One of the things I liked about Disney’s Aulani Resort was the laid-back feel. It doesn’t FEEL like you are at a usual Disney hotel. Sure, the friendliness and excellent customer service is the same but I like that Disney character presence isn’t overwhelming! For the Aulani guests that want characters, there are several characters walking the resort and doing meet and greets in various locations. Here are some characters to see at Disney’s Aulani!
The first thing visitors want to do is to call the character hotline each day for the schedule of character meet and greets! The hotline will give you information on what characters will be out on the grounds and where you can find them.
What characters will you see at Disney Aulani in Hawaii?
Donald Duck, Duffy, Shellie Mae, Moana and Goofy are at the Disney Aulani resort and they are usually dressed in cute Hawaii-themed costumes.
Stitch, Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale can also be found at the Aulani Resort. These are the characters to see at Disney’s Aulani and many of them can be seen on the grounds and at the Ka’Wa’a luau.
Moana has a separate meet and greet by the lazy river. Moana also makes an appearance at the evening storytelling session by the beach!
‘Olu Mel, A Disney Friend of Duffy, can be seen playing endearing and uplifting music on his ‘ukulele!
We saw Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto at the Makahiki breakfast. Mickey does a private meet and greet for those who attend the breakfast. Mickey and Pluto also wander around dancing during the pool party not far from Aunty’s Beach House.
Chip & Dale can be seen at the Menehune Mystery Dinner and sometimes they join the Makahiki character meal.
Stitch makes an appearance at the pool party and also has a separate meet and greet. In addition to Stitch, his love Angel (AKA Experiment 624) is now at Aulani!
Goofy’s son Max (short for Maximilian) can be seen around the resort and made his debut a few years ago. Young keiki (children) can catch Max and Goofy together at Aunty’s Beach House and join the pair for a special program, “Surf’s Up! A Surfin’, Fishin’, and Dancin’ Party.”
This trio of island activities, for kids ages three to 12, includes surfing games, learning about colorful Hawaiian fish and dancing to surfing tunes.
Note: Several of the characters roam the resort as early as 9:30am. It’s always good to check with cast members on who is out and about greeting guests.
More Tips for Disney Aulani’s Character Meet and Greets:
- Check the Daily ‘Iwa for character appearances – This activity schedule lists times and locations and is available on the Aulani app or printed out at the front desk. Popular meets include Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Moana.
- Arrive early – Lines form quickly, especially on during peak seasons. Arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time to maximize your place in line.
- Have autograph books and cameras ready – Be prepared with anything you want signed or photos you hope to take.
- Consider paid events – Certain meets like the Makahiki breakfast allow guaranteed interaction at a cost.
- Don’t miss the character dinners – Enjoy family-style meals with visits from characters who sign autographs.
- Take part in activities – Join hula or the storytime sessions which sometimes feature character appearances like Moana.
- Be flexible – Characters may change schedules or locations so be willing to adapt if needed.
- Check for rare pop-up meets – Sometimes surprise characters make quick appearances in unscheduled spots.
- Be respectful – Keep noise levels down, don’t jump in front of other guests, and thank the characters and cast members.
Make sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa schedule or call the character hotline so you don’t miss any character photo opportunities when you visit Disney’s Aulani Resort.