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Thread: DVCNews Debates: Best & Worst of Aulani

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    Default DVCNews Debates: Best & Worst of Aulani



    Continuing our series on the best and worst aspects of the various Disney Vacation Club resorts; next up is Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas. Following the lukewarm response to resorts in Hilton Head and Vero Beach, DVC waited 15 years before opening their next non-park project. Although lauded for its design, Aulani is one of the most expensive--and remote--DVC properties.



    Topic: What are your most favorite and least favorite aspects of Aulani?

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    Best - The Waikolohe Stream lazy river (My single favorite thing ever constructed by Disney)

    Worst - There's no amazing Disney Theme Parks close by (But the Pacific Ocean is a nice substitute)
    *JEFF*

    RECENT/FUTURE DISNEY VACATIONS

    AULANI - June 1-5, 2017 *celebrating 50th*
    (+4 nights on Big Island)
    WDW - Sept 14-24, 2017 (Wilderness Lodge (Boulder) & Saratoga Springs)
    DLR - Superbowl Weekend, 2018 (Grand Calfornian)

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    Aulani is my favorite DVC resort. The grounds, the rooms, and the public areas are very well maintained, and the cast members are very friendly and helpful. Disney has done an excellent job of incorporating the Hawaiian culture into the design and ambiance of the resort.

    The only negative about Aulani is that its almost too good for its own good. At most Hawaiian resorts, guests spend the day away from the resorts doing excursions and visiting the attractions on the islands. But Aulani is the destination for many Aulani guests. A lot of guests seem to stay at the resort rather than venturing off property. Disney originally underestimated the appeal of the resort, but by 2013 it had added the Ka Maka Landing, which increased the number of pools, hot tubs, cabanas, and deck space.






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    Best: The stream, slides, pools and beach.

    Worst: The situation with the chairs and loungers by the pools. We were there for a week, and never were able to find an open chair or lounger. Wasn't that big a deal since we liked the beach, but it seems like there should be a better system. At any time, more than half the chairs weren't occupied by people, just towels and bags and whatnot. Unless you are going to get up at the crack of dawn, you won't get a lounger or chair by the pools.

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    Best - Aulani is amazing, and while we loved everything, I enjoyed a lot all of the activities at the beach. We did yoga at sunrise, and paddle board. It was so nice.

    Worst - Checkout. We were recommended to book a late flight back home so that we could use the resort during our last day as much as possible. That was nice, and we really enjoyed being able to spend some more time there, but we didn't realize (or know) that there were few showers that we could use to get ready to leave for the airport. It was the lack of information that bothered us because we couldn't plan accordingly. We had to rush at the last moment after what had been a great and very relaxing vacation.

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    Best; The Hawaiian themes in the design of the hotel


    Worst; Flies at the buffet, adult pools close too early, distance from everything

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    Just returned from our first visit to Aulani. The pools, slides, lazy River, and snorkel reef were awesome. Ama Ama restaurant was incredible and the service top notch. While it was pricey, we felt it was worth it and enjoyed several meals there.
    On the downside, the new Luau experience was a big disappointment for the money. We wished we had walked next door to Paradise Cove for a more well established dinner and show.
    Also, I would definitely rent a car for a few days next time. After the first week we needed to get away to experience more of the island. Overall, we will be back, just more prepared.

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    We made our first trip to Aulani last fall. We did 10 nights, and was amazing.. ( advice to all, if you can afford a car, get one, we used ours 8 out of 10 days...)

    Best... Fia Fia Luau, Pearl Harbor, Diamond head. Alan Wong's for dinner, North Shore, WAY too much time at Monkeypod.... We did spent plenty of time at the resort, Spa, beach, used the BBQ grills ( hidden treasure )...

    Worst.. Travel from the East Coast... ( up at 2 am for the first couple nights ). and leaving.... Honolulu airport is a NIGHTMARE, its all smiles when you arrive, but wouldn't wish that airport to my worst enemy on the way home.

    Disney Marathon in less than three weeks!!!

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    Best of Aulani is:
    • the details to the Hawaiian culture,
    • the friendliness of the cast members,
    • the evening entertainment in the lounges--great Hawaiian singers,
    • The pools, beach, lagoon, lazy river, and the bi-level adult whirlpool spa--wow,



    Worst:

    • The problems with guests claiming chairs that are never used. And they still don't give them up when they go to dine in a restaurant or when returning to their room to eat and take a nap. You leave the pool area you give up your chairs.
    • Oahu is beautiful, but guests at Aulani never go out to see it.
    --Denise

    Scheduled upcoming Disney trips:


    11/30/17 - 12/14/17 - Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort
    03/01/18 - 03/08/18 - Copper Creek at the Wilderness Lodge

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    Best: Absolutely everything. Location, Oahu, HI what's not to love. But also was easy to get to off-site attractions as well (rent a car and download Oahu tour guide, it is well worth it). The resort is spectacular, the pools, beach, restaurants, views (our EWA island view rooms also gave us nice ocean views and spectacular viewing of the Starlit Hui.)

    Worst was the looong flight from Ohio, we did stop over at Disneyland on the way back and now know to do likewise on the trip over as well.

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