Guests of All Ages Discover the Beauty, Stories and Fun of the Islands
KO OLINA, Hawaii – Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, combines the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian Islands with the magic of Disney storytelling and guest service to create unforgettable family vacation experiences.
The resort recently introduced the exhilarating dining and entertainment experience KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, inspired by the sacred canoe that brought the ancestors of Native Hawaiians to Hawaii. Lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana, vividly bring the show’s story to life.
Guests feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet featuring fresh salads and seasonally-sourced vegetables, carving stations with whole roasted Hawaiian-raised suckling pig and slow-roasted prime rib and house-made desserts. A special menu created for keiki, or kids, is also available.
Hawaiian heritage and Disney magic
Aulani traditionally means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.” The name Aulani is fitting, as the resort serves as a messenger of the Hawaiian spirit, people and culture.
“The name ‘Aulani’ expresses a connection to tradition and deep storytelling – and its roots are in this land right here,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, who led the design of the resort.
“This resort destination reflects the vibrant culture that surrounds it. We believe in artistry, in excellence, and in the beauty of a well-done thing. Our commitment to excellence mirrors the cultural values one sees in the arts of Hawaii.”
Something for everyone
Family-friendly resort amenities include the 18,000-square-foot Laniwai, a Disney Spa, with 15 treatment rooms and a fitness center. Many spa treatments draw upon Hawaiian healing traditions—perfect alone, as a couple or with the whole family.
Aulani Resort features two signature restaurants—the full-service ‘AMA‘AMA and the buffet-style Makahiki—each offering foods unique to Hawaii. At the chic, beachside ‘AMA‘AMA, ocean breezes soothe the spirit as chefs use fresh local ingredients and island flavors to create distinctive dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet-style Makahiki offers guests breakfast and dinner among Disney characters in artful surroundings. In addition, Aulani Resort has a variety of quick-serve options for grab-and-go snacks, as well as lounges to sip, dine and relax.
Young guests have their very own kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House. At the complimentary, state-of-the-art club, children explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including interactive touch tables, arts and crafts, movies, traditional Hawaiian games and a sunny backyard to roam.
Guests also enjoy the resort’s seven-acre water play area. The Waikolohe Stream, the resort’s mysterious (yet fun) tube-floating watercourse, enchants guests with bubbling water, a cloaking mist and several hundred feet of additional surprises.
For those who love waterslides, Tubestone Curl, the resort’s tube slide, and Volcanic Vertical, Aulani’s tunnel slide, provide thrills galore. Guests will also interact with native Hawaiian fish, including angelfish, butterfly fish and tangs, in the 3,800-square-foot Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, the only one of its kind on Oahu.
Looking beyond its own magical grounds, Aulani offers a menu of discovery excursions with the aid of local experts. These include exploring tropical forests, hiking local mountains, sailing aboard catamarans, surfing lessons and more.
Aulani offers a mix of traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers, each featuring rooms that offer thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and the magnificent, lush surroundings.
Members and guests looking to stretch out in Disney Vacation Club accommodations can choose between deluxe studios, one-bedroom villas, two-bedroom villas and even three-bedroom grand villas. Deluxe studios, which accommodate at least four guests, include a kitchenette, queen-size bed, double- or queen-size sleeper sofa, and other amenities. Larger villas sleep anywhere from four to 12 guests and offer many of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, king-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa and more.
About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is perfectly positioned on 21 beautiful oceanfront acres of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of Oahu. Just 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki, Aulani Resort features 351 rooms, including 16 suites, and 481 two-bedroom equivalent villas, including 20 grand villas. Guests are invited to experience its world-class spa, restaurants and lounges, pools, complimentary kids’ club, and more—all uniquely designed for families to discover the culture, history and traditions of Hawaii. Aulani Resort was voted the No. 1 family beach resort in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2016. For more information and reservations, visit www.disneyaulani.com or call (866) 44-DISNEY.
About Disney Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Club, a leader in vacation ownership, debuted in 1991 with a flexible, vacation points-based system rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Today, Disney Vacation Club has more than 200,000 member families, from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries, who have discovered the joys of membership. Disney Vacation Club members are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort or one of thousands of destinations around the world. When purchasing directly from Disney, members can also use their Membership to take trips on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships or guided vacations with Adventures by Disney. Vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last anywhere from one night to several weeks.