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Old 06-20-2019, 10:23 PM   #11
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Pros: You get to own Aulani points!
Cons: Disney gets a whole lot of your money.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:30 PM   #12
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Our traditional home-away-from-home for Christmas/NYE is Cabo San Lucas, so the cost of the airfare to AUL is comparable. I usually have enough miles to use to fly all four of us direct as long as the flight is valued at $1000 or less per person. For Hawaiian Christmas or spring break, we try to stay 10-14 nights, and split time between AUL and Kaanapali Beach on Maui, or AUL and Mauna Kea Beach on the Big Island. Christmas isn't as hard to get as NYE.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:31 PM   #13
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Pros: You get to own Aulani points!
Cons: Disney gets a whole lot of your money.
Disney already gets a whole lot of our money.

Giving them even more will seem perfectly normal. Why tamper with a good thing?

Commish has mostly sold me with talk of happy hour with his adult son. I can picture myself drinking gin and tonic in the company of my daughter at that same happy hour. I want to be there right now.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:32 PM   #14
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Con: It's on Oahu.
If it's good enough for Thomas Magnum, it's good enough for me

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Old 06-20-2019, 10:33 PM   #15
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They also have a DVC members-only drink that isn't widely advertised. You need to ask for it at the bar located under the lobby. Yum!
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:36 PM   #16
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They also have a DVC members-only drink that isn't widely advertised. You need to ask for it at the bar located under the lobby. Yum!
Sounds good. There are some advantages to traveling with an adult daughter!
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:46 PM   #17
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Iím. 3 margaritas in but I enjoy your posts usually some wisdom included with your humor
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:00 PM   #18
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If it's good enough for Thomas Magnum, it's good enough for me

This is what I am talking about!

Robin’s Nest - Thomas Magnum but after a week here no way that Ferrari doesn’t hit traffic! I even like the female Higgins but would only take a helicopter tour if I was guaranteed TC was flying. Monkeypod would be a bar that I would expect to find Rick.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:36 PM   #19
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Thanks for the link to the 2018 thread. I read the whole thing!

I am worried about your perception of Aulani as a kiddie resort. Our daughter is an adult and one of the special occasions that we might use Aulani for would be her potential honeymoon. Kiddie doesnít sound appropriate or romantic.

In the future we may have grandkids, but none in the short term.

I have seen some Aulani points in the high 80s. There are no WDW points in that range. That is one reason we looked at it. Cheaper is better right now. The later than 2042 expiration is also attractive.

Can you elaborate on why you see a kiddie vibe at Aulani? Is it more kid oriented than WDW?
We've been to Aulani a couple of times and also gifted a stay to my nephew and his wife for their honeymoon. They seemed to think it was romantic enough! lol DH lived on Oahu for a bit and has friends there so we don't even consider that a bad thing. Spent lots of times on all the islands avoiding Oahu during those years and it was especially nice to rediscover it. Oahu tends to have the cheapest airfare out of all the islands too.

It's no more kid orientated than WDW. Although from everything I've heard they do have a wonderful kids playhouse that is even better than what WDW used to offer (and removed a year or so ago). It is a popular place for families - I think the Disney name just kind of guarantees that happening.


If you do move forward with this you should also keep an eye out for subsidized contracts. They aren't particularly common but do show up now and then and the dues on those are almost $2 less/pt but they do ask more for the purchase price so you'd have to see if it can make up for it.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:49 PM   #20
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I was wondering whether buying resale at Aulani was a good idea. It would be good for the every so often special occasion trip and the points could be used at WDW at other times. We could use some of our other points to supplement the Aulani points for the special occasions if need be.

We have never been to Aulani, but have stayed at the adjacent Marriott. We no longer own Marriott, and have been looking at Aulani.

An advantage to Aulani is that you could negotiate for an inexpensive price and not worry about ROFR. A big disadvantage is the airfare and long flight. We would want to stop at Disneyland for a day or two for a break. The maintenance and closing costs are also kind of high.

We would be looking at 150-200 points.

Does anyone own at Aulani and recommend a purchase? Does anyone own Aulani and wish that they didnít?

We have been looking for a while and have not found a contract that excites us. Maybe Aulani?
I own at Aulani and would recommend a purchase if the price with dues make sense to you. I also live no more than 8 minutes away from the resort. Also own at Marriott next door and Hilton Grand Vacations in Waikiki so have learned to embrace timeshares obviously. If you want to book during Christmas, New Years and 4th of July owning would be very advantagous.

The weekends get booked up a lot by locals because we use it as a staycation. Aulani points costs are the same on weekdays or weekends. Unlike the charts at the WDW resorts.

Agree that the subsidized contracts are the ones to get as your dues would be the lowest in the DVC system. The subsidy gets bigger every year because of the rise in dues.
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