Aulani Remains Open During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic; Closures and Restrictions In Place for Shops, Restaurants, Character Meet & Greets, and More

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, has revealed that it remains open during the epidemic, with extra precautions taken to mitigate the spread of the disease. Closures have also now begin at Aulani, with a select number of offerings now unavailable to guests. Similar to measures we’re seeing elsewhere, they’ve closed down a number of restauants and are only offering to-go items at the ones that remain open. Large gatherings, like the Luau, are now cancelled, and shops are being regulated to implement social distancing. Most character meet and greets have been cancelled, with the exception of fully costumed characters like Mickey and Minnie.

From Aulani:

Aulani Resort remains open, although some offerings will be closed from Friday, March 20 to March 31, 2020, in line with state guidance, an abundance of caution and in the best interests of our Guests and Cast Members. We will continue to implement preventive measures in line with recommendations and the input of our company’s medical teams. For example, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, and we are providing information about illness prevention to our Cast Members.

In line with state guidance and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our Guests and Cast Members, we will be temporarily suspending some offerings. The following will be unavailable starting Friday, March 20 through March 31, 2020:

  • KA WA’A Lū’au
  • Makahiki –The Bounty of the Islands
  • ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking
  • The ’Ōlelo Room
  • Little ‘Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk
  • Aunty’s Beach House
  • Laniwai – A Disney Spa
  • Painted Sky: HI Style Studio
  • Mikimiki Fitness Center

The following events will be cancelled until further notice:

  • ‘Ohana Disney Movie Nights
  • Aloha Fun
  • Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party

The following operational modifications will also take place:

  • Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar will continue to be open with no bar seating. The poolside menu will continue to be offered from those locations via takeout service only.
  • Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu boutique will limit the number of people allowed in the stores at any given time.
  • Pau Hana Room – Community Hall will remain open. However, all premium and free programming will be suspended.

Guests and Disney Vacation Club Members who have reservations that are impacted by these changes will be contacted. In addition, Disney has waived the change fees for those looking to reschedule their reservations “until further notice.”

Information for Disney Vacation Club Members is available here. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, you should visit the Hawaii State Department of Health website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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