Top 6 things to do at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Hawaii
1. Meet Mickey Mouse and friends at the Disney Character Breakfast.
The first thing I do when visiting any Disney location is pre-booking the character breakfast. A Disney Character Dining Experience is usually the easiest and best way to see a few of the characters in one location and spend some quality time with them. These reservations book out fast so by pre-booking you know you will not miss out.
We first got to meet with Mickey Mouse, say hello and grab a photo opportunity outside the Makahiki Restaurant. The staff are very friendly and will even take photos with your own camera or phone. The kids faces when they see Mickey Mouse is priceless! Then you are taken through to the Makahiki Restaurant, shown the selection of food on offer at the buffet and then to your table. There is lots of food on offer but we always get so distracted and excited by the meet and greets that food is just a side offering. There really is no "best Seating", inside tables are closer to the food, but most of the entertainment is outside. The Disney Characters come up to your table to say hello so you won't miss out. We also met Minnie Mouse and Goofy and got lots of time with both, they will interact with you as little or as much as you like. There is some great Hawaiian entertainment which involves the kids in singing and dancing. Its the perfect way to start a day at Aulani.
2. Check out the daily activities and Meet and Greets daily locations
You can really do as much or as little as you like at Aulani but everyday there is a list of new activities available on offer. See my picture below as an example.
At Aunty's beach house you can make reservations for the kids club activities but you will need to pre-register them, which you can do an online pre-registration or get the form there, then check in your children into Auntys' Beach House 30-45mins prior to the activity. I met with another parent who gave me the hot tip to go early in the morning before they open and line up to put your childs' name down to reserve a spot, as during busy periods these activities book out. Unfortunately at Auntys' beach house you drop the kids and go, you can't supervise them having fun but there are other family activities you can all do together and they do take photos as part of the photopass (more info on this below). I recommend the Toddler Time Splash and Play, the Ukulele class which is actually fun for the whole family, and the Fire Pit Storytelling.
There is also movie nights and a Disney Character Hawaiian Show which shouldn't be missed.
Find out which of your favourite characters will be out and about and where during the day so you can line up for a meet and greet. There is an information line you can phone from your room to find out when and where you can meet them each day.
3. Spend all day enjoying the many pools
The pools are just spectacular. There's the Ka Maka Grotto which has an infinity pool overlooking the beach and has a cave like area with a spa which lights up at night with lots of glittering lights. The Keiki Cove Splash Zone, designed for kids 5 and under which my son loved. Mehehune Bridge which is a splash zone with water slides and a climbing structure. The Waikolohe pool which hosts the poolside parties with some of the Disney Characters. And our favourite the Waikolohe Stream where you get into a tube and float along the lazy river or down the rapid adventures slides.
There are some adult only pools also which are great to utilize when the kids are at Aunty's Beach House.
4. Grab some gear from the beach rental at Makiki Joes Beach Rental
Down on the Aulani beach at Ko Olina Lagoon you will find Makiki Joes Beach Rental where you can get boogie boards, sand toys, reserve chairs and umbrellas or rent out beachside casabellas, snorkel sets and stand up paddle boards.
The beach has beautiful sand and is a great place to play, chill out and relax.
5. Utilize the Photopass photographers
For an extra charge you can buy a Disney Photopass. They have photographers stationed throughout the resort and can take some family snaps in different locations and with the characters during meet and greets.
We find that so many of our photos on holidays are always missing one person.. the person who takes the photo. Or the stranger we stop to take a quick snap of all of us ends up cutting off our heads or the background. Getting a professional photographer means you can get loads of great shots with ALL the family.
6. Watch the beautiful sunset
The Hawaiian sunset is so beautiful, head down to the beach and watch it set on the horizon. You can also book a table at the 'Ama'Ama Restaurant which has a lovely view of the beach and sunset. It's a great spot to have a cocktail in hand watching the sun go down.
Possibly one of my favourite family holiday hotels. Let me know what else you think is a must do at Aulani, A Disney Hotel and Spa, Hawaii.