Disney gives sneak peek of new Hawaii resort

In this photo provided by Disney, local O'ahu children teach Minnie and Mickey Mouse the hula Nov. 19, 2008 in Hawai'i before the ground breaking of a new Disney resort there. Today, Disney celebrated the groundbreaking of its first family destination resort in Hawai'i with a traditional blessing ceremony on its 21-acre oceanfront property. The resort, scheduled to open in 2011, has been designed to honor the local culture of the Hawaiian islands. It will include 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas, two restaurants, a kids' club, along with an 18,000-square-foot spa and an 8,000 square-foot conference center. (AP Photo/Gene Duncan,Disney)

July 23, 2010 7:10:59 PM PDT
The Walt Disney Co. has provided its first peek of its sprawling, beachside Hawaiian resort, which is under construction and scheduled to open next year.

"Aulani" is Disney's first major stand-alone resort away from a theme park and could serve as a model for future projects as the company diversifies and expands its vacation offerings.

When completed, Aulani will have 359 hotel rooms, 481 time-share units, restaurants, convention center, spa and a massive water play area that includes a volcano tube slide and snorkel lagoon.

It sits on 21 acres on Oahu's Leeward Coast in the Ko Olina development.

Aulani is scheduled to open in August 2011 with hotel reservations to begin next month. Time-share sales began three weeks ago.