Welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we look at the growing construction at Disney’s Polynesian Resort as the classic hotel goes under the knife for major — and controversial — renovations. In addition to taking a look at new guest bungalows under construction, we fill you in on the various construction-related changes guests staying at the Poly currently face, including the closure of the resort’s main swimming pool, the temporary relocation of the Capt. Cook’s dining location, and the major lobby construction which includes the removal of the fan-favorite waterfall feature. Let’s get started!

Welcome to the Poly!

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A view of the DVC bungalows from near the Wedding Pavilion.

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Much of the side near the Grand Floridian will be unchanged.

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The main pool is currently closed.

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Some signage at the resort is already referencing the name change to the Polynesian Village Resort.

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Here’s a look at the DVC bungalows from up close.

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The buildings nearest the TTC are currently closed and gutted as they are getting changed into DVC villas.

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Attractive.

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To the Grand Ceremonial House!

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Captain Cooks is currently closed for remodeling.

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In the hallway where Captain Cooks is closed off, they have some concept art for the upcoming Trader Sams Grog Grotto.

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This is the temporary location for Captain Cooks, which I’m pretty sure is a CM cafeteria.

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In the main lobby, the much loved waterfalls are all walled off, never to be seen again.

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Disney put a photo op here right where you enter after exiting the monorail.

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On the second floor near ‘Ohana, there is more concept art on the walls.

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At the Tambu Lounge, you can now order the famous bread pudding from ‘Ohana right at the bar, and it is, of course, delicious.

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There are some serious changes happening at the resort. Some of those are sure to be incredibly well received, like Trader Sams. Others, mostly the removal of the waterfalls have already sparked petitions online and fan outcry. Regardless of what the reaction is, the resort really looks like it is under the knife right now, particularly the lobby and building nearest the TTC. It still does have that classic feel to it though. If you have any comments or thoughts, we would love to hear them in the comments below!!

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