I traveled to Aulani along with 7 of my family members during the first week of October. The hotel had only been open for one month at that point, so we were prepared for some hiccups during our stay. First off, the hotel is very impressive looking and the view from our room was absolutely gorgeous. The rooms looked like they had never been used before, and I'd be willing to bet they hadn't. There were so many activities to choose from everyday including water slides, a lazy river, toddler play area, day spa, snorkel reef, and more. Our 4 and 6 year old daughters loved the daily pool party with the characters, where they played water games with Mickey and Goofy. The hotel runs much like the Disney Cruise with a schedule of events everyday. It lists the times and locations that you can meet and take pictures with the characters and also the family activities that are available that day. Some of the nightly events we experienced were movies under the stars, and a very entertaining hula show that ended with a character dance party. Despite all the activities available, our daughters begged to spend time everyday at Aunty's Beach House, the kid's club. It was such a cool place for kids. I don't normally leave my children in kid clubs, but Disney always puts a lot of forethought into keeping kids are safe and entertained. As for adult entertainment, I feel that this resort comes up short. In the evening when the kids were in the kids club we actually got bored with nothing to do. On two occasions we went to the day spa, which was very relaxing, but it was co-ed and outdoors with hotel rooms overlooking it. It just didn't have the same atmosphere as other spas I've been to, so we weren't very impressed. The service there was amazing and helped us overlook the shortcomings. The biggest problem that we faced during our stay was dining. There are only 2 restaurants, a take out place, and poolside dining. The restaurants require reservations and were always booked up, so it left us with nowhere to eat on several occasions. When we did eat at the restaurants, the food left a lot to be desired. The menu choices were very limited, especially for children, which is crazy considering we were at a Disney resort. We finally discovered a restaurant across the street and a little market where we could get breakfast. We definitely enjoyed our stay, but I doubt we'll go back anytime soon.
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