The Disney company has given the media a first look at the construction of its $600 million (£389 million) beachside resort in Hawaii.
Aulani will sit on 21 acres of Oahu’s Leeward Coast in the Ko Olina development about an hour west of Waikiki. It will have 359 luxury hotel rooms, 481 time-share units, restaurants, a convention centre, a 15,000-square-foot spa and a massive water play area that includes a volcano tube slide and snorkel lagoon.
This is Disney’s first ‘stand-alone’ resort away from a theme park and analysts say it could serve as a model for future projects as the company diversifies and expands its vacation offerings.
The President of Disney’s time-share operation, Jim Lewis, said Hawaii made perfect sense with its rich culture, traditions, warm greetings, family values, friendships and storytelling. “Those are also terms synonymous with Disney,” he said. “And by the way, Hawaii also happens to be one of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet, and that’s the business we’re in.”
Aulani is scheduled to open in August 2011. Luxury hotel reservations will begin next month; time-share sales started four weeks ago.
by Andy Moreton
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