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.
posted on September 6th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Celebrating the Second Anniversary of Aulani with a Look at Resort Expansion, to be Complete October 19
posted on August 29th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aloha! Today is our second anniversary here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It’s a beautiful day here in our Hawaiian paradise, as we celebrate two years of sharing Hawai`i with our Disney Vacation Club members and guests who have had the opportunity to join us. Here’s Vice President and General Manager Elliot Mills with a special message of aloha, and a look at our new pool and dining areas, Ka Maka Landing and Ulu Cafe, opening October 19.
posted on August 20th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
ʻOhana means family, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, every member of the family is included in the fun. From a family breakfast with Aunty and the characters, to a rejuvenating massage for the entire family at Laniwai Spa, to ending the night together at the Starlit Hui show, your ʻohana will create lasting memories of your Hawaiian vacation at every turn. Whether it’s Mom, Dad and the kids, or you’ve included the grandparents and cousins, Aulani provides every member of your family with something to do – both on their own and all together. To help you think about what’s in store for your ʻohana, here’s our Top 5 video on family fun at Aulani.
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posted on August 6th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aloha! Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is made for families, and for all of us who have teens, we know they can often drive much of the excitement. As the new school year approaches, the kids are having a blast here at Aulani – at the pool, on the beach, in the surf, and just kicking back. So whether your family is looking to join us for a fall break, winter break, or anytime soon, i kēia manawa, the time is now for your teens to start planning some Aulani fun. To help out, hereʻs our third Top 5 video – what teens are loving here at Aulani.
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posted on July 11th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
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.
posted on April 29th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Who’s up for a trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? I know I am! While I’m sure you could use some rest and relaxation like me, how about I take you on a virtual tour of our newest location, opening today?
For those of you familiar with Aulani, you’ve probably visited our current store location, Kalepa’s. Just steps away on the ‘Ewa side of the Maka’ala lobby is Hale Manu, which means House of Birds. This contemporary merchandise boutique offers a variety of high-end products that are as exquisite and unique as the birds the store celebrates. Since I wasn’t able to get there myself, I reached out to Bo Bolanos, Walt Disney Imagineering Principal Concept Designer & Art Director, along with Roger Nakamine, Show Writer and Aulani’s Cultural Advisor, Kahulu De Santos who gave me a ‘bird’s-eye’ view of what you can expect to see.
Kahulu shared that, in the Hawaiian culture, birds are considered to be beautiful and majestic animals that often possess great wisdom. In many myths and legends of the islands, they are keepers of divine knowledge. “Native Hawaiian bird forms and wooden sculptures gently cascade down from the fifteen-foot ceiling, slowly enveloping the space,” says Bo. “Guests will simply marvel at this magnificent centerpiece.” Bird sculptures can also be found perched around the shop, where their bright and bold colors stand out against Hale Manu’s rich, dark interior.
Some of the birds on display in Hale Manu include:
- The ‘iwa, or frigate bird, whom guests may recognize from the compass rose in the Maka‘ala lobby.
- The pueo, or short-eared brown owl; viewed as a protector and guardian in Hawaiian culture. Eagle-eyed guests can spot the protector pueo figures located in the Waikolohe Valley and ‘AMA’AMA restaurant.
- The ‘i’iwi, or scarlet honey creeper, whose striking red and black plumage was much prized by the bird hunters and feather workers of traditional Hawai‘i.
- The ‘alae ‘ula, or Hawaiian Moorhen; the namesake of Aulani’s nightly storytelling area and a bird well known in Hawaiian legend as the keeper of fire.
These beautiful birds of Hale Manu will feel right at home amidst the hand-painted murals that stretch along the store’s walls, depicting a diverse array of foliage from the plants of the upland forest to seaside vegetation.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it in person. Who’s with me?
posted on March 18th, 2013 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
So … where do you go on vacation if you already live in Hawai`i?
Many island residents choose the “staycation” route, leaving home to enjoy a few days at one of Hawai`i’s many luxurious resorts. And, according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”
It’s a tribute to the family fun and amenities of Aulani: restaurants, Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, Laniwai Spa and the many experiences that are included at no additional cost: the pools and slides of Waikolohe Valley, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, and a wide range of live entertainment, including island musical performers and storytellers, visits with Disney characters, and the popular nighttime Starlit Hui.
The “Best” citation appears in the “Best of Honolulu” edition of Honolulu Magazine, designed “to help you live better in Honolulu.” An Aulani vacation – or “staycation” – combines the stories of Hawai`i with the magic of Disney for guests of all ages.
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
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.
posted on January 17th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Today in 1996, grand opening ceremonies were held for Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the resort from our archives.
With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was the first Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside Walt Disney World Resort property. The Resort’s design and theme reflect the Treasure Coast region where the resort is situated.
With 175 Villas, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine.
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posted on December 31st, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
Happy New Year from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i! The first full year at Aulani has been an eventful one, with awards for the resort, a great visit from “Live! with Kelly” and, around the time of the resort’s first anniversary in August, the announcement of significant expansion with new water features and food service locations coming to the resort.
We’re all looking forward to seeing those new additions in 2013. It’ll be an exciting new year for us and, I hope, for all of you as well. Here’s a look back at some of our top stories here on the Disney Parks Blog this year.
Celebrating One Year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani marked its one-year anniversary on August 29 with new details on its expansion and the launch of its official Twitter handle, @DisneyAulani.
Details Announced for Expanded Water Fun and Dining Options at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
This summer, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, announced plans for expansion at the resort, including new water play areas and quick-service dining locations.
Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012
In the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and Laniwai, a Disney Spa at Aulani, were included on the magazine’s “Hot List” for 2012.
As ‘LIVE!’ Spends the Week at Aulani, Kelly Ripa and Her Family Enjoy the Resort
Early this year, “LIVE! with Kelly” broadcast from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, culminating in the wedding of the winning couple of “LIVE’s Hawaiian Dream Wedding Giveaway.”
Mischievous Menehune Take Over Disney Parks Blog Publishing
Just before April Fool’s Day, we suspected the mischievous Menehune had tricky plans in store for the Disney Parks Blog. We were right – they took over the site for the day on April 1.