Construction update from the Great Ceremonial House and monorail station at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Aug 30, 2021 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Polynesian Village Resort Great Ceremonial House construction - August 25 2021
Posted: Monday August 30, 2021 8:53am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work on the monorail station and arrival area at Disney's Polynesian Resort continues, installing more finishing details at the main entrance.

The colored panels surrounding the new porte-cochere are nearing completion, bringing a pop of color to the entrance area.

Work looks to be wrapping up on the monorail station, with most of the structure in place and much of the scaffolding removed.

Finally, good news for fans of the original gardens at the entrance. We can see some of the landscaping lava rocks in position.

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peter1143530 days ago

All of the deluxe resorts are open

TrojanUSC30 days ago

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

thomas99830 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.

JoeCamel30 days ago

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

peter1143530 days ago


TrojanUSC30 days ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally30 days ago

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

peter1143530 days ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas99830 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.

peter1143531 days ago

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

thomas99831 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.

fgmnt31 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.

TrojanUSCSep 20, 2021

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

UNCgolfSep 20, 2021

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.