Disney Aulani Character Breakfast: Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is one of the premier Disney vacation destinations. It’s the only Disney resort in Hawaii. Not only is it an incredible resort, but it’s home to the Disney Aulani Character Breakfast. This Aulani breakfast buffet is casual, family-friendly and open to guests and non-guests of Aulani Resort in Ko Olina, Oahu.

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Makahiki restaurant at Aulani is home to the Aulani Character Breakfast buffet.
View of Makahiki restaurant lanai from Waikolohe Valley at Aulani. Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Destinations

Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki is located on the first floor of the main building at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It has seating indoors and outdoors. The lanai overlooks a shimmering koi pond beside the Waikolohe Valley pool area.

Makahiki gets its name from the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest. If you look around this Aulani restaurant, you’ll see glass designs and murals that depict the Hawaiian Makahiki season. Plus, you’ll see lots of Disney touches!

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Photos with Mickey Mouse

After you check in with the restaurant host, you will be given a card to bring to the photo area. This area is just outside the restaurant lanai. Give the card to the Aulani PhotoPass photographer. Once your photos are complete, you’ll give the card back to the host and you’ll be seated for breakfast.

Disney Aulani Character Breakfast photo with Mickey Mouse on Oahu
We were first in line, so Mickey Mouse escorted my 4 year old to get his photo taken. Photo credit: Disney Aulani PhotoPass Photographer

We arrived right as Mickey needed to “step away to eat an omelet.” So, we were first in line for when he return just a few minutes later (he must eat quickly!) He immediately greeted my preschooler and walked him over to the photo area.

I was so impressed with how friendly the Disney cast member and PhotoPass photographer were as they took photos with their camera, my phone and my Mom’s phone. And no matter how often we meet Mickey Mouse, it’s ALWAYS a special experience!

Plus, he’s decked out in his Aloha shirt!

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Makahiki: Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration Buffet

My family and I couldn’t get over how EXTENSIVE this Aulani breakfast buffet is. I mean, they had scrambled eggs, hash browns, yogurt, fruit, biscuits and gravy, Eggs Benedict, custom omelets, grits, lots of pastries, muffins and the list goes on and on. Plus, they had Disney’s signature Mickey waffles!

Mickey waffles at Aulani Character Breakfast at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii
Like other Disney buffets, this one features the infamous Mickey-shaped waffles! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They also had an array of Asian food, which I thought was cool. My kids are always down for Chinese food, so they gobbled up the yummy fried rice. I also saw Chinese congee, which is a common breakfast item. Congee is a rice porridge that’s easy for babies and toddlers to eat.

Makahiki breakfast buffet at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu
Inside Makahiki Breakfast Buffet at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Destinations

There is more food here than you’ll know what to do with. It’s the type of place where you can fill your bellies at breakfast and won’t be hungry until dinner. You can also order as much fruit juice as you’d like.

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Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki Entertainment

If there’s one star of the Aulani Character Breakfast, it’s Aunty herself! When we arrived, she was leading the kids in a parade around the restaurant while singing.

My 4 year old jumped right in the parade and off he went! He came back a few minutes later beaming from ear to ear.

Aulani Character Breakfast entertainment with Aunty and Minnie Mouse
My preschooler loved learning how to hula dance with Aunty and Minnie Mouse! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Later, kids were invited to grab coconuts and tap along to Aunty’s singing. Minnie Mouse also joined in on the fun as the kids learned how to hula dance. And there was another parade featuring fish puppets.

Aunty also walked around the restaurant singing and playing her ukulele, serenading families.

As a parent of little kids, I was so relieved to have such interactive entertainment during breakfast. That allowed me to actually eat my food and feed my 17 month old. Plus, it kept my 4 year old engaged and occupied.

The entertainment seemed to reset about 90 minutes later.

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Characters at Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki

Ok, so you might be asking “who exactly are the characters at this Aulani character breakfast?” As with most Disney character meals, the characters seem to change from time to time.

During our Aulani breakfast in February, we saw Minnie Mouse and Pluto. They came past our table a couple of times.

Aulani Insider Tip: Ask to sit outdoors for better lighting for your photos.

Minnie Mouse at Aulani Character Breakfast on Oahu with Kids.
Minnie Mouse came by our table twice and my boys were thrilled to see her! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It wasn’t sold out when we were there in February, so the characters had a bit more time to play with our kids. And they posed for lots of photos and videos for us.

We saw characters do individual photos with guests as well as big group shots. Sometimes there was a Disney cast member with them to take photos, but most of the time it was up to guests.

What to Wear to the Aulani Character Breakfast

I’m a very thematic person. When we are in Hawaii, I like to wear tropical prints and dress the boys in Aloha shirts. I especially wanted to dress up because I knew we’d be getting a photo with Mickey Mouse in his Aloha shirt. While it’s not a requirement, it makes it a bit more fun.

Aulani Insider Tip: For a more festive look, wear your leis that you receive at check in.

The Disney Aulani PhotoPass captures your Disney Character Breakfast photos with Mickey Mouse
We stepped right up for this group shot at the Disney Character Breakfast at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu. Photo credit: Disney Aulani PhotoPass Photographer

Like most Disney restaurants, there is a dress code. You must wear shoes and shirts at all times. If you wear a swimsuit, you also need to wear a cover-up. Kids under 14 years old can wear a costume, adults cannot. Oh, and no formal attire (like tuxedos and wedding gowns!)

I looked around while we were there and most guests were wearing Aloha shirts, flowy dresses, collared shirts, and resort wear. The kids were mostly also in “nice” clothes. I also saw a few Minnie ears, which was festive!

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Aulani Character Breakfast Reservations

You can make your Aulani Character Breakfast reservation online. Or you can call (808) 674-6200. For parties of 10 guests, call (808) 674-6330.

Other Aulani Breakfast Options

If you’re staying at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, know there are several breakfast options.

If you are looking for a fabulous breakfast on the beach, Ama’Ama is for you. It’s not cheap. A whole payaya is $11 and a breakfast sandwich is $23. But, if you want a memorable Hawaiian breakfast with a gorgeous view, it’s hard to beat.

Ama Ama restaurant is on Ko Olina beach on Oahu
This is the lanai of ‘Ama’Ama Beach Restaurant at Aulani. Photo credit: Matt Stroshane/Disney Destinations

For a more economical option, Ulu Cafe has easy, grab and go breakfast options like eggs, fresh fruit, bagels, croissants and cereals.

And if you just want a latte, Wailana Coffee Bar is the place to go. You can also walk across the street to Island Country Market to pick up groceries. Or, pick up fresh malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery before heading to Aulani.

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How Much Does the Aulani Character Breakfast Cost?

Ok, so how much does this Disney character breakfast cost? Adults (guests ages 10 and up) are $39, kids ages 3-9 are $20, and kids under 3 are free. This is as of March 2018. Like with all Disney character dining, character appearances, entertainment, menu items and pricing and subject to change.

And if you’d like to purchase the Breakfast photo package, it’s an additional $35. Or, you can go to Kalepa’s store to get them added to your Aulani PhotoPass account.

So, is the Aulani Character Breakfast Buffet Worth the Price?

My answer is an emphatic YES.

If you are staying at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa you should definitely plan on doing Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki. It’s a great way to meet Disney characters without waiting in line. The food is really tasty (and plentiful!)

But the main reason the Aulani Character Breakfast is worth the price is for Aunty’s entertainment. Your kids will be enamored with her the entire time. It’s the perfect way to kick off a family vacation at Aulani Resort.

Aulani Character Breakfast buffet at Aulani Resort on Oahu.
We loved when Aunty personally serenaded us! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

And, if you are staying elsewhere on Oahu, I’d still recommend making a reservation for Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki. You’ll feel like you are at Disneyland. There’s nothing that quite matches that Disney magic!

You will enjoy complimentary parking (either self-parking or valet) for up to 4 hours when you spend $35 or more at Makahiki. Just remember to bring your parking ticket and purchase receipt with you.

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81 Comments

  1. I’ve stayed at a hotel just down the road from this Disney resort! We walked past it and gawked at the amazing swimming pools and toys! Sounds like my family needs to take a vacation to Hawaii soon! Such a great read, thanks!!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, do it! You can also do the breakfast if you aren’t staying at Aulani.

      • To be honest, it is not worth it. Their service is horrible and food is overpriced. The characters don’t come to your table at least when we there for 2 hours. There are a ton of places on Oahu way better than Makahiki. Don’t waste your money and time.

        • Oh, I’m so sorry you didn’t have a good experience! I’m sure that was such a letdown. Did you contact Disney to let them know? Customer service is pretty important to them. When we were there, all the characters came to our table multiple times and we didn’t feel rushed with them. And we loved all the buffet options, especially those adorable Mickey waffles!

  2. This looks so amazing! I am a huge Disney fan! And Hawaii too of course. This is a great way to enjoy both. I will have to add it to the family Bucket List!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, add Aulani to your bucket list! It’s one of my favorite Disney properties so far!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s definitely not inexpensive, but we definitely got our money’s worth.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I was surprised how much time they spent with us!

  3. When it comes to Disney it’s best to spend the extra money on all the experiences. There is no reason to think back and wish that you participated. Can’t get those moments back

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I definitely agree! It already costs a lot for any Disney trip, so spend a bit more for maximum experiences!

  4. The breakfast sounds super worth the money. Your boy having that much fun is literally priceless. So many photos, good food and tons of memories to take away. Makes me want to have kids just so I can have these kind of experiences haha!

    • marciecheung Reply

      If/when the time comes, bring your kids here. Otherwise, it’s still fun for adults 🙂

  5. Mariah At Remarkable Interior Design Reply

    How beautiful! Can you believe that I’m 25 and I have never been to Disney?! Seeing this situation, makes me think it is time to pull a little family member and take a ride! The 35.00 price tag was shockingly affordable and the brown buildings are beautiful.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, Disney Aulani is a gorgeous resort in Hawaii. They don’t have rides, but they have lots of Disney touches!

  6. Sounds awesome for the whole family. I love a great buffet but all the Disney stuff sounds like its done and paced in a way to make the event awesome.

  7. I had no idea this existed in Hawaii. It is a nice place for kids and even adults to diversify what people normal do while visiting there. It is also very lush and green.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! It’s a Disney vacation and Hawaiian vacation mashed together!

  8. Except for spending a day in Disneyland, I have not done any of this anywhere. Frankly, I didn’t even know this existed in Hawaii. Going by your candid description and happy pictures, anyone can say how much fun you had there. It is so cool that you got to have an extensive Aulani breakfast buffet.

  9. Abhinav Singh Reply

    I have never been to any Disney resort. But I can imagine it would be so much fun for the Disney fans. Kids love Mickey mouse. I am sure kids can wait for Mickey to finish his omlette for the photo ops, haha. The breakfast buffet looks great. Is there anything for the vegans and vegetarians? I would want to visit here with my nephew and niece.

  10. First of all, these pictures are so cute! It sounds like such an amazing experience for the kids. I’ve never been to any Disney resort, so this sounds like the perfect adventure for me and my family! Thanks for your advice!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s such a fun way to spend a morning in Hawaii!

  11. I can’t believe they won’t let adults wear costumes, we should be able to join in on the fun too!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It sounds like a bummer, until you learn about Disney Bounding 🙂

  12. I did the character brunch at Disney Land in California and it was fun! I can imagine how much fun it would be if you were a kid! I honestly don’t remember how much it was back then, but I think for the entertainment and the food you get it is worth the price. I hope you all had a blast!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s so special to eat brunch outside at such a gorgeous resort in Hawaii!

  13. How fun!! I absolutely love Disney, but I had no idea that there was a Disney resort in Hawaii! I’m 24 with no kids and I’d LOVE to go here for brunch! 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      I know it’s pretty detailed, but thought people might want to know exactly what to expect!

  14. This looks like such a great experience! Character breakfast can be so much fun and this one looks completely worth it!

  15. These photos are just stunning! I have not been to Oahu, but I have been to Maui and the big island! Hawaii is just stunning!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Hawaii is so fun! Oahu is very different from Maui and the Big Island. I highly recommend!

  16. This resort looks like a beautiful place, and I am drooling over the yummy food at the buffet! If I ever visit, Oahu, I am definitely visiting this Disney resort.

    • marciecheung Reply

      We love Hawaii, but Aulani just made it ever more magical!

  17. I’m not personally a fan of licensed and branded merchandise /events but if your kid likes it and you can afford it, go for it!

    • marciecheung Reply

      My husband couldn’t join us this trip, so it was his treat! We had a blast!

  18. It looks like you guys had a blast in such a beautiful place! Thank you for the tips!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was so beautiful and the staff were so friendly and welcoming!

  19. Oh my, what a fun thing to do. I am excited to take my kids and husband to Disney. It has been a long time since I visited Disney. This is such a great idea. Beautiful pictures by the way. Thank you for sharing.

    • marciecheung Reply

      This is their semi-new resort in Hawaii. It may be my favorite place ever 🙂

  20. This sounds and looks like it was worth it! beautiful place and smiles on everyone’s face LOVE IT!

  21. This looks great! My husband and I are taking our 4 year old to Aulani in June. It will be our first trip to the area ever. We have been trying to decide if we want to do a Character Breakfast or a mischief dinner. Did you happen to experience the other themed event? I will admit, until I read your write up, I was leaning towards not doing it, but now I am sure we will do one of them.

    • marciecheung Reply

      The Mischief Dinner has different characters than the breakfast. So, if you do both, you will probably see all the characters. I’ve had friends recommend we do both, but we ultimately decided on breakfast because it seemed like there was more entertainment. But, we didn’t experience dinner firsthand, so I don’t know for sure. Have a wonderful trip!

  22. Never been to a Disney resort. I’ll probably die the last person on Earth who’s never been. lol

    • marciecheung Reply

      The level of customer service really puts them head and shoulders above other resorts.

  23. Sounds like a great trip! I will keep this in mind when planning our family vacations. Especially, since my kids love all things Disney.

  24. Never knew of the Disney Resort in Hawaii. Aulani restaurant seems huge and beautifully decorated with the Disney characters. Kids would really love to visit the place for a breakfast and get clicked with Mickey mouse. I loved how the cuisines are designed over the Disney characters and the parade that’s a big source of entertainment. Thanks for this detailed info

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was such a hit for our family! We can’t wait to go back!

  25. This looks amazing! My daughter would absolutely love this, I always wondered if it lived up to the hype. Definitely adding this to our travel bucket list!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, it’s definitely worth a stop, especially with kids!

  26. The breakfast celebration buffet looks like so much fun! I know it’s a premium price, but Hawaii’s Disney Resort seems like a trip that my family would love taking!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, it’s an investment, but it was the highlight of our trip!

  27. Looks like a great place to take kids. We’ve been talking about it as an option for when our kids get older!

  28. How exciting! It’s a pricey but when you’re in Hawaii AND Disney, then it’s well worth it! The views are gorgeous and the smile on your little one is indeed priceless! 💕

  29. I would love to have Disney themed breakfast buffet with so many varieties. I am a Disney fan since childhood, and so this place looks fun for me. Having photo with Mickey before getting seated for breakfast is great. I loved the Mickey shaped waffles and it is very good that they have Asian style of breakfast. I would love to opt for Asian breakfast.

    • marciecheung Reply

      They have a huge assortment of Asian items in the buffet!

  30. I have never stayed in any of the Disney hotels yet… I like the way the restaurant have created the atmosphere.. I so wanna go and get that Mickey waffle right now. ☺😊

    • marciecheung Reply

      This is the Disney resort in Hawaii and it’s fabulous!

  31. I love the combination of Disney theme with Hawaii clothes – you all look amazing! So cool to see Mickey Mouse escorting your kid for a photograph, he must’ve been thrilled! I had no idea Oahu had a character breakfast and I am sure it would’ve been one amazing experience, especially for the children!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Oh thank you so much! Yes, a lot of people don’t realize there’s a Disney resort in Hawaii!

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