Experience Hawaiian Magic at Disney’s Aulani

By Jen Lewallen

Is there anything that sounds better than a family getaway to Hawaii? How about a Disney infused island stay on Oahu? Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa aims to give guests an authentic island experience that seamlessly blends with the same magic you feel at their theme parks. Disney has always attempted to reveal the inner child in everyone, bringing families closer together across generations, and with Aulani, their Imagineers were up for the challenge.

A New Fantastic Point of View

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Resting on 21 acres of oceanfront beauty in Ko Olina, this resort is in the perfect position for experiencing the best of Oahu. Far enough from the bustling capital of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach to feel like a scheduled tropical oasis, but close enough that the thrills of this thriving metropolis are no more than a quick car ride away, travelers can experience the best of both worlds. And the Ko Olina community and marina has restaurant and shopping options for quick jaunts off the resort.

Adventure Around Every Bend

While we always encourage exploring your destination—and on Oahu, there’s a lot you won’t want to miss—Aulani has cultural and entertaining activities to keep guests enthralled for days. Play by the pools and hang with some of your favorite Disney characters for games, parties, splashing, and sliding. Search for the Menehune on a high-tech scavenger hunt through the gardens of the resort, or sit fireside and listen to legends and tales of the islands. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian way of life with lei making classes, surf lessons, and learn how to navigate the night sky like the ancient Polynesians.

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The Hawaiian Islands are revered for eco-adventure, and Aulani’s Imagineers have brought the natural magic right to the resort. Take a complimentary tour where a cast member will guide you through the flora, fauna, and culture throughout the property that embraces the island’s life and traditions. Hawaiians are very passionate about the surrounding waters and reefs which have been crucial to their survival.  Snorkel in Aulani’s very own Rainbow Reef, whose sheltered cove offers calm waters for snorkelers of all experience levels, and discover beautiful fish and marine life that you can help protect.

Big Kids Can Let It Go

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While the kids are busy playing with new friends at the supervised Aunty’s Beach House Kids Club, adults and teens can indulge in ultimate relaxation. Schedule a massage at Laniwai Spa or sip cocktails at the adults-only Wailana Pool. The Painted Sky Spa makes teens feel special with age specific treatments for both young women and men. Not ready to leave all that relaxation behind? After everyone has had their fill of pampering, head over to the Pulu Bar and Mixology Station as a family to create your own concoction of natural Hawaiian ingredients for a customized body polish to take home.

Rejuvenate and Replenish Like Sleeping Beauty

After all that endless activity, you’ll need to rest for your next fun-filled day. Aulani boasts rooms of every shape and size to fit families of the same scope. Stay in a luxury appointed guest room with modern amenities like flat screen TVs, rain head showers, and iHome charging docs. For bigger families looking for some extra space, choose between one- and two-bedroom suites, most with ocean views in a luxurious setting. Or, for travelers who enjoy the option to be independent, consider a one-, two-, or three-bedroom villa complete with full-size kitchens for relaxing meals in your home-away-from-home, and a washer and dryer set that will make packing a breeze. Always conscious of making things easy for guests, Aulani provides Pack ‘n Plays in every room category, and bottle warmers, high chairs, bed rails, and outlet covers are available on request.

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Be Their Guest

From comforting favorites to Hawaiian delicacies, Aulani has a treat to suit every taste bud. Feast on French toast and other morning favorites with Mickey, Minnie, and the gang during a fun-filled character breakfast. Cool off with a rainbow of flavors at Papalua Shave Ice or a refreshing pineapple soft serve from the Lava Shack. Feed your larger appetite with full-course meal selections at four a la carte restaurants, or dine in with delicious room service. Whatever you’re craving, Aulani serves to satisfy.

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Hawaii is always an unforgettable destination, but a stay with Aulani will make your vacation magical. Talk to your local travel agent today to plan your Hawaii adventure and book a stay with Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa.

 

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