Aloha Aulani, Disney resort set to open

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) The grand opening of Walt Disney's new upscale resort Aulani is set for Monday August 29.

Built on 21 acres 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.

"Aulani celebrates the best of Hawai`i and represents a new way to enjoy a family vacation with Disney," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We believe the tremendous beauty of Ko Olina provides the perfect opportunity to create a uniquely Disney experience for our guests in a way that is true to Hawai`i."

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.

Hotel rooms range from $399 a night for a 420-square-foot room to $2,449 a night for the Ahu Ulu Suite (two bedrooms, 1,910 square feet). An ocean view room runs $549 a night.

Disney's first resort in Hawai`i, Aulani has been under construction since its blessing and groundbreaking ceremony in November 2008.

Ramsay Wharton and Howard Dicus will be live from Aulani Monday morning on Sunrise on Hawaii News Now.

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