I think the best way to describe Aulani is to imagine that you’re on a magical Island you never want to leave. You have everything at your fingertips from family water slides, a meandering lazy river with waterfalls, a Mickey’s Beach party and especially Auntie’s Beach house!!! (more on that later) They even have their own snorkel reef by the splash pads, so you can swim with hundreds of exotic and tropical fish…It was a dream!
I am writing this review for so many reasons. Mostly because I had heard some mixed reviews from friends who also visited Aulani, so I wanted to add my 2 cents. In full disclosure I have to say I loved it! So much so that I was super emotional when we left and I debated canceling our second destination because I didn’t want to leave. It was pure magic!
We stayed 7 nights in Aulani and I felt I could just move right in and never leave. Before arriving on Oahu, I had a long list of places I wanted to visit with the free rental car supplied with our trip. However, with each day being better and more exciting than the last, I just couldn’t leave the magic. I went to the grocery store one time (at 6:30 AM) which is right by the resort via golf cart returning immediately, never to leave the hotel again until departure.
We loved the character breakfast, where we were treated to a delicious all you can eat buffet with a wide selection of food for both children and adults. The many Disney Characters interact with your children, giving each of them individual time to hug and play with their favorite friends. This was our family’s first ever character dining experience and it won’t be a last.
There is a bippity-boppity boo there, just like Disney Land & Disney World. This is where your little princess can combine the spirit of the Islands with the magic of Disney and be transformed into Moana.
In addition to Auntie’s Beach House, there is also a community center where you can do children and family actives together such as making leis, designing boats, rent movies, other parent involved activities.
Now on to on my favorites perks of Aulani….Aunties Beach House!! This is the Disney child care and main activity center where you can drop your children (those over the age of 3) where they will be cared for by the very attentive Beach House staff. Be sure to pre-register your children for the their favorite events, as they do fill up fast. However, you are able to sign up at opening each day for activities that may have been unavailable for pre-registration.
It was always a party for the kids and every time we would pick them up they would beg to stay longer. One activity we signed up allowed Hudson & Holland to make goo with Stitch, they also learned how to hula, then they went to a Kings & Queens of comedy show where they were highly entertained by the talented staff. Hudson could not stop laughing every time he tried telling us about the comedy show…he just loved it and was so impressed Holland went on stage and told a joke.
Almost every night we went on dates together, except for one night where I felt bad for leaving the kids behind. However, the joke was on us as we were the ones who got ditched as they endlessly requested to be allowed to go back to Auntie’s beach house. They only agreed to leave after dinner bc there was an outdoor movie playing on the great lawn where we were supplied with a bamboo matt and the entertainment Aladdin!
My kids really loved Mickey’s & Goofy’s daily beach parties at 2pm. They had the funnest activities from dances, races, music & games. My kids also thought it was so cool that the characters could get wet.
Needless to say we are already planning our next trip back to Aulani!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.