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Aulani is something special. It brings the magic and excitement of Disney, while still honoring Hawaiian culture. 


Yes, it’s pricey, but they truly have amenities and activities to keep the whole family happy, no matter how long you stay, and not matter what ages your kids are. And of course, you’ll spot Disney characters walking around, posing with guests.


Their 7-acre waterpark (with pools, splash zones, lazy river, and waterslides) is a huge draw. The beach is calm and perfect for all ages. You’ve got movie nights, storytelling around the fire pit, ukulele lessons… the list of activities goes on and on. (Many activiies are complimentary. Premium ones charge an extra fee.)


Parents and kids both love Aunty’s Beach House [temporarily CLOSED], their kids club. Even their incredible spa offers pampering for adults, but also has a separate section specifically for teens.


Incredible food ranges from a luau and fine dining to poolside quick bites and shave ice. Book a Disney Character Breakfast and snap photos with Disney characters in their Aloha resort wear. 


Aulani sits on the Leeward (west) side of Oahu. It’s in a more remote part of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. 

Covid Specific

  • They’ve begun a phased reopening.

  • Aunty’s Beach House, their kids club and childcare, is temporarily CLOSED.

  • ‘Ama ‘Ama, their fine dining option is temporarily CLOSED

  • Laniwai Spa is temporarily CLOSED


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92-1185 Ali'inui Drive

Kapolei, HI 96707

Contact Info

(866) 443-4763

Online contact form

Check In / Check Out

  • Check-in: 3pm for Standard Rooms and Suites; 4pm for Studios and Villas

  • Checkout: 11am



  • ~$400 - $2000 / night

  • Self Parking: $37 / day (Free for Disney Vacation Club Members and RCI Members)

  • Self Parking (Day Guests): $12 for first hour and $5 for every half hour after, up to $37

  • Poolside Cabanas: $450 / day (10% off for Disney Club Vacations Members)

  • No Resort Fees


  • Waikiki — 45 min drive

  • Ko Olina Golf Club — 5 min walk (or 1 min drive)

  • Monkeypod — 5 min walk

  • Ko Olina Marina — 4 min drive (or 20 min walk)

  • Kahe Point Beach Park — 5 min drive

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) — 27 min drive

  • Hanauma Bay — 1 hr 6 min drive

  • Dole Plantation — 33 min drive

  • North Shore — ~50 min drive

Disney magic that doesn't feel like a theme park. A luxury resort that's fun for both kids and adults. 

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


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Good to know





  • A Disney Autograph Book will come in handy if you're traveling with littles. There are plenty of Disney characters to meet at the resort. 



  • Regular Resort Accommodations have spacious layouts and mini-fridges in every room. 

  • Disney Vacation Club Villas comfortably hold larger groups with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites. They come with a kitchenette or full kitchen, a washer / dryer, living and dining areas, and private bedrooms. 

  • All rooms have private porches or balconies with ocean or garden views. 

  • Free WiFi

  • Tons of infant and toddler equipment are available upon request: cribs, pack ‘n plays, bed rails, bottle warmers, outlet covers, high chairs, and diaper disposal systems.



  • ‘Ama ‘Ama [temporarily CLOSED], a high-end oceanfront restaurant that specializes in fresh-caught seafood and Hawaiian dishes. Breakfast is especially good. [Reservations recommended]

  • Disney Character Breakfast at Makahiki as well as buffet style comfort food. [Definitely make reservations for the character breakfast in advance. They book up quickly]

  • Ka Wa’a Luau is an on-site luau with a Disney twist (and lots of Moana).

  • They also have a snack shacks, poke bar, shave ice, cafes, and a lounge. 

FYI: Last call is at 9:45 pm. Monkeypod is across the street if you want to keep the party going. 



  • Disney Characters dressed in Aloha attire wander around taking pictures with guests.

  • 7-Acre Waikolohe Valley Waterpark with 3 pools, 4 hot tubs, a splash zone with a climbing play structure, 2 waterslides, and a lazy river that’s supervised by lifeguards. Goofy stops by sometimes to play games or get pool dance parties started. The pools are heated between 82° - 86° year-round. (Psst… if you need a kid break, head to the adults-only hot tub near the ocean. You’ll also find an adults-only bar.) 

  • Poolside Cabanas come with a 32-inch tv, ceiling fan, refrigerator, WiFi, Fruit, and bottled water. ($450 / day, call the concierge to reserve) Disney Vacation Club Members get 10% off. 

  • Rainbow Reef is a man-made 3800-square-foot, private snorkeling lagoon. It’s the only one on Oahu. You can swim with the fish or learn to scuba (for a fee) without ever getting into the ocean. You can watch teh fish and snorkelers through below-ground glass windows.  

  • Aulani shares a crescent stretch of beach with JW Marriott next door. The protected lagoon is calm, clear,  and wave-free, perfect for all ages to splash or try snorkeling. Heads up, there are no lifeguards on duty.

  • Maiki Joe’s is right on the beach and can take care of all your beach rentals (like loungers, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkels) or reserve a trip on a hand-built Hawaiian sailing canoe. Boogie boards, sand toys, and life jackets are complimentary for resort guests, but the rest comes with a fee.


  • Laniwai Spa [temporarily CLOSED] offers 150 treatments, focused on Hawaiian practices,  and caters to the whole family. Massage, herbal body remedies, facials, couples and family treatments. Parents can even learn the art of baby massage here. All treatments focus on natural Hawaiian ingredients, like mango, ginger, and lilikoi.

  • Kula Wai Hydrotherapy Garden has lounge areas, outdoor showers, heated herbal pools, co-ed mineral baths, and 6 different rain showers. It’s complimentary with any full-service spa treatment, but you can buy an access pass on its own too. This is Oahu’s only hydrotherapy garden. 

  •  Pulu Bar is the outdoor hydrotherapy garden within Laniwai, where you can create a personalized body polish using local ingredients, like sea salt and macadamia oil. Fun fact: “pulu” means “to make soft or saturate” in Hawaiian. [It’s free with any full-service spa treatment.]

  • Painted Sky Teen Spa is the only teen spa in Hawaii, They offer massages, facials, manicures, their own lounge, and a body scrub mixology bar. They offer spa treatments by day and teen programs at night.

  • Professional Photography Services: Book a portrait session, have an underwater photographer capture your snorkeling photos, or get a photo with Mickey or Minnie at the Character Breakfast. 

  • Fitness Center: 2000-square-feet, well-stocked with cardio and strength training equipment, as well as free weights. The facility is free, but you can also pay for yoga classes, boot camps, and personal or group training. [FYI: there are no windows, but there is a wall streaming ocean videos. 

  • Leis and beads upon arrival. 

  • Concierge.

  • Guided walking tours highlight the art and cultural influences throughout the resort. Aulani has one of the largest collections of contemporary Hawaiian art in the world. It includes wood carvings, watercolors, oils, acrylics, and sculpture. 

  • Self-Service Laundry Facilities available for a fee.

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  • Daily Activities change up, but can include ukulele lessons, beach games, sand castle contests, and canoe racing.

  • Disney Character Breakfast (aka Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration) a few days a week. Mickey, Minney, Goofy, Stitch, and others stop by to take pictures and play games. [Make reservations far in advance. This is a popular one, especially since you don’t have to be an Aulani guest to join.]

  • Sunrise Yoga on the beach.

  • Fire Pit Storytelling. Uncle, a master storyteller, shares magical tales of Hawaiian legends and lore. 

  • Menehune Adventure Trail is a high-tech scavenger hunt throughout the resort.

  • Pau Hana Room - Community Hall is where you can play games and do arts and crafts as a family. Make your own Mickey ears, learn to play the ukulele, stamp a t-shirt, or start a painting party.

  •  ‘Imi Loa Nāa Hōkū (Explore the Stars): Using powerful telescopes, learn about the stars and how ancient voyagers used them to navigate to Hawaii. [This is a premium experience and charges a fee.]

  • They also offer tons of excursions across Oahu that you can book for a fee. Visit the Dole Plantation or Pearl Harbor. Go whale watching or on a Dolphin Encounter. Take surf lessons or cooking classes. Hop on a helicopter, go ziplining, or horseback riding. 

  • Painting with Light is a photography experience where you use lights to make images. [This is a premium experience which costs extra. We recommend reserving your spot in advance.]

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  • The lazy river and hot tubs get pretty filled with kids during peak hours.

  • Not great for surfing: the calm waters are great for kids, but not for surfing. Beginner surfers can head to Kaleola Beach or Waikiki. Check out Banzai Pipeline to watch the pros. 

  • Bars and restaurants close up by 9:45 so there’s not much in the way of nightlife, but you can head across the street to Monkeypod for a late night drink.

  • Disney Vacation Club Members get 10% off cabana rentals and exclusive Disney Character experiences like Disney PhotoPass® Photo Op, where a Disney PhotoPass Photographer will be on hand to snap a picture. 

  • Arrive early and stay late. You’ve got access to the whole resort from the time they open on your check-in day to the time they close on your checkout day. 

  • Honeymoon Registry lets register for experiences like spa treatments, dining, luaus and more. 

  • Food can get pricey, but Island Country Markets at Ko Olina is a 5 min walk away. You can stock up on snacks and grab and go meal items. 

  • Tag your vacation photos with #DisneyAulani for a chance to be featured on Aulani’s IG handle. 

  • Download the Aulani app to check in online, view charges, and search daily activities. 



  • Beach: The lagoons are technically public, but you’ll find that they are much less crowded and feel more private than Waikiki. 

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  • Aunty’s Beach House [temporarily CLOSED] is a kids club where you can drop the kids off (ages 3-12 and fully potty trained). There’s so much to stay busy — Hawaiian arts and crafts, video games, a movie room, a costume closet for dress-up, and so much more. Kids will be entertained with dance contests, science experiments, storytelling, a magical fireplace, and oh yes, visits from their favorite Disney friends. Not to mention an area and activities specifically for tweens. [FYI: Proof of age may be required, so bring a passport or birth certificate. Most of the activities are complimentary, but a few premium ones come with a fee. Be sure to sign up those ones in advance.]

  • Painted Sky: HI Style Studio does island-style makeovers for kids age 3-12. They also have Moana and mermaid makeovers. 

  • Lots of Moana experiences like Moana makeovers, fireside stories, the luau, and Kakamora Chaos (90 minutes of games and singing with Moana).. 

  • Painted Sky Teen Spa has its own lounge and treatments geared toward teens. 

  • Teen activities include a photo hunt, game nights, sunset-lei making, movie nights, Sunset Mele, and Aloha House Parties. 

  • North Shore Beach Zone is a fun-filled afternoon on the beach for teens. 

  • Keiki (kids) menus are available at every restaurant.



  • “Aulani” means “messenger of a chief.”

  • Waikolohe, the name of the waterpark area, is Hawaiian for “mischievous water.”

  • Menehune are mischievous “little people” hidden throughout the resort (as wooden statues). Supposedly there are over 300 of them throughout the resort. (There’s even one hidden in an elevator.) You can learn all about them and their magical powers by following Menehune Adventure Trail, a high-tech scavenger hunt. 

  • In building Aulani, Disney consulted the native Hawaiian community (cultural advisors, artists, and spiritual leaders), to ensure the architecture, ambiance, and experience were authentically Hawaiian

  • Aulani opened in August 2011 and then completed a major expansion in 2015.  

  • They’re constantly earning awards for being a top kid-family, family-oriented resort. 

Last Updated 4 / 29 / 21

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