A look at the recently reopened main entrance at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Sep 17, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Polynesian Village Resort Great Ceremonial House main entrance - September 16 2021
Posted: Friday September 17, 2021 2:19pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The major refurbishment of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is coming to a close and is now fully open for guests.

Alongside the new Porte Cochere, the main entrance gardens are open, and great news for anyone with an upcoming stay - the monorail station is once again available.

Access remains from the second level, and security screening takes place along the covered bridge to the platform.

Watch the video below for a quick look at the new gardens. (4K YouTube version)

Click the gallery to see more pictures of the new Polynesian Resort entrance area.

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peter1143526 days ago

All of the deluxe resorts are open

TrojanUSC26 days ago

Capacity isn't limited really anymore. The lack of staffing and demand (with the exception of some peak periods) is the problem.

thomas99826 days ago

But they have stated it is impacting their ability to open the Deluxe resorts and the deluxes are the company's gold mines.

JoeCamel27 days ago

That is like 4th in line behind Lack of staff Save money Lack of people Save money

peter1143527 days ago


TrojanUSC27 days ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally27 days ago

Being open about limited capacity can drive up prices. Being open about staffing challenges can drive up wages.

peter1143527 days ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas99827 days ago

Sure, lack of staff to open it... lack of capacity in the parks... lots of reasons and none of them are things Disney would want to admit.

peter1143527 days ago

Lack of demand is not the only reason to not be willing/able to open a resort.

thomas99827 days ago

Bingo. I've had several stays at WDW and DL resorts where they were refurbishing the resort and it meant a pool would be closed and some areas of the resort would be off-limits. You don't have to close an entire resort for a refurb, they don't want it open but don't want to let investors know the demand is down.

fgmnt27 days ago

I think it's fair to keep in mind that this project replaced one of the most decrepit and unavoidable structures in a deluxe resort, so there are a lot of upgrades here, and I think the project had a pretty hard deadline that made it easy to justify cuts that also appeased bean counters. It is jarring to see some of it look pretty close to perfect and some of it looked phoned in. The underside of the roof and the ball lights are abysmal, and I actually think you could get them to go back and redo those in the Spring if they get enough complaints.

TrojanUSC29 days ago

Yes it looks like a sh@g carpet dropped over. The placement of it is also odd. Does not look natural.

UNCgolf29 days ago

I wondered about the thatch. I thought it looked more like a giant rug/welcome mat draped over a frame than an actual thatched roof in photos, but it's always different in person. Not great that it looks off in person too.