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A Closer Look at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, With Joe Rohde and Djuan Rivers

In an earlier post I talked about the beauty of the location for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, but – wouldn’t you know – a picture is worth a thousand words. I think this video at least begins to convey what a spectacular, fun and magical resort Aulani will be.

Imagineer Joe Rohde is the leader of the creative team on the project. Anyone who’s heard Joe talk about a project – he led and continues to oversee the Imagineering team for Disney’s Animal Kingdom – knows his passion for storytelling and his dedication to the real world people and places represented at Disney Parks and Resorts. In this video, his talks about the ongoing thrill of discovery as the design and experience of Aulani are inspired by the stories and culture of Hawai’i itself.

Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawai`i, is leading the operation of Aulani, having previously served as Hotel Director on the Disney Cruise Line Magic and Wonder vessels, as well as General Manager of Disney’s All-Star Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. All told, Djuan has spent more than 20 years helping guests experience the magic and excitement of a Disney family vacation, and Aulani is being specially planned to create memorable moments – on the grounds of the Resort and the island of Oahu – for guests of all ages.


  • This is awesome! Combining 2 of the greatest greats the beautiful tropical paradise that is the Hawaiian islands and “the happiest place on earth!” You cant go wrong and I will be excited to book my vacation here when everything is said and done!

  • I have been to the Ko Olina property before. I went to the Ihilani in 1995, and I have been dying to go back ever since. Such an ironic coincidence (for me) that Disney is building there resort right on this property. This is such a beautiful property and I am BUSTING to go to this new resort. It is going to be amazing! 🙂

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