Please keep your wristband on you at all times—they are very good about checking! If you don’t have your wristband on, you have to get another one and you’ll be asked to leave the pool. So while you may feel like a hospital patient, just go with it!
Hale Manu was nice, but had a lot of high-end, fancy products such as handbags, fancy attire, exquisite soaps/lotions, etc. If you have the extra money to spend, go for it. I didn’t buy anything, but had fun sampling the fancy lotions. Lava Shack just had a few tropical things, like sunglasses, beach hats, Aloha keychains, and the like. I didn’t buy anything there either.
- Bring sunscreen. It’s very humid in Hawaii, so you’ll sweat a lot of the sunscreen off. Keep reapplying! No Disney vacation is worth skin cancer!
- All the stores and restaurants take cast member discounts, but there are no annual passholder discounts. If unsure, it never hurts to ask first!
- It’s Disney. Stuff is expensive. Bring more money than you think, and there are ATMs. Also come with lots of room in your luggage to take back your merch.
- If you’re dead set on meeting as many characters as you can, make reservations for the character breakfast. If you’re not, feel free to check the daily schedule to see when a certain character is at a certain area, or just wander around and you may get lucky!
- Remember that it is a resort and not a theme park. Don’t be too disappointed if you’re looking for Space Mountain Hawaii version or The Electrical Light Parade. There’s less things than Disneyland and Disney World. Aulani is definitely has things to do, but it’s also a great chance to relax and escape from life. Check out the website and Google to see if you like what they have to offer BEFORE paying for the vacation and being disappointed when you get there.