|Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa|
Aulani Resort in August 2011 just prior to opening
|Hotel chain||Walt Disney Parks and Resorts|
|Opening||August 29, 2011|
|Owner||Disney Vacation Club Management Corp|
(Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)
|Management||Disney Vacation Club Management Corp|
|Design and construction|
Walt Disney Imagineering
|Developer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Number of rooms||359 hotel rooms|
460 Disney Vacation Club Villas, including 19 Grand Villas
|Number of suites||16|
|Number of restaurants||4|
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a beachside resort hotel at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina in Kapolei on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Affiliated with the Disney Vacation Club, Aulani is the third Disney "stand-alone" hotel in that it is located without any adjacent theme parks. The others are Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort.
Aulani opened to guests on August 29, 2011.
Initially announced in October 2007, 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 was managed by Disney Vice-President Djuan Rivers and designed by Joe Rohde of Walt Disney Imagineering.
The resort began timeshare sales on July 15, 2010, and began taking room reservations in August 2010. 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.
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. 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.
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