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planDisney Pocket Guide to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Hawai’i

Lisa Mendillo

by , Communications Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me! Can you guess where we are headed next in our Pocket Guide series? If you guessed Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i, you guessed correctly! So, feel the island vibes and get ready to learn more about this spectacular resort. The resort where Walt Disney Imagineers worked with local artisans and cultural experts to create an island get away like no other. Aulani Resort is the ultimate family vacation.

Impressive views await guests at every turn, as this resort sits on 21 oceanfront acres! Gaze at the majestic mountains or just take in the calming ocean waters, there is a view to please all guests. But beautiful scenery isn’t the only magical part of a stay at Aulani Resort, this resort truly has it all!

Let’s begin with pools and water play areas. The Waikolohe Pool features the Waikolohe Stream, a lazy river where you can be just that … lazy! Relax as you gently glide through the stream and watch as thrill seekers take on the Volcanic Vertical, a thrilling body slide or the Tubestone Curl tube slide! Adventure awaits!

planDisney Tip: Don’t miss an afternoon enjoying the Ka Maka Grotto. The infinity edge pool overlooking Ko Olina Beach is a stop you can’t miss. And little ones, age five and under, will love splashing around at Keiki Cove Splash Zone!

After a day in the sun, your party will be hungry and numerous, magnificent dining options are available at Aulani Resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be found at Ulu Café, which specializes in self-serve items, as well as cooked-to-order specialties. Located on the first floor of the Waianae Tower, this is a go-to dining location for the planDisney panelists. Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands, offers guests fresh local foods and international flavors for breakfast and dinner. It is located on the first floor of the main building, adjacent to The ‘Ōlelo Room, and character breakfasts are offered here five times a week. There are also several dining options where guests may grab a burger, light snacks, and frozen treats.

planDisney Tip: Looking to enjoy a refreshing DOLE Whip on the island? Then be sure to make a stop at Little ‘Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk, where you will find this delectable treat and more!

Lastly let’s talk about recreation offerings! This list covers everything from spa services to swimming with the fish. Choose your adventure! Want to relax and enjoy an afternoon of pampering? Then be sure to add a visit to Laniwai – A Disney Spa on your must-do’s. There is also the Mikimiki Fitness Center for those wanting to stay in shape while vacationing or why not try a guided walking tour? These include Māka‘ika‘i, The Art of Aulani Resort, and Māka‘ika‘i, The Nature and Wildlife of Aulani Resort. Rainbow Reef gives you and your family the opportunity to swim with fish; while a stop by Pau Hana Room (Aulani’s Community Hall) allows your party to make your own Mickey Ears!

planDisney Fact: Did you know “Ko Olina” means “Place of Joy?” Part of an original royal land division, Ko Olina was once a sacred area for Hawaiian monarchs and leaders to rest and unwind. We think the name fits this area perfectly and we think you’ll agree on your next stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i.

For more information on reservations, visit DisneyAulani.com. For information about Disney Vacation Club, visit the Disney Vacation Club website. 

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