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Old 11-23-2012, 08:56 AM   #46
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #47
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I am with the OP. I get up every day at 5 am to try and book. I am so frustrated! Each day it's the same. 6 of 7 nights available. I cannot get the first day. I need a 2 br or 2 studios. I just need beds! I booked last summer after the 7 month mark for a week in a pool view studio. I was so naive this year thinking it would be easier with the opening of the new rooms. I hope my two wait lists come through.
Andriade, you have my complete sympathy - and then some! It was bad enough having to be at my computer every day a little before 8:00, which wasn't always easy when I was already at work but doing other things. But I can't imagine having to get up at 5:00 every day to try and book something, only to be frustrated day after day. I'm rooting for you! Please keep me/us posted on what happens!
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #48
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Another variable that is coming into play is Aulani's change in point seasons that occurs in the latter half of June. May 6 to June 23, 2013 is part of the Choice season. June 24, 2013, is the start of the Magic season. For a 7 night stay, an Ocean View one-bedroom villa's cost jumps from 350 points to 406 points from the Choice season to the Magic season.

I suspect a lot of members are trying to squeeze into the cheaper Choice season to save points. This past June, my sister booked a one-bedroom for June 15-21, 2012, right when the 7 month window opened. She was told by MS that she was getting the last Ocean View one-bedroom available at that time.

Combine the change in point seasons with the fact that school terms are ending in late May and early June, as well as the start of the summer vacation season, and the result should be heavy demand for Aulani in early to mid June.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #49
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Another variable that is coming into play is Aulani's change in point seasons that occurs in the latter half of June. May 6 to June 23, 2013 is part of the Choice season. June 24, 2013, is the start of the Magic season. For a 7 night stay, an Ocean View one-bedroom villa's cost jumps from 350 points to 406 points from the Choice season to the Magic season.

I suspect a lot of members are trying to squeeze into the cheaper Choice season to save points. This past June, my sister booked a one-bedroom for June 15-21, 2012, right when the 7 month window opened. She was told by MS that she was getting the last Ocean View one-bedroom available at that time.

Combine the change in point seasons with the fact that school terms are ending in late May and early June, as well as the start of the summer vacation season, and the result should be heavy demand for Aulani in early to mid June.
I think you're absolutely right. That's certainly why I was trying for June 14-23, and I was obviously not the only one. I was consoling myself that I'd at least be able to get something when the seasons changed on June 24 or later, but I was starting to wonder about that too when I was experiencing such ridiculous difficulty already. For me, the difference in seasons will probably mean the difference between 8 nights there vs. 9 nights there. Oh well, 8 nights there is still a big treat!
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #50
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Congratulations Travelbug. I am so happy for you!!! Perhaps there is hope for those who will be reserving during the Magic Season. We will see...
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:30 PM   #51
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Congrats, Travelbug! I'm so glad you finally got something, and now you can keep checking or waitlisting to get closer to your first choice of dates. (I'm a fan of waitlisting just one day, as it improves your chances, and then if/when you get it, waitlist the previous day.)

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Old 11-23-2012, 04:42 PM   #52
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Regarding Aulani, I think the lack of rooms sold to DVC Members is contributing to the lack of inventory. I tried to get a studio or one bedroom in February and everything is sold out but from Disney website, had no trouble booking studio for same cost as hotel room at Aulani. The problem is, I don't want to spend the $$ when I have points.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:42 PM   #53
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Regarding Aulani, I think the lack of rooms sold to DVC Members is contributing to the lack of inventory. I tried to get a studio or one bedroom in February and everything is sold out but from Disney website, had no trouble booking studio for same cost as hotel room at Aulani. The problem is, I don't want to spend the $$ when I have points.
If you own at Aulani, you need to book before 7 months, when everything is equal. You can only book what is available for points and that is the same as the sold inventory. That's why most of the more seasoned members tell the newer members to buy where they want to stay the most.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:15 PM   #54
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Congrats OP. Glad you were finally able to get a booking.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #55
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OP glad you got in. I had a thread too for Aulani. I rented from an Aulani member for his 11 month window. I was wanting June 8 th. at the 7 th month window each day it was not available. Only one day was available for that week. Glad I rented. D
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:04 AM   #56
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Ugh, just read thru these 4 pages as we were hoping to book Aulani from 7/15-8/5 for our honeymoon. After reading this chances look to be slim & none of that happening though. I guess we'll just have to hope we get lucky enough to at least get some of it (hopefully all). Any advice is much appreciated!
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:12 PM   #57
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Hallelujah! I was able to book June 23-25. Two whole days. Now I am wait listed before and after 5 days. I will keep checking so I can hopefully get 7 consecutive days! Finally I have something! Good luck to everyone else still trying!
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #58
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You could always call up and use the waitlist. Waitlisting has NEVER failed me....
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:24 AM   #59
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You could always call up and use the waitlist. Waitlisting has NEVER failed me....
I'm glad for you, but unless you've had a full week at high season come through at Aulani or VGC, I think you might be giving people in this thread false hopes. A day here and there is one thing, but there are plenty of unfulfilled waitlist hopes out there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:41 PM   #60
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Hallelujah! I was able to book June 23-25. Two whole days. Now I am wait listed before and after 5 days. I will keep checking so I can hopefully get 7 consecutive days! Finally I have something! Good luck to everyone else still trying!
Hooray! You have your foot in the door! Crossing my fingers that one of your waitlists comes through -- sooner rather than later.
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