In September 2012, Aulani, the Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii will be going under an expansion to include a themed family pool, a new kids’ splash zone and two new quick-service dining locations.
Since it opened in August 2011, Aulani has been extremely well received by guests and among the most popular features of the resort is the Waikolohe Valley, home to the recreation and water play areas leading out to the Aulani beachfront. The new pool, splash zone and additional deck space will extend the sun and water fun literally to the very edge of the resort property, with the pool’s “infinity edge” overlooking the adjoining lagoon.
A highlight of the family pool will be a misty grotto from which relaxing swimmers may view the sunset and after dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights will appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool. The nearby kids’ splash zone will be designed to resemble tidal pools with some fun surprises including rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floors, and hidden Menehune, the legendary little people of the islands, who may be spotted through chinks in the rocks.
Also coming to Aulani will be two new food service locations. One of these, located adjacent to the new water play area and the existing Wailana Pool, will serve continental breakfast and offer a lunch and dinner menu with a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks that can be enjoyed in the adjoining outdoor patio which provides a beautiful ocean view. A second quick-service eatery will be located beachside, offering grab-and-go snacks and easy access for beachgoers.
These enhancements will begin in September with completion slated for mid-2013, coinciding with the final build-out of resort.