For many families, a trip to Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. If it’s your first time heading to Aulani, we recommend taking some time to plan your visit in advance, as there’s so much to see and do in this beautiful resort. Keep reading as we share some of our top tips for your next Aulani visit.
Disney Aulani offers something for visitors of all ages. If you are looking for a new Disney vacation experience this year, we highly recommend heading out to Hawaii to experience this incredible resort. The attention to detail that has gone into the resort is exactly like the other Disney experiences you know and love. Contact us today for more information about Aulani and to book your next Disney vacation in Hawaii.
Arriving at Disney’s Aulani Resort
Before going any further with our guide, it’s important to discover how you’ll arrive at Aulani in the first place. You’ll need to fly into Honolulu International Airport, but it’s important to note there isn’t a free transfer on offer to the resort. Many people who visit Oahu opt to rent a car during their stay, but this will depend on how much time you want to spend outside of the resort. If you are just opting to remain in Aulani during your trip, take an Uber or book a shuttle to arrive at the resort.
Room Options at Aulani
One of the things we love the most about Aulani is the room options on offer. You can opt to stay in a standard room, but if you are looking for more space for your family, they also offer one, two, or three-bedroom villas. These come with a full kitchen and additional space for you all to spread out. You’ll save a fortune by having a kitchen in your villa, as food in Aulani and Hawaii is generally more expensive than on the mainland. If you fancy splurging on your upcoming trip, you’ll also want to consider the one or two-bedroom suites. The price of your room will be dependent on the time of year you visit and also the view you opt for. There’s nothing better than waking up to see the ocean, so consider if you are willing to pay a little extra for this luxury.
Food Options at Aulani
There are many great food options on-site at Aulani, and you’ll also find a few other restaurants and cafes in the local area within walking distance. Budget a good amount each day for eating. For a family of four, you’ll want to budget roughly $200 a day, but factor in even more if you are opting to attend the Luau or any of the character dining experiences. The Ulu Cafe is a cheaper option for poolside dining, but you might want to visit Makahiki for their breakfast or dinner during your trip. For adults, we recommend checking out The Olelo Room, which is a bar that offers delicious tapas-style dishes and sushi as well. Don’t miss trying out the Mickey-shaped shave ice by the pool, which is one of the most Instagram-worthy treats at the resort.
Activities at Aulani
You could easily spend a week in Aulani without leaving the resort, as there’s just so much to keep both kids and adults entertained. While many of the activities are included with your stay, you’ll find there are also some that require additional charges. The main draw during a trip to Aulani is the pool area and the beach. We were blown away by the pool area during our first trip, which includes an adults-only pool, a lazy river, and two waterslides. You’ll love pool hopping around the resort and exploring all of the hidden areas. The beach also has loungers, and you can rent water sports equipment for an additional charge if you fancy heading out to explore some more.
For adults, one of the jewels of the resort is the on-site spa. They have some unique treatments which are inspired by the Hawaiian culture, and you’ll love sitting out in the outside area and relaxing following your treatment. When walking around the resort, keep your eye out for Disney characters. There’s a dedicated phone line that tells you which characters you can see that day to help with your planning. We recommend reviewing the activity guide that you will be given upon your arrival, as this lists many of the fun activities that are included with your stay. Take your time to immerse yourself in everything the resort has to offer, as there are many great shows and activities for visitors to experience.
Disney Aulani offers something for visitors of all ages. If you are looking for a new Disney vacation experience this year, we highly recommend heading out to Hawaii to experience this incredible resort. The attention to detail that has gone into the resort is exactly like the other Disney experiences you know and love.
Contact us today for more information about Aulani and to book your next Disney vacation in Hawaii.