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Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa

Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa

Located on the island of O'ahu in Hawaii, Disney has a special all inclusive resort for families to enjoy the luxury and beauty of Hawaii. Accommodations include regular hotel rooms and suites as well as villas. Besides beautiful views of the ocean, resort stays include perks like character experiences, multiple pools, a private beach, childcare at Aunty's Beach House, and adult and child programs. And of course, there are additional amenities you can add to your package like hula lessons, star gazing, excursions and character-themed parties. Dining at the resort includes two table serve restaurants and several quick serve locations as well as a character breakfast.

Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa

Below are reviews and ratings from our Parent's Panel on the different aspects of the resort. Items receiving no stars have not been experienced by the Parent Panel. For more information, visit our blog where we talk more about the Aulani experience.

Quick Links: Aulani Entertainment, Aulani Dining, Hilton Head, Vero Beach

Accommodations

Standard Rooms

5 Stars Overall
Room Size & Decor
5 Stars Cleanliness & Upkeep
Check-in/Check-out Process
Cast Member Service
Atmosphere in Hotel

DVC Villas

5 Stars Overall
Room Size & Decor
 
The 1-bedroom is amazingly large and nice; Studios are said to sleep family of 4 but they are a little small
5 Stars Cleanliness & Upkeep
Check-in/Check-out Process
Cast Member Service
Atmosphere in Hotel

Entertainment

Aulani Menehune Bridge

Hotel

5 Stars Ka Maka Grotto Pool
5 Stars Keiki Cove
  Poolside Cabanas
5 Stars Menehune Bridge–Play Area
Rainbow Reef (snorkling)
 
May be cold for younger kids
5 Stars Waikolohe Stream
Waikolohe Pool
Wailani Pool–Adults
Whirlpool Spas
Ears Tip Hotel Pool Tips: The waterslides are awesome for all ages. There isn't a height or age requirement.The Volcanic Vertical is fast and dark which might be scary for little ones. Life vests are available and the pools are shallow for kids. The Menehune Bridge Play area is great fun for preschoolers as the height limit is 48".

Aulani Pool

Activities

5 Stars Beach
Paradise Cove Excursion
Hawaiian Crafts and Nature Walks
Starlit Hui
5 Stars Fireside Mo'Olelo
5 Stars Ohana Disney Movie Nights
Adult Culinary Series
5 Stars Hula Lessons
Laniwai Spa
5 Stars Menehune Adventure Trails
 
This is a very long trail but very amazing to see. If little ones need to stop at any point, you can start again where you left off at any time
Uncle Kahakai Canoe Racing
   
Ears Tip Hotel Activities Tips: Keep in mind that the beach does not have a lifeguard so you will have to stay vigilant with your children if they are swimming. This is a downside at the beach. The Starlit Hui is about 30 minutes and is great for young kids who might not sit through a full luau.

Excursions

5 Stars Hawaiian Surf Surfing
5 Stars Paradise Cove Excursion
Ears Tip Excursion Tips: Panel Members have said the surfing lessons are awesome! Their seven year old had a great time and the beach was good for beginners. They provide rash guards, water socks and surfboards. The instructors are firefighters who teach surfing on their days off.

Aulani beach

Aunty's Beach House

Aunty's Beach House is the childcare and play center just for kids (Ages 3-12), which also features special events and entertainment.

5 Stars Aunty's Beach House (overall)
 
Aunty's Beach House is an amazing experience for the kids and most kids don't even want to leave, they are having so much fun!
Fish are Friends (Premier Experience)
5 Stars Surf's Up with Chip & Dale (Premier Experience)
Aunty's Aloha Party
5 Stars Aunty's Once Upon an Island
  The Coconut Kings & Queens Comedy
5 Stars Disney Jr. Aloha!
Eruption Disruption Volcano Science
5 Stars Keika Hula
  Menehune Musical Mixup
  Playdate at Aunty's
Stitch's Space Goo
Ears Tip Aunty's Beach House Tips: While some kids love a place like Aunty's, others don't so don't assume it is one size fits all. It does provide entertainment including activities, Wii consoles and games. The Keiku Hula is a great chance for them to try hula dancing. Eruption Disruption Volcanic Science is a popular activity.

Aulani MoOlelo

Dining

5 Stars 'Ama 'Ama
Makahiki Dinner Buffet
5 Stars Aunty's Breakfast Celebration-Character
The Lava Shack (Quick-serve)
  Little 'Opihi's (Quick-serve)
5 Stars Mama's Snack Shop (Quick-serve)
5 Stars Papalua Shave Ice (Quick-serve)
 
The best shaved ice ever! Especially with the snow cap and ice cream!
  Ulu Cafe (Quick-serve)

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Disney's Hilton head
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Located on a secluded island at Hilton Head in South Carolina, this Disney resort offers charming and quaint comfort as well as beautiful beaches, swimming pools and unique dining, surrounded by beautiful woods and oak trees. This resort experience offers relaxing time at the beach or pool, or fun family activities like bike riding, fishing, and nature walks. There is also access and discounts at golf courses.

Being a part of the DVC family of resorts, accommodations include a Deluxe Studio (sleeps up to 4), 1-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 4), 2-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 8) and a Grand villa (sleeps up to 12). Deluxe studios have a kitchenette and other villas have a full kitchen.

Disney's Vero Beach Island Resort

Disney's Vero Beach
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Located along the Atlantic coast in Florida, this Disney resort offers Florida beach living with amazing Disney amenities. Enjoy a family beach vacation including a Mickey-shaped swimming pool with slide, as well as 26-miles of beach to relax and enjoy. Activities can include campfires, miniature golf, beach walks, organized events for kids, and family sports. Excursions available include kayaking, fishing and biking. And seasonally, you can watch the summertime nesting of sea turtles.

Accommodations include deluxe guestroom (sleeps up to 4), deluxe studio (sleeps up to 4), 1-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 5), 2-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 9) and 3-bedroom cottage (sleeps up to 12). Deluxe guestroom and studio include a kitchenette and other villas include a full kitchen.