Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa Reviews

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive, Kapolei, HI
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Family vacation 1st night
by Casandy
Our greeting was great and we were extremely well taken care of upon arrival. Our 2 bedroom suite is beautiful. This place is busy..and this is not the busy season. The water slide is fun..lazy river nice. Evening story was ok. The pools ... more and hothe tubso are lovely. However if you are looking for privacy this is not it. Prices are over the top...weekdays are less..but still very expensive. Carry plenty of smaller bills for tips. Use the store across the street...unless you can hit safeway in kapolei before you get there. The scavenger hunt is very fun. I understand that the Hui.is a must do. There are many activities included..I do not think the price reflects the value..but glad we got to see it.

Date of Stay: 05/12/2016
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amazing
by lassie
Loved it! From the warm welcome, lovely accommodations, friendly staff, fun family activities and children programs all rated top notch. Don't miss the character buffet breakfast $$$ expensive but worth it.

My 6 year old ... more really enjoyed the activities provided by "Aunt Annie" also gives the grown ups time for snorkeling in the beautiful lagoon. Can't wait to go back.

Date of Stay: 04/30/2014
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Aloha Aulani
by so cal mom
Our eight-year-old daughter was excited to experience the new Aulani Disney Resort, however she worried about our planned snorkeling trip. "What if a shark or puffer fish come up to me?" she cried. I reassured her that Disney would not have sharks or puffer fish in the bay.
more /> Little did I know until touring the resort, is that Disney built a Rainbow Reef. Hundreds of tropical fish, including manybar goatfish and colorful butterfly fish happily swim in this controlled environment. The reef houses 40 different species of fish that are found only in Hawaii. For $15 for kids and $30 for adults, guests receive an all-day snorkel pass. Guests float on the surface of the resort's 165,000-gallon saltwater playground. As fish swim in schools, families can seek out underwater statues and animals.
"It's great for people who've never snorkeled before," said assistant curator Marjorie Awai in an interview.

Our daughter enjoyed a day of snorkeling without waves or a strong current. The calm environment was perfect for her and other children. The fish are tame and used to people swimming around them. Guests who don't want to enter the chilly water, can view the fish from two viewing windows. Feeding times are at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Aulani Disney Resort is a fantasy playground for kids and adults. Located on the Leeward Coast of Oahu in the Ko' Olina community. It's a 35 minute drives from the big city life of Honolulu airport and Waikiki.

Walking into the third floor grand Maka'ala lobby of the resort, one notices wood carving sculptures and a 360-degree mural of Hawaii. Its history begins before the arrival of Captain Cook to modern Hawaii. Artist Martin Charlot painted a 200-foot wrap around mural depicting the heritage of Hawaii, the people, land, and wildlife. Below, two streams in the lobby meet in a waterfall going down into a Koi pond.
Walking to our room we passed the Waikolohe lazy river and watched guests floating by on tan inner tubes. "I want to do that," said our Katie. We did twice a day and had a great time. Guests can take the tubes down one thrilling slide. There is another fun tunnel without tubes that spills out into the river.

Another fun family activity that we enjoyed is the interactive hand-held electronic touch-screen device. It's like a mini iPad with "Auntie" on the screen, as a tour guide. She guides families on five tours around the resort. Four outside and one in the lobby.

A local production company, Searider, helped create this self-guiding tour. While walking around the resort, guests learn about Hawaiian artwork, history and architecture. Push a button at a designated spot and learn about the Hawaiian sea turtle. With a command, a sea turtle will rise out of the water. Kids can build a sailing canoe with the push of a button and activate a volcano.

Our room on the 23rd floor had a king size bed and pullout sofa bed. The room was colorful, spacious and had a terrific balcony to sit outside and take in the views.

For dining options there is a buffet-style dining with daily character breakfasts below the lobby in the Makahiki Buffet. For lunch we liked to pick up a sandwich, sushi or salad at the Little Opihi's beach shack. Dinner we dined one night at The Olelo Room during Happy Hour. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. small plates and cocktails are from $5 to $7.

Another night, we walked outside of the property and across the street to the Monkeypod Restaurant. The food is terrific and they offer live entertainment. They offer a creative children's menu and Hawaiian fare for adults.

Entertainment is constant at the resort. Children enjoy Auntie's Beach House from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the activities that children may participate in are Stitch Space Goo making, learning how to hula and Volcanic Science.

Parents are only allowed inside Auntie's House during Open House times from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Some of the activities and meals served are at an extra charge, however many of the activities are free.
If you get a chance to watch the Aulani Starlit Hui on the Halawai Lawn, don't miss it. It's a free family event where guests receive a mat to sit on and watch live Hawaiian music from local artists and dance with some of Disney's favorite characters. Another interesting family activity is the Mo'Olelo fire pit storytelling. A warm fire overlooking the beach is turned on as "Uncle" shares age old stories and traditions that exist in Hawaii. These stories are passed down from one generation to another.
On the beach, guests can go on a sailing canoe ride, check out sand toys, kayak, snorkel in the bay or sit under an umbrella with a good book.

There is a paved walkway in Ko' Olina that is pretty for a morning or sunset stroll. JW Marriott has a few different nearby properties in this area. The path takes visitors all the way to the Ko' Olina harbor. We stopped one morning at Longboards at the Marriott Beach Club for a delicious beachfront breakfast buffet.
Walk around the JW Marriott resort to a beach where sea turtles and Monk seals like to call home. Be sure to wear hard sole shoes on this walk, due to sharp rocks near the water.
At the end of our stay at the Aulani Disney Resort, we had a new appreciation for the history, people and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.


Date of Stay: 02/14/2013
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Paradise
by cm092
Yes it is expensive but so is everything in Hawaii. The Aulani is a great resort for Adults as well as children. I found the food excellent even the character breakfast in pure Aloha style.

They do need not to charge for the ... more rainbow reef, I think 1 free visit is good and the rest they charge. The staff there was excellent and very helpful in everything that you need.

We had a 1 bedroom and yes we had a microwave, coffee pot, rice cooker, stove, washer, dryer,dishwasher and a great view of sunsets every night. They provide transportation to excursions.

Though we did not have kids with us it appeared that the kids have plenty to do and even kid sit for parents that want to do other things. Overall I would love to back every year. As always Disney aims to please.

Date of Stay: 01/24/2013
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A great Winter break
by okw91
We spent 8 nights at the Aulani and from the minute we drove up till the last day everything was fantastic! The staff can't seem to do enough for you, the food, pools and the beach are terrific!

The location is very nice ... more there is a nice shopping center across the street, small but convient! We hope to return in the future, one of the best vacation we have ever had!!!

Date of Stay: 01/04/2013
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Disney missed the boat on Aulani
by sweke
Hawaii has many more options that you should try other than Aulani. Only two restaurants and the food is horrible and overpriced-even for Hawaii.
The slide and hot tub were broken our entire stay of 5 days. You are charged for ... more everything! You even have to pay to swim in the Rainbow Reef.
The staff was nice but not great. Rooms are average with no microwave.

Date of Stay: 04/15/2012
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