Disney gets the keys to new resort

Construction is officially complete on Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii. The construction company working on the project handed over the keys recently and final preparation of the resort is underway. As with all things Disney, a celebration was in order and cast members paused for a little magical beach fun.

Disney Cast members will work on honing the guest service, installing the décor, landscape and furnishings that will make Aulani a memorable island vacation experience.

Built on 21 acres adjacent to a blue lagoon and a white-sand beach in Ko Olina, Disney’s Aulani resort will have 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas upon its completion. Rooms are housed in two 15-story towers with views of the ocean, mountains and grounds. On-site are two restaurants, an 18,000-square-foot spa, a wedding lawn, a conference center and extensive water activities, including a central swimming pool, 900-foot tube floating watercourse, wading pool, body slides, sunset-facing hot tubs, a quiet adult pool, a snorkel lagoon, and a conservation pool.

Aulani will also include a signature kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House, where kids can explore Hawaiian culture through fun and games, arts and crafts, and other experiences. Disney also promises to “help guests connect with Hawaiian culture, traditions and hospitality in a profound way through local experts and activities that immerse you in the legends of the land” via Discovery Experiences that immerse guests into topics varying from the Flavors of Life to the Wonders of Nature.