Mickey Mouse Shave Ice At Aulani
There are hundreds of unique things about Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii that we encountered during our stay and many of them were 'traditional' or true to Hawaiian culture. But the most interesting ones (for me at least) were the activities and experiences that kind of sat at the intersection of Hawaii AND Disney. And, I think that's what makes Aulani such a special place. You get all the awesomeness of Hawaii PLUS the Disney experience. That means great service. Great 'show' (landscaping, buildings, etc). And sometimes you get a little bit of Disney theme'ing.
These Mickey Mouse shave ice cups that you see in the photo above is one of those things. Aulani has a place that serves shave ice (not "shaved ice") called Pāpālua Shave Ice that is kind of situated on the island in the middle of the pool area. The entire middle grounds of the resort - which includes the pool area and some restaurants is called the Waikolohe Valley Pool Area. You can stroll up to the Shave Ice stand in your wet pool trunks/suits and order your shave ice.
And how cute are those Mickey Ears, right? I mean...this is another example of Disney designing experiences not just to be enjoyed by the people *there*, but clearly with the idea of social sharing (on Instagram) for those at home. Move over #purplewall, here comes #MickeyShaveIce!