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Disney's Oahu Resort on Schedule for August 2011 Opening

By May 5, 2011

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Aulani Lobby, Artist Concept

As of April 21, 2011, major structural work at Disney's Oahu Resort at Ko Olina, just west of Honolulu, has been completed. The resort is named Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i. The resort will open for guests on August 29, 2011.

Disney feels that the name reflects the company's deep commitment to celebrating the Hawaiian Islands' rich history and traditions.

Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President, Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering explained that Aulani when translated from the Hawaiian language to English, means "the place that speaks for the great ones" or "the place that speaks with deep messages."

"We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it. The name 'Aulani' expresses a connection to tradition and deep story-telling - and its roots are here in this land," said Rohde. "We're so grateful to the local Hawaiians who led us to the discovery of this name, and our goal is to live up to its meaning."

It's now Disney's "time to add the magic", weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort with the help of local architects, artisans and historians. The celebrated Disney magic, storytelling and service will create wonderful family vacation memories at the resort, drawing on the beauty, fun, enchantment and traditions of the islands.

The Resort

Nearby to historical sites on the western side of O'ahu, Aulani will be located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development. The resort will feature 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas upon its completion.

Rooms are housed in two 15-story towers with commanding views of the ocean, mountains and magnificent grounds. On-site are two restaurants, an 18,000-square-foot spa, a wedding lawn, a conference center and extensive water activities, including a central swimming pool, 900-foot tube floating watercourse, wading pool, body slides, sunset-facing hot tubs, a quiet adult pool, a snorkel lagoon, and a conservation pool. Aulani will also include a signature kids' club - Aunty's Beach House - where kids can explore Hawaiian culture through fun and games, arts and crafts, and many other experiences created just for them.

The resort will also include an 18,000-square-foot spa designed with families in mind. The resort, built adjacent to a crystal blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, is planned to also have two restaurants, a 14,545-square-foot conference center and 48,685 square feet of outdoor venues. Located nearby are the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course.

The resort will also offer excursions that invite families to discover the island of Oahu. Guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind adventures that blend the wonders and excitement of Hawaii with the Disney tradition of storytelling, choosing from a variety of experiences that include surfing, rainforest hiking and learning how to prepare Hawaiian cuisine.

Web Site

Find out more and book your stay at the resort's website.

We'll keep you posted as we hear more about this exciting new Disney resort.

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July 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(1) Laurie says:

Can’t wait to visit this new resort! It sounds amazing!!!!

July 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(2) Debbi K says:

Outstanding, cant wait, Disney in my favorite place
what could be better? Bags are packed……

October 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(3) Arthur Levin says:

When can we start booking reservations?

October 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(4) John Fischer says:
January 22, 2011 at 5:14 am
(5) Hawaii Guy says:

I can’t wait till Aulani opens up. It’ll be so much fun.

March 14, 2011 at 3:15 am
(6) tim says:

I need to go now while the australian dollar is good! lol

time off work is the only issue.

March 30, 2011 at 4:39 am
(7) Lfrech4 says:

It will be a nice boost to the economy! =))

April 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm
(8) JS says:

web site is horrible… resort overpriced

May 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm
(9) Lucy says:

I hope it doesn’t over crowd the Ko Olina area. I’m afraid all those added people there will make traffic terrible and the lagoons over crowded. There already isn’t enough public parking.

May 26, 2011 at 12:07 am
(10) Teresa says:

Lower your prices!

May 29, 2011 at 5:09 am
(11) Kapolei Lady says:

Hoping for a kamaaina rate!

June 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(12) Greg V says:

The website is lousy. You can’t book in advance for 2012 for some reason. Don’t they realize that people plan ahead for trips to Hawaii? Duh! Plus the prices (for 2011) are pretty high compared to other resorts.

June 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm
(13) Mickey B says:

If you are a Disney Vacation Club member and own at the Aulani Resort you can book 11 months in advance. If you belong to another resort you can only book 7 months in advance. Outsiders….who knows!

July 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm
(14) Carl Ollberding says:

WOW! I have two grown sons that live on the Island and one Grandson…. we will definately be over to enjoy the water park!

September 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(15) Faune says:

You really need to cater to the local people and give better kamaiiana rates. In the long run it will be more beneficial for the Disney Co.

September 16, 2011 at 7:39 am
(16) Afus says:

How can I apply for Disney’s Oahu Resort as in to work there ?

January 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(17) Stephanie says:

These prices are ridiculous! Really Disney? Locals can’t afford this. It’s just a hotel, it’s not Disneyland for goodness sakes! A week here costs more than a 7-day Disney cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver!

January 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm
(18) ljgibbs says:

want to know if anyone works there can tell me where to get purple plumerias and orange plumerias – heard you can buy cuttings and bring back. Hopefully employees can assist??

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