Aulani Resort and Spa Information:
Opening Date: August 29. 2011
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2062
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $8.33 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $195 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $85 - 100 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2020-2021
In October of 2007, DVC started on it's second foray into Disney Vacation Club resorts away from the parks, and announced plans to open a DVC resort in Hawaii on the island of Oahu in the Ko Olina Resort district for plans to open in 2011. The market plan was more to target Asian residents to get them a entrance into the DVC system. Groundbreaking took place in November of 2008. On January, 20, 2010 the name of the resort was announced as "Aulani Resort and Spa". It was planned as a mixed use resort with abotu 481 DVC style rooms and an additional 360 traditional hotel rooms.
Sales for Aulani started in July of 2010, with plans to open the resort in 2011.
In 2011 there was a considerable controversy around Aulani DVC sales. Basically Disney significantly had undercalculated dues such that they were not going to collect enough dues to maintain the property. Sales were suspended and several Disney executives were fired. There has been some speculation from outside Disney that the dues were purposefully set low to help with sales, but there were never any evidence of this put forward. Sales were suspended on July 9th with original dues listed at $4.31 per point.
The resort opened on August 29, 2011 becoming the 11th DVC resort in the system, but sales were still suspended and had the offiical opening ceremony on September 23rd. Around that same date, sales were restarted with a new per point maintenance fee price of $5.73 per point, which was roughly a 33% increase. Owners who bought earlier were given credits against this price to make up for the lower price they pay. This means there are two different price contracts at Aulani in terms of maitenance fees. The end date of the resort lease is January 31st, 2062.
While the resort was opened, an expansion of some of the dining and activities was announced in 2012, and the resort was not fully completed construction until October 2013.
In the meantime, sales at Aulani were never up to what Disney expected. Much of this was due to economic downturns that occurred in 2008-2009 but hit the Asian market of Japan especially hard. The result was that a planned DVC resort in the Washington DC area was scrapped in 2011, and Disney once again went back to focusing primary on it's core resorts at WDW and Disneyland. Meanwhile as of mid-2020, Aulani has still not sold out and is in fact a long way from being sold out, making it the only true failure from a DVC sales and marketing perspective. The resort iteslf is not a failure though as it is a beautiful resort and a great opportunity for DVC members to experience Hawaii.
As per typical DVC there are studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms and grand villas. However, there are 4 different view that can be selected:
Breakdown of resort views
92-1185 Ali`inui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707
Front Desk: (808) 674-6200
Fax: (808) 674-6210
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
Hotel Room – Standard View:
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa:
Aulani is fairly isolated if you don't have a vehicle, and while there is some dining options, it may not be enough for a full week.
There is no need for transportation around the resort -but transport from the airport has few options without a rental car. Same with going off site, though there are excursions that can be scheduled through the resort that do not require a vehicle.
The main laundry is just off the main pool area. DVC members can receive tokens to use the laundry room. There is no laundry view APP for the Aulani laundry rooms.
The below list of shopping locations is directly from the Disney website