Disney Vacation Club announces plans for a new tower at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Mar 15, 2022 in "Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows"

Posted: Tuesday March 15, 2022 11:45am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Vacation Club has today announced proposed plans to develop new Disney Vacation Club villas at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

The new tower will be built on the site of the former Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at the Luau Cove with a planned opening in 2024.

Here is the full press release from Disney Vacation Club.

“It’s no secret that our Members and Guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World,” said Bill Diercksen, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Expanding our Disney Vacation Club offerings at the Polynesian would give our Members and Guests yet another incredible option for staying close to the magic while making vacation memories that last a lifetime.”

Inspired by the early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Imagineers of today are honoring the past while furthering the resort story with this innovative addition. Projected to open in late 2024, the proposed vacation ownership property would complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.

Situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, the proposed property would join the rest of the resort in offering stunning views of the Magic Kingdom. Proposed plans would offer additional rooms, new recreation offerings and dining options. More information and project details will be shared at a later date.

Since 2015, Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has been a favorite resort destination, offering an island paradise in the middle of the magic. Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows currently has 380 Disney Vacation Club villas, including the largest Deluxe Studios at any Disney Vacation Club resort at Walt Disney World and unique two-bedroom Bora Bora Bungalows, located over the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon – the first of their kind at Disney.

Discuss on the Forums

Follow WDWMAGIC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more Walt Disney World news and updates

View all comments →

kevlightyear43 minutes ago

The Luau Cove building and associated pathways have been removed from the maps. Here's the previous version for posterity:

helenabear6 days ago

It will come back. They have to change the walkway. Hopefully it won't be closed the whole time of constructiontoo. .

James Alucobond6 days ago

No. The walkway will return when the new Polynesian DVC building is complete.

EPCOT-O.G.6 days ago

Is that permanent? Edit: see it’s just the construction fence. But this is too bad. We loved walking back and forth between the resorts. So relaxing. Sad that’s going away for (at least) two years for this needless monstrosity

Fido Chuckwagon6 days ago

Yikes ,that also kills the ability to walk from the TTC to MK.

DCBaker6 days ago

Doberge12 days ago

According the D23 slide Poly DVC is still on pace for 2024. Still far away for them to move off the year so only noting D23 inclusion.

JohnDAug 16, 2022

I remember reading Bricker's story earlier then I looked it up. I also looked up a Banyan tree to make sure it was correct. Yep. It has a truck which looks like multiple smaller trunks bundled together.

Smiley/OCDAug 16, 2022

I was beginning to think it was just me…THANKS

Weather_LadyAug 16, 2022

The title still says "Oak." It threw me, too.

Smiley/OCDAug 16, 2022

Yes, the original story said oak…I changed my comment

JohnDAug 16, 2022

Tom Bricker says it's a banyan tree. I believe him. It doesn't look like an oak tree anyway. https://www.disneytouristblog.com/dvc-tower-expansion-polynesian-village-resort/ One exception to that is the iconic banyan tree that was the focal point for wedding ceremonies and the backdrop for countless Christmas cards. While all of this has been controversial with longtime fans, there was a vocal contingent that was particularly upset about the loss of this banyan tree. Based on what we could see of the site, it appears that Disney intends upon saving the banyan tree. It’ll almost certainly need to be relocated, hopefully to somewhere else on Walt Disney World property where it’ll continue to serve as a memorable backdrop for guest photos. Banyan trees are awesome. Much better than tower hotels being shoehorned into small parcels of land where they’re incongruous with their surroundings.

EPCOT-O.G.Aug 16, 2022

The new Encanto ride behind the to-be-announced Colombia pavilion

mystoAug 16, 2022

The article doesn't mention where the tree is going, and I'm curious. I agree I'm surprised they'd spend on it. I'll bet they priced it's value and decided to keep it in the 'bank' somewhere, as old trees like that are very valuable. Also their effect on the environment is priceless, someone on staff may realize...