Princesses are a big draw at Disneyland

DAY FOUR OF FIVE — Five year-old Kylie Meza was decked out in full Disney princess regalia waiting in line to great the latest Disney Princess Merida from the new Disney Pixar film Brave. Her closet is packed with Princess dresses — Belle, Cinderella, Snow White — and her room piled with princess dolls. “It’s kind of scary,” her mom Monica laughs. But then she adds that Kylie is a cancer survivor who visited the princesses at …

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It is possible to eat healthier at theme parks

Let’s hear it for Mickey Mouse. Order a kid’s meal at a Disney park and you get apples instead of fries (unless you ask for fries) and low-fat milk rather than sugary soda. Of the more than 12 million kids meals served last year at Disney Parks and Resorts in the U.S., parents stuck with the healthier options six out of 10 times. Now Disney will enhance these efforts by further reducing sodium in kids’ meals and …

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President Obama speaks at Disney World of boosting tourism in the US

I wonder how first daughters Sasha and Malia feel about this? President Obama went to Walt Disney World recently to announce some measures he is taking to boost tourism in the United States. This is a great initiative, given that Americans have been boosting tourism in many, many countries for many, many decades. Now, when our economy could use the boost, it’s time we made it as easy as possible for tourists from emerging markets, like Brazil, …

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Arriving Soon…The Disney Fantasy!

Image Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruise Line has taken possession of its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy.  It was transferred to the line on Feb. 9 from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The Fantasy is not stateside yet- it will remain in Germany until February 16th to allow additional crew members to board and supplies and provisions to be loaded- then depart Germany for its transatlantic voyage to the U.S.  There will be a christening ceremony held March …

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Destination Weddings at Disney’s Aulani

DAY 6 (of 6) — Ready to get married in Hawaii? Every year there are more than 25,000 weddings in Hawaii. There’s even a bridal magazine Pacific Weddings headquartered on Maui. Now Disney hopes to encourage couples—especially those whose kids are part of the equation- to get married with Disney Magic (and Mickey and Minnie) on Oahu at the new Aulani resort in Ko Olina, about an hour from Waikiki. There are already 1,000 weddings a year …

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Disney Aulani- Sitting Under the Stars Listening to Ukulele Music

DAY 5 (of 6) — You can’t help but smile. We’re sitting on woven mats under the stars listening to the best Ukulele playing I’ve ever heard. Rather than a huge luau with terrible food and hackneyed performances, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu has opted to celebrate Hawaiian culture with the Aulani Starlit Hui in which “Uncle” and an ensemble of dancers, musicians, singers and cultural practitioners entertain us under the stars. That includes …

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Disney’s Spa Treatments- For all Ages- At the Aulani

DAY 4 – (of 6) — Think a separate spa retreat for teens and another designed for entire families to enjoy together. Think adult treatments infused with local Hawaiian healing techniques. Think an outdoor hydrotherapy garden—the only one on the island of Oahu—here at Disney’s brand new Aulani resort. Laniwai (the name means freshwater heaven in Hawaiian) is supposed to embrace the Hawaiian connection to nature. I think it can enhance family connections too both by encouraging …

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Lots To Do On Oahu-And at the Aulani

DAY 3 (of 6) — The hardest part about the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will be persuading the kids to leave to explore Oahu—to visit Pearl Harbor or Haleiwa, the famous North Shore surf town, shop for souvenirs in Waikiki or hike up the iconic Diamond Head. And that’s a shame because Oahu offers so much culture, history and just plain fun. Ever visited a turtle spa—in the ocean? But there’s so much to keep …

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Hawaiian Tradition and Culture Blend with Disney at the New Aulani

DAY TWO (of 6) – Ready to learn the Coconut Walk? “Aunty,” who actually is well known Hawaiian entertainer SonyaMendez, leads the children as they clap Coconut shell instruments together around the outdoor restaurant. In between songs, Goofy, Minnie and other Disney Pals—all decked out in Hawaiian gear—stop by for photos and hugs here at Disney’s new Aulani Resort on Oahu. “This is a place where children will leave with a sense of place,” she says. “This …

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Day One at Disney’s New Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii

DAY ONE (of 6) — I admit it. I’ve drunk the Disney Kool-Aid. I’m ensconced in a two bedroom unit at the brand new Aulani Disney Resort and Spa (the name means” a messenger of the chief” in Hawaiian) in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The resort sits on a beautiful lagoon just 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and less than an hour from Waikiki Beach but is worlds away from the traffic and crowds and in fact …

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