AMA‘AMA Disney Aulani Resort

“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney

Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you understand the quote.

You sit in this beautiful restaurant so close to the hustle and bustle of waterslides, rides, rainbow reef and Pool lounges but you feel miles away. Sitting with a cocktail in your hand, the water in view its the perfect place to relax and unwind at Disney Aulani Resort.

Ama’Ama is open for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is open 7am – 10:30am, Lunch is 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner is 5pm – 9pm

Ama’Ama has a Keiki menu, including some healthy Mickey check options. They give a great little activity booklet out that all our children 3, 5, 9 and 11 all had fun with the activity book as it has a good range of activities, colouring in that kept them both entertained.

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But at night time it seems to be the place that you are more likely to see parents their whilst their kids are in one of the night time activities at Aunty’s beach house.

Live music plays nightly (except Sunday), and there is nothing better than watching the sunset over Ko Olina Beach with a drink in hand listening to the music playing gently in the background.

The service was great there, and they were really quick to come around and take our drinks and food order.

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Lunch consists of a variety of salads, Soups, Entrees or deserts.

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So if you are after some nice dining in a beautiful environment then Ama’Ama Disney Aulani is the restaurant for you.

 

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Dinner with Donald, with Disney Aulani Character Dining

“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar

Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening at Makahiki Character dining. On selected nights the Menehune get up to mischief with a delectable buffet feast and characters to meet at “Menehune mischief”.

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Join Disney Aulani’s “Uncle” and some cheeky Disney characters for a fun, musical filled evening. The Menehune are the cheeky magical people of Hawaii, mischevious people. The shows are on three nights a week Sunday, Monday and Thursday (Check this hasn’t changed before booking). Instead of normal character Dinner, they have two shows, 5:15 – 6 pm, and 7:15-8pm.  With seating times at 4:30, 4:45, and 5pm for the 5:15 show, and 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm for the 7:30pm show. Before and during the show you will see some characters so make sure you have your camera and autograph book ready.

What to expect at Menehune mischief “Disney Aulani Character dining”

When you arrive similar to the breakfast Character Dining you will be met at the front by a greeter who will confirm all your party is there and get you to sit down and wait to meet Donald.

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Similar to breakfast time, there is a professional photographer there ready to take photos of you whilst you are getting autographs, during hi-fives and a more formal photo. Later they come around to your table and you can purchase these for $35, they come with one photo and a disk of all the other photos. (These are not linked to your photopass card).

Once you have your photo taken you sit and wait until someone walks you through to your table. You can order a drink, and grab some great food from the buffet.

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Food selection

There was a great variety of food on offer at the buffet, from a carvery, salads, plenty of seafood, Oysters, Prawns, Claws, Mussels, Sushi, Tuna, Salmon, etc. Bread, Crab legs, Pizza, fried rice, Pork Loin, Fish, Steak, pasta.

For the Keiki (children) there was macaroni cheese, potato gems (dinosaur eggs) and also beef sliders. (they could also choose any of the normal buffet.

But where they excelled where the desserts. They had a huge selection of desserts, Brownies, cheesecakes, Cookies, Bread pudding, Puddings, Tapioca Pudding, Berries, Seasonal fruit, Chocolate Mousse, Rice Krispies.

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At $52 for adults and $25 for children, it is only $3 more than the non-character dinner, so worth booking into the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the breakfast, this is different to your traditional Dinsey character dining at the parks as apart from Donald who you meet on entry you also only have two – three other characters. On our evening we had stitch and chip and dale. Chip and Dale came to our table multiple times, however, Stitch only came once just as we were leaving.

 

If character dining or buffets are not for you there are other places to dine, check out our dining guide.

 

Have you been to a character dinner before?

What character would you like to see, make sure you let us know in the comments section below.

 

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Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” Walt Disney

Immerse yourself in the Magic of A Disney Aulani Character Dining experience.

Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning. It is open every night however only character dining 3 nights a week.

We were lucky to take our kids to both the character breakfast and dinner experience. Whilst they are different to the character dining you will experience in Disneyland, they are still a magical experience for everyone involved.

Just like booking Dining experiences with any other Disney resort you are able to book your Character dining reservations through the website long before you even get to the resort to make sure you get the perfect time for your booking.

Enjoy the magic of Disney.

What to expect at Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast.

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When you arrive you are instantly met by a couple of staff at the front counter who confirm your booking and then get you to line up to get a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes both Disney character breakfasts we had booked.

Make sure your kids bring their autograph books, bring a camera. They take some great professional shots for you, but they do not use photo pass, these are separate. The cost was about $35 US for one photo and a disk of the rest of the professional shots taken at the initial meet and greet. They were well worth it every time with over ten photos. The photographer also takes one photo with your camera.

The characters you get to meet are varied. but normally only two (And the initial meet and greet with Mickey). On our first character breakfast, we met Minnie and Pluto. On our second it was Minnie and Goofy.

You have to be patient though as there are quite a few tables and the characters spend a while at each table, we just missed Minnie mouse when we arrived and had well and truly finished eating be they time she came back. Very different from other Disney Character dining when there are lots more characters so you don’t feel like you are waiting for characters.

But at $20 per child and $39 per adult, the price is reasonable so still worth it for a couple of interactions. What they lack in extra characters they make up for with “Auntie”. She adds games, songs, activities, interacts with the tables. She makes sure people who are having birthdays, or anniversaries are celebrated and adds some of the Hawaii Spirit to the Disney environment.

Selection of Food

Now the most important thing for me in a Breakfast buffet is the omelette station, a real buffet breakfast needs an omelette station and the Disney Aulani does not disappoint. The omelettes are made fresh to order and made well with a great selection of meat and vegetables to choose from.

There is also a great variety of fresh fruit, cereals, hot foods, from your typical bacon, eggs, as well as fried rice, miso soup. There is a great range of pastries, bread, pancakes and no Disney buffet breakfast would be complete without the famous Mickey Waffles. But Disney Aulani Character breakfast takes it one step further with Red Velvet Iron man waffles.

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The highlight for my children through where the Bananas and blueberries in a bucket. I will let the picture do the talking. And the yoghurts that are all served in small containers to minimise wastage.

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Overall we loved our breakfast, sure it wasn’t cheap but it was worth going. Personally, we only went twice through our seven days at Aulani and that was enough to experience the magic, enjoy the omelettes and fresh food.

Dinsey Aulani has a great variety of other Disney dining options, whilst Makahiki is the only character dining experience in the resort, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo with your favourite characters with Daily meet and greets around the resort.

A Disney Character Breakfast is only one way you can explore the magic of Disney Aulani resort. There are so many more magical things to do and see.

Have you been to a Disney Character Dining experience? Which is your favourite? Tell us below in the comments.

 

 

 

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Our Disney Aulani Food Guide

Disney Aulani Food Guide.

The Disney Aulani is a gorgeous resort located only a forty minute drive from the famous Waikiki beach on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. It is a resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.

With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.

1 – Character dining.

If you are interested in Character Dining at Disney Aulani resort you have two options, Breakfast (Daily) or Dinner (Selected nights) at the Makahiki restaurant. The Makahiki restaurant is a buffet style restaurant. It is a casual family-friendly restaurant that serves a great variety of food.

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2 – Table service

With one of the best vistas on the island, Ama’Ama is an elegant oceanfront restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whilst it is a more formal dining option at the resort, it is still children friendly with a great Keiki (Children’s menu).

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3 – Lounges and Bars

There are three Lounges / Bars at Disney Aulani resort.

Off the Hook a poolside lounge that serves food (11 am – 9 pm) and drinks (10 am-9:30 pm)

This has a Keiki menu (food and Juice) available in the outside tables and chairs, and around the pool. As well as a very basic menu of salads, fried food, and Entrees.

The Olelo Room whether you want to sit out under the stars, or indoors the Olelo room allows you to learn about the Hawaiian language, listen to Live entertainment and enjoy a bite to eat. Open from 5 pm – 11 pm.

Wailana Pool Bar, located in the Adult only pool area. Has a full bar, as well as the same poolside Dining menu that is available at Off the Hook.

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4 – Meals on the Go.

Grab one of these meals on the go take it up to your room, lounge by the pool, the beach or maybe sit and watch the fish swim by at Rainbow Reef.

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The Ulu Cafe.

The Ulu cafe is a great place to grab some pastries, hot meals, drinks, ice creams, cakes, and other grab it and go options. Breakfast is served from 6:30 am – 11 am and includes all your favourites like eggs, bacon, croissants, fresh fruit.  It also has an all-day menu from 11 am – 8:30 pm

It is a great place to grab a drink with the refillable mug that allows you to have unlimited sodas, tea, coffee and cocoa during your stay at Disney Aulani Resort.

They also serve pizza nightly from 5 pm to 8:30 pm

 

 

Mama’s Snack Stop

Another great place to grab a drink with your refillable mug
Has Hotdogs, salads, wraps, and other sweets.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Papalua Shave Ice

One of the busiest shops in Disney Aulani resort is the Papalua Shave ice. You can buy a traditional shave ice, or shaped like Mickey’s ears, or even add condensed milk for extra sweetness.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk

Whilst you are sitting at Ko Olina beach enjoying the sunshine hop across to Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk to grab a Mickey shaped pretzel, Dole Whip, cold drink, light meals or bag of crisps.

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Stop in to get a refill from the mug station between 10 am – 5 pm. The Lava shack is a great place to grab crisps, ice creams, and corn chips.

Kalepa’s Store

Kalepa’s store in the main lobby has a limited amount of groceries, including bread, milk, some fruit and vegetables, some frozen food, ie lasagne, chips etc. You can purchase cold drinks, limited alcohol and snack foods.

5 – Room Service.

Between the hours of 6 am – 11 pm, you can order from the room service menu. These include breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

5 – Special Gifts.

Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a special range of cakes, platters and other special treats. Available to order through room service. You need to order 24 – 48 hours in advance depending on the order.

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Disney Aulani’s Rainbow reef.

Disney Aulani’s Rainbow Reef

Rainbow reef is Disney Aulani’s saltwater lagoon that allows you to swim up close with a variety of tropical fish, or watch them through a viewing window.

Disney Aulani’s saltwater lagoon is a magical place where you can swim with thousands of tropical fish, from Butterflyfish, angelfish, surgeonfish. Protected from the wind, waves and weather, it’s a great high visibility place to snorkel. Whether you snorkel regularly or want to learn how to snorkel it’s the perfect place to learn.

Rainbow reef is set at 77 degrees Fahrenheit to reflect the cool waters that the fish are used to, which is a nice relief in the hot Hawaiian sun.

There is nothing more fulfilling than finding the hidden Menehune statues and hidden mickey’s hiding deep within the reef.

There is a viewing window where you can watch your friends, family snorkelling. or just watch the fish swim past. There is a cost to snorkel but it’s free to watch others.

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Cost 

One Day Access – Adult $20 Children 9 and under $15

Length of stay –  Adult $35 Children 9 and under $29

Inclusions

Life vest, mask and snorkel set

Supplied Air Snorkelling

If you are over 8 years old you can spend $40 to do Supplied Air Snorkelling, where you have a regulator and special gear to float. You need to register in advance and it’s only available about 3 times a week.

Fish are friends.

Another great opportunity for children aged 3 – 12 years old is the Fish are friends program a 3-hour premium experience offered through Disney Aulani’s Children’s program Aunty’s Beach House.  Children love learning about how the people train, feed and care for the marine life. They take home a DVD, a cinch bag and a laminated sheet with information about different fish. It comes with lunch as well.

 

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Find out more about Disney Aulani 

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Check out our Disney Aulani Food Guide

 

Where is your favourite place to go snorkelling?

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Exploring the Magic of Disney Aulani Resort

The magic that is Disney Aulani Resort.

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This year we took a magical trip to Disney’s Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about an hour from Honolulu on the north-west coast of Oahu.

Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra’s is what lets you know you are at a Disney resort.

From the minute you arrive, you are transported into the magical world of Disney. From Hidden Mickeys located throughout the resort, opportunities to meet your favourite Disney characters and get their autographs, Disney merchandise and other classic Disney treats.

What makes Disney Aulani so special.

Disney Aulani Resort has so many amazing elements to it. There is a fantastic spa, a teen spa, character breakfasts. Multiple pools, including an adults-only pool, Keiki Cove Splash zone, Menehune bridge (Water area for the youngest in your family). Rainbow reef where you can snorkel with gorgeous fish away from the elements. Waikolohe stream where you can float down the stream on the individual or double tubes, that also has two amazing waterslides, and spas. There are shows and Lu’au’s, Firepit storytelling, Disney movie nights out under the stars. An adventure trail, photography courses. Aunties beach house a fantastic complimentary supervised activities club for guests aged 3 to 12. As well as Premium activities for the children that including Character Meet and greets, and so much more.

Not to mention the amazing beach at Ko Olina Lagoon, with its breathtaking blue water, its clean sand, it’s comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas. A great place to grab some snorkel gear, sand toys or boogie boards and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

There is a great selection of dining options. Buffet, table service, Room service, Lounges and Bars and Quick take away options. There is also a selection of meals available in their shop. The ABC Store the Island Country Market is also only a quick stroll away.

Disney Aulani it’s well worth a visit.

 

 

 

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Kualoa Ranch – Hawaii’s Hollywood link.

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000-acre cattle ranch located in Oahu, Hawaii. Whilst a working cattle ranch, its claim to fame is it’s a popular tourist attraction due to the fantastic list of films and tv shows filmed within its three valleys. Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Valley and Hakipuu Valley.

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Kualoa Ranch has been in the same family since 1850 when it was purchased of King Kamehameha III. Over that time it has had an interesting history from cattle to sugar cane, to The military taking control during World War 2 and turning it into Kualoa airfield, and creating military bunkers on the land. To rock festivals, to its most famous claim to fame so far, the film site of the Jurassic Park films, lost, Pearl Harbour, Godzilla, Hawaii Five-O episodes and many more.

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If you head to Kualoa Ranch, you can do a vast variety of tours from ATV, horse riding, jungle cruise and the movie tour.

We participated in the movie tour, and it was great to see some of the landmark sites from some of our favourite movies.

We stopped to have a look at one of the military bunkers which have now become a film memorabilia museum.

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At the time I was keen to keep moving to the movie sites, but looking back the museum was probably the highlight of the tour, there was more time to read about the movies, and to see all about the film and tv shows filmed there.

It was also great to see the sites once we moved into the valley where many of the Jurassic Park movies were filmed. There were some film sites where there wasn’t anything left there except a plaque showing you what they shot but no other real props. Obviously, they can’t keep much there as they continue to film in the area. However, there are some fantastic sites that are iconic from some favourite movies, the log from Jurassic Park, the footprint from Godzilla and the skull area from Skull Island.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is well worth a visit when you head to Hawaii.

Kualoa Ranch is a great day trip whether you are staying in Honolulu, Ko Olina Bay or anywhere else on the Island of Oahu.

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