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Under the Sea With Supplied-Air Snorkeling in Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


One of my favorite activities that the whole ‘ohana can enjoy together at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is snorkeling at Rainbow Reef. In fact, it’s the only private snorkeling lagoon on O’ahu. At Rainbow Reef, you can get up-close to nearly 50 different types of sea life native to Hawai`i. And we recently added an enhanced experience, S.A.S. (Supplied-Air Snorkeling), which is perfect for novice snorkelers. My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, gave it a try on her last visit to Aulani – go along with her and see it for yourself in the video below.

Have you and your ‘ohana had a chance to snorkel in Rainbow Reef? What kind of fish did you find? Now is the perfect time to visit Aulani with this great offer.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Hotels Receive ‘Best Hotels’ Awards

posted on February 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you haven’t heard, eight Walt Disney Parks and Resorts hotels were recently named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report. All of the winning Disney Parks hotels ranked as one of the best in their market.

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We’re especially thrilled about the awards because they recognize the creativity and heart of our cast members who create Disney magic and deliver the great guest service that the company is known for. Here’s the breakdown of winners:

In California, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was named one of the Best Hotels in Anaheim and in Hawaii, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa ranked as one of the Best Hotels in Honolulu – Oahu.

Six hotels at Walt Disney World Resort were also named Best Hotels in Orlando, including:

The hotels were ranked by travel experts and guests through online reviews and ratings and a complete list is posted online.

Congratulations to all of our “Best Hotels” winners.

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Pro Bowl Players Get in the Aloha Spirit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On Friday, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, welcomed NFL players preparing to compete in today’s Pro Bowl game. Players were invited to bring their families to enjoy an afternoon of Disney magic, with special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to visit with Mickey Mouse upon arriving at the event.

NFL Pro Bowl Tight End Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys with Minnie Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Tight end Jason Witten, of the Dallas Cowboys, visited with event hostess Minnie Mouse.

NFL Pro Bowl Running Back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles with Mickey Mouse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

And Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, of the Philadelphia Eagles, stopped to shake a shaka with Mickey Mouse on his way into the event.

Please join me in wishing all the Pro Bowl players luck in today’s game!

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2014 Merchandise Debuts at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who doesn’t love the idea of a tropical getaway? So any time that I can share details about what’s happening in the world of merchandise at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – I’m in. Let’s be honest, I feel like I’m already there!

If you are looking to commemorate your stay at the resort, consider our 2014 Program which is available at Kālepa’s and features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Stitch, Chip n’ Dale and Duffy the Disney Bear. You will find elements of the art in some form or fashion on vast array of merchandise including tees for kids and adults, a mug, frame, magnet, keychain, ornament, jumbo pencil, pen and D-Tech phone case. Here’s your first look!

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Vacation is a time to get away, so I encourage you to embrace your aloha Disney Side while you’re at Aulani with one of our four new tees.

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Now, one thing that I hope you have planned during your stay is a trip to Laniwai Spa. I actually haven’t been myself, but I am looking forward to the opportunity of experiencing the massages and skin care treatments they offer. What I have been lucky enough to try is some of the amazing product that is used in many of the exquisite treatments. One of these great product offerings is the Laniwai collection, a luxurious skin care line, embodying the roots of Hawai‘i while providing natural and botanical benefits.

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I was a bit curious about what made it so special, so I inquired with my friend and merchandiser, Emilio Martinez, who had this to share: “The Laniwai collection commits to providing luxurious natural products made from organic ingredients, from the most serene tropical wonders that Hawai‘i has to offer. If you choose the body polish, body cream or body wash, you will find that it provides the perfect combination of exfoliation, nourishment and hydration; giving you the relaxed and natural glow one seeks.” So if you long to re-live your stay at Aulani or perhaps an amazing spa treatment at Laniwai, take the Laniwai collection home with you, and recapture the natural beauty Hawai‘i has to offer.

For details on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa merchandise, artisan signings with Aunty Lorna May Pacheco (Lauhala Plaiting) and Dalani Tanahy (Kapa Printing), and more visit www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

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Enjoy a Spring Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa with a Special New Offer

posted on January 20th, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


UPDATE 3/4/14: This offer has been extended! Book now through May 14, 2014, for stays most nights April 23 through June 16, 2014.

Hale means house, and when you come to visit us at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we have some great options for your vacation home. When you are immersed in all of our great recreational and entertainment activities, you may overlook the benefits and wide variety of the resort’s spectacular villas.

Our one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas are specifically designed with families in mind. Each is equipped with kitchens and a dining table that make it the perfect opportunity for families to connect over home-made meals. Families can stretch out in comfort as these villas come with a separate living room, or step outside onto a private lanai to enjoy the gentle trade winds and peaceful moments of Hawaiʻi. The comforts and conveniences also feature flat panel televisions in the living room and each bedroom, a whirlpool tub, stacked washer-dryers and elegant furnishings inspired by the fine arts of ancient Hawaiʻi, all with a touch of Disney magic. These amazing home-like amenities blended with a Hawaiian style make our villas an ideal vacation hale for any family size traveling together.

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Bring your family to bask in these wonderful accommodations, and reward yourself even more with a $500 resort credit when you purchase a minimum four-night stay in a one or two-bedroom villa. This special offer can be booked now through May 15, 2014 March 31, 2014 for stays most nights April 23 through June 16, 2014. Your resort credit can be applied to indulge at Laniwai Spa, experience exciting island excursions, enjoy beach rental activities, and partake at Aulani’s amazing dining options.

To book your next family vacation in an Aulani villa, visit here, or for more information visit DisneyAulani.com.

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Ho`olaule`a – Celebration! Disney VoluntEARS Spread Holiday Cheer in Hawai`i

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Mālama – to care for. That’s what we do for each other here in Hawai`i, especially during this special time of the year. Mālama is also why giving back to our community through the Disney VoluntEARS program is something that’s so valued by our cast members at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It gives them a chance to share a little bit of Disney magic while making a difference in our own community.

Elliot Mills, Vice President and General Manager, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Helps Present Donation to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation

Last week, a holiday VoluntEARS event was made even more memorable for everyone in attendance with a special announcement. While visiting keiki, the children, and staff at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children we announced a $250,000 gift to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation for the renovation and rebuilding of their facility servicing keiki from Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. The gift will support a special family-oriented play area in the soon-to-be constructed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit building. Afterward, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Disney VoluntEARS toured the hospital, visiting keiki patients and their families in rooms, delivering small gifts and bringing smiles and holiday cheer wherever they went.

Mickey, Minnie and Disney VoluntEARS at the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade Mickey, Minnie and Disney VoluntEARS at the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade

Mickey and Minnie once again were the Grand Marshals of the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade with Disney VoluntEARS walking alongside and sharing Aulani’s support for the community it calls home. At the end of the parade, Mickey and Minnie helped turn on the lights on the City tree and fireworks closed out this special night for our local community.

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R5 Performs ‘Pass Me By’ at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


I first became acquainted with the music of R5 and their continually growing popularity from my two kids. R5 is made of up Disney Channel star Ross Lynch, his sister Rydell, brothers Riker and Rocky, and their close friend Ratliff. I then had the special privilege to hang out with the Lynch family for a couple of days here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, as the group took to the beach to perform their song “Pass Me By.” I shared a bit of Hawaiian culture with their ‘ohana, and they returned the favor by playing bit of their mele – music – for all of us. And a special “ALOHA!” to Ryland, the one sibling who doesn’t play in the band, but who certainly kept the fun going for the ‘ohana on the slides, in the pool, on the beach volleyball court, and everywhere throughout the resort. Check out the video of all the great moments they had here at Aulani.

Catch five unplugged versions of R5 songs from their new album, Louder, during Take 5 with R5 Night – tomorrow, December 21, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern – only on Disney Channel.

And don’t let an Aulani vacation opportunity for you and your ʻohana pass you by! Visit DisneyAulani.com to book your warm winter vacation and enjoy a 4th night free along with free breakfasts each morning (for two adults) at Ulu Cafe with a consecutive four-night stay purchase.

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Celebrate the Holidays

posted on December 4th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are your bags packed? Because this latest window shopping post is all about discovering the magic of the holidays around the world.

Season’s Greetings! Mele Kalikimaka Shirts From Aulani Season’s Greetings! Mele Kalikimaka Shirts From Aulani

Are you celebrating your holidays with us at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? To get in the spirit of the season while you’re there, I’d recommend our Season’s Greetings! Mele Kalikimaka tees featuring Mickey Mouse. They come in both adult and kids sizes and make a great gift for the whole family.

If you’re like me, I’m partial to holiday ornaments. I won’t even begin to tell you how many I have. Not only do they make great decorations, but they become keepsakes that can often signify a special trip, experience or moment to treasure forever. For the best selection of ornaments, stop by Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu to pick up one to commemorate your trip. I’m excited to see what you’ll choose, so let me know!

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While I can take a Hawaiian holiday just about any day, it’s time for us to take flight and head over to Hong Kong Disneyland to visit my good friend Fion Lai and see what she has in store for us. “Christmas is a largely celebrated and festive season in Hong Kong,” said Fion. “There are over 110 Christmas collectibles available at Hong Kong Disneyland. You’ll find a range of specially themed merchandise, including warm winter wear featuring some of our beloved Disney friends, an assortment of exciting toys, including this year’s Mickey and Minnie plush in their Christmas attire, limited edition pins as well as sweets and treats, like delicious cookies, which are sure to delight!”

Hong Kong Disneyland Holiday Personalized Ornaments Hong Kong Disneyland Holiday Phone Cases

I asked Fion what one of her favorite holiday gifts would be and here’s what she shared. This year, you can add a name or personal message to an enchanting range of unique Disney Christmas ornaments or choose from new festive Disney designs for the holiday season at “D-Tech Yourself.” It’s so fun for our guests to customize a smart phone or tablet case with names or phrases that truly make it a unique gift.”

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Time to keep moving! Our last window shopping stop for the day, Disneyland Paris! I had a chance to chat briefly with Product Developer, Regis Alart who gave me all of the inside scoop on what we could expect to find as we celebrate Joyeux Noel. “This year our Entertainment and Merchandise departments have teamed up to tell a new holiday story,” said Regis. “Guests can now decorate their trees with ornaments inspired by the ones featured on the new 78 foot tall Christmas tree that stands proudly in Town Square.”

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“This same tree is the center piece of this year’s artwork which you will find on a variety of holiday items,” Regis shared. “Indeed, the scene is set in the very heart of Main Street, U.S.A. with a view that faithfully depicts the various decorations it dons during this cheerful season.”

“New this year and a top holiday pick for me”, said Regis, “is the Disneyland Paris Poster Series. There are over 25 different attraction and restaurant themed posters to choose from on our Art on Demand Kiosk at The Disney Gallery in Disney Village.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. This virtual jet lag is really getting to me! No matter where you celebrate around the world, happy holidays!

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Fodor’s Travel Names Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Best for Families

posted on November 20th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! We are pleased to share that Fodor’s Travel has named Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Best for Families in their Top 10 Hawaiian Resorts for 2013 list. Aulani continues to celebrate Hawai’i and its unique culture with a touch of Disney magic. What special memories have you created with your family at Aulani?

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Imagineer Joe Rohde on the New Ka Maka Landing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 4th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! Winter is around the corner and we hope you might be thinking of an opportunity to come visit us at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. During the celebration of the opening of the recently completed Ka Maka Landing, our new pool area, Imagineer Joe Rohde stopped by. In this video, he shares a quick tour of our latest expansion … and some of the other new magic around Aulani. We hope to see you real soon. A hui hou – until we meet again.

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