Aulani to WDW: Our Fifth Anniversary Vow Renewal Extravaganza!

This is the story of our anniversary trip to Aulani and Walt Disney World, starting with our Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewal and six days at Aulani and ending up in Orlando for Disney’s Fairy Tales Weddings’ Bridal Showcase plus a dessert-less anniversary dessert party in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion! Also on the itinerary were major sightseeing all over Oahu and our first peek at New Fantasyland, plus dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant and Monsieur Paul. And three different Disney cakes!

Here’s a link to my Vow Renewal Planning Journal if you’re interested in the details of planning a similar event.


Day 1: Arrival (And a Bunch of Planning Tips!)

Day 2, Part 1: Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

Day 2, Part 2: Doris Duke’s Shangri La

Day 2, Part 3: Touring ‘Iolani Palace & Eating Our Way Through Honolulu

Day 3, Part 1: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Day 3, Part 2: Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour

Day 3, Part 3: Touring the North Shore

Our Vow Renewal!

Aulani Photo Shoot with the Roots

Vow Renewal Brunch at ‘AMA ‘AMA

Spa Day at Laniwai

Aulani’s Starlit Hui

Day 5, Part 1: Breakfast at Makahiki + Tour of a Model DVC Room

Day 5, Part 2: Photo Tour of Waikolohe Valley & Rainbow Reef

Day 5, Part 3: More Swimming, Exploring & Dining at Aulani

Day 6: Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center & Farewell to Aulani

Hawaii Through the Roots’ Lenses!

The Roots’ View of Starlit Hui!

NF Castle

Day 7: Walt Disney World or Bust!

Day 8, Part 1: New-and-Nothing-To-Do Fantasyland + Les Halles Bakery Review

Day 8, Part 2: Killing Time Till Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Day 9, Part 1: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ Bridal Showcase

Day 9, Part 2: Anniversary IllumiNations Party!

Last Day of the Trip!