Aulani

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
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Aulani Resort in August, 2011
Hotel chain Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
General information
Address 92-1185 Aliʻinui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707
Opening August 29, 2011
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Other information
Number of rooms 359 hotel rooms
460 Disney Vacation Club Villas, including 21 Grand Villas
Number of suites 16
Number of restaurants 4
Website
Official website

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is a beachside hotel, resort and all-inclusive vacation destination offering complimentary children's activities and programs at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina in Kapolei on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Part of the Disney Vacation Club, it is the third Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside of a Disney theme park property. The resort opened on August 29, 2011.

Background[edit]

Initially announced in October 2007,[1] Disney unveiled the resort's name in January 2010. The project was estimated to cost $800 million and eventually generate about 1,000 jobs at the resort. The project is managed by Disney Vice-President Djuan Rivers,[2] who said he was committed to integrating environmentally friendly initiatives into the resort.[3] The Aulani features an artificial lagoon which is called Rainbow Reef and an open air lobby, named Hale Aloha, which was inspired by a traditional Hawaiian canoe house. This kind of architecture is said to connect families or guests to the sea and beyond. The Aulani resort is designed with the Hawaiian local culture in mind. The Walt Disney team has done extensive research on Hawaii to help workers understand Hawaiian customs and traditions. Hawaiian cultural programs are also incorporated into the resort; including music, dance, history, and arts and crafts.[4]

Theme[edit]

Walt Disney Imagineers collaborated with WATG and Architects Hawaii Ltd. and cultural experts to design and construct what will celebrate the customs and tradition of Hawaii.[5] Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse are seen at the resort, however, unlike at other theme parks (where they act as hosts), at Aulani they are presented as fellow guests.[6]

Facilities[edit]

A view from the hotel

There are four room categories from studios to grand villas, two full-service restaurants, a buffet eatery, two lounges, and two pool-side "shacks" that serve beverages and pūpūs. Also included is Internet access. Wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas of the resort and is included in the room rate.[7] The grounds include a 8,200 square feet (760 m2) pool complex that includes two slides, a lazy river and an artificial snorkeling lagoon.[8] Other amenities include Disney kids' club custom-planned activities and adventures, a spa encompassing 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) and a 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) conference center with approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of outdoor venues.

Rooms and Accommodations[edit]

The Aulani resort and spa provide childcare for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 14 years old. This service is available from 6am to 12 am daily and limited to customers only.Private dining is also available. This includes room service and home cooked family style meals. Menu items include breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and beverages. Starting from 6am to 12 am daily. The resort also offers gifts to be delivered, including specialty items such as desserts and merchandise.[9]

Free Amenities and Activities[edit]

At the Aulani resort, there are many activities that are free of charge or are included in the rate of your stay. This includes, but is not limited to, listening to story tellers, a hangout space provided with free karaoke for teens, ukulele lessons, bracelet making, and attending the evening show with music and dancing. Beach body boot camp or sunrise yoga is also included.[10]

Purchase/reservations[edit]

The resort began timeshare sales on July 15, 2010, and began taking room reservations in August 2010.[11][12] On August 12, 2011, Disney suspended Aulani timeshare sales indefinitely and fired three executives, including Disney Vacation Club president Jim Lewis, after senior management realized the annual dues had been set too low to cover maintenance costs.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allison Schaefers (October 6, 2007). "Disney’s travel club cannot sell in Hawaii: A resort on Oahu is set, but the firm needs an OK to offer time shares". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Disney Resort Taking Shape on Oahu; Expects to Invest $800 million, Employ 1,000 / October 2009
  3. ^ Robbie Dingeman (October 11, 2009). "Disney Resort Taking Shape on Oahu; Expects to Invest $800 million, Employ 1,00". Hotel Online. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Disney's Hawaiian Resort: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Mouse Savers Website". October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Co-Branded Kingdoms". Honolulu Weekly. 
  6. ^ McClintock, John (July 22, 2010). "An Early Peek at Aulani". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Disney's Hawaiian Resort: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Mouse Savers Website". October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Disney takes the lei of the land at Oahu's Aulani Resort - USATODAY.com
  9. ^ "In-Room Celebrations". Aulani A Disney Resort & Spa, Disney Website. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Affordable Aulani: How to Vacation at Disney's Hawaii Resort on a Budget". The Vacation Gals Website. September 27, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "New Disney Hawaii resort gets a name". Pacific Business News. January 19, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Disney to open reservations a year before resort opening". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. July 2, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ Jason Garcia (August 15, 2011). "Disney halts sales and fires executives amid financial issues with Hawaiian resort". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 21°20′20″N 158°07′22″W / 21.338916°N 158.122707°W / 21.338916; -158.122707