As part of the Walt Disney family of resorts, the Aulani opened on August 29, 2011 with the idea to celebrate the customs and traditions of Hawaii. Located on the island of Oahu, the Aulani is the third property to open outside a Disney theme park, and represented a new challenge for the brand as Disney vacations learned the desires of their guests in this new venue. Recently the Aulani has undergone some expansions to improve the guest experience for those enjoying a Disney vacation package at the resort. EXPANSION INCLUSIONS The expansion eliminated the adult pool and mantra ray habitat and replaced it with an event lawn perfect for wedding travel and celebration vacation events. A new family pool, splash zone waterplay area, additional deck space and new food outlets have been added. POOL AND WATERPLAY AREA Stretching to the edge of the property – with an infinity edge overlooking one of Ko Olina’s famous lagoons – a pool highlight is the misty grotto from which swimmers can enjoy an after dark starscape of glimmering lights that appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool. Kids of all ages will also enjoy the splash zone water play area that is designed to fit into the landscape and resembles tidal pools with rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floor and other surprises. Expanded deck space with additional chairs, chaises and cabanas surround the new water features. EXPANDED DINING When your stomach growls, two new food service locations are ready to welcome you with continental breakfast as well as lunch, dinner and snacks. Whether your wish is to enjoy open-aired seating with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, a grab and go snack at a beachside quick service eatery, or a family friendly character breakfast with Mickey and the gang, these expanded eateries will be welcome additions and should help ease some previous dining room congestion. As with all Disney projects one can be certain that as long as there is imagination left in the world the Aulani will continue to grow and expand. For now, the Aulani has been made even better and is poised to help make Walt Disney vacations come true! For special Disney vacation packages at the Aulani, or other Disney resorts, contact Travel N Relax today!