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‘We’re Just Getting Started …’ Here at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


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“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company!” After 24-hours of dazzling magic and entertainment, the kickoff to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has officially concluded.

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From opening performances of “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” … to sparkling merchandise and food offerings, we hope you enjoyed our updates on the Disney Parks Blog.

Even though our 24-hour party is over, our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is just beginning. In fact, we’d like to leave you with a quote from Walt Disney himself: “We’re just getting started …”

See you real soon!

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TLT Dance CLUB Dazzles Into the Early Morning at Disneyland Park

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


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The land of Tomorrow continues to dazzle during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour party kickoff! Guests are dancing straight on ‘til morning to iconic dance tunes at the TLT Dance CLUB at Disneyland park.

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With just a few hours left, what has been your favorite moment of kicking off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Tell us in the comments below!

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A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 2-Bedroom Villa

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With temperatures starting to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about your summer vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Not too long ago, I wrote an article on the Disney Parks Blog about the benefits of staying in a 1-Bedroom Villa in the first “A Home Away From Home” installment. Today, I’m excited to continue the series with an inside look at the 2-Bedroom Villas at Aulani!

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First and foremost, the 2-Bedroom Villa is the perfect option for larger families to relax, hang out and of course, sleep! I recommend picking up a few grocery items when you arrive from Kālepa’s Store and preparing a meal or two in the kitchen. Also, the cozy living room is the perfect spot to curl up with your ‘ohana and watch a Disney classic film like “The Lion King” rented from the Pau Hana Room.

The spacious Villa offers over 1,100 square feet and comfortably sleeps up to nine guests. At the end of the evening, your family can head to Never Land with these sleeping arrangements: two resting in the master bedroom’s king bed, four sleeping in the second bedroom’s two queen beds and in the living room, three more guests stretching out in the queen sleeper sofa and the sleeper chair!

Like the 1-Bedroom Villa, don’t worry about packing extra clothes because a washer and dryer is available inside the room! Other amenities available in a 2-Bedroom Villa include: a whirlpool tub, 3 flat-panel televisions and DVD players and every kitchen appliance needed to prepare a home-cooked meal!

Are you ready for your Hawaiian getaway?

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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands

posted on May 13th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


So far, the “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series has shared the magic behind iconic locations at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, like ‘Alohi Point, Menehune Bridge and Pu’u Kilo. Today we continue with an inside look at Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands and how this delicious restaurant enhances the Aulani story for guests vacationing in Hawai’i.

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Aulani Cultural Advisor Kahulu De Santos shared with me that the traditional Hawaiian Makahiki season is actually during the fall months. “The sunset rising of the beautiful open star cluster Makali‘i (Pleiades), followed by the first visible crescent moon appearing at dusk, heralds the beginning of the Makahiki season,” she explained.

The story of the Makahiki season comes to life inside Aulani’s popular buffet restaurant in a series of artistic executions. A mural by leeward artist Solomon Enos highlights the powerful imagery and ancient protocols associated with the sacred time of the year. The colorful imagery gives Aulani guests a glimpse of the ceremonies and offerings presented to Lono-i-ka-Makahiki, the god of peace, rain and agriculture in order to bring fertility and prosperity to the land.

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There are other notable design elements for guests to discover in the buffet area itself. For example, the curving walls are embedded with tiles made of coconut fiber that lend a natural and organic backdrop for the art. Look up and you’ll also see this Hawaiian treat used in another design element. In fact, the entire ceiling consists of coconut tiles, augmented by a scattering of mirrored glass mosaic tiles. Return to Makahiki in the evening hours – the design is very reminiscent of a starry night.

Let’s not forget about the delicious food offerings, too! Your ‘ohana will enjoy items like sliced island fruits, Asian-inspired entrées and more! Make reservations to say hello to some of your favorite Disney characters at “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki” or have a delectable dinner in this one-of-a-kind restaurant with lots to discover here.

Do you have a detail at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, you’d love to know more about? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sounds from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Now on Pandora

posted on May 5th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


If music has the power to take you away, then brace yourself for a trip to a Hawaiian paradise with “Disney Aulani Sounds” on Pandora! This new mixtape includes songs by artists featured at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, creating an authentic Hawaiian musical experience.

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While listening to the playlist, you’ll enjoy songs from the “Aulani: Music of the Maka’ala” soundtrack – including my favorite, “Mele Ho‘ala Moku.” As quite the avid fan, I can assure you that taking a moment to close your eyes and listen to these songs transports you away to Aulani.

And to connect listeners to Aulani, Disney and Pandora also included musical artists who regularly perform at Off the Hook and The ‘Olelo Room. If you are vacationing at Aulani, be sure to check out The Daily ‘Iwa to see which local artists are performing – you may recognize their music from the “Disney Aulani Sounds” station!

Lastly, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Aulani is celebrating moms the whole month of May with an all-new breakfast-in-bed option and a blissful menu of spa treatments at the award-winning Laniwai Spa. Celebrate Mom with aloha and learn more about “Mahalo Momma Month” here.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa?

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With the addition of quizzes on the Disney Parks Blog, I’m excited to have a little fun testing your knowledge of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Even if you have never visited our beautiful resort in Hawai`i, take a look through some of our past Aulani blog posts to find the answers! Have fun and good luck!
 

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How Well Do You Know Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa?

What does the word “Aulani” mean in Hawaiian?
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What is the name of the only teen spa in Hawai`i, found at Aulani?
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What are the names of the two water slides found at the Pu’u Kilo in the Waikolohe Valley?
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What is the name of the magical, interactive kids club found at Aulani?
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What’s Included on Your Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Whenever anyone asks about favorite part of visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, my first response is always the incredible amount of activities included with your stay. What kind of activities, you might ask? Well, today I’m happy to share with you some of the complementary experiences – along with some helpful tips – designed for the entire ‘ohana during your Hawaiian vacation.

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  • Aunty’s Beach House - This magical, interactive kids club is designed for keiki ages 3 to 12 and offers a variety of complimentary activities that explore Hawaiian culture, art and music. I always recommend parents and their toddlers visit Aunty’s Beach House during the Open House hours between 8 – 9:30 a.m. daily to explore this amazing activity center together. Be sure to save time and pre-register your little ones online here.

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  • Starlit Hui - Uncle hosts this evening celebration on the Halawai Lawn and leads guests on a journey into Hawaiian culture and traditions — you’ll watch the stories unfold through spirited song and dance. Your entire ‘ohana will not want to miss this Disney-exclusive entertainment experience, so be sure to check The Daily ‘Iwa for the weekly performance schedule, and for even more fun, arrive about 30 minutes prior to show time! There’s all sorts of pre-show fun and activities for everyone.

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  • Pau Hana Room - For families and friends looking to connect over board games, arts and crafts, books or movies, the Pau Hana Room is the place to be! Most of your favorite Disney classic films are available to rent here. Or, embark on the Menehune Adventure Trail, a high-tech scavenger hunt, from the Pau Hana Room! Some of the activities that take place in the Pau Hana Room can be quite popular, so be sure to check in early!

These are just three of the activities that make a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, an unforgettable experience for everyone. Plus, they are included in the price of your room! To explore more, click here.

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Blue Hawaiian at The `Olelo Room

posted on April 13th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Update: 4/16/2015: The Blue Hawaiian recipe has been updated with a few minor changes

Our “Tastes of Aulani” series returns to The ‘Olelo Room at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to feature another signature Hawaiian cocktail. If you have mastered the Traditional Mai Tai and Mahi Mahi Tacos, now it’s time to test your skills with another classic: the Blue Hawaiian! Our bartenders at Aulani prepare this beverage at The ‘Olelo Room, Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar. However, if you’re at home, let cast member Keola show you how to make this beverage below. What other delicious eats and drinks from Aulani would you like to try at home? Tell us in the comments below!

Blue Hawaiian

  • 1 ounce House-made Sweet & Sour
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Old Lahaina Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Ocean Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce BOLS Blue Curaçao
  • Pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf, for garnish
  1. Pour sweet & sour, pineapple juice, rum and Blue Curaçao in mixing glass; fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into tall glass; garnish with pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf.
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‘Mahalo Mama Month’ Celebrates Moms at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i, will celebrate moms for the whole month of May with an all-new breakfast-in-bed option and a blissful menu of spa treatments at the award-winning Laniwai Spa. The offerings are the Hawaiian resort’s way to say mahalo to moms staying at Aulani.

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Moms can wake up in paradise with a scrumptious breakfast brought right to their bedside. Aulani’s chefs have created a special treat just for them: Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast, topped with warm chocolate syrup. Don’t worry, all guests are welcome to enjoy this delectable treat!

After breakfast, moms can spend the day relaxing at the Laniwai Spa and experiencing one of the many rejuvenating treatments. For example, during the Kapa’i Massage, warmed poultices of muslin-wrapped herbs are steamed and kneaded onto the body, perfect for those seeking muscle tension relief.

For the rest of the ‘ohana, there are also many ways to create one-of-a-kind keepsakes for moms. During arts and crafts at Aunty’s Beach House and the Pau Hana Room, kids can make mementos moms will keep forever. With Disney PhotoPass opportunities located throughout the resort, families can capture their special memories from Aulani on camera. As a special offer, guests will receive 20 percent off family portrait sessions throughout the month of May—perfect for mom’s desktop at home or at the office.

Adding to the great reasons to celebrate moms at Aulani is this special offer: guests can save up to 30 percent on stays during the month of May! For more details about “Mahalo Mama Month,” please visit here.

How will you celebrate Mother’s Day at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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Discover With Me: Pau Hana Room at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 30th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Just in time for spring break, the “Discover with Me” series continues with the Pau Hana Room at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! I enjoy this series because it allows Disney Parks Blog readers to meet cast members from around the resort who will answer guests’ most frequently asked questions. It also provides an insider’s perspective on how to make the most of your vacation to Aulani. Today, meet Tori in the video below and learn what makes the Pau Hana Room a must-see visit during your vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

How will your ‘ohana spend your spring break at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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