Disney Dining in Aulani!
EARS TIP: While relaxation, coupled with spontaneity, are the norm for our Hawaiian adventures, we totally recommend having reservations for these restaurant experiences BEFORE you arrive!
Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki
Breakfast seating starts as early as 7:45 am and continues through 11am.
***Be sure to make your reservation during this time frame; although the buffet continues throughout 12:00pm, reservations are not accepted past 11:15am.
When you arrive, you are taken on the lanai (if the weather is cooperating!) for character pictures! While characters vary, many times this can be an awesome time to see Mickey!!!
After pictures, you are seated and able to hit the buffet!!! Your server will take drink orders (including any fun specialty drinks that the over 21 group members might love!!) and you’re free to enjoy the amazing food. The buffet is spread over one entire wall of the restaurant and includes cold offerings (fruits and yogurts), as well as hot breakfast items: waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. The choices don’t stop there – as there is even a “make your own omelet” station and offerings with an Asian flair!
Throughout your meal, traditional characters will visit your table, interacting with everyone and posing for pictures! Be prepared for your “keiki” (little ones) to be up and moving, as there are character parades, and games throughout the breakfast!
Typically, this Character buffet is offered on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with seating starting as early as 4:00pm and ending at 7:30pm. While the buffet continues past 7:30, the restaurant stops taking reservations at this time.
Again, when you check in, you’ll have a character photo opportunity – characters vary, but many times you will see the more traditional Disney characters. We were lucky enough to see Donald!!
EARS TIP: For Large groups dining together- I totally recommend having a photo “game plan” before your Character picture. The process is quick and it’s good to know who’s standing next to whom beforehand!
During the meal, “Uncle” will weave a story about the Menehuene (the island’s spirit mischief makers), inviting the children in the audience to join in the fun. There are musical instruments, Hawaiian games and of course—a character parade throughout the restaurant!
This is an open air restaurant that specializes in fresh fish and seafood, as well as amazing steak offerings! Of course, we had to try ALL the options – from appetizers and salads to main courses with shareable sides, we almost didn’t save room for dessert (almost!)
EARS TIP: When making a dinner reservation – take a look at when the sun traditionally sets in Hawaii during your stay (I can totally help with this)!! We were able to enjoy a sunset meal on our last night in Aulani!
We had the best vacation in Aulani -- CANNOT wait for you to go!!!
9/11/2020 06:46:28 am
I know that there are people who think that not planning for things is okay, but it really isn't. I mean, it takes a lot of confidence to not prepare for something, and it is also very risky. I understand that there are people who can pull things off in the moment, but I am not really one of them. While I do admire those types of people, I just cannot say that I like what they are doing. You should always plan for everything.
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