Welcome back to another post in the Disney & Disabilities series, today we’re breaking down the accessibility at Aulani Resort in Hawaii! I’ll be sharing how accessible the different areas of the resort are, as well as what your options are if you are looking to stay there. Okay, let’s get started!
There are both hearing accessible rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms available in each category of room. The hearing accessible rooms have visual alarms and notifications for the hearing impaired. For wheelchair accessible rooms there are room options with a roll in shower or a tub. Aulani also has villa accommodations (which are only available at Disney Vacation Club resorts, which Aulani is!). There are deluxe studios, 1 bedroom villas, 2 bedroom villas, and 3 bedroom grand villas. Your view options are:
- Standard view
- Partial Ocean View
- Poolside Gardens View
- Ocean View
Moving Around the resort
The resorts itself is very accessible, with elevators and ramps where needed. The paths around the pools can be a little confusing, and from looking at the map there is only one section that stairs are the only option, but there are other ways around. When my husband and I visited in 2018 we weren’t with my sister who is in a wheelchair, but definitely noticed how easy it would be for her to get around.
All restaurants are wheelchair accessible, and if you have any dietary restrictions you can note that when making your reservation, following the same process as at Walt Disney World. There’s a page on Aulani’s website dedicated to special dietary requests, it can be found here.
There are many pools, from zero entry to larger ones, and a lazy river. All pools are equipped with a chair lift, and guests must be able to either walk to the chair unassisted or with the assistance of someone in their party.
Standard beach lounge chairs surround the pools, but be aware that they can go quickly and people tend to hog them. If you plan on spending lots of time around the pool, you’ll want to get there early! Wristbands are required to visit the pools and to get towels, and you need to show your Key to the World card to get a wristband every day. I talk more about this in the All About Aulani post!
Coolers are not allowed on the pool deck unless for medical reasons.
There are sand wheelchairs available if you are looking to get closer to the water. There are also beach chairs set up in rows and rows on the beach, and they are just your standard beach lounge chairs that can adjust from laying flat to sitting up.
There is also only one path to the beach that does not have stairs, and is on the West side that leads from the Adults only area.
Other Aulani resort posts:
Other Disney & Disabilities Posts:
Disney & Disabilities: A GREAT Relationship
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Epcot
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Animal Kingdom
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Disneyland
Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Disney California Adventure
Overall Aulani resort is very accessible and I hope this post shows you what you can expect if you are heading there! It’s truly a beautiful resort and I miss it very much.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading!