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Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on February 12th, 2016 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


There are many partners that we work with at Disney – but it’s no secret that “Wheel of Fortune” is one of our favorites … and we’re always thinking about new ways that we can work together.

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Last year, we brought three of our vacation experiences together to create an exciting week on “Wheel”: Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii. It was so much fun, we decided to do it again! So, once again, it’s Disney Sea & Shore Week on “Wheel”!

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I always tell you that I have the best job at Disney … and working on this production may have been the most fun of all. Along with some other very talented (and lucky) cast members, we played host to our friends Pat Sajak and Vanna White as they sailed aboard the Disney Cruise Line … got a taste of Hollywood on one of our spectacular Adventures by Disney trips … and experienced the true magic of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Pat and Vanna, along with the entire crew from “Wheel of Fortune,” made memories that will last a lifetime as we all traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From an extraordinary dinner at Palo aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, to storytelling by the fire at Aulani … to a stroll along world famous Hollywood Boulevard on a unique Adventures by Disney excursion, I don’t think any of us will soon forget these special moments.

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Good news is, you’ll get to see many of these experiences throughout the week of shows – along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do … and there’s plenty of inspiration, too, for your next Disney vacation as you venture outside the theme parks. (And, another exciting treat – five lucky viewers will win their very own dream vacation to Aulani, just for watching!)

So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19! Check your local listings or visit wheeloffortune.com for time and channel.

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Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana: Fitness Instructor at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With Hawaii’s breathtaking landscape and tropical temperatures, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors and be active. At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we offer something for everyone, including many options to keep you energized and fit!

As part of our “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana” series, I’d like to introduce you to Chasen, one of our friendly fitness instructors. The resort not only has a state-of-the-art fitness center, but also offers a variety of classes and bootcamps for Aulani resort guests – most complimentary.

Learn about Chasen’s role, as well as a few of our fitness offerings in the video below.

Looking to stay fit while on vacation at Aulani? Check the Daily ‘Iwa for daily class schedules.

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Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Aloha Kakahiaka!

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Janelle Sanqui, Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! I’m Janelle, the first Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. You may have heard my story in the “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana” series. I have the privilege of sharing the unique combination of Disney magic and aloha spirit of Hawai‘i and Aulani with all of you!

Here in Hawai‘i, the word “aloha” is used as a greeting. It also means to have love, honor, and respect for everyone. There is a Hawaiian greeting for any time of day! Throughout this new series, I will share those greetings and a few ways you can experience aloha at Aulani from sunrise to well past sundown.

Let’s begin this series with the start of the day. Aloha kakahiaka means good morning!

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I love the calm that the start of the day brings. The Hawaiian word for calm or quiet is wailana, and a morning walk through the Waikolohe Valley to Aulani’s Wailana Coffee Bar is the perfect way to enjoy a quiet morning before kick-starting your day with a specialty coffee.

Maybe you are mikimiki or energetic in the morning? Be sure to visit the Mikimiki Fitness Center or try a sunrise yoga session on the beach. Aulani’s fitness team offers a variety of energizing classes for those looking for an active start to the day. A few of my favorite morning fitness activities are the premium paddleboard yoga experience and Splash and Dash Fitness.

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If visiting Aulani makes you want to sing and dance first thing in the morning, Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki is the place for you and your ‘ohana. During this fun and interactive character breakfast, we share the flavors and food of Hawai‘i while celebrating through song and dance with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy, who are also on vacation at Aulani just like you!

How will you start your day at Aulani?

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Tastes of Aulani: Learning Hawaiian at The ‘Olelo Room

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the great things about writing for the Disney Parks Blog is the opportunity to showcase incredible offerings and details found at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts around the world. I love showcasing the many offerings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and today is no exception. Continuing the “Tastes of Aulani” series, cast member ­­­­Malia shares what makes The ‘Olelo Room a must-visit during your vacation to this Hawaiian resort.

What is your favorite food or beverage item to enjoy at The ‘Olelo Room? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jon Favreau Enjoys an Adventure at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 8th, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Out of the jungle and into a tropical Hawaiian paradise, Jon Favreau, director of the upcoming live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book,” recently vacationed with his ‘ohana at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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Our pal Mickey caught up with Jon among the volcanic landscape of Aulani’s Waikolohe Valley. “The Jungle Book” hits theaters on April 15, 2016.

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Watch ‘Disney: Beyond the Parks’ Tonight on Destination America

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Many Disney Parks Blog readers know that the magic of Disney extends beyond our theme parks to places like Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i; aboard magnificent Disney Cruise Line ships; and at locations around the world with Adventures by Disney.

Tonight on Destination America, viewers can check out “Disney: Beyond the Parks,” a special that explores the fun Disney guests can have in places like Alaska, Wyoming, San Francisco and Hawai’i.

Check your local listings for times and channels – but in the meantime, check out a sneak peek above!

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Winter Festivities at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


If you are lucky enough to head to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai‘i this holiday season, you’re in for quite a treat! Through December 31, the resort is glistening with holiday decor infused with Hawaiian touches. Plus, your favorite Disney friends are dressed in their best holiday attire for photos and greetings.

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Guests also have the opportunity to experience special entertainment and activities exclusive to the season! Here’s what I’m looking forward to enjoying:

Holiday Starlit Hui: Aulani’s signature evening event—Starlit Hui—will celebrate the holidays with traditional and modern entertainment, including hula performers, Hawaiian-style music, interpretive dance and more. Holiday Starlit Hui debuts December 20 with repeat performances on December 22, 24, 27 and 29.

Christmas Carolers: Throughout the rest of December, carolers will be singing various holiday songs in the Maka‘ala Lobby and Waikolohe Valley, bringing the spirit of Aloha to you!

Visit from Santa: On the morning of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will be visiting Aunty’s Beach House to meet your ‘ohana. You better have your list ready!

If you’d like more information on any activities or programs, be sure to check the resort’s daily activities calendar, the Daily ‘Iwa.

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Celebration of the Harvest at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


In Hawai‘i, the traditional celebration of the harvest — or Makahiki — takes place in the fall. At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, our resort’s casual, family-friendly restaurant is appropriately named after the season’s festival, Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands.

As we pointed out in the “Unforgettable Details” post a few months back, the story of Makahiki season comes to life inside the restaurant through not only delectable cuisine, but also local artwork. Murals by artists Solomon Enos and Al Lagunero celebrate the spirit of the festival, while depicting Hawaiian feasting and gaming.

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To continue the celebration of this season in a fun and festive way, the resort is featuring a new Disney character show called “Menehune Mischief at the Makahiki.” Available on select days, guests are invited to join Aunty, Donald Duck, Stitch and Chip & Dale as they tell the story of the Menehune — the magical “little people” of Hawai‘i!

Happy Thanksgiving from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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Win a Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Aloha, Disney Parks Blog readers! I’m pleased to share that I’ll now be covering Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, here on the blog. The resort is special to me because it combines two of my favorite things — Hawai‘i and Disney! It’s truly a Hawaiian paradise with a perfect dose of Disney magic and I look forward to sharing news, updates, vacation tips and more!

Speaking of vacation … ever had one that was a little too much on-the-go, with nonstop tourist sightseeing? Or perhaps it was the longest road trip of your life? Ever come home exhausted and feel you need another vacation, just to recover from the vacation you were on? You’re not alone. There’s certainly an art to experiencing a restful and rejuvenating vacation, and luckily, our Pacific paradise has all the right ingredients. The only thing missing, is you!

That’s why we are running a contest called “The Vacation You Won’t Need a Vacation After.” From now until November 30, 2015, follow the link here to enter and you and your ‘ohana could soon be relaxing at Aulani, enjoying the pools in the Waikolohe Valley, swimming in the Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, or taking a blissful treatment in the Laniwai Spa.

Do you need an Aulani vacation from your last vacation?

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Aulani Vacation You Won’t Need a Vacation After Contest begins 12:00:00 PM ET on November 2, 2015 and ends 11:59:59 PM ET on November 30, 2015. Open to eligible legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at time of entry. One and only one unique entry per each calendar day during the Contest. The prize is a seven (7) day/six (6) night vacation package for four (4) people at Aulani, a Disney® Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. Void in Puerto Rico, Quebec, and where prohibited. Click on Official Rules for details on entry instructions, judging criteria, prize details, restrictions, etc. Total ARV of all prizes is: USD $9,060.00 / CAD $12,015.51. Sponsor: Disney Destinations, LLC, P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA.

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First Look at New Merchandise Collections at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on October 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There are so many great things to experience and enjoy while vacationing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, among them walking through the serene beauty of the Maka’ala Lobby, conquering the Menehune Adventure Trail, relaxing in the sun, splashing in the surf or taking time to enjoy a delicious shave ice. It’s no surprise that the last one would be my favorite. That’s why our designers and merchandisers creatively captured some of your favorite Disney characters enjoying experiences just like you! Take a look!

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You’ll find this new art and individual characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy on a variety of merchandise including adult and kids apparel, headwear, souvenirs, home décor items, drinkware and more. There’s something for everyone, no matter what you enjoy.

Also debuting this month is the Travel Collection. While it is a little bit more subtle in style, this retro-inspired program, comprised of three images, is a nod to vintage Hawai’i, with days spent relaxing on the shore, admiring the view or spending time in the ocean.

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You simply can’t go wrong with this look. You’ll find the different art styles on a variety of items, including men’s and ladies’ outerwear, T-shirts, souvenirs, accessories and more.

Look for these new collections on your next visit at Kalepa’s Store.

Which collection are you most excited about?

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