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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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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: See What’s in Store!

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Who doesn’t enjoy a little retail therapy? This particular ‘window’ shopping trip shouldn’t cost you a thing – unless, of course, you are planning a visit to one of our many parks or resorts around the world. Take a look at some of the exciting new offerings and what our resident experts had to share.

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Traveling to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Keep an eye out for the Dated 2015 collection at Kalepa’s Store. This year’s playful art featuring signature characters and icons lends itself to an array of items including adult and kid’s tees, souvenirs, mugs and ornaments that are easy to pack. Travelers Tip: If your trip is booked for later this spring, keep watching the Disney Parks Blog. I will be releasing details on several new collections set to debut this April which are guaranteed to make a splash! Now, off to Hong Kong Disneyland!

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“We invite you to spread cheer and happiness this year,” said Fion Lai, “and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at Hong Kong Disneyland.” You’ll find special themed merchandise including apparel, plush (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Duffy the Disney Bear and ShellieMay), festive candy boxes and biscuits as well as Disney-themed Lai See red packets and Fai Chun. Let’s keep traveling – next stop: Tokyo Disney Resort!

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Our family and friends at Tokyo Disney Resort have cooked up something special as they celebrate a Sweet Duffy event through March 20, 2015. “This unique celebration is a recipe for success, says Director of Merchandise,” Gary LaTouche. “Our Disney fans love Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay and Gelatoni, we have found that they can ‘bear’ly contain their excitement for some of the new offerings including plush, accessories, cooking essentials and sweet treats.” Where to next? How about Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris Product Developer Regis Alart shared details with us about several new collections that have been added to Art on Demand at Disneyland Paris. “Some of my favorites include the Theatrical Mickey Mouse posters, reminiscent of the Fantasyland attraction, Meet Mickey Mouse,” Regis explains, “as well as the Circus inspired pieces designed for the Disney & Co. boutique on Main Street, U.S.A.; ‘Frozen’ and Disneyland Paris character art, designed by members of our merchandise art department.”

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How does Art on Demand work? It’s easy! Simply find a kiosk (available at select art/collectible locations) and peruse the selections until you find what you’re looking for. Categories include characters, attractions, concept drawings and pieces by various Disney and Disney-inspired artists. Next, select the size and medium (canvas or paper), make your payment and within two to three weeks it will be delivered straight to your home.

Art on Demand is currently available at Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Tip: Fans of Marc Davis and “Frozen,” you’ll be glad to know … selections from Snow Queens – Art of Ice exhibit (currently on display in The Disney Gallery) are now available at the Disneyland Resort!

Where would you travel to?

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Discover With Me: Kula Wai at the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on February 10th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


This Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a blissful day at Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Walt Disney Imagineering designed this “freshwater heaven” to pamper guests in ways that enhance connections to nature and encourage personal enlightenment.

Today, the “Discover with Me” series continues with a tour of the Kula Wai – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O‘ahu! Every guest that books one of the nearly 150 treatments at the Laniwai Spa receives complimentary access to this 5,000-square-foot garden. Paul, a Laniwai Spa cast member, shows what spa guests can discover at this tropical oasis in the video below!

Learn more about the treatments available–including therapies specially designed for couples–available at the Laniwai Spa here.

How will you celebrate your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Aulani? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Pu‘u Kilo

posted on February 4th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of my favorite locations at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is the Maka‘ala Lanai, just outside the Maka‘ala lobby. Here guests take in a panoramic view of the beautiful Waikolohe Valley, including the Pu‘u Kilo – a large volcanic remnant that serves as the valley’s visual centerpiece. Today, the “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues on the Disney Parks Blog with a review of the significance of this massive geological element and how it enhances the Aulani story for guests visiting this beautiful resort in Hawai`i!

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The goal of Walt Disney Imagineering was to make the resort’s landscape look as if it was already there. With this in mind, it was vital to the Aulani story for this lava outcropping to have a starring role.

Aulani Cultural Advisor Kahulu De Santos shared with me that “pu‘u” means “hill” and “kilo” means “seer” or “observe” and that the name of the centerpiece is a reference to the many hidden images embedded within the hill’s surface. These images reveal themselves to guests who are “seers,” or those who watch closely. As the sunlight shifts throughout the day, keep an eye out for an owl, an eel, a whale, a shark, and even a sea turtle on the jagged-edged surfaces of the Pu‘u Kilo!

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For guests at Aulani, the Pu‘u Kilo is also largely a place of recreation. Two of the major highlights are the water slides: Volcanic Vertical and Tubestone Curl. If you’re feeling adventurous, I would definitely recommend the Volcanic Vertical – a body slide that immediately plunges riders into total darkness through the center of the Pu‘u Kilo. Tubestone Curl, on the other hand, is designed as a one- or two-person slide that carries riders past the uppermost ridges of Pu‘u Kilo before splashing into the Waikolohe Stream.

Are you more tempted to splash down Volcanic Vertical or Tubestone Curl while at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Let us know in the comments below.

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Newest Disney Cookbook Features Best Recipes from Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Oh, how Disney kitchens have changed since Disneyland park opened in 1955. Today, we feed guests from around the globe, and our award-winning chefs and sommeliers wow diners with seasonal produce, often sourced locally, and with finds from around the world. More than ever, food is an important part of any vacation experience.

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What a delight it was to work with the Disney chefs to create Kitchen Magic With Mickey, featuring 100 oft-requested recipes (many shared on the Disney Parks Blog). I sipped an elegant Colette Champagne Cocktail at Remy on the Disney Cruise Line, and tried smoked buffalo at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. But equally delicious (and a little more messy) was the Boo-Ya Chili at ESPN Club and cheesy enchilada soup at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney’s California Adventure park. From high end to family favorites, this cookbook includes a little bit of everything.

The book is divided into traditional chapters, with each recipe tested in a home kitchen. You’ll find classics such as banana bread French toast, scones, and Southern shrimp and grits, and new taste sensations like haupia from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and spiced tandoori tofu from Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We hope you’ll re-create a vacation memory in your own kitchen. Kitchen Magic With Mickey is available now at Disney Parks, but here’s a recipe to get you started:

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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Haupia with Mango Compote

Serves 4

If you love coconut, this is the perfect dessert. Chefs at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on beautiful Ko Olina in Hawaii offer guests true tastes of the islands, and haupia, a traditional sweet often served at Hawaiian luaus, is a favorite sweet ending for guests at the Disney Vacation Club resort.

Haupia

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted

Mango Compote

  • 1 mango, peeled, cut away from pit, and diced small
  • 1 small lime, washed
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom honey, heated until thin

For haupia:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup coconut milk and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Combine remaining coconut milk, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Drizzle cornstarch mixture slowly into saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking vigorously (do not let boil), until mixture is very thick and no longer tastes floury, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Pour into 4 (1/2-cup-capacity) ramekins; cover with plastic wrap, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface of coconut milk mixture.
  4. Refrigerate 2 hours. Garnish with toasted coconut.

For mango compote:

  1. Place mango in a medium bowl. Zest lime into bowl; stir to combine.
  2. Stir in honey. Serve with haupia.

Cook’s note: Mangoes have a hard, oblong pit that runs through the narrow center. To easily cube the fruit, cut each round “cheek” away from pit, score with a paring knife, and cut fruit away from peel.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens.
The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.

All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc.,
and may not be reproduced without express permission.

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


A visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has so many unforgettable experiences. With this in mind, we are starting the “Tastes of Aulani” series so you can bring some of the memorable flavors of Hawai`i back with you. Today you can try your bartending skills at one of the signature cocktails featured at The `Olelo Room, Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar! Watch Aulani cast member Keola share the magic behind creating the Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room in the video below. The recipe follows so you can enjoy a little taste of this Aulani favorite in your own home.

Tropical Mai Tai:

  • 1/2 ounce Odwalla Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Monin Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 ounce Old Lahaina Silver Rum
  • 1/2 ounce BOLS Orange Curaçao
  • 1 ounce Myer’s Original Dark Rum (float)
  • Thin pineapple half-moon and a layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam, for garnish
  1. Pour lime juice, pineapple juice, Old Lahaina Silver Rum, Orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup in mixing glass; fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice and add float of Myer’s Original Dark Rum and layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam; garnish with a thin pineapple half-moon.
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Tweens Make New Friends at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


I previously shared how teenagers can hang loose during a vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Today, I’m excited to share some tips for tweens – those between the ages 11-12 – to make new friends as well! Tweens have the opportunity to take part in complimentary activities designed exclusively for their age group Aunty’s Beach House – an interactive kids club with a touch of Disney magic. Take a look at the daily activities below, as well as other fun opportunities that aren’t to be missed at Aulani!

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  • Tween Hawaiian Crafts – Tweens can head to Aunty’s Beach House and learn how to make crafts inspired by Hawaiian traditions!
  • Tween Game Challenge – Tweens team up at Aunty’s Beach House and play a variety of games with the Youth Activities Counselors.

In addition to the activities, don’t forget that tweens can also spend their entire day in Aunty’s Beach House, too! Save time prior to your vacation to Aulani and complete the Aunty’s Beach House pre-registration form for keiki ages 3-12 here.

Lastly, tweens can connect with friends and family over arts and crafts, board games, video games, books and Disney family movies in the resort’s Pau Hana Room. I was amazed at the amount of Disney films you can rent (including my personal favorite, “Tangled“).

What is your tween looking forward to most at Aulani? Let us know in the comments below!

Be sure to check The Daily ‘Iwa to see what fun activities are in store for everyone during your Aulani vacation.

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