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Disney Vacation Club offered suite incentives to those who bought points in Aulani this past weekend

Disney Vacation Club offered suite incentives to those who bought points in Aulani this past weekend

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Though Southern California is over 2500 miles away from the island of Hawai'I, those who dropped by the Westin Pasadena this past weekend got a sample of that Aloha spirit ...


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... by attending a DVC presentation about Aulani, that soon-to-open Disney Resort & Spa which is being built along a white-sand beach in Ko Olina.


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Guests arriving at the Westin Pasadena were initially directed to a function room ...


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... where - after a demonstration of the hapa-haole & the kahiko by a trio of Polynesian dancers -  ...


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... it was time for this Disney Vacation Club informational presentation to begin. And to these DVC representatives' credit, their sales pitch for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa was decidedly soft sell. Since the belief in-house seems to be that the location & amenities featured at this Disney Resort & Spa are more than enough to sell people on the place, the emphasis at this Disney Vacation Club presentation was placed more on show rather than selling. Which is why this informational session was periodically disrupted by the sudden appearance of characters like Stitch ...


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... who seemed very determined to get his claws on that Hawaiian-themed gift basket which was to be raffled out at the end of this presentation.


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Once this informational session was over, it was time to head next door for a glass of pog (i.e. passion fruit, orange and guava juice all mixed together) and a quick hula lesson with Minnie & Goofy ...


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... or - if you'd prefer - a photo op with some of  the Polynesian performers who provided entertainment for this DVC event ...


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... and/or a rare shot of Stitch (i.e. Disney's naughtiest character) and Mickey (Disney's nicest character) standing together.


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As a newlywed who's still scrimping & saving for a much-belated honeymoon trip to Walt Disney World, I have to admit that buying points with the Disney Vacation Club at this point in my life is a kind of a pricey pipe dream. But that said, I have to admit that I was sorely tempted this time around. Given that - as a special incentive (i.e. something that was only available to those who took part in the Aulani informational sessions at the Westin Pasadena)-those who bought 500 DVC points would receive a $700 Disney gift card as well as a free night's stay in one of the Signature Suites at the Disneyland Hotel.

To be specific, the Big Thunder Suite ...


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... with its rustic-but-charming furnishings.


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Not to mention the Mickey Mouse Penthouse ...


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... and all of its Mickey-themed amenities.


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And let's not forget about the Disneyland Hotel's Adventureland Suite ...


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... which makes you feel as though you're actually living inside of WDW's late, great (and now - sadly - defunct) Adventurers Club.


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Or - best of all - the Pirates of the Caribbean suite ...


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... which - from floor to ceiling - is filled with props & furniture ...


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... that pay tribute not only to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies but also the theme park attraction.


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Of course, what was kind of ironic about all this was -- in order to stay for free in one of the Disneyland Hotel's Signature Suites -- you first had to sign on the dotted line with the Disney Vacation Club.

But all in all, I'd have to say that offering people who bought points in Aulani a free night's stay in one of these highly themed rooms like these was ... Well, a pretty suite incentive package on DVC's part.

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  • I love these themed suites at the Disneyland Hotel.  I'd love to stay in one but it's hard to pay for Aluani DVC points with the flight costs each year for us.

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