As part of our coverage of Pleasant Holidays' recently-concluded "Elite Experience" event for top performing agents in Hawaii, Travel Agent got to check out Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa's new luau, "KA WA‘A – A Lū‘au at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa."
It launched about a year ago on Oahu and currently runs four times a week. The roughly three-hour show includes a narrative on the Polynesian voyage that brought the first ancient explorers to the shores of Ko Olina to go along with hula dancing, live music, fire twirling and even an appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Perhaps the most frequent question Travel Agent was asked since attending the luau last week was whether the show was an authentic luau or if it was instead character-driven. To that end, we should note that the appearance by Mickey and Minnie was very brief, took place in the middle of the show and didn’t take away from the authentic feel the luau provided.
Activities available for both adults and children include everything from lea making, Henna tattoos and poi pounding.
VIP passes, which include early entry, a buffet, premium seating and an open bar are $169 a person. General admission, which includes the buffet and a welcome drink is $129 for adults and $79 for children. Admission for children under three years old is free.
The experience can be booked through Pleasant Holiday’s Pleasant Activities division, which offers a selection of more than 2,000 tours, activities and excursions in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Australia, New York and Las Vegas. Although it is open to the public, we were told availability is limited.
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