Walt Disney Parks & Resorts will hold a formal groundbreaking and blessing Nov. 19th at its new family resort in Hawaii. The oceanfront resort is located on 21 acres at Ko Olina Resort & Marina in West Oahu (approximately 25 minutes west of Waikiki) and will emphasize family-centered vacations while respecting Hawaii’s culture and history. The resort’s design and amenities will include educational and cultural activities, including local entertainers and hula dancers. The grounds are intended to include indigenous plants, a taro lo’i and a thatched 50-foot-high canoe house. Two towers are planned, with a center garden that includes water features, and a volcanic caldera. A water park with a tube slide that will take swimmers to an adventurous water course will be featured. Additionally, guests can swim in a saltwater snorkeling lagoon that will feature native fish and “some elements of Disney characters.” An aquatic play structure will also be available for children to enjoy. “When our families go home, they will know much more about Hawaii,” Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo said. “To call it a hotel would be a vast understatement of what we’re trying to achieve.” Scheduled to open in 2011, the resort will feature 350 hotel rooms and 480 timeshare units, for Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare division. More updates on this exciting new property will be posted as they become available.