Aulani

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
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Aulani Resort in August, 2011
Hotel chainWalt Disney Parks and Resorts
General information
Address92-1185 Aliʻinui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707
OpeningAugust 29, 2011
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Other information
Number of rooms359 hotel rooms
460 Disney Vacation Club Villas, including 21 Grand Villas
Number of suites16
Number of restaurants4
Website
Official website
 
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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa logo.svg
Aulani, Oahu.jpg
Aulani Resort in August, 2011
Hotel chainWalt Disney Parks and Resorts
General information
Address92-1185 Aliʻinui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707
OpeningAugust 29, 2011
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Other information
Number of rooms359 hotel rooms
460 Disney Vacation Club Villas, including 21 Grand Villas
Number of suites16
Number of restaurants4
Website
Official website

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is a beachside hotel, resort and all-inclusive vacation destination offering complimentary children's activities and programs at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina in Kapolei on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Part of the Disney Vacation Club, it is the third Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside of a Disney theme park property. The resort opened on August 29, 2011.

Background[edit]

Initially announced in October 2007,[1] Disney unveiled the resort's name in January 2010. The project was estimated to cost $800 million and eventually generate about 1,000 jobs at the resort. The project is managed by Disney Vice-President Djuan Rivers,[2] who said he was committed to integrating environmentally friendly initiatives into the resort.[3]

Theme[edit]

Walt Disney Imagineers collaborated with WATG and Architects Hawaii Ltd. and cultural experts to design and construct what will celebrate the customs and tradition of Hawaii.[4] Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse are seen at the resort, however, unlike at other theme parks (where they act as hosts), at Aulani they are presented as fellow guests.[5]

Facilities[edit]

A view from the hotel

There are four room categories from studios to grand villas, two full-service restaurants, a buffet eatery, two lounges, and two pool-side "shacks" that serve beverages and pūpūs. The grounds include a 8,200 square feet (760 m2) pool complex that includes two slides, a lazy river and an artificial snorkeling lagoon.[6] Other amenities include Disney kids' club custom-planned activities and adventures, a spa encompassing 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) and a 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) conference center with approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of outdoor venues.

Purchase/reservations[edit]

The resort began timeshare sales on July 15, 2010, and began taking room reservations in August 2010.[7][8] On August 12, 2011, Disney suspended Aulani timeshare sales indefinitely and fired three executives, including Disney Vacation Club president Jim Lewis, after senior management realized the annual dues had been set too low to cover maintenance costs.[9]

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Coordinates: 21°20′20″N 158°07′22″W / 21.338916°N 158.122707°W / 21.338916; -158.122707