Win a Hawaiian Family Vacation at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine is offering a free trip for four to the new Aulani Resort in Hawaii! I have been dreaming of a vacation at Aulani since before construction even began on this luxury hotel, when I first heard that Disney would be creating a resort in Hawaii. Aulani is scheduled to open August 29, 2011. The resort is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina on Oahu, alongside a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach. Read on to find out how to win!

Surf Mural with Beach Cruisers Huntington Beach

Photo from the Aulani Facebook page

Disney + Hawaii = Happy Travel Mama!
Who wouldn’t want to combine Hawaii’s warm ocean waves, island hospitality, and breathtaking tropical landscape with Disney’s kid-friendly activities, outstanding customer service, and attention to detail? Disney and Hawaii are two of my favorite things in the whole world; in fact, I’ve added Aulani to my bucket list.

Surf Mural with Beach Cruisers Huntington Beach

Aunty’s Beach House photo from the Aulani website

Aulani Family-Friendly Amenities
Here’s why you’re going to want to add Aulani to your bucket list too! Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom villas in two towers, each featuring angled rooms with views of the ocean, mountains, and the resort’s lush grounds. Family-friendly resort amenities will include two restaurants, a kids’ club (Aunty’s Beach House), and a spectacularly themed pool area complete with swimming pool, wading pool, waterslides, hot tubs, and a snorkel lagoon. There’s also an 18,000-square-foot spa for Travel Mamas like me who crave a little pampering on vacation!

Surf Mural with Beach Cruisers Huntington Beach

Aulani Spa photo from the Aulani Facebook page

Hawaiian Traditions at Aulani
Disney is being careful to respect Hawaii’s traditions in the creation of this property. “We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it. The name ‘Aulani’ expresses a connection to tradition and deep storytelling – and its roots are in this land right here,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president, Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering. When Aulani opens in August, it will offer one-of-a-kind family excursions to explore Oahu during the day plus Hawaiian storytelling around the fire pit in the evening. Guests can also search for statues of Menehune, the legendary island little people, hidden throughout the resort.

Surf Mural with Beach Cruisers Huntington Beach

Hidden menehune photo from the Aulani Facebook page

Enter to Win!
Enter the Aulani Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes on the FamilyFun site. The prize includes airfare, car rental, $500 spending money, and accommodations at Aulani. You have to register on their site to enter, but it doesn’t take much time and is so worth the chance of winning this incredible prize. Enter by June 30, 2011.

Learn more about this resort on the Aulani website or Aulani Facebook page.

Why would you like to win a trip to Aulani? Share your thoughts in the comments below! (To satisfy my curiosity, NOT to win!) 

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.


  1. I would love to take the kids to Aulani, it looks like an awesome place for families!

  2. I hope you win the trip to Aulani, Bronnie! Actually – I hope I win…but if I don’t, then I hope you do! 😉

  3. Hi Annette – Best wishes with the contest! You definitely deserve a Hawaiian vacation!

  4. annette santiago says:

    This place sounds awesome, it would be a blessing for me as a single mother of 3 and currently on dialasys, to have the opportunity to travel and get away to such an exotic, beautiful place for the first time ever….

  5. fritter says:

    I don’t think I can adequately describe how awesome this trip would be. Disney + Hawaii + 3 boys = beyond words!

  6. cheryl lalone says:

    i would love to spend my 35th wedding anniversary at aulani thank you i am so grateful for this opportunity sincerly cheryl a lalone

  7. Be sure to click the “Aulani Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes” link above to enter!

  8. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii. I am hoping to get there one day. Thanks for the link and good luck.

  9. Vessa Phillips says:

    I love the pictures of Aulani facebook page and the Aulani website in Hawaii. I can’t wait to getaway on the Aulani Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes since we really need a vacation after my son has been ill. What a great place for rest and relaxation.

  10. hschisholm says:

    I have entered and are packing my bags! I cannot wait to check out this new resort!

  11. CINDY GALVEZ says:


  12. I am 57 years old and I have 3 grandchildren whom I have never been able to take them on any kind of trip. I would love to have my grandkids, have a wonderful vacation trip to Hawaii and Aulani Resort to remember me by, before they
    are too grown up. They are the loves of my life!

  13. Am a 70 year old recently retired grandmother who lives in
    California but my granddaughter on Maui would love to experience the
    Aulani on Oahu and I would LOVE to take her!

  14. I just a single mother who gets disability check month to month with bills I can’t afford to take my family in a nice get away vacation I really wish I could do something nice for them but as you can see I can’t that’s why I’m hoping I could receive a blessing to bless them ….keeping my faith that one day that blessing will come true

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Dujuania – I really hope you get an opportunity to visit Aulani someday! Your family deserves it!

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