More construction walls up behind Disney's Polynesian Resort Great Ceremonial House

Apr 21, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Posted: Wednesday April 21, 2021 3:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A new set of construction walls are being up at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort today behind the Great Ceremonial House.

The new walls are next to Pineapple Lanai, adjacent to the outdoor seating area for Captain Cook's.

Both Pineapple Lanai and Captain Cook's remain open as normal.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is currently in the middle of an an extensive makeover, with new looks rooms, a new monorail station and all-new arrival area.

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.”

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.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is set to reopen in late July 2021.

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wdwmagic2 days ago

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

CuteAsMinnie2 days ago

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

GimpYancIent3 days ago

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

kevlightyear3 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:

lazyboy97o3 days ago

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

TikibirdLand3 days ago

Well written. Thanks for the insight!

jmuboy3 days ago

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

jmuboy3 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.

RSoxNo13 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.

RSoxNo13 days ago

To that point though, changing out some pillowcases solves many of the problems with the Contemporary rooms. The closet and dresser inserts could also be removed in theory.

Ponderer3 days ago

Oddly enough, the opening cartoon when I saw the original Star Wars was a Woody Woodpecker one, so he does go great with blockbusters! :)

Sharon&Susan3 days ago

Jaws would've been better with Woody Woodpecker.

Ponderer3 days ago

Why, yes it would’ve. Like any number of other Disney films.

lazyboy97o3 days ago

Why didn’t Moana have Mickey Mouse in the movie? Wouldn’t it have been a more enjoyable movie with Mickey Mouse?