Laniwai Spa: One of Many Reasons to Visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 16, 2014

Along the beaches of Ko Olina, nestled between mountains and ocean of Oahu, Hawaii sits the breath-taking and magical Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful oasis that is just outside of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy all the island has to offer. Laniwai Spa is one of these reasons.

Laniwai Spa at Aulani

Located within Aulani, Laniwai is an 18,000-square-foot full-service spa and wellness center featuring spa therapies, and a variety of fitness options for the whole family from group exercise classes to intense one-on-one training. It is home to the Kula Wai, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor hydrotherapy garden to enjoy before or after spa services that includes herbal pools, six unique “rain showers,” hot and cold whirlpools, and plenty of outdoor relaxation areas.

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa  Laniwai Spa

Aulani was voted this year’s “Top Hotel for Families in the United States” by the readers of Travel + Leisure and is one of the only true, luxury family wellness retreats that offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up. Laniwai meaning “freshwater heaven” in the beautiful Hawaiian language is a word that embraces the Hawaiian connection to nature and its waterfront location.


More Disney Magic

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 21, 2013

There are some big things happening at the Disneyland Resort!

Will you join me (here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as I attend Disney’s media event this week? Here’s a preview of what we will be checking out –

Fantasy Faire – an enchanting, immersive storybook world that extends Fantasyland. Disney Princesses await Disneyland park guests at the new Fantasy Faire and brings their timeless tales to life in fun and surprising ways.

DL fantasy faire sketches Guests will be treated to an interactive storytelling experience with vaudeville-style Renaissance storytellers at the Royal Theatre. There will be two different shows at the Royal Theatre: the tales of Rapunzel (“Tangled”) and Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”).

DL Royal Theatre

In addition to all of this magic in Fantasyland, Mickey Mouse and a cast of beloved Disney characters will embark on a series of musical adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new, live show debuting May 25 at Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park.

But, there’s more! It’s a Monstrous Summer at Disneyland Resort!

Spaceship Earth Transforms into “Monsters University” Star M

Disney parks on both coasts are bursting with unforgettable thrills and enchantment from new shows and attractions — starting with a 24-hour all-nighter for us here on the West Coast at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park!

  • Kick off a Monstrous summer on May 24, 2013, at an amazing 24-hour all-nighter in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Scream with delight as monster hosts Mike and Sulley drop in from Monsters University.
  • Shop for limited-time special All-Nighter merchandise
  • Put the pedal to the metal at CarsLand — now going full-throttle at Disney California Adventure Park!
  • Check out the entertaining vibe on Buena Vista Street at the newly reimagined Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Immerse yourself in timeless Disney tales at Fantasy Faire.
  • Join Mickey on the exciting new magical, musical adventure, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” in the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park.

Image Credit :: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland


A Magical Day with Janice (@5minutesformom) and Julia (@JulzBGiggles)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 11, 2013

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Merida’s Induction Into the Disney Princess Royal Court at DisneyWorld {Video}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 11, 2013

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida was welcomed on stage by the entire Disney Princess court and was crowned by her mother, Queen Elinor, in a touching moment of love and respect that highlighted the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter. And we were there!

That was just the beginnging of another magical day here in Florida… Check out our Story from today!


Fun with Julia at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

May 10, 2013

Do you sometimes wonder what to do with all of those photos and videos on your iPhone? Well, wonder no more. Disney has just launched a brand new app that will compose your memories in to a beautiful story. Disney’s Story app is free! I’m already addicted!! Full disclosure: I was not compensated in any […]

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A Moment Of My Day {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 9, 2013

Julia and I are playing in Florida this weekend. Thanks to the wonderful Janice, who has adopted us as her family members for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! It’s a hard life! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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See Mater and the Gang at #CarsLand in Disney’s California Adventure

June 15, 2012
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Our Afternoon at #CarsLand in Disney’s California Adventure

June 14, 2012

Today was a big day for Disney – it literally “just got happier” with the opening of CarsLand and Buena Vista Street. And we got a sneak peek! We first visited Radiator Springs and Rte 66… But, somebody got very cranky. Radiator Springs Racers is a ride you won’t want to miss! Look who’s happy […]

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The Amazing Aulani

November 25, 2011

Where can you find the most amazing pool on the Island of Oahu? Ask any Disney Imagineer and the answer you’ll get is, “At Aulani, of course!” That was one of the goals: to build the best pool. But Disney didn’t stop there, although it certainly is the focal point of the entire resort. We […]

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Disney’s New Hawaiian Resort Aulani at Night

September 21, 2011

We arrived on Oahu yesterday just before noon. We walked around Aulani for a bit, but all were exhausted. The kids and Christine crashed around 7 pm for the night, so I wondered around and took a few photos… This place is even more beautiful at night! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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A Grand Welcome

March 22, 2011

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been away for a bit. At least I hope you’ve noticed. Well, last Thursday began a fabulously long weekend of learning, growing, and playing in none other than magical Disney World during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Most of the weekend’s festivities took place at the breathtaking Grand […]

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Our Disney Holiday

December 2, 2010

As you may know, Disneyland is one of my favorite places to visit around the Holidays… It truly feels magical. I was thrilled to be able to share that magic with Ben and Noah during the first weekend of the season. Watching their eyes light up when they saw the “huge” Christmas tree and Minnie […]

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Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

November 16, 2010

November 12th marked the official beginning of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Ray and I had the pleasure of spending the start of the season at the Disney parks in Southern California with Ben, Noah and Tiny Tim, courtesy of Disney. It was three days full of fun rides, good food and royal treatment. […]

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

February 17, 2010

I am still recovering from a magical time in sunny freezing-cold Florida at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, aka #DisneySMMoms… Home with my kiddos has never been so sweet! Being one of the small percentage of moms attending the conference sans family (not by choice, mind you… I wish we could have afforded for […]

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Disneyland at Christmastime

December 9, 2009

My sisters, mom and I had a blast at Disneyland and California Adventure, last month. Especially since it’s Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom AND it snowed on Main Street! But, boy… it was a long day! Thank you, Disney, for making it a magical day, without the kids!

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The Magic of Disney (times 11!)

October 27, 2009

“Our Trip to Disneyland“ Create a free slideshow with Picnik!   Our visit to Disneyland this month was one exciting adventure. We had the privilege of going with the Kuczykowski clan and, boy – did we have fun with our eleven kid entourage! The park was just a bit more crowded than I remember it […]

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We’re going to meet Mickey!

October 8, 2009

“Where are we going this weekend, Noah?” “Mickey’s house. See Mickey, Mommy.” That’s right, this weekend the entire family and I are hopping on a plane and heading to beautiful Southern California! We did not plan this trip due to Noah’s love of all things Mickey, but rather it began with an invitation to attend […]

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So, which Mouse House is better? (final thoughts)

May 26, 2009

Don’t miss Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four or Part Five! If you are thinking about going to Walt Disney World, I’d recommend five to seven days so you can take in all four parks, the water park and maybe even some golf. Enjoy the themed hotels with the super white sandy beaches […]

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

May 23, 2009

Don’t miss Part One, Part Two, Part Three or Part Four! Disney’s Hollywood StudiosThe fourth, and final, park on our tour was Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is almost identical to California Adventure’s Hollywood Back Lot. Just imagine it quite a bit bigger and with a super cool Indiana Jones show – that has multiple pyrotechnics […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

May 20, 2009

Don’t miss Part One, Part Two or Part Three! Disney’s Animal KingdomDefinitely the biggest surprise of the trip for me was Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s no comparison to anything in California so I thought it was going to be some run-of-the-mill animal park. However, I was pleasantly surprised. If you live on the West Coast, […]

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Epcot Theme Park

May 18, 2009

Don’t miss Part One or Part Two! EPCOT Theme ParkThe EPCOT Theme Park is divided into two halves, the international half and the technology half, at least I think it’s technology… seems to make the most sense. The international side features restaurants, architecture, gifts and stores all staffed by young people from that particular nation, […]

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Disney’s Magic Kingdom

May 16, 2009

Don’t miss Part One! Disney’s Magic Kingdom The Disney’s Magic Kingdom is almost a carbon copy of Disneyland. This isn’t scientific, but I’d guess that they’re about 80% identical. We walked through the main gate and down Main Street USA toward the castle in the park’s center. Once there, to our left was Adventureland and […]

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