No Mickey or Pluto in sight
You might expect a very “over Disneyfied” experience at the Aulani Resort in Hawaii: mouse hats at every turn, Mickey themed surfboards and cartoon art on the walls. You will be surprised at what a restrained and dignified presence Disney’s Aulani is on the Ko Olina coast. The entrance doesn’t shout itself with a neon Goofy, but rather whispers with flickering tree lanterns. The only Mickey in the guest rooms is a darling wooden lamp of my favorite mouse playing the Ukelele. Yet in true Disney style, everything is manicured perfection. At one point during our visit I was tempted to ask them to turn down the wind, then I remembered that Disney doesn’t control the weather, yet.