• On Oct 30, 2022
    Joanna from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm visiting Aulani for the first time in December with my mom! What are your must-dos? And what perks should we not miss as DVC members?

    Aloha, JoAnna!

    Welcome back to planDisney!  I'm so glad you stopped back by with another Disney vacation-planning question.  How exciting that you and your mom with be arriving at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in just a few weeks!  While I haven't gotten a chance to visit this beautiful Resort for myself yet, it's at the very top of my Disney Vacation Club dream list (so I have to admit I'm just a teeny bit jealous). With its beautiful setting, a plethora of Resort activities, and rich Hawaiian cultural details, I have a feeling that you and your mom are in for a legendary adventure!

    Since I don't have a lot of first-hand knowledge, I reached out to a few of my fellow Panelists for all the things you won't want to miss during your visit, and here's what I found out.  Without a doubt, the item at the top of everyone's list is to experience the KA WA'A Luau.  Not only does this beautiful show tell a rich and exciting story of Hawaiian history, but the food is also out of this world.  For a mother/daughter trip, my fellow Panelists also recommend a trip to pamper yourselves at the Laniwai Spa, where you'll want to be sure and take advantage of the Kula Wai Outdoor Hydrotherapy Garden, which is included with all full-service spa treatments. And finally, throughout your stay, you'll definitely want to stay connected with everything happening at the Resort through the Aulani Resort app.  Not only will you be able to manage your reservation during your visit, but you'll also be able to find all the Resort's daily activities right in the palm of your hand, just like your very own vacation navigation system. 

    But the fun doesn't end there, because as a Disney Vacation Club Member, there are a few extra things you won't want to miss during your visit.  First, be sure to take advantage of your DVC Member discount throughout your stay –– you'll find savings on everything from beach rentals and poolside cabanas, to t-shirt stamping and even off-site excursions, so be sure to head to the Member Benefits section of the DVC website for a full list of current offerings.  At the Resort, you'll also be able to join in on a special celebration with games, a dance party, and even a few of your favorite characters, so be sure to check with a Disney Vacation Club Cast Member once you arrive for event times and to RSVP. You can also enjoy complimentary, guided walking tours, the Menehune Adventure Trail, and other special activities for Members, so be sure to speak to a DVC Cast Member to learn about any exclusive offerings that are available during your visit.

    I hope this helped to answer your question, JoAnna, and mahalo for visiting planDisney.  I'm wishing you and your mom safe travels and plenty of pixie dust during your upcoming visit to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa!

    A Hui Hou (that's Hawaiian for "Until We Meet Again"),

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Hiya, Pals! I’m Amy – a DOLE-whip-loving, power-lifting, communications strategist from Cleveland, Ohio and together with Mr. Incredible, we’re raising our own team of Supers. Most days, you can find me stretching to juggle virtual meetings in the school pick-up line, drink all the coffee, and defeat laundry –– all while dreaming up what adventures we can find on our next Disney Vacation Club vacation! See ya real soon!
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