Permits filed for room refurbishments at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Oct 23, 2020 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Disney has filed a number of permits for the refurbishment of guest rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.


Most of the permits have expiration dates around mid 2021, with the latest being August 8. (Thanks to @danlb_2000 on the WDWMAGIC Forums for the permit details)

The work is being carried out by long-time Disney contractor Friedrich Watkins Company based in Orlando. Changes to the rooms will include a move to a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette as well as details, patterns and textures from Disney’s "Moana."

Here are the permits that relate to each building along with their expiration dates:

  • SAMOA (RM 1601-1618,2601-2618,3601-3618)) - General Construction (7/14/2021)
  • HAWAII (RM 1501-1534,2501-2534,3501-3534)) - General Construction (6/18/2021)
  • RAROTONGA (RM 1802-1830,2801-2830,3801-3830)) - General Construction (8/8/2021)
  • FIJI (RM 1301-1322,2301-2322,3301-3322)) - General Construction (4/5/2021)
  • NIUE (RM 1701-1711,2701-2711)) - General Construction (7/23/2021)
  • TUVALU (RM 1401-1418,2401-2419,3401-3419)) - General Construction (2/13/2021)
  • AOTEAROA (RM 1201-1229, 2201-2230,3201-3230)) - General Construction (4/22/2021)
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Article Posted: Oct 23, 2020 / 5:51am ET
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JoeCamel2 days ago

Yes, the prior furnishings were sold off so they get new

JEANYLASER2 days ago

Does the Polynesian Refurbishment will do the rooms like new beds, tables and rugs and Television?:confused:

UNCgolf3 days ago

That's no good if that's the final spacing. Although I think it's probably better than what the concept art showed, it still doesn't work. Now it's going to look like they got halfway through and then quit without ever actually finishing construction.

JoeCamel3 days ago

Those are what is going up

UNCgolf3 days ago

Are they still removing crossbeams or are those new ones they've already put up?

wdwmagic3 days ago

A lot of landscaping has been removed at the front of the Great Ceremonial House now, latest pics from today at https://www.wdwmagic.com/resorts/disneys-polynesian-resort/gallery/20nov2020-polynesian-great-ceremonial-house-and-buildings-refurbishment---november-20-2020.htm

Bocabear6 days ago

That's a great idea!!

nbar6 days ago

Since they would probably never move Trader Sam's. I'd love to see them move Kona to Tangaroa Terrace and then give the lobby a proper bar/lounge that can accommodate more than the Tambu Lounge.

Bocabear6 days ago

Me too! Such a shame. That is where Trader Sam's and a matching restaurant should have been built...

FigmentFan827 days ago

I'd love to see them bring back the Tangaroa Terrace that just sits dormant

nickys8 days ago

It is the same person according to the posts on his profile page. But he hasn’t been seen on here for a couple of years.

JoeCamel8 days ago

@tikiman was a member here I think. Might be the same person but the handle does not pop up.

UNCgolf8 days ago

Almost all of the Disney resorts opened in a roughly 15 year period encompassing the late 80s through early 2000s. I think most of them were designed with a specific theme beyond just the tastes of their opening date. That's especially true in the areas of the resort beyond the rooms themselves, which is really the biggest thing to me -- although the rooms should also have theming, of course. Disney seems to be going in the direction of minimizing not only the theming of the rooms themselves, but the theming of the lobbies and other resort areas. It'll be interesting to see what the Polynesian looks like when they're finished with it.

nickys8 days ago

Have you tried the Tikiman site? They do have some history of the resort there but I don’t know how extensive it is or if it’s just a timeline potted history.