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Disney Aulani - loved it! (pictures)

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by littlestar, Jan 12, 2019 at 9:53 AM.

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    997E6001-017B-4D1C-B3C9-D9904E57C01C.jpeg We visited Hawaii last month and got a chance to stay at Disney’s Aulani resort. The resort was beautiful. If we lived on the west coast instead of the Midwest, we would visit annually. We had 27 people in our travel group and had units at Aulani, Marriott Ko Olina, Wyndham Waikiki Beachwalk, and Hilton Kalia Suites. All the timeshares we booked were wonderful (even lucked out with ocean views at Hilton Kalia on RCI exchanges), but the ocean view units at Aulani were my favorite. The above picture was our 16th floor ocean view 2 bedroom at Aulani.
     
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    27DE73B0-EDE4-4B8E-BD90-2D9E0A9FEBA2.jpeg Side view from our ocean view room at Aulani.
     
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    294C02E0-60E2-4022-8F25-30B2C3D94454.jpeg Infiniti pool at Aulani.
     
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    26246230-F102-4B2A-BE16-886594BAF6F3.jpeg Beach side walking path from Marriott Ko Olina to Aulani.
     
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    0BCFFC12-BB75-466E-AAA8-87EA5211D0F2.jpeg Another view from the Infiniti pool
     
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    770FAF48-1D40-4520-B374-0E5F943C54CC.jpeg Lobby with story pictures
     
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    Thanks for the photos. We stayed at Marriott Ko ‘Olina several years ago and visited Aulani. I was blown away by how gorgeous it is and how much effort Disney put into making it look Hawaiian instead of any other beachfront high rise in the world. Hope to stay there some day!
     
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    To the OP, thanks for sharing your photos, Hawaii is on our bucket list for 2020.
     
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    Thanks for the pics.
    How were the crowds during your December stay? Did you go before Christmas/New Year’s?
     
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    The crowds were not bad at the beginning on the 12th of December, but I could see an increase by the weekend. I booked 2 two bedrooms, a standard studio, and a couple of garden view studios with my Saratoga points. I booked the units at 8 am when the 7 month window opened and I booked the standard and garden views first because I knew ocean view goes last.

    We only stayed at Aulani for 3 nights. Then our group moved over to units at Marriott Ko Olina, Hilton Kalia Suites, and Wyndham Waikiki Beachwalk. It was a fun trip. We were able to watch the Billabong surfers on the north shore which was amazing! And we were able to see Hawaii decorated for Christmas for the first time. I liked the grass skirts on the Christmas trees.

    I did get my niece a studio for December 22nd at Aulani, but the availability was definitely tighter. My niece joined DVC (bought direct thru Disney at OKW) about a month before our trip and she added a night to the 22nd by stalking the DVC site.
     
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