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15 Fun Facts About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawaii

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Disney Insider recently shared with us 15 fun facts about Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii. They spoke with some cast members at Aulani who have been there since it opened back in 2011 to find out some information that you may not have already heard. Aulani also recently finished a major expansion project which improved the pool areas, dining options, and even added more shopping!

Check out these hidden secrets about this amazing vacation destination:

1. Pay close attention to the rockwork all around the Waikolohe (Hawaiian translation: mischievous water) Valley. You will find carvings of hidden animals, fish, shells, and other native Hawaiian features.

2. The wall inside the entryway at Makahiki restaurant is made entirely from the inside of coconut shells.

3. Cast members who work at the bar in The ‘Ōlelo Room are required to speak fluent Hawaiian.

4. Aulani has one of the largest collections of Hawaiian artwork anywhere in the world. Over 60 local artists contributed to the original pieces found all over the resort.

5. The Kalepa store is inspired by mom-and-pop shops across the state of Hawaii. In fact, there are even photos of actual local stores featured on the walls throughout the shop.

6. Approximately 90% of the merchandise found inside the shops at Aulani is exclusive to the resort and cannot be found anywhere else.

7. The compass rose, located inside the entrance of Aulani, is unlike a traditional compass. Instead of north, south, east, and west, the compass points mauka (to the mountains) and makai (to the sea).

8. The photo collage behind the registration desk is made up of images that were taken by Hawaiian school children.

9. Many cast members at Aulani are of Hawaiian descent.

10. Menehune Bridge, situated in the heart of the Waikolohe Valley, is the place for water-filled adventures. As Aulani legend has it, the Menehune built the bridge at the same time Aulani was being constructed. The mischievous creatures work at night and aren’t always able to finish their projects, which is why there are so many leaks and wobbly bridges in the valley.

11. Speaking of Menehune, there are over 300 statues hidden throughout the resort.

12. Every New Years Eve, the community of Ko Olina and guests of Aulani enjoy one of the largest fireworks shows over the ocean.

13. The hot tub at Alohi Point is the best place to enjoy a Hawaiian sunset over the cove.

14. The piko stone is a large rock found inside the Waikolohe Valley. Piko means belly button or the heart of a space. Members of the Aulani’s Cultural Committee identified the area as having a special energy and designated it with this special honor and selected this stone to commemorate the location.

15. The feathered sticks located inside the lobby are called Kahilis. These are normally made with bird feathers and represent a family crest. Disney’s own kahili is made of red, black, and white feathers to symbolize an important member of their family, Mickey Mouse.

Bonus: No Disney Resort would be complete without a few Hidden Mickeys scattered around. At Aulani, you can find the famous silhouette in the carpets, wallpaper, bedspreads, and even on the artwork inside each guest room.

How many of these fun facts about Aulani did you already know? Would you like to visit Aulani someday?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner, and a Hawaii Destinations Specialist. She would love to help you plan your Hawaiian getaway so you can enjoy the beauty of the islands and this amazing resort! Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information. 

The Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, Expansion is Now Complete

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The major expansion project at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, is now complete! You can now enjoy even more outstanding experiences such as the infinity pool, dynamic splash zone and new dining options, all in a beautiful Hawaiian paradise!

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The Waikolohe Valley pool area now offers even more fun experiences and dining options, including:

  • Ka Maka Grotto: A themed family pool that features an infinity edge, a misty grotto with beautiful sunset views, and an after-dark experience with glittering lights
  • Keiki Cove: A kids’ splash zone  that was designed to resemble a tidal pool, complete with images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floor, rainbow water jets, and hidden menehune (the legendary “little people” of the islands)
  • Ulu Cafe: A poolside dining venue where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, complete with an outdoor patio  that offers a beautiful ocean view
  • Wailana Pool: An adult-exclusive pool area, which was previously the quiet pool
  • Additional deck space, chairs, chaises and cabanas around the new water features

Aulani now has two new quick-service dining venues:

  • Ulu Cafe: a poolside location that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an outdoor patio with a beautiful ocean view
  • Little ‘Opihi’s: a beachside eatery with convenient “grab-and-go” choices

The newest store at Aulani is Hale Manu, which means “bird house” in Hawaiian because it offers merchandise that is “as exquisite as the birds of Hawai’i.” This shop features a variety of high-end goods and gifts. You can find Hale Manu just off the Maka‘ala (lobby) and across from Kālepa’s Store.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your Hawaiian getaway so you can experience the newly expanded Aulani. Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com. 

Free Night Plus Breakfast Daily at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawaii

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For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay at Aulani,  Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawaii, you will get the 4th night free as well as breakfast daily for two adults at the new Ulu Cafe. Your complimentary breakfast will include one entree and one nonalcoholic beverage (regular coffee, tea, fresh fruit juice, fountain beverage, hot cocoa, or milk).

An extra night at no cost to you means more time for you to enjoy more of the newly expanded Resort, including additional dining, shopping, and water experiences. Plus, since so much is already included in the cost of your stay, such as the Waikolohe Valley Pools, Aunty’s Beach House kids’ club, peaceful Ko Olina Cove and even family entertainment, including the Starlit Hui show and ‘Ohana outdoor movie nights.

This offer is valid for stays most nights between January 5 and April 7, 2014. This offer must be booked by January 15, 2014. This offer is subject to availability so don’t wait to place your deposit and guarantee your room! This offer does exclude suites and the 3-bedroom Grand Villa.

With the weather getting cooler, it’s a great time to start thinking about a tropical getaway this winter!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore, an authorized Disney vacation planner, and a Hawaii destinations specialist. Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

Disney, Universal, and Sea World Discounts Currently Available

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Disney Discounts 

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • Save Up To 30% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels This Fall:  Book your room only or package reservation and save up to 30% off Official Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels for stays most nights Sept. 29 – Nov 22, 2013, and Nov 30 – Dec. 23, 2013.  You can book a room only or upgrade to a package with tickets.  You can even add one of the Disney Dining Plans for additional savings. The booking window is Aug. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013 for travel Nov. 10 – Nov. 22, 2013 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, 2013
  • NEW!! Play Stay and Dine – Discounts room, tickets and dining plan.  Must have tickets for length of stay to get that portion discounted (staying 4 days/3 nights must have 4 day ticket, etc)  For Most Stays January 5-March 5 2014  3 Night Minimum Stay Required  Excluded: ALL OF Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Villas & Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.  MUST BOOK BY DECEMBER 31st
  • NEW!! ROOM ONLY DISCOUNT – Jan 5-April 12 2014
    Values 15% off, Moderates 20% off, Deluxe 30% off, Deluxe Villas 35% off
    Excluded Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Villas & Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.  MUST BOOK BY DECEMBER 31st
  • Florida Resident Fall & Winter Rates:  Florida Residents can take advantage of great rates on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays through December 14, just in time for the holiday season.
  • Military Discount:  Active duty and retired members of the US military can get specially discounted rooms at Official Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels most nights from Sept. 29 2013 through Sept. 27  2014 time-frame.   Service members can also get up to six 4-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® Option for just $169.00, Four-Day Water Park and More Tickets for $169.00 or Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water Park and More Option for $198.00 at their base ticket sales office.


Disney Cruise Line®

  • Special Castaway Club Member Offer: Disney Cruise Line® Castaway Club Members can receive a US $100 onboard credit when they book a 4- or 5-night Disney Magic® cruise departing from Miami Nov. 1 – Dec. 18, 2013 (excluding Nov. 24 and Dec. 8, 2013). They can use their credit for a variety of onboard activities and experiences, including spa treatments, shopping, adults-only dining and more!
  • Special Rates for Cruises from Miami – Be among the first to experience the newly reimagined Disney Magic® with new spaces and surprises to delight kids, adults and families! 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruises: Starting from $99 per person, per day / $495 total, based on double occupancy for Category IGT, Inside Stateroom with Restrictions, on most sail dates Oct. 27 – Nov. 15, 2013. Booking Window: Must book through October 20, 2013



  • Get 5 Nights for the Price of 4:  That’s one more night to enjoy all there is to see and do at Aulani that’s already included in the cost of your vacation, including the Waikolohe Valley Pools, Aunty’s Beach House kid’s club, peaceful Ko Olina Cove, and family entertainment, such as Starlit Hui show and ‘Ohana outdoor movie nights.  Book this offer by Oct. 15, 2013, for stays most nights Oct. 1- Nov. 23, 2013 or Dec. 1-15, 2013.
  • NEW!! Get 4 nights for the price of 3 plus breakfast daily for 2 at the newly expanded Aulani – For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, you’ll get the 4th night free* – including breakfast daily for two adults at the new Ulu Cafe.  Book this offer by Jan. 15, 2014, for stays most nights Jan. 5 – April 7, 2014.


Universal Orlando Resort Discounts

  • Save up to 30% on Universal Resorts:  Discounts begin at 3 nights at any of the three Universal Orlando® Resort deluxe hotels during the best days to vacation. Plus take advantage of $150 in hotel savings including discounts on food, drinks, spa treatments and more!  Vacation dates include:  08/18 – 10/3   11/11 – 12/19, 2013.
  • ENDING SOON!! FREE Dining – Enjoy 2 FREE Days of the Universal Dining Plan valid in both Universal Orlando® theme parks as well as select locations in Universal CityWalk®, when you and your family stay a minimum of 4-Nights at a Universal Partner Hotel with this exclusive Vacation Package! Hurry, offer valid for purchase now – 10/14/13. Valid for travel now – 11/24/13 and 12/2 – 12/19/13.
  • Universal 1-Day or 2-Day Pass with Shuttle Transportation:  Take a day away from the Disney World Parks to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Book a 1-Day or 2-Day Pass to Universal Studios with shuttle transportation included in the ticket.  This special ticket is only available with select companies including Destinations in Florida.


Sea World Discounts

  • Add a day at SeaWorld Orlando for just $10:  Add a second day at SeaWorld Orlando for just $10 more within 7 days of your first visit.
  • SeaWorld Orlando $50 Weekday Ticket:  Enjoy 1 visit to SeaWorld Orlando weekdays Monday thru Friday beginning August 1, 2013 through December 20, 2013. Advance purchase only. Not available at the park. Valid for 1 visit to SeaWorld Orlando on weekdays only.  Ticket expires December 20, 2013.
  • Expedition Antarctica at SeaWorld®:  Experience the Freeze! Package includes free Quick Queue (front-of-the-line) at SeaWorld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™, dining at the Expedition Café, a free photo and a third hotel night FREE!
  • SeaWorld + Aquatica Add Aquatica for just $40:  Enjoy unlimited access to the sights and splashes of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ during your vacation.
  • Free Food:  Book your Sea World Package at a partner hotel and get the All Day Dining for FREE.  Add a day at Aquatica and eat there free, too!
  • Kids Free, PLUS 2nd Visit Free, through 12/25:  SeaWorld is the place for families this holiday season. And now, enjoy one free kid’s admission (ages 3-9) with each full-paid adult admission ticket.
  • Save $10 on Sea World Tickets:  Pre-order your Sea World tickets and save $10 off per ticket.  You can also print your Sea World tickets, so you do not have to wait in any lines once you arrive to the park.  Plus, even better, your 2nd day at Sea World is free!
  • 5 Incredible Parks, 1 Ticket, Orlando’s Best Vacation Value:  See more for less! This package features the Orlando FlexTicket, offering unlimited admissions to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure and Wet’n Wild during your stay. Perfect for your Orlando vacation. Stay at least 5 nights and enjoy the best of Orlando! Plus, free transportation and other great benefits available when you choose an Official Hotel of SeaWorld.  Package requires a 10-day advance purchase.  Stay a minimum of 5 nights and as an added value, your 5th night is FREE!


Enjoy a Free Night at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii

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You can now get a free night at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii! There is a special offer right now where you can stay five nights at Aulani for the price of four when you purchase at least a five-night stay this fall!

This special offer for a free night at Aulani is available for stays most nights between October 1 and November 23, 2013 and December 1-15, 2013. This offer must be booked by October 15, 2013.

Please note, this offer does exclude Ocean View room categories. However, other discounts are available for this room category!

An extra night at Aulani allows you more time to take in all that there is to see and do at Aulani. Your family can swim in one of the Waikolohe Valley Pools, hang out at Aunty’s Beach House kids’ club, take in the peaceful Ko Olina Cove, or one enjoy one of the entertainment options, such as Starlit Hui show or ‘Ohana outdoor movie nights. Best of all, all of that is included with your stay!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore, an authorized Disney vacation planner, and a Hawaii Destinations Specialist. She would love to help you plan your Hawaiian getaway at no cost to you! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com today! 

Refrigerator Removal at Disney World, Disneyland, and Aulani

As many of you know, every guest room at the Walt Disney World Resort had received a mini fridge, even all of the value resorts. However, if you are traveling soon, you may not have a mini fridge available in your resort room.

Unfortunately, due to a possible defect in the refrigerators in some of the guest rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California, as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, Resort hotels at these locations have removed or temporarily disconnected guest room refrigerators until the problem can be resolved.

Guests staying at these Resort hotels will be notified of the refrigerator removal by a letter in their room. Currently, the schedule for replacing the refrigerators at these Resorts is expected to last several months.

Disney will have a limited number of fridges available for medically necessary purposes (diabetes, food allergies, any medication that requires refrigeration and nursing mothers who need to store breast milk). We will update you as soon as we hear more!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your next Disney destinations vacation. Plus, if you book a Walt Disney World Resort package, you can receive up to a $100 gift card! Email her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

2014 Disney Packages Available Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the day many, many people have been waiting for! 2014 Disney packages will be available to quote your Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, vacation packages beginning July 10, 2013.

2014 packages will be valid for arrivals January through December 2014. Vacation packages may only be booked for travel up to 499 days prior to arrival (and travel must conclude by Dec. 31, 2014).

Don’t forget, I can help you book your 2014 Disney package on or after July 10, 2013. Plus, I have a special offer right now, just for you! If you book your Disney World vacation with me or transfer your Disney World vacation to me, I will give you up to a $100 gift card! Who couldn’t use a little extra spending money?

If your packages total is between $1500-$3000, you will receive a FREE $50 Gift Card
If your package total is between $3001-$5000 you will receive a FREE $75 Gift Card
If your package total is $5001 or more, you will receive a FREE $100 Gift Card

I would be happy to prepare a quote for you. All you need to do is send me your dates, number of people and ages of any children, and which resort you are interested in. I would also be happy to discuss resort options with you to help you decide which would be best for your family! You can contact me at spreadingmagic@gmail.com or request your free quote on the right side of the page!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and would love to help you plan your next magical vacation! Contact her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com for your free, no obligation quote! 

Why You Should Use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

I know, you have been to Disney World Florida or Disneyland or on a Disney Cruise several times in the past. You know all the ins and outs of planning a Disney vacation. You have all your bases covered. You also have a job, family, and home to take care of, in addition to planning a vacation that could be the third largest expenditure in your life, behind your home and cars.   You’re sitting up until all hours of the night, booking dinner reservations, making sure you have tickets to Cirque du Soleil, getting up early to ensure you get booked for Cinderella’s Royal Table, and after all this, you forget to schedule a card from Mickey for your youngest child’s birthday.

Now imagine this identical situation, only you have never been to Disney World or only been once for a short trip.  Wouldn’t you want some assistance with planning this type of major event? Wouldn’t you be willing to pay for someone to walk you through the planning or even take care of these issues for you?

What if I said you could have all that for free?

As a travel agent focusing on Disney and Universal Studios vacations, I am better thought of as a vacation planner, not really a travel agent. We help guests book their vacation package and then our real work begins, all at no cost to the guest. We help guests with every aspect of the vacation planning including itinerary planning, restaurant suggestions, dining reservations, birthday celebrations, directions around Orlando, and so much more. We even do the little extras, like calling your Resort Manager to request a birthday Character Card for your child, delivering your package to your resort (if you have a last minute trip) or getting that “hard to get” breakfast reservation with Cinderella. We have the contacts and are locally based in Orlando to do the “extras”. Additionally, Destinations in Florida is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  This means we are the first to receive new discount package deals and I am a graduate of Disney’s travel agent training, the Disney College of Knowledge.

Another important part of our services, that brings guests back to us year after year, is our price checking service. We know all of the discounts available and always offer the best possible price for a Disney Resort, Disney Cruise, or Universal vacation. This is a unique service, since most companies, including Disney direct, will not offer any discounts unless you tell them about it.

Here are some of our free services we provide our guests:

  • Free Itinerary Planning (Valued at $149)
  • Free Dining Suggestions & Reservation Planning (Valued at $69)
  • Free Know Before You Go Guide
  • Free MousePerks – Magic in your In Box!
  • Free Disney Theme Park Guide Maps
  • Free Orlando Magicard (Hundreds of dollars in additional Orlando travel savings)
  • Free Mickey Mouse autograph pictures for the kids in your family
  • Free Discount Watching (We will watch for future discounts that may save you money, even after you booked your package
  • Extra Surprises…you never know what other fun surprises you will get for your family vacation…just wait and see!

It is in my best interest to ensure that you have the best possible Disney experience.  I want a happy customer that will refer friends and family and return to them the next time they are booking a vacation.  I hope you book your Disney vacation with me!  This way, you can spend your evenings having dinner with your family and your nights enjoying some quality time with your husband or wife, while we do the work for you.

Isn’t having an assistant great?

Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com and take advantage of my free services! I’d love to help you plan your next adventure!