The Polynesian Village Resort is one of our favorite places to stay at Walt Disney World. It holds some great memories for our family as it was where we stayed on our very first Disney vacation together.
In fact, the Poly – as it is often known at Disney – was instrumental in converting me from a Disney skeptic to a raving fan. You can read more in our oddly named post, Dr. Strangedad…or how I learned to stop worrying and love Disney.
The Poly has been in the midst of a major renovation this year and on a trip to Walt Disney World earlier this month we were able to take a good look at the construction and gain a feel for how the current Poly experience might be for guests.
What exactly is Disney renovating at the Poly?
While Disney is not giving away all the details, it seems to be a pretty wide ranging renovation. It includes a complete refurbishing of the Poly’s famous lobby in the Resort’s main building known as the Great Ceremonial House, which was essentially a large indoor arboretum with an array of tropical plants creating a “South Pacific” feel. We’re dying to see the final results.
Disney is also updating the Poly’s pool, which is one of Disney’s most popular, as it includes a waterslide that snakes through a volcano.
Finally, an array of over-water bungalows are being constructed over the Seven-Seas Lagoon to give impression you’re spending your holiday on Bora-Bora. These will be part of a new Disney Vacation Club area.
Where does the construction stand?
While Disney – as always – does an amazing job shielding guests from such work, the renovations at the Poly are indeed MAJOR! Despite Disney’s best efforts, guests still will not be able to miss the construction and passengers on the monorails, boats, and ferries get a great view of the work, especially of the over-water bungalows.
All said though, there are a number of situations where a stay at the Poly still might work well for you. If you’re considering a Disney trip and the Poly is near the top of your list, give us a call and we’ll be glad to discuss the finer details and our thoughts on the matter.
We’re looking for the construction to be finally complete sometime during summer 2015.
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