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Even Island Residents Love an Aulani Vacation

posted on March 18th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


So … where do you go on vacation if you already live in Hawai`i?

Many island residents choose the “staycation” route, leaving home to enjoy a few days at one of Hawai`i’s many luxurious resorts. And, according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”
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It’s a tribute to the family fun and amenities of Aulani: restaurants, Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, Laniwai Spa and the many experiences that are included at no additional cost: the pools and slides of Waikolohe Valley, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, and a wide range of live entertainment, including island musical performers and storytellers, visits with Disney characters, and the popular nighttime Starlit Hui.

The “Best” citation appears in the “Best of Honolulu” edition of Honolulu Magazine, designed “to help you live better in Honolulu.” An Aulani vacation – or “staycation” – combines the stories of Hawai`i with the magic of Disney for guests of all ages.

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Downtown Disney District ‘Wears the Green’ This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 12th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


On a weekend when everyone wants to be Irish, Downtown Disney District will invite visitors to join in the spirit with a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Disneyland Resort.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, Downtown Disney District will offer special entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day celebrants on the West Side Main Stage and near House of Blues. Many of the Downtown Disney District food locations will have special St. Patrick’s Day offerings on Sunday or throughout the weekend.

And you’ll even be able to create a Lucky Clover Teddy Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Uva Bar and Cafe in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort
Among the special St. Patrick’s Day menus:

  • At Catal, from now through Sunday, guests may order Guinness beer and Irish cheddar dip, potato leek soup, black and tan battered fish and chips, a corned beef on rye open-faced sandwich and whiskey bread pudding. Meanwhile, downstairs at the Uva Bar, entertainment will be provided Saturday and Sunday by an Irish Dulcimer player.
  • House of Blues, Friday through Sunday, will offer corned beef & cabbage with roasted red potatoes and green beans, shepherd’s pie, chocolate chip mint ice cream, Pint o’ Green Beer, a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” martini, and a Guinness and Jameson shot special.
  • ESPN Zone will also offer green beer, Sunday only, and at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, also Sunday only, there will be corned beef & cabbage with red potatoes, Green Jazz Kitchen Lager, Jorge’s Land Mine (a “green explosion cocktail”) and Irish coffee.
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Warming Up for a Spring Vacation at Aulani? Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three, April 7 through May 23 and May 27 Through June 8

posted on February 25th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

If a cold and snowy winter has you thinking about a spring getaway at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, a new offer will help you spend extra time in the Hawaiian sunshine. For a limited time, you can stay four nights for the price of three when you purchase a minimum three-night stay April 7 through May 23 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

That means a total of four nights and five days to enjoy all there is to do at Aulani – pools and waterslides, restaurants and lounges, the relaxing beach and cove, entertainment, excursions, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, visits with Disney characters, Laniwai spa and more.

You can book this offer now through April 6, 2013. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your travel agent, and mention offer code AVW. You can also find it online at DisneyAulani.com. This offer is available for stays April 7 through May 23, 2013 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

As you may know, expansion of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September.

And, as always, here’s some useful supporting information:

4 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights promotion for guests who stay four consecutive nights all between April 7th 2013, through May 23 2013, and May 27th through June 8th, 2013. Book from now through April 6, 2013. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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A Great 2012 Draws to a Close at Aulani, More Fun and Excitement Coming in 2013

posted on December 31st, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


There's More Fun and Excitement Coming in 2013 to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Happy New Year from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i! The first full year at Aulani has been an eventful one, with awards for the resort, a great visit from “Live! with Kelly” and, around the time of the resort’s first anniversary in August, the announcement of significant expansion with new water features and food service locations coming to the resort.

We’re all looking forward to seeing those new additions in 2013. It’ll be an exciting new year for us and, I hope, for all of you as well. Here’s a look back at some of our top stories here on the Disney Parks Blog this year.

Celebrating One Year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani marked its one-year anniversary on August 29 with new details on its expansion and the launch of its official Twitter handle, @DisneyAulani.

Details Announced for Expanded Water Fun and Dining Options at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
This summer, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, announced plans for expansion at the resort, including new water play areas and quick-service dining locations.

Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012
In the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and Laniwai, a Disney Spa at Aulani, were included on the magazine’s “Hot List” for 2012.

As ‘LIVE!’ Spends the Week at Aulani, Kelly Ripa and Her Family Enjoy the Resort
Early this year, “LIVE! with Kelly” broadcast from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, culminating in the wedding of the winning couple of “LIVE’s Hawaiian Dream Wedding Giveaway.”

Mischievous Menehune Take Over Disney Parks Blog Publishing
Just before April Fool’s Day, we suspected the mischievous Menehune had tricky plans in store for the Disney Parks Blog. We were right – they took over the site for the day on April 1.

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We Wish You a Mele Kalikimaka from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on December 20th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


…and a Happy New Year! The cast members of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, join us in wishing Happy Holidays to our Disney Parks Blog readers and friends throughout the world.

From Hawai`i, warmest wishes (heh) for the season.


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Aulani Vacationers Can Enjoy Six Nights for the Price of Five Plus $150 One-Time Resort Credit, January 8 through March 10, 2013

posted on November 20th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'i

If you plan to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, this winter, there’s an extra-special travel offer that will give you all the time you need to enjoy everything in and around Aulani. For a limited time, you can stay six nights for the price of five and receive a $150 one-time resort credit to spend as you like.

That means a total of six days to enjoy all there is to do at Aulani – pools and waterslides, restaurants and lounges, entertainment, excursions, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, Laniwai spa and more. There’s something to delight every member of the family in a one-of-a-kind resort that celebrates not only vacations but the people, culture and stories of Hawai`i.

You can book this offer now through January 15, 2012. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384 and mention offer code S8O. This offer is available for stays January 8 through March 10, 2013, except February 16-18. As you probably have heard, Aulani has become so popular with guests of all ages that expansion work is underway as the resort enters its second year of operation.

And, as always, here’s some useful supporting information:

6 Nights for the Price 5 Nights with $150 One Time Resort Credit promotion for guests who stay five consecutive nights all between January 08, 2013 through March 10, 2013. Blackout Dates: February 16th, 2013 – February 18th, 2013. Book from November 20, 2012 – January 15, 2013. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Check for offers for other lengths of stay. Advance reservations required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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Season’s Aloha! Holiday Fun for All Ages Coming to Aulani

posted on November 16th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The holiday season arrives at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, on Thanksgiving Day, with appropriate island holiday enhancements throughout the resort.

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Beginning Thursday, November 22, Aunty, Uncle and all the welcoming cast members at Aulani will be celebrating the holidays with songs and stories. Aunty will perform “Santa’s Hula” as part of her Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki. The Aulani Starlit Hui band will add island holiday tunes “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Christmas Luau” to their repertoire. And Uncle will tell stories that celebrate the Makahiki season around The Circle of `Alae `Ula Fire Pit. Movie Nights will include titles like “The Santa Clause,” “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Prep and Landing,” as well as a holiday-inspired `ohana trivia game with a special gift for the winning family.

And if everyone has been nice – not naughty – this year, Santa will make a special visit to Aulani on Christmas Eve morning.

Mele Kalikimaka to all!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #disneyholidays.

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Cars Land, Radiator Springs Racers, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, Receive Honors

posted on November 13th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park Receives Honor From TEA

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the winners of the 19th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. It’s been a big year for Disneyland Resort and Aulani in Ko Olina, Hawai`i, and we’re happy to report that the following projects were all honored:

  • Cars Land received the award for New Theme Park Land, with the citation noting, among many other details, “…the overwhelming scale of the rockwork panorama…”
  • Radiator Springs Racers was honored in the Attraction category for “…true excellence in design, technical innovation and execution.”
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge received the citation for Theme Park Restaurant, noting, “…high quality service, distinctive setting and cuisine…”
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, received the award for Themed Hotel Resort – “The Aulani resort experience is one-of-a-kind.”

In addition, Frank Stanek, former Corporate Vice President of Research and Planning for the Walt Disney Company, will receive The Buzz Price Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. During his years with Disney, Stanek provided background and analysis in the original development of Walt Disney World Resort and the expansion of Disneyland Resort, as well as Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. His wide-ranging professional career also includes developments for the City of Osaka and Universal.

Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 6, 2013, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Congratulations to all of our Thea Award winners!

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Halloween in Hawai`i! Aulani Offers Spooky Fun for All Ages

posted on October 19th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Even people on a Hawaiian vacation like to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating for Halloween. The Halloween season arrives at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, this weekend, with special activities for guests of all ages through the end of the month.

Halloween in Hawai`i! Aulani Offers Spooky Fun for All Ages

Between now and Friday, November 2, Aulani will offer “Happy Halloween Hawaiian Style!” featuring Disney characters in costume, Halloween arts and crafts and, on select days, trick-or-treating around the resort, Halloween parties for the kids in Aunty’s Beach House, spooky family film nights and, for older kids, “Hallow Teen” events on the beach and in the Painted Sky teen spa.

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Starlit Hui is Back! And New Programs Delight Aulani Guests as Work Continues on Resort Expansion

posted on October 8th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Starlit Hui is Back at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

After a month-long hiatus while work progressed on expansion to the resort, Starlit Hui returns to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, this evening in its new location on the Halawai lawn. It’s the same exciting and eloquent gathering, featuring live music, world-class hula performance and an after-party with visiting Disney characters. And as before, it will be presented each Monday and Thursday evening.

While work continues on the amenities being added to Aulani, new programs are already being offered for Aulani guests. On the beach adjoining the resort, guests can learn sand sculpting techniques – and compete in a sand sculpting competition – in a program called Ki`I One (Sculptures in the Sand). Uncle shares his knowledge of canoes so that guests and their `ohana can build smaller canoes to race in Uncle’s Kahakai Canoe Racing. There’s also a special teen event, NSBZ (North Shore Beach Zone) designed to evoke the essence of an exciting and fun-filled “North Shore” beach experience.

Aulani guests can experiment with animation cel painting and character drawing, learn more about Walt Disney’s history and inspiration, and take some of that magic home with them when they participate in Disney Family Fun Animation. And kids visiting Aunty’s Beach House at Aulani can learn some comedy tricks of the trade from Johnny Coconut in The Coconut Kings and Queens of Comedy.

These are only a few of the programs available to Aulani guests of all ages. There’s lots of magic waiting to be discovered on an Aulani vacation.

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