As you know, construction is well underway here on the Leeward Coast of O`ahu on Disney’s new family destination resort. For months, that’s what we’ve called it. Disney’s new family destination resort. Descriptive, but not too catchy.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you that the place now has an official name: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i. The name Aulani, for you mainlanders, means “the place that speaks for the great ones” or “the place that speaks with deep messages,” and it reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to celebrating the great culture and traditions of these magnificent islands.
Our oceanfront resort, planned to feature 360 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom-equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011. Until then, you can stay up to speed online at www.DisneyAulani.com, where you’ll find the latest updates, images and more.
I’ll leave you to that as I head back to the beach. I mean conference room.