Are you a Disney fanatic looking to take a trip to Hawai’i? Are you a frequent visitor to Hawai’i, but you miss the magic of a Disney World vacation? As is customary of the entertainment giant, Disney has you covered! In August of 2011, Disney opened the beachside Aulani Resort and Spa on the island of Oahu. If Aulani is new to you, or if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to visit this getaway in paradise, here are 10 things you should know about it.
10. It has won many awards.
Aulani Resort and Spa is top notch when it comes to service, hospitality and celebrating Hawai’ian culture. Because of this, it has won several awards. Those include The Reader’s Choice Award from Hawai’i Magazine, The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award and the Afar Traveler’s Choice Award. Aulani Resort and Spa was also named Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best in 2017 and won the 2017 Reader’s Choice Award from Conde’ Nast Traveler.
9. Enjoy a complementary kids’ club.
At Aulani, you can enjoy some adult time while the kids have a blast at Aunty’s Beach House, a kids’ club at Aulani. Aunty’s Beach House is 5,200 square feet of space where kids can enjoy all kinds of activities. There are arts and crafts to enjoy, Xbox game consoles and games, movies and more, and the best thing about Aunty’s Beach House is that it is complimentary with your resort stay.
8. There’s a large community hall for family time.
The Pau Hana Room at Aulani Resort is a large community hall where family time is encouraged. There are board games, movies and other activities to enjoy with your loved ones. There’s no fee to use the community hall, and any Guest at Aulani Resort is welcome to use the facility.
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7. Take complimentary ukulele lessons.
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? The unique sound of this tiny stringed instrument reminds us of Hawai’i anytime we hear it. Wouldn’t it be great to take lessons and learn to play? You can do exactly that at Aulani, and lessons are complimentary with your stay.
6. Enjoy character encounters like you enjoy in the parks.
If you love meeting your favorite Disney characters in the parks at Disney World and Disneyland, you’re in luck. Mickey and some of his pals have made the trek across the ocean to Hawai’i so they can meet you and your family and friends. Character encounters happen every day at Aulani. And so that you never miss an opportunity to meet a character, Aulani even has a character hotline. Call the hotline in the morning so you know which characters are appearing that day and find out where at the resort you can meet them.
5. There’s an amazing luau!
If you do only one thing at Aulani, let it be the luau! The Kawa’a Luau is fun for everyone in the family. Before dinner, Guests can enjoy making orchid floral bracelets. Dinnertime is a huge feast including a whole-roast pig. There’s also a fire and dance show, and Mickey even makes a surprise appearance.
4. Imagineers were very thoughtful with the resort’s name.
“Aulani” is not simply a named dreamed up by Disney’s genius Imagineers. It’s a name that was chosen by Imagineering after a long process of learning words from the Hawai’ian culture and discovering their meanings. Imagineer Joe Rohde explains that the name “Aulani” means “the place that speaks for the great ones” or “the place that speaks with deep messages.” Rohde also explains that the name “Aulani” and the resort itself were created and designed to express a connection to tradition and storytelling.
3. Take the complimentary guided tour.
If you love nature walks and taking in the sites and vistas around you, you’ll love the Maka’Ika’i Walking Tour. During this guided tour, you’ll learn about the nature around you. You’ll also learn about the natural beauty of the island and hear about Imagineering’s influence on the resort and why they chose this location to build the resort.
2. It’s a Disney getaway, but not overly so.
Aulani Resort is definitely a Disney property. You can tell that by the level of service and the genuine hospitality you enjoy when you visit. And then there are the Disney touches here and there—character encounters, etc. But it isn’t as “Disney” as the parks, which means you won’t be overwhelmed with Disney everywhere you look. It’s just the right balance of Disney and non-Disney touches.
1. It’s an all-inclusive resort you’ll never want to leave.
Aulani is an all-around amazing place to visit. Everything you need for the perfect vacation is there. You’ll enjoy world-class service, delicious food, the best in family activities, recreation and more. Aulani will rejuvenate you and make you never want to go back home!