We stayed through the Christmas season in Aulani and aside from the cost, it was a great experience. As we first walked into the lobby, a cast member gave us kukui nut leis, which was nice. As we walked into our “deluxe ocean view studio” we couldn’t help but notice the wonderful view of our neighboring Marriott’s parking structure. Of course, we requested a different room, which they were able to accommodate, but not until the next day. The small inconvenience was definitely worth it; our new room had a wonderful view of the resort’s pool and beach areas. So here is TIP #1: if you’re expecting an ocean view, request an EVEN NUMBERED ROOM.
The resort excels in children entertainment, let’s face it, it’s Disney. Auntie’s Beach House is a must for any parent. This part of the resort is best suited for children ages 3 and up who are potty trained. If they meet the age requirement, you can leave your children with them and enjoy the adult accommodations like the spa or the fitness center. For additional fees, they offer “premier entertainment”. We have a 5 and a 2 year old, so we couldn’t take full advantage of this. TIP #2: Auntie’s beach house and the resort for that matter are really worth it if your kids are 3 years or older and potty trained.
Visit the Kalepa’s store located near the lobby, the merchandise there is extremely expensive, but if you’re a coffee or soft drink lover you can… TIP #3: purchase an $18 tumbler and get free refills throughout your stay.
If you are renting a car, expect to pay $35 a day for parking UNLESS you are a DVC member, they waive that fee if you’re ever-so-lucky. Also if you have transportation, the neighboring town Kapolei has everything you need. Any kind of restaurant you can think of, supermarkets, a movie theatre, even a Costco can be found in this town. TIP #4: if you’re looking to save money on food, visit Kapolei.
The character breakfast is fun for kids and a must since you’re staying at a Disney resort. TIP #5: book this as early as possible. This experience is available for anyone, not just guests, so it sells out. I suggest, as soon as you book your room, inquire about reserving your character breakfast.
Every day the resort has character meet and greets, special events for kids both during the day and at night, complimentary trams to shopping areas (this isn’t every day), so TIP #6 is: make it a habit to every morning or the evening before, pick up a bulletin at the lobby which has the days schedule.
Upon an early check in or a late check out, the resort has a very nice visitor’s center which has computers, printer, showers, lockers which means you can still enjoy the resort even if you don’t have a room. Overall, if you’re mentally ready for the price, this is an amazing resort you won’t forget.
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