Snorkeling in Hawaii
  • On Nov 11, 2021
    William from CO Asked

    Hi! My family is planning on visiting Aulani during the last week of November. Is Aunty's Beach Shack Open? Are there restrictions on activities / services? If premium activities are offered, how can we reserve them?

    Aloha, William!

    Warm ocean breezes, stunning sunsets, and the spirit of aloha are all waiting for you at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa! Our most recent visit this past summer was the highlight of an epic family vacation to celebrate my parent’s 51st wedding anniversary. (Well, we were planning to celebrate their 50th in 2020 but I bet you can guess how that went.) This resort is truly one of Disney’s best with a theme and decor that surrounds you with the Hawaiian culture, but with a touch of Disney magic and whimsy.

    You will find that Hawaii does have very strict protocols on the island, and Aulani complies with all local regulations. In terms of restrictions on activities, be aware that masks are required for all Guests ages 2 and up in all indoor areas of the resort. Masks are optional in outdoor areas such as the pool and beach. Also, per local regulations, either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours for all Guests ages 12 and older are required to visit any restaurants or food & beverage establishments at Aulani.

    Aunty’s Beach House, which offered drop-off activities for children, has not reopened, and at this time there has been no announcement as to when that will happen. I would not anticipate it opening in time for your trip. While there are quite a few activities available, there are still a few that have not returned. I would recommend you thoroughly read the Aulani Resort: Know Before You Go page for complete information. The section titled Resort Amenities, Activities, and Recreation can give you more specifics on what is available and what is not.

    Resort activities such as making your own Mickey Ears, Rainbow Reef, photography classes, and ukulele lessons cannot be reserved before arrival. Once you are on-site, I do recommend you sign up for the activities you want as soon as you arrive. We did the make your own Mickey Ears craft and it was so much fun. But this activity does fill up fast, so I know that when I went to sign up, the earliest class with room was still 2 days away. You’ll want to visit the Pua Hana Room to sign up. I also recommend you take a sneak peek at the Daily 'Iwa so you have an idea of what activites may be available. As we get a little closer to your trip, you should be able to see the schedule for your trip about a week in advance!

    If you are looking not at resort activities but excursions to off-site activities, those can be reserved in advance! Visit the Excursions page for more information and instructions on how to book. And be sure to download the Aulani App to your mobile device before you leave! You'll find a resort map, menus, and the Daily 'Iwa right at your fingertips.

    Wishing you a relaxing and magical visit to Aulani, William! Mahalo (thank you) for sending your question!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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