Disney Aulani has been rated one of the best overall resorts in Hawaii. But is Disney Aulani worth it?
Many folks choose Aulani Disney because they love the comfort, friendliness, and excitement of a Disney experience. And they want that same out-of-this-world feeling while enjoying the Hawaiian climate and beauty.
Yet is Disney Aulani worth what you’ll be paying? Is the resort experience as premium as you would expect it to be?
Let’s take a look.
Fun For Your Little Guests
A vacation in Hawaii would be hard for anyone to turn down. The pristine beaches, exquisite food, and thriving nightlife have made it a popular vacation spot for decades.
Yet your tiniest family members may be hoping for a little more from a world-class vacation. Disney Aulani has it all.
From breakfast with your favorite characters to a spectacular pool with pool slides and a lazy river, Aulani caters to the youngest members of your vacation tribe. There’s also a smaller pool with 3 slides and plenty of opportunities for wild fun. And characters like Goofy, Stich, and Moana will be there to cheer your kiddos on.
Aunty’s Beach House is also quite a popular attraction for children. There are games and closets full of costumes that children can try on, including princess outfits. Your littles can also enjoy crafts, games, and even a movie room.
If you’re staying at Aulani, admission to the kids’ club is free, adding to the value of your stay. If you’ve been to resorts where you were required to pay for childcare, you’ll find the cost of your stay at Aulani to be well worth it.
And while we’re on the subject of what’s included, know that all character experiences at Aulani are free except for the breakfast.
And Grown-Ups Too!
Aulani has traditional luaus that allow you to experience a must-do Hawaiian tradition right on the premises of your resort. The whole family can enjoy things like making poi and handcrafting leis.
The luau itself includes dinner complete with options for picky eaters. You’ll also enjoy a live performance by guests who tell the tale of Hawaii’s history.
In addition, you’ll have access to Rainbow Reef, a small snorkel lagoon that resort guests can enjoy for a small fee. For a small fee, you and your guests can get snorkel gear and permission to snorkel. The reef is teeming with colorful tropical fish.
The resort is located in the Ko Olina resort area, which is sunny, dry, and uncrowded. There’s a free shuttle bus that will allow you to experience other restaurants and shopping areas within the complex.
Aulani also boasts a hot tub and a man-made beach cove, which has almost now waves. This is great if you don’t want to worry about your littles, but it’s also a wonderful place to enjoy swimming and stand-up paddleboarding.
If you’re looking for soft sand, beautiful beaches, and excellent fun, Disney is the perfect vacation for parents as well as kids.
Perks For DVC Members
Believe it or not Disney Vacation Club Members can make Disney Aulani their home resort, or simply use their points for a stay. They enjoy extras at Aulani that include 10% off merchandise and an exclusive character meet-and-greet.
You’ll also save money at the Ko Olina Golf Club, Marina, and poolside cabanas. In addition, you’ll enjoy a complimentary ukulele lesson!
When folks are splurging on a luxurious vacation, they want to know that they’re accommodations will be comfy and attractive. Standard rooms easily sleep four guests, while two bedroom suites will get you to six.
The suites are lavish and include touches like a butler’s pantry, unique artwork, and a separate catering entrance. There are also three bathrooms, one of which boasts a jacuzzi tub and steam shower.
If you’ve got a larger party, you can enjoy one of Aulani’s spacious villas, which can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. They feature homey touches like full kitchens, separate bedrooms, and a washer and dryer.
Outside of your room, enjoy the peaceful terraces and subtle décor that you would expect from a Disney resort experience.
While many Hawaiian vacations involve guests traveling between activities, you’ll have much to do on the premises of Aulani. Many guests rarely leave the resort during their entire stay!
There is a spa on the premises with options like a hydrotherapy garden and family treatments. There’s even a HI Style studio designed especially to treat the style needs of kiddos ages 3 through 12.
You’ll also enjoy plenty of shops and live entertainment. In addition, adventurers will enjoy fantastic excursions that include a zipline tour and a helicopter adventure.
If your family loves to dine together, you’ll find no shortage of options at Aulani. You can find delicious casual meals at Makahiki, or poolside salads and drinks at the poolside bar. Snack on cocktails and sushi at the Olelo Room, or enjoy on-the-go lunches at Mama’s Snack Shop.
Options like a fitness center and yoga classes are available for your exercise fanatics. And car, shuttle, and taxi services can get you where you want to go in a hurry!
The Magic of Disney Aulani
If your idea of a dream vacation is a combination of Disney and Hawaii, you’re dreams will come true at Disney Aulani. With so many amenities and attractions for your family, it will be worth every penny you spend.
Don’t stop getting smart about your Disney Hawaiian vacation now. For more information on an Aulani vacation, contact us today.