Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa first opened to guests on Monday, August 29th. However, this past week Disney invited in 100′s of reporters and media outlets to the resort for their first look. On Thursday, September 22, Disney held a Grand Opening Spectacular Celebration for the new Hawaiian resort. Continue after the break for Disney’s official photos.
Update 9/24/11: Added Disney’s video highlights of the grand opening ceremony.
To watch the entire grand opening ceremony click here.
Image: Bob Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company (center) and Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, take part in the official Grand Opening Celebration of Aulani on Thursday.
Aulani is located in the Ko Olina Resort area of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately 17 miles north of the Honolulu Airport. It’s modeled after a Hawaiian village with ocean views, white sandy beaches, tropical foliage and salt-water lagoons.
In the photo below, Bob Iger (right), President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company and Tom Staggs (left), Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, wade into the Waikolohe Valley pool with Mickey Mouse the day before the grand opening ceremonies.