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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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Discover With Me: Breakfast at Ulu Cafe at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the many reasons why Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, was voted the “Top Hotel for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards are the unique experiences you can enjoy during your stay. Today, we are starting a new series on the Disney Parks Blog titled “Discover With Me.” The series will explore Aulani’s grounds, amenities and special activities which are designed for every member of your ‘ohana (including yourself)!

Today, I invite you to discover with me the breakfast offerings available at Ulu Cafe! If you’re looking for something delicious and convenient, Ulu Cafe is a great place to start your day and fuel up.

Discover what’s available at Ulu Cafe in the video below. You’ll see that I personally prefer the malasadas!

And, right now if you book a 4-night stay at Aulani, you’ll enjoy the 4th night free with a complimentary breakfast at Ulu Cafe! Learn more about this offer here. If you’re thinking your keiki will need more time splashing around the Ka Maka Grotto, or you’ll need an extra day floating down the Waikolohe Stream, enjoy 30% off a 5-night or more stay – plus complimentary breakfast at Ulu Cafe. Click here to learn more.

You can book either of these special offers now through February 23, 2015, for most nights through March 23, 2015. Visit www.DisneyAulani.com or call 866-443-4763 for more information.

*Stay 4 nights and get the fourth night free with daily breakfast offer for stays of four consecutive nights. Save 30% with daily breakfast offer for stays of five or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between 10/9/14 and 2/23/15 inclusive, with all nights between 1/4/15 and 3/23/15. 30% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Package includes daily breakfast for all Guests booked per room per night of your package stay. Breakfast is only redeemable at Ulu Cafe during normal breakfast operating hours, and includes one entree and one coffee or fresh rotating juice. Breakfast entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded and will expire at midnight on package departure date. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offers exclude suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and changes without notice.

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First Look at the New Chalkboard-Inspired Collection at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I have always loved chalkboard-inspired art, and lucky for me, the trend has continued. So of course, the minute I saw the new collection for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, I went crazy for it and absolutely had to share.

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Similar to the chalkboard-inspired merchandise you have seen at Disney Parks, the artists have selected phrases and iconic symbols reminiscent of Hawai`i.

The new line of apparel, accessories and home décor items can be found at Kalepa’s Store at Aulani. Take it home on your next trip or add it to your list of gifts for the holidays. Please note: The mug (featured above) will debut in late January 2015.

Are you a fan of chalkboard-inspired art?

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Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


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Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, wish you and your ‘ohana and wonderful start to 2015!

What are you looking forward to most this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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