Disney to open Oahu resort

Disney is set to open its first resort in Oahu next year.

The 800-plus-unit property, dubbed “Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,” is designed as a Polynesian village (albeit one with high-rise towers) that will include hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club Villas.

The 21-acre resort is being built in Ko Olina, a golf and vacation development that has a Marriott resort and a man-made beach carved out of the rocky coastline.

Aulani is a different kind of development for Disney, the first that isn’t linked to a theme park or its cruise line. Disney will begin accepting reservations beginning Aug. 2. Customers will have to wait a while to stay — the resort won’t open its doors until Aug. 29, 2011.


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