updated 3/6/2009 2:44:52 PM ET 2009-03-06T19:44:52

Preliminary site work has begun at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts' first family destination resort in Hawaii.

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Disney said Thursday that the work at Ko Olina includes establishing where the foundations will be placed and laying underground utilities.

The work is being done behind a construction fence erected several weeks ago at the 21-acre oceanfront site located next to Marriott's Ihilani Resort & Spa.

Scheduled to open in 2011, the Disney resort is to include 350 traditional hotel rooms. It will also feature 480 timeshare vacation villas.

Plans call for a pool and water play area, an 18,000 square-foot spa, a wedding lawn, an 8,000 square-foot convention center and a children's club.

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