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

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

Posted: Friday October 23, 2020 5:51am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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peter114353 days ago

All of the deluxe resorts are open

TrojanUSC3 days ago

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

thomas9983 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.

JoeCamel4 days ago

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

peter114354 days ago


TrojanUSC4 days ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally4 days ago

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

peter114354 days ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas9984 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.

peter114354 days ago

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

thomas9984 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.

fgmnt4 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.

TrojanUSC6 days ago

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

UNCgolf6 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.