Disney To Add New Features At Aulani Resort

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Aulani, the Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Never standing still for long, Disney announced details about enhancements coming to Aulani, including new water features and two new quick-service restaurants.

New water features will include a themed family pool, extending to the edge of the resort property, highlighted by a misty grotto from which swimmers may view the sunset. After dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights will appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool.

Near the new family pool will be a kids splash zone, resembling tidal pools with rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floors, and hidden Menehune, the legendary little people of the islands, who may be spotted through chinks in the rocks.Also coming to Aulani will be two new food service locations, one adjacent to the new water play area, and another located beachside, offering grab-and-go snacks and easy access for beachgoers.

Work on these enhancements will begin this month and conclude in mid-2013, coinciding with the final build-out of the resort. Along with the water play and dining additions, the expansion will provide a new, larger lawn location for events, weddings and the guest-favorite nighttime Starlit Hui show shown here.

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