KO OLINA, OAHU — We found a vacation spot for you to recuperate from delivering all those gifts to good boys and girls. It’s a place in Hawaii where childlike wonder captivates one’s spirit and soul the minute one enters its portals.
Sound like your kind of place, Santa? Welcome to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa at Ko Olina.
Naturally, we had to sample it to make sure it would meet your standards. Tough duty.
So we assembled a team of five volunteers — Mike, Carol, Mary, Robert and Genny — to spend two days experiencing the attractions of Aulani. Like many Aulani guests, they represent a multigenerational unit.
It would be a great time for you and the elves to discover Aulani, as the West Oahu resort is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Guests from around the world have spent nearly 2,000 days to date of sun-splashing and memory-making at this seemingly enchanted place.
Aulani, meaning “messenger of a chief,” is a model family resort that is designed to reflect its destination (Hawaii) and brand (Disney). It is imaginative, culturally sensitive, highly interactive and entertaining.
Tourism officials might take note of Aulani’s architectural artistry, natural wonders, attitude and demeanor of the cast members (employees), fanatical attention to detail and creative approach to story telling.
Santa, these are the same standards you demand of your industrious elves and reindeer, right? It’s the stuff of legends.
As Disney vice president of hotel operations Elliot Mills puts it, “The Disney magic is in the details. It’s the special touches and unexpected, enchanting experiences discovered throughout the resort.”
“I’ve seen firsthand how Aulani’s magic captivates guests. No matter what their age, there is always joy and satisfaction in the surprise and delight factor that plays a key role at our resort,” he says.
“The pairing of Disney storytelling with the natural beauty and culture of Hawaii is our recipe for success,” he claims. “Only at Aulani can one be immersed in the art, stories and culture of Hawaii, as well as meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other Disney friends on vacation.”
It is said that one never outgrows Disney, whether it’s at Aulani or any one of its theme parks and hotels around the world.
For more information and reservations, visit www.disneyaulani.com or call (866) 44-DISNEY.