Disney updates reopening timeframe for Disney's Polynesian Resort

Mar 22, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Posted: Monday March 22, 2021 3:13pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In a website update today, Disney has further clarified the reopening of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

The resort was previously listed on the official website as reopening "Summer 2021," and this has now been updated to "late July 2021." 

The resort is getting 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.

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MisterPenguin4 days ago

Never forget...

Chomama5 days ago

10 points for you. You were correct on all counts

flutas5 days ago

More or less 30ish days to reopening. https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/ohana-reopening-july-9th.973483/

Bocabear5 days ago

Just looked at it yesterday, and it does look like it is dug out for a water feature... We were all hopeful when we saw that... A cast member walking by asked us not to take pictures, and while she could not confirm that the water features were indeed returning, she gushed about how beautiful the new arrival would be... I will believe it when I see it... But at least I am more hopeful...

Weather_Lady6 days ago

I hope they are, too! The sight of all these pipes, and the wooden bridge-style walkway they appear to be constructing from the porte cochere to the ground-level entrance, gives me hope that the new design includes water features. But there's been no official word on it. https://wdwnt.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/polynesian-06.06-115436-3192352-1200x900.jpg EDIT: It looks like I can't link to the photo here. However, it's a view of the "bridge" from the monorail station to the Polynesian which also shows the ground-level entrance. There are a dozen pipes of various sizes and colors sticking up from the ground (capped), quite a bit of visible digging, and a walkway at ground level with at least part of the area beneath dug out, as if in preparation for water running beneath it. However, it's possible that the current "topography" is not remotely representative of the final design and that I'm just reading too much into it. Time will tell. :)

wdwmagic7 days ago

Unclear yet

Rescue Ranger7 days ago

They're still keeping the water features just outside the front of the lobby, correct? I've actually liked all the changes done so far but removing the beautiful immersion of the welcoming water features out front would really be upsetting....

Figment20057 days ago

That's a reflection on monorail red that is being mistaken for dirt. Also on the beam cleanliness those beams are clean. In the past the Poly decided to paint the beam that went through the hotel property. You can actually see the roller strokes in the same picture I mentioned above. It will never look new in that section because of that choice.

JoeCamel7 days ago

Maybe you are talking about the filthy nasty beam that has been like that from day 13 and is only clean for 10 minutes after each cleaning? The cars are clean, might need some screen cleaner.

bpiper7 days ago

There is a greyish haze on monorail silver below the silver band and above the skirt. It looks like either an artifact or a reflection.

flutas8 days ago

Members better get ready for the news then? 🤷‍♂️ As I said, this is a new program for C33. There's, as currently scheduled, 30-34 (being a bit vague on purpous) days until the C33 preview, and Ohana reopening to the public.

Chomama8 days ago

Not sure where you got from but I do believe you may be making assumptions. Club 33 has not, at this point, been offered any previews of restaurants or hotels or shows that are yet to reopen. If that changes it will be news to members 🤷🏼‍♀️

flutas8 days ago

Not just restaurants. C33 will be getting exclusive previews of various stuff before anyone else. (paraphrased) Preview Passport: You will be among the first to experience the latest offerings at our Theme Parks and Resorts. 

Chomama8 days ago

So there will be a new program to give certain VIP groups access to restaurants before the general public? Besides Ohana what other restaurant should we expect to see this with? Very interesting...