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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!

Disney Vacation Club Opens its 12th Resort in "Grand" Fashion

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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An Insider Look at the New Ka Maka Landing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 27th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! Last month, Elliot Mills, Vice President and General Manager of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, shared some exciting details about the expanded water features of the popular Waikolohe Valley and other resort enhancements, which officially open on October 19.

Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the spectacular infinity-edge pool with its realistic grotto located at Ka Maka Landing. As you can see by this stunning photo, the new pool is the perfect spot for you to relax and enjoy a gorgeous ocean front view. After dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool.
An Insider Look at the New Ka Maka Landing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

As we approach the official opening on October 19, be sure to check back to see what else we reveal of the new water features and dining options. Hope to see you soon.

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Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival Features Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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


Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival Features Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Hoʻolauleʻa – a celebration – took over the lagoon fronting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Sunday, as the final night of the 2013 Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival took to the sand with world-famous chefs providing a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the globe.

Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton at the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival Aulani Chef Kevin Chong at the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival

 
The list included Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton and Aulaniʻs own Chef Kevin Chong. The event, led by Hawai`i chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, was an evening of friends and fun. The amazing night under the moon and stars included an endless sampling of food and wine, with a finale of fireworks across the sky.


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A Look Inside the Shops of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 6th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I hope you join me in wishing Todd and our friends and family at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, a happy anniversary! I can hardly believe it has been two years since the official opening and I know the excitement is building as they prepare for their upcoming expansion to the pool and dining areas with Ka Maka Landing and Ulu Cafe on October 19.

Clothing Available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Shortbread Available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Dooney & Bourke Bags Available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Earlier this year, we celebrated the opening of Hale Manu, a new contemporary boutique featuring authentic Hawaiian and luxurious lifestyle merchandise. I like to consider this location a hidden treasure because it’s just off the beaten path past the main lobby. Be sure to make it a “must visit” on your list after you arrive. Hale Manu is also home to our line of graphic apparel tees as well as Dooney & Bourke – that’s worth the trip right there!

Maui Divers Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Collection Available at Hale Manu at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

But one of my personal favorites is the Maui Divers Tahitian Pearl jewelry collection.

Kālepa’s Store at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

A little closer to the main lobby is where you’ll find Kālepa’s Store. For those of you who have never been to Aulani before, here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside. The Aloha Retro all-over print is the fan favorite here. Check it out!

Aulani-Inspired Duffy Outfits Available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

But it’s Duffy who everyone wants to take home… and with these two aloha and Aulani inspired outfits, who wouldn’t?

Over the next couple months I hope to take you shopping around the resort, so I hope you have your bags packed, sunscreen ready and are ready to shop until you drop. Just keep in mind that we’ll be doing a lot of window shopping, as most of the merchandise seen at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa locations are only available there.

Until next time…

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Duckies Waddle at Aulani to Support Efforts in Conserving Our Lands and Water

posted on September 6th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


To commemorate the second anniversary of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, last week – and in support of the Nature Conservancy – a global conservation organization, cast members and guests celebrated with the resort’s first-ever Ducky Derby through the Waikolohe Stream. We captured a “duck-eye” view of more than 1,000 rubber duckies starting their journey from the top of Tubestone Curl, then making a mad splash around the stream before racing to the finish line. For each guest participating, Aulani made a $10 donation, resulting in a $10,000 contribution to Hawai`iʻs Nature Conservancy to help preserve and sustain Hawai`iʻs environment – from the mountains to the ocean.

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