Disney Shares New Details and First Look Inside New Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Resort

19 days ago in "Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows"

Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows concept art
Posted: Friday May 10, 2024 10:07am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has shared new details and a first look inside the new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

The proposed 10-story tower, which will overlook the Seven Seas Lagoon and be projected to open in December 2024, will celebrate the natural world and the magic of Disney. 

"With stunning views of Magic Kingdom Park and beautiful interiors that bring you into the storytelling of the South Pacific Islands, the Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will be a spectacular addition to Walt Disney World Resort right in the heart of the magic," said Bill Diercksen, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club.

When you arrive at Island Tower, you will notice designs created exclusively for the exterior, including a Manta Ray that symbolizes freedom, protection, and grace.

Inside the lobby, you will be greeted by an art panel installation on the ceiling inspired by several Polynesian Islands. The panel showcases wildlife native to each locale. Each animal holds a strong connection to the islands and symbolizes values important to Polynesians.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with over a dozen artists from around the world to create unique artworks that will be displayed throughout the resort. From preserved moss walls to sculptures made from recycled fishing nets, each piece will be inspired by the spirit of conservation and embody the rich cultures of Polynesia.  

"Our main story narrative focuses on celebrating Polynesian wayfinding and the natural elements of water, earth, wind and fire. During the artwork development, we focused on three guiding principles: Polynesian stories, sustainability stories and Disney stories. This new tower features works created by contemporary Polynesian artists as well as artwork featuring subtle nods to 'Moana' and Disney Legend Mary Blair," said Walt Disney Imagineer Madeline Day.

Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will feature a variety of room types that sleep two to nine guests, such as duo studios, spacious one—and two-bedroom villas, and brand-new two-bedroom penthouse villas. 

The Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows aligns with Disney's 2030 environmental goals while providing Guests with the experience and features they expect from Disney Vacation Club. The tower is projected to use approximately 30 percent less energy than a typical resort of a similar size through a variety of measures, including optimized heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient lighting, and the first all-electric kitchen on Walt Disney World Resort property within the tower's restaurant. Furthermore, the majority of the tower was constructed off-site using pre-fabrication techniques that help minimize construction waste. Like Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the tower will be a part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging program, which recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources.

Here are some important timelines for the new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

  • June 4: Disney Vacation Club members can make early rental reservations by contacting Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Disney Vacation Club members will be able to make points-based reservations at a later date. 
  • June 5: Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can start booking rental reservations by contacting (407) 934-7639. 
  • June 6: All guests can make reservations online or by contacting (407) 934-7639.
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Tha Realest15 hours ago

New restaurant = less room for DVCs, more overhead.

pdude8119 hours ago

You can also order food at the pool bar, though there is not a ton of seating. Aside from Sanaa to go.

nickys19 hours ago

Sanaa does a QS breakfast option, where you can get what you want and either sit in the restaurant to eat or take it with you. The gift shop also has some grab and go items for breakfast.

Dayma19 hours ago

We love the Polly but I am a little worried about where all these extra folks are going to go for food. Capt. Cooks is always slammed at lunch and we rarely find a place to sit. :( I actually like the way the pool is looking so far...

Disstevefan120 hours ago

I hope its a restaurant. Gotta throw a bone to the DVCers...

Bocabear21 hours ago

it sure does look like a restaurant/bar....too big to just be a pool bar. I am hoping they add some features to the final version of the pool...not just a plain pool....if anything it should be more over-the-top than the other pool considering the building is so lightly themed...

donaldtoo1 day ago

They’re straws to be offered up to the giant tiki gods so they can drink from Seven Seas Lagoon for good luck.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

It's a traditional Tiki arcade.

doctornick1 day ago

Well, there is the pool bar there and it has some real food (doesn't help for breakfast though)

Chef idea Mickey`=1 day ago

That does look like a mini version of the Cake Bakery. Is this why it's been taking forever for them to open on the other side of the WDW Pond. 😂 cakes for all.

CastAStone1 day ago

Looks like a bar in the original concept art.

JoeCamel1 day ago

Cake Bake take notice!

mysto1 day ago

That round room certainly looks like some kind of hangout. Unkown if it's an eatery or drinkery or what, but I'd watch the weddings roll by while sipping something there.

Brian1 day ago

Please use the 'sArCaSm FoNt' next time 🤣