-Lots of kids activities that seem to be well done (no surprise from Disney)
-For adults, the Disney theme is not in-your-face all the time. The Disney theme is subtle (Mickey ears hidden as part of bedroom design; Disney music in elevators, but not elsewhere, etc.)
-The beach is awesome -- unless you are looking for waves. The water is always calm and protected. It's a large (artificial) swimming lagoon that is safe for any child who knows how to swim. And the snorkeling is above average.
-The pools and lazy river are well done and the water slides are surprisingly fun, even for adults.
-Good location. It is not far from Honolulu (though the traffic can sometimes be bad). Nor is it far from the North Shore, which we explored one day. And it's a short drive to Pearl Harbor. But perhaps the best part of the location involves the weather. The hotel is on the relatively undeveloped southwestern corner of Oahu, which gets the least rain! So it may rain everywhere else on the island, but be dry and sunny at the hotel.
-Food options. There is a fancy restaurant that is quite good. There is a more casual restaurant. And there is a snack bar with some basic food items. That's pretty much it for on-campus dining. Across the street there is a small strip mall with a few other restaurants (some of which are quite good!). Presumably the nearby hotels also have restaurants. But if you are staying at Aulani for a week, you may start to get tired of the food choices. And other than the choices I just mentioned, there really is not any other non-fast food option within (approximately) a 10 mile radius of the hotel. We had difficulty finding a non-chain, local restaurant.
-There are three large hotels nearby. Of the three, the Aulani easily has largest, most entertaining pool area. The Marriott is probably a little bit nicer. And the Four Seasons is spectacular. If money is not a concern, consider the Four Seasons.
-There seems to be an adequate number of pool chairs. But they are spaced ridiculously close together. We preferred the chairs facing the beach, but not on the sand itself.
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