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Disney confident in new resort

Dijuan Rivers Dijuan Rivers

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Despite not knowing what'll happen during these shaky economic times, Disney rolls out its plans today for a multi-million dollar resort in West Oahu.

Disney executives say they aren't worried about the state of our economy. instead, theyr'e confident about the long-term impact Hawaii's tourism will have on their resort.

"A year ago we made the announcement, it was very exciting, but today (Thursday), I think, is one of those things where you are really proud to hear that it's actually coming to fruition," Disney Resort Hawaii's Djuan Rivers said.

Scheduled to open in less than three years, the Disney Resort at Ko Olina includes 350 hotel rooms and 480 timeshares. It'll sit on vacant land overlooking lagoons.

"All of the things that make Hawaii, Hawaii and special from its story telling component, we are learning a lot and our goal is to make sure that we embed this in every aspect of the hotel," Rivers said.

The resort will feature two towers, gardens, pools, water slides, a fake volcano, spa, banquet and meeting space, along with wedding facilities.

"It shows that in tough economic times, a major, very reputable company like Disney believes in Hawaii, believes in the City and County of Honolulu and is willing to invest in our community," Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said.

Rod henry lives next to the planned resort. He says there are many benefits, but one sticks out the most.

"It's nice for people from here on to Waianae that they don't have to travel so far to have a job, that's a plus," he said.

It's a big plus in these minus times.

The resort is expected to generate a thousand new jobs. Disney executives won't say how much the project will cost. They plan to break ground about a week before Thanksgiving.

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