Due to open its doors in the fall of 2011, and currently under construction, the Disney Hawaiian Resort has been officially given the name of Aulani : A Disney Resort & Spa. Consisting of 21 acres, which will include 360 hotel rooms and 481 Disney Vacation Club Villas, the resort marks the first Vacation Club destination outside of the continental United States and only the second to not be located near one of the company’s theme parks.
The term “Aulani” comes from the local Hawaiian language and means either “the place that speaks for the great ones” or “the place that speaks with deep messages.” Either definition conveys Disney’s intent to tie the resort into the history and customs of the Hawaiian culture.
“We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Aulani to share the fun, immersive family vacation experiences Disney is known for combined with the beauty and culture of Hawai‘i,” said Djuan Rivers, vice president, Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawai‘i. “We are turning to the Hawaiian culture for inspiration in everything we are doing at Aulani, and we hope our guests will not only enjoy the Disney experience, but will also embrace the unique culture of Hawai‘i and its diverse people.”
As the full name of the resort implies, it will also include a massive 18,000 square foot spa designed to include all members of the family. Not that family members will be hard pressed to find something to do. The resort will also boast themed-pools, sunset facing hot tubs, a snorkeling lagoon, a tube river, a white sand beach, two restaurants and a 4,545-square-foot conference center, all without ever leaving the property.
For more information on the deluxe destination, visit their new website at www.disneyaulani.com.