Kids Eat Free at Disney Aulani

Hello Disneyed Fans!   You’re probably wondering who I am:)   My name is Heather Abbott and I am a friend of Colleen’s. We went to Cornell together twice!  More recently, we’ve discovered a shared love of all things Disney.  I am actually an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and a Graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge!  I am also the Owner of Be Our Guest Destinations(, an Agent of Destinations in Florida Travel.

I’ll be posting on here regularly with Disney travel tips, news and of course special offers.  I thought I would start by sharing this great offer at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii.

Book a 5-Night or longer stay at Aulani from Aug. 29-Nov. 3, 2012 and Kids Eat Free!  Aulani package must be booked by July 14.

With a 5-night minimum stay at Disney Aulani, kids ages 3-9 each receive:

  • A free length-of-stay pass for the Rainbow Reef
  • Three free meals (from the kid’s menu) for each night of their package at their choice of the following quick-service and table-service restaurants:
    • ‘AMA ‘AMA: Includes 1 appetizer (lunch and dinner only), 1 entrée and 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only); 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
    • Makahiki: Includes 1 full buffet (breakfast and dinner only)
    • The ‘Olelo Room: Includes 1 continental breakfast (breakfast only)
    • One Paddle, Two Paddle; Mama’s Snack Stop and Lava Shack: Includes 1 entrée or 1 complete combo meal, 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only) and 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

And the Hawaii deals don’t stop there!  Aulani Guests of any age can take advantage of 25% off discounts on Hawaiian Airlines

when flying from JFK, LAX, SFO, OAK or SJC!

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Fans of Disneyed:  Get a $25 Disney Gift Card when booking any Disney Package of $1,500 or more.  That includes Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani!

To book your Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa package, email or call (800)796-6240.

8 Tips for Family Traveling to Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa opened in August of 2011. When we learned that Aulani was on the same lagoon that we honeymooned on twelve years ago, it simply was meant to be.

We became Disney Vacation Club members in December of 2011 and were thrilled to take our first trip to our home resort, Aulani, in March!

The entire trip to Aulani was amazing and we cherish that we were able to share a location with such special meaning to us as a couple with our children.

To enter and be greeted with “Welcome home, Barseghian family” brought tears to my eyes.

I wanted to share some of the “take aways” from our trip that can help families enjoy their trip to Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa to their fullest.

1. Before your trip, order SPF swimsuits, hats, and cover ups for your children (and yourselves :) ) from Coolibar.  We have used Coolibar since our children were born and have never had either of them get sunburned. Even when the swimsuits are years old, they stay true to their protection.  We splurged and ordered the ZnO Hoodies for each of the kids and they wore them every day at Aulani.

2.  After you get settled at the resort, head to Target and get some sand toys for the kids. $20 will get you endless entertainment on the beach!  We had our children gift their toys to an incoming family when we departed, which felt so good.

 3.  Take advantage of the beach activities through Hawaii Ocean Adventures.  They have a stand right by the beach with tons of activities for the entire family.  We rented a paddle board and each of us took the children out on it. They felt safe in the calmer waters of the lagoon.  We also did a catamaran outing as a family, which was a total highlight of our trip.


 4.  Schedule a character breakfast at Makahiki.  The food is incredible and your children will get special time and photos with the characters.  Plus, Aunty will immerse them in the Hawaiian culture through song and activities.

5. Speaking of Aunty, be sure to visit Aunty’s Beach House early in your stay.  Your children can go here…alone…while you enjoy a nice dinner.  There are so many fun activities at Aunty’s each day for children of all ages.

6.  Talk with cast members at Aulani and learn about everything they did to honor the Hawaiian culture in the design of Aulani.  For example, all of the photos behind the check in desk were taken by children in Hawaii…love!

7.  Enjoy a meal at Ama Ama.  Aside from the fact that the food is amazing, you can customize dishes and the view is incredible.  We ate here most mornings and filled up so we could enjoy hours of uninterrupted bliss on the beach and by the pool.  The photo here shows the view from our table…

8.  Most importantly, spend time at the beach in the evening and watch the sun set with your little ones.  The beauty is breathtaking…and quiet. :)

Amy Barseghian, aka MommyMentor, is the owner of From One Mommy to Another.  She grew up going to Disney World during family trips to Daytona Beach.  Now, she enjoys trips to Disney World and Disneyland with her husband and two children.

Dreaming of Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii

What could be more magical than combining the beauty of Hawaii with the magic of Disney?  It’s a sopping wet kind of pouring rain May day in Philadelphia and thoughts of someday visiting Disney’s new Aulani resort in Hawaii are making me smile this afternoon.

Mike and I took a 2 week Hawaiian honeymoon and we dream of bringing our children there someday to experience it. We visiting Oahu, Kauai and Maui.

The kids love looking at the photo albums from our honeymoon and Aulani in Oahu looks like the perfect family vacation spot. The weather in Hawaii is always perfect which is a huge bonus. Plus, it  looks like at Aulani you’ll get the relaxing beach days, snorkeling, and waterslides, while not sacrificing the chance to see Disney characters or experience Disney’s first in class ability to craft the perfect family vacation with their entertainment and top notch staff.

We are adding Aulani to our bucket list full of vacation destinations!

Aulani will welcome it’s  first guests on Aug. 29, 2011. Here’s the official Disney scoop on Aulani from Disney’s press release:

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa:

Built on 21 acres adjacent to a crystal blue lagoon and a white-sand beach in Ko Olina, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, will feature 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas upon its completion. Rooms are housed in two 15-story towers with commanding views of the ocean, mountains and magnificent grounds. On-site are two restaurants, an 18,000-square-foot spa, a wedding lawn, a conference center and extensive water activities, including a central swimming pool, 900-foot tube floating watercourse, wading pool, body slides, sunset-facing hot tubs, a quiet adult pool, a snorkel lagoon, and a conservation pool. Aulani will also include a signature kids’ club – Aunty’s Beach House – where kids can explore Hawaiian culture through fun and games, arts and crafts, and many other experiences created just for them.

The resort will also offer excursions that invite families to discover the island of Oahu. Guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind adventures that blend the wonders and excitement of Hawaii with the Disney tradition of storytelling, choosing from a variety of experiences that include surfing, rainforest hiking and learning how to prepare Hawaiian cuisine.

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