Disney vacation is always a blast, but many only think Disney for California or Florida, think again. Disney vacation club has several locations other than the main parks in the United States, and one of them is, Aulani, in Ko Olina Hawaii. Besides vacation club rooms, there is also a standard hotel as well. In our recent trip (and second to Aulani, you can read about our first trip in 2013 here) we stayed in a vacation club room but our other friends who went stayed in hotel rooms. The main bonus for me with the timeshare are the full size kitchen, washer and dryer and the upgraded bathrooms. I really enjoy having a nice bath, and these rooms have a pretty decent size Jacuzzi tub.
The first part of our vacation we shared a two bedroom villa with another family. The best part about having the two bedroom villa for these days was the very large balcony. We were on the 15th floor and the view was outstanding. Here is Ian chilling on our balcony and below that is a photo us looking down at the resort from the balcony.
The first day of our trip was rainy, but we didn’t let that get us down. Ian and I went Honolulu and visited Hard Rock Café , The Honolulu cookie company and several of the shops in the outdoor mall. I love going to the different Hard Rock Cafe’s and collecting the mugs from the different places we visit. As of right now my collection is, San Francisco, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe, and Tampa.
That night we hung out had dinner, and some beverages at Off the Hook. This is a nice walk up dinning spot with a large bar, several tables under a covered patio and tables in the open air with umbrellas. My favorite part about eating there this night was the dessert we ordered. It looks like a hamburger, shake and fries, but it’s not… It is a macaroon, brownie, ice cream, raspberry dipping sauce and short bread fries. This desert did not disappoint and was a great treat to share.
The next morning we had breakfast at my favorite dinning option at Aulani, AMA AMA. The view from our table was excellent and the food was amazing. I had the egg white omelet with smoked salmon, which I ended up having again on another day because it was so tasty.
After breakfast we went with the Bailey family to the Aloha Stadium swap meet. If you are ever around Honolulu I recommend checking it out. This is the best place to get super good deals for yourselves, and the loved ones that you promised to bring back goodies for. After the swap meet we took a trip to Dole Pineapple plantation. The kids really enjoyed the train ride which gives you a tour of the plantation while telling you interesting facts about how Dole started, and about pineapples in general.
When we arrived back to Aulani the other family that we were vacationing with had arrived. We met up for dinner with them at Off the Hook. I had the Aulani roll, which is a crispy tempura sushi roll with spicy ahi, avocado, and sumida watercress. This ended up being a fan favorite in our group and we ordered several during our stay.
A new edition from our last trip to Aulani was the Starlit Hui. We attended that evening and the smaller children in our group (4,6) were a little bored but the older (7,12) seemed to like it. The Disney characters arrived at the end, which I think possibly it should have started with because by the time they showed up, the kids and our group had fallen asleep. This show runs several times during the week and is worth checking out (and free to guests) once during your stay.
“Enjoy a complimentary evening celebration of Hawaiian traditions and modern entertainment! Starlit Hui features lū‘au-style music and hula (dance)—along with unique storytelling, Disney Characters and magical touches that will delight the entire family.” – Disney Resorts
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our trip to Disney’s Aulani. More Aulani reviews coming soon!