Imagineering Awesome: Ohana Island

This post is part of the Imagineering Awesome series

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Today’s post was written by Jamie of the Disney Hipster Podcast. And given the fact that my cruise is over today … well, this relaxing extension of Castaway Cay sounds like a little slice of heaven to me. So pass me a lei, blend me up a fruity drink and let’s get this going. 

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If I had unlimited monies, I would do something with Discovery Island. This property has been vacant long enough (since 1999). I would theme the whole island based on Lilo & Stitch. That’s right, you read that correctly. Lilo & Stitch.

The island would have a relaxing tropical Hawaiian feel about it. Anyone who enters the island gets “lai’d”. A flower lai, people. I don’t know what you were just thinking, but this is a family establishment. In the center of the island there will be a volcano, named Lava. (Yes, I still have that damn song stuck in my head.) There will also be about 10 “huts” along the border of the island that guests, who are willing to pay big, can stay in. It will give new meaning to Theme Park View!

The gift shop would be called, “Experiment 626.” The shop would be packed with character merchandise as well as your typical tropical merch with the added Mickey Mouse flair. Side note – we need more Roxy merchandise on WDW property. Their bohemian style would fit perfectly in this store with my theme. Another gift shop will be a Sunglass Hut, obviously.

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For the kids, there will be a small stage (kinda like Jedi Training stage), where they can learn to hula with Lilo herself.  There will be a video of the “Apparently Kid” doing the hula somewhere near the stage. (If you haven’t watched that video yet, you must. I cried. Three times. YouTube as soon as you are done reading this.)

Of course there would be a bar called “Peanut Butter & Bananas” where guests could karaoke and pick their favorite song from the entire Elvis Presley catalog. There would be Hawaiian beers (besides Kona Brewing Company, which is already widely available on WDW property), like Maui Brewing Company, Big Island Brewhaus, and Hawaiian Nui Brewing. Of course there would need to be a list of “peanut butter” beers, too. (Did someone say DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus?!) “Beer heads” will never want to leave. In addition, there would be specialty drinks that would be named after Lilo & Stitch characters.

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There will clearly be a snack hut as well. This one will only sell French fries, but you get to choose your Hawaiian salt topping mixture, including flavors like: Lava Salt mix, Hawaiian Ginger, Sweet Pineapple and Spicy Seaweed. It will be served in a souvenir container shaped like Stitch.  The shop will also sell gift set of all the toppings so you can try to duplicate the magic when you get home.

Last, but not least, this island will have numerous hammocks all around that you can just relax on. So many of us value each and every second of Disney time that we sometimes forget to relax and unwind when we are there. We make it a marathon (I know I do), which it does not have to be. This island will still have all the Disney magic (heck, it is literally right in the middle of all the action) but will give all guests the chance to step away and smell the yellow hibiscus.

What do you think? Wanna grab a drink and join me in the hammock garden? Let us know in the comments.

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