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Celebrating One Year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 29th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Aulani Opens its Doors to the First Guests

One year ago today, we welcomed the first guests to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i. Throughout the past year, many guests have discovered paradise with a touch of Disney magic at Aulani and, earlier today, we shared details on the resort’s upcoming expansion, which will bring even more magical experiences.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Twitter Page

Also today, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Aulani, we’re launching a new way for you to keep up with all the fun, magic – and expansion – at the resort. Follow @DisneyAulani on Twitter for daily updates and information from Aulani. And don’t forget – you will also continue to find the latest Aulani news here on the Disney Parks Blog, and you can connect with Aulani on Facebook.

Please join me in wishing Aulani a happy anniversary: “Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o!”

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Details Announced for Expanded Water Fun and Dining Options at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 29th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


I told you a few weeks ago about the enhancements coming to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i. This morning, some additional details about the new water features and two new quick-service restaurants were unveiled by Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Vice President, who led the design work on Aulani.

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New water features will include a themed family pool, extending literally to the very edge of the resort property and highlighted by a misty grotto from which relaxing swimmers may view the sunset. After dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights will appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool.

Near the family pool will be a new kids’ splash zone, designed to resemble tidal pools with some playful surprises for youngsters, including rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floors, and hidden Menehune – the legendary little people of the islands – who may be spotted through chinks in the rocks. Additional deck space, chairs, chaises and cabanas will surround these new water features.

Also coming to Aulani will be two new food service locations. One of these, located adjacent to the new water play area, will serve continental breakfast and offer a lunch and dinner menu with a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks that can be enjoyed in the adjoining outdoor patio, which provides a beautiful ocean view. A second quick-service eatery will be located beachside, offering grab-and-go snacks and easy access for beachgoers.

Work on these enhancements will begin in September and conclude in mid-2013, coinciding with the final build-out of the resort. Along with the water play and dining additions, the expansion will provide a new, larger lawn location for events, weddings and the guest-favorite nighttime Starlit Hui show. There will also be additional merchandise space – to provide guests with a greater variety of Aulani products, apparel and memories – and a protective awning over the patio of Makahiki restaurant, home of “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration,” featuring breakfast with Disney characters.

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As Aulani Expands, Vacationers Can Enjoy a Five-Night Stay for the Price of Three Nights

posted on August 3rd, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, welcomed its first guests. Over the course of that year, the resort has proven so popular that plans are already underway for expansion, beginning in September.

Aulani Announces a Special Offer During its Expansion

For those who stay at Aulani this fall during the expansion work, there’s an extra-special travel offer: five nights for the price of three. With this offer, guests can extend their stay for five consecutive nights and get two of those nights for free. That means two extra days to enjoy all there is to do at Aulani – pools and water slides, restaurants and lounges, entertainment, excursions, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, Laniwai Spa, etc., etc.

To take advantage of the offer, visit DisneyAulani.com or call toll-free (866) 309-2384 and mention offer code O8V. This offer will be available for stays most nights September 10, 2012, through December 18, 2012.

Here’s some exciting, additional information:

5 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights promotion for guests who stay five consecutive nights all between September 10, 2012, and December 22, 2012. Book from July 25, 2012, through November 10, 2012. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. 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. Advanced reservations required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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More Water Fun, Dining Options Coming in Aulani Resort Expansion

posted on July 26th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If you’ve had the opportunity to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – or even if you’ve just been reading about it – you know how much fun it is and how popular it’s been with families visiting Hawai`i.
Waikolohe Stream at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai`i

As a result of all the excitement about Aulani and its amenities, we’re already planning an expansion of the resort. New water features will be added to the Waikolohe Valley pool area, along with additional deck space for sunbathing and relaxing. Two new quick-service food locations also will be part of the enhancements, and the popular “Starlit Hui” show will move to a larger lawn so that even more guests can enjoy the performance.

Work on all this is scheduled to begin in September. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for regular updates on plans and progress.

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Families Practice Healthy Living Over ‘The Weekend’ at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 5th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If concentrating on fitness is your goal, you might as well do it in a place where getting outdoors and focusing on recreation come easily. Need I add, a top choice would be Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i.

This past weekend at Aulani, seven lucky families participated in “The Weekend,” an annual event presented by Disney Magic of Healthy Living, the Disney program that encourages kids and families to try new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be the best they can be.

The participating families were the national grand-prize winners of the TRYit! Photo Contest from Disney Magic of Healthy Living. Families were encouraged to send photos and explain in the caption the ways their families TRY to stay healthy and active.

Families Practice Healthy Living Over ‘The Weekend’ at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

The families spent the weekend soaking up the Hawaiian sun – trying new cuisines, experiencing some of the resort’s exciting excursions, and participating in Disney’s TRYathalon. Disney XD stars Kelly Berglund (“Lab Rats”), Kelsey Chow (“Pair of Kings”), Jason Earles (“Kickin’ It,” “Hannah Montana”), and Adam Irigoyen (“Shake It Up”) were on hand to cheer them on and compete in some of the challenges.

Families Practice Healthy Living Over ‘The Weekend’ at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

TRYathalon challenges included snorkeling, sailing and hiking. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were on hand to participate, and a highlight of “The Weekend” was a special ceremony recognizing the families’ efforts to lead healthier lifestyles.

To learn how you and your family can be a part of Disney Magic of Healthy Living and about fun, upcoming opportunities like “The Weekend,” you can visit www.Disney.com/TRYit.

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Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012

posted on May 18th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


If you picked up the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, you may already know that Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, is one of 12 U.S. hotels included on the “Hot List” for 2012. Also on the list, in the spa category, is Laniwai, a Disney Spa at Aulani.

Conde Nast Traveler’s annual May Hot List is the ultimate insider’s guide to the hottest new hotels, spas and restaurants of the year. Editors traveled to 49 countries and evaluated 172 new hotels to discover the best in the world, and Aulani was included among the best.

Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012

In their evaluation, Conde Nast editors particularly cited “the resort’s main attraction…the pool area” (aka Waikolohe Valley) and noted, “Apart from meet-and-greets with Mickey and Minnie and themed activities like ‘Surf’s Up’ time with Chip and Dale, the property feels more like a five-star family-focused resort than a Disney showcase. And it lives up to its promise to educate kids about Hawaiian culture…”

The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

The “Hot Spas” citation noted the six outdoor rain showers and the “tranquil, wood-paneled” interior, and observed “excellent technicians choose just the right massage pressure and products.” Of course the Aulani and Laniwai teams always strive to provide Disney levels of quality and service, so it’s nice to be recognized by veteran travelers.

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New Aulani Offers Available Today: Kids Eat Free and So Much More, Plus 25% Off Fares from Hawaiian Airlines

posted on May 11th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Mickey Mouse and Goofy with Guests at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'i

If you’re planning a family vacation, we’ve got two more reasons for you to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i. In addition to the delicious food, fun-filled water play areas and activities for all ages, guests visiting Aulani can enjoy these new offers, when booking travel today through July 14:

Kids Eat Free and So Much More at Aulani*
Kids (ages 3-9) eat free from the Kids Menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and receive a Length of Stay Rainbow Reef Pass with a five-night minimum stay, for travel between August 29 through November 3, when booked before July 14.

You can choose from the following table-service or quick-service restaurants for all three of your meals:

  • ‘AMA’AMA includes: 1 appetizer (lunch and dinner only), 1 entrée and one dessert (lunch and dinner only); 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Makahiki Buffet includes: 1 full buffet (breakfast and dinner only)
  • ‘Olelo Room includes: 1 continental breakfast (breakfast only)
  • One Paddle, Two Paddle, Mama’s Snack Stop or Lava Shack quick-service meal includes: 1 entrée or 1 complete combo meal; 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only); 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

Save 25% on Hawaiian Airlines Fares**
Fly Hawaiian Airlines to Aulani as part of your vacation package and save 25% on round-trip airfare when you travel August 29 through November 3, when booked before July 14. Offer is available for flights out of John F Kennedy International Airport, Oakland International Airport, San Jose International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport only.

Visit DisneyAulani.com for more information!

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Dining entitlements and Rainbow Reef pass are for registered guests only, expire upon check out and are non-transferable. Advance reservations required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**Reservation must include a minimum one-night stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa. Limited supplies are available and discount may be applied over all travel dates (8/29/2012 – 11/03/12). Fares on some dates may be higher. Not valid on K & L fares. Maximum of 6 passengers per reservation. Travel must originate from one of the following Designated Airports: John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Fare is subject to seat availability. Child/infant or other discounts do not apply. If ticket changes are made, the value of the original round-trip discount may not be applied and is subject to availability. Date and routing changes may be made with applicable penalties, and fare differential may apply. Cancellation penalties will apply. Discount will be applied to the published base fare at the time of booking, based on a round-trip itinerary originating from a Designated Airport to Honolulu, Hawaii and includes Base Fare, Fuel Surcharge, and U.S. taxes. Fare shown includes taxes and fees including a $3.80 ZP tax per segment (defined as one takeoff and one landing), a $2.50 per enplanement September 11th Security Fee (not to exceed $10) and PFC surcharge of $4.50 (not to exceed $18 round-trip) where applicable will be applied. For complete listings of fees and baggage charges, visit http://www.hawaiianair.com/moreinfo.

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Tickets on Sale Now for the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival, Featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 25th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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Now in its second year, the four-day Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival features more than 50 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The festival starts September 6, 2012, and will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 9, with “Cuisines of the Stars: A Magical Journey of Food & Culture” at Ko Olina Resort, featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.

During this special event, a team of world-renowned chefs will create a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the world using local produce and products. The featured chefs will include Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Patrick Callarec of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

Tickets are now available here, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate Hawaiian food and culture with Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

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All the Fun at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Comes Together in Waikolohe Valley

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


I know I’ve already told you a lot about the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa experience, but I wanted to share this great video that underlines how much fun everyone in the family can have at the resort.

The video also demonstrates – just in case you had any doubt – that no Aulani vacation can be fully enjoyed if you don’t get really, really wet.

Slide into the darkness of the Volcanic Vertical and, after you land in the pool at the bottom, wait in a corner so you can hear the screams of the next person to slide down (I love the point-of-view shots in this video). Sail down Tubestone Curl and into the drifting Waikolohe Stream, where you can spot Menehune-in-hiding without too much trouble. Recently I even stood under the Menehune Bridge (although I was clearly the oldest guy on the playground) just long enough for the magically refilling bowl to turn over and drench me.

Speaking of the Menehune, another family fun highlight shown in the video is the Menehune Adventure Trail, a high-tech scavenger hunt that leads you through Waikolohe Valley as you solve riddles, search for hidden statues and discover surprises left by the Menehune, with special effects involving fire, water, light and animation…all part of the magic of Aulani.

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In Search of … the Menehune at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 1st, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Residents of Hawai‘i and most visitors know the tales of the mysterious Menehune, but how many have actually seen one?

Not too long ago, Disney Parks Blog author Gary Buchanan went on his own personal safari to find the Menehune concealed around Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

How’d he do? You be the judge.

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