By the co-author of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook ever -- The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.

Now available in PDF format!—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Renovation and Construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, click here.)

While construction will continue on the east side of the Polynesian Resort into 2016, the major construction that affected everyone is now complete.

Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from

Specifically, here’s what’s done:

  • Refurbs of the standard rooms
  • The redo of the entrance to the main services building, the Great Ceremonial House
  • The redo of the lobby and fountain
  • The addition of Trader Sam’s
  • The refurb of the main Lava Pool
  • Construction of bungalows in Seven Seas Lagoon and re-opening of the beaches near here and the pool
  • DVC refurbs of the old Rapa Nui and Tahiti, now Pago Pago and Moorea

Construction Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from (2)

What remains to be completed is

  • Completing the DVC refurb of Tokelau–which looked almost done during my late April 2015 visit (e.g. the pictures were hung on the walls)
  • Completing various pathway redos
  • Most significantly, re-doing the smaller pool, the East Pool.

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.

Map of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

It remains to be seen how much of a mess the East Pool refurb will make of the east side of the resort. Sometimes Disney will close rooms facing the refurb.  If it does so, then all are fine.

But until we know

  • For standard rooms, avoid the east side longhouses Raratonga, Niue, Samoa, and south facing rooms in Hawaii (see the map, click it to enlarge it)
  • If you are getting a DVC studio, avoid Tokelau (the un-named building on the east side of the East Pool on the map)

None of the construction that’s left is a big enough deal to suggest that the Polynesian is a bad choice for first time families who can afford it. Just avoid the east side!!


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1 Carey Greives { 09.14.13 at 10:37 pm }

Hi Dave!
My husband and I love your website. It’s been a great resource to us as we plan out WDW trip for our family of 4. My question for you is, we have the opportunity to stay at Polynesian resort for our Oct. 20-26, 2013 visit. Or should we keep reservations at Art of Animation? Thanks

2 Dave { 09.15.13 at 11:56 am }

Hi Carey and I’m so glad it’s helping!!

If your AofA rooms is a standard 4 person Little Mermaid, I’d swap to the Poly in a heartbeat. If you are in a family suite, I’d have more mixed feelings. The private bedroom and second bath can be a real luxury, and a table that fits all four of you is nice too…

If the latter, another option is to do both–spend half your nights in one, and half the other. You’d pick which to do first based on the days you plan to be at MK–staying at the Poly then…

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3 Carey { 09.15.13 at 3:07 pm }

Thanks Dave,
I thought about doing both too! However, we get the free meal plan with 6 night stay at Polynesian which makes it more affordable and my husband isn’t too keen on packing everything up and moving mid trip. ( we r flying in and will not be renting a car).
We did have a suite at Aof A….. ultimately decided to go to Polynesian for the convenience and overall resort amenities. Praying the refurbishment won’t negatively impact our experience there.

4 Dave { 09.16.13 at 10:00 am }

Cool, Carey…let me know how it goes.

BTW, Disney will transport your stuff for you if you change resorts–but you do still have to pack and unpack…

5 Matthew { 11.20.13 at 1:05 am }

We have reservations from May 28 through June 4. The travel agent contacted me today wanting to know if we wanted to change reservations to another resort. Not sure what to do? We have 5 children, ages 9, 6, 4, and infant. If there is no pool or the monorail is down, this could be a game changer. Thanks.

6 Dave { 11.20.13 at 2:51 pm }

Matthew, the monorail, if down, would be down now and then, rarely. The pool is more of an issue. The latest rumor I’ve seen would suggests it could be down for your visit. But nothing will be real until the reconstruction starts. Til then its a rumor… Do you need to switch now?

7 Anonymous { 12.04.13 at 4:08 am }

We are planning a week’s stay August of 2014. We have stayed at the Poly 6 times and truly enjoy staying there. Do you think the pools will be closed down at this time? We always stay in the building beside the pool. I would not think the monorail would have any effect with the renovations at the Poly, but I may be wrong. Thanks So Much,

8 Dave { 12.05.13 at 8:48 am }

Hi Cristy! I don’t really know–but at most one pool will be closed…

9 Erin { 12.18.13 at 1:34 pm }

We will be staying in January 2014 and don’t know which building to request because of the construction? Which building would you stay in?

10 Fabiana { 12.18.13 at 6:55 pm }

Hi, Dave!
We are planning our first visit to Disneyworld and I am soooo glad I´ve found your website! As suggested by you, we intended to stay at the Polynesian. Today, though, I found these comments about the renovations and got really preoccupied. We are a family of 4 (two 5-year old boys) and traveling in March 2014. Do you think we would be somehow affected by the constructions. No monorail? No pool? Kindly please let us know your opinion: should we keep the plans or go to the second option in your list? Thanks!!

11 Dave { 12.19.13 at 7:40 am }

Erin I’d still aim for Tokelau! Large rooms, renovated, nicely located…

12 Dave { 12.19.13 at 7:55 am }

Fabiana, it can’t hurt to go to the Wilderness Lodge, the second-best option–your boys will love it.

This will be especially true if your dates are after March 8, as that will put you in peak spring break season, which will put added stresses on whatever alternate transport Disney comes up with to supplement the monorail, and on the Poly’s seocnd pool if in fact the main pool is being rehabbed…

That said, I’m not overly concerned about what’s going on at the Poly…I honestly think it’ll be OK…

13 Sharon { 12.30.13 at 5:06 pm }

Hi Dave!
Thanks so much for this forum. We will be 2nd-time visitors to WDW sometime between late Sept-early Nov 2014. Our 1st trip was in 2011 and we stayed at the Polynesian and vowed on our next (and probably last) trip back, we would stay there again. LOVED everything about it! We stayed at Raratonga and it was SO convenient to the monorail and Ceremonial House.
Now that I’m reading about the construction, I’m really bummed about the prospect of returning. We’re a family of 4 (kids will be 8 and 10). Loved the volcano slide and beach movies. Can you recommend the “best” house to stay during this time period? Will we still be able to see the lake light show and the fireworks at MK?
Thanks for any advice!

14 Dave { 12.31.13 at 7:05 am }

Hi Sharon, I dunno what’ll be up in Poly construction then, but still think that Tokelau is the best longhouse all things considered…

15 Tim { 01.04.14 at 7:52 am }

Hi Dave. I am taking my 4 yr old and my parents to Disney in the middle of April. I am deciding between the Poly and the Animal Kingdom. I had decided on the Poly due my son being 4 and the monorail figuring buses out of AK might be slow and then I read about construction and the Volcano pool mihgt close etc…. If you were me would you still stay at the Poly? Thank you.

16 Dave { 01.04.14 at 10:40 am }

Um, Tim, when in April? Disney World will be a zoo from the 12th through the 25th…and because of that, I expect that the monorail construction will be done with, or on hold, then. I have no good word on pool construction dates.

And is it just the 4 of you? AK rooms hold only 4, while Poly rooms hold 5…

17 Lauren { 01.05.14 at 10:00 pm }

Hi Dave,
We are planning our first trip to Disney for November 1-8th 2014. We decided on the Polynesian but now I’m having second thoughts because of construction. Do you still think it’s the best place for the time we are traveling? If so, what room requests should we make? We would like to be closest to the monorail to the MK (as we will be going there the majority of days). We will not be going to Epcot so we aren’t worried about being near the Epcot monorail.

18 Dave { 01.06.14 at 8:34 am }

Hiya Lauren! I’m still keen on the Poly for first timers, even with the construction, but if you aren’t going to Epcot and are focused on MK there’s a lot to like at the Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary (links to reviews here:

If you stick with the Poly, then Raratonga, Niue, and Samoa are good choices!–near the monorail, but also near the bus stop for the other parks

19 Kris { 01.09.14 at 3:30 pm }

Hi there – We finally settled on a resort (we were planning on the Contemporary Garden wing as we’ve been there for a conference before and loved it, but those were not available for our dates); so we settled on the Polynesian for late June. I began to read rumors that the big pool would be closed; I called the resort number, two people checked and said they saw nothing about that. Where is the information coming from that the pool will be closed? Wasn’t there a pool refurb done fairly recently? We REALLY want to be on the monorail, and now I’m concerned that we’re not going to find something in time to switch to, if we decide we need to change our reservations! (preferably we won’t be changing them, as we’re really looking forward to the Polynesian!)


20 Dave { 01.10.14 at 7:12 am }
21 Paul { 01.22.14 at 11:31 am }

Dave, my family is tentatively planning a trip for the week after Thanksgiving based upon your recommendation. Last time we went we stayed at the Poly, also based upon your recommendation, and absolutely loved it. We requested and received a room in Tahiti, which was perfect for us. It has the best location to the TTC, which helped us out because of our stroller and little kids. It was very convenient for us to hop on the ferry and get to MK and to come back to the room for naps with the kids.
So, am I now to understand that if we do go in November/December, we will not be able to stay in Tahiti because it will either be undergoing renovations or will be part of the DVC? If so, does Tokelau offer the same level of convenience or would the Contemporary be better?

Thanks very much!

22 Dave { 01.23.14 at 7:23 am }

Paul, Tokelau is just as convenient as Tahiti! But if you have any concerns, go with the Contemporary…

23 Mary Kate { 01.31.14 at 1:57 pm }


We are staying at the Polynesian from 3/25/14 – 3/30/14 and it looks like the monorail should be back on schedule after 3/21/14. Do you think this true? Also, do you have any ideas as to whether the will decide to close the pool at this time. WE are traveling with grandparents and children so I just wanted to see what you would expect.


24 Dave { 02.01.14 at 9:54 am }

Mary Kate, I have no way of knowing, but my bet is early March completion is more likely than later March–so that the high spring break crowds can be better served. The latest rumor on the pool is that the earliest it might close is August.

25 Kristin { 02.17.14 at 8:55 pm }

Hello. I originally booked our disney vacation being very torn between AK lodge and Contemporary. After reading a million reviews and interviewing, literally, many people who went to AK, I decided not for any other reason but transportation to stay at the Contemporary. Hands down I think AK won, but the biggest complaint was slow bud service. My husband is too impatient to deal with bus service on our first trip to disney with three kids. Then, upon working with a travel agent who knows disney well, I was convinced to switch from the contemporary to the poly. So I did. Wdw pre school blog stated to stay far away from poly. Too much construction is causing ugly crane views etc. Our trip is in April. I have club level theme park view at poly or standard level at contemporary to choose from. Help!!!!!! Seems like nothing good is said anymore about contemporary. I love love love a modern look. Grand Floridian is NOT my style, nor is wilderness.

26 Paul { 02.18.14 at 12:28 am }

Dave, thanks for the response above! We’re debating between the Poly and the Contemporary as we won’t be going to Epcot this time around. Also, we have others traveling with us who may prefer the Art of Animation, so we’ll see. However, our dates have changed. Instead of November/December, it looks like October is going to be our best dates. Do you think there will be any room or dining deals for October? If so, when do they usually come out?
Thanks again!

27 Dave { 02.18.14 at 4:03 pm }

Kristen, your dates there’s some construction at the eastern part of the Poly that is causing some to panic. However, the club rooms are the ones most affected, so in this rare instance I’d agree you should panic too, and avoid the Poly then! I have stayed at the Contemporary a million times, including twice in December and again in January. Stay in a Tower room there and you will love it…

28 Justin Anderson { 02.19.14 at 5:02 pm }

Hi Dave
Just found your site! We are planning to stay at the Polynesian Sept 18-22, 2014. This will be the first we have ever stayed on site! Any ideas about construction and monorail being down during those times? Also we’re staying in a standard room any suggestions about possible free room upgrades?

29 Kim { 02.19.14 at 9:36 pm }

Hi Dave-
Never stayed at Disney before… first time for the whole family, actually. My husband, children (3 yr old and 5 yr old), and I are considering the Polynesian. Want to make this trip as magical as ever. We are planning to go the first week in November (2014). A couple of questions: We are pretty sure we want to do Club Level- what is the best view to ask for (lagoon, theme park, garden view)? I hear the Garden View is quieter- but i don’t want a view of a parking lot. Also, what construction do you think we will need to worry about in the beginning of November? If there is any construction to the pool, monorail or any other item that will negatively impact our trip- we won’t stay there. Also- if we do get Club Level- what view will not have us staring at construction?
Oh… and one last thing- what is the weather like the first week in November in Disney World? Can the kids still go swimming in the day/ is it very cold at night?
Thanks for your site… very informative!

30 Dave { 02.20.14 at 8:39 am }

Justin, the monorail will be back up in March sometime. As for the rest, there will be at least some construction, and perhaps a lot. See this: Frankly, if there is a lot of construction, it’ll likely make getting upgrades easier…

31 Dave { 02.20.14 at 10:33 am }

Kim, I think there’s a very strong chance of major construction then. We won’t really know til it starts. But if that’s a big deal for you, I’d avoid the Poly. Weather in November is quite variable. See this:

32 Heidi { 03.02.14 at 12:11 pm }

Hi Dave,
We are getting ready for our first trip to Disney! Our family of 5 (kiddos 11, 8, and 4) will be staying at the Poly from 3/22-3/28 in a standard room. I’m concerned about the construction, and have been reading mixed reviews on how our trip will be affected. From what I can tell the main pool will be open, and the monorail should be running. I really feel like the Poly is the best choice for our family, but I wanted to get some reassurance that our trip will still be magical despite the construction! If this was your family’s first visit would you stay at the Poly or change resorts? Thanks so much for your help!!!!!!

33 Dave { 03.03.14 at 10:33 am }

Heidi, you should be fine. There’s minor construction along part of the beach your dates, but nothing major!

34 Dawn Thommen { 03.04.14 at 8:41 pm }

I am concerned about the construction at the Poly. I stayed there last year and we had a good time. We will be there the week of July 4th should I look for another place to stay?

35 Dave { 03.05.14 at 7:48 am }

Dawn, the main concern of most is construction around the pool, which is now rumored to not be happening til late July, and construction in the Great Ceremonial House, which is expected to start soon and be ongoing in stages for a year or so. So it kinda depends on what is drawing you back there–if its the look and feel of the GCH, then go to someplace else…

36 Rob { 03.14.14 at 1:14 pm }

My family of 5 (3 kids 7,5, and 3)are staying at the Polynesian August 20-26. We booked a club level room with Magic Kingdom fireworks view (Hawaii tower). Do you know if we will have any issues with construction during this time? Considering switching to the Gran Floridian or Contemporary if so…..thanks in advance.

37 Dave { 03.15.14 at 8:46 am }

Rob, you will likely face at least a diminished view and closure of the main pool. You’ll be able to use the pools at the Grand Floridian if you stick with the Poly. With kids that young, if you switch, I’d switch to the Contemporary. It is more convenient than GF (becasue you can walk to MK)

38 Diane { 03.17.14 at 4:34 pm }

This site has been so helpful!! Thankyou. We are planning our trip to Disney for mid June. We consists of my husband and myself (we are the seniors) our daughter and husband and their three sons…21, 19, 16.
It is our big anniversary and we are going back down memory lane . We love Epcot and the Magic Kingdom (to be kids again). We have not been back there for 13 years. My husband and I are Florida Residents. Thankyou soo much in advance.

39 Dave { 03.17.14 at 4:37 pm }

Hi Diane! What can I help you with?

40 Brian { 03.23.14 at 7:36 am }

We are booked to stay at the Club Level at the Polynesian the week of April 18. We stayed there late November 2013. I know the GCH will be under renovations but are there any other differences we will notice that week in April compared to last November? Most concerning,: will the beach area to watch fireworks be affected or the view of fireworks from the club level? Thanks for your time.

41 Brian { 03.23.14 at 10:11 am }

Oops! I made a slight typo. We will be arriving at the Polynesian on April 6, 2013. Thanks!

42 Dave { 03.23.14 at 11:32 am }

Brian there’s contruction happening right outside and to the right of the club level rooms, and the beach to the right of them is closed. The beach in front, and also closer to the pool on the left oughta be fine during your visit.

43 MCD { 03.26.14 at 2:26 pm }

Hi, Dave! We are planning on our third family trip to the Poly August 9th-16th. I called the hotel and they denied the pool will be closed; any and all intel would be appreciated as our kids live for the Volcano pool and we live for the mai tais! If the pool is likely to be closed we will switch to GF. Thanks for your help!

44 Dave { 03.27.14 at 9:19 am }

MCD, the expectations that the pool will close are predictions, not facts. Disney will deny it until is becomes cast in stone (concrete?)–assuming it does!

45 Greg { 04.16.14 at 9:49 am }

Dave – If the pool actually closes for a long period of time, will you change your recommendations during that period or do you think there is still enough that poly offers without a large pool?

46 Dave { 04.17.14 at 8:56 am }

Greg, my recommendations to stay at the Poly have little to do with the pool, which frankly has among the least lounging/seatings area of any WDW pool (though lots of lounge chairs are on the nearby beach).

While it’s closed you’ll be able to us the slightly smaller and less themed second pool, or the Beach Pool at the Grand Floridian.

The Poly’s main offer that will remain is convenience. The kid and parent friendly theming will still be mostly intact, though diminished by construction. All that said, you can’t go wrong from picking the Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary or Grand Floridian as an alternative…

47 Nicole { 05.03.14 at 12:28 pm }

Hi Dave,

I had made reservations for the O’Hana restaurant back in January for my fiance and I to go in the middle of May. It’s our anniversary, and his first time eating at a Disney location. I had timed the reservation so we could see the Water Electrical light parade, and then view fireworks from the beach. However, in light of the renovations going on at the Poly, should I try and find an alternative restaurant at a different location? I was excited about the food, but I don’t want the construction to take away from such an important event. Please let me know your thoughts, as well as options for alternative places to eat. Thank you!

48 Dave { 05.04.14 at 11:23 am }

Nicole, there’s little going on right now that would affect dining at ‘Ohana, so I’d keep your reservation!

49 April { 05.07.14 at 11:01 am }

Hi Dave,

I am planning a first time vacation for my family of 5 in mid-November. I am worried about how the construction will impact my stay. The main reasons I’d like to stay at the Polynesian are the ease of transportation, the restaurants, the theme of the resort, and the ability to use the beach to watch the fireworks. As long as none of these are greatly effected, I think I’d choose to stay there. Do you think in any of these would be closed or impacted in mid-November? Thanks for your help!

50 Dave { 05.07.14 at 12:41 pm }

April, there’s a good chance that the beach won’t be accessible. See this for options:

51 eric charneski { 05.09.14 at 12:23 pm }

We stay at Polynesian for two weeks a year in a club theme park view room. If you are a regular visitor to this hotel you will e disappointed in the construction.
And when they start on the lobby you will lose that feeling you get when you walk in. If the main pool is closed then there is no point staying there. We were there first week in April and parking lot is tore up and costruction on villas was happening. Any worse than that and I would have changed hotels. So this summer we will look to stay somewhere else. You don’t come to Disney to see work being done no matter how much you want to stay there.

52 Dave { 05.10.14 at 7:42 am }

Eric, for a returning visitor it’s hard to recommend the Poly until construction is complete…

53 Michele { 05.10.14 at 5:10 pm }

Hi Dave,
I’m planning a trip for the last week of February 2015 for me and my husband-our first to Disney World! Do you have any info for that far out that concerns monorail access and construction? In your opinion, which building has the nicest rooms and views?

54 Dave { 05.11.14 at 4:38 pm }

Michele, the monorail will be fine by then, and most construction, but perhaps not all, will also be done. My recommended longhouses at the Poly are now all disappearing into DVC rooms. Niue and Samoa are the best located of the remaining ones. Views are pretty much the same unless you pay for one of the higher (lagoon or theme park) view classes.

55 Nadeem { 05.12.14 at 2:09 am }

Hi Dave,
I was planning on taking my family to Disney World on the 1st week of May 2015. I live in Dubai and I am taking my 6 year old twins for the 1st time, me and wife have visited once before. Is is still a bad idea to book in Polynesian resort during that time. This is the first time we are staying in the Disney resort and since Polynesian was the most recommended I had decided on this. But with construction , the main pool being closed , I am beginning to doubt , need you advice.

56 Dave { 05.12.14 at 7:51 am }

Nadeem, it is very very likely that construction will be done by then!!

57 Sandra & sisters { 05.19.14 at 5:45 pm }

My sisters and I (ages 35-60) are going to WDW Oct 27-Nov1 2014. Choice of staying at Poly in club level garden room or Grand Floridian in Outer building standard room. Which do you think would be the best for 4 women? We have concerns about the construction. Also have the club rooms been renovated lately? The bathrooms seemed a bit dated.

58 Dave { 05.20.14 at 8:40 am }

Sandra, the rooms at the Poly were all renovated in 2013. Between the two, for your group I’d pick GF

59 Becky { 05.21.14 at 9:23 am }

Hi Dave!
Thank you so much for the info. I just booked my wedding at luau beach on Nov 3, 2014. I had no idea that there would be refurbishment going on. AFTER I booked it, the coordinator informed me of the work and mentioned it would not affect the ceremony but now I’m really worried. We will be staying at the Coronado Springs but everything is centered around the wedding at the poly. It is such a big deal to me. I may have time to change the location and would like to do so if construction would be in view. Any info or opinions you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!

60 Dave { 05.22.14 at 9:59 am }

Becky, the luau beach itself should be unaffected. It’s on the west side of the resort, and all the work is on the east or center…

61 Kandy { 05.25.14 at 8:10 pm }

Hi Dave,
It’s great to use your website again as we plan our kids’ 3rd trip to DW! I grew up going to Poly with my parents but so far my husband, kids & I have stayed at the Double Tree in 2010 and in 2012 at AA. I’ve been saving up to plan an April 25-May 2, 2015 trip for our family of 5 & I’m torn btw Poly or AA. Also, how soon can we book our stay?

62 Dave { 05.26.14 at 7:49 am }

Hi Kandy and I’m so glad the site is helping! You can book your room up to 500 days out—see this:

The choice between Poly and a family suite for then is not at all clear. At AofA you get much more space, two baths, livability items like a dining table, microwave, and couch, for less money. At the Poly you get location and convenience…One thing worth considering is a split stay, at the Poly during the MK-focused part of your trip, and AofA for the rest…

63 Cherie { 05.29.14 at 12:47 pm }

Hi Dave,
We have reservations at Port Orleans the week of July 4th, but I was able to get a discounted rate for a Standard Room at Poly. We’ve stayed at both resorts in the past. I am not bothered by the construction in the lobby. From reports I’ve read, the pool and monorail will be open. The main reason we’d like to stay at the Poly is the close proximity to MK during the holiday week. We’d like to be able to watch the fireworks from the beach. I’ve now read that the beach is closed. Is it he entire beach, or just a portion? Also, what longhouse would you suggest? We have young children and like to nap during the afternoons. We really don’t want to hear too much construction noise. My husband would prefer Poly over POR, but I’m wondering if I should switch with all of the construction.

64 Olivia { 05.29.14 at 4:26 pm }

Hey Dave,
Would you consider Poly best choice for a January 2015 stay at CL, even with all the construction?

65 Dave { 05.30.14 at 11:55 am }

Cherie, nobody knows for sure. The expectation is that the beach at the foot of the pool will be open til the poll closes at the end of the month… For quiet, pick a longhouse on the western side–e.g. Aotearoa or Fiji

66 Dave { 05.30.14 at 11:55 am }

Olivia, I guess my advice is that if you have any doubts at all, don’t go there…

67 Laura { 10.05.14 at 6:00 pm }

If we are planning to go in October 2015, do you think that all of the construction will be completed? I can’t seem to find a month when it is estimated to be finished. Thanks!

68 Dave { 10.06.14 at 8:30 am }

Laura, I don’t know that there’s a reliable date for “everything.” For “everything that much matters,” March 2015 is the date.

69 Charlie { 10.15.14 at 4:31 pm }

The water feature and the tropical plants where the signature entrance. How can they do this, whoever had this bright idea saw dollars before tradition. Very disappointed.

70 Dave { 10.16.14 at 11:35 am }

Charlie, I completely get your point. I am looking forward to seeing what replaces it…

71 Michael { 11.12.14 at 4:50 pm }

Hi Dave,
Thanks for all the info on the Polynesian. We’ll be headed there in early Jan. I spoke with a Disney agent just now re: the Volcano pool. She told me that it will be closed, but that Poly guests are welcome to use the GF pools, and that each guest will receive a ticket for 1 day’s admission to the water park (Typhoon Lagoon in Jan since BB will be closed then). She did make it clear that it is just one day for the entire stay, so you can’t go to TL every day for free.

72 Dave { 11.13.14 at 8:01 am }

Michael, I’ve heard contradictory info on GF pools, with most saying no you can’t. But the smaller pool at the Poly has had its lounge chairs doubled and a teeny portable bar added, so it’s not horrible…

73 nick { 12.28.14 at 10:16 am }

I saw someone posted about moving mid stay, we always move. Staying in January 4 nights at animal kingdom, while there consentrating on animal kingdom park during day, animal kingdom closes early usualy 5 or 6 o’clock. then going to epcot at night usualy one of the latest parks open, and close to animal kingdom. Last days at animal kingdom lodge we will visit Hollywood studios, also close to animal kingdom lodge. Then we’ll move to the polynisian for 3 nights to enjoy magic kingdom on the beam. Moving is easy, Disney will move your bags for you, just pack the suit cases, drop at desk at check out, go to parks, return to different resort in the evening and your bags are waiting for you. One thing to keep in mind though dinning plans are tied to resort reservations so you’ll need 2.

74 Dave { 12.30.14 at 9:33 am }

Thanks, Nick! I also stay in multiple hotels on every trip–so I can keep my reviews fresher. At least two, and on one visit 8–I’ll never do that again!! The other thing worth pointing out is to tie your tix to your first reservation so that you can do FP+ for the whole trip.

75 Elizabeth { 01.08.15 at 11:04 am }

Hi Dave,
The site is awesome, and I apologize in advance for asking this question because I think you have addressed it a few times already! I am planning a first trip for our family of 5 (kids 11, 8, and 6). Would like to travel the week of April 25th or the first two weeks in May. Had my heart set on the Polynesian for all the reasons discussed on this site but requested some quotes from an agent excluding it because of the construction – specifically the pool at this point. Like many kids, I won’t be surprised if the Disney pool experience ranks right up there with the parks, etc. ! I know how construction goes and no one really knows if it will be open by late April. So, got a quote on a tower room at the Contemporary and some of the other (lesser ranked) deluxe resorts. The Contemporary looks great in many ways but definitely lacks the wow factor we were hoping for, for the kids. The new pool at the Polynesian looks like it will be great – and I have no previous experience to compare it to. Struggling with whether to just book the Contemporary or look into the Polynesian for the late April timeframe and take my chances on the pool being open. Or push back the trip to October when things are more finished at the Poly…

76 Dave { 01.09.15 at 3:23 pm }

Hi Elizabeth and thanks! I think there’s a good chance for late April, but as you note nobody knows. One other option (besides October) is to try to get a Studio at the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. See this:

77 Amanda { 01.12.15 at 11:28 pm }

Hi Dave,
Great site, love all of this specific info! Getting ready to book for end of April, early May this year and were hoping to either do Polynesian or Contemporary because of the monorail/convenience factor. We are going to go again (probably next year) and don’t really care about the pool too much. We are thinking we will probably be at the parks most of the time. There is a room available at the Contemporary Garden Room but have heard that this is a separate building than where the monorail runs through. Does this make it less convenient? Have a room on hold at Polynesian (std room, not sure what bldg). We don’t really care too much about the wow factor of the hotels but are trying to get the best price with the most convenient area. Any thoughts or suggestions? Appreciate your help! Our children are 5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 1 1/2. Thank you!

78 Dave { 01.13.15 at 12:52 pm }

Amanda, the Garden Wing rooms at the Contemporary are much less convenient than the Tower rooms–but also much cheaper. They are in three story buildings off to the side of the tower, and not where the monorail is. See this for more, including (toward the end) a map

79 Mindy { 02.20.15 at 7:18 am }

Hi Dave,
We are visiting late October 2015. We originally wanted a VWL studio, but one of the days in unavailable. PBV is open the whole week. Would you suggest booking VWL and hoping the one day will open, or booking PBV for the whole trip (about $484 difference)? If you suggest PBV, which longhouse do you recommend? 2 adults and a 12 year old.

80 Dave { 02.20.15 at 8:18 am }

Well, Mindy, I guess I’d recommend a standard room at WL–unless your family is five people. I have no opinion on odds another night at VWL will open–it’s very small, and in high demand. If you love the thought of VWL, book what you can of it, then book another night elsewhere. If you do go with PVB, Tolelau is my recommended longhouse.

81 Mindy { 02.20.15 at 8:24 am }

We are renting points so we’ll get a studio room wherever we go. You think the construction will be finished at the Poly by October? Is a Poly studio villa a solid choice? We’ve stayed at POP, ASMusic, POFQ, POR, WL and SSR so we are looking for a different experience.

82 Dave { 02.20.15 at 3:54 pm }

Mindy, construction may still be happening then on the east pool, but the main pool and most other major projects will be done by then. I’ll know more about PVB after my April stay but for now see this:

The queen/couch layout is similar to what you find in all studios but OKW. What’s nice about the Poly PVB is the sorta-second bath, and the third sleeping spot. WL has the third sleep spot as well, but the table disappears when you use it.

If you want something different…how about a Jambo Studio??

83 Mindy { 02.20.15 at 5:32 pm }

A Jambo studio is definitely on our list as well as BCV, BWV and VGF. I’m thinking it will be easier to stay at VWL or PBV because we’ll spend a day at FW for archery and back for a wagon ride another night. We’ll also eat at more restaurants because we’ll have down time (‘Ohana, Kona, Sanaa).

Do you think we’d be fine at Jambo with spending a couple of days at FW? Not too concerned about park transportation, we’re used to it and don’t let it bother us anymore. We would love either resort! AK savannah view is 100 pts and PBV is 112 (PBV is $3 more per point though) so I was thinking I should go with PBV in the lower point season??

I’m anxious to hear your review. We’ll be at SSR in April but spending most of our time off property at Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens (never been to either).

84 Dave { 02.21.15 at 10:17 am }

Mindy, honestly with your FW plans I do like VWL. There’s a boat that circles among WL, the Contemporary, and FW, plus a walking path between WL and FW, so those make things so much easier. The boat to the Contemporary (along with the MK boat) makes the Poly quite accessible from WL via the resort monorail at either endpoint…

85 Tammy { 02.26.15 at 3:35 pm }

Great site!! You’ve been a super resource! I read through the comments and you’ve recommended Tokelau as your DCV building of choice several times. I’m wondering why. With the east pool being in construction in August 2015, when we visit, would you still recommend Tokelau? I don’t want to see the parking lot but definitely don’t want to overlook the construction of the pool. I’ve never been to the Poly so I can’t put myself there visually. Is there any major construction impacting the beach area near Moorea? Thanks!

86 Dave { 02.27.15 at 7:37 am }

Hi Tammy and thanks!!

So far the Poly has closed buildings/rooms with heavy construction views. Tokelau is the most conveniently located longhouse, between the resort monorail and the path to the TTC and the Epcot monorail.

87 Steph { 04.20.15 at 10:06 am }

Hey there!

I was wondering if you have any feedback on this resort for our honeymoon in December of this year ( 2015)? We’d be staying the second week ( about the 6th-11th).

Thank you!

88 Dave { 04.21.15 at 8:09 am }

Steph, other than possibly some work on the east (smaller) pool, known construction should be done by then!

89 Barkley { 06.01.15 at 8:08 pm }

Trying to decide between Poly villa suite and poly village standard room. Looking at going in December and only $5 per night difference in price. I read your reviews which are very helpful. Have 3 younger kids so 5 people all together. Any thoughts between the two?

90 Barkley { 06.01.15 at 10:01 pm }

My last comment was supposed to say Poly Villa Studio vs Poly Village Standard

91 Dave { 06.02.15 at 4:50 pm }

Barkley, nothing really beyond what I already say here.

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