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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RSoxNo11 day ago

I like the decor, I like the color choices, I don't like the characters outside of a framed print on the wall.

MEyeSeeKayEY1 day ago

I just need Ohana to be reopened by December...

Weather_Lady1 day ago

I imagine they're shooting for the third week in July, when the Polynesian Village Resort (non-DVC) section reopens. Given the amount of progress they've made in the past month, I think that's doable. Of course, Disney no longer aims for what's doable (let alone the "impossible," as Walt liked to do), so I'll temper my expectations. ;)

Bocabear1 day ago

Coming along nicely but still a long way to go... There is no way this will be finished by My 1st... I would guess August or September at the earliest...

Weather_Lady2 days ago

I like the theming and colors, and don't think it's heavy-handed. If you'd never seen Moana, you wouldn't even know the artwork was supposed to reference a particular character. The new room is bright and airy and un-stuffy: although I didn't dislike the former decor, in comparison, the former version (with the two-tone woodwork with white linens, and green as the only accent color) looks dark, cluttered and very "one note" from a color/texture standpoint. Also, as someone who's experienced Orlando hotel rooms that were frustratingly unusable and poorly-designed (e.g., Beach Club DVC studio) as well as ones that were a joy to stay in and had a "place for everything" (e.g., Hard Rock Hotel standard room, Polynesian DVC studio) I tend to assess the room primarily from a "usefulness" standpoint. Here, I feel like the changes that were made to furnishings (e.g., raised beds to accommodate luggage, 2 easily-movable tables in different sizes, shelving storage in one cabinet in addition to the hanging storage, open storage under the table next to the sofa, a nightstand surface with plugs and lighting on either side of _every_ sleeping space!) and the new restroom configuration (toilet now separated) were thoughtful and practical, and will all accommodate families better than the previous design. The jury's still out on those benches at the feet of the beds, though -- they're so darling, but as another member mentioned in a similar thread, they look like the perfect place to stub your toe in the middle of the night.

corran horn2 days ago

Pretty neat. Station looks like it'll be very nice as well.

DisneyNorthFan2 days ago

Count me in as a fan. The more I see, the more nuanced and understated the theming appears ... which is surprising in the best possible way. The initial pictures made it seem a little over-the-top.

DreamsCrusher2 days ago

I hadn't read this thread before, and given the comments in a totally unrelated thread I was afraid of the comments here concerning the changes (i.e. walls and lamps full of tattoos). Nice to find a more reasonable group here. I really like the changes to these rooms too.

dreday32 days ago

Just gorgeous!

creathir2 days ago

This looks amazing. I really like how it looks. If you have to IP, at least it looks good.

DCBaker2 days ago

Doesn't allow me to directly link to the Facebook post, but here are some of the images from a Union Shop Steward of the revamped Moana-themed rooms - 549212549213549210 549211 549214

JoeCamel8 days ago

Thank you Disney, those look great.

DCBaker8 days ago