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

posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! We are in the middle of a fantastic summer here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. And while the entire family is having a great Hawaiian vacation, the keiki (kids) are busy taking full advantage of every moment of daylight. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share our second Top 5 video – this one focused on fun for the keiki. And don’t forget, we have a great fall offer happening now, which includes a 5th night free and a one-time $100 resort credit. For all the details, see this post. So, hele mai, come join us, for some kid fun at Aulani.

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New Offer Gives You More Time to Enjoy Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


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As we say in Hawai`i, e hoʻolohe ana mai … listen up! … because all of us here at Aulani are calling for you to join us in a magical Hawaiian vacation.

A new offer at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, will have you wanting to escape to our vacation paradise. For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum four-night stay, you will get a fifth night free plus an additional $100 one-time resort credit. This special offer is available for stays most nights August 26 through November 23, 2013, and December 1 through December 15, 2013.

One more night at Aulani means extra time for the family to splash in and around the pools, water slides and beach. In addition, the kids will be delighted to have extra play time at Aunty’s Beach House, and enjoy our world-class entertainment and visits from Disney characters. And with your $100 Aulani resort credit, you can enjoy even more, including our great restaurants and lounges, Laniwai Spa, excursions and beach activities.

You can book this offer now through September 6, 2013. 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.

As you may recall, our expansion project is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September. We hope to see you soon.

*5 Nights for the Price of 4 Nights with $100 One-Time Resort Credit offer for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights between August 26, 2013 through November 23, 2013, or December 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013. 5 Nights for the Price of 4 offer excludes Ocean View rooms, Ocean View Villas, suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Save 15% with $100 One-TimeResort Credit Offer is for Ocean View rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom Ocean ViewVillas for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights during the same periods. No stays for either offer may include any days between November 24, 2013 and November 30, 2013. Must book from July 10, 2013 through September 3, 2013. Savings based on non-discounted room rates. The number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Resort credit expires upon check out. Advance reservations required. Limit two rooms per reservation. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

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

posted on July 10th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i! I am Todd Apo, Director of Public Affairs, and am lucky enough to have been involved with Aulani since before it even had its name. I got to be a part of its development from planning, to construction, to opening our doors on August 29, 2011 – when we got to say “E komo mai” (welcome) to our first guests and DVC owners. I am excited about the opportunity to share a bit of aloha here on the Disney Parks Blog, and whether you have visited us yet or not, I hope you will agree that Aulani is a Hawaiian paradise.

As we move into our second summer, we hope youʻve heard about all of the family fun we have waiting for you. So whether you’ve already got your reservations and weʻll be seeing you here soon, or we can help convince you to hele mai (come along) and join us for a magical Hawaiian experience, we thought we would share with you what our guests are loving most about Aulani. Through this series, we are going to share our thoughts on the “Top 5″ things to do for families, adults, teens, kids and toddlers – we’ve got something for everyone. So today, we kick it off with the top activities for toddlers.

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Take 5: Plan a Vacation With Disney Parks

posted on March 23rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

The magic of Disney exists in every corner of the Earth, and often one day isn’t enough to experience all the happiness. Now that spring and summer are upon us, it’s the perfect time to plan a dream getaway with Disney – be it a trip to one of our theme parks, a family-friendly cruise with Disney Cruise Line, or an exotic guided tour with Adventures by Disney. Read the posts below to find out how you can enjoy a magical vacation with Disney Parks. What does your ideal Disney vacation include?

Take 5: Vacation Planning With Disney Parks

  1. Enjoy Spring at the Disneyland Resort With New Hotel Offer – Just in time for spring, save up to 20% if you book by April 27 with this Disneyland Resort hotel offer.
  2. Warming Up for a Spring Vacation at Aulani? Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three, April 7 through May 23 and May 27 Through June 8 – Warming up for a spring vacation at Aulani? This offer will help you spend extra time in the Hawaiian sunshine.
  3. Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney: Part 3 – Disney Parks Blog author Jason Lasecki shares some of the top experiences from his week-long vacation with Adventures by Disney to Costa Rica.
  4. Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska – Beginning in May, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
  5. Moms Panel Monday: There’s Always Something New to See at Disney Parks – Disney Parks Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards shares his ideas for a different twist you can put on your Disney Parks stay.
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Enjoy Spring at the Disneyland Resort With New Hotel Offer

posted on March 12th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Winter is almost over, and that means spring is on the way! Flowers are already in bloom across the Disneyland Resort, so it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring getaway. When you book through April 27, you can save up to 20 percent on a 2-night stay most Sunday through Thursday nights, and up to 15 percent on a 2-night stay most Friday and Saturday nights at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, for visits from April 7 through May 22. You can find more details here.

And don’t forget – when you visit Disneyland park this spring you can also enjoy the new Fantasy Faire, which opens today! (Valid theme park admission required.)

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. Travel must be completed by May 24, 2013. Offer is not valid on suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Advance reservations required. Check for offers on different lengths of stay. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Moms Panel Monday: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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Ever thought of a different way to capture magical moments at Disney Parks? If you already have pictures with the Fab 5, your loved ones in front of the castle, and other iconic areas at the parks, why not get pictures you’ve never taken before? For Disney Parks Mom Panelist Mandy Milhoan, taking pictures becomes a game for the whole family and a new adventure each time she visits the parks. “I love Disney Parks, but I know that sometimes subtle magical details are overlooked. There are layers of stories in the streets of the Disney theme parks that you have probably passed by a million times.”
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Mandy and her family have scavenger hunts that open their eyes to the very smallest details. “The wonderful thing about scavenger hunts is that you can tailor them for your age group. I prefer a photo scavenger hunt because you will have some hilarious memories,” she says.
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What are some of the unique and little known details you have found on your journeys through Disney Parks? You can tell me. I can keep a secret.

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Moms Panel Monday: Start Your Engines at Disney California Adventure Park!

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Amanda Ficili and I were at Disneyland Resort filming a commercial in the not-yet-opened Cars Land. As we walked down the vacant Route 66 that morning, we were beyond giddy with excitement. In just a few days, the grand opening was planned and we were running on all pistons. Not far from that spot, Courtney Bautista was also giddy in anticipation for the park that would thrill her then 2-year-old moto-tot Mason.
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What a difference a year makes! Courtney’s dreams came true and she became our third Disney Parks Moms Panelist representing the Disneyland Resort. Now that Mason is turning three this summer, Courtney and her family have made it a must to visit Cars Land whenever they can.
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“From the moment we entered Cars Land, it was like stepping into the town of Radiator Springs. The look on Mason’s star-struck face when he spotted his favorite characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, was one I’ll never forget.”

Cars Land has become one of Courtney and Mason’s favorite places to visit at the Disneyland Resort, but for Courtney, it’s the snack fare that gets her motor revving.

“Every time we are there, the Disney foodie in me has to grab one of the tasty ‘cone-coctions‘ from the Cozy Cone Motel. My favorite? The dill pickle flavored popcorn.”

Courtney says the evenings are a great time to visit. “Cars Land is especially stunning at night. The countless colorful neon lights and the Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley truly look like the skyline of a bygone era. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962!”

What is your favorite blast from the past at Cars Land?

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Warming Up for a Spring Vacation at Aulani? Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three, April 7 through May 23 and May 27 Through June 8

posted on February 25th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

If a cold and snowy winter has you thinking about a spring getaway at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, a new offer will help you spend extra time in the Hawaiian sunshine. For a limited time, you can stay four nights for the price of three when you purchase a minimum three-night stay April 7 through May 23 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

That means a total of four nights and five days to enjoy all there is to do at Aulani – pools and waterslides, restaurants and lounges, the relaxing beach and cove, entertainment, excursions, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, visits with Disney characters, Laniwai spa and more.

You can book this offer now through April 6, 2013. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your travel agent, and mention offer code AVW. You can also find it online at DisneyAulani.com. This offer is available for stays April 7 through May 23, 2013 and May 27 through June 8, 2013.

As you may know, expansion of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September.

And, as always, here’s some useful supporting information:

4 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights promotion for guests who stay four consecutive nights all between April 7th 2013, through May 23 2013, and May 27th through June 8th, 2013. Book from now through April 6, 2013. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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Moms Panel Monday: There’s Always Something New to See at Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Before my family and I moved to be closer to the Mouse, we used to visit Walt Disney World Resort at least once, sometimes many times per year. But for those who make this their happy place, each trip can be completely different than the last. Disney Parks Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards is a frequent pixie dust flyer – with trips to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line and more. And that was just in the past two years. Wow!
Disney Parks Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards

Bernie is known to friends and family as the “Disney Guy.” He says, “In my opinion, a frequent visitor has done the usual things and is looking for something special or unique.”

Here are Bernie’s ideas for a different twist on your Disney Parks stay:

What is something you want to try for the first time on your next Disney Parks vacation?


Read on for more from the Disney Parks Moms Panel:

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Moms Panel Monday: Romance, Hearts and Mouse Ears!

posted on February 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney Parks Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll is a dad of two small princesses, but that doesn’t stop him from taking time to be romantical with his wife during their Disney Parks vacations.

Check out Doug’s Valentine’s Day advice for making your visit memorable.

To You From Doug, With Love

A Disney theme park is widely pictured as the quintessential family vacation. Images of pint-sized princesses in their gowns, grinning children peeking out from under a set of Mickey ears, or waving families atop Dumbo The Flying Elephant have become iconic. But it hardly inspires a vision of a romantic paradise. This, despite Walt Disney World Resort holding the title as the top destination for American honeymooners.

Have Kids? No Problem!
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Your kids may not want to see you smooching poolside, but you can still enjoy a romantic night out on a family trip. Disney’s Child Activity Centers provide an answer for a common family vacation dilemma: Who will watch my kids when we want an evening alone?

These facilities, located within select Disney resorts, provide an ideal solution. My wife and I use the centers to free ourselves for a less hectic dinner at one of Disney’s many signature restaurants.

Give Your Spouse the Gift of Time
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Give your partner time to recharge away from the kids. My daughters and I surprised my wife with an afternoon off. When she rejoined us for dinner at her favorite restaurant, the California Grill, we presented her with a framed picture of the family in front of Cinderella Castle. It may not be classic romance, but it certainly made her vacation special.

Just the Two of You
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A romantic, adult-only trip to Walt Disney World Resort may seem counterintuitive, but it really can be an ideal getaway. Accommodations vary from the affordable to the luxurious.

The parks offer a romantic backdrop for any couple. A romantic stroll along Main Street, U.S.A., or sampling foods at the eleven national pavilions of the Epcot World Showcase can be magical.

For more in-depth romance planning, visit the panelists at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and check out their bios to select a panelist with similar tastes, backgrounds, and interests as you and your loved one.

Those are Doug’s tips. How do you create romance at a Disney park? Do tell!

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