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

May 10, 2024 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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SobchakSecurity2 days ago

I don't know who specifically designed this building (I think it was a local firm), but this is the type of building former WDI head Barbara Bouza would have designed, and she was fired earlier this year.

wedenterprises2 days ago

Ooh. Where did you find this? I'm all for a true quiet pool. Nice view of the lake from there too, it seems. That's something I like about the Contemporary pool. The pattern on the side of the building is interesting too.

Tha Realest2 days ago

At least they didn’t fumble the effect this overcrowding will have on transportation and food service options for Poly, right? Right?

Doberge2 days ago

I thought Riviera's looked small but in practice works fine (and it's not like the quiet pool absorbs people, I've never seen more than about 20 people over there). The problem is that this Poly pool doesn't look compelling enough to persuade guests to *not* walk to the Lava Pool. I think Disney needed to make this a second feature pool because the Lava Pool is already overcrowded, but from a rendering it looks like a miss. Hoping like Riviera I'm wrong again.

John park hopper2 days ago

Holiday in Dayton Beach FL not much different than Disney's Polyday Inn concept ---Sad

Bocabear2 days ago

It is decidedly boring and lackluster for not only the Poly but for a DVC resort...which are already not known for their amazing pools. Maybe they are just leaving out the view of the opposite end of the pool with a gigantic waterfall and outrigger canoe water play area? Seems just plain...like the entire project, and another part that feels wrong.

James Alucobond3 days ago

From the plan, it doesn't look terribly different from the Oasis Pool in terms of size. IIRC, there was also space potentially reserved for a separate children's water play area, though I'm not sure if that's actually happening.

networkpro3 days ago

So devils advocate, what transportation is closer to the new tower ? Is it GF or Poly ? We've walked quite a few times between the two and it's halfway between both.

networkpro3 days ago

They are awful. We watched them film the current disneyworld website interstertial at the Poly last September for days.

spresso813 days ago

That pool is smaller than a pool you would find at a Days Inn. Who is stoked for the privilege to wade in a 3ft deep kids pool for a $900 a night studio. The people who approved this whole project should be fired and would have been under prior management. This size pool would have been more acceptable if this was still a "beach" hotel or if not .5 mile away from the main pools which are already overcrowded.

UNCgolf3 days ago

That pool seems really small for the number of rooms there. Obviously they can go use the other Polynesian pools too, but I think they're already pretty crowded.

davis_unoxx3 days ago

Updated concept art of the new pool

phillip96984 days ago

Me and my wife are thinking we did something terribly wrong in life. We both make over 100k but still scoff at these prices. Who are these rooms for? 1100 for a room that sleeps 4? We are a Skyliner family but thought it may be nice to stay on a monorail property with the kids once but Disney has certainly priced us out.

Virtual Toad4 days ago

I assume the poster is referring to individual buildings being spread out with outdoor paths connecting them, similar to a college campus. The lobby building is sort of like a student union. Not always fun in the rain, but the style does invite a feeling of exploration and adventure which fit the original Poly nicely IMHO. The trend toward taller self-contained buildings provides those who can't or don't want to walk long distances more convenience but does tend to lose a lot of charm. Animal Kingdom Lodge (at least Jambo House) I feel threads the needle nicely in this regard. An expansive and richly detailed lobby full of paths to explore and secrets to discover, with sometimes long but fully enclosed hallways to the individual rooms. Those long hallways are broken up by design with large windows providing ample sunlight and unique views to the savannah. A good choice in the summer to be sure. Port Orleans is another great example of campus-style resort layout which, while mostly outdoors, excels due to its location and charm. Not perfect in hot or rainy weather but outstanding in the cooler months. Given a choice, our family has usually trended toward the "campus" style resorts as having a connection to the outdoors is important to us. But tastes definitely vary.