Traveling to Hawaii is just expensive. Add Disney’s Aulani to the mix and we are talking about crazy money.
Here are some tips I used to book my own Aulani trip!
- Check out their seasonal rate calendar on the website that shows when rates are low. This is called value season. You will want to visit Auani during the school year to make the most of your money. We traveled the 1st week of December and weather was nice, although a little rainy.
- Next, look at their current promotions. Disney often offers up to 30% of your trip with a minimum night stay in specific room categories. Check out your flights and make sure you book your room around the best air pricing within the promotion dates. Often a Tuesday-Monday trip may have cheaper flights than a Sunday-Saturday trip. TIP: Use google flights to see the whole month of pricing.
- Split the room with another family. Getting one large 2 or 3 bedroom villa is less money than getting 2-3 standard rooms. Plus the villas come with a full kitchen and full washer and dryer. Preparing breakfast and lunch inside the room vs paying outof pocket will REALLY save you some money. I’m not one for cooking on vacation but when traveling with another family you can take turns on breakfast duty! TIP: The Target down the street has a full grocery. Grab your sunscreen, snorkel mask and milk all in one stop!
- Eat some meals off-site. Ko’Olina is a quaint little neighborhood with lots of shops in walking distance. Right next door to Aulani is a 4 seasons with an AMAZING happy hour. Their entire bar menu is on sale and we loved it all. Speaking of happy hour, there is a funky restaurant across the street named Monkey Pod. Their daily happy hour has a great menu with flatbread pizza for half off!
- Buy the GoOahu card if you want to do some excursions. This card found easily online gives you numerous options for your family for one price point. We were able to see Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, USS Missouri, USS Bowfin and the Pacific Aviation museum all in one day. We also used the card to access the Dole Whip Plantation, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Bishop Museum and we got a FREE surf lesson and kayak rental included. If you plan to do a few days of excursions, you can save money by staying elsewhere and then finishing the trip at Aulani to give it all your attention.
- Use the resort to it’s fullest. They have FREE kid’s clubs, free storytelling by Uncle and often Moana at the firepit. Aulani has character meet and greets, parties at the pool, movie nights and family arts and crafts. Rent movies for free from the community room or use their free wifi to watch from your own laptop in your villa. Don’t forget their amazing lazy river, splash pad and slides. While the kid’s are in the club, head over to the quiet adult only area overlooking the beautiful lagoon.
- Book with a travel agent. I always say this and I always mean it! If a new promotion comes out for your stay, a quick call from your agent to Aulani and the promo is now yours. I ended up getting $100 room credit to spend, a 1 day free car rental and free airport transfers! I get emails from Disney daily, and they alert me of new promotions often before the public even knows, so I am able to adjust your pricing first thing in the morning! All the deals I find for myself, I find for my clients too!
If you’d like more information on how to save and book Disney’s Aulani or any family vacation,
Danielle at Magical Memory Planners
Specializing in Global Family Travel