If you are a Disney fan and enjoy the characters you will enjoy Aulani. The resort has an excellent rating on TripAdvisor. Check out the reviews to see what others are saying.
According to Hawaii Magazine, “Translated from Hawaiian to English means, “the place that speaks for the great ones” or “the place that speaks with deep messages.””
Aulani is a Disney Vacation Club property, but you do not have to be a member to stay here. Rates for rooms without a membership will cost hundreds of dollars per night. See my discussion about the Disney Vacation Club here. Whether you are using points or paying cash the amount comes down to three things; just as with any other hotel. Room price depends on size, view and time of year. My family is small enough for a studio, but I prefer a one bedroom villa with an island garden or pool view.
Here are some things my family has learned. The biggest piece of advice is to plan your reservations early, such as your character dining. If you want a pool chair or complementary daycare arrive early or miss out. Make sure you get wristbands as a pass for the pool and beach areas. I heard the pool area was under some renovation in the summer of 2019.
You can expect crowds like anything else Disney and Disney prices, but people are willing to pay for the Disney experience.
For transportation my family rents a car at the airport. There is a car rental service at the resort. There is also a shared shuttle service to and from the airport that can be booked. Disney Vacation Club members park for free, and other overnight guests pay $37 daily. Parking options for the day are available, which include complimentary parking. The resort about 28 miles west of Waikiki.
Before you go, if you plan on using the complimentary day care known as Auntie‘s Beach House then preregister online. Make your restaurant reservations, but especially character dining. Check the schedule on when to see other characters outside of meal times. Ama Ama is the premiere restaurant at Aulani with ocean views. Several other dining options exists as well including quick serve and room service.
If you are familiar with resort spas then this will be familiar. Steam room and hot tubs before your massage. I enjoyed the visit here.
There is a lazy river and multiple pool areas. There are also two waterslides that are a blast. This is my favorite part about the resort. There is a splash zone and a play area inside the pool area.
There is a scavenger hunt with tablets that cause certain interactions when your are in range, such as a flame shooting out the side of the mountain built in the pool area. You can look for hidden Mickeys, but also look out for menehune. “Legendary creatures called menehune (pronounced meh-neh-HOO-neh) weave a charming spell throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Believed to be dwarf-like, the expert masons are said to have conjured enormous rock structures overnight.” These little statues are all over the resort.
There is also a golf course across the street.
For those that want cheaper options during there stay other restaurants are located across the street. Island Country Markets is a good place across the street as well to get items you forgot and general food items. This is also a much cheaper option to get your adult beverages. Refillable mugs are offered at $18.99.
Relax and enjoy your next family vacation at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii.
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