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Planning for Aulani

on March 16, 2017

Hey hey, my niece and her personal assistant, AKA my sister, are coming to town soon!  We have a bunch of fun stuff planned, including trips to the Honolulu Zoo, Sea Life Park, the Oahu Railroad Train Ride, the beach/pool, and of course, Aulani.

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This will be my niece’s first official Disney Experience.  I’m thrilled that I can be a part of it- you may recall that DD’s first Disney Experience was a Disney Cruise and WDW trip with me and my sister. My being a part of this Aulani stay with my niece means another Disney tradition continues!

Since we’ll have 5 people (DH has to work), I once again looked at renting DVC points from David’s DVC Rental.  We needed either 2 rooms or a small villa, and cash rates WITH Kama’aina discount were coming in at nearly $1000.   Looking at the points rates on the DVC rental site, I saw that going through them would save a huge amount.  We wound up securing a standard 1-bedroom villa (sleeps 5) for $660.  Since my sister and I are splitting the cost, it’s very reasonable.  Our past Aulani stay was in a regular ocean view room.  It’ll be nice to have the extra space and kitchenette.  Here’s the floorplan:

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The bed is king-sized….me and both kids can probably fit on there 🙂  The pullout bed in the living area is queen-sized.

 

 

I tell you, the property is very beautiful, well-appointed, and includes all the Disney details you would expect…but I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is the lazy river.  That thing is AWESOME.  Another thing I’m looking forward to is the Menehune Adventure Trail.  I think DS will really like it, as it involves puzzles and is a scavenger hunt.  And depending on how DD does grade-wise this quarter, I may look into booking a treatment for her at the Painted Sky Teen Spa.

I’ve prepped homemade empanadas (my niece is crazy for them), got my jigsaw puzzles up and out of the way, hung a bell on the front door in case of any escape attempts, purchased a variety of yellow beach/pool accessories (her fave color), and unearthed the outlet covers that we used when DS was a toddler.  Hurricane Niece is coming to town!

But wait, there’s more!

  • Kama’aina, I found this great discount for Sea Life Park, which expires soon (3/19/17)!  You just bring a receipt from Times Supermarket for $20 or more to get 2 adult tix for $25, which is $15 off each ticket.  Nice deal.

Perhaps I can persuade my sister to do a guest post on her experience traveling with a toddler, following some of my tips…get back to you guys in a few weeks on that.  Also coming soon, by request, a post about my physical trip binder(s) and how I put them together.  I have one specifically for Disney, and one for all other trips- see below.  Have a great day!

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