PHOTOS - Step inside a new Moana inspired room at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Mar 05, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Inside a Reimagined Room from Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Posted: Friday March 5, 2021 10:04am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today shared a first look inside one of the new Moana inspired rooms at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

According to Disney, the new look rooms feature a new color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and its many islands, including details, patterns and textures from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana.”


The resort is currently closed for the refurbishment, but is now accepting bookings for late July 2021.

Along with the work on the rooms, a new porte cochere will enhance the arrival experience as guests pull up to its Great Ceremonial House. The design features a high-pitched, open-truss roof covered in a thatch style with pops of color. The area’s new open and airy vibe will be complemented by four chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements mirroring the chandelier inside the lobby. In addition, the resort’s Monorail station located above the porte cochere is receiving new wooden screens with geometric patterns in tropical colors, adding to the overall ambience of the entrance.

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UNCgolf1 day ago

Maybe it's because I already know it's metal, but it doesn't look like wood at all to me. It looks like a steel/aluminum sheet. I'm not planning to stay at the Polynesian anyways, though, so it doesn't matter to me.

Disney Analyst1 day ago

Honestly, with these decent shots showing the underside, I don’t mind it. Just looks like wood planks painted white. Works for me.

James Alucobond1 day ago

For as slowly as Disney moves at construction, I'm consistently impressed by how quickly and secretly the horticulture team is able to transform spaces.

DCBaker1 day ago

Disney Analyst1 day ago

wdwmagic4 days ago

still very much construction site in that area so hard to tell what is happening currently.

CuteAsMinnie4 days ago

Maybe someone who is there will report back if they see this over the derailed non- Poly posts! 🤣 🌺

GimpYancIent4 days ago

It goes a bit deeper than cosmetics. Some demo and reconfiguring is needed first then the application of styling.

kevlightyear4 days ago

New monorail station added to the map. I see water, @Father Robinson. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/maps/overview-details/ Old version for posterity:

lazyboy97o5 days ago

Meh, that’s really the same fundamental problem that the parks need to be “Disney,” meaning something previously associated with Disney.

TikibirdLand5 days ago

Well written. Thanks for the insight!

jmuboy5 days ago

The contemporary should have leaned in on historical photos / items like the Disneyland Hotel- then it would have been fine

jmuboy5 days ago

These are pretty much exactly my take on the room. I would stay at the at the Polynesian still. I would stay at the Contemporary only if it was free.

RSoxNo15 days ago

Character integration is dependant on the familiar over quality. These rooms are sold as the Moana rooms, not updated Poly rooms. As I said upthread, I think there are things they did very well here but they probably did 5-10% too much. I'm always going to prefer "subtle". Historically, updates like this would be better suited for under performing areas of a moderate resort as opposed to all of a Deluxe resort on the monorail line. I really don't think the demand was there for every Polynesian room to have the Moana treatment, just like the demand wasn't there for every Contemporary room to have the Incredibles treatment. I'd object far less if they did these updates to 25-50% of the rooms as opposed to all of them.