Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has shared an early glimpse of plans for its upcoming resort on the island of O'ahu with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Scheduled to open in 2011, the mixed-use, integrated resort is planned to include 350 traditional hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club villas.
"We are very excited to share the early designs of our resort, which we believe will offer a base for families to discover the wonders of Hawai'i and connect with the local culture," said Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. "We hope the magic of Disney storytelling and service will combine with the rich history, heritage and natural beauty of Hawai'i to create a special experience the whole family can enjoy."
Disney announced the Hawai'i project in October 2007. During the past year, the Walt Disney Imagineering team has been learning about Hawai'i and working with local architects and cultural experts as part of the resort's creative design process.
Although plans are still preliminary, the design will offer a setting where families can reconnect, recharge and create memories that will last a lifetime. Upon completion, the resort plans include an extensive water play area including waterslides, rapids, and waterfalls. Plans also call for a spa, a conference center, a kids' club and a wedding lawn with a serene view of the Pacific's endless horizon
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Seventy years after his first ride on Hawaii surf, Mickey Mouse is finally coming back to the islands.
Disney's plan for a hotel complex in Hawaii is far from another Disneyland, both in distance and concept.
But Walt Disney Parks & Resorts' first venture in the islands will add 830 hotel and vacation time-share rooms, a fantasy-laden water play area and an 18,000-square-foot spa to Kapolei in the rapidly expanding Ko Olina resort on West Oahu. The complex is expected to be completed in 2011