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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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Disney Vacation Account Helps You Plan, Save for Future Disney Vacations

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re one of our many readers who can’t wait for their next Disney trip, you’ll want to check out our newest program – Disney Vacation Account. It simplifies saving for your next dream vacation – a little at a time – and includes some great online tools to help you do it.

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Disney Vacation Account was created after hearing your feedback. You let us know that you wanted more tools to help plan a Disney experience and we’ve created a program that’ll let you save for magical vacations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, or Adventures by Disney.

Disney Vacation Account helps you manage your vacation savings at your own pace, in a way that fits your budget. And it’s easy to get started.

First, our Account Budget Estimator will help you estimate the cost of your vacation based on current prices. Please remember prices change from time to time.

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Next, calculate your savings contribution on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Then sit back and track your savings with a personalized account page and fun emails that help you plan your vacation along the way.

Accounts can be updated at any time—like changing your savings contribution amounts and frequency or stopping your contributions—at no cost.

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When you’re ready to book your dream vacation, you can use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation. To use your Disney Vacation Account funds toward paying for your vacation, you must book it either directly with Disney or through a participating travel agency booking directly with Disney. Please ask your travel agent whether your booking will be eligible to be paid for with your Disney Vacation Account.

There are no fees to create or maintain a Disney Vacation Account. And all of your contributions are fully refundable.

Also, if you use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation before December 31, 2017, (date subject to extension) you’ll be eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1,000 spent on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account. Certain limitations apply.*

To sign up and get started, visit our Disney Vacation Account site. And let us know how it helped you with your next Disney vacation.

*Maximum of a total of $500 in Disney Gift Card(s) per household. Your Disney Vacation Account must be active for a minimum of 120 days at the time of spending in order to receive this bonus. Request your Disney Gift Card(s) 4-6 weeks in advance of your vacation date to allow time for delivery to your mailing address. Visit DisneyVacationAccount.com\FAQ\Bonus for complete details.

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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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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: ‘Alohi Point

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


As an adult vacationing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, I recommend watching at least one Hawaiian sunset at the spas at ‘Alohi Point. These two oceanfront, infinity-edge whirlpool spas are the most romantic and idyllic spots in the resort as they appear to cascade into the Pacific Ocean. Today, the “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues on the Disney Parks Blog with a look at this peaceful paradise at Aulani.

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According to Aulani Cultural Advisor Kahulu De Santos, ‘alohi means “to sparkle and shimmer.” As the sun sets each day, the surface of the whirlpool spas shimmer with gold. If you are a guest looking up at these two pools from beachside, you’ll see the walls of water sparkling and shimmering, thanks to the elegant glass tiles of sea greens and blues.

As always with this series, Aulani guests are encouraged to look for a few hidden details around the resort. See if you can spot a fish embedded in the rockwork near the railing wall at ‘Alohi Point, and an octopus stretching it’s long tentacles across the outer perimeter of the upper level whirlpool spa!

Where are you looking forward to watching the sun set while visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Tell us in the comments below!

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Add Some Local Flavor to Your Stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you are looking for tasty confections to delight your taste buds while on vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, or you wish to treat yourself or your friends and family back home, I know exactly what you’ve been looking for. The packaging for some of you, might be instantly recognizable, for others, I’m talking about Big Island Candies! That pretty much says it all but for those of you who have never tried one of these delectable creations, here’s a little bit of history.

Big Island Candies has created mouthwatering treats at their chocolate factory and headquarters in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i, since 1977. There are three words that come to mind whenever I think about them: innovative, distinctive and – did I mention? – delicious! One of their most renowned cookies is the Macadamia Nut Shortbread; however, when you visit Aulani, you’ll find more than just that.

Big Island Candies actually created a special formulation in a very unique shape that can only be found and are only available at Aulani. Fan favorites include Classic Shortbread (no nuts), the ever-popular Chocolate Dipped Shortbread, Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Macadamia Nut (not dipped) and even Guava Macadamia Nut. Take a look!

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Something else that’s great to keep in mind, especially if you are traveling or off to see the sites for the day, are the grab-and-go boxes. These specially created smaller round cookies are the perfect snack size and come in Macadamia Nut Shortbread, Classic Shortbread (no nuts), Guava Macadamia Nut Shortbread and Chocolate Macadamia Nut Shortbread (not dipped).

I couldn’t stop there. So I asked my dear friends at Aulani what else our guests could expect to find. Here’s what they had to say.

“The newest addition to the line,” said Eldon Delos Santos, “is the Macadamia Honey Chocolates, exclusively in milk and dark chocolate.” What makes it so special? “The honey used in this particular confection comes from the honey bees that pollinate the macadamia nut tree fields on the Big Island during the winter blooming season. The result is a slightly nutty flavored amber honey that adds a sweet and distinct aroma and flavor to the overall concoction.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry and definitely craving these tantalizing treats. So the next time you visit Aulani, make a beeline for Kalepa’s Store and be sure to pick up a box, or two, or maybe more. I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at ‘AMA‘AMA

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


We recently started the new “Tastes of Aulani” series on the Disney Parks Blog so you can take home some of the delicious Hawaiian flavors of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Today, our series continues with Chef Kevin from ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking, preparing the delicious Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available during lunch. Enjoy the video and recipe below and then give these tasty tacos a try in your kitchen!

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
Makes 8 (6-inch) tacos

Island Slaw

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 tablespoons finely sliced red onions
  • 1/4 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons salad oil
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Salsa

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons diced white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds and white membrane removed, minced
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Grilled Mahi Mahi

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound mahi mahi
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

For Serving

  • 8 (6-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
  • Island Slaw
  • Salsa
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

For island slaw:

  1. Toss together cabbage, pineapple, onions, and carrots in a mixing bowl.
  2. TStir in rice vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For salsa:

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeños in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For chipotle sauce:

  1. Mix sour cream, chipotle, and garlic together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For grilled mahi mahi:

  1. Season grill pan with oil and heat over medium heat.
  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn and cook until just opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Keep warm until ready to serve.

To serve:

  1. Grill tortillas until warm on non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Evenly divide island slaw on each tortilla, then top with mahi mahi, salsa, and chipotle sauce. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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This Spring, Explore O‘ahu While on Vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


I’m a huge fan of Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit “Frozen” and especially the ice queen, Elsa. However, we disagree on this: the cold does bother me. Anyway, with average temperatures of 78 degrees in Hawai‘i, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is the perfect place to thaw out this spring. While vacationing in a tropical paradise, be sure to explore the 112 miles of shoreline along O‘ahu. This beautiful island features world-class shopping, dining, sightseeing and cultural activities. One of my favorite days during my first trip to Aulani was driving along the North Shore and then hiking to the spectacular Waimea Falls! Learn more about the amazing O’ahu adventures you can do with your family while vacation at Aulani here.

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And to ensure you have plenty of time to explore everything O‘ahu has to offer, the longer you stay in paradise on most nights from April 6 through June 15, 2015, the more you and your ‘ohana will save!

  • Save 10% on 3 consecutive nights
  • Save 20% on 4 consecutive nights
  • Save 30% on 5 or more consecutive nights

What are you most excited to do on your next Hawaiian vacation?

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Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


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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.

Disney Cruise Line has been featured on the show before. But, this week, two more exciting vacation destinations join for the very first time: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and Adventures by Disney! And with all three together, 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, beginning tonight, along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do. 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! More details, here.

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So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning tonight! Check your local listings for time and channel.

(One last thing. I would never dream of giving anything away. But, just between us, don’t be surprised to see even more Disney fun ahead this season on “Wheel.” No one will know I told you, right?)

Buy a vowel!

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Takes Over Popular YouTube Channel What’s Up Moms for Vacation Week

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Not too long ago, YouTube sensations What’s Up Moms visited Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, for a family vacation. While at the Travel + Leisure Number 1 Top Family Hotel in the United States, the moms decided to have a little fun by shooting a parody video, featuring a new spin on a familiar hit song. This one takes a humorous look at some of the funny challenges parents can face when trying to capture a “perfect family photo” to share with friends and family. Enjoy the video below, and if you find yourself laughing at some of same familiar themes, then leave us a comment below about the time you might have tried “Livin’ for the Share.”

This week is Vacation Week on the What’s Up Moms YouTube channel! Be sure to visit their page to enjoy videos that include tips for traveling with little ones – from travel snacks for on-the go, to packing tips and even a DIY scrapbook tutorial to preserve all those special Hawaiian vacation memories made during your vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

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