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New Merchandise Makes Its Way to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Don’t you always feel like you’re in need of a vacation? Thankfully, from time to time I get to show some of the amazing new merchandise offerings from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, so it’s a little bit of a vacation for me, at least for a moment, in my head.

So what can you expect to find on your next trip? Take a look!

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The new Brights collection, which as you can see is very colorful, features beloved characters and icons on a variety of different items including T-shirts, frames, magnets, tumblers and mugs. My favorite part is that it reads “Aloha from Aulani,” in a throwback to some of the vintage style postcards we have all come to know and love. Look for this new collection to hit store shelves after April 1.

Is there more? You bet! New items are hitting Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu all the time. Here’s a peek at another collection themed to floral Minnie Mouse that is sure to be a fan favorite of your island princess. The T-shirt’s, tank, dresses and accessories are embellished with a flower giving it a little bit of an extra touch, making them feel as special as they are.

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If it’s not obvious that I love the products we are offering at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, perhaps I should tell you about and show you a few more things. There is a selection of new Nike polo shirts and T-shirts that can easily be added to your travel attire, making it your go-to look for vacation. For our Disney Vacation Club members who frequent the resort, don’t despair! I have some good news for you, too. Here’s a look at the new logo that will appear on an array of new items including ladies and men’s T-shirts, a hat, ornament, window cling and more.

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What’s next, travelers? Look for a post in the coming weeks on some additional releases this spring, including newly themed Duffy the Disney Bear costumes and unique offerings from our Disney Dream jewelry collection.

For any of you visiting Aulani, look for Aunty Lorna May Pacheco (Lau hala Plaiting) and Dalani Tanahy (Kapa Printing) to appear this month as part of our Artisan Showcases.

There’s so much coming your way and so much to share. Until then … Aloha!

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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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Disney Vacation Club Introduces Membership Magic

posted on January 30th, 2014 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


If you’re noticing an extra spring in the step of Disney Vacation Club Members, it could be because today marks the launch of Membership Magic, a diverse array of Membership enhancements, exclusive experiences and special perks. (Either that or members just happen to be wearing really springy shoes.)

“With Membership Magic, we are giving families even more to love about Disney Vacation Club,” said Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Vacation Club. “It’s our special way of thanking our members for being such a valued part of the Disney Vacation Club family.”

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The first wave of Membership Magic offerings (for those who have purchased a vacation ownership in Disney Vacation Club) includes new opportunities to see the world, new Walt Disney World Resort experiences created with Members in mind, new discounts to help stretch vacation dollars, a new online home for exclusive merchandise and more. The lineup also includes the annual Member Cruise voyage’s first summer sailing (August 24-28, 2014 aboard the Disney Dream ship), and two Membership-exclusive Adventures by Disney itineraries (New York City, and San Francisco & Napa).

Complete details about Membership Magic offerings, including availability and continuing access, are available now at DVCMember.com, and with more magic on the horizon (including offerings in California, Hawai`i and even at sea), look for Members’ collective step to get even springier.

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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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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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Celebrating the Grand Opening of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Vacation Club


Today, we are delighted to open our 12th resort in the Disney Vacation Club family – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This resort shares the Victorian elegance of its neighboring resort, with luxurious accommodations and a perfect setting right along the monorail system, within view of the Magic Kingdom Park.

In fact, I like to say this is the second jewel in our monorail crown, following Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, just across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Our Members and guests will find accommodations suited to every vacationing party, from couples to young families to multi-generational groups. It’ll feel like you’re at home right here near the Magic Kingdom Park!

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This morning, Mickey and Minnie Mouse were personally on hand to welcome families to this delightful resort in grand fashion.

The addition of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa represents an exciting new chapter for Disney Vacation Club – and provides even more vacation options, flexibility, affordability, and access for our guests to the special magic that only Disney can deliver.

Welcome Home!

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Building the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Less Than a Minute

posted on October 21st, 2013 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


“Step in Time” takes on new meaning when applied to the speedy team that built the newest addition to the Disney Vacation Club neighborhood – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Clearly fueled by more than just a “Spoonful of Sugar,” the crew in this video managed to construct the entire building in a remarkable 56 seconds!

Oh wait, it’s a time-lapse video. Why does that always trip me up? Still, what the team has created (at an average human speed) is nothing short of spectacular.

Like its sister resort, the new building celebrates the gracious grandeur and casual elegance of a time in which families traveled to Florida by railroad. The villas (which include a variety of artistic salutes to the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins“) welcome families “home” to that bygone era with interior spaces masterfully Imagineered in a style that many of us here at Disney Vacation Club have taken to calling “Main Street modern,” elevating turn-of-the-20th-century living with decidedly 21st-century amenities.

In the fall issue of Disney Files Magazine, Disney Vacation Club senior vice president and general manager Ken Potrock described the experience of exploring the villas as “walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A., with just a touch of Tomorrowland hiding around every corner.”

As Ken made no mention of the speed with which the building came together in this video, I can only assume he understands time-lapse photography better than I do.

The villas open this Wednesday, October 23.

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New Ka Maka Landing Officially Opens Tomorrow at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on October 18th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


New Ka Maka Landing Officially Opens Tomorrow at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Hele mai – come this way – and celebrate the official opening of our new Ka Maka Landing here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

This week, we have hosted more than 100 television, radio, print and online media to showcase our spectacular new pool and dining location. Ka Maka Landing is stunning addition to our Waikolohe Valley, adding an infinity pool and a dynamic splash zone to existing slides, pool, Waikolohe Stream and Menehune Bridge. And donʻt forget that Ulu Cafe now provides great choices for your dining selections at Aulani for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We were able to give sneak peeks to some of our resort guests, and the reaction has been unbelievable. They love swimming in a pool whose edge seems to blend with the horizon of the blue Pacific, and at night, the grotto lights up with stars – just like magic!

So, hele mai! Visit your travel agent or DisneyAulani.com and check out a chance to get your 4th night free with a consecutive four-night stay, along with free breakfasts each morning (for two adults) at Ulu Cafe during your stay. We look forward to seeing you here!

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Top 5: Fun for Adults at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Many people think that a Disney resort is only for keiki (kids). Here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we have something for you, even if you donʻt have keiki at your side, or with you at all. Aulani is a place that the entire family can enjoy, both together or separately. While the kids are taking a break from the sun in Aunty’s Beach House, mom and dad can choose from a number of activities to enjoy on their own.

Don’t have kids? Whether you’re on a romantic honeymoon, a girls-only retreat, or celebrating a family reunion, Aulani offers numerous ways for you to create vacation memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. So, for the final installment of our Top 5 videos – here are some great activities for adults!

And there hasn’t been a better time for adults to book their warm winter vacation to Hawaii and enjoy the amazing new infinity pool and adults-only pool at Aulani. Beginning today through January 15, 2014, guests can purchase a 4-night vacation package for the price of 3 – plus receive free breakfast for two adults to enjoy at the newest restaurant at Aulani – Ulu Cafe. This special offer is for guests who stay four consecutive nights between January 5, 2014 and April 7, 2014. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your local travel agent. You may also go online to learn more and purchase the vacation package at DisneyAulani.com.

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