Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa

Phone (800) 446-8666
4.5 stars from 14 reviews
Address 92-1185 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
Amazing hotel, fun water park. Disney fans will love it.

Features
• Building: High Rise • Building: Hotel
• Building: Lanai / Balcony • Building: Resort
• Property: Business Center • Property: Dining On Site
• Property: Fitness Room • Property: Laundry On Site
• Property: No Resort Fees • Property: Stores On Site
• Room: Coffee Maker • Room: Hair Dryer
• Room: Kitchens Available • Room: Mini Fridge
• Room: Room Service • Room: Safe
• Recreation: Beach • Recreation: Gear Rentals
• Recreation: Hot Tub • Recreation: Kids Club
• Recreation: Marina / Boats • Recreation: Pool
• Recreation: Water Park • Recreation: Water Slides
• Internet: Free In Lobby • Internet: Free In Room
• Parking: Paid Self Park • Parking: Paid Valet
• Disney: Deluxe Hotel • Programs: Discount: Kama'aina

Matt Anderson's Take
Where do we even begin with this mega resort? If you know Disney then you know two important things. 1: Disney does things right and better than anyone else. 2: Disney isn't a cheap vacation. You could sum up the entire Aulani resort that way but let's dig a bit deeper.


First of all, the theming on this entire property (inside and out) is truly amazing even if you aren't a Disney fan. If you are a Disney fan (as we are here) then this place will be right up your alley. They really researched Hawaiian culture when making this place and the authenticity shows.


Walking inside is better than any of the great Disney hotels (our favorite Disney World Polynesian hotel included) and the staff friendliness here is top notch. You really get a feeling of being welcomed here and the staff really seem to be enjoying themselves, though we didn't exactly ask the janitor fighting a hair-clogged drain in room #932 if he was having fun. Just kidding.

The Rooms

Aulani is part of the Disney Vacation Villas (DVC) and if you are one of those that buys into timeshares (in which case I have swampland in Florida to sell you...we kid, we kid!) then you will have the option to enjoy a room that's a bit bigger than most and comes with a small kitchen area. Or, if you are going all out and blowing a lifetime of DVC points or a ton of cash you can live like a king and avoid the unwashed masses in the 1500 square foot (though only 1 bedroom) Lei Hulu Suite or the even more insanely awesome 1900 square feet (2 bedrooms) 'Ahu 'Ula Suite.


The rest of us will enjoy the well designed, standard rooms (382 square feet) which can sleep up to four guests. We've stayed several times at Aulani and we were happy to find that the rooms still feel new. The room design is pretty much like any hotel but the theming, though different, reminds me a lot of Disney's Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World.


The best you will do here is around $400 per night before tax, but often rates will be in the $500-$600 range though at least they don't later add on a resort fee like most hotels do these days even if parking is extra. If you are a local with Hawaii ID they do offer Kama'aina discounts on select days of the year but you'll still pay in the low $400's with taxes. It's not for those on a tight budget.

The Pool

The pool here is really a water park with two water slides, a lazy river, big pool areas, a large kids water area, a separated (quiet) adult pool, a family themed infinity edge pool, a kids splash zone, and a few hot tubs.


The slides are a ton of fun, but the lines to get on them take forever in classic Disney style. It's obvious that this water park turned out to be more popular than Disney anticipated.

Food

Disney has a decent amount of food options so we'll cover them individually, just click the links below. For snack and quick serve options you have Ulu Cafe, The Lava Shack, and Mama's Snack Stop. For a lounge try The 'Olelo Room or Off The Hook, both of which also have table service. For a breakfast or dinner buffet (with character breakfast on select days) try Makahiki - The Bounty of the Islands. But our favorite restaurant here (table service) is 'Ama 'Ama - Contemporary Island Cooking.


In most cases, the Disney food will be pretty expensive so if you want some cheaper options check the offerings across the street (you can walk there) in Ko Olina station or head a mile east on the H1 to many more Kapolei offerings.

Activities

Disney does a pretty good job of adding all sorts of activities for you and your family to do while you stay here. Beyond the pool area and beach out back at Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon), you can do all sorts of things like hearing stories over a campfire at night, snorkel, hunt for hidden Mickeys, play an interactive adventure game, and much more.

If you have kids then you'll love Auntie's Beach House which is essentially free babysitting. Yes, free! Drop the kids off and they'll have a blast playing, making crafts, etc. They can eat here as well, which was around $8 per kid for dinner and thus the best dining option here! The security they have here is second to none so your kids will be perfectly safe. They now offer an Aulani specific Magic Band for around $13 per child that further enhances security. You can keep it as a souvenir or return it for a refund if you can get it back from your kids.


There is a neat little snorkeling area (extra fee) where you can snorkel and see a huge variety of marine life all in one little tank. Or watch them from the outside viewing area (free). Get a free iPad tablet and go on one of the adventure trails which is a sort of digital treasure hunt. You'll get clues, find some item on the property, then click a button to activate some sort of real life item. It's very much like the Kim Possible / Phineas and Ferb adventure in Epcot.


There are also various character meet and greet locations that will be scheduled throughout the day.

If you're a golfer then you'll love the fact that you can walk across the street to the Ko Olina Golf Club.

Is It A Mini Disneyland?

No. But it's not meant to be that so that's okay. There aren't any rides, it's just a hotel with a mini water park. But it's a Disney hotel with a Disney mini water park and for many Disney fans that will be all they need to know.


It's probably the nicest Disney property we've ever seen (and we've seen most of them in the USA) and the pool area is really well done, just not big enough for the crowds they're bringing in. The Yacht & Beach Club in Disney World (Florida) is probably the second best Disney hotel pool area after Aulani. If you have kids they are sure to have a great time here because there are all sorts of kid based activities designed for them and younger kids will likely think this is just as good as a Disney theme park.
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Filomena L
Joined: Sep 2017
Reviews: 10
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We're big Disney fans but couldn't afford to stay here for our entire trip so we booked a night here just so we could enjoy the property and pools for a couple of days. It was worth the money because Aulani is amazing inside and out. The pools are fun and they have a great beach as well. It gets very crowded here but if you're a Disney fan then you're used to crowds. Can't wait to come back.
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Cindy--6061
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 19
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It's Disney! How could it not be perfect? Incredible resort with so much to do. Love the pool area for families, yet they have a secluded area for adults only if you choose to get away from the kiddos/families! Wonderful poolside service. Rooms a bit small but very nicely appointed. A lot of activities for everyone. Disney characters around the resort at any given time - yes, dressed in Hawaiian dress - just incredible.
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Kerrie R
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 44
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WOW simply breathtaking - This hotel captures the disney experience to the full extent with everything from furniture in the rooms to the kids club. You know when you stay here that your kids will be kept busy and entertained whilst you relax. Can't wait to go back again, yes, we have booked AGAIN!
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 790
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Disney's Aulani is far from perfect. It does have its flaws. So why the 5-star review? Simple, it's easily one of the most amazing resorts you'll ever see. It's certainly the most impressive Disney resort hotel ever and it's just an all around good time. If you have kids it's a must visit resort, but even if you don't I'd suggest trying it out even if only for a night.

The flaws are common to everything Disney touches. It's over crowded, there are long lines for everything, the food is often average at best, and the costs are insane.

On a positive note, the theming is second to none. You've never seen detail like this. If Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom became a resort this would be it. That's probably because the same guy oversaw both projects. It's as if every nail and screw were themed to fit in. I've been here countless times and still find new stuff that I passed by before.

If Disney wanted to further improve they'd give the food more taste and drop the prices a bit. They'd stop charging for parking altogether. They would buy the empty parcel of land next to Aulani and further expand the water park. This would let them add more chairs for people as well as more water area to play in. There's nothing worse than walking up on a hot tub filled with 40 little kids in it. Um, no thanks (and I have kids of my own so I'm not one of those people).

It's classic Disney in every way...both good and bad. As with any Disney experience, I anticipate it like Christmas morning and then when it's halfway over I can't wait to be home again. Then I can't wait to go back.
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Kim--4309
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
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We stayed here for 2 nights for our honeymoon (my parents have a Disney timeshare), and that was plenty for us. It's an amazing hotel... definitely up to Disney standards. Super clean, staff is always friendly, food is great (but pricey), everything is Disney but with a Hawaiian twist, which is cool. It's great for families... not necessarily a honeymoon unless you're a Disney freak :-) There are kids all over this place, so the lazy river is not so lazy. Other than that, it's an amazing place and I would definitely recommend checking it out, whether you stay or not.
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hystad
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 13
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My dream vacation come true. This is a top notch hotel. Staff were amazing. The entire resort was spotless. Rooms were nice and acceptably clean (could be cleaner). The hotel entertainment was by far the icing on the cake. Our stay here was an absolutely magical experience we will remember for the rest of our lives. This resort is a bucket list destination by far.
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
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Aulani A Disney Resort and Spa, WOW! I have never actually stayed here but some friends of ours did and invited us to come for the day. There room was awesome. The hotel itself is magnificent and just gorgeous! Families will love this hotel everything you need all in one. Great resort but a little expensive. Would definitely be back, had a great day. Great photo opportunities.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 378
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The Aulani is definitely a 5 stars resort! You could honestly never leave the hotel and surrounding area for your whole vacation. We really love it there. There is so much to do and see.

Yes, everything here is super expensive but there are two things making that cost go up. 1: You are in Hawaii so everything costs more. 2: You are staying at a Disney property. It is all worth it.

We stayed here for one night in a room with a queen bed and a couch that folded out into a queen size bed. That fold out bed it truly horrible! My daughter had trouble sleeping in it and she weighs all of 40 pounds. The normal bed wasn't great either. It was pretty hard and I am used to a softer bed.

We still had fun at the waterpark area. Their one hour policy is understandable, but annoying when you get two chairs for a family of four. They have cast members that come around and fold your towel and put it on top of your lounger. If they come back an hour later and you haven't moved your towel then they take all of your belongings and give the chairs to someone else. Again I understand this because so many families with take a chair for each member of their family and that is completely unnecessary! But still annoying. We love being here so some inconveniences are worth it.
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Jennie S
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 39
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Disney knows what's up! This resort is stunning! And I absolutely love the lazy river that runs through the outside of it. The staff throughout are so friendly and helpful, their food at the restaurants are delicious, and one of my favorite parts was the Menehune stories that were told by the firepit in the evenings. This is not just a place to bring your children. Adults have as much fun if not more! I just wish the rates of the rooms weren't so expensive.
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thomas c
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 9
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Bad location, not much of a beach.
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