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Explore the Extra Magic: ‘Ohana Fun at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawai‘i was inspired by the welcoming spirit of the islands, creating a true home away from home for our Disney Vacation Club Members and guests. We are so excited for you to enjoy all the beauty, stories and rich culture Aulani Resort has to offer.

To help you make the most of your time, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recreational activities at this one-of-a-kind resort!

We’ve also sprinkled a little extra pixie dust around the resort to create a few unique opportunities for some extra “Membership Magic” for our Disney Vacation Club Members.

Inside Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Explore the beauty of Hawaiʻi

Taking into consideration the beautiful natural landscape and the local culture, Walt Disney Imagineers created Aulani Resort as a truly special place that celebrates the beauty of the islands.

Discover all of the special details with a guided Māka‘ika‘i (tour or sightsee) during your stay. There are three different complimentary (!) tour options:

  • Māka‘ika‘i, the Nature and Wildlife of Aulani Resort: This tour takes guests on a walking tour through the resort for an in-depth look at the perfectly curated balance of manmade structures and natural surroundings. An entertaining guide will also highlight the broad canopy of the Waikolohe Valley, the lush space full of “mischievous waters” between the two towers, and the other beautiful natural spaces that call Aulani home.
  • Māka‘ika‘i, The Art of Aulani Resort: During the design of Aulani Resort, Walt Disney Imagineers reached out to local artists to help tell the stories of Hawai‘i throughout the resort. This tour offers guests the chance to see how this inspiration helped bring the resort to life. Along the way, a guide will showcase unique interior design aspects, dramatic storytelling murals and one of the largest collections of contemporary Hawaiian artwork on the islands.
  • Member Māka‘ika‘i: Art & Nature Trail: Every afternoon from 2-2:45 p.m., Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy a member-exclusive tour through the resort. Guests will leisurely make their way through beloved resort locations to learn more about the landscape, nature, features and design.

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa (aka Aulani’s daily activities schedule) for available tour times. The schedule is available at locations around the resort or on the Aulani Resort mobile app

Menehune
Discover new surprises

Have you heard of the Menehune? According to local legend, they are the mischievous, shy and maybe even a little magical beings of Hawai‘i. They are known for their skilled craftsmanship, evidence of which may be found by curious guests throughout Aulani Resort.

And if you’re in the mood for more exploring, the Menehune Adventure Trail can take you on a high-tech, interactive scavenger hunt for enchanting surprises! Explorers will use a special tablet to solve riddles, discover hidden wonders and learn about Hawaiian history and culture along the way.

Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy this complimentary experience, but some clues may be better suited for kids who are a little bit older (pre-teen age). Disney Vacation Club Members have extended Member Magic Hours, during which they have exclusive access to the experience outside of normal operating hours.  

Disney Vacation Club Members at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Welcome home celebration

We love to roll out the red carpet for our Disney Vacation Club Members, and what better way to say “E komo mai” (welcome home) than to throw a welcome home party?! Every week, members (and their non-member guests) are invited to a private celebration with an exciting trivia game, tasty refreshments and a dance party with a few magical guests!

Plus, partygoers will have a chance to learn more about exciting Disney Vacation Club updates and ask questions to make sure they’re making the most of their time.

Remember: this is an exclusive event and space is limited! Make sure to check in with a cast member to RSVP and learn more about the date, time and location of the celebration during your stay.

Family playing a ‘ukulele
Learn the ‘ukulele

Music is a beautiful and meaningful part of Hawaiian culture. You’ll often hear the delightful chords of the ‘ukulele, one of the islands’ most popular instruments, fill Aulani Resort. Good news—our talented cast members in the Pau Hana Room are there to help you learn how to play this fun instrument!

During this 45-minute experience, cast members will share the history of several traditional Hawaiian instruments and you’ll learn a few chords on the ‘ukulele! By the end of the class, you’ll be able to play along with some of today’s popular songs.

Plus, if you loved your experience, you can purchase a ‘ukulele after your class. For Disney Vacation Club Members, you’ll receive a free set of replacement strings with your purchase!

A hui hou! We hope to see you again real soon!

The magic of Aulani Resort is endless for our guests and Disney Vacation Club Members! These exciting experiences are just the tip of the iceberg of family fun to be had on your enchanting Hawai‘i vacation.

Learn more about the magic of Membership online at DisneyVacationClub.com.

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