Why did Disney build Aulani anyway?

Discussion in 'Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa' started by AdamEfimoff, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. manning

    manning Just for that I have requested it

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    Maybe not. The president of DVC at the time got fired
     
  2. blondietink

    blondietink DIS Veteran

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    I believe he got fired for calculating the annual dues wrong for those who originally bought in to Aulani through DVC. After the mistake was found, he was fired and people who bought in after have their dues calculated differently, of course at a higher rate.
     
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  4. amym2

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    Not sure, but Aulani is the reason we bought DVC in 2011. We own at SSR, but we've been to Aulani twice with our family of four. There's no way we would have paid cash for the 2bd on our first trip (FIL came with us) or the 1bd on our trip this past summer. As much as we love WDW, it's Aulani that convinced us to buy DVC. We live in the Midwest, so it isn't an easy trip, but it is SO worth it!!
     
  5. LAX

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    I think we are the minority. It was AUL as an option that ultimately made us take the plunge into DVC. I honestly wish there are more non-theme park DVC options (not counting exchanges). Without AUL, I certainly won't consider buying since all but one DVC resort are on the East Coast.

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  6. OffToDWD

    OffToDWD Mouseketeer

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    Same here! We bought DVC because of Aulani.
     
  7. NanMar

    NanMar Mouseketeer

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    I've been to Disneyland, Disney world, Euro disney, and Aulani. Aulani has definitely been the best vacation ever. It's the only one that actually felt like a vacation. It was relaxing and I actually felt relaxed. I had always wanted to go to Hawaii but it being a Disney hotel convinced me. It was the perfect getaway for me where it also catered to kids.
     
  8. AdamEfimoff

    AdamEfimoff DIS Veteran

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    what options would you like? beach cultural etc?
     
  9. jonb

    jonb Earning My Ears

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    Expanding outside of Disney has failed before. Just look at Hilton Head resales
     
  10. LAX

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    I don't think you can use resale at a particular timeshare to determine whether it's a success or failure. To the developers, I think it's how quickly it can sell and how high of a price it can fetch. I don't know how the sales at HHI went initially, but it did sell out at some point. Sales at AUL have certainly been a disappointment to DVD and is likely considered a "failure." That perhaps explains why DVD has so recently built and planned only new DVCs near the parks.

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  11. John-DVC

    John-DVC Earning My Ears

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    I think Aulani represented a bridge to Asia and also the existing North American disney population. It’s probably a failure based on sale pace but with the way Ko Olina development is going The value of the asset will surely continue to go up. The Asian centric development planned in the area should ensure that Aulani is a consistent cash flow stream and should get busier over time.

    For me the addition of Aulani was enough to make me buy. The option of 3 places to stay was enough variety to take the plunge. Otherwise I would have just comtinue to rent and bought a Hilton time share.

    Disney seems like a company with an ultra long time horizon. I think in hindsight this will pan out quite well.
     
  12. BrianL

    BrianL Doom Buggy Driver

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    Well, true, and they don't own them, but they are in partnership with the company that does and WDI provides all of the Imagineering and attractions and basically everything for it, so they have their presence there regardless.
     
  13. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    We live very close to WDW and are on property frequently. Most of the times the books are open to the current offerings in our experience.
     
  14. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    I've been to Aulani 4 times now, with a 5th visit planned for 2018. Every time we've been to Aulani we have noticed a huge number of (presumed) Japanese visitors. I say presumed because unless I hear them speaking there's no way for me to tell if they are actually US citizens of Japanese decent, or natives of other Asian countries.
     

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