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Construction Wraps Up at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

On Aug. 29, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i will welcome its first guests. In celebration of the upcoming Aulani opening, D23 guests experienced some authentic entertainment from a group of keiki performers who were dancing and singing as an a Capella chorus.

As part of his presentation, Tom Staggs detailed the types of Disney experiences families will be able to enjoy at the new Hawaiian resort, which will combine the beauty of Hawai’i with a touch of Disney magic. Imagineers have worked hard to create special, unique spaces for guests of all ages. Aunty’s Beach House is a club created just for kids and there is also a lounge area and special events geared toward teens. An 18,000 square foot spa and fitness center with several special amenities was created especially with adults in mind.

Imagineer Joe Rohde also took the audience on a video tour of the resort as the finishing touches were being finalized, and to help celebrate the upcoming Aulani opening, Tom gave one lucky audience member a trip to experience the resort for themselves.


  • Very Excited! As Aulani Owners, I am already so happy!!! We are headed there Feb 2012 for our anniversary! Can’t Wait!!!

  • Looks like it’s the BEST RESORT EVER!! I would really like to see those trees grow though, they are a little to small and thin. Looks great!

  • My husband and I DVC members and are going THERE on the opening day! It will be amazing!

  • I’m soooo excited!!! We’ll be there on 9/25/11 see you then Joe.

  • Looks awesome. Can’t wait until our October trip to Aulani!!!

  • So excited about this! It opens on my birthday. I wish I was going to be there on opening day.

  • Cannot wait to come here with my new wife for our first leg on our Honeymoon adventure!! :0)

  • Joe was definitely the perfect Imagineer to capture the culture of Hawaii in this fantastic resort after his success doing the same thing with Animal Kingdom. Another winner, Joe!

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