Disney Adventures Aulani Resort and Spa fulfills a lifelong dream for a Second Act Cafe fan.
I received the following from a Second Act Cafe fan sharing her holiday at Disney’s Aulani Resort:
I had put off my lifetime dream of traveling to Hawaii for too long. It was now or never. I decided to invite my childhood best friend to join in the adventure. I had recently heard that Disney opened the new Aulani Resort and Spa and thought it worth a shot since I am a Disney nut anyways.
My girlfriend had been through a tough divorce last year, so the combination of my lifelong dream and her need to escape made for a great excuse to leave the freezing Jersey weather behind.
Arriving at the Aulani Resort felt surreal as this was something I had dreamt of doing since I was a teenager. I was very proud of of myself for finally taking the leap and turning this trip into a reality!
We entered the lobby, which by the way was breathtaking, and made our way to Launa Lounge to begin our early check in process. The smells, the visuals, even the tropical flowers just lightened our moods immediately. After a warm and friendly welcome, we were able to check into our ocean view room. I went all the way, since this was my dream trip! The room was beautiful with fine Hawaiian touches along with some clever Disney designs.
After a nice nap, me and my BFF decided to check out the Starlit Hui. The Hui included an evening of music, dance, and fun to celebrate the culture of Aulani. There were some great hula performances and even some cherished Disney characters, which of course I can never get enough of, no matter how old I get. Mickey even danced with me on the Hawaiian sand. I felt as if I’d died and gone to heaven.
Later on we decided to hit Off the Hook, which is an open air beachside lounge that resembles a fisherman’s seaside shack decorated with shells, shark teeth, fish hooks, and stones. We decided on the Kobe beef sliders, which were awesome and a traditional pina colada. I mean you have to order a pina colada your first night in Hawaii, it just goes without saying. After a few more drinks to celebrate our independence, we decided to hit the hay so we could get up early and check out more of the resort and lay by the pool.
The next morning I awoke early enough to sit on the balcony and breathe in the fresh Hawaiian air while watching the sunrise. It was magical. After we threw on our bathing suits we grabbed a coffee from the Ula Cafe and headed over to the Wailana Pool which seemed quiet and child-free at the time. Now mind you I have nothing against children, but today it was nice to just relax and listen to the sound of the local birdlife.
A little later in the day we ventured out onto the beach. Stepping into the Hawaiian sand, my skin was tickled by a light breeze. We chose not to get chairs and beach umbrellas but decided that we wanted to pretend we were young again and lay out our towels like we used to when we were teens.
With the sun shining warm on my face, the light breeze shuffling my hair, I couldn’t help but shed a tear. I was on a journey that I waited my whole life to take. This was more than just a vacation for me; it was a small victory. I had finally done something for ME. I’d pushed myself out of my comfort zone and traveled to an exotic place. I made a good choice as the Disney service was nothing short of amazing. Now that I know I can do this like a big girl I think I will try another Adventures by Disney trip. Maybe Ireland and kissing the Blarney Stone. You only live once!
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