PHOTOS - Latest refurbishment progress at Disney's Polynesian Resort

Nov 24, 2020 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Polynesian Great Ceremonial House and buildings refurbishment - November 20 2020
Posted: Tuesday November 24, 2020 8:53am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work is continuing on the refurbishment at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, with crews now clearing the landscaping from the arrival area, adding new beams to the rooftop of the Great Ceremonial House, and working in guest room buildings.

This is the view of the arrival area, which has been cleared of all the landscaping.

On the rooftop of the Great Ceremonial House, all of the original beams have been removed, and work is underway on installing new beams.

Elsewhere, scaffolding is up on a number of the guest room buildings where work is underway inside and outside.

Click on the gallery for more pictures of the Polynesian resort refurbishment.

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JoeCamel4 hours ago

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

peter114354 hours ago


TrojanUSC4 hours ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally4 hours ago

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

peter114354 hours ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas9984 hours 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.

peter1143517 hours ago

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

thomas99817 hours 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.

fgmnt1 day 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.

TrojanUSC2 days ago

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

UNCgolf2 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.

Epcot82Guy2 days ago

Having now seen it in person, I agree with what everyone is saying. It feels like a project that simply wasn't finished. The ideas behind all of them are fine. It's just missing the finishing touches that make it Disney. The warehouse roof is noticeable and feels weird. The thatch on the roof also looks a little suspicious up close. The panels are cool - though they feel a bit plastic. The gardens are actually a nice balance of smaller (good for budget) and intimate - so they work (or at least will work once the foliage grows back in). The columns are more non-descript, but they do come off as very plain and almost like they painted the framework of the house vs. put up the walls. And, you really notice it as soon as you go to any other hotel or resort in that area. Even the stark Contemporary walk ups have the studded concrete, tiles, etc. - and it was always flagged as being the one lacking theme or details. Sadly, Poly's columns and roof underside may now take that cake. Luckily, it's not a project that totally ruined anything. If they simply added to what they have and got appropriate lighting fixtures, the thatch would be the only real negative.

Walt d2 days ago

Have been to away and stayed here it’s just like being there that is very nice now, very tropical..

Bocabear2 days ago

except that the surface has an organic covering rather than brown concrete...I was thinking quick and cheap...but actually detail painting would be nice...or sculpting over the existing form with a medium to look more distressed and Disney used to do. The brown ceiling inserts could be painted in a faux Tapa style to add a little interest as well... but I think they feel like they are done...I am more concerned with the actual ceiling and balloon nets...