Walkway between Disney's Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resort closed

Sep 14, 2023 in "Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows"

Posted: Thursday September 14, 2023 9:23am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The walkway linking Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Disney's Polynesian Village is currently closed.

Construction on the nearby Polynesian Disney Vacation Club tower is the reason for the closure. Disney has not listed a reopening date at this time.

The walkway is a valuable path for guests staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to walk to Magic Kingdom via the Grand Floridian.

With the walkway closed, guests at the Polynesian can take a monorail or watercraft to Magic Kingdom.

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Virtual Toad1 hour ago

True, though I have seen that space used on occasion for conferences and athletic event staging, it does represent a possible expansion space. They managed to shoehorn in the shake shop downstairs so it's definitely possible. Back to the topic at hand, it seems Loews (which operates Cabana Bay) is not afraid to add capacity and "staff up" to meet customer demand, something Disney seems to go out of its way to avoid. Food and beverage sales at Cabana Bay have to be quite profitable for them to have so many options. Having those options also helps drive guest satisfaction and repeat business. Simply put, it's good for the brand. Hoping the DVC Poly adds enough new places to eat and drink so the original Poly is not overwhelmed.

Chef idea Mickey`=4 hours ago

Sounds neat, however it being placed on or next to the monorail beam then this Cabana Bay style type resort would be expensive as heck! Disney's Florida Bay a DVC resort All that's missing is a 60's Diner on the second floor instead of a recreational convention style unused space.

Bocabear1 day ago

We have stayed at Cabana Bay a couple times and yes! It is an amazing resort and so much nicer than the WDW All Star and POP resorts.... Great pool area with a lazy river and as you said, great food options... Plus the location for Volcano Bay...and when we stayed there is was about half the price of Disney's Value resorts.... and did not feel value at all.

Chef idea Mickey`=1 day ago

Sounds neat*, however it being placed on or next to the monorail beam then this Cabana Bay style type resort would be expensive as heck! Disney's Florida Bay a DVC resort!

Virtual Toad1 day ago

LOL! Cabana Bay was exactly what I thought of as I read your post. But sadly what you describe is way more rich in theme than what they're building next to the Poly. Actually, what you describe reminds me a lot of the Disneyland Hotel circa 1995-2005-ish. A ton of nostalgic references and artifacts throughout. We'd stand in awe in front of the large display case in the lobby at every opportunity. Not to ramble, but I also thought of Cabana Bay in response to Haunted Pirate's comment about dining. CB has a giant food court, two quick service eateries at its pools, two pool bars, a lobby bar and sit-down dining (eta: and a bar!) at its on-site bowling alley. (eta): And a full-size Starbucks as well. (eta much later:)) And in-room pizza delivery. And an ice cream/shake shop! (whew!) Not bad for a value resort. Your move, WDW.

Phicinfan1 day ago

You could have dedicated monorail suites - just wake up and ride to the park! You could convert one of the ferries to a boat Hotel, so you could cruise around the lake all day and night for views Not to mention the best part - a set of busses set up like mobile homes for you to reserve and then rent golf carts to move too and fro around the TTC! Take some of the best parts of other resorts....

Bocabear1 day ago

Disney's Ticket and Transportation Center Resort a dvc destination. Think of it...all the theming could be designed around the original ticket books and 1971 travel in Florida.... Room grades classified by ticket letter ... There could be a tower plus vintage styled motel rooms, ..late 60s and early 1970s cars parked around the property... The pool area could be designed to evoke a roadside Florida orange grove stand attraction.... the main restaurant could be the Eat Ticket... The theme would literally be Walt Disney World 1971....Or would that all start looking more like Cabana Bay?

Chef idea Mickey`=1 day ago

Apparently views from rooms are more important to them than how the structure looks and fits with the rest of the environment. I'm sure this would been 20% more excused had it been built some part on the other side where next to TTC.

HauntedPirate4 days ago

What about my butler and maid?

HauntedPirate4 days ago

Those three should be the minimum offered. IMHO. Probably throw in a pool bar or two plus a light QS at a pool as well.

Tha Realest4 days ago

A top floor restaurant is a no-brainer. So of course, in keeping with everything else about this project, they didn’t do one. Must not be authentically Polynesian in the minds of some.

Bocabear4 days ago

LOL! with the cost of the new points I am sure they will get for this building, there would be no unwashed feet, just captains of industry...as prices continue to rise.....They might as well have built the new units with Nanny suites attached...and maybe a room off the kitchen for the cook.

JoeCamel4 days ago

Just the thought of all those unwashed feet just above disturbs them....

Bocabear4 days ago

TBH it doesn't bother the high roller suites at BLT... Nary a sound escapes to lower floors....