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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Becomes the First Resort in Hawai‘i to Receives Special Environmental Certification

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa has a strong focus on their island culture, which includes a responsibility to preserve and respect their `aina (land). That’s why Disney is proud to announce that Aulani recently became the first resort in Hawai‘i to obtain LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Becomes the First Resort in Hawai‘i to Obtain LEED Silver Certification

According to the USGBC website, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education. LEED certification is also about being stewards of the environment with sensitivity to the impacts on our natural world.

Some of the environmental initiatives in place that allowed Aulani to receive this honor include the use of waste heat for hot water needs. For instance, many people don’t realize that Aulani harvests the heat emitted from the resort’s large chillers – which are used to keep the buildings cool – and diverts it to heat the whirlpool spas and swimming pools. Aulani also provide 34 electric car charging stations for plug-in vehicles within its parking structure.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Becomes the First Resort in Hawai‘i to Obtain LEED Silver Certification

Even the location of the resort was taken into consideration for LEED certification. Building on an already developed master planned resort location meant that no trees needed to be cleared and no undeveloped lands were disturbed for Aulani.

As Aulani looks toward the future, and looks forward to completing their enhancements in September, Aulani will always keep the environment in mind and look for ways to be even more respectful of the land. It is Aulani’s kuleana (responsibility and privilege).

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It’s Heating Up Outside But Walt Disney World Pools are Always Cool

We all know that Walt Disney World has some of the most incredible theme parks in the world.  And we love the resorts and all the amazing places to eat.  But one of our favorite things to do after a long morning in the parks, is to go back to our Disney resort and spend some time relaxing at the pool.

Big Blue at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system

Disney resorts feature some of the most unique and creative, not to mention cool and refreshing, pools in the world.  From the new Big Blue at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system, to the Nanea Volcano Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which features a volcano and 142 foot long water slide, they are all awe-inspiring.  And on a hot Summer day in Orlando, there is no better place to spend a few hours.

Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area

We hear from clients that as much fun as the parks are, their kids love spending time in the many themed pools at Walt Disney World Resort.  And who can blame them?  At Disney’s Grand Floridian, they have the new Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area offering the perfect blend of  ‘tea party’ and ‘pool party’, it makes me want to be a kid again!

Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike, but my favorite is the Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It features 1,000-square-foot pool with an exciting water slide and gently sloping, zero-depth entry point, a children’s wading pool, and 2 whirlpool spas.  It’s the perfect way to relax and get a whole new perspective on what a Disney World vacation is.

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s Andrew and Rick from to show us around some of the incredible pools of Walt Disney World Resort!  Stay cool everyone!

Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun at a Disney Pool

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Adults Escape with Indulgences on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line offers cruise vacations for the young and young at heart, with a wide variety of events and activities that cater specifically to passengers 18 years of age and older. From elegant dinners to backstage tours to an exclusive beach on Disney’s private island, adults will find endless ways to relax and enjoy themselves.

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Eat . . .
Disney Cruise Line offers dining experiences especially for adults – elegant, peaceful and designed to suit sophisticated tastes. Palo, Disney’s signature restaurant at sea, treats adults to sweeping ocean views and exquisite northern Italian specialties, making it the perfect setting for romantic dinners and intimate gatherings. During sea days, Palo hosts a spectacular champagne brunch. Dinner at Remy, on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, is a lavish affair with exquisite French-inspired gourmet cuisine, a world-class wine list and superb service in an elegant setting.

Cove Café is the perfect place to sit back, sip a gourmet coffee, read a magazine or surf the Web. Light snacks are offered at this peaceful retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool. On the Disney Wonder, Outlook Café is a stylish retreat located high atop deck 10 where guests can have a coffee or cocktail as they peer out through floor-to-ceiling glass windows at breathtaking vistas.

Relax . . .
Adult guests can take a dip in the Quiet Cove Pool, unwind in one of the whirlpool spas, or enjoy a cocktail while relaxing in one of many poolside chaise lounges.

Vista Spa & Salon (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder) and Senses Spa & Salon (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) provide tranquility and pampering in ocean-view spa environments. A menu of spa treatments and services such as massages, body wraps, facials, manicures/pedicures and hair styling are available.

In the spas’ Rain Forest, guests can experience the benefits of steam, heat and water therapy combined with the power of aromatherapy to relax the mind and body.

For the ultimate in luxury, spa villas provide a private luxury for one or a romantic retreat for two, complete with an indoor spa treatment suite, connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal hot tub, open-air shower and plush double chaise lounge for enjoying ocean views and warm breezes.

Fitness-minded passengers can take advantage of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an area for spinning classes, Pilates and yoga instruction, and personal consultations with professional trainers.

On Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay, Serenity Bay is a pristine stretch of beach exclusively for adults, located almost a mile from the main family beach. At Serenity Bay, sparkling turquoise waters meet pristine white sand, palm fronds sway in the breeze and plenty of comfortable lounge chairs and two-person hammocks dot the beach.

For the ultimate in relaxation, adults can enjoy a therapeutic massage at one of the nearby cabanas overlooking the ocean. And there is no need to head back to the main beach for refreshment – a delectable lunch buffet, Bahamian specialty drinks, beer and mixed drinks are served at the nearby Castaway Air Bar.

Play . . .
The nightclubs at Europa (Disney Fantasy), The District (Disney Dream), Beat Street (Disney Magic) and Route 66 (Disney Wonder) offer nighttime entertainment just for adults. Sophisticated bars and lounges, casual pubs and trendy clubs afford adults the chance to enjoy live nighttime entertainment, cabaret shows, game shows, dancing, live satellite sports broadcasts and more. Palate-pleasing delights include specialty cocktails, fine wines and spirits, champagne and an eclectic array of domestic and imported beers.

Enrichment . . .
An engaging and sophisticated series of adult enrichment is offered aboard Disney Cruise Line.

The Disney Innovations seminar showcases the greatest innovations that The Walt Disney Company has brought to animation and themed entertainment. Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney’s nephew, was instrumental in the development of the series, providing personal commentary and a unique perspective on many of the innovations featured in the program.

On Disney Behind-the-Scenes, guests tour the ship’s galley, find “hidden Mickeys” and learn how Imagineers blended classic ship design with distinctly Disney elements to create the magic of Disney Cruise Line.

During Disney’s Art of Entertaining, guests learn the secrets behind enchanting entertaining and dining experiences, and meet with experts for tips in creating everything from dazzling desserts to floral masterpieces to the perfect wine pairing.

During the From Stem to Stern wine tasting, guests learn to sip like a pro by meeting with one of the ship’s sommeliers and sampling wines from around the world.

The Art of the Theme Show, developed in partnership with Walt Disney Imagineering, is an in-depth ship tour that looks at some of the amazing design details, creative inspirations and storytelling that are a part of each Disney cruise ship.

Weddings and Honeymoons . . .
Whether saying “I do” for the first time, taking part in a commitment ceremony or renewing vows, Disney Cruise Line provides a happily-ever-after setting like none other. Couples can exchange vows in an ultimate romantic beach-side ceremony on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, or onboard the ship.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, click here.

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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