• On Jan 21, 2018
    Sarah from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family will be visiting Aulani in a few weeks. My daughter is still developing her swim skills and isnt ready to be in deep water without a life jacket. Can she wear a life jacket in the Rainbow Reef? She’s really excited about snorkeling.

    Hi, Sarah! How exciting that you get to visit what I think is the jewel in the Disney Vacation Club crown. Aulani is so beautiful and so special - I hope your family has an amazing time.

    Everyone who goes on the Rainbow Reef for the snorkeling will be required to wear a life vest, no matter how adapt a swimmer they are. So not only can your daughter wear one, she won't even feel out of place doing so, since the whole gang will be wearing them with her.

    They do recommend that guests doing one of the snorkeling excursions on the reef be good enough swimmers that they can swim independently. As long as she feels confident enough in her skills to be able to swim without assistance, she should be fine. If she feels a little uncomfortable about that, she might enjoy Fish are Friends, which can be booked through Aunty's Beach House. This allows kids ages 3-12 get a hands on look at the care and feeding of the fish. It's a 3-hour experience, but it's packed with fun and information.

    I am so glad you are getting to enjoy this experience with your family. Enjoy every second of the island magic. Mahalo!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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