Sunday, December 8, 2019

Top Seven Ways to Enjoy Aulani, A Dream Disney Vacation Club Resort!

We recently spent a few days at Aulani in Ko Olina, Hawaii! It was amazing! I can't wait to go back! Here are seven ways to enjoy the resort!

1. Enjoy the room!
We are Disney Vacation Club members, so we booked a one-bedroom villa that sleeps five! You can also buy points to rent villas, but I am not too familiar with the process. The room is amazing, however the only downside was all of us sharing one bathroom.  That made it tricky getting back from pool time and getting ready to go back out.  Here are some pictures of the villa.
Living area with sofa bed and murphy bed under the TV
I love that the villas have a kitchen!
It was awesome that the kitchen had a rice cooker! I had my rice ready! I'm looking for an Instant Pot to show up next!
Not shown is the jet bathtub. We took turns in it!  Very lovely way to end a day!

2. Listen to live music!
Where we were located was near the nightly luau. So all we had to do is open our balcony sliding door to hear lovely Hawaiian tunes each night.  Lulled me to sleep!  They have live entertainment happening nightly throughout the resort and even ukelele lessons to get you started!

3. Go in the water!
The pools, lazy river, and the beach are first class.  We went into the water every day of our stay.  Here's my son paddleboarding on the beach.

4. Take a tour of the resort!

It was cool to hear the history of the construction of Aulani and how things were developed.  Uncle gave us a very educational and informational tour.

Uncle talked to us about the importance of the coconut tree to Hawaiians due to its many uses in Hawaiian life, to build shelter, for food, how the kukui is used for the oil, especially for torches like this!

He also told us about how water is life and the systems that were in place with the water flowing from the mountains into irrigation design when plantation life was abundant. Today, Hawaiians are fighting for the rights for water!

Uncle told us about this piko stone, the most important part of the resort. Local elders chose this specific location to be the "bellybutton" of the resort, where the connection is to Mother Nature, the center.  It is made of coral.

5. Special activities!
Aulani has a daily schedule of activities, some are included and some have a nominal fee.  We only took advantage of a couple, because of our limited stay. I would recommend at least a week!

DVDs to rent if you want to chill in the room
Materials to make customized Mickey Ears!

6. Character dining!

What would a stay at a Disney resort be without meeting some characters!  There are characters for scheduled Meet and Greets, but you can also have some interaction with characters if you book a Character Dining event at Mahaliki.

With Dale!

Don't forget the shave ice!

7. Aulani has so many beautiful spots, one way to capture your dream vacation is by having a photo session. The pictures will be worth every penny.

Like I said, we can't wait to be able to go back to Ko Olina and visit Aulani again!

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