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    Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Hey Everybody!

    I've been regularly perusing MiceChat for a few years now and finally decided to officially register and post! Hope this comes out okay.

    I was at Ala Moana Center, one of the main shopping malls on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i the other week and noticed the DVC kiosk there. Having joined DVC about a year ago decided to check it out, and quickly signed up to preview the model units. Our reservation was set for this past Sunday at 10:30am - pickup near Morton's Steakhouse in Ala Moana Center.

    An official Disney van (emblazoned with Disney characters) showed up with just enough space for myself, my other half, Mom, Dad, and my sis. The drive was 40 minutes to Ko Olina where the resort is being built. With traffic, the driver informed us it takes about an hour. On the way, we watched a brief 30 minute video about DVC and chatted with the driver who also recently became a DVC member. He also mentioned he does pick-ups from hotels as well, for people interested in checking it out and who've made reservations.

    Well, we loved it and added on points, and the rest of my family decided to sign up for DVC as well! The Cast Members were all great, as they usually are - and all of them were locals from Hawai'i with the welcoming "Aloha Spirit". After all the questions were answered and paperwork done, our driver took us back at the next scheduled shuttle time 2pm.

    Here's some pics from our trip:


    Mickey Lamp


    Studio Sofa


    Studio Bed


    Loved the Hawaiian Quilt with Pineapple motif


    Hidden Mickey on the quilt


    Studio Kitchenette


    Studio Bathroom


    Bathroom Wall Art


    Hidden Mickey


    Shower/Bath


    One Bedroom Sofa area


    Wall Art above sofa


    Beautiful View Outside


    Surfing Mickey Lamp in corner


    Lamp detail closeup


    Flat Screen TV


    Full Kitchen / Dining Area


    Kitchen


    Light above Dining Area


    Dining seat detail - Hidden Mickey


    Master Bedroom


    Master Bedroom - another view


    Master Bath from Bedroom view


    Master Bathroom


    More Bathroom wall art


    More Wall Art


    Bedroom Ceiling Fan (didn't notice any AC units - may be very warm in the summertime or when we lose our cool tradewinds!)


    Front Door detail - love the stylized Hidden Mickeys


    Hallway wall patterning (looks inspired by Tapa or Kapa cloth design - more Hidden Mickeys!


    Exterior shots of actual in-progress construction










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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip



    Note to self: Resize the pics so they're a tad bit smaller...

    Ah well...



    There... much better...

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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Thanks for the great pictures. The resort is really beautiful. Is it possible to stay there without being a Vacation Club member?

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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Dagobert View Post
    Thanks for the great pictures. The resort is really beautiful. Is it possible to stay there without being a Vacation Club member?
    Really gorgeous! As new DVC members (about a year now) we're looking forward to staying there eventually!

    And Dagobert, you are allowed to stay there; they will have regular hotel rooms and villas not reserved for DVC members will also be available fo nonDVC members to rent.

    Thanks for sharing the pics!
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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Thanks for posting the pictures!
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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
    Really gorgeous! As new DVC members (about a year now) we're looking forward to staying there eventually!

    And Dagobert, you are allowed to stay there; they will have regular hotel rooms and villas not reserved for DVC members will also be available fo nonDVC members to rent.

    Thanks for sharing the pics!
    We are as well! Just a little worried that it may not ever happen with the disclaimer we had to sign in the ownership agreement that we may never get to use our points to swapp to Aulani but hoping eventually none the less!

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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    There goes the neighborhood! I love Disney and I love Ko'Olina but not the two together.

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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Wow those outside shots are great its really coming along ,,, I cant wait till this opens, I think this will be much better than the two other disney resorts not at a disney theme park property.
    I am looking forward to it!
    Thanks for the photos


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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Wow... thanks for highlighting this on the Micechat Round-Up! And thanks for the many kind responses.

    Can't wait to stay there when we get a chance, even if I am lucky enough to live on the other side of the island.

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    Re: Aulani Resort Preview Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by stamphead View Post
    There goes the neighborhood! I love Disney and I love Ko'Olina but not the two together.
    i agree the area is very peaceful and clean but add a million zillion rooms with people and the place becomes over packed and loses its beauty :/

    It's a music Celebration
    Come on, come on, come on
    Strike up the band,
    Feel the beat, what a great sensation
    Come on, come on, come on
    Move and clap your hands,
    Get into the Spirit
    Let everyone hear it,
    So come on, come on

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