Often, when somebody mentions the vacations, we consider the parks, dressed up in all the seasonal decorations with vacation overlays, parades, leisure, and extra. However what occurs when most of the festivities are canceled for the upcoming season as a result of disruption of COVID-19?
If the festive season with Disney is one thing you may’t bear to overlook, then do not let a couple of modifications cease you from getting your vacation spirit pumping. However, in case you are on the lookout for a splash of Mickey in a new vacation spot this season, now could be the right time to find Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
Most of you realize by now that O’ahu is the place my coronary heart is, it is my house away from house, one which I used to be supposed to be returning to in per week’s time however now will not be, because of COVID. So, I’m residing vicariously by others and inspiring you all to find this tropical paradise with its personal Disney resort, at the very best time of the 12 months.
For months now, the Hawai’ian islands have been off-limits, between border closures and restrictions, to not point out Aulani closing its doorways earlier within the 12 months. However on the heels of the resort kicking off a gradual reopening starting November 1st, this would possibly simply be the right 12 months to get your Mickey on within the heat sunshine of O’ahu with a little bit of Mele Kalikimaka cheer.
You is perhaps questioning concerning the entry necessities to Hawai’i in the intervening time. Nicely, as somebody who was desperately hoping to go, I’ve been keeping track of them and the Pre-Journey Testing Program launching in only a few days goes to make issues a lot less complicated!
The Pre-Journey Testing Program is scheduled to start on October 15. This system requires passengers 5 and older to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Check (NAAT) from a Scientific Laboratory Enchancment Amendments (CLIA) licensed laboratory inside 72 hours from the ultimate leg of departure and produce a destructive end result in an effort to proceed with out the state’s 14-day obligatory quarantine. A skilled skilled should observe all exams. Solely check outcomes from trusted testing companions permitted by the Hawaii Division of Well being can be accepted. Click here for the information launch.
The Island of Hawai’i shouldn’t be taking part in this system, nevertheless, O’ahu, the place Aulani is positioned, is.
When you have by no means spent your holidays having fun with the nice and cozy ocean breeze, sand, solar, and surf, then I extremely suggest it. Down right here in Australia, Christmas time equals the onset of summer time, so we’re used to having fun with seafood and swims on these particular events with household. It is a way more snug and fulfilling environment, one which with the assistance of Mickey and Pals, might find yourself being the journey of a lifetime.
Christmas dinner on the Aulani Signature Restaurant, ‘AMA ‘AMA, can be unimaginable, with nice meals and a fabulously relaxed, however elegant, environment. Take a look at my breakfast assessment from our final go to here.
In case you are questioning whether or not or not there is sufficient to do at Aulani to maintain the household busy over the vacations, the reply is sure, and do not be afraid to discover the island somewhat as nicely with a few day trips right here and there as nicely.
Considering a split-stay is perhaps within the playing cards to get the very best of what O’ahu has to supply? Take a look at my Ultimate Split-Stay Guide here. Disney has simply launched a new app that can assist you plan and expertise all the Aloha ready for you in Ko Olina, however in the event you want a bit of additional assist, remember to contact your Dreams Unlimited Travel agent for the professional suggestions.
Final however not least, in case you are fearful that the vacations will not really feel the identical in case you are touring and never in a position to hold these traditions of house, scroll by The Holidays at Disney: How to Keep the Magic of the Holidays While on Vacation. You’ll be stunned what you may obtain with somewhat forethought and cautious planning.
Clearly, your skill to journey will depend on your well being and danger elements, similar to every other time pre-pandemic, so be sure you are secure and cautious always. I hope wherever your vacation plans take you, the fast-approaching holidays are secure, enjoyable, and full of sunshine & laughter for you all. If you happen to do make it to Aulani, have a sip of one thing fruity by the pool for me!