Snorkeling in Hawaii
  • On Mar 22, 2022
    Peggy from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I have been reading up on Aulani and hoping things are beginning to reopen now. We travel in early May 2022 for the first time. Any updates on Magic Bands or resort changes/re-openings that are coming? Thank you!

    Aloha, Peggy! Welcome to planDisney!

    In just a few weeks, you will be arriving at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, taking in the gorgeous grand lobby for the very first time, feeling the warm tropical breeze, and taking that first sip of a mai tai. Ahhhh. That sounds just like a magical paradise, and I am SO excited for you. I am also planning my very first trip to Aulani, so, to get you the most informative answer today, I enlisted the help of all of my Aulani expert planDisney panelist pals, and I am more than happy to help you have the most magical upcoming tropical vacation!

    First, let's chat about MagicBands. Officially, MagicBands are not currently in use at Aulani, however, some Guests with active MagicBands from a past Walt Disney World Resort vacation have reported success with using their MagicBands for entry into their room at Aulani. Since the MagicBand is linked specifically to you as a Guest, if you have an active MagicBand and used the same Disney log-in for Aulani as your My Disney Experience account, it is possible that the Band could work. However, you will get a room key upon check-in, and you can also use this to charge food and merchandise from the Aulani food and beverage locations, as well as the stores. 

    I would suggest going to the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa website and hovering over the "Activities" and "Spa & Fitness" tabs at the top of the page to stay up to date with all of the amazing free and paid activities that the Resort has to offer. Click the "Included with Your Stay" link under "Activities" to take advantage of all of the free Resort activities! Here, you can also view the up-to-date Aulani Resort Daily Activities Schedule, which will help plan out your Resort days. My pal Kamini highly recommends participating in the "Make Your Own Mickey Ears" activity for a small fee, so, be sure to check the schedule for the dates and times of this oh-so-fun activity during your stay. A few of my planDisney pals have also informed me that the Menehune Adventure Trail cannot be missed, and this interactive scavenger hunt throughout the Resort is FREE! How amazing is that?!

    Did you know that you can make your dining reservations at Aulani 30 days in advance?! Kamini recommends calling the Resort directly at (866) 443-4763 at 6:00 a.m. Hawaii time to make your dining reservations. My pal Jacqueline highly recommends dining at the delicious Makahiki - The Bounty of the Islands. My pal Doug recommended that you don't miss the Papalua Shave Ice located by Mama's Snack Stop in the Waikolohe Valley Pool Area. YUM!

    Be sure to keep an eye on the Aulani Know Before You Go page for the latest information on re-openings, as well as health and safety measures at the Resort. Here, you will find a link to the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels website to view the latest travel requirements and restrictions. My pal Julie informed me that Guests do get wristbands at check-in to prove vaccination status, which was super convenient throughout her magical vacation.

    Peggy, I hope this was helpful. I'm wishing you pure magic in paradise! Stop by any time with any questions!

    See ya real soon,


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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