Big changes are coming to Aulani vacations. Guests will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test in some areas. What about other Disney destinations?
On the island of O’ahu in Hawaii sits Aulani – A Disney Resort and Spa. Aulani has always been a bucket-list dream for me. The beautiful sandy beaches coupled with the amazing experiences that make Disney unlike any other vacation destination make Aulani a one-of-a-kind trip.
Along with reduced offerings, Aulani has adopted many of the same safety precautions as other Disney Parks. However, Aulani is adopting a new policy.
Effective September 13, 2021, all Aulani Resort food & beverage outlets, including quick service and takeaway, will be restricted to resort guests only. Per City & County of Honolulu guidelines, we will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours for all guests ages 12 and older dining on property.
Guests 12 and up will have to show proof of full vaccination or a negative test in order to dine at Aulani.
Guests who choose not to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test can still travel to Aulani. However, it will become virtually impossible to eat.
What about other destinations?
Aulani is unique to other Disney theme parks because it is on an island in Hawaii. Hawaii in general has been more cautious with the pandemic than other states because they do not have the resources that could support a large outbreak.
Disney Cruise Line is already requiring proof of vaccination for select cruises due to travel restrictions outside the U.S. This makes Aulani the second Disney destination to require Guests to be vaccinated.
However, it seems unlikely to me that Disney World or Disneyland would require proof of vaccination or a negative test for theme park entry or restaurant entry. Florida is still recovering from their worst month of the pandemic, and there have been virtually no changes to any policy except the mask policy.
We should never say never, though. We will continue to watch and see how the virus progresses (or regresses) along with any changes that come about as a result.
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