As Disney Style editors, one of our favorite things to do is to incorporate Disney into just about any and every outfit—and we know we’re not alone. One of our editors visited Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and packed the perfect outfits for a week’s vacation. Check out her Disney Style diary for fashion tips for your next trip to Aulani Resort!
Aloha, Disney fans! I took a trip to Ko Olina, Hawaii, to spend a fun-filled week at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Holy cow, guys. The activities, the people, the food—it was all amazing! And the best part is that Aulani Resort has the best setting to rock your Disney style.
On day one, we arrived just in time for dinner at Makahiki. Of course, we all know that character dining means that many photos will be taken. So, I wore mixed prints in black and white that would look good next to any character, and my Minnie Mouse clutch was the perfect pop of color to complete the look.
The next day, I put on a banana romper (as one does) in search of Stitch. One of the cool things at Aulani Resort is that you can check their Daily ‘Iwa, an activities schedule, for events happening throughout the day, and for a number to call to get character meet and greet schedules. I added a Stitch pin to my hat for extra flair that I knew he’d like. (He did.)
That morning, I had the chance to go on a tour of the resort with Manako, a local of the island and an Ambassador for the resort, who was so knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and the history of Aulani Resort. I learned all about how the artwork, sculptures, and even the layout of the resort reflect the island’s vibrant history and culture. The tour is an absolute must-do at the beginning of your trip.
That night was the Ka Wa’a Luau, which was so fun and colorful that I knew my outfit had to match! It was warm evening outside, so I chose ruffled orange shorts and a printed top, and added patches from Disney Store to my bag. At the luau, the kids, or keiki, could engage in fun activities inspired by the local culture. But of course, we’re all keiki when we’re on vacation, so I got a temporary tattoo of a flower on my foot that looked great with my espadrilles. The next day was dedicated to beach activities, which meant I needed a good Disney-inspired beach bag (get the DIY here).
Aulani Resort has a beautiful beach where you can swim, snorkel, and—something I’ve determined I’m not very good at—paddleboard. I wore a floral swimsuit and seersucker baseball cap for extra sun protection. Eventually, I channeled my inner Moana and got the hang of it, but decided it was time for a snack. Let me tell you, there’s something incredibly pleasing about having a Mickey soft pretzel outside of a Disney Park. Dinner that evening was my favorite. It was so good, we went twice. ‘Ama’Ama overlooks the Ko Olina beach where you can watch the sun go down over the ocean. I wore a gingham dress with lace-up heels and a small Mickey pouch.
By morning, I was stuffed and ready for a workout. I checked the Daily ‘Iwa for fitness classes and found a Seaside Stretch class that was the perfect start to a relaxing spa day.
Aulani Resort is known for it’s Laniwai Spa and spa treatments, and I can see why. I spent a few hours in the Kula Wai Outdoor Hydrotherapy Garden before enjoying a signature Kilikili body scrub and massage.
From one relaxing thing to the next, I got back to the room to enjoy the ocean view right from my balcony … in, none other than, Stitch socks. Saying goodbye to Aulani Resort was not easy, which is why I’m already planning my next trip back!
Summer’s not over yet! You can begin planning your vacation to Aulani Resort too, by visiting the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa website. Plus, right now guests can save up to 30% on 5 night stays this fall. We can’t wait to see what Disney fashions you pack!