Big changes and construction at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on June 11, 2014 at 12:50 am with 15 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • Imagineer45

    If seems they are going to add DVC to every resort one at a time. First was Contemporary with Bay Lake Tower, then was Grand Floridian, now Poly, I bet Ft Wilderness is next.

    • mkcoastie

      The Poly was the last “Deluxe level” resort left without a DVC addition. My guess is that the next step will either be a stand alone resort, or a trail to see if a “moderate” DVC will be well recived.

    • Carrie317

      No need to build them at Ft Wilderness since the WILDERNESS LODGE has them already.

  • Imagineer45

    If seems they are going to add DVC to every resort one at a time. First was Contemporary with Bay Lake Tower, then was Grand Floridian, now Poly, I bet Ft Wilderness is next.

  • solarnole

    I wish WDW would build rides as quick as they build timeshares.

  • SpectroMan

    Hmm, that one piece of concept art for Trader Sams sure seems to resemble the Tiki Goddess from Tiki Room – Under New Management. Could they actually be smart enough to reuse that very cool animatronic in here?

  • Cory Gross

    I’m piqued by the helmet from 20,000 Leagues and the Nautilus-shaped mug in that Trader Sam’s concept art. Boy I wish that was going to be done by September.

  • Big D

    Wow, I didn’t know they were building overwater bungalows as part of the rennovation. Any word on how much those are going to cost? (I’m thinking $1K/nt???)

  • notlemc

    Must be old concept art if the sign for the PVR is referenced as “Disney’s” instead of the now used “Disney”.

  • Haven

    So what I am seeing is: don’t book a stay at Polynesian Village for a while…

  • Aurora

    I love the construction sign with the hardhat and hammer!

  • Country Bear

    Always nice to see upgrades to the property. I am a little confused as to why they would remove the waterfall in the lobby though. It was so very “Disney” to have it there. It created a magical feeling as you entered the building. Looks like now it will more resemble a Hawaiian Sheraton, which seems to be Disney’s goal at all of its upscale hotels as they renovate them. Take away the magic and make it more like the rest of the worlds hotels. This same approach destroyed the garden area of the Disneyland Hotel and it looks like they are about to erase more Disney magic here. So sad.

    • Imagineer45

      I am also pretty upset that the waterfall is being removed. But, it did make the room a bit humid and made the lobby a bit crammed. It would have been great if they could move it outside.

  • BigBobxxx

    This way to the Great Egress!

  • WDWorldly

    I’m not buying their argument that they need more lobby space. If MyMagic+ links hotel reservations to your magic band/ticket and acts as a room key, wouldn’t that drastically reduce the need to check-in and pick up a room key in the lobby the old-fashioned way?