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It’s Here! Aulani Opens its Doors to the First Guests

posted on August 29th, 2011 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Aulani Opens its Doors to the First Guests and Goofy Helps Keep Everyone Entertained

This morning as the sun rose over Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa opened its doors and welcomed its first guests. Before sunrise, while the guests were still waiting, Goofy kept them entertained.

Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs Welcomes Guests to Aulani

Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs was here to welcome the guests and celebrate the occasion. Among the guests he welcomed: Samson Mahi and his family from Waipahu here on the island. They had been selected as honorary first family of Hawai`i to participate in the untying of a maile lei to welcome guests into Aulani.

Aulani Opens its Doors to the First Guests

And – I am not making this up – less than an hour later, a rainbow appeared over the resort! Be sure to check back on the Disney Parks Blog as Aulani continues to take shape in preparation for its official Grand Opening celebration in September.

Aulani Opens its Doors to the First Guests

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1

Dustin on August 29th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Welcome Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and the whole gang! Hope you enjoy your vacation here in Hawaii!!

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Tara on August 29th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I, too, saw that rainbow over Aulani! I was driving my daughter to school and did not have a camera handy. It would have been a great picture. We are planning on walking over to Aulani this afternoon, perhaps for dinner? We watched Aulani being built these past years and we are excited to see it up close and personal! 8^D

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Karen on August 29th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Oh how I wish the rates were reasonable enough to make it accessible to the every-day middle class family!!!!

4

Mark on August 30th, 2011 at 7:32 am

WOW! What a gorgeous resort. I can’t wait to be there next year!!!

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Krystyn from TN on August 30th, 2011 at 8:25 am

And that looks like my friend Jeff M. in the green shirt taking the picture!!

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Matthew from CA on August 30th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I would love to see more photos!

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Matthew from CA on August 30th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I would love to see more photos! the resort looks amazing.

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Friend on August 30th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I wondered if it will have something like an Adventure’s Club in it? What kind of native island animals does it have?

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Mike on August 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am

Double rainbow….so intense.

What does it mean?

Please tell me someone else gets that reference.

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