Expansion planned for Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii
Jul 26, 2012

Even though Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii opened less than a year ago, in August of 2011, it is already being expanded to better accommodate their guests. Beginning in mid-September and lasting through the middle of 2013, there are several changes coming to the tropic resort. One of the most noticeable changes will be the completion of the final phase of the resort which will add two additional towers, greatly expanding the number of guest rooms and villas.

The Waikolohe Valley pool area will be expanded with more water features and dining options. A new pool, toddler pool and interactive water play area will be added, along with 18,500 square feet of pool deck. Two new quick-service dining options will be added here. The Waikolohe Pool, the lazy river, slides, whirlpool spas, Rainbow Reef and Menehune Bridge will remain open during the expansion. Makai Preserve, the conservation pool hosting the stingray experience, will close permanently and the Wailana Pool and Wailana Bar will be closed during the expansion.

Starlit Hui, the resort's nighttime entertainment of dancers, musicians and singers, will move to a new location to allow more guests to participate. The show will be closed for one month during the move.

Makahiki, an open-air dining room, will add an overhead trellis and retractable awnings to the area. This will allow the outdoor area to provide more shaded seating and the character breakfast "Aunty's Breakfast Celebration" will expand from 3 days to six days a week. The experience will now be offered Tuesday-Sunday, with priority advance reservations for resort guests.

Some of the buildings' exteriors will be receiving some finishing touches, such as work on the decorative beam joints, resulting in scaffolding being noticeable around the resort.