Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii reopened on November 1, 2020 following its pandemic closure.
The Resort, like all Disney theme parks and hotels worldwide, reopened with a variety of new COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place.
Since reopening, Aulani Guests have been required to abide by a number of regulations that are similar to those at Disney’s other open properties — the Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island Resorts, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Shanghai Disneyland.
These restrictions include required face masks for Guests age 2 and up, social distancing enforcement, and limited experiences.
Aulani Face Mask Guidelines
Now, Disney officials have quietly updated Aulani’s face mask policy and begun offering more dining choices and Aulani excursions. The face mask policy now allows for masks with clear panels:
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn.
Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:
Be a fabric face covering featuring a sold plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
Meet all face covering requirements listed above
Aulani has also noted that Guests who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are NOT exempt from wearing face coverings at this time, much similar to both Disney World and Disneyland’s updated face mask policy.
Aulani Dining and Excursions
In addition to updating the face mask policy to include face coverings with clear panels, Aulani has begun opening up more dining options and excursions for Guests. This is exciting news for anyone planning a Disney Hawaiian vacation in the near future!
A variety of excursions, including zip-lining, a catamaran ride, surfing lessons, and more are once again available to book. It is worth noting that many of these Hawaiian adventures are still operating at a limited capacity, so book well in advance of your scheduled Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa vacation to ensure you get a spot.
In regard to dining, the popular Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands restaurant has now reopened for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday.
Ulu Cafe, the Olelo Room, and all quick-service locations, such as the Wailana Pool Bar, are also open at this time.
For those travelers who are interested in childcare options, it is important to note that the Walt Disney Company has not yet made the decision to reopen Aunty’s Beach House at Aulani. This means that families need to have their own childcare plans while they are on the island.
Going to Disney’s Aulani Resort is a dream for any Disney fan and, with some of the amazing deals that are currently available, this is actually a great time to plan your family’s tropical escape! Or, if you happen to be a Disney Vacation Club member, what better way to spend your family’s points than by celebrating Hawaiian culture with a trip to paradise?
Do you have plans to visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa this year?
If you are interested in planning a magic Aulani vacation, contact the expert team at Academy Travel. They can even help you plan the trip of a lifetime and visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California before or after your Hawaiian adventure!