Disney Resort Committed to Staying in Hawaii

Despite a weakened economy and slowing tourism numbers the Disney Corporation says they’re committed to being here in Hawaii.

Since breaking ground late last year the Disney Vacation Club in Ko Olina has stirred up a lot of excitement.

“People keep asking so what’s happening with Disney,” Kapolei Neighborhood Board chair Maeda Timson said.

What’s happening with Disney’s family oriented 350 hotel rooms and 480 vacation villas is construction.

“It’s my time to let people know that we are here, we are proud members of the community and we’re excited about the project finally getting started,” Disney Vacation Club vice president Djuan Rivers said.

“Its been real apparent that the Disney project is probably the most exciting project that’s happening right now cause Target and Costco is here,” Timson said.

The resort which is considered a hybrid, because it’s a hotel and a time share, is hoping to attract visitors and locals.

“Who doesn’t adore Disney,” Timson said.

The property spans more than 22 acres and the development will employ about a thousand people to build it and the same number will be hired to work there.

“Jobs will range from your traditional hotel jobs, front desk, guest services but the one thing I want to stress is there are career opportunities here people will be able to flourish,” Rivers said.

“These are jobs that our folks can have careers and not just jobs to have and its in our community,” Timson said.

Officials with Disney say there are a lot of opportunities for growth within the company not only here in Hawaii but potentially across the globe.

“Lots of work, we have unique technologies embedded in the project not only traditional roles but I think there will be some prizes with some other opportunities as well,” Rivers said.

The project is expected to be completed by 2011. So far the company has donated 25-thousand dollars to Nanakuli, Campbell, Waianae and Kapolei High Schools.


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