Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is one of the best Disney Vacations! Our family loves it so much we have been there 8 times since the resort opened in Oahu. Aulani is the only Disney resort that is in Hawaii, and it simply is a magical place. From the incredible views to the super fun waterslides to their amazing Luau, there is simply so much to do for families at Aulani.
One of our favorite things to do with our kids at Aulani is the Aulani Character Breakfast. This past January we hit up the Aulani Character Breakfast to see what was new and of course for the incredible amount of fun.
4 Reasons Your Family Will Love an Aulani Character Breakfast
Gone are the days of the buffet-style breakfast. Now, the Makahiki Restaurant, overlooking the Waikolohe Valley, offers a three-course meal that’s open to the public.
Adults can dine for $45 and kids for $28. It runs from 7:00 am – 11:00 am, but checking the restaurant hours before planning is wise. Reservations are highly recommended. Let’s dive into why we love it!
Reason #1 – Characters, Characters, Characters
Upon arrival, you’re welcomed by friendly hosts and a special photo area to snap pictures with Mickey. Inside the restaurant, characters like Minnie, Pluto, and sometimes Goofy in Hawaiian attire visit each table, making for memorable interactions.
I really appreciate the smaller setting as compared to some other character breakfasts we’ve been to. It is nice that the characters take their time at each table to interact with the kids.
Reason # 2 – An incredible breakfast
Usually, the Disney character breakfasts are purely for the kids. But, this isn’t your typical Disney character breakfast!
The three-course meal includes a basket of miniature bakery delights and fresh fruit, followed by a main course with options like the Kālua Pig Omelet or Hawaiian-style Loco Moco. For dessert, indulge in Mickey Waffles or the exquisite Cinnamon Bun French Toast
Reason #3 – The Service (including Dietary needs)
Ok, this sounds a bit cliche, the food the service, but I truly loved the staff at the Aulani Character Breakfast. Every waiter/waitress is always so happy and it feels like you’ve known them.
To give you a little example of how fun the staff is at the restaurant, one Thanksgiving we had breakfast at the character breakfast with about 21 of us. My husband being the ridiculous man he is was making our entire family do turkey calls and asked our waitress to judge who was the best. Our waitress did one better and brought out several kitchen staff and chefs to judge our ridiculous “turkey call” competition. Some of the staff even joined in, it was hilarious.
Another part of their service is their attention to dietary and allergy needs. My nephew has a severe nut allergy and the chef came out and took my nephew around to all the dishes he could eat and then offered to make special pancakes just for him. That kind of service you can’t beat.
Reason #4 – The Entertainment
The breakfast is more than a meal; it’s an experience. Kids can join Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration parade, and there’s live music to enjoy. Aunty keeps everyone entertained with Hawaiian songs and parades where kids can dance with maracas and puppets.
My kids loved joining the Shake a Shaka parade where Aunty plays some Hawaiian songs and the kids dance around with maracas and puppets as they head around the restaurant. In addition, they have two other parades, one where kids can be fishies and the other where the kids can play some music with coconuts and bamboo. The characters join in for the fun and it is a nice touch to the great breakfast.
Throughout the entire breakfast “Aunty” kept everyone entertained while we chowed down on some pretty delicious food.
Bonus Fun: Make a Mickey Creation out of your Breakfast
This year my son came up with a competition that we probably use every time we do a character breakfast. We each create a mickey-shaped design out of our breakfast creation. Then, asked our followers on Instagram (you can also just ask a cast member) which creation was the best. The winner got a snow cone later in the day!
Here are some of our creations.
The Aulani Character Breakfast is perfect for all ages. Teenagers love the extensive menu, younger kids adore the characters and Mickey waffles, and parents can savor delicious food and coffee while enjoying the view and the joy of their kids. To book your reservation, click here
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