we too love Disney with artwork and statues sharing our home, and we also loved the DVC. Like yourself we referred families, over 20 to become members. We own at 5 resorts, 1300 plus points and we vacation at WDW 2 or 3 times per year.
Over the years I have gotten to know many CM's that work at WDW and DVD/DVC, they are great people, dedicated people, and they are frustrated people. Disney seems to have changed the way that they do business and/or we are close enough to see the difference now.
Disney is in business to make a profit, they made a all time record profit last quarter. As time goes on you start seeing behind the curtain and it's sad.
The CM that you were talking to probably wasn't at Aulani, like other Disney Resorts, the calls to the resort are answered in a call center where the people act like they are at the resort.
You can contact the Member Satisfaction Team and express your frustration but to be honest, they are great at acting like they care but it doesn't seem to change anything.
We had a 4 night studio stay booked from 12/2-12/6 and received notice we'll be refunded 1 night's points. This happened about a month ago. I also just today booked an additional 2 nights stay in island view studio later that week for 2 nights after our cruise. I wonder if I will also get a refund or resort credit for the 2 night stay? That would be awesome!
The reason all these changes are happening at Aulani are BECAUSE of feedback gathered by guests who have stayed at the resort. Of course major changes aren't going to happen because of one groups dissatisfaction, but when they see trends concerning possible opportunities to improve they seem to work on it.
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