PHOTOS - Concept art of the new Polynesian Village Resort main entrance porte cochere

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

Concept art of new look Polynesian Resort main entrance coming in 2021
Posted: Thursday September 24, 2020 9:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineering has shared a first look at the plans for the redesign of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

According to WDI's Zach Riddley, "One of the biggest changes will greet you right up front – a new porte cochere will showcase the iconic mid-20th century architecture the Polynesian is famous for. Our team from Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney World have crafted a design inspired by colors, patterns and textures found throughout the resort. This new entry features a high-pitched, open-truss roof covered in a thatch style. There’s also a bold façade that features pops of color complementing the Longhouses found throughout the resort. Along the Monorail station, bold new wooden screens will be covered with geometric patterns in bright, tropical colors that complete an exciting new composition that will greet you when you arrive."

He goes on to say, "Enhancements will also be made to the lush gardens and fountains that have welcomed guests to the resort since opening day.  The open and airy design of the entryway will feature dramatic lighting elements, including beautiful chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements. The new chandeliers will match the existing grand chandelier in the resort lobby, artfully bridging interior and exterior spaces."

The updates will debut in time for the resort's 50th anniversary in 2021. Learn more about operational impacts to the resort which begin next week.

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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.

JoeCamel3 days ago

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

peter114353 days ago

Yep

TrojanUSC3 days ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally3 days ago

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

peter114353 days ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas9983 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.

TrojanUSC5 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.