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A visit to Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i

Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa is an oasis of magic on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. The name “Aulani” traditionally means ‘messenger of a chief’ or ‘messenger of a greater authority.’ The name is fitting as the resort serves up authentic stories of… Read More »A visit to Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i

Celebrity Spotting: Alfonso Ribiero vacations at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Disney’s Aulani resort brings a large dose of Disney magic to Hawaii. Of course, it’s attracting a fair share of celebrities who want to escape the pressures of Hollywood. Alfonso Ribeiro and his family recently visited the resort. Here they’re getting their picture taking with… Read More »Celebrity Spotting: Alfonso Ribiero vacations at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Disney Cruise Line returning to West Coast, Hawaii & Galveston for 2015 itineraries

Disney Magic at Galveston Ghostriders

Disney Cruise Line is shaking up the fall of 2015 by returning to three favorite destinations after repositioning the Disney Wonder. These won’t be regular stops, but rather are being sold as limited-time engagements. So be prepared on May 21 to reserve your cruise if any of them interest you.

Let Cruise Director Natalie tell you all about it:

I like the idea of 5 days at sea on the trip to Hawaii, I just wish they didn’t have to depart from Canada. Stupid rules.

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Aulani Announces Plan to Refine Hotel Offerings

Read the Disney travel forums and search the blogs and you will encounter numerous trip reports from Aulani that go something like this: “The hotel is beautiful and Disney has outdone itself immersing guests in Hawaiian culture. Unfortunately the hotel is too far from anything,… Read More »Aulani Announces Plan to Refine Hotel Offerings

Aulani, Video Introduction

If you haven’t seen much of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, then you’ve missed out on a terrific project where Walt Disney Imagineers worked hand in hand with local Hawaiians to create the first Disney resort on Hawaii. More than a… Read More »Aulani, Video Introduction

Review: Thanksgiving at Aulani’s Makahiki Buffet

I was fortunate to spend Thanksgiving day this year at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa on Oahu with family and friends. Though we were staying on the other side of the island, we couldn’t resist the chance to make the drive to Ko Olina to check out Disney’s newest resort and enjoy a Hawaiian Thanksgiving sprinkled with Disney magic. First impression of Aulani: spectacular! The food, well, that’s another story…

Aulani offered a special Thanksgiving event with entertainment and character appearances ($85 per adult and $73 per child – ouch!). Our party, a mix of adults and kids, opted instead for the buffet dinner at Makahiki, which at $40 for adults and $20 per child is reasonably priced as Hawai’i resort dining goes, and we figured it would offer something to suit everyone’s taste.

I had high hopes for the Makahiki buffet, a spacious area with subtle and soothing tropical decor that opens to a sunny patio. But truth be told, the food was predictable, not much was memorable or worth seconds, (but luckily there was plenty to try!).

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Aulani Reviews Coming In

A few more reviews for Disney’s Hawaiian resort are trickling in. Most note how Disney has emphasized telling the story of Hawaii over traditional Disney touches, but I would argue that storytelling is the quintessential Disney touch. So I’m glad to see they chose that… Read More »Aulani Reviews Coming In