D23 Says “Aloha Aulani” at Walt Disney World

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D23 Members dance and party at the Contemporary Resort on July 18 to welcome Disney Vacation Club’s newest destination.

D23 Members definitely know how to party! And on Sunday, July 18 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, nearly 300 D23 Members and their guests united to celebrate Disney Vacation Club’s newest resort, Aulani.

As guests took their seats in the Ballroom of America, they were treated to the 1937 cartoon short Hawaiian Holiday, starring Mickey, Minnie and the gang on a visit to the tropical island. After a brief welcome from D23 Team Member Jeffrey Epstein, the room watched a brief video of Imagineer Joe Rohde describing some of the wonder and excitement that will await guests who visit the majestic Aulani resort. Then it was time to play!

Velvety black curtains opened to reveal the full reception, including two buffet stations with fresh fruit, baked brie and more. Members who weren’t kicking up their heels on the dance floor to the music of DJ Scott took in Disney’s Hawaiian History, presented by D23, a colorful collection of images illustrating Disney’s rich history with the islands from Walt’s visit to Oahu in 1934 all the way through the ABC series Lost, which recently wrapped production in the Aloha State.

Adding to the festive atmosphere were some beloved Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy and Donald — who were posing for numerous photo ops when they weren’t doing the Cupid Slide on the dance floor with guests!

But all good things must come to and end, and as everyone left the ballroom, guests received a cobalt blue aluminum water bottle co-branded D23/Disney Vacation Club!

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