Lead Imagineer and Hawaiian Joe Rohde Discusses Disney’s Aulani

Originally posted on the DIS Unplugged: In August 2011, Disney opened its first hotel outside mainland USA not associated with a theme park.  Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is a stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property located in Hawaii.  Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde was one of the lead designers of the new resort, and took time to talk with the DIS Unplugged about its creation.  Click here to learn more about how his Hawaiian background influenced the hotel’s design, the incorporation of Adventurer’s Club artifacts, and some of his favorite aspects of the resort.

Image: Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering

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