PHOTOS - Great Ceremonial House refurbishment at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Feb 09, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Polynesian Village Resort Great Ceremonial House refurbishment - February 5 2021
Posted: Tuesday February 9, 2021 9:10am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Here is an updated look at the recent progress at the front of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Following the removal of the monorail station, work is continuing on clearing the area and relocating utilities.

The new monorail station, and work on the Great Ceremonial House will be completed by summer 2021.

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TikibirdLand22 hours ago

I'm really liking what I'm seeing so far with the Poly entrance. Kinda reminds me of EPCoT's entrance -- very retro. In one: retro-tiki. the other: retro-futurism. Unfortunately, with EPCoT, we're seeing how fast that falls apart when you step inside. I hope the Poly doesn't follow that pattern!

Bocabear1 day ago

Not really tiki, but definitely mid-mod kitsch... The Poly Porte Cochere looks nicely mid century exotic... PERFECT! closer to this... than this...

JohnD1 day ago

You beat me to it. I was thinking the same thing: Howard Johnson's?

castlecake2.01 day ago

Anyone know if there will be outside work done to the long houses? The roof on all the buildings are filthy, need pressure washed and possibly repainted. It’s really bad how dirty they look. It’s hard to see in this photo but there’s black stains on the end cap and then discolouration all along the roof (black streaks). All the long houses have this some worse than this but I wasn’t able to get more photos.

Dutch Inn '761 day ago

Looks like a harkening back to the mid-century Tiki craze - which of course inspired the construction of the Polynesian in the first place. If it looks like a HoJos, that's because *just about everything* mid-century was influenced by the Tiki craze. It's when it got to roadside motels and bowling alleys that folks had enough of it, and (awesome) Tiki bars started to fade away. ...well, that and disco and cocaine. They had a lot to do with the death of Tiki too. :)

pdude813 days ago

When I see drilling around the lagoon, I assume test boring for a large foundation. And there has been some speculation about a polynesian dvc expansion either in the parking lot or at Spirit of Aloha in the past. Maybe they are checking out their options. Couldn't figure out how close to Spirit of Aloha the drilling truck was from the one picture I saw. Just spitballing

Mark483 days ago

Good eye.......Thank you :)

Weather_Lady3 days ago

Yes - I believe the white framework on the rear next to where the temporary scaffolding stairs are located (see below) is where a permanent staircase will go. The roofline juts out there as well, to cover it. There's a matching roof protrusion on the opposite side next to where another temporary scaffold stairs is currently placed, where a second permanent staircase will presumably be installed. Here's the WDWMagic view of it: There are some other, much smaller scale white structures on the front, but these, if you look at the concept art, will become "pillars" holding up the openwork panels across the front of the station...

Disney Analyst3 days ago

Yep, the dock /wood pier poles solidify that.

MrPromey3 days ago

Even assuming this is the case, it is likely this is a much less dramatic thing than everyone here thinks. Oceanic Arts appears to sell to a lot of businesses. If this resulted from a complaint from them, it's unlikely this is the first time they've had to deal with this kind of thing both from clients and other 3rd parties stealing "inspiration" off of visits to places like this or even off the images on their website. In the case of Disney's use, it was likely a misuse by people within the organization who were not lawyers that made the mistake and it's highly possible that things never even reached a formal legal status before Disney did the "right thing" on something as minor as this.

Mark483 days ago

Good point. The vast majority of guests will never see this from the front.

Mark483 days ago

I am looking at all this with only 1 question. Where are the stairs ? Doesn't Fire Code compliance show a need for exit stairs from the monorail level ? I don't think 1 exit INTO the building is the final design. I did note that new white steel structures went up on the end of the platform recently . Framework for stairs ?

MrPromey3 days ago

The oars look a little more specific, though. It could just as easily be about them as it is about the mask or them and the mask. Or, of course, it could have nothing to do with any of it and we're all just speculating on guesses someone made.

MrPromey3 days ago

Not if they were just buying a one-off decoration for use in a single location. That would be an incredible expense for no purpose at all. What likely happened is they bought the stuff and put it in and someone from Disney merchandising looking for inspiration went to Disneyland, took pictures and came back with great "Disney" references to draw from not realizing that wasn't original Disney art they were recreating. I doubt it was intentional. With an organization that big, it's easy to see how a mistake like this could happen and most designers and artists are not intimately familiar with copyright law. In fact, I'd say most are shockingly unaware (considering it's their livelyhood) for how often cases like this have come up - again, assuming that there was in fact a legal issue brought up by Oceanic Arts.