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Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Aloha Kakahiaka!

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Janelle Sanqui, Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! I’m Janelle, the first Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. You may have heard my story in the “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana” series. I have the privilege of sharing the unique combination of Disney magic and aloha spirit of Hawai‘i and Aulani with all of you!

Here in Hawai‘i, the word “aloha” is used as a greeting. It also means to have love, honor, and respect for everyone. There is a Hawaiian greeting for any time of day! Throughout this new series, I will share those greetings and a few ways you can experience aloha at Aulani from sunrise to well past sundown.

Let’s begin this series with the start of the day. Aloha kakahiaka means good morning!

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I love the calm that the start of the day brings. The Hawaiian word for calm or quiet is wailana, and a morning walk through the Waikolohe Valley to Aulani’s Wailana Coffee Bar is the perfect way to enjoy a quiet morning before kick-starting your day with a specialty coffee.

Maybe you are mikimiki or energetic in the morning? Be sure to visit the Mikimiki Fitness Center or try a sunrise yoga session on the beach. Aulani’s fitness team offers a variety of energizing classes for those looking for an active start to the day. A few of my favorite morning fitness activities are the premium paddleboard yoga experience and Splash and Dash Fitness.

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If visiting Aulani makes you want to sing and dance first thing in the morning, Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki is the place for you and your ‘ohana. During this fun and interactive character breakfast, we share the flavors and food of Hawai‘i while celebrating through song and dance with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy, who are also on vacation at Aulani just like you!

How will you start your day at Aulani?

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It’s a Beautiful Day on Bay Lake at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Happy Monday! Looks like it’s a great one from our view of Bay Lake from the Disney Vacation Club property Bay Lake Tower.

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Who’s ready for a day on the water with water sports provided by Sammy Duval’s?

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Tastes of Aulani: Learning Hawaiian at The ‘Olelo Room

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the great things about writing for the Disney Parks Blog is the opportunity to showcase incredible offerings and details found at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts around the world. I love showcasing the many offerings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and today is no exception. Continuing the “Tastes of Aulani” series, cast member ­­­­Malia shares what makes The ‘Olelo Room a must-visit during your vacation to this Hawaiian resort.

What is your favorite food or beverage item to enjoy at The ‘Olelo Room? Tell us in the comments below!

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Celebrate 25 Years of Disney Vacation Club By Downloading This Commemorative Wallpaper

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


This year is special, because we’re honoring 25 years of Disney Vacation Club. With more than 200,000 Member families calling our 13 Disney Vacation Club Resorts “home” we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the year than by creating this commemorative downloadable wallpaper.

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Can you spot your favorite Disney Vacation Club Resort represented here?

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Year In Review: 10 Moments That Made Disney History in 2015

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


So many incredible things happened at Disney Parks around the world this year, from major anniversary celebrations to attraction openings, 2015 is truly a year to remember.

Here are our top 10 highlights:

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins – The Disneyland Resort celebrated 60 years of magic in 2015 by debuting three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade, and “World of Color – Celebrate!

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  1. Star Wars-Themed Lands Announced – Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced plans for two Star Wars-themed lands to be added to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read the official announcement for more.

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  1. Toy Story Land Plans Announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Crowds at the 2015 D23 Expo were surprised and delighted to hear that plans for a Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios are in the works.

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  1. New Star Wars Offerings Debuted – Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both welcomed new Star Wars-inspired offerings in late 2015, including Star Wars Launch Bay, enhancements to the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction and more.

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  1. Hatbox Ghost Reappeared in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – After decades in hiding, the Hatbox Ghost reappeared inThe Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at his appearance here.

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  1. Jungle Skipper Canteen opens at Magic Kingdom Park – For Disney Parks fans who can’t get enough of The Jungle Cruise, now there’s the Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December at Magic Kingdom Park. Check out Pam’s review of the menu items here.

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  1. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar Opened at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Disney fans rejoiced when Walt Disney World Resort finally got a Trader Sam’s! Offering quirky atmosphere and views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Sam’s dishes out drinks and snacks that are unique to only this location.

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  1. Downtown Disney Renamed Disney Springs – This shopping/dining area has been transformed over the past year to feature some amazing new dining spots, like Morimoto and The Boathouse, terrific bars like Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar, and cool shops like The Ganachery and many more. Although more expansions are planned, the area was officially renamed Disney Springs in 2015.

Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

  1. Magical Enhancements At Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight – Two classic Disneyland park attractions were plussed up this year with new enhancements, including additional special effects at Matterhorn Bobsleds and new figures of the Darling children and a moving Thames River at Peter Pan’s Flight.

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  1. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opened – Disney Vacation Club celebrated the debut of its latest property this past spring with the opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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A Mom’s Take: Making Family Vacations a Priority Thanks to Disney Vacation Club

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Do you make vacations a priority for your family? Disney Parks Moms’ Panelist Kate says that before joining Disney Vacation Club, her family didn’t vacation often enough. See what she has to say about how being a Disney Vacation Club Member enhanced her family’s ability to take regular vacations.

For 2016, why not make a resolution to travel more often and spend quality time together as a family with Disney Vacation Club?

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Disney Vacation Club Members Join Together to Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially since we get to welcome home so many of our Disney Vacation Club Members to celebrate the holidays during our Merry Member Mixers.

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Between mingling with Mickey and rocking around the Christmas tree, we love that our Members also took the time to come together as one Disney Vacation Club family and bring some cheer to others in need.

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Hundreds of Members and their guests of all ages visited our Disney VoluntEARS stations where they helped make birthday cards for ill children, send well wishes to service men and women and paint special Disney murals that will be donated to children’s hospitals.

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We couldn’t ask for more dedicated Disney Vacation Club Members, and we’re so thankful that they joined us this time of year to support great causes and share in giving a little Disney magic. Together, we were able to create a brighter world.

There’s still one more Merry Member Mixer left this season and you can find out more details here.

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Ghirardelli’s Comin’ to (Down)Town Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

If you’re looking for holiday treats, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers a new opportunity. Beginning today – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Ghirardelli will have a seasonal holiday store, located next to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center across from Rainforest Café.

For the shopping convenience of Downtown Disney District guests, the seasonal retail location offers a variety of beautifully wrapped gifts, limited-edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, classic bars and SQUARES, pick-and-mix chocolates, novelties and more.

Please note that this is a merchandise-only location. For the Ghirardelli ice cream experience, please visit the location in Disney California Adventure park.

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Explore the Disneyland Dream Suite

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Part of the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise (a charter voyage that enhances the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, in-room gifts, and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences created just for members and their guests) is its unique ability to take some of Disney’s biggest fans to places beyond those on the ship’s itinerary. Whether we’re “traveling” behind the scenes with filmmakers or into the minds of artists, back in time with historians or into the future with Imagineers, some of these voyages’ most memorable moments don’t involve a port of call.

While these unique experiences typically play out on the ship’s numerous stages, the revelations periodically extend to stateroom televisions, where exclusive content allows families to further explore a topic or place featured in an onstage presentation.

Our August 2015 voyage, for example, featured a rare look inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above the Disneyland firehouse as part of a special celebration of Walt in the ship’s Buena Vista Theatre. Upon returning to their staterooms, Members and their Guests explored another planned Walt Disney residence through an on-camera tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite, a stunning New Orleans Square hideaway once envisioned as a more spacious apartment for Walt and his family.

The 9-minute video features the perspectives of renowned Imagineer Kim Irvine, explores the suite’s uniquely themed rooms and demonstrates the charming effects that come to life in surprising fashion.

To help more Disney fans enjoy this imaginative space during the ongoing Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Disney Vacation Club is pleased to now share that video with all of you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We leave you to enjoy the tour while we continue planning our next Member Cruise, sailing September 28 – October 2, 2016, out of a new port for the event – New York City! The Big Apple is inspiring some big ideas for this voyage, which our Members will begin booking on November 15.

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A Mom’s Take: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


There are 13 Disney Vacation Club Resorts spanning from Florida to South Carolina, California and Hawai’i. Every Member has a favorite place to stay. For Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette, her favorite Disney Vacation Club Resort is also her home Resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village.

See for yourself what makes this resort a favorite for Juliette:

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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