Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has seen a resort-wide refurbishment over the past several months. We have new details on the progress of work on the DVC buildings.
Over the past several months we have shared updates on numerous refurbishments at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Most recently, we shared that the new guest arrival experience has opened. The monorail is now accessible at the resort after the platform was rebuilt from scratch and changes were made to the Great Ceremonial House.
Guests of the Polynesian previously had to adjust their transportation plans with the monorail platform closed. Depending on their destination, guests could walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center, take a boat from the resort, or walk to the Grand Floridian.
Finishing touches are being made to some of the landscaping, but thankfully Polynesian guests once again have the monorail option available and the Porte Cochere is accessible to all guests.
On the regular room side of the resort, guest rooms now have a Moana theme. Despite initial skepticism, guest feedback seems to be positive on this update.
In addition to the Moana theme, resort work continues on the club level suites and lounges in the Hawaii building. Some of these rooms have been open to guests in the last few weeks.
DVC Refurbishment Continues
When Disney World reopened in the summer of 2020 after the Covid-19 pandemic closure, only the DVC side of the Polynesian Resort was opened. The DVC side of the resort features three buildings of the Polynesian Resort that were converted from regular rooms to DVC studio villas in 2015. The resort also added DVC bungalows.
We reported in early August on the start of the DVC refurbishment. At the time it looked like this was only going to be a soft goods overhaul (carpeting, wall coverings, etc). Many guests over the years have complained about the pull out sofas in the Polynesian DVC rooms.
It did not appear that this round was going to bring any major changes to the furniture in the rooms. However, Murphy beds were indeed installed which received overwhelmingly positive feedback as well.
New Refurbishment Developments
Pago Pago was the first DVC building to reopen after the refurbishment in August, while Moorea opened last week. We do have confirmation that the third building, Tokelau, is partially open to guests.
Work is continuing in portions of the Tokelau building, and the hope is that they will be completed in time for the start of the 50th anniversary celebration October 1st. According to reports, some guests are staying in rooms that still have the pull-out sofa in Tokelau. Those will be the next rooms to receive the soft goods/Murphy bed update.
Finally, in addition to the 3 longhouses, refurbishment work continues on some of the DVC bungalows.
Do you have an upcoming stay at the Polynesian? What do you think of all of the recent updates to the resort? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!