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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Beginning a Journey at Laniwai Spa

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


There is nothing like the experience at Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the amount of detail is unlike anywhere else in the world – and that is just the location. The treatments at Laniwai Spa relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. Laniwai means “freshwater heaven,” and this luxurious location spans 18,000 square feet of interior treatment rooms with an additional 5,000 square feet outdoors at the Kula Wai therapy garden – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O`ahu. The “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues today with an inside look at the start of your journey at Laniwai Spa.

Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Upon check-in, you first select a wishing stone etched with a word in both Hawaiian and English to focus on during your treatment. A cast member will then escort you past a water wall, through the transformation corridor. Along its curving walls, notice that one side consists of rougher surfaces and the other feels smooth. This attention to detail makes for a balanced and revitalizing experience. You begin to hear the sound of a passing rain shower and above your head hangs a web of `ohi`a logs and branches. This `ohi`a web seems to rise and fall along the pathway to give a sense of leaving the stresses and distractions of the outside world behind.

Lumi Akalani in the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

At the end of the transformation corridor, you will arrive the spa’s focal point – the “room of heavenly reflection”. This beautiful rotunda is known as the Lumi Akalani and features a single crystal raindrop suspended from the center. Smooth pebbles fill the shallow pool below and here is where you will cast your wishing stone. Listen for the single drops of water and gaze upon the shimmering walls all around. You feel a sense of enlightenment as your Laniwai Spa journey is just beginning …

Which wishing stone did you focus on during your treatment at Laniwai Spa? I focused on Hau`oli, “Happiness” – leave your answer in the comments below.

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Now Open at Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Tallahassee Glover here, back with another dispatch from Adventureland at Disneyland park. We have been receiving reports that the Adventure Trading Company has been spotted in Adventureland, bringing with them a variety of provisions and publications from around the area.

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Explorers in Adventureland can now visit the Indiana Jones Outpost, where the Adventure Trading Company has set up temporary shop. In addition to the necessary whips and fedoras, this will also be the place to purchase maps, newspapers and other publications that will send you on an Juju-seeking adventure. Word is that the Adventure Trading Company has come across some additional Juju that will be for sale at the location. But beware, adventurers … these mystical Juju are in short supply.

Juju, as we told you in a previous report, are small traditional relics indigenous to the Adventureland culture. Each Juju represents a trait important to an adventurous lifestyle. Word on the dock is that the Jungle Cruise skippers will be brushing off their own personal Juju to wear in celebration of the Adventure Trading Company’s limited stay. They’re not the only ones getting into the spirit! The local archeologists, bird handlers and merchants are also planning to sport their Juju.

Between you and me, I’ve also spotted some new recipe shipments arriving for Tropical Imports, Bengal Barbecue and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar … I think I’ll need to dig further into this.

Kungaloosh! I’ll see you in Adventureland!

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Exclusive Print at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Check out this exclusive print for the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which debuts in theaters around the U.S. today.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Exclusive Print at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

Through August 31, you can get the exclusive print with any single purchase of $30 or more at Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park. (That’s before tax and after any discounts.) Supplies are limited.

You can grab a whole pizza to share with the family (or just a slice); we recommend the veggie pizza with roasted mushrooms, zucchini, sweet peppers and onion. And there’s always an interesting specialty pizza, and pastas from a simple marinara to Parmesan-pesto cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh Parmesan. Or stay cool with the Starfield of Greens salad with tomatoes, blue cheese, caramelized walnuts, Craisins dried cranberries and golden raisins tossed in a light basil-vinaigrette dressing.

A quick recap of “Guardians of the Galaxy”: space adventurer Peter Quill steals an orb coveted by a treacherous villain. When Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. Check it out in 3D for some amazing special effects!

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Five Lessons Learned During ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s been a few weeks since I became Eagle Eye Erin and joined my fellow misunderstood Rainbow Ridgers for “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park. And before this unique experience ends its test run on September 1, there are a few lessons I’d like to pass on.

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New Challenge, New Medal For Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Well runDisney fans, Tinker Bell is at it again!

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What’s Your Kiddo’s Favorite Disney Film?

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If you’re anything like me, “Frozen” mania has struck your household and you have the movie soundtrack stuck in your head pretty much all day, every day. As part of our #DisneyKids series, we asked our panel of preschoolers about their favorite movie and not surprisingly, “Frozen” was the unanimous winner among both the girls and boys.

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Disney Parks After Dark: France Pavilion at Epcot

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Here’s one place we haven’t stopped yet on our tour through the parks after dark – it’s the France pavilion at Epcot.

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Vote Now to Select a Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Spirits awaken! It’s time to for you to join me and the Grim Grinning Ghosts and come out to “social”-ize. Our Disneyland Resort Artist Sketch teams have been hard at work creating new images which pay homage to the beloved Haunted Mansion attraction, celebrating 45 spooky years at Disneyland park next week. These will be added to the portfolio of offerings currently available as part of the Park Icon Artist Sketch Collection at Disneyana in Disneyland park. But here’s the question … which one would you like to see appear as a downloadable Disney Parks Blog Desktop wallpaper?

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1970s

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s time again to share your favorite memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015! This week, we’re looking for your memories from the 1970s!

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Two New Ways to Enjoy Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


How about an after-hours street party, and an Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium Package to make the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival even more fun?

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