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It’s Time to Add the Magic, So Mickey Hits the Beach at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 22nd, 2011 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

The major structural work on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is complete and yesterday the construction crew officially “handed over the keys” to the Disney cast members. The Disney team will now proceed to “add the magic” to the resort, honing the guest service and installing the décor, landscape and furnishings that will make Aulani a memorable island vacation experience with distinctive Disney touches.

To celebrate the occasion, crew members from Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., joined with members of the Disney team on the Aulani beachfront. The Disney cast members saluted the Hawaiian Dredging crew for its great work and the two teams exchanged gifts – lei for the Disney folks, mouse ears for the Hawaiian Dredging crew.

Mickey Hits the Beach at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Mickey, Minnie and their pals – all in their vacation outfits – were there to join in the celebration. And of course it wouldn’t be a Disney event without something magical to photograph, so everyone – Disney cast members and construction crew members alike – gathered together to form the distinctive Aulani arch on the beach, and then spread out to morph the arch into Mickey’s silhouette.

Not exactly a “hidden Mickey,” but pretty cool. What do you think?

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Andrew on April 22nd, 2011 at 9:12 am

Awesome video. I can’t wait to bring my family to the Aulani. Congrats on finishing the major construction!!!


Cara on April 22nd, 2011 at 9:42 am

AWESOME! What a cute idea.


Scott on April 22nd, 2011 at 9:43 am

I can’t wait to see Aulani in person!! I love Hawaii!!


Nicole on April 22nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

This is fantastic! Hoping to visit within the next 2 years.


James from FL on April 22nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’m staying there in November, I CANNOT wait!!!


Mary from MI on April 22nd, 2011 at 10:39 am

Loved it!!!! Can’t wait to stay there with my family!


MEGAN from NE on April 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am

That was really amazing – What a great morph! Wish I could be there.


Holly from CO on April 22nd, 2011 at 11:12 am

Congratulations on a big milestone! We just added on DVC points at Aulani and can’t wait to visit!


Jennifer from AB on April 22nd, 2011 at 11:27 am

I cannot wait to come!!!! Never have been to Hawaii and LOVE Disney so it’s the perfect vacation combo!!!


Patty on April 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 am

When I watch this video I get all giddy! I Love when Disney does something because they go all the way,never just ok,its FANTASTIC. I hope I can get there,I’m so excited! Thank You for the video,it lifts up my day.


Cara on April 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I loved it! Adorable :) So excited for this to open! Hawaii and Disney all in one place!


gayle from CA on April 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Cannot wait!!! Loved the video-we were lucky enough to see it a few weeks back and it is truly amazing as only Disney can do!


Javier on April 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Why!, Why! … Why Disney makes this every time!? This video makes me want to take the next plane to Hawaii! … Fantastic!


Chandra on April 22nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Wow! That makes me want to go there even more. But I will settle for my trio to Disneyland this June…..for now. :). Awesome job!!!


shannon on April 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm

OMG!!! It is so beautiful!! We can not make it there untill late 2012…But I want to start packing right now!!


Scott from HI on April 22nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I consider myself one of the biggest Disneyland fans (if not the biggest) in Hawaii. I can’t wait to trek on over to Oahu to check out the Aulani. This beach ceremony was very cool. Except what are those strange things on everyones’ legs? Wait…I think they call ’em pants or jeans. Looks like there will be a period of time before the staff acclimates to Hawaii. They look a little out of place. We wear shorts, silly! Aloha!


Jackie on April 22nd, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Love, love, LOVE that all of the internet Disney fans are so excited about coming to Hawaii! We are very excited about having Disney in our backyard and we can’t wait until Aulani opens. E Komo Mai (Welcome) and come on over!


Ann from CA on April 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

1. Not all “hidden” mickeys are hidden, and



keith on April 22nd, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Looks amazing. We will be staying there in February and can’t wait to see this beautiful place in person.


Marge from AZ on April 23rd, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Cannot wait!!! We just became family home owners Aulani for we love the island!


Jeff from IL on April 27th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I loved the video of the handing over the keys ceremony! Congratulations and well done! I can’t wait to visit one of these days soon.