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New Water Features on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

Join Danny Forster, Disney Cruise Line, and Walt Disney Imagineering as they give us a sneak peek into all the enhancements taking place on the Re-imagined Disney Magic, set to sail this October.

Watch to find out about the Twist and Spout Slide, the Aqua Dunk, the Aqua Lab and all the new magic taking place on the Upper Decks.

Get a sneak peek in this video!

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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.

Aulani is Expanding and Now You Can Stay 5 Nights for the Price of 3!

At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, you can enjoy many inclusive features – from entertainment, to kids’ activities and kids’ club, to amazing water features and more! There’s something to delight every member of the family, and soon there will be even more to enjoy, as Aulani is expanding its offerings to include additional pools, dining options, and new places to relax and unwind.

Aulani is Expanding

 Offer Details:

For a limited time when you book a five-night stay, you’ll get two of those nights free! Book this special offer July 26 – Nov. 10, 2012, for stays most nights from Sept. 10 – Dec. 18, 2012.* A five-night minimum length of stay is required.

Booking and Travel Window:
Booking Window: July 26 – Nov. 10, 2012
Travel Window: Sept. 10 – Dec. 18, 2012

How to Book:

Additional Details:
Scheduled to begin in September 2012 and conclude in mid-2013, the expansion is happening in conjunction with the final build-out of the resort. Click here for more details.

Aulani is Expanding - Menehune at Work

Aulani Expansion Project: Fall 2012 through Mid-2013

Since the opening of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in August 2011, Guests have enjoyed outstanding amenities and accommodations at this oceanfront Resort. And today, Disney continues to look for ways to enhance your vacation experience.

With this in mind, if you visit between mid-September, 2012 and mid-2013, you may notice some of Disney’s work in progress as the Resort is expanded. Rest assured, you can still anticipate a fun-filled vacation at Aulani during this period.

Explore all the updates planned at Aulani:

Waikolohe Valley Pool Area
Waikolohe Valley will soon delight Guests with more water features and dining options.

During the pool area expansion, much of Waikolohe Valley will remain open—including Waikolohe Pool, the lazy river, slides, whirlpool spas, Rainbow Reef and Menehune Bridge. However, Makai Preserve will close permanently this fall; Wailana Pool (the quiet pool) and Wailana Bar will close for an extended period.

Starlit Hui
To accommodate more Guests, Starlit Hui will move to a larger venue. Be aware that Starlit Hui will close for approximately one month as it transitions to its new location.

Rooms and Villas
Aulani will soon offer more accommodations for Guests. Upon completion in mid-2013, Aulani will feature additional rooms and villas in 2 towers.

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands
To provide shaded outdoor seating and accommodate additional Guests in inclement weather, an overhead trellis with retractable awnings will be added to the outdoor dining area at Makahiki.

While enhancements are underway at Makahiki, restaurant operations will continue with interior seating only. As a result, the Disney Character Breakfast-Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki—will be extended to 6 days a week! This experience will be available Tuesday through Sunday, and Resort Guests will enjoy priority for advance reservations.

Exterior Decorative Beams
Finishing touches are being put on the building exteriors—including work on the decorative beam joints. While this work is in progress, you may notice some scaffolding and covered walkways at Aulani.

Mahalo (thank you). Your patience is greatly appreciated during this enhancement period.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the expansion project:

What is the timeframe for the enhancements planned in fall 2012 at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa?
Enhancements in Guest-facing areas are scheduled from September 10, 2012 through the middle of 2013.

Note: Some decorative beam work may be visible in non-Guest areas prior to this time period.

Will Makahiki be closed during this enhancement period?
No. While enhancements take place, Makahiki operations will continue with interior seating only. As a result, the Disney Character Breakfast—Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki—will be extended to 6 days a week! This experience will be available Tuesday through Sunday, and Resort Guests will enjoy priority for advance reservations.

What is the decorative beam work?
Finishing touches are being put on the Resort, and work on the decorative beam joints on the exterior of the buildings will soon be completed. While this work is in progress, Guests may notice some scaffolding and covered walkways at Aulani.

Will the work be noisy?
Guests may hear and/or see the work taking place during your visit. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please know that we are making every effort to ensure your comfort and enjoyment while Aulani undergoes expansion.

*5 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights promotion for guests who stay five consecutive nights all between September 10, 2012, and December 18, 2012. Book from July 26, 2012, through November 10, 2012. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Check for offers for other lengths of stay. Advance reservations required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Limit 2 rooms per reservation.

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