New Disney resort on Oahu set to open in August

Disney’s new resort in Hawaii is on track to open in August, officials said.

The 21-acre Aulani resort is scheduled to open on Aug. 29, 2011. Located in Ko Olina in western Oahu, Aulani will feature 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom Disney Vacation Club villas, all located in a pair of 15-story towers.

Last week, crews from a Hawaiian construction company “joined with Disney cast members … to celebrate the completion of major structural work on the Disney resort and the beginning of Disney’s ‘time to add the magic,’” according to a news release.

The resort’s amenities include a pair of restaurants, a 900-foot tube-floating watercourse, a conference center, a wedding lawn and an 18,000-square-foot spa. Introductory room rates start at $399 per night, according to Disney.

According to Disney, Aulani means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.”

For more information or to book a reservation, visit or call (866) 44-DISNEY.

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