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Disney announces Hawaiian hotel resort


By Robert Niles: It looks like the first Disney "mini-resort" is a go... and it's coming to Oahu.

Disney's announced that it will build a new resort-style hotel on 21 oceanfront acres on the Hawaiian island, for a 2011 opening. The resort will include 800 units, and undisclosed attractions, and cost north of $140 million.

No word on specific theme, though Disney's gone to the generic Hawaiian well on many occassions, most recently with "Lilo and Stitch."

Hey, there's an idea for a new attraction for this project. Let's move Stitch's Great Escape from WDW to the new Hawaiian resort!

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on October 4, 2007 at 6:27 AM
Not a suprise! Isn't this similar in Theory to Hilton Head or Vero Beach?
From Robert Niles on October 4, 2007 at 7:47 AM
It's not DVC, although I wouldn't be surprised if DVC piggybacked on it at some point.
From David Kirby on October 4, 2007 at 10:02 AM
I think I like Hawaii too much to move Stitch's Great Escape there.
From Anthony Murphy on October 4, 2007 at 2:16 PM
Well in related Hawaii news and Disney, I just came back from the Med. Disney Cruise (which was awesome!). Anyway, they asked the guests where they would like to go next with the Disney Magic. There was a tie between Alaska and Hawaii. The Cast Members were not too keen to the idea of cold Alaska, but seemed to like the Hawaii Idea. Maybe this is the start of Disney in Hawaii?

And I am almost certain DVC will have a stake in this as well. Its hard to resist!

From Chris Walton on October 8, 2007 at 2:28 AM
DVC will have an alloted number of units set aside for their timeshare holders according to a write up on Yahoo News. It's was made clear that their intentions are not to build into a Hawaiian Disneyland, but simply a resort that will serve as vacation hub where families can learn about the Pacific island culture.

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