Disney Has Great New Vacation Options and Universal Orlando Resort is Ready for 2024

Disney Has Great New Vacation Options and Universal Orlando Resort is Ready for 2024

Are you ready to take the family to Hawaii? 

Disney Aulani Resort is in this week of theme park news.  Yes, yes, I know it’s not a theme park, but it does offer that Disney magic and experience beyond the parks.  Disney also released more images and info from the NEW Disneyland Hotel Villas and announced an exotic destination being added to Disney Cruises in 2024.  Read on for all of that and more including news from Universal Orland Resort!

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa on the island of Oahu, HI was given some attention this week. Disney Destinations described new tours available for guests of the resort.  Now, families can learn all about how Hawaiian culture and arts influenced how this gorgeous resort came to be. 

Aulani Resort
Aulani Resort Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

Maka ‘ika ‘I (tour/sightseeing) have been added for guests so you can learn all about how Disney Imagineering and local experts worked meticulously to create Aulani in authentic Hawaiian culture and natural beauty.  You can now take 1 of 2 (or both) walking tours of the resort with a different focus for each.  One highlights the architectural features of the resort and its balance with nature, while the 2nd is a tour of the “story” behind Aulani inspired by local artists.

MENEHUNE — With its fun recreation features and restaurants, its comfortable rooms, and its combination of Disney magic with Hawaiian beauty, tradition and relaxation, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai‘i, offers a new way for families to vacation together on the island of O‘ahu. (Diana Zalucky/Disney Destinations)
Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

That’s not all!!!  Guests of Aulani Resort and Spa can take a 45 minute “music lesson” and be introduced to Hawaiian musical instruments. You will even learn how to play familiar songs on the Ukulele.   Lastly, pre-teens will enjoy the “Menehune Adventure Trail”!  This enchanted experience is a tech led scavenger hunt to find all of the magic the mythical creatures (Menehune) create while we sleep. 

Beach on Oahu
photo credit: @bizzyrunninganddizn

You can learn all the details about this beautiful destination by visiting Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa: The Beauty and Culture of Hawaii with a Magical Disney Touch.

The Opening of Disneyland Hotel Villas

This week, an opening date was announced for the NEW villas at Disneyland Hotel.  The 4th tower building added to the resort will open on September 28, 2023.  The lobby of this tower building will feature a one-of-a-kind Lorelay Bove mural inspired by the Princess and The Frog fairytale.  In addition, all 344 rooms will have artistry depicting stories such as Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and more.

Disneyland Hotel Villas
New Disneyland Hotel Villas photo credit: Disney Destinations

The accommodations include duo studios, deluxe studios, 1- and 2-bedroom villas as well as grand villas.  The DVC member reservation window opens March 15, Disneyland Resort Magic Key Holders can book as of March 16, and the general public can make reservations as of March 17, 2023. 

You can get more information on the new villas by clicking HERE.

Disney Cruise Line Has a New Destination

In the Summer of 2024, guests aboard some Disney Cruise ships will enjoy a stop at Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.  Currently, Disney Imagineers are working closely with local Bahamian artists to create a port of call with a focus on Bahamian life, vivid color and natural beauty.

Photo Credit: @thewanderingwayfinder

This stop on the cruise itinerary will include activities for everyone.  Families as well as adults only cruisers will have their choice of activities and experiences at this location much like Disney’s Castaway Cay.  Those include pristine beaches, a family water play area, adults exclusive beach, and a kid’s club for ages 3-12 years old.   Also available will be:

  • Volleyball
  • Watercraft
  • Bike Rentals
  • Private Cabanas
  • Nature Trails and Tours
Lighthouse Point concept art
Lighthouse Point concept art photo credit: Disney Destinations

The island destination will be heavily focused on respect for nature which is described as “The heart of the design”. 

You can find more Disney Cruise Line Vacation options in Big News for Disney Cruise Line or Disney Cruise Line to Offer More Magic with Cruising from Hawaii, Sydney and Vancouver.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Extras

The Flower and Garden Festival kicked off on March 1 and this week we learned about new Disney Photopass options you can take advantage of on your visit.  You can add a “Flurry of Butterflies” to your Epcot photo at the entrance to World Showcase just below the Monorail overpass.  Are you an Orange Bird fan?  He can join you as a magic shot at all World Celebration photopass locations. 

Flurry of Butterflies photopass option
“Flurry of Butterflies” magic shot option at Flower and Garden Festival photo credit: Disney Destinations

Other magic shot options include:

  • Isabella (Encanto) outside Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Spike the Bee
  • Add a “Floral Frame” at the Italy Pavilion or at the entrance to World Showcase
  • Tiny World Shot at the fountain beyond the main entrance.
Flower and garden topiaries
photo credit: @dizndonohues

For all the information on this year’s festival, check out What’s New for 2023 at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?

Universal Orlando Resort 2024

Are you thinking about your 2024 vacation?  Universal Orlando Resort is ready for you!  On Saturday, Universal Parks and Resorts announced the booking window for 2024 was now open for the theme park destination.  Reach out to your travel planner for pricing and reservations.  Our friends at DizN Vacations are waiting for your message!

Universal Orlando Resort photo credit: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Do you want to know more about a Universal Orlando Resort vacation? Read all about it in You Should Spend a Week at Universal Orlando Resort.

This week of news featured exotic destinations, new accommodations, and the potential of planning as far out as 2024!  What are you most excited about?  Let us know in the comments below.  If you’re interested in a taking your next trip to your favorite theme park destination, reach out to the DizN Vacation agents for a no obligation quote today!

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