Room prices at Disney Aulani begin at around $400 per night for a basic room. If money is no object to you or you are a Disney fanatic who has their heart set on staying here then you really do not have to read any further. Disney Aulani if a fabulous resort and you will have a wonderful time. If you're the type of family who needs to budget and justify spending that kind of money on a room then please read on...
Like I just mentioned, Disney Aulani resort IS fabulous. It is located about 30 minutes WEST of Honolulu airport on the island of Oahu; famous Waikiki beach and Diamond head are located about 30 minutes beyond the airport in the opposite direction. Aulani resort sits right in the middle of the beautiful Ko Olina resort area, away from all the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Aulani is a RESORT (more on this a bit later). It's two towers of rooms encircle a huge water park centerpiece that Disney calls the Waikolohe Valley. Here guests can enjoy water slides, water parks, lazy rivers and themed pools. There are shows, character encounters, a complimentary kids club, teen programs, spa and fine dining for guests to enjoy. Aulani rooms start at a basic hotel room and upgrade to 3 bedroom ocean villas with full kitchens and laundry options. Families staying here will want and need time to enjoy all the wonderful Disney features Aulani has to offer it's guests.
A Hawaiian vacation is a bit of a journey for most families. It's a five hour flight from West coast cities. If you're traveling from the east coast of the U.S. like me, you're looking at at least a 10 hour flight. Due to the distance, it's understandable that there is a great temptation to try and see EVERYTHING in one trip. There is absolutely SO much for families to see on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, let alone the other Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (to name just a few). With just a week or two of vacation, resolve yourself to the fact that you will need to prioritize in order to experience the Hawaiian places that mean the most to your family.
If your family is budget conscience, Disney Aulani does not need to be an all or nothing proposition. There are ways to help you stay on budget and experience all the great features of Aulani.
If you have invested the time and money to visit Hawaii, then you really do need to get out and explore Oahu in order to experience this exotic destination. No doubt your family will want to visit places like Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the surfing villages of the North Shore. If you're going to be spending most of your day out and about touring and sightseeing, why pay for all of the features of a RESORT like Aulani. To save on your budget, perhaps consider staying in a family HOTEL or condo for a few nights. If you're going to be spending a great deal of your time out and about sightseeing all you really need is a clean, comfortable safe place to sleep at night. Why pay for a waterpark, family entertainment and kids club if you are not going to be around to enjoy any of these features.
After a few days of hectic sightseeing, your family WILL look forward to kicking back in one spot and relaxing a bit. This is when Disney Aulani is REALLY worth every penny. Mom & Dad can relax by the pool while the kids can enjoy the waterpark. Even better, send the kids off to Auny's Beach House while mom heads to the spa or Dad enjoys a round of golf or maybe some romantic alone time together!
Vacationkids can help put together a Hawaiian itinerary that works best for your family and your budget. We can combine any type of vacation along with a stay at Disney Aulani. Whether it's a daily sightseeing itinerary for just Oahu or a complete Hawaiian Island cruise we can help make your dream of visiting Disney Aulani a reality.