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Ten Awesome Experiences at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
by Nikki Moreno from Disney Parks Blog
Aloha, friends! We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa with ten ways for you to experience the resort and be a part of our ‘ohana.
Aulani Resort is a family vacation paradise with a touch of Disney magic that truly has something for everyone! In fact, there’s so much to do that it’s difficult to narrow the list down to only ten. So, where do we begin? Here are some of our favorites! For sure, number one is on everyone’s list.
- Selfies With Favorite Disney Characters
Ever wonder what it’s like to vacation in Hawai‘i with a Disney Character? Well at Aulani Resort, the characters are on vacation too! Be sure to have your smile ready for a vacation selfie with some Disney friends.
In celebration of Aulani Resort’s anniversary, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse debuted their new aloha attire by Hawai‘i designer Sig Zane, which they wore on Aulani Resort’s anniversary a few days ago. Sig Zane designed a new aloha shirt for Mickey Mouse and a beautiful, breezy new dress and matching bow for Minnie Mouse to wear during greetings and photos with guests.
In addition to Mickey Mouse and his pals, the adventurous Moana, Angel and Stitch, the music-loving ‘Olu Mel, and Duffy and are just some of the Disney friends you can spot as they enjoy some Hawaiian-style fun.
2. Explore the Cuisine and Culture of Hawai`i at Aulani Resort’s Lū‘au
Set under the stars on the beautiful Hālāwai Lawn, KA WA‘A – A Lū‘au at Aulani Resort immerses guests in the live music, traditional dance and ancient stories of Hawai‘i through Disney’s signature entertainment. While you dine on a three-course meal that includes many island favorites, you also experience an exhilarating and enchanting journey through Hawaiian history.
3. Savor Sweet Treats and Dining Delights
From DOLE Whip treats to the international flavors of Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands, Aulani Resort offers several dining and culinary experiences. Make sure you enjoy a Shave Ice at Pāpālua Shave Ice – the only place you can get a Mickey Shave Ice. It’s refreshing and magical.
4. Experience the Wonder and Magic of Water at Aulani Resort
There are many ways to enjoy water activities at Aulani Resort. From snorkeling adventures in Rainbow Reef, our private 3,800-square-foot saltwater lagoon, to the rejuvenating waters in the Kula Wai, the outdoor hydrotherapy oasis which can be reserved with any spa treatment. There’s also the Keiki Cove Splash Zone for fun and refreshing play. Go on a journey floating on the gentle Waikolohe Stream through the Waikolohe Valley. Make a splash on two exhilarating waterslides: Volcanic Vertical and Tubestone Curl. Kids can also enjoy water adventures at the Menehune Bridge.
5. Swim, Relax, Dwell Among Aulani Resort’s Many Pools
Families love swimming in the Waikolohe Pool, Aulani Resort’s largest pool on property. You can also take in sweeping views of the ocean while swimming in the pool at Ka Maka Grotto. Or unwind in the tranquility of the Wailana Pool, separated from the excitement of the larger pool. Then chill outdoors with a dip in one of four whirlpool spas. Explore all of our themed pools at Aulani Resort.
6. Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate at Laniwai – A Disney Spa
A special part of an Aulani Resort vacation is the restorative opportunities the resort offers. One of the most relaxing experiences is a visit to Laniwai – A Disney Spa which provides an environment to indulge and care for your wellness needs. Guests can reserve spa services including newly added options such as a foot massage, intense hydration facial, anti-aging LED mask and more!
7. Painted Sky: HI Style Studio
Kids ages three to 12 can find their inner fashion star and show off their fun new island look from a stylist at Painted Sky: HI Style Studio. It all comes with a little pixie dust and smiles.
8. Fun On The Menehune Adventure Trail
In Hawai‘i, the Menehune are mythical little craftsmen who also like to create a little mischief. Visit the Pau Hana Room to follow the Menehune Adventure Trail and unlock the adventure and surprises hidden throughout the resort!
9. Soak Up Some Live Music
Every evening, guests enjoy live music at ‘Ōlelo Room. Featuring performances by local artists, traditional Hawaiian and classic island songs sway over the room while guests enjoy food and refreshments.
10. Gather Up Aulani Resort Treasures To Take Home
Stop by Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu to do a little vacation shopping. At Hale Manu, guests enjoy selections of jewelry and high-end fashion in a cozy boutique setting. Kālepa’s is a convenient shop for souvenirs, groceries, sundries and other vacation essentials.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite Aulani Resort experiences. Join us in celebrating the anniversary of the resort by sharing your favorite Aulani Resort memories in the comments.
If you missed it or want to see it again, relive Aulani Resort’s 10th anniversary celebration from August 29 with stories, songs and dance befitting of our family vacation paradise.
For more information on Aulani Resort including the pools, recreation and dining options visit DisneyAulani.com. Reservations for Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa are now available through 2022. For information about Disney Vacation Club, visit the Disney Vacation Club website.
Published: September 2, 2021