Disney Resort Heads Hawaii

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced today that preliminary site work is underway at its first family destination resort on O'ahu, Hawai'i. This work includes excavation for rough grading, laying underground utilities and establishing where the foundations will be placed.

"We are thrilled that construction has begun on our resort at Ko Olina," said Djuan Rivers, vice president, Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawai'i. "This is an important milestone for the project, as we continue to look forward to sharing the magic of Disney with Hawai'i's residents and visitors alike."

The resort is scheduled to open in 2011 at the picturesque Ko Olina Resort & Marina located on the western side of O'ahu. The new family friendly destination will overlook breathtaking crystal blue lagoons and white sand beaches and is planned to include 350 traditional hotel rooms and 480 vacation villas dedicated to Disney Vacation Club, Disney's rapidly growing timeshare business.

The resort will offer a setting where families can bond and create memories that will last a lifetime. Plans call for an expansive pool and water play area, an 18,000 square-foot spa, a wedding lawn, an 8,000 square-foot convention center, a children's club and spectacular dining at two restaurants -- one of which will provide a stunning view of the ocean.

Disney Vacation Club

Part of the Disney resort hotel at Ko Olina will be dedicated to Disney Vacation Club, a timeshare program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By becoming a member of Disney Vacation Club, families can enjoy vacations at Disney destinations worldwide, as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.

Disney Vacation Club has grown to serve more than 400,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states. For more information about Disney Vacation Club, visit www.disneyvacationclub.comwww.disneyvacationclub.com.