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Fall in Love with the Holiday’s at Walt Disney World

Fall in Love with the Holiday’s at Walt Disney World

Fall in Love with the Holiday's

at Walt Disney World

Summer is officially over, which means our favorite time of year is right around the corner. There is truly something so magical about the theme parks during the Holiday season. This year is definitely different than previous years, however, there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to in the coming months!

Fall & Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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    Although Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been canceled this year, fall is still such a wonderful time to visit the theme parks.
    From September 15th through October 31st, Magic Kingdom will be adorned with beautiful seasonal decor throughout the park. Characters including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals will wave to guests from a special Halloween cavalcade. You may even see some of your favorite Disney villains along for the ride. Disney is also allowing guests for the first time ever to wear their favorite Halloween costume to the parks to celebrate.

New Projection Show for Cinderella’s Castle Starting Nov. 6th 

Each year during the Holiday season, Cinderella’s Castle lights up with over 200,000 beautiful crystal lights that emulate icicles dripping from every angle. This year, in place of the icicle lights, Disney has created an incredible projection show that will run through the evening starting at sun down. According to Disney Parks Blog, “the appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation”.  Get your cameras ready! This new addition will make for an incredible Holiday card backdrop for the whole family.  

Character Sitings throughout the Parks

One thing we have truly missed about the parks is being able to meet all of our favorite characters and princesses. This holiday season, however, the Disney parks have created ways for us to see all of our favorites while staying safe with social distancing. Starting November 6th, guests will be able to see special character cavalcades through Magic Kingdom including gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and our personal favorite, the toy soldiers! Guests can also enjoy festive flotillas at Animal Kingdom, Holiday Promenades at Epcot, and Merry Motorcades at Hollywood Studios. Santa Claus will also be available to wave to guests at all four parks and Disney Springs.

Minnie Mouse to Host Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine

We are so excited to see character dining slowly returning to the parks. Starting November 6th, Minnie Mouse will host a seasonal dining experience at Hollywood & Vine located at Hollywood Studios park. Santa Goofy will also be in attendance along with some of Minnie’s other friends. The characters will not be available for personal photos, however will be available to wave to guests and pose for photos.

Celebrate the Holiday’s at Disney Springs

If you are heading to the theme parks this Holiday season, make sure to stop by Disney Springs. Disney has announced that the “elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees are spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination”. These beautiful trees will be displayed all throughout Disney Springs, which is perfect for an unplanned afternoon, or evening after a busy day at the parks. Another special addition to Disney Springs this year will be a magical snowfall throughout three of the main areas: The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.

Jock Lindsey Hanger Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with returning holiday decor and a limited-time festive menu for guests to enjoy this Holiday season.

    Stay tuned for more Walt Disney World and Universal Studios updates in our October newsletter. You can also stay up to date on all park and resort information by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

     

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    What Are the Best Things to do on a Disney Cruise?

    What Are the Best Things to do on a Disney Cruise?

    Magic plus fun — that’s what Disney cruises are all about. No matter your age, a Disney cruise is like no other; it caters to your expectations of what a cruise should deliver. Disney cruises offer various entertainment options, gourmet food, and character meet-ups. In fact, the list of what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is so long you could easily miss some items. What to do on a Disney cruise? We’ll share some of the best below.

    Marvel at a Live Show

    What are the best things to do on a Disney cruise? Well, if you’re a huge fan of live stage shows, you surely wouldn’t want to miss the Broadway-caliber Disney cruise shows offered on Disney cruises. Some cruise ships even cast New York-based Broadway actors in the shows.

    What to Do on A Disney Cruise
    What to Do on A Disney Cruise

    Try the AquaDuck

    The land has Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom, while the sea has Disney’s AquaDuck! As silly as it sounds, trying the AquaDuck might just be one of the most thrilling and memorable experiences you’ll have at sea. If you want to ride this water coaster, make sure to book on either the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream.

    Relax at the Spa

    Indulge in various treatments at the spa aboard the cruise ship. Any treatment will feel like you’re at Aulani and allow you to use the private hot tub and heated loungers. Take note, all these with an ocean view!

    Run a 5K

    So you’ve landed at the private Disney island, Castaway Cay. What to do on a Disney cruise? Here’s a suggestion: spend time getting a bit of exercise by signing up to join the Castaway Cay 5K. You get to explore and enjoy the island and receive a plastic medal as a souvenir after.

    Encourage the Kids to Participate

    Going on a cruise with kids or teens? Let them join the clubs! Sure, it can be intimidating at first, but the Disney staff does an awesome job of making sure the kids adapt and feel like they belong to the point that they’ll never want to leave.

    Wait for the Fireworks Display

    When it comes to fireworks, no one does it better than Disney. Although it comes pretty late, the fireworks Disney cruise shows at the sea are rewarding and a memorable experience that can last for a lifetime.

    Bring to Life Some Disney Cruise Pirate Night Ideas

    No, it’s not cringey! In fact, you’ll see people of all ages come up with Disney cruise pirate night ideas. On Pirate Night, you’ll receive a pirate bandana to wear. Expect two fun deck shows as well — one with Mickey and the other with Jack Sparrow.

    Things to Do on A Disney Cruise
    Things to Do on A Disney Cruise

    Join the ‘Sailing Away’ Party

    Disney throws a number of parties, and each time they do, make sure you attend because it will be festive and fun. One of the things to do on a Disney cruise is joining the Sailing Away deck party, where Mickey Mouse and his friends own the stage and everyone dancing along.

    Participate in a Fish Extender Exchange

    Make new friends by joining a simple gift exchange with other families/guests. These Disney cruise activities can be an opportunity for you to teach kids the joy of giving and receiving tokens.

    The list of answers to what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is endless, but here are some of the lesser-known ones that are equally interesting and fun. Once you’re onboard a Disney cruise ship, don’t forget to try these Disney cruise activities or the Disney holiday highlights yourself!

    Cooking Around the World Showcase – Pan Fried Noodles from the Japan Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase – Pan Fried Noodles from the Japan Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase - Pan Fried Noodles from Japan Pavillon

     The next stop on my culinary adventures around the World Showcase is Japan. I am not going to lie, this one made me nervous. Would I have the right cooking equipment? Was I going to be able to find all of the ingredients I needed? Have no fear! I am happy to report back that my dish of Pan Fried Noodles was a huge success and a big hit with the family.

    Pan Fried Noodles

    Japan Pavillon
    Teppan Edo

    Out of the three sit down dining options located in Epcot’s Japan pavilion, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, and Takumi-Tei, Teppan Edo is truly the star. Teppan means “iron griddle” in Japanese, so the name is very fitting for this hibachi style dining experience.  My family and I have been dining here for as long as I can remember. It is especially my husband’s favorite as he studied Japanese in college. Depending on the size of your party, you will be seated alone, or with a combination of other families all around a large flat top grill. Here your chef will cook your dinner with flair and serve an amazing meal along with a show. The recipe I used to recreate Teppan-Edo’s delicious noodles is by Dinner at the Zoo and can be found here.

    Ingredients:
    4 servings

      

    • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    • 1/2 cup white onion
    • 1/2 cup green onions 
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 12 ounces cooked fresh noodles 
    • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1 cup bean sprouts
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

    Directions:

     
    1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil over medium high heat in a large pan. Add the carrots and white onions to the pan. 
    2. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
    3. Add the green onions and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the vegetables from the pan, and cover to keep warm.
    4. Rinse the noodles under hot water to separate them.
    5. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in the pan. Add the noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until browned and crispy on the edges.
    6. Add the vegetables back to the pan.
    7. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water.
    8. Add the bean sprouts to the pan, and toss to combine.
    9. Add the sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until sauce has just thickened and bean sprouts have wilted.
    10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and additional green onions if desired, then serve.

     

    Since this meal did not require too much cooking on the stovetop, my little ones were able to be a lot more hands-on, which they loved!

    The veggies that this recipe calls for are shredded carrots, white onion and bean sprouts. I chose to shred the carrots and onions at home with my grater. However, you can buy them pre-shredded at the grocery story if you prefer.

    The kids got to shred the carrots and onions and mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Mom stepped in when it was time to start cooking.

    One tip I found online that turned out to be my saving grace was buying precooked noodles, which you can find in the international isle of your grocery store.

    Since these noodles come precooked, all you need to do is rinse them and throw them in the pan and voila! The longer you keep the noodles in the fry pan, the crispier they get. The texture is needed in this dish so that everything is not too soft.

    The best part of these noodle is that it can easily be a side dish or a main course! We decided to cook up some chicken to mix in with the noodles for the first night. For night two, we had the noodles as a side dish.

    To make your Japan experience even more authentic, open a bottle of sake and bring out the chop sticks! We have sets that we purchased from the gift shop located directly underneath the restaurant.

    All in all, this dish was much easier to make than I anticipated. Cooking it myself may not have been quite as fun as watching it made hibachi-style at Teppan-Edo, but this recipe is definitely one we will be making more often.

    I planned on making the green tea mousse cake from Teppan-Edo’s dessert menu as well, however, it was not as easy or as successful as the noodles. It is The Japan Pavilion that has had me conceding that I am a much better cook than I am a baker!

    Enjoy! (Tanoshi!)

    Follow us on social media so you can follow our Cooking Around the World Showcase journey. Next week, we are recreating a special dish from Italy! Can you guess which one we chose?

    About Me
    Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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    Cooking Around the World Showcase – Baklava from the Morocco Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase – Baklava from the Morocco Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase - Baklava from the Morocco Pavillon

    Next stop – The Morocco Pavilion! Located within the World Showcase at Epcot, this pavilion can be easy to overlook. There is no giant landmark that draws attention, no movie or ride found within, and no street performers. Without the bells and whistles of the other pavilions, guests can often walk right on through. If this is you, you are missing out on a plethora of unique merchandise, delicious tastes and smells and architecture that makes you feel like you’re wandering through a bazaar.

    Baklava

    Morocco Pavillon
    Spice Road Table

    There are 3 dining options in The Morocco Pavilion:
    1. Restaurant Marrakesh: a table service restaurant tucked away in the back of the pavilion with live music and belly dancers.
    2. Tangierine Cafe: a quick service location offering casual Moroccan fare such as Mediterranean shawarma, kebabs, and hummus.
    3. Spice Road Table: a table service restaurant with a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting located on the lagoon.

    This week I created Baklava, which is a rich and sweet pastry that can be found on the dessert menu at Spice Road Table. I found a really great recipe posted online by Back To Our Roots, which I have included below.

    Baklava Ingredients:
    Serving Size: 1 9″ x 13″ pan

     

    • 1 lb raw, unsalted nuts
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp each of the following spices:
      • ground nutmeg
      • ground cloves
      • mace
      • ground cardamom
      • allspice
    • 1 16oz package phyllo dough at room temperature
    • 1 cup melted butter

    Baklava Directions:

     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. Chop the nuts very fine and mix the ground spices into them.
    3. Unroll the phyllo and cover it with plastic wrap and then with a damp cloth.
    4. Place 4 to 6 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of your baking dish and brush generously with the melted butter.
    5. Sprinkle 5 to 6 tablespoons of the nut mixture evenly over the phyllo.
    6. Add 2 more sheets of phyllo dough and brush with butter.
    7. Continue to layer the nuts and phyllo sheets, brushing the sheets with butter as you go, until you have used all of the nut mixture. For the top layer of phyllo, use 6 to 8 sheets, buttering each one.
    8. Using a very sharp knife, cut the Baklava all the way through, into 4 long rows. Then cut diagonally to make diamond shapes.
    9. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown.

    I will admit, this recipe called for a run to the grocery store as it features many spices that I don’t normally use. However, now that I have them in my pantry, I will certainly find more recipes that call for Mace, Cardamom, Cloves and Nutmeg.

    The recipe did seem a bit intimidating at first, but I actually found it quite simple to put together. First, I chopped up all of the nuts. I did this by hand with no problem, but if you have a food processor it would definitely make this step easier and quicker!

    I then alternated layers of well buttered dough and the chopped nuts.

    I decided to use puff pastry dough instead of the traditional phyllo dough, which is why my baklava looks slightly different. They came out a little fluffier and delicious!

    After cutting my Baklava into diamond shapes and placing it in the oven, I got started on the syrup.

    Syrup Ingredients:

     

    • 1 cup packed sucanat or brown sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • The peel from 1 orange – washed, cut in strips, and pith removed
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 6 whole cloves

    Syrup Directions:

     

    1. Combine the brown sugar and the water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
    2. Add the honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel and return to a boil.
    3. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
    4. Remove and discard the cloves and cinnamon sticks. The orange peel is now “candied”.
    5. Add the lemon juice and the vanilla and mix well.
    6. Remove the syrup from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
    7. After removing the Baklava from the oven, immediately spoon the syrup over the top. Allow the Baklava to cool completely before serving.

     

    The syrup is what really brings this dish together and makes each bite melt in your mouth! With brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel, I could have just dunked my spoon in it all day.

    The best part of my baklava making experience was that my whole house smelled like Christmas! With your baklava fresh, you can now cuddle up, put on Aladdin, light some incense, and feel like you are back exploring Morocco.

    Follow us on social media so you can follow our Cooking Around the World Showcase journey. Next week, we are recreating a special dish from Japan! Can you guess which one we chose?

    About Me
    Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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    Cooking Around the World Showcase – French Onion Soup from the France Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase – French Onion Soup from the France Pavillon

    Cooking Around the World Showcase - French Onion Soup from France Pavillon

     

    As we continue along Epcot’s World Showcase in our weekly Cooking Around the World blog series we find ourselves at the France Pavillon. After passing over the Pont des Arts inspired footbridge you will be met with cobblestone lined streets, flower carts, streetside artists and of course, a replica of the Eiffel Tower. This week I decided to recreate a dish from Chefs de France, which is one of our favorite restaurants to book for our families within the France Pavillon. And what better menu item to cook than their delicious French Onion soup!

    French Onion Soup

    France Pavillon
    Chefs de France

    French Onion Soup is a well-known classic. With a combination of sweet caramelized onions, rich beef broth and a delicious cheesee crusted top, this is the ultimate comfort food. Thankfully, it is super easy to make as well! The recipe I chose to follow was found on Spend With Pennies and it turned out amazing. Follow along below to see the process!

    Ingredients:
    6 servings

     

    • 3 large onions, peeled and sliced
    • ½ teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
    •  cup butter
    • 8 cups beef broth
    •  cup dry white wine
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 baguette
    • 3 cups gruyere cheese
    • 6 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese

    Directions:

     

    1. Slice onions ¼” thick then cook them for about 30-45 minutes while stirring occasionally over low heat in melted butter until golden.

    2. Add wine, beef broth, bay leaf, thyme, black pepper and worcestershire. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove bay leaf and thyme and discard.

    3. Meanwhile, slice bread and brush with olive oil. Broil 2 minutes per side or until golden. 

    4. Ladle soup into ceramic bowls. Add 2 slices of bread in each bowl. Divide cheeses over bowls and broil until golden and bubbly.

     

    The first step is to cut up all of your onions. If your eyes typically water while cutting an onion, try placing it in the freezer for about 5 minutes before cutting and make sure you’re using a very sharp knife when slicing.

    It is important to cook the onions slowly and keep a watchful eye on them to ensure they do not brown and instead become soft and golden. If you would like to prep your onions the evening before to save some time, you can caramelize your onions in a slow cooker instead.

    After my onions were the perfect color and texture, I added in the rest of the ingredients. This is when it became time to play the waiting game!

    In order to successfully achieve all of those decadent flavors that make French Onion Soup so special it requires about an hour of simmering. Once finished the broth should be transparent with some caramel coloring. 

    This next step is super important! Putting the sliced pieces of baguette in the oven and broiling them before adding them to the soup helps ensure that they do not immediately fall apart. 

    I kept them in there for about two minutes per side and made sure they were perfectly golden. Having toasty bread is vital for the overall texture and structure of your soup.

    Finally, I poured the soup into oven safe bowls, added the bread, placed the cheese on top and broiled it until it started bubbling. While any and all cheese combinations are acceptable, I highly recommend using gruyere as suggested – it is extremely flavorful and gives the soup a delicious, creamy texture on top.

    All ovens are different, so be sure to watch your soup closely while broiling to ensure the cheese does not burn!

    Overall, while this was the easiest recipe I have recreated so far, it was also one of the most flavorful. All of the ingredients really came together into a perfect and delicious combination. I thought my little ones (ages 2 and 4) would be skeptical to try this dish, as they are not the biggest fans of onions, but they surprised me by finishing their bowls clean! I can definitely see myself making this recipe again in the near future.

    Follow us on social media so you can follow our Cooking Around the World Showcase journey. Next week, we are recreating a special dish from Morocco! Can you guess which one we chose?

    About Me
    Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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    Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

    Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

    Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

    Embrace the true spirit of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. In Hawaiian, Aulani translates to “Messenger of the Chief”, and the resort brings Hawaii’s fascinating history, legends, and welcoming spirit to light in a way only Disney can accomplish.

    Located on the island of Oahu, this tropical resort is designed to bring families closer to each other and to nature, all while enjoying some of the best beaches and pools the island has to offer. Every minute detail, from whimsical artwork to themed recreational areas and fantastic lava rock formations, were designed to immerse guests completely in the story of Hawaii. It’s apparent that Disney went to great lengths to make sure that they respect the history, culture, language, and traditions of Hawaii. Local Hawaiian islanders, affectionately called “Aunties” and “Uncles” are found throughout the resort to immerse you in Hawaiian culture through activities such as storytelling, crafts, Hula lessons, language lessons, and much, much more. With stunning beaches, exciting cultural activities, once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and magical surprises along the way, Aulani brings that trademark Disney magic to the Hawaiian islands to create a family vacation that you will never forget.

    Location

    Aulani is located on the southwestern shores of Oahu, in Ko Olina (which means “Place of Joy” in Hawaiian). Opportunities for adventure abound in Ko Olina, from snorkeling, shopping, a championship golf course, and much more. The resort is just 17 miles from the Honolulu airport, and is driving distance to both Waikiki and the beautiful North Shore. This location makes Aulani feel like a secluded paradise, but you’ll never be too far from the action.

    What’s Included?

    In addition to gorgeous ocean views, you may be surprised at how much is included in a stay at Aulani. At no extra cost, guests can enjoy a variety of award-winning amenities, such as Waikolohe Valley – which comes complete with pools, lazy rivers, waterslides, and whirlpool spas. 

    Families will also delight in Rainbow Reef, the resort’s saltwater snorkeling area, for an up-close encounter with angelfish, butterfly fish, and tangs. 

    Characters love to vacation at Aulani, and you may find some of your favorites lounging around the resort in their beach attire. Classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Lilo, Stitch, and more have been known to be spotted at dining locations, kid’s clubs, beach parties, and other special events.

    Each night, you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment options, from Movies Under the Stars to live performances. Children can stay for free at Aunty’s Beach House, the resort’s exciting kid’s club, while adults can enjoy a complimentary beach chair for some much-needed relaxation time. 

    Each stay at Aulani even comes with a free hula lesson for the entire family!

    Accomodations

    With a large variety of rooms, suites, and villas, Aulani has perfect room options for any party size. Every single room at Aulani has a private balcony, perfect for relaxing in the mornings and soaking up gorgeous island views. The resort offers five different room categories ranging from Standard View rooms to Ocean View rooms. While most rooms can accommodate four or five guests, Aulani also offers many interconnecting options and larger signature suites. Each room is outfitted with modern conveniences, such as a deep soak tub and rainfall shower, flat screen LCD TV, a Mini Fridge, under-bed storage, and a screen door that allows fresh air and ocean breezes to circulate. 

    Each room is also carefully designed to immerse you in Hawaiian culture, with beautiful Hawaiian art and unique design. And be sure to check your bedspread – you may just find a Hidden Mickey waiting to be discovered!

    Dining

    Meals are not included with the cost of a stay at Aulani. However, the resort’s many enchanting offerings will make sure you will never go hungry. 

    Exciting character dining experiences are offered at Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands, the resort’s buffet restaurant. Guests can enjoy both local flavors and international cuisine at this dining location, and of course, there will always be something for the little ones to enjoy. If you’d like a little fresh air with your meal, you can dine at ‘Ama’Ama, an elegant outdoor restaurant serving classic Hawaiian cuisine while overlooking the ocean. 

    If you just need a quick bite, Ulu Cafe offers a variety of grab-and-go options and drinks, as well as hot meals. No need to leave the pool for a meal, either – Off the Hook’s casual cuisine and PapaLua’s Shaved Ice serve perfectly for a casual lunch by the water. Beachside guests can also enjoy Little Opehi’s Beachside Kiosk, offering salads, sandwiches, and snacks. 

    Adults can enjoy a refreshing tropical drink at The Olelo Room lounge or Wailana Pool Bar, serving a variety of cocktails and savory experiences. 

    Of course, no visit to Aulani is complete without an evening at Ka Wa’a, the resort’s signature luau experience. This three-hour dinner show features authentic Hawaiian storytelling, singers, dancers, and fire-twirlers, as well as opportunities to get up and dance with your favorite Disney characters. 

    Fun for Everyone

    As a resort designed from the ground-up with families in mind, guests of all ages will delight in Aulani’s offerings, with amenities and experiences offered for every age group. 

    Younger guests will enjoy a wide variety of experiences at the resort, including Aunty’s Beach House, Aulani’s amazing interactive kid’s club. Each night, enjoy Ohana Disney Movie Nights out on the lawn, or Mo’olelo storytelling with “Uncle” around a magical fire pit. The infinity-edge Ka Maka Grotto Pool and Keiki Cove Splash zone also make sure that the littlest guests don’t miss out on any fun in the sun. 

    Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the Menehune Adventure Trail, an interactive adventure with pyrotechnics, special effects, and magical surprises along the way. Be sure to look out for Menehune throughout the resort – following in the footsteps of Hidden Mickeys, the careful eye can find many of these little creatures peeking around corners and hidden in the rafters of the resort. 

    Teens will delight in Painted Sky, a branch of the resort’s spa dedicated to treatments for teenagers. They can also party and make friends at the Sunset Mele, a teen-only beach celebration of Music and Hawiian Culture. 

    For adults, Laniwai – A Disney Spa is ready to welcome you with over 100 relaxing therapies to choose from. Spa visitors can enjoy luxuriating private vitality baths, six unique rain showers, whirlpool jet spas, soaking pools, and a complimentary Hawaiian Body Polish. Adults can also take advantage of the nearby golf course, relax in a private cabana at Wailana (the resort’s adults-only pool), or enjoy live music and drinks each evening at two unique lounges.

    With the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and Disney Magic, Aulani brings the spirit of Hawaii to life in a way you’ll never forget.

    Bookings for Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, have officially opened for 2021 and we would love to assist with planning your trip! For any questions or to discuss your plans further, please do not hesitate to contact us at (407) 636-2390 or info@myviptour.com.

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