Stay Longer and Save More at Aulani

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Make the summer last at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – where it’s warm and sunny year-round. The more nights you stay, the more you save – with 30% on stays of 5+ nights* or 25% on stays of 4 nights*.

Get your magical Aulani vacation started here!

That’s more time to enjoy all that Aulani has to offer, like amazing water fun at the pools, sunset-facing whirlpool spas and a lazy river, complimentary nighttime entertainment, exciting island excursions and more – on top of an award-winning spa and beachside dining.

Book by October 26, 2015

Book by June 29 to get an extra $50 Resort Credit per night of stay

Travel: Aug. 16 – Dec. 21, 2015

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*Stays must be for consecutive nights. Savings based on the non-discounted rate for same room. The number of rooms allocated for this offer may be limited. Resort credits may not be redeemed for cash, refunded, transferred or applied toward room rate, and expires at 11:59 p.m. on package departure date. Savings excludes Resort fees. Limit 2 rooms per reservation. Excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Advance reservations required.

Aulani’s Pineapple Tea

by MTT Kimberly P, Kimberly Przybyl

My family just traveled to Aulani, A Disney Resort, in Ko ‘Olina, Hawaii.  While I loved all of the fresh fruit and wonderful dishes we sampled, my favorite food from the trip was the Pineapple Iced Tea at Makahiki at Aulani.

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Some background, I am a Southern girl from the inside out – I love my Southern Sweet Tea.  Usually when we travel, I miss it and am craving it the entire time we are gone.  This trip involved many family members and a Grand Villa .  With a full kitchen at my disposal, I never ran out of my beverage of choice.

One fateful night, my beverage of choice changed.  When asked, if by chance did they have sweet tea, our waitress promptly replied, “No, we have Pineapple Tea”.  Ok – this Southern Girl was promptly turned off thinking her awesome, delightful, Southern Sweet Tea had taken a wrong turn.  I ordered water.  Now, if you know me, you know water is not my friend – it has NO taste to me.  I only drink it when no other option is available or on a hot, sunny day at the beach when sweet things are the best things.

As we sat there, waiting to go check out the awesome selections on the buffet, my soon to be new best friend showed up with a glass of Pineapple Tea.  “Just try it” she said.   I politely took the glass and pushed it as far as I could away from me without showing the feeling of unappreciation.  Well……my curiosity got the better of me after a few minutes and I took a small sip.  Hmm……this is better than I thought!  I took another couple of sips – I could really get used to this.  My husband, Tom, took a sip……he ordered one as soon as he saw our waitress again.  It was smoothly sweet and just perfect to go with all of the wonderful food choices we had made for dinner that evening.

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Needless to say – we were back a couple of nights later so we could enjoy it again!  I asked how to make it when I got home and here was the reply “Add a couple of inches of pineapple juice to the bottom of your glass, pour in fresh brewed unsweetened tea, add ice and enjoy”.  I go low amounts of Pineapple Juice to tea and then taste it and add more Pineapple Juice if needed when I do it at home.  I have a glass that I have figured out the perfect proportions and I can now make it perfectly every time.

As soon as we got back to North Carolina, I went and purchased some pineapple juice and made a pot of tea.  As I sip on some now, I’m thinking back to paradise and a wonderful trip!  I hope you too get to enjoy a piece of paradise one day!  We would love to book  you on your own fabulous vacation at Aulani – just contact us!

– Kimberly P.

Contact MTT Kimberly at 919-556-0887 or email  kimberly.przybyl@mousetalestravel.com to book your next Disney vacation! For more information about Disney travel, join Thomas & Kimberly’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/RedWolfTravels

Aulani – The Perfect Vacation Spot

by MTT Kimberly P, Kimberly Przybyl

Aulani – what can I say – Awesome, WOW, Wonderful, Peaceful, Glorious, and the most perfect vacation spot!

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Our family decided last summer to visit Aulani and planned a once in a lifetime vacation to meet up with friends and family and enjoy paradise.  Needless to say, before we even left Hawaii to come home, we are planning a return trip.

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Aulani is nothing short of AMAZING!  From the time you step out of your transportation to Aulani to the time you leave you are wowed at every turn.

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When we arrived, we were met with some welcome surprises and ice-cold fruit water.  Just the way to start a tropical vacation!  We were greeted, and shown the way through the lobby to have our picture taken overlooking Waikolohe Valley.  Off to check-in while the Keike (children) had a special area for them to wait on the adults.

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We had decided on an Ocean View room and we were not disappointed in any way.  We saw marvelous sun rises and sun sets.  It was a perfect view of paradise!

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There were activities all day long for every member of your family from Ukulele lessons (which I participated in), Fish are Friends (an upgraded activity for the Keike which our son participated in), snorkeling in Rainbow Reef, tours of the art work, a Menehune Hunt (the little statues all over Aulani), spending time in the Waikolohe Stream (Lazy River) which all of us did at some point (some of more than others!), to just relaxing by the pool or on the beach.  Every member of our party found plenty to keep them busy or relaxed.

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Oh, and I cannot leave out Laniwai, A Disney Spa.  This is a Spa like no other!  You are pampered from inside and out.  They have wonderful relaxation areas, an outside hydrotherapy garden that you can enjoy with any body treatment spa service, luscious goodies to try after your spa service and some other neat surprises that I won’t give away.

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Food options were plentiful at Aulani.  We ate at Makahiki twice for the dinner buffet – delicious!  Many options from salads to seafood to awesome little desserts.  Missing comfort food from home – they have it here.  Do you love seafood and sushi – they had many options to chose from also!  There are also little quick service places in Waikolohe Valley for hot dogs, shaved ice, and coconut shrimp.  Ulu Café recently opened with hot options, bakery items and cold pre-made selections.  Don’t forget to try the pineapple – it was the best we have ever tasted.

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If you are looking for a perfect paradise vacation spot – Aulani will not disappoint you and we at Mouse Tales Travel would be more than happy to help you plan a visit!

– Kimberly P.

Contact MTT Kimberly at 919-556-0887 or email  kimberly.przybyl@mousetalestravel.com to book your next Disney vacation! For more information about Disney travel, join Thomas & Kimberly’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/RedWolfTravels

Tuna Poke from Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa in Hawai’i

Chef Patrick of Aulani in Ko Olina shares his version of the classic sashimi dish, tuna poke (pronounced PO-kay).

Tuna Poke
Serves 6 as an appetizer

1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons yuzu juice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/8 teaspoon sugar
2 pounds fresh sushi-grade tuna, cubed
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Favorite prepared seaweed salad, for serving

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, yuzu juice, lime juice, garlic, sesame seeds, vinegar, wasabi powder, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add tuna to mixture and toss to coat. Season with pepper, to taste. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Place a bit of seaweed salad in the bottom of a small dish. Top with tuna and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Cook’s note: Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit you can purchase in some supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, substitute 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon orange juice.

 

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Zucchini-Carrot Cupcakes from Aulani

Looking for a wee bit of indulgence without breaking the calorie bank? Look no further than these delights from the spa at Aulani, a Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

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Zucchini-Carrot Cupcakes

Makes 30 (2-inch) cupcakes

2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup finely diced peeled zucchini
1/2 cup finely diced peeled carrot
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup bran flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 320°F.
  • Whisk together eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in zucchini, carrot, oil, and salt.
  • Sift together bread flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Gently stir into egg mixture.
  • Stir in bran flour and walnuts until incorporated.
  • Lightly spray 30 flexible silicone 2-inch mini muffin molds with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop batter into molds, filling cups no more than 1/2 full.
  • Cover molds with parchment paper and place a sheet pan on top to keep the cupcake tops flat while baking.
  • Bake for 16 minutes. Cool completely. May be stored in freezer in airtight container to maintain moisture.
  • If desired, frost with favorite butter cream.

 

Ummm… yum.

– Kimberly