Aulani – Activities, Dining and Characters!

For the last post in this series on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we will look at some of the activities and dining around the resort. 

Aunty’s Beach House

When my kids were younger, they did not want to leave Aunty’s Beach House.  There are so many fun activities,  games and arts and crafts to keep them busy and sometimes Disney characters will come by to hang out at Aunty’s Beach House.  The Beach House is made up of 6 different rooms, each with different types of activities.  You will want to check the Daily ‘Iwa to see all the activities that happen at Aunty’s during a day. Aunty’s Beach House is for kids ages 3-12.  This is a supervised kids club with a secure checkin/checkout process. Some activities may have fees applied.  Children need to be pre-registered before you go. 

Aunty’s Front Door.

Aunty’s Front Room. Stage is for storytelling and other fun activities.

Dress Up Corner off the front room.

Dress up clothes

Aunty’s Game Room. Includes interactive games.

Arts and Crafts take place in Uncle’s Garage.

Aunty’s backyard.

Aunty’s Backyard

Character Experiences

Mickey and his friends can be found in different locations around Aulani.  You can check the Daily ‘Iwa to see when and where characters will be.  There are some premium character experiences that are available as well.  These require a fee for participation and include activities with some of the characters.  

Another great way to meet characters is going to the character dining experience at Makahiki, one of the restaurants at Aulani.

Meeting Minnie at Makahiki Character Breakfast.

Meeting Pluto at Makahiki Character Breakfast.

Dining

There are several dining options around Aulani that range from Quick-Service to Fine Dining.  

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands. This is a casual, family-friendly buffet.  For breakfast, you can dine with some of your favorite characters. At dinner, it is a buffet featuring some local ingredients. Character dining is not available at dinner. Dining reservations are recommended.  

Makahiki Check in Desk

Goofy and I at the Makahiki Character Breakfast

Lights above the buffet at Makahiki

Fun napkin and bread plate at Makahiki

‘Ama ‘Ama – Contemporary Island Cooking is an open-air restaurant with views of the beach.  The menu is a modern take on classic Hawaiian cuisine.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.  Reservations are recommended. 

‘Ama ‘Ama

Ulu Cafe is a quick-service location.  There are self-serve items like sandwiches and salads, as well as cooked-to-order menu items.  

Ulu Cafe. Quick service location.

The ‘Olelo Room is a really cool lounge that is designed around the Hawaiian language.  Live music is performed each night on the patio. 

The Olelo Room

Each box behind the bar in The Olelo Room is a different wood carving with the Hawaiian word.

Papalua Shave Ice is one of our favorite snack places.  We usually have to go here a few times during our stay and get shaved ice.  It is so good.  

Mickey Shaped Shaved Ice with sweetened condensed milk…yum!

Off the Hook is a poolside lounge with appetizers, sandwiches and really good tropical drinks.  

Off The Hook

Photography Services

Like most Disney destinations, there are PhotoPass Photographers around Aulani to take photos of you and your family with Disney characters, by some of the fun landmarks around Aulani as well as just having fun in the pool or beach area.  They will take your photos with your own camera or with theirs.  You will get a PhotoPass card that will link your photos to you.  You can view those photos on your room television or by going to Kālepa’s Store, where you can also purchase them.  

If you are looking for a little something extra with your family photography, you can schedule a private portrait session.  My family has done this on both of our visits to Aulani.  I have scheduled them both around sunset.  The photos are always amazing.

Spa Experiences

Aulani has two different spa experiences.  

Laniwai Spa is full-service spa, salon and fitness center. You can indulge in many different spa therapies by yourself, as a couple or they even have a spa service for the whole family.  It is also home to O’ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden, Kula Wai, which is complimentary with any full-service spa treatment.  

Laniwai Spa

Kula Wai, Hydrotherapy Garden

Painted Sky: HI Style Studio will give children ages 3-12 a new look for the occasion.  There are several packages to chose from that include different hair styles, make up or costumes. Packages are available for boys and girls.  

Painted Sky

Menehune

One of my favorite things to do as I am walking around Aulani, is to search for the Menehune.  The Menehune are shy, mischievous people of the Hawaiian Islands. There is even a Menehune Adventure Trail you can go on and see some of the ways the Menehune are mischievous.  

Menehune laying down

Menehune hiding behind the Kalepa’s Store sign.

Sunsets

The last thing I’m going to share is the sunsets.  Hawaiian sunsets are amazing and they are beautiful at Aulani.  When you go to Aulani, make sure you take time to stroll along the beach at sunset and be amazed by the view.  

 

Of course, there are many, many other activities that haven’t been discussed that you can do at Aulani.  Just to name a few: The Mo’Olelo Firepit Storytelling, many classes including how to play the ukulele, movie nights and the Ka Wa’a – A luau at Aulani.  Let me know when you want to plan your vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.  Contact me at valerie@magical-vacations.com for more information.