Renovation and Construction at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
By Dave Shute
Construction seems likely to be going on at the Polynesian into 2015–though this is not official. For alternatives to the Polynesian, see this.
So pretty much everything I know about the big picture of what’s going on at the Polynesian comes from my bud Steve’s Tikiman Pages website dedicated to the Polynesian and his Facebook page, or our email exchanges. For the latest, check his sites.
The complexity of this is that Disney changes its mind all the time, and Steve’s sources are so good that he can report on current plans that then get superseded by new plans. This doesn’t mean he’s “wrong”–it means that the truth has changed…
Based on Steve’s most recent material, here’s what’s going on at the Polynesian:
- Room renovations are done. Tahiti and Rapa Nui are largely untouched, but the other nine longhouses are set.
- Tahiti and Rapa Nui are untouched most likely because they will become part of the DVC offering at the Polynesian. Previous reports that DVC at the Poly would also include a couple of five story buildings east and west, and a new pool, seem off, and/or on hold.
- Construction associated with adding DVC Grand Villas as bungalows on pilings above the Seven Sea Lagoon started in 2013 and is continuing.
- Steve thinks further construction affecting the Great Ceremonial house and the area directly north of it through the main pool area and out to the beach may be beginning as soon as August 2014, and may take a while. The Great Ceremonial House, Steve believes, will be renovated in stages, and the water feature in the lobby will be taken out.
Moreover, the monorails will be down weekdays from 11.30a until 7p beginning January 21.
None of this, to me, is a big enough deal to suggest that the Polynesian is no longer the best choice for first time families who can afford it. It still is the best choice.
But returning visitors who deeply love something that may be down or different might have a different opinion…