Disney to Build 800-Room Resort on Oahu

Disney on Thursday announced it will build an 800-room oceanfront luxury family resort in Hawaii, scheduled to open in 2011. It will be set on 21 acres in the western part of Oahu in Ko Olina, and will have hotel rooms as well as villa timeshares that will be part of the Disney Vacation Club.

This will be Disney's first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme park developments. "We are looking forward to building a special family resort that honors the cultural diversity of Hawaii and reflects the spirit of aloha that makes this location so unique," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resort, in a statement.

Plans for the resort hotel are expected to be finalized and revealed in early 2008. Visit [www.disney.com]. (SMH)