October 23, 2011
The Best Way to Aulani From LAX, United, Delta, American, Continental and Hawaiian offer nonstop service to Honolulu, and United offers connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $478. Disney Aulani Resort & Spa, 92-1185 Aliinui Drive, Ko' Olina, Kapolei, HI 96707; (714) 520-7001, resorts.disney.go.com/aulani-hawaii-resort . Doubles from $399, suites from $1,038.
October 23, 2011 |
On leeward Oahu, it is 85 degrees and the trade winds are blowing. Beyond a towering volcanic outcropping, the Pacific Ocean, at a steady 70 degrees, beckons. Honeymooners sip tropical drinks under a thatched-roof hut as the afternoon sun begins its lazy descent. This is Hawaii. Do you really need Disney? My wife, Nancy, and I and our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, journeyed last month to Disney's new Hawaii resort to see whether Mickey Mouse & Co. could improve on near perfection.
October 18, 2011 |
Disney's plush Aulani resort and spa near Honolulu has been open since August, but grand opening discounts keep on coming. The latest is a fifth night free for limited dates at the pricey resort on 21 oceanfront acres. The deal: Stay four consecutive nights and the fifth night is free. The standard-view room at the resort is the least expensive; it sleeps up to four and has a private porch or balcony. There's much to do at this resort, particularly with kids: a snorkeling area, pools, tubing stream and stingray encounter led by marine biologists.
September 13, 2011 |
Reporting from Ko Olina, Oahu - My 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, has wanted to visit Hawaii since Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" movie came out in 2002. The wacky animated movie about a Hawaiian girl who adopts a pet that turns out to be an alien was filled with surfing, hula dancing and exotic locales. But mostly it was about ohana - the Hawaiian word for "family. " So when we arrived at Disney's new Aulani hotel in Hawaii it seemed like a no-brainer that we'd find Lilo and Stitch here to welcome Hannah to the tropical paradise that filled her dreams and imagination.
September 12, 2011 |
The restaurants at Disney's new Aulani hotel in Hawaii are expensive and limited, unless you like fine-dining food and prices at every meal. The $800-million Aulani in Ko Olina on leeward-side Oahu had a soft opening in late August with an official grand opening scheduled for Sept. 22. > Aulani: Photos of Disney's new Hawaiian resort I've been staying at the Aulani the last few days with my wife, Nancy, and our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, where we spent a small fortune on food on top of room rates starting at $399 a night.
September 11, 2011 |
Reporting from Ko Olina, Oahu - Water plays a central role in Disney's new Aulani hotel in Hawaii - from the water-park-like pool and the sunset-facing hot tubs to the salt water snorkeling pool and the adult and youth spas. The $800 million Aulani in Ko Olina on the leeward side of Oahu opened in late August with an official grand opening scheduled for Sept. 22. > Aulani: Photos of Disney's new Hawaiian resort I've been staying at the Aulani for the last few days with my wife, Nancy, and our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, where we spent a great deal of our time in our bathing suits.