Aloha! No, I’m not in Hawaii, but rather I am dreaming of beautiful Hawaii while the snow is melting at my house!
About a year and a half ago, Disney Aulani Resort & Spa opened on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. This inclusive family-friendly resort has many amazing features and experiences for everyone, as well as beautiful pools and beaches. Our family hasn’t had the opportunity to visit this resort, but recently one of Preschoolears’ Parent Panel members and her family stayed at Aulani. I had the pleasure of interviewing her about their trip and she shared with me her thoughts as well as some wonderful photos for you to enjoy. Preschoolears also has a new page devoted to the Disney beach resorts including new ratings and reviews on Aulani, for families to plan their own trip to Hawaii Disney-style!
Rhonda G. is a Preschoolears Parent Panel member, and also an avid Disney fan! Her family visits Disney World at least once a year, and they are also members of the Disney Vacation Club. She has two kiddos age 9 and 5, who keep her very busy!
PS Ears: When did your family visit Disney’s Aulani resort?
Rhonda: We were at Aulani in July of 2012.
PS Ears: On this trip, you were able to stay in a DVC 1-bedroom villa at Aulani. What did you like or dislike about the hotel and the room?
Rhonda: We were amazed at the accommodations! It was very nice and clean. The kitchen was all stainless steel appliances and we were thrilled with how big it was. It was also fun to find the hidden mickeys in all of the decorations around the room.
PS Ears: What was one of the things your family enjoyed together?
Rhonda: The Water Park!! The slides were a big hit! We also enjoyed the snow cones at Papalua Shave Ice.
PS Ears: What was one of your kid’s favorite things they got to do?
Rhonda: Water slides! and Aunty’s Beach House was terrific!
PS Ears: What age of kids would you recommend to best enjoy the Aulani resort?
Rhonda: Our kids were ages 4 and 8 and they had a blast. They are always asking when can we go back. I would say there is something there for all ages but to get the most out of the resort, I would make sure that your child is old enough to stay at Aunty’s Beach House, which is for ages 3-12.
PS Ears: For families thinking about or planning to book a trip to Disney’s Aulani, what advice would you give them?
Rhonda: Stay in the 1 or 2 Bedroom Villas where there is a kitchen. Rent a rental car. Disney lets you park for free if you’re a DVC member but otherwise there is a parking fee. Go buy groceries at the local grocery store (We went to Safeway). Stock up on enough groceries to eat lunch a few days during your stay. You will save a ton of money, but still enjoy all of the great restaurants that Aulani has to offer. We even took our sandwiches out on the lawn chairs and ate by the pool one day.
Thanks Rhonda for sharing your insights and experiences at Aulani!
For those interested in Disney’s Aulani or just curious what it has to offer, here is a quick summary of some of the activities and amenities the resort has to offer.
Included with your stay:
- Waikolohe Valley swimming area with pools and stream
- Whirlpool spas
- Wailana Pool for relaxing
- Beach of Ko Olina that include complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and sand toys
- Beach activities including sand sculpturing, beach games and toddler splash time
- Starlit Hui celebration
- Menehune Adventure Trail
- Fireside Mo’Olelo
- ‘Ohana Disney Movie Nights on the lawn
- Aunty’s Beach House childcare that includes movies, games, arts & crafts, dress-up and play areas as well as special activities like:
- Aloha Party
- Once Upon an Island storytelling
- Disney Junior Aloha
- Eruption Disruption Volcanic Science
- Stitch’s Space Goo
- And much more!
Additional expenses and experiences:
- Rainbow Reef snorkeling
- Pool side cabanas
- Beach activities like sailing canoes, kayaking and snorkeling
- Premium experiences at Aunty’s including Fish Are Friends and Surf’s Up with Chip & Dale
- Golfing at Ko Olina Golf Club
- Spa Treatments
The accommodations at Aulani are divided into two sections: Hotel rooms and DVC villas. Hotel rooms can sleep anywhere from 4 to 6 people, depending on whether you are in a standard room or a suite. Suites include additional baths and partial kitchens. Some suites can accommodate custom catering. DVC Villas can sleep anywhere from 4 to 12 people. Studios include a wet bar and all other villas include a full kitchen.
If you would like to see reviews and ratings of the Aulani resort, please visit the Preschoolears website.
We hope you enjoyed this look at Disney’s Aulani.