Ok, we get it, and I think Disney does too. Let’s get out of Orlando, shall we? You can’t take every vacation at Disney World. With Disney Vacation Club (DVC) you can vacation at Disney World only forever, but you don’t have to. Disney has resorts all over the place. They are Disney without being Disney. There’s Disney’s Hilton Head Island, Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Vero Beach Florida, and Disney’s Grand Californian in Disneyland. These are all available for the same point exchange as the Disney World resorts. Again points vary based on resort and time of year just like a regular hotel. Aulani for example is showing 16 points/night right now.
We just got back from Disney’s Aulani in June. I could talk for hours about that trip. Hawaii absolutely exceeded both of our expectations in terms of natural beauty, people, activities, and food. Let’s just say I’m glad I upgraded my iPhone camera before we left! Hawaii was stunning enough but then having a gorgeous hotel on a beautiful beach to come back to every night just sweetened the experience.
Aulani is similar to Animal Kingdom Lodge in that it fits surprisingly well in the landscape, not a gaudy white brick high rise hotel, but rather a tastefully built addition to the beachfront. It has natural beauty with native building materials. They remained very true to the local culture from the decor to the bar where the bartenders are required to speak both English and Hawaiian. The rooms were also very spacious and tastefully Disney – complete with Hidden Mickeys! The ocean view was breathtaking, and the foliage was well placed so that you could look out of your room and really only see trees and ocean – the hubbub below was camouflaged. The resort itself had plenty for kids and adults: there was a lazy river and several pools along with a protected ocean cove for swimming. There was local entertainment every night which we could enjoy from our balcony or from a family friendly patio. There is a Signature Dining restaurant, ‘Ama ‘Ama which was absolutely not worth it, though the buffett at Makahiki was outstanding. I could go on and on but you get the point, overall, a beautiful resort with excellent service on a spacious beach away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Check it out here.
We have not been to Vero Beach or Hilton Head yet mostly because we just aren’t beach people. We prefer to take our beach vacations someplace a little more – tropical and all inclusive 😉
Coming soon Nate’s blog on how to use the timeshare exchange, RCI Network to travel outside of Disney properties! Options galore!
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