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Details Announced for Expanded Water Fun and Dining Options at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

I told you a few weeks ago about the enhancements coming to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i. This morning, some additional details about the new water features and two new quick-service restaurants were unveiled by Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Vice President, who led the design work on Aulani.

enhancements coming to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

New water features will include a themed family pool, extending literally to the very edge of the resort property and highlighted by a misty grotto from which relaxing swimmers may view the sunset. After dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights will appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool.

Near the family pool will be a new kids’ splash zone, designed to resemble tidal pools with some playful surprises for youngsters, including rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floors, and hidden Menehune – the legendary little people of the islands – who may be spotted through chinks in the rocks. Additional deck space, chairs, chaises and cabanas will surround these new water features.

Also coming to Aulani will be two new food service locations. One of these, located adjacent to the new water play area, will serve continental breakfast and offer a lunch and dinner menu with a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks that can be enjoyed in the adjoining outdoor patio, which provides a beautiful ocean view. A second quick-service eatery will be located beachside, offering grab-and-go snacks and easy access for beachgoers.

Work on these enhancements will begin in September and conclude in mid-2013, coinciding with the final build-out of the resort. Along with the water play and dining additions, the expansion will provide a new, larger lawn location for events, weddings and the guest-favorite nighttime Starlit Hui show. There will also be additional merchandise space – to provide guests with a greater variety of Aulani products, apparel and memories – and a protective awning over the patio of  Makahiki restaurant, home of “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration,” featuring breakfast with Disney characters.

A Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing during late October to a spook-tacular good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with hair-raising events and activities. Guests of all ages will delight with special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed dance parties on deck.

Halloween Minnie and Mickey aboard Disney Cruise Line

Here is a glimpse at the treats awaiting Disney Cruise Line guests this Halloween:

  • Haunted Parties: Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for a fun-filled Halloween costume party – Disney Cruise Line style – complete with live music, dancing and lots of candy! For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on the Disney ships becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and party sure to bring chills to everyone.
  • Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.
  • Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Witch’s Brew.”
Halloween Minnie and Mickey aboard Disney Cruise Line

To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Magic departs on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 for a seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary with stops at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel; the Disney Wonder sails a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise that departs on Oct. 28 and features one day at Puerto Vallarta and two days at Cabo San Lucas. The Disney Dream sails a three-night Bahamian cruise that departs on Oct. 25 plus a four-night Bahamian cruise that departs on Oct. 28, both with stops at Castaway Cay and Nassau; the Disney Fantasy sails a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that departs on Oct. 20 with stops at St. Marteen, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay, plus a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise that departs on Oct. 27 with stops at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.

A Look Around the Disney Wonder For Her 12th Anniversary on the Sea

Last week the Disney Wonder celebrated her 12 year on the sea. We though we would give you a look around the ship as well as some entertaining facts about one of the most beutiful cruise ships in the world.

Disney Wonder is the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, joining the Disney Magic (maiden voyage in 1998) before the Disney Dream (maiden voyage in 2011) and the Disney Fantasy (maiden voyage March 2012).

The Disney Wonder embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship.

Fincantieri – Marghera, Italy

Maiden Voyage
August 15, 1999

Home Port
Los Angeles, Calif.

Ship’s Registry

83,000 gross tons

964 feet

106 feet

25.3 feet

171.5 feet

21.5 knots cruising speed (maximum 24 knots)


Passenger Decks

2,713 passengers


  • 256 Inside Staterooms (29%)
  • 621 Outside Staterooms (71%)
    • 259 ocean view
    • 362 verandah (includes 22 suites)

Itineraries in 2012

  • Seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises departing from Los Angeles
  • Seven-night Alaska itineraries departing from Seattle
  • Seven-night Pacific Coast cruises departing from Los Angeles
  • Fourteen- and fifteen-night Hawaii cruises departing from Los Angeles

Main Public Areas

  • Atrium Lobby – Deck 3 (atrium spans three decks)
  • Walt Disney Theatre (977 capacity; live original productions) – Deck 4
  • Buena Vista Theatre (278 capacity; motion pictures) – Deck 5
  • Preludes theatre concessions – Deck 4
  • Shutters (Capturing Memories) photo gallery – Deck 4
  • Guest Services – Deck 3
  • Port Adventures – Deck 3

Family Areas

  • Studio Sea – Deck 4
  • Wide World of Sports deck – Deck 10
  • Goofy’s Pool family pool – Deck 9
  • Mickey’s Pool children’s pool – Deck 9
  • Mickey’s Splash Zone water-play area – Deck 9
  • Quarter Masters Arcade – Deck 9
  • Radar Trap retail shop – Deck 3
  • Treasure Ketch, Mickey’s Mates retail shops – Deck 4

Youth Areas

  • Flounder’s Reef Nursery – Deck 5
  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club – Deck 5
  • Disney’s Oceaneer Lab – Deck 5
  • Vibe teen club – Deck 11
  • Edge tween club – Deck 2

Adult Areas

  • Route 66 – Deck 3
    • Diversions
    • WaveBands
    • Cadillac Lounge
  • Vista Spa & Salon – Deck 9
  • Quiet Cove Pool – Deck 9
  • Outlook Café – Deck 10
  • Cove Café – Deck 9
  • Signals – Deck 9
  • Promenade Lounge – Deck 3


  • Parrot Cay main dining (471 capacity) – Deck 3
  • Animator’s Palate main dining (471 capacity) – Deck 4
  • Triton’s main dining (471 capacity) – Deck 3
  • Palo adult-exclusive fine dining (120 capacity) – Deck 10
  • Beach Blanket Buffet casual dining – Deck 9
  • Pluto’s Dog House, Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, Goofy’s Galley quick service – Deck 9

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  • ASTA
  • CLIA