Your pics are amazing. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Your pics are making me want to go soone r rather than latest. Thanks for sharing themWe had room 1182, a 1BR DVC Ocean View in Ewa. It had a good view of the Ocean, the courtyard, and the mountains. Posting some photos of the natural views, you can "improve" your view by standing up, but I wanted to show you what you see from the bedroom, living room, or sitting on one of the balconies.
About the only downside of rooms as far down as 1182 or further is that everything is a hike. You have to walk to far end of building (toward lobby) for elevator, then back to the opposite end (beach side) to your room. No big deal, but you should know that going in if walking is an issue.
Just your average, ordinary view...
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Sunset over 4 Seasons. You'd need to be further out than xx82 to see the sunset fully from the room, at least in May.
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Typical view into the mountains. Not too shabby.
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Same view, but with the lights on
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Beach view at night
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Beach view VERY late at night
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Yes this would strongly annoy me. We pay so much more for an Ocean view it really should be a better view than the other tiers. Did you say anything or request a room change?We stayed in Deluxe Ocean View Studio number 656 from June 29, 2019 through July 8. The room shows ware. We had to pull the stoppers from the drains in the shower and bathroom sink in order to get the drains to work. The room could have been cleaner. Carpets at Aulani are in need of cleaning. This room is near the elevator. In my opinion, this room should not be considered an Ocean View room. It would be better classified as pool view. At one time it may have been a good ocean view room, however, the plants at Aulani have grown so high that the view is obstructed. If you were one floor up you would have an unobstructed ocean view. Posted below is a picture taken from the balcony at eye level (I am 5 foot 11 inches). As a comparison, we also had a deluxe studio Garden Island view room for our daughters and they had a much better ocean view. Photo attached for comparison. If you are looking for a pool view this is a good room. However, if the ocean is your thing then avoid this room. Disney are you listening? Either trim the plants or reclassify this room. This room does not provide the unobstructed ocean view you would get from being just one floor higher.
Is the a Deluxe Studio Ocean View?
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Compare the view from a Deluxe Island Garden View Room
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Hi Jay - Sorry, I don't have experience on the booking through Disney (cash) and not points so I can't answer question around that. However, I can answer your question re. the difference between a lock-off and dedicated two-bedroom. A lock-off is a one-bedroom combined (+) with a studio. It will have a solid connecting room door that locks (on both sides - the studio side and the kitchen part of the one bedroom side), but will obviously be opened for people who book a lock-off. Note that sometimes the resort Cast Members (Mouskeeping) do not open the doors for you prior to arrival. This happened to us on two separate reservations at the Kidani Village DVC Resort at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in WDW. (Much to the panic of my mother, who arrived first with my father!) Because of this combination of rooms, at this particular resort, you will have (and note that I'm only familiar with ocean view b/c this is what we are booking; the standard or other views may not be oriented the same):We are not DVC members and will be booking right through Disney and not renting points. Has anyone been able to upgrade there room at check in for a fee? Im looking at booking a standard 2 bedroom but wondering if say an island view room or pool view room is open at the time of check in can they offer you the upgraded room for discounted fee?
Anyone have luck with this.
Now this leads me to my next question I know what the difference is between lock off and dedicated 2 bedrooms are.
When you book right through Disney it doesn't give you any options on what you want does that mean you get what ever at the time of check in?
OK so I just became familiar with Aulani in the past few days. I found this link to have the "best" (i.e. easily readable) map of the resort: https://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/aulanimap.htmOK I have NO idea on the floors are laid out.
If we have a standard view 2 bedroom what would better. I have asked for the highest floor possible which I know is the 7th but as for room numbers I have no clue.
Would you ask for something in 60's or 50's and why?
Now where would room 761 be compared to 769. Is 761 the end of hallway or at the beginning of the hallway same as 751 compared to 759. Is one on the end unit.
I hope this makes sense cause I have no idea.