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Aloha Aulani! Disney’s New Destination Resort in Hawai`i

Djuan Rivers

by , Djuan Rivers, Vice President, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i
Aloha! I have the distinct pleasure today of sharing some exciting news from Hawai`i. Believe me, I only step away from the beach — I mean office — to share really important news.

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.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i
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.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i
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, 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.


  • Cant wait

  • With only half of the resort offering DVC accomodations, booking a room here with points, unless it happens to be your home resort, is going to be extremely difficult to secure. If you plan on using non-Aulani points for the reservation I’d say start practicing your speed-dialing and be sure to be one of the first callers on the first day of your 7 month booking window.

  • Wow. Just wow.

  • Looks like a big Polynesian Resort.

    Looks nice, but I’d like to see this type of investment in the parks. The Florida Parks, at that.

  • I love the name and all of the artwork you put up thank you very much! You can bet I will be keeping updated on the website!

  • Oh, now that looks beautiful. It reminds me of Animal Kingdom lodge.

  • Show me the points chart! This happy DVC member is ready to book!!

  • I sure hope a Tiki bird or two show up! Aloha!

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