Reopening of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort delayed until summer 2021 along with changes to the resort

Aug 31, 2020 in "Disney's Polynesian Resort"

Posted: Monday August 31, 2020 9:39am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that it will be delaying the reopening of the Polynesian Village Resort until summer 2021.

Disney has indicated to travel agents that it will be refurbishing the hotel beginning in October, which will include changes to the Great Ceremonial House and guest rooms. A Disney World spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that 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."

The Villas and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will remain open during the refurbishment.

The revised reopening schedule looks like this:

  • September 21 - Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • October 14 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • November 1 - Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • Summer 2021 - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney's All Star Resorts, Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Disney's Beach Club and BoardWalk Inn continue to remain closed until further notice

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peter114355 days ago

All of the deluxe resorts are open

TrojanUSC5 days ago

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

thomas9985 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.

JoeCamel5 days ago

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

peter114355 days ago


TrojanUSC5 days ago

The lack of capacity made them look health-conscious.

runnsally5 days ago

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

peter114355 days ago

They were pretty open about the limited capacity in the parks

thomas9985 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.

peter114356 days ago

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

thomas9986 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.

fgmnt6 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.

TrojanUSC7 days ago

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

UNCgolf8 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.