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New Disney resort in Hawaii accepting reservations

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Disney’s new resort in Hawaii is now accepting reservations.

Aulani is scheduled to open on Aug. 29, 2011. The 21-acre resort, located in Ko Olina in western Oahu, will feature 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom Disney Vacation Club villas, all located in a pair of 15-story towers.

“Aulani will represent a new way for every member of the family to enjoy a vacation in Hawaii,” Djuan Rivers, vice president of Aulani, said in a news release. “It is designed so that parents, children, guests of any age can find their own kind of fun and relaxation. Families will experience the island in ways they might never have discovered before.”

According to Disney, Aulani means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.”

The resort’s amenities include a pair of restaurants, a 900-foot tube-floating watercourse, a conference center, a wedding lawn and an 18,000-square-foot spa. Introductory room rates start at $399 per night, according to Disney.

“Aulani celebrates the best of Hawaii and represents a new way to enjoy a family vacation with Disney,” Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a news release. “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 Hawaii.

“There are so many wonderful stories to tell in Hawaii, and with the help of local experts we’re excited to bring them to life for guests in our new resort,” Staggs added.

For more information or to book a reservation, visit or call (866) 44-DISNEY.

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