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  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 1 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Travel Weekly hotels editor Danny King traveled to Hawaii for the Aug. 29 opening of Disney's Aulani resort. Shown here, the entrance to the resort.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 2 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    The front desk includes a "digital rainbow" to welcome guests.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 3 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Aulani's "A-Frame" motif is echoed throughout the public areas.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 4 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    The resort's Waikolohe Valley outdoor area includes two waterslides, a meandering stream, a snorkeling lagoon and a children's water-play area.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 5 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    The 900-foot-long Waikolohe Stream meanders through the Waikolhe Valley outdoor area.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 6 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    The Menehune Bridge is a children's water-play area.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 7 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Rainbow Reef lets guests snorkel with 1,500 fish.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 8 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Aulani guests can touch sting rays -- with stingers removed -- in the Makai Preserve.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 9 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    The 18,000-square-foot spa is the first to be operated by Disney.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 10 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Aulani has four hotel-room sizes, including the parlor suite, pictured here.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 11 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Parlor suites offer full-size bathrooms.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 12 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Local artists' contributions to the Aulani include seven-story-tall wood carvings on the sides of the resort's towers.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 13 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    Aulani's 'Ama 'Ama upscale restaurant features locally sourced cuisine and an ocean view.

  • Disney's Aulani resort opens - 14 of 14

    Disney's Aulani resort opens

    And of course, guestrooms include Disney touches with a Hawaiian twist.

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