Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, is the place to stay for a family vacation in Hawaii that immerses you in the local culture through Disney magic, Maps & DirectionsDisney Aulani Specials About Rooms & Deals. In addition, direct flights to Hawaii are usually quite limited and even with Southwest Airlines adding flights to Hawaii, they are not that cheap. Unlike Disneyland and Disney World spas, which are overseen by third-party providers, Disney operates the luxuriously appointed in Aulani. As someone who has been to California many times and has never had a problem with the 3-hour time difference, I was surprised at how much the time difference in Hawaii affected me.
So if you're looking for a complete Disney vacation, but based in Hawaii, that's not what Aulani is. You can only use those vacation points for reservations at your Home Resort, Disney's Riviera Resort and World Collection. Put your personal items in your pockets or in the trunk of your car before leaving for Pearl Harbor (don't put things in the trunk when you get there, as theft of car trunks is a big problem in Hawaii and thieves could be watching). Self-parking is available (no additional charge for up to 2 vehicles for Disney Vacation Club members during points reservation).
In fact, Disney argues that Aulani is home to one of the largest collections of contemporary Hawaiian art. Aulani, located on the west side of the island (leeward) at Ko Olina Resort & Marina, is Disney's first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme park developments. Aulani Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, is an oceanfront resort that offers activities and amenities that aim to engage every member of the family. The resulting design is a village that celebrates Hawaiian customs and traditions that lead to a life full of joy and harmony with the natural world.
Next door to Aulani, Four Seasons Resort at Ko' Olina has several restaurants, including the casual outdoor poolside Waterman Bar and Lounge, offering shared snacks, salad bowls and Hawaiian and Asian-inspired rice bowls, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Aulani is offering an ongoing discount for ALL Disney Theme Park Annual Passholders, regardless of the Disney theme park.