Disney has temporarily shuttered its Hawaiian Aulani resort amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Disney Aulani Resort, on the island of Oahu, closed on Friday, March 27th. The shutdown will last indefinitely, “until further notice”. Aulani was the last Disney resort in the world to close.
The decision to close was made out of “an abundance of caution and in the best interests” of its guests and staff, according to DIsney.
Hawaii is under a 14 day travel quarantine for all visitors to the islands.
Aulani has 351 hotel rooms, plus 481 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas. The resort opened in August 2011 and was expanded in 2013. Amenities include a Disney spa, fitness center, pools, waterslides and a kids’ clubhouse.
Reservations for guests who had booked hotel rooms from March 24 – 31st will automatically be canceled, according to the advisory. Change and cancellation fees will be waived through June 30th. Disney Vacation Club members with timeshare villa bookings will have their reservations automatically canceled. Points will be returned without the customary hold.
We were lucky to visit Aulani a little over a year ago and got to try all the restaurants onsite.
We can recommend two breakfast places at Disney’s Aulani Resort. They are both very good!
#1: Breakfast at ‘Ama’Ama Restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort
We had 10am breakfast reservations at ‘Ama’Ama to celebrate Ian’s 30th birthday.
Happy birthday, Ian!!! ❤
‘Ama ‘Ama is named after a mullet fish native to Hawaii, also known as striped mullet. The restaurant itself is meant to look like a fishing shack from the 1890’s.
For breakfast, you can choose from traditional breakfast favorites like eggs, waffles, bacon and pastries. Island specialties featuring fresh fish, local fruit, Portuguese sausage and other native ingredients are available daily.
All the online reviews said that breakfast was the best meal of the day served here.
THE DINING EXPERIENCE
Take in the enchanting sights of Ko Olina Beach as you dine at this open-air restaurant.
Style and Theme
The restaurant is named after the ‘AMA‘AMA, a local mullet fish—and it’s inspired by the fishing settlements along the leeward coast of O‘ahu that date back to the 12th century.
‘AMA‘AMA is designed to resemble a beachside house. Its spacious dining room features a thatched roof, mosaic designs, a fountain and a reflecting pool.
‘AMA‘AMA is located beside the Waikolohe Valley pool area, just steps from the beach.
Menu Date: June 2018
Breakfast is served 7am – 10:30am
Bakery “Gift of Bread”
Classic Flavors – Cinnamon Roll, Croissant, Apple Danish and Apple Fiber Multigrain Muffin, $11
Hawaiian Flavors – Guava Fan, Coconut Cream Pocket, Croissant, Orange-Macadamia Nut Muffin, $11
‘AMA’AMA Breakfast Sandwich – Lobster claw, bacon, sunny side up egg, avocado, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce, truffle oil, served on a brioche bun, $23
Three Egg Omelet served with Aulani Potatoes – choice of:
— Kalua pig, spinach and tomatoes $21
— Seafood and herbs $25
Two Eggs any style – served with Aulani potatoes and choice of Chicken Sausage, Turkey Bacon, Bacon, or Portuguese Sausage, $19 — with a Grilled Sirloin Steak $29
Egg White Frittata – Farmer’s market vegetables, macadamia nut pesto and goat cheese, served with Aulani Potatoes, $19
Corned Beef Hash and Eggs – two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and Aulani Potatoes, $19
Traditional Loco Moco Breakfast – Hamburger patty on top of white rice, two eggs with onion gravy, $19
Japanese Breakfast – Broiled Island catch, poached egg, Miso Soup, Steamed Rice, Dried Seaweed, and Pickled Vegetables, $26
Belgian Waffle with apple-banana compote and Nutella cream, $17 — with vanilla ice cream $20
Cereal-Crusted French Toast with fresh berries and raspberry coulis, $17
Buttermilk Pancakes with macadamia nut-vanilla sauce, $17
Tropical Fruit Plate with honey yogurt, $16
Lox and Bagel with cream cheese, red onions, Kamuela tomatoes and capers, $19
Acai Bowl with berries, banana, granola, local island honey and mochi balls, $14
Steel Cut Oatmeal – $9 — with Fresh Berries, $14
Whole Local Papaya $11
Sliced Pineapple $10
Pancakes (each) $7
Fried Rice $5
Hash Browns $5
Brown Rice $5
Chicken Sausage $7
Turkey Bacon $7
Portuguese Sausage $7
Corned Beef Hash $9
Egg (each) $5
Featured Breakfast Cocktails
Mimosa – $11
Aulani’s Aloha Mary – $13
100% Kona Press Pot Coffee – $13
Honolulu Blend Hawaiian Coffee
Hawaiian blend Cappuccino
Hawaiian blend Espresso
Hawaiian blend Mocha
Aulani spirit jersey, $70
#2: Mickey Mouse Character Breakfast at Aulani’s Makahiki Restaurant
On our second vacation day, we were able to score last minute breakfast reservations for two at Aulani’s Makahiki restaurant.
Reservations are actually difficult to get here year-round. Make your dining reservations as soon as you book your hotel stay.
Aulani Tip: This is the only place to meet Mickey and Minnie at the resort.
Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands
Start the day with a buffet breakfast, live entertainment, and visits with your favorite Disney Characters!
The Breakfast Menu
Enjoy a selection of family favorites, including pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, island fruits, traditional Asian offerings, house-baked pastries, daily specialties and a build-your-own omelet station.
Throughout your meal, enjoy enchanting experiences like:
Some of your favorite Disney Characters— dropping in for photos, fun interactions and a few very special surprises your family will never forget
Island-inspired touches, like a ukulele performance by Aunty
Disney Character Breakfast:
Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00AM
Price: Adults $39.00, Keiki (Ages 3 to 9) $20.00
Review Date: June 2018
Continental Breakfast Items
Fresh Fruit Juice, Sliced Island Fruits
Assorted Yogurts, Almond Granola
Breakfast Pastries, Bagels, English Muffins, Assorted Breads, Bread Pudding
Butter, Jam, Honey, Compotes
Oatmeal with fresh berries
Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Fluffy Egg White and Vegetable Frittata
Grilled Mahi Mahi, Smoked Salmon
Pork Sausage, Pineapple-Glazed Ham, Chicken Sausage, Deli Meats and Cheese
Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Kalua Pork Hash, Portuguese Sausage
Aulani Potatoes, Hash Browns, Grits, Loco Moco
Pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French Toast
Fresh Fruit Juices, Soy Milk
Grilled and Seared Island Fish, Tamago
Soba Noodle Salad, Waipoli Field Greens
Fried Rice, Steamed Rice
Congee with condiments
Keiki (Kids) Corner
Fruit, Yogurt, Granola, Breakfast Pastries
Mickey Waffles, Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Tater Tots
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Have a magical day!
Two Disney Sisters