My husband and I have wanted to visit Disney’s Aulani Resort since we have lived here and finally decided to check it out last weekend. We didn’t book any rooms but discovered that you can have a “character breakfast” at the Makahiki restaurant, (hosted by Auntie and Minnie) for about $37 per person with children 2 and under free. The breakfast is a buffet with a decent selection of fruit, cereals, hot foods and mini character-shaped waffles.
You do have to make reservations for this breakfast, and can easily do so online–breakfast hours are 7am through 11am.
Pro Tip #1: Go early! Perhaps going very late (11am) could work as well, but we went to the 7:30 breakfast and by the time we left, the place was overflowing and had long lines.
Pro Tip #2: Keep your parking ticket with you after you park and validate it when you pay for your meal. Parking will be FREE up to 4 hours after you validate it. That’s pretty huge since it can cost around $12 per hour or $37 all day. Free is always good. 😉
Makahiki restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating.
Before you are seated, you are handed a card with your name on it, for photo-taking purposes, and then you get in line for pictures with Mickey before going back to the front desk to be seated for breakfast.
Ava was getting pretty excited to see Mickey while we waited in line–again, I’d go early so that you don’t have to wait in too long of a line.
A Mickey Mouse waffle with coconut syrup!
Minnie, Goofy, and “Auntie” who is the hostess and plays songs on her ukulele, all walk around the dining area during the breakfast to chat with you and get pictures–Ava was especially fascinated by Goofy. 🙂
We walked all through the back of the resort where the lazy river, splash pad, and slides were, and ended up letting Ava cool off a little in the ocean and play.
One of the things I love about Disney–there is something special around every corner! Ava loved watching the fish in this little aquarium.
Look at this cute movie corner! It was playing Ava’s favorite show, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Isn’t this place beautiful?? We really loved our visit, touring the resort and enjoying the character breakfast with our little one–totally worth it! Plus it made for an uber-long nap for Ava afterwards…win! 😉