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

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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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JustInTime2 hours ago

The Sam’s hour signage was ripped from the wall today. Kinda makes me worry... EDIT: second sign also now removed. Hopefully it’s just an update and all is well. Maybe they were getting lots of questions?

castlecake2.07 hours ago

What is their reason?

FigmentFan828 hours ago

That’s not their reason

Disney Pacifist11 hours ago

I really don’t think Moana was needed, it just seems like more Iger IP placement.

castlecake2.012 hours ago

No one needed to call for it for Disney to decide it wants to be more respectful and how it presents different cultures at their venues.

FigmentFan8216 hours ago

No one called for this. It’s overreaction. Now if the rumor of copyright infringement is correct then it makes sense.

castlecake2.01 day ago

What’s tiresome about respecting people’s cultures?

Bocabear1 day ago

LOL! Sam Kinison would have been hysterical... I can hear him screaming "TWO MAI TAIS!!! "

TikibirdLand1 day ago

Whew! Had to go back and read this...I read Sam Kinison. If it was him, they'd definitely have to pull merch! :D

flutas1 day ago

Also saying some of them were copyright infringement issues too.

nickys1 day ago

It was announced at the last Condo meeting in December that the rooms would be done in 2021 instead of 2022. Initially it looked like around about June / July that the remaining unbooked rooms were all pulled from the inventory. Those then reappeared and I think now it’s late August / September when there is no availability (and that happened before the rush of bookings opened). Makes sense they’d start once the regular rooms are done. But according to the permits it could roll on for a while, a block of rooms at a time. I think the bungalow availability towards the end of the year was also suddenly wiped overnight.

Bocabear1 day ago

I don't believe any of the Trader Sam's merch ever had the image from the Jungle Cruise... Trader Sam's was a completely different animal... And if they no longer talk about him or show him on the Jungle Cruise, the character could be anyone... A WW2 pilot ... Sam McKinney, (Friend of Jock Lindsey)....that was stranded on an island in Polynesia after his plane went down....for 2 years before being rescued...and came home to create a loving tribute to the islands he is desperate to get back to... There! Problem solved... Easy backstory and no reason the change the merchandise...

FigmentFan821 day ago

it's just tiresome at this point

MansionButler841 day ago

They want to rebrand Sam, not erase him. There will be new merch.