Aulani, A Disney Spring Break | Ko Olina Vacation Photography
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Aulani, A Disney Spring Break | Ko Olina Vacation Photography

Lobby of Disney Aulani in Ko Olina with stained glass

Aulani, A Disney Spring Break | Ko Olina Vacation Photography

Disney Aulani in Ko Olina. I’m still pinching myself four months later. How were we so lucky to spend a glorious week at this paradise?

During Spring Break this year, we totally splurged and stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort. Springtime at the Nelson house is a crazy rat race- we’re knee deep in school work, volunteering, music lessons, photography and winter blues. Our minds dream of seeing a blue sky and feeling the sun shine down on our faces.

So when we walked through the doors to this gorgeous view, my shoulders fell, my breath released and peace filled my heart. It was more than I could have imagined.

Lobby of Disney Aulani in Ko Olina with stained glass

If you know Disney, you know they don’t do anything half way. Every detail is meticulously thought out and executed. Down to continuous ice water dispensers placed exactly where you need them throughout the resort.

Lazy River, Tower, and huts in Disney Aulani
Disney Aulani towers and water station
Chip and Dale on the lawn of Disney Aulani with two kids in swimsuits
Boy greeting Goofy at a Disney Character Breakfast at Aulani.
Mickey Mouse and Stitch signing autographs

Stitch was drawing funny things on her Boogie Board and spending extra time with my kids means that four months later, and this girl still sleeps with a Stitch stuffy. He completely won her over.

Stitch signing an autograph for a little girl smiling at Disney Aulani
Girl wearing purple tank top and a flower in her hair

Just in case you need a break from one of the many pools or the beach, they have a magical treasure hunt that takes you around the resort. You simply check out a tablet from the Ohana room and prepare to be amazed and completely entertained.

A dad with two kids doing the Disney Aulani treasure hunt
A nanny holding hands with a little girl walking across the grass
Boy and Girl sitting on the tide pools in Ko Olina
A nanny exploring tide pools in Ko Olina

The Aulani is amazing enough on it’s own, but add these two girls to the mix and life is complete. They have both been our regular sitters here in Utah and have had an enormous impact on our children. We felt so lucky to spend some time in paradise with them.

Two kids with their nannies on a paddle board in Ko Olina
Kids playing on a paddle board on the beach in Ko Olina

Check out Maddie’s mad skills on the paddle board.

Paddle boarders in the distance in the ocean with two islands
Boy reading on the beach

And just to continue on the theme of paradise, we ran into friends from home who were staying just a few doors down! So we got to spend a few glorious days with them.

Two boys with swim goggles on their head at the edge of a pool in Hawaii
Kids playing in the pools of Disney Aulani
Girl on the beach with Disney Aulani in the background

The Ohana room has a variety of family activities to do from stargazing at night and canoeing to game tables and ukulele lessons. Seriously, there is not one reason to leave this resort once you’re there. We had to force ourselves to go see the other side of the island. And then we could only bear to leave for one day.

Girl playing a ukulele
View of ukuleles on a table
A boy holding a ukulele at Disney Aulani

You can always tell how many days any particular child had been at the resort. They all wear their wrist bands like trophies, which makes for a funny tan line.

Disney Aulani wrist passes stacked on two little kids arms

Thank you, Alauni. Someday, somehow we will make it back to you!