PHOTOS - Refurbishment of the Great Ceremonial House gets underway at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Sep 29, 2020 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Polynesian Village Resort Great Ceremonial House - September 2020
Posted: Tuesday September 29, 2020 10:03am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The parking lot at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is now full of storage containers as the resort prepares for its upcoming refurbishment.

Currently the front desk has been relocated to a temporary area at the Pago Pago building, and the front arrival entrance is unavailable. Access to the Great Ceremonial House is via the side and back entrance only.

We visited the resort for a look around prior to the start of the work - click the gallery for a last look at the Great Ceremonial House in its current form.

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thomas99847 minutes ago

But they have stated it is impacting their ability to open the Deluxe resorts and the deluxes are the company's gold mines.

JoeCamel6 hours ago

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

peter114356 hours ago


TrojanUSC6 hours ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally6 hours ago

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

peter114356 hours ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas9986 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.

peter1143519 hours ago

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

thomas99819 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..