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A look at Disney’s new Hawaiian resort ‘Aulani’…

Posted on 29 August 2011

 

  • In this undated image released by Disney Destinations, people enjoy the pool at Aulani, a new Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Aulani, with 840 units is located an hour from Waikiki on Oahu, showcases Hawaiian culture and its natural beauty. (AP Photo/Disney Destinations)

     

  • In this undated image released by Disney Destinations, Aulani, a new Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, is shown overlooking a white sand beach and a crystal blue lagoon. Aulani, with 840 units is located an hour from Waikiki on Oahu, showcases Hawaiian culture and its natural beauty. (AP Photo/Disney Destinations) 

 

Aloha, Disney!

 

The Walt Disney Co.’s new upscale, beachside Hawaiian resort Aulani opens Monday, thousands of miles from the nearest Disney theme park. And while Mickey Mouse and friends can be found on the property, Hawaii’s culture, history and natural beauty are the biggest stars.

 

“The resort is not a replication of any of our theme parks. We know if guests want to go to Disneyland, they’ll go to Disneyland,” said Djuan Rivers, a Disney vice president who oversees the resort. “Our guests are coming here first and foremost for Hawaii and everything Hawaii has to offer.”

 

Joe Rohde, head of Aulani’s creative team, grew up in Honolulu and said “we made a choice early on to really, really focus on Hawaiian culture as a defining element of Aulani.”

 

Aulani is located on the west side of Oahu, about an hour’s drive from Waikiki. The sprawling 840-unit resort is the first major Disney property to offer a mix of regular hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club time shares away from a theme park. (Disney’s smaller resorts in Hilton Head, Ga., and Vero Beach, Fla., are time shares.)

 

Aulani is a Hawaiian term for messenger of a chief or higher authority. Showcasing the host culture as Aulani’s main theme is a departure from other Disney properties where the iconic mouse and other Disney references are visible at every turn. True, visitors will find a surfer Mickey lamp in each Aulani guest room, with his image subtly blended in the bedding design, and Disney cast members portraying Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the rest of the crew can be found strolling around in bright aloha shirts and shorts. But the spotlight here is definitely on Hawaii.

Read more; http://news.yahoo.com/look-disneys-hawaiian-resort-aulani-182115650.html

 

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