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  • On Mar 10, 2023
    Joni from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My husband an I are coming to Aulani in April. We live in Pennsylvania so we are 5 hours ahead in time. We were told we can make dinner reservations on March 20. What time is the earliest we can do this? How do we do this? What restaurants are there to eat

    Aloha, Joni!

    What can I say except you're welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for stopping by planDisney with your question. Joni, see where the line in the sky meets the sea, it calls me, and that's why Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is one of our favorite Disney Vacation Club Resorts.  Your exciting trip to paradise is just on the horizon!  

    Joni, Advance Dining Reservations can be made online beginning 30 days out from the date you want to dine at midnight Hawaii time.  That local time is in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone and it does not observe Daylight Savings Time. 

    From the applicable dates in November to the applicable dates in March, Hawaii is two hours behind the West Coast of the Mainland United States and five hours behind the East Coast of the Mainland United States until we have Daylight Savings. Then, during Standard Time, Hawaii is three hours behind the West Coast and six hours behind the East Coast.  That means, Joni, Hawaii is now six hours behind us East Coasters, so you would be able to make an online reservation beginning at 6:00 a.m. 30 days out from your desired dining date.

    If you cannot make online reservations for any reason, you can always call to make a reservation as well.  You can do that 30 days out also and the Resort Guest Services opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. 

    For dining at Aulani, there are a few delicious options.  For table service, Makahiki-The Bounty of the Islands is where you can join Auntie and friends for a fun Character Breakfast full of the spirit of Aloha.  This is a great option for dinner as well, full of local Hawaiian flavors and dishes you'll love. For a more upscale dining experience overlooking the water, check out 'AMA'AMA where you can enjoy contemporary island flavors in an elegant setting.  For a more casual dining experience with appetizers, sandwiches, and salads, there is Off The Hook lounge, and for sushi, creative cocktails, and chef-crafted appetizers, there is The ‘Ōlelo Room.  There are also spots for quick service, and of course, the Hawaiian staple of Hawaiian Shave Ice (though this one is Mickey shaped).  

    I hope this helps you, Joni! If you have any further questions about your upcoming Aulani trip, stop back and see me here. Here at planDisney, we are your vacation planning 'ohana and that means nobody gets left behind.

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Meet the Panelist: Keri, Massachusetts

Hi there, I'm Keri from Massachusetts, a wife and mom to preteen twins and a teen. Since my first magical visit to Walt Disney World at age three, I've loved all things Disney. My husband found his passion for pixie dust on our honeymoon and his first visit to a Disney park. Soon after, we joined Disney Vacation Club, which has afforded us unforgettable family vacations for the last 20 years. Disney Vacation Club has helped us create our most magical vacation memories. I can't wait to help you plan yours. Learn More About Keri

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