Choosing between Hawaii and Disney for a summer vacation has always been difficult. Not so anymore, because Mickey Mouse is now a kama’aina (local) with an address in Hawaii – Disney Aulani in Ko Olina.
The crew just wrapped up the final structural touches a couple of days ago and the resort and hotel is now all set to open on August 29, 2011. To celebrate the completion of the work, the crew and Disney team members got together on the beach and made up shapes like Mickey’s silhouette.
Between now and the opening date is the “time to add the magic” with Disney team members doing the theming and landscaping and putting in the magical touches guests expect to find at a Disney resort.
The 21 acre resort adjacent to a crystal blue lagoon and a white-sand beach has a hotel with 359 guest rooms including 16 suites housed in two 15-story towers offering views of the ocean, mountains and the grounds.
The resort also has 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas. The Disney and Hawaii themed hotel rooms have Mickeys hidden within the pineapple-patterned Hawaiian quilts. Turn on the living room floor lamp and a silhouette of Minnie Mouse can be seen surfing a wave on the lampshade.
The Hawaiian touch can be seen in things like the wall mirror framed with what looks like interlocking carved wooden fishhooks. The pillows have retro Hawaiian floral print fabrics known as bark cloth.
The carpets in the corridor are influenced by Hawaiian makaloa mats, and the corridor wall art features everything from poi pounders to fish traps to sea urchins. More Mickeys can be found hidden in the patterned surfaces of the wall coverings.
Guests have access to 4 restaurants and 2 lounges, an 18,000 sq ft spa with 15 treatment rooms, 4 whirlpool spas, a Kids club, conference center and a storytelling fire pit.
That’s apart from the 10 ‘recreation facilities’ which include the beach and a beach house, the Rainbow Reef which is a snorkel lagoon, an adventure trail, and a bucket-load of pools.
Photos courtesy Disney Destinations
More info: www.disneyaulani.com