New Details on the Renovations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney Polynesian Village Sign

I am sure you heard that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing a total makeover. New plans were recently revealed for the resort.

The Nanea Volcano feature pool area is being completely renovated. There are plans for a new children’s water play area, an enlarged deck to accommodate poolside seating for hundreds of guests and a hot tub with amazing views of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

There will now be a Pineapple Lanai Kiosk near the pool area that will feature the amazing Dole whip!

Don’t forget about the all-new children’s activity center for guests, renamed Club Disney. It is is currently taking reservations for the opening next month.

“In size and scope the renovation and expansion of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a significant investment in the guest experience at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Tom Wolber, senior vice president of resort operations and transportation operations for Walt Disney World Resort. “Once completed, the iconic resort hotel will be completely re-imagined with a level of detail as only Disney can deliver.”

Don’t forget in 2015 Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will open. The menu and décor at the Disneyland-inspired guest favorite continues the evolution of food and beverage offerings across Disney’s parks and resorts. Trader Sam’s will have a highly themed lounge area, with handcrafted tiki cocktails served in souvenir mugs that will complement Polynesian-themed small plates. Trader Sam’s is part of a major renovation of the Great Ceremonial House.

If that is not enough Disney Vacation Club recently announced that it proposes to include 20 bungalows as part of the planned resort.

Construction is estimated to be finished in 2015.

Once the entire project is completed, more than 1,200 construction and other skilled laborers will have worked on the completely re-imagined resort hotel.

Did you know the Polynesian was one of Disney World’s two original resorts?

Update as of 6/17/2014:

 Club Disney is now open at the Polynesian Village Resort. Young Guests can have fun and enjoy activities including storytelling, movies, crafts, dress-up and more while parents enjoy a night out at the Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations are now available for kids ages 3-12.

Nanea Volacano Pool and Slide will be closed July 26, or around the end of July, and is not expected to re-open until early 2015. If you are a guest there and you want to use the poll but can’t due to the refurbishment, Disney will give each member of your travel party a one day a complimentary ticket to Blizzard Beach. Transportation will be provided and there will be a dedicated check in at Blizzard Beach where you will receive your complimentary tickets and towels.

The newly refurbished pool will include a hot tub, children’s water play area, and more seating.

Captain Cook’s has been temporarily relocated. The newly re-done location will be open this summer. The temporary location will be open from 6:00 am to 4:00 am. They will also have a modified menu at the temporary location.

Mickey’s Moana Arcade is closed. You can use the arcade at the Grand Floridian or the Contemporary.

Tambu Lounge will be open from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

The path to the Transportation and Ticket Center is located at the front of the resort next to the bus stop.

Disney Vacation Club will be adding 20 bungalows to the property as well.

Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust



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I am the Disney World News Writer for Chip and Company. I am an annual passholder and visit Disney World as often as I can. I turned my daughter into a Disney Addict as well. One day we hope to live in the castle!
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